The summer movie season is officially over and now we have to sit through the September studio dumping grounds. No ones cares about movies right now. Can you blame them with football back and films about haunted catacombs in Paris? Lucky for me and movie lovers everywhere the September movie dump only lasts a few weeks. By the time we get to October there will be some movies we actually care about seeing. Let’s take a look at the four films I think you should keep an eye on this Fall.
Birdman (OPENS 10/17/14)
Mr. Mom, Batman & Beetlejuice. That’s an impressive list of iconic movie characters for one actor to play. Michael Keaton was at the top of his game in the late 1980s. Then it all went away. He turned down a huge paycheck to reprise his role in Batman Forever and decided to take on more serious roles such as My Life and the underrated The Paper. Audiences didn’t buy Keaton as a serious actor and the roles began to dry up. Now, over twenty years later, Keaton may prove skeptics wrong with his new film, Birdman. The film tells the story of an actor famous for playing a winged costumed superhero named Birdman. Sound familiar? Keaton plays the washed up actor, Riggan Thomson who is trying to mount a Broadway reinvention while his life is a complete disaster. Academy Award nominee (Babel) Alejandro González Iñárritu directed the film and the style has been described as one big take that never breaks. That’s the type of unique filmmaking that drives Oscar voters wild. Plus, everyone loves a good comeback and this looks to be the film where we finally take Michael Keaton seriously.
Interstellar (Opens 11/7/14)
Matthew McConaughey is the man right now in Hollywood. He’s got an Oscar, an Emmy Nomination and now he get’s to be a part of Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar. McConaughey leads a star-studded cast including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck about a world where Earth is dying. A group of space explorers decide to take off into a wormhole in space to become the pilgrims of the solar system. Nolan proved he can make a spectacle with depth and the fact that most of the cast (McConaughey, Hathaway, Caine, & Burstyn) have Oscars sitting on their shelves doesn’t hurt either. Interstellar could be this year’s Gravity sweeping the technical awards and making big dollars at the box office in early November. In Nolan, we trust.
Foxcatcher (Opens 11/14/14)
Do not be surprised if you hear Steve Carell and Channing Tatum’s names being called the morning of Oscar nominations at the end of this year. From all accounts Foxcatcher is one powerful movie lead by a strong and dark performance from funny man Carell. Foxcatcher is based on the real life story of the Schultz brothers (Channing Tatum & Mark Ruffalo) and the benefactor of their Olympic dreams John du Pont (Carell). The ladies may show up to see their favorite hunk Tatum, but could leave with a whole new outlook over the range displayed by the gifted young actor. Carell dons a prosthetic nose as the troubled du Pont whose relationship with the Olympic wrestlers goes south with tragic circumstances. I always stated that someone would write the perfect role for Carell that would show off his dramatic side that’s been hiding under the laughs. This looks like it could be it.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Opens 11/21/14)
Guardians of the Galaxy is the number one movie of the year, but it won’t last for the space heroes. Katniss and the revolutionaries of the districts will be back to take over the Thanksgiving box office in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Many fans who were not familiar with the books were left angry by Catching Fire‘s cliffhanger. News flash: That’s what a cliffhanger is supposed to do dummies. It’s intention is to drive you nuts so you can’t wait to find out what happened to poor Peeta and the rest of the rebellious districts. It will be interesting this time around with the war being the focus and not the games. It should be fun to see Katniss as the symbolic soldier of the revolution leading an uprising with her bow and arrows. Take this warning people: It’s part 1 so be prepared for another cliffhanger. Expect The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 to break the $400 million mark and be the box office champ for the year.