Jill and Ryan’s Fall Preview

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:

Ryan:

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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.

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Personal Shopper
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.

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The Founder
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!).

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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.

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Inferno

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.

Jill:

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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.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 
I remember reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and repeatedly asking myself the question, “When’s the movie coming out?” Inspired by those old freaky photographs of doll-like Victorian children now selling for a buck at your local vintage flea market, author Ransom Riggs created an equally eerie world of gifted children with unique abilities or physical traits in his novel of the same name. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and have been waiting patiently for the film, although when I heard Tim Burton was directing my enthusiasm balloon deflated slightly. Burton is the “nail on the head” choice for a film like this, and seeing what little footage I have of the film in trailers, it looks to be exactly what we have come to expect from him as a filmmaker. It’s boring and predictable, and not quite how I envisioned the creep factor playing out on screen, but because I liked the book and have been waiting years for this, I’m going to go into this one with an open mind.
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Arrival
I’ve been staying away from Arrival hype (hard to do, because I’m seeing it everywhere) but still hot after rewatching Interstellar I decided it was time to watch the trailer. Yeeeeah, I’m into it. I love the linguistics angle, I like what little I’ve seen of ship design. Not much more to say here.
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Allied
Two assassins meet cute on assignment, fall in love, get married, and then one of them realizes the other has got to go. I’m feeling a little Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe circa 1942, and that’s okay because while I usually find Brad Pitt insufferable he endeared himself to me with his role in The Big Short and Marion Cotillard is Marion Cotillard. Talented. Gorgeous. French. It also looks beautiful; very vintage, very 1940s. Really all this movie had to do was be set during WWII for it to pique my interest. With that incredibly low bar to clear, I’m looking forward to these two make doe eyes at each other before watching their world implode.
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37
I have an interest in True Crime (feels weird to say), so 37, a film about Kitty Genovese’s murder in 1964 is one I’m looking out for. 37 refers to the number of “witnesses” to the murder who presumably did nothing to stop it, although that number and the actions of bystanders has been disputed for over 50 years. The murder still has a grip on the neighborhood where it occurred, with some residents upset by the filming taking place so close to ground zero (out of respect to the victim and current residents, the actual scene of the crime was not used as a location in the film) and disrupting a neighborhood that is trying to get out from under the shadow even today. Interestingly enough, the making of this film maybe yet another story that needs to be told. It will be interesting to see how first-time writer/director Puk Grasten, a Danish “outsider,” tackles this very American story.

Author: JIll Malcolm and Ryan Silberstein

“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.

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