2015 Fall Movie Preview

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With the Summer Movie Season winding down, moviegoers and cinephiles can expect fewer explosions and less CGI, in exchange for more drama and award worthy performances. Fall offers a plethora of Oscars hopefuls, along with a few blockbusters thrown in for good measure. We at BlueCat have compiled a list of 15 films to look forward to this Fall.

 

Black Mass ­­– September 18, 2015

Black Mass could be Johnny Depp’s best chance at an Academy Award yet, and he is almost guaranteed a nomination, for his intense portrayal of notorious, real-life Boston gangster and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger. In addition to Depp, the film features a star-studded cast including Kevin Bacon Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, and Corey Stoll. Black Mass is directed by Scott Cooper and written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth.

 

Sicario – September 18, 2015

Emily Blunt is already feeling the Oscar buzz for her portrayal of an idealistic FBI agent enlisted to track down an elusive drug lord at the U.S. and Mexico border. Blunt is joined by Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber. Sicario is directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Taylor Sheridan.

 

Everest – September 25, 2015

Based on a true story, Everest tells the tale of a group of mountain climbers hoping to best the imposing Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak. The mountain is devastated by a massive snowstorm, putting the entire expedition in harm’s way. Expect high stakes drama and intense visual effects, as well as an almost ridiculously large ensemble featuring Elizabeth Debicki, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Jason Clarke, Emily Watson, and Sam Worthington. Everest is directed by Baltasar Kormákur and written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy.

 

The Martian – October 02, 2015

Perhaps an underdog in the race of Oscars contenders, Director Ridley Scott’s adaptation is however one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year. Starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left behind and presumed dead on Mars, the film boasts an all-star cast including, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, and Jeff Daniels. The Martian is written by Drew Goddard and adapted from Andy Weir’s novel of the same name.

 

Legend – October 02, 2015

The Kray twins, Reggie and Ronnie, were English gangsters who rose to prominence in the 1950s and 60s. Tom Hardy is expected to give a strong performance as both Reggie and Ronnie in Director Brian Helgeland’s Legend, which will chronicle the twins’ rise to power. The film also stars Emily Browning, Paul Bettany, David Thewlis, and relative newcomer Taron Egerton. Legend is also written by Brian Helgeland and adapted from the book, The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, by John Pearson.

 

Steve Jobs – October 09, 2015

Danny Boyle directs this true story biopic of visionary Apple CEO Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs. The film also stars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. You can almost assuredly expect Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director for Boyle, Best Actor for Fassbender, and Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Walter Isaacson.

 

Bridge of Spies – October 16, 2015

Director Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks re-team for the Cold War drama, Bridge of Spies. Hanks portrays an American lawyer who must negotiate the release of an American pilot detained in the Soviet Union. The film also stars Alan Alda and Amy Ryan, and was written by Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen.

 

Crimson Peak – October 16, 2015

Crimson Peak is fan favorite writer and director, Guillermo del Toro’s cinematic ode to classic Gothic horror, released just in time for the Halloween season. Mia Wasikowska portrays a young woman who marries a wealthy aristocrat, played by Tom Hiddleston, and is swept away to his mansion, where she discovers secrets of a haunted past. Crimson Peak also stars Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam. The film was co-written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins.

 

Spectre – November 06, 2015

James Bond returns in Daniel Craig’s fourth outing, and the franchise’s twenty-fourth installment, as MI6 agent 007. Much of Spectre’s plot remains shrouded in mystery, but we do know that Bond will be sent to uncover the truth behind a mysterious organization known as SPECTRE, which has ties to his past. Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci star alongside Craig, Naomie Harris returns as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes steps into the role of M, and Christoph Waltz portrays the villainous leader of SPECTRE. This is the second installment directed by Sam Mendes and was written by John Logan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade, based on the classic Ian Fleming characters.

 

The Peanuts Movie – November 06, 2015

Snoopy, Charlie Brown and co. return in a new computer-animated comedy, featuring the best of Charles Schulz’s classic Peanuts characters. The Peanuts Movie is directed by Steve Martino and written by Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano.

 

Trumbo – November 06, 2015

Bryan Cranston is a potential contender for the Best Actor Oscar as Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter whose career comes to a tragic halt after he is blacklisted as a Communist. Joining him are heavy hitters Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, and Louis C.K. Trumbo is directed by Jay Roach and written by John McNamara, based on the book by Bruce Cook.

 

By the Sea – November 13, 2015

Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star in By the Sea, written and directed by Jolie. The duo portrays a married couple in the 1970s slowly drifting apart as they travel the French countryside together.

 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – November 20, 2015

The rebellion against the Capitol comes to a head in the final installment of the intensely popular Hunger Games series of films based off of the young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen alongside Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Donald Sutherland. Mockingjay Part 2 is directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Peter Craig and Danny Strong.

 

Victor Frankenstein – November 25, 2015

Victor Frankenstein offers a new perspective on the classic Gothic tale, told from the perspective of Igor, Frankenstein’s protégé, played by Daniel Radcliffe. James McAvoy steps into the role of Victor Von Frankenstein, reinterpreted as a young medical student. Paul McGuigan directed the film, written by Max Landis, based on the classic novel by Mary Shelley.

 

The Danish Girl – November 27, 2015

Eddie Redmayne could take home a second consecutive Oscar win for his portrayal of Lili Elbe, a transgender pioneer, and one of the first known recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl will premier at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival and will also show at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is directed by Tom Hooper and written by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff.

*A trailer has yet to be released for The Danish Girl, but AMC Independent offers a first look below.

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