SO many movies get released in the fall… this is by no means all of them, just the ones I was most interested in. Most will not live up to their promise and some will disappear right away, some will go on to be nominated and a few might even be considered classics one day. Anyone who says they can predict which ones fall into which category is an idiot or a liar – usually both. Here are the 10 I’ll (try to) See. For your consideration…
Bill Murray plays a boozed-up grump from Brooklyn who, against type, mentors the son of his single neighbor (Melissa McCarthy). See
This Is Where I Leave You
Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver are part of a family sitting shiva for their dead dad. Jane Fonda is the mom. (Before I’ve seen a frame, the award for best casting, in my opinion.) See
Mia Wasikowska makes a 2,000-mile journey through the Australian desert with help from Adam Driver (who, it seems is in every other movie)
Denzel Washington is an ex black-ops commando using his training on violent street criminals.
This 3-D stop-motion/CGI techno-film is about a Victorian orphan raised by underground garbage collectors. Voiced by Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, and Ben Kingsley.
The Skeleton Twins
SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are estranged twins who get back together to wonder how they got so messed up.
The Longest Week
Jason Bateman stars is an trust-fund brat disinherited by his parents. Olivia Wilde falls for him anyway. Of course. See
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
Three films in one, by Ned Benson. The story of Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy’s broken marriage, told from his, hers, and their perspectives.
Horrible Bosses 2
With the original cast. This time they launch their own business with a bit of kidnapping and craziness.
The Maze Runner
Adapted from the Young Adult sci-fi book, with Dylan O’Brien as a the man trapped in a postapocalyptic maze.
Hector and the Search for Happiness
Simon Pegg is a psychiatrist who is bored and makes an “eat pray love”-esq journey around the globe.
London couple James Franco and Kate Hudson are flat broke and saved by a stroke of luck. Spoiler? (Their neighbor gets murdered and leaves behind $400,000.) See
Jimi: All Is by My Side
André 3000 plays the young Jimi Hendrix. Written and directed by Oscar winner John Ridley (writer of 12 Years a Slave).
The much-awaited David Fincher directed film about a woman (Rosamund Pike) who goes missing on the eve of her wedding anniversary. Ben Affleck is her maybe-guilty husband. See
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Disney takes on the tale of an 11-year-old’s day from hell, with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.
Robert Downey Jr. plays a city lawyer who returns to his country town to defend his dad (Robert Duvall), a judge – in a murder trial.
The Theory of Everything
James Marsh’s biopic of Stephen Hawking, with Eddie Redmayne as the theoretical physicist and Felicity Jones as his wife. See
A comedy-horror hybrid about kids at an elementary school who turn savage when they’re infected by a unknown virus. Elijah Wood is their substitute teacher.
Kill the Messenger
Jeremy Renner plays Gary Webb, the real-life reporter who blew the whistle on the CIA’s involvement in the Nicaraguan cocaine trade of the 80s.
Shia LaBeouf (not a celebrity anymore!) comes out of retirement to co-star with Brad Pitt as American soldiers in WWII.
Listen Up Philip
Jason Schwartzman is a narcissistic writer on the brink. His photographer girlfriend is played by Elizabeth Moss.
The Book of Life
A 3-D computer-animated romantic comedy produced by Guillermo del Toro. Starring (the voices of) Diego Luna and Channing Tatum, who compete for the affections of Zoe Saldana.
The Best of Me
The ninth Nicholas Sparks screen adaptation is a southern love story with Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as high-school sweethearts reunited in their late 30s.
The Two Faces of January
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst are a wealthy couple whose vacation to 1960s Greece gets totally ruined by multiple murders. With Oscar Issac. See
Michael Keaton stars in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s unauthorized biopic of Michael Keaton (huh?) about an actor famous for playing a superhero who tries to mount a Broadway play.
Two stuntmen — Chad Stahelski (stunt coordinator for The Hunger Games) and David Leitch (who has doubled for Brad Pitt) — make their directorial debut, with Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman forced to go out and kill again.
Elle Fanning plays the daughter of a heroin-addicted jazz pianist (John Hawkes). Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close, and Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) round out the strangest cast of Fall ’14.
White Bird in a Blizzard
Shailene Woodley is a lovesick, Depeche Mode–obsessed teen in the late 80s, forced to deal with the mysterious disappearance of her mother.
Keira Knightley’s boyfriend (Mark Webber) proposes marriage, so she freaks out and takes up with a new friend – Chloë Grace Moretz, who is 16.
Before I Go to Sleep
The adaptation of S.J. Watson’s best-selling thriller, with Nicole Kidman as an amnesiac. Zzzzzz.
A painfully thin Jake Gyllenhaal is a freelance crime video-journalist in LA.
Big Hero 6
Disney’s Marvel-inspired computer animation follows a robotics genius who gets caught up in a criminal plot that threatens to destroy his tech hometown; San Fransokyo. See
Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi epic. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway travel through a wormhole to other galaxies. See
The Good Lie
Reese Witherspoon is an advocate for a trio of Sudanese lost boys and their sister.
Men, Women & Children
Jason Reitman directs Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Jennifer Garner (who, like Adam Driver, is also in every other film this fall.) This comedy is about the ways in which the internet has messed them up.
Jon Stewart’s directorial debut. A fact-based story of a BBC journalist (Gael García Bernal) arrested and tortured for 118 days in Iran. Fun.
Dumb and Dumber To
Twenty years later, the doofy odd couple (Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey) hit the highway in search of a long-lost daughter (and a kidney?)
A Most Violent Year
Director J. C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost) goes back to the gritty New York of 1981, with Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac.
The true story of Olympic-wrestling brothers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) and their dark and twisted sponsor (Steve Carell).
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss, and Julianne Moore joins the lucrative franchise as President Coin; Philip Seymour Hoffman revives his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in his final screen roll. Heavensbee. Poetic, huh?
The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch is the gay British code-cracking computer-science pioneer Alan Turing, with Keira Knightley as his female assistant. Watch below. See