Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Coming This Fall: Part II

by Kevin Powers

Fall is here. How about some of the weather we had this past week?

In related news (sort of), two of the movies I’m most excited about in the coming final months of 2014 are getting some play and good buzz at the New York Film Festival (happening right now). They are David Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel “Inherent Vice.”

“Gone Girl” has already gained much praise for its being completely faithful to the source material and for Fincher’s direction drawing comparisons to his best work, 2007’s “Zodiac,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey, Jr.

          
“Inherent Vice” is set to play this Saturday, October 4th, its World Premiere. I’ll have some news on that in the coming weeks.
           
To continue my list of new releases coming soon, here are five more that have me reeling (see what I did there?):

“Fury” (October 17th) – By now, you’ve most likely seen a new TV spot for this Brad Pitt vehicle about a group of American soldiers in the final days of WWII. Pitt leads a crew of war-hardened young men in a Sherman tank under heavy fire in Germany. Directed by David Ayer (screenwriter of 2001’s “Training Day”) and starring Shia LeBeouf and Logan Lerman, “Fury” is sure to be an action-packed war epic for the ages.


“Men, Women & Children” (October 17th) – After his Kate Winslet/Josh Brolin melodrama “Labor Day” bombed earlier this year, filmmaker Jason Reitman (“Juno” and “Up in the Air”) is coming back to form with “Men, Women & Children,” a look at the lives of a group of teenagers and their parents as they navigate the age of social media and the Internet. Adam Sandler (always great in more dramatic roles) and Jennifer Garner star alongside up-and-comers Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”) and Kaitlyn Dever (“Short Term 12”).


“Foxcatcher” (November 14th) – The team of writer Dan Futterman (“Capote”) and director Bennett Miller (“Capote”, “Moneyball”) can seemingly do no wrong. As a duo, they have countless Oscar nominations in just a few films. “Foxcatcher” is the true crime story of John Du Pont (Steve Carrell) and Olympic wrestler brothers David and Mark Shultz (Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum). Du Pont is the wealthy coach and Mark is his newest charge. The relationship turns bad…really bad. Funnyman Carrell and lady killer Tatum are poised to win Oscar nominations. This movie has garnered nothing but good buzz since in premiered earlier this year in France at the Cannes Film Festival. 


“Dumb and Dumber To” (November 14th) – Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back as dynamic dumb duo Lloyd and Harry in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s sequel to the 1994 smash. This has been 20 years in the making and will no doubt have us grossed out and rolling in the aisles.  


“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I” (November 21st) – The stunning Jennifer Lawrence is back as the most successful action heroine of our time, Katniss Everdeen in the first part of the final installment of the trilogy. I found 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to be even better than the original and with the same filmmakers at the helm, this one is sure to deliver on the IMAX screen. 


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