Sadly days are getting shorter, fall is around the corner but so is a rich crop of fall movies. Now don’t be mistaken, we still have a few block busters to contend with Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Transporter Refueled and add a bit horror to that with The Visit, Green Inferno and Before I Wake to help bring summer to a close. Bringing in the fall we have a couple boomer comedies A Walk in the Woods, The Intern and a few indies; 99 Homes, Black Mass and the IMAX / 3D event The Walk.
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.
A Walk in the Woods
Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson
Directed By: Ken Kwapis
Synopsis: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.
Our Two Cents: I can’t help but be reminded of a Bob Hope and Bing Crosby-style road picture.
The Kitchen Sink
Stars: Vanessa Hudgens, Ed Westwick, Mackenzie Davis, Patton Oswalt
Directed By: Robbie Pickering
Synopsis: Vampires, humans and zombies used to get along in Dillford, but then something unexpected arrived and now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out mortal combat. It’s up to three teenagers to try to get things back to “normal.”
Our Two Cents: A human, a vampire and a zombie walk into a bar…
Stars: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson
Directed By: Camille Delamarre
Synopsis: In the south of France, former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme-fatale and her three sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.
Our Two Cents: Can’t say I’m too interested in The Transporter franchise without Jason Statham.
Before We Go (Limited)
Stars: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick
Directed By: Chris Evans
Synopsis: Two strangers stuck in Manhattan for the night grow into each other’s most trusted confidants when an evening of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.
Our Two Cents: Chris Evans directorial debut seems to be vaguely reminiscent of The Before series.
Dragon Blade (Limited)
Stars: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody
Directed By: Daniel Lee
Synopsis: When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An teams up his army with an elite Legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius to protect his country and his new friends.
Our Two Cents: One of the most expensive films ever produced in China, that blade better be sharp.
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (Limited)
Stars: Steve Jobs
Directed By: Alex Gibney
Synopsis:A look at the personal and private life of the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.
Our Two Cents: Steve Jobs is a fascinating subject and I’m excited to see his story in the hands of Alex Gibney.
Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
Directed By: David M. Rosenthal
Synopsis: After a painful breakup, successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Michael Ealy). When her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces in her life she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear.
Our Two Cents: Must we make this movie over and over.
Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Synopsis: A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
Our Two Cents: M. Night Shyamalan’s return to the horror genre has arrived it what appears to be a found footage style. Enough with the found footage!
A Brilliant Young Mind (Limited)
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins
Directed By: Morgan Matthews
Synopsis: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Our Two Cents: Formerly known as X+Y, the film appears so raw that it almost feels like a documentary.
Coming Home (Limited)
Stars: Li Gong, Daoming Chen, Huiwen Zhang |
Directed By: Yimou Zhang
Synopsis: Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.
Our Two Cents: Beautifully shot like most of directors Yimou Zhang films.
Sleeping with Other People (Limited)
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Natasha Lyonne |
Directed By: Leslye Headland
Synopsis: A good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.
Our Two Cents: A rom-com with a dash of misogyny.
Wolf Totem (Limited)
Stars: Shaofeng Feng, Shawn Dou, Ankhnyam Ragchaa
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Synopsis: In 1967, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads’ traditional enemies – the marauding wolves – to the north; humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world.
Our Two Cents: Magnificent natural vistas, the film boils down to a familiar environmentalist stand point.
Stars: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson
Directed By: Scott Cooper
Synopsis: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Our Two Cents: We’ve seen plenty of trailers for this already, so we all should know what to expect at this point, but n Depp as Bulger, looks pretty good.
Stars: Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Michael Kenneth Williams
Directed By: Jerry Jameson
Synopsis: A recovering drug addict, who is a single mother, is taken by surprise when an escaped murderer takes her hostage.
Our Two Cents: I’ll watch David Oyelowo in anything.
Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley
Directed By: Baltasar Kormákur
Synopsis: A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.
Our Two Cents: Thriller based on the real story of a climb up Mount Everest gone bad… I’m all over it.
Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Directed By: Wes Ball
Synopsis: After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
Our Two Cents: Tons of explosions, post-apocalyptic landscapes, zombie creature things, kids disrespecting adults – what more could you want?
Pawn Sacrifice (Limited)
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Lily Rabe, Tobey Maguire
Directed By: Edward Zwick
Synopsis: American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
Our Two Cents: I’m fascinated by the politics and the sport, but also by Bobby Fischer and his mind.
Stars: Emily Blunt, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve
Synopsis: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
Our Two Cents: Looks pretty intense!
Stars: Kate Bosworth, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok
Directed By: Mike Flanagan
Synopsis: A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.
Our Two Cents: Standard supernatural horror.
Hotel Transylvania 2 (3D)
Stars: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Nick Offerman
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky
Synopsis: Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
Our Two Cents: Sequels to successful animated movies happen all the time but I’m actually looking forward to this one.
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Nat Wolff
Directed By: Nancy Meyers
Synopsis: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Our Two Cents: This looks like it’s much more than just a comedy.
99 Homes (Limited)
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
Directed By: Ramin Bahrani
Synopsis: A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration.
Our Two Cents: Looks powerful, and emotionally draining, but a very important film for these times.
The Green Inferno (Limited)
Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns
Directed By: Eli Roth
Synopsis: A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Our Two Cents: Is that a picture of the audience?
The Keeping Room (Limited)
Stars: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru
Directed By: Julia Hart
Synopsis: Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.
Our Two Cents: An indie revisionist western told from the woman’s perspective.
Stars: Joey King, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, James Franco
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
Synopsis: A young man’s political awakening and coming of age during the days and weeks leading up to the Stonewall Riots.
Our Two Cents: With a coming-of-age 60’s vibe, this is about the start of the LGBT rights movement.
The Walk (IMAX Only)
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis
Synopsis: The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
Our Two Cents: Watch Man on Wire first please.