|Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins|
Fall is perhaps my favorite time of the year: it gets cooler, leaves begin to turn, and the films just get so damned good in preparation for Oscar season. Things are still a little patchy, but films that studios have held onto all year are beginning to see the light of day, from fantastic family dramas to profound and bizarre cinematic experiences.
So, whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
Synopsis: The Petersen family are a simple, suburban family when they are struck by the tragedy of losing their son Caleb in Afghanistan. In the aftermath of his death, David, an unexpected visitor knocks on the door, recently discharged from the army and promising to fulfil the promise to their son. Initially wary, the two siblings of the family are eventually won over by David’s charm and good looks. However, a series of unfortunate events lead the sister, Anna, to suspect that David might just be there for another reason, and that he is not who he says he is at all.
Two Cents: Mediocre at best.
|The Maze Runner|
Synopsis: Dylan O’Brien stars as Thomas, who wakes up in the middle of a mechanical maze with a group of teenage boys. He is unable to recall anything pertaining to how he got there. By day, the boys act in an orderly fashion and complete communal tasks, living in supposed harmony, but come nightfall, the huge doors to the maze close shut, and only the screams of what lives over the wall are heard. Many of the boys travel through the maze during the day when it is safe in a bid to map out the maze and perhaps find a way out, but must always return by dusk. Thomas, it seems, may be their only hope of finally discovering what the maze is all about, and with the arrival of the last addition and only girl, played by Kaya Scodelario, they realise time may be running out once and for all.
Two Cents: It appears that the studios will stop kicking the dead horse of teen dystopian films when it stops spitting out money…
|The ensemble cast of This is Where I Leave You|
Synopsis: Based on the book of the same name, the film focuses on the four grown Altman siblings (Stoll, Bateman, Fey and Driver) who must sit Shiva for a week following the death of their father. The family is unrelenting and poisonous as accusations fly and the past does not remain so for long, as old feuds see the light and familiar faces reek havoc on the fragile familiar balance.
Two Cents: You had me at Jane Fonda.
|Justin Long in Tusk|
Synopsis: Justin Long stars as Wallace Bryton, a popular podcaster who mysteriously disappears rafter interviewing a bizarre seafarer (Michael Parks). His best friend (Haley Joel Osment) and girlfriend Allison must embark on a terrifying journey to recover him in the Manitoban wilderness with the help of an ex-cop (Johnny Depp). However, it seems that his capture has a particularly gruesome transformation in store for Wallace, who may not be in one piece when they find him.
Two Cents: The promotional pictures say it all.
|Liam Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones|
Stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens
Synopsis: Liam Neeson stars as Matthew Scudder, a former police office who has turned to private investigative work as means of getting by. He is contacted by a drug dealer (Dan Stevens), who reveals that his wife was kidnapped and held for ransom. When the ransom was paid, she was killed anyway. He has only one wish: bring the men who did this to him alive. But these criminals are no ordinary robbers, and it quickly becomes clear for Matthew that he is in far too deep to walk away – even at the risk of his life.
Two Cents: Despite fears that this may basically be Taken 3, it looks quite riveting.
|Simon Pegg in Hector and The Search For Happiness|
Synopsis: Hector, a successful psychiatrist, offers priceless advice to his depressed and gloomy patients, who look to him for many of life’s answers. It is not long, however, before Hector begins to feel like a fake: he feels bored and tired of his life, and does not feel he is in any place to be giving advice on what true happiness is. Without his girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) he embarks on a journey that he hopes may literally change his life for the better. But Hector might be avoiding certain truths rather than chasing after them, and must forced himself to reflect on what really makes him happy.
Two Cents: With anyone else I would have said the film would end up cloying and suffocatingly sentimental, but Simon Pegg is perhaps the most sincere actor around, so this might be lovely.
The Skeleton Twins (Limited)
|The Skeleton Twins|
Synopsis: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play twins Maggie and Milo, who are reunited after many years avoiding each other. Milo is a failing actor whose gay relationships with closeted men (Ty Burrell) wreck his self-esteem, and Maggie is secretly avoiding having to tell her husband (Luke Wilson) that she just isn’t ready to have kids. Their reunion could not be better timed, but instead of helping one another, they attack and belittle the other with no restraint. They must find a way back, or they risk irreparable consequences to their relationship with each other and those around them.
Two Cents: Films like these are only dreamt of.
Synopsis: Mia Wasikowska plays Robyn Davidson, the real-life woman who travelled 2,700km from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean across deserts with her dog, Diggity, and four camels. Adam Driver plays the photographer assigned to document her amazing journey, and they forge a strong relationship in their days of solitude.
Two Cents: Awesome. Just awesome.
The Zero Theorem (Limited)
|Christoph Waltz in The Zero Theorem|
Synopsis: Hired by a company named Mancom, Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) must use his eccentric personality and programming skills to build a computer that determines if life has any meaning. Management (Matt Damon) determines he is sane enough to work from home, quite to Qohen’s dismay, and he is given access to vast amounts of information that only worsen his existential crisis. With the help of his psychiatrist (Tilda Swinton) and female companion, Qohen must overcome his nightmares, his angst, and his fear to solve ‘The Zero Theorem’, and give humanity the answer its been looking for all these years: what does it all mean?
Two Cents: Utterly exquisite and beyond bizarre.