By Sam Elliott | Staff Writer
Fall movie season is one of the most crucial seasons in cinema due to its proximity to Oscar season. While the franchise sequels, action packed movies and general audience pleasers of summer blockbusters entertain, the thought-provoking, carefully written and edited, star-featured films of fall are much more masterful.
On Sept. 12, two promising thrillers with mystery and intrigue will be released. One is Before I Sleep, which revolves around Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) and a past event that causes her to wake up every day remembering nothing. She begins to uncover truths about the accident that leave her suspicious of everyone around her. Mark Strong and Colin Firth also star in this thriller.
The Drop is in the same vein as Before I Sleep with mysterious surroundings. At this time, the plot is described as a robbery that goes awry and involves the central character, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), and an investigation into the neighborhood. Besides Tom Hardy, Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini star.
On Oct. 3, Gone Girl will be released. This movie centers around Nick Dunne, whose wife’s disappearance has caused speculation, who begins to be a possible person of interest. Ben Affleck stars in this film directed by David Fincher known for Fight Club and The Social Network.
Also on the same date, Annabelle will be released. Audiences might remember the horror film The Conjuring for its well developed story and its effective terror in an uninspiring genre. This film is a sequel of sorts starring the terrifying Annabelle doll from The Conjuring.
On Oct. 10, The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr. as a lawyer who returns home where his father, a judge, is suspected of murder. The film is directed by David Dobkin who directed Wedding Crashers. It promises thrills with a star cast including Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga.
Imagine a world where the earth’s resources have run out and the only solution is expansion into space for survival. That is the plot of the next Christopher Nolan (responsible for the Dark Knight trilogy) film. Interstellar comes to theaters Nov. 7. The film’s central character, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), must explore the deepest depths of the final frontier, including wormholes surpassing the previous limitations of human space travel, to save his family and all of mankind.
On Nov. 14, Fury, a WW2-centered movie revolving around a five-man crew going behind the Nazi Germany enemy lines will premiere. This film stars Brad Pitt.
On a more lighthearted note, Dumb and Dumber To will also be making its way to theaters as Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) return to the screen as the dynamic duo of this very successful comedic slapstick humor franchise.
Finally, on Nov. 21, the first portion of the final installment of The Hunger Games franchise Mockingjay will premiere. Katniss Everdeen, now a cultural phenomenon, played brilliantly by Jennifer Lawerence, becomes the face of the new rebellion against the hated capitol. This movie is also intriguing because it features a performance from the greatly talented, recently deceased Phillip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last films. The movie promises thrills as great as the previous two films with its star-studded cast, including Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks.
It will be followed by the second portion of Mockingjay, to be released on Nov. 20, 2015, almost a a year exactly from the first portion.