After a long summer devoid of great blockbusters (except for Ghostbusters and Star Trek), we’re as hyped as anyone for this fall’s movies. Here are 5 picks each for the next few months:
Voyage of Time
The weird, pseudo-version of this origins-of-life-documentary was my favorite part of Terrance Malick’s The Tree of Life, so this film has been something I’ve been anticipating for 5 years. This combination of crazy visuals and esoteric narration reminds of something that could have existed at EPOCT in the 1980s, which just sounds like the best thing.
After last year’s Clouds of Sils Maria, I will watch anything directed by Olivier Assayas (working on his filmography will take some time), and I find Kristen Stewart captivating. This got mixed reviews at Cannes, but I am still excited for this psychological thriller.
Is there anything more American than Michael Keaton? McDonald’s, perhaps. And these two cultural forces coming together is sure to be a delight. Add in Linda Cardinelli, Patrick Wilson, and Nick Offerman to the cast and I am officially sold. While director John Lee Hancock is known tor saccharine output (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks), I am eager to see what he does with more meaty material (not sorry!).
The Girl on the Train
I just read this book, which proved to be just as riveting as Gone Girl, despite not having the magic of David Fincher or the natural fit Ben Affleck was for the main character in that film. However, Tom Taylor seems to be a solid director, and I believe that star Emily Blunt can do anything. Plus, the novel involves an unreliable narrator and multiple points of view, so I am curious to see how they will adapt the book to the screen.
I don’t care if no one else is excited for the second Ron Howard film coming in the back half of this year (though I am really anticipating Eight Days a Week, but this franchise allows Tom Hanks to do his thing, and this time brings along Felicity Jones. In a year lacking a good action movie, I am hoping the third time is the charm here.
Queen of Katwe
Having heard very little about Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair’s latest film, I began looking into the film’s inspiration, the life of Ugandan chess prodigy and Woman Candidate Master Phiona Mutesi. It’s an all to familiar story about a young girl unable to go to school, but is thrown a life line when she joins a chess program funded by the Sports Outreach Program. As is inevitably the case when doing research online, I started down a Wikipedia rabbit hole on all things chess. Needless to say, I’m intrigued. Disney bought the rights to the picture, so I’m expecting a film that leans toward the sentimental, but give me one intense sequence that makes playing chess feel like the World Cup and I’ll be happy. Plus Lupita Nyong’o starring in a woman-directed film? I’ll bite.
“This is the business we’ve chosen!” Jill Malcolm and Ryan Silberstein, two self-described film aficionados, tell it like it is about the latest and greatest movies. They are Contributing editors here at Cinedelphia, writing partners, and founders of Filmhash.com.