Alternative Nation takes a look ahead at the upcoming film releases of this fall, including highly anticipated movies such as David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.
September 12 The Drop
Featuring the final film appearance of James Gandolfini, this drama examines the criminal underworld of New York City. Tom Hardy (Inception, Lawless) plays lonely bartender Bob Saginowski who becomes involved in the process of funneling money to local gangsters in the Brooklyn bar scene. Saginowski soon finds himself mixed up in a robbery gone awry and its aftermath.
September 19 The Skeleton Twins
SNL alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star as estranged twins in this comedy-drama film that explores sibling bonds. Film critics applaud the film’s emotionality and the unexpectedly moving performance from Hader.
September 19 This Is Where I Leave You
Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver play four siblings that reunite to sit shiva in the wake of their father’s death. Based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You features an ensemble cast including Jane Fonda and Dax Shepard.
September 26 Jimi: All Is By My Side
OutKast’s André Benjamin, aka André 3000, stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic written and directed by 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley. The intimate film discusses Hendrix’s life from 1966 to 1967, culminating in his legendary performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Although the movie was recently slammed by Hendrix’s friend Kathy Etchingham as fictitious, critics have praised Benjamin’s performance.
October 3 Gone Girl
Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, this thriller finds Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) accused of his wife’s mysterious disappearance and possible murder and surrounded by vicious media frenzy. The film was scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, whose soundtracks for Fincher have won them an Academy Award.
October 10 Kill The Messenger
Jeremy Renner stars in this drama-thriller based on the true story of Northern California investigative journalist Gary Webb and his exposé Dark Alliance. Webb (Renner) discovers that the CIA supported cocaine smuggling of the anti-Marxist Contra rebels in Nicaragua that led to Los Angeles’ crack epidemic. Kill The Messenger also features award-winning actors Ray Liotta, Andy García, and Oliver Platt.
October 17 Listen Up Philip
In this dark comedy premiered at Sundance, Jason Schwartzman stars as Philip, a self-absorbed writer that feels bored with his struggling relationship, his city life, and his career while awaiting the publication of his second novel. The misanthrope escapes to the isolated summer home of his idol (Jonathan Pryce) to find peace.
October 17 Birdman
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) directs this film about a once-famous actor, played by Michael Keaton, who is struggling in his attempts to launch a Broadway play. Birdman also features Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton.
October 17 Fury
Set in the last few months of the European theatre of World War II, US Army sergeant “Wardaddy” (Brad Pitt) leads a Sherman tank crew into the heart of Nazi Germany.
October 17 Men, Women, & Children
Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air) directs, produces, and writes this comedy-drama that examines the effect that the Internet and technology have had on modern social norms and relationships. The film stars Adam Sandler in a more serious role, similar to his acclaimed work in Punch-Drunk Love and Funny People.
October 24 St. Vincent
Bill Murray plays Vincent, a retired veteran and hedonist that begins an unusual friendship with the 12-year old boy living next door in this film written and directed by Theodore Melfi. Critics are already praising Murray’s performance.
October 31 Nightcrawler
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, an ambitious journalist in Los Angeles that stumbles upon a dark underworld. The dark thriller is also set to feature veteran actor Bill Paxton.
November 7 Interstellar
Likely the most anticipated film of the fall season, Interstellar is a sci-fi drama written and directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception). Set in a near-future setting in which Earth runs out of food, the film discusses a group of explorers that travel through a wormhole to transcend the limitations of human space travel in the hopes of saving the world. Matthew McConaughey stars in this film which also features Jennifer Chastain, Casey Affleck, Nolan alums Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine, and many more.
November 7 Rosewater
Jon Stewart’s directorial debut is based on the true story of Maziar Bahari and his memoir Then They Came For Me. Bahari (Gael García Bernal) is an Iran-born journalist from Canada that returns to his native country to cover the country’s riots in 2009. The journalist is arrested and incarcerated and spends the next 118 days in interrogation under the suspicion that he is a Western spy.
November 14 Dumb and Dumber To
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return in this long-awaited sequel written, directed, and produced by the Farrelly brothers. Set twenty years after the events of the first film, the duo set out to find Harry’s (Daniels) estranged daughter.
November 14 Foxcatcher
Director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) returns in this film based on the true story of Mark Schultz and the murder of his brother Dave. The Schultz brothers (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo) are Olympic wrestling champions when Dave is shot and killed in his home by millionaire John Eleuthère du Pont (Steve Carrell) who had been exhibiting erratic behavior.
November 21 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
This film is the first part in an adaption of the last entry in Suzanne Collins’ series and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
December 12 Inherent Vice
Personally, the film I’m most excited about for this fall is Inherent Vice. Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood), the mystery film follows drug-fueled private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) in a psychedelic California noir. Anderson’s seventh film also features Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and many more.
December 12 Exodus: Gods and Kings
Gladiator and Alien director Ridley Scott has enlisted Christian Bale as Moses in this modern take on the 1956 film The Ten Commandments. Moses faces the Pharaoh in this spectacle of visual effects that also stars Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, and Aaron Paul.
December 17 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Peter Jackson concludes his Hobbit trilogy and Tolkien saga with this film starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen. The dragon Smaug has been unleashed upon the world and Sauron has launched an attack on the dwarves’ newly-reclaimed home. This film is set to be an epic conclusion to the dramatic trilogy.
December 25 The Interview
Starring friends and previous collaborators James Franco and Seth Rogen, The Interview is a comedy film that follows American journalists that have been granted an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The film sparked real-life media attention when North Korea’s news agency promised “merciless” retaliation upon the film’s release and North Korea petitioned President Obama to halt the film’s release.
December 25 Unbroken
Angelina Jolie writes and directs this war drama based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book and a true story. The film follows Olympic runner and soldier Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) while being held as a prisoner of war in Japan during World War II.
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