EXCLUSIVE: Top Ten Fall Flicks Coming Soon

Do you like scary movies?
No one can ever ask that question again without bringing to mind a scratchy voice and a certain white mask. While it’s true that autumn is usually rife with horror films to get you in the Halloween spirit, fall is also commonly the time for studios to roll out their contenders for the upcoming award season. Hard-hitting scripts topped with A-listers aiming for gold hit the silver screen one right after the other. It’s a fine time to take in a movie on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Ordered by release date, here are the top ten flicks we’re looking forward to this fall.

1. The Green Inferno | September 5


I’m always down for a good horror flick, although I’m surprised that Eli Roth’s new movie isn’t being released closer to Halloween. This “cannibal-horror thriller” is getting pretty good reviews for something billed with “cannibal” in its press materials. Roth is never shy about bringing the gore, so I’m sure this one will be pretty crazy. I was really sold after listening to his interview on the Nerdist podcast about introducing a Peruvian tribe to movies for the first time ever by screening the horror classic, “Cannibal Holocaust.” Note: There are recent reports that this film has been pushed back from its release date yet again.—JK

2. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them | September 12

When faced with yet another drippy Nicholas Sparks romance coming this fall, I turned toward this non-traditional love story instead. Director Ned Benson takes us on a screenplay overload by telling two sides of the same story with three separate films: “Him,” “Her,” and “Them.” The separate sides debuted at film festivals last year, while the intertwined tale is set to hit theaters next month. Critics are calling it “groundbreaking cinema” and touting the performances of the two leads, James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, as some of their best ever. Sounds good to me. (Besides, as much as I like looking at James Marsden, I’m more partial to McAvoy.)—DT

3. A Walk Among the Tombstones | September 19


Along with journalism-based movies, I also really like crime dramas—even movies where Liam Neeson throat punches bad guys for 90-plus minutes, like “Taken.” “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” directed by Scott Frank, looks like a gritty New York City-based crime story, which happens to be my favorite kind after being weaned on Serpico and The French Connection at a young age. “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is squarely in my wheelhouse.—JK

4. Nightcrawler | October 17

Yes, another movie about a reporter, albeit one that looks entirely unrealistic. I guess sitting under neon lights, listening to the police scanner, and waiting for the phone to ring is a lot less exciting than a fictionalized account of a Los Angeles reporter chasing police cruisers in a muscle car. (I’m pretty sure the cops would just arrest you in that situation.) Regardless, Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” looks like an interesting movie about Jake Gyllenhaal possibly losing his mind.—JK

5.Horns| October 31

I’m known to like some off-the-wall films, if they’re good. And my affection for Daniel Radcliffe runs deep enough that I’m willing to give this a go. Critics are calling it the “best performance of his career,” so who can say no to that? After being accused of killing his girlfriend, Ig Perrish (Radcliffe) sprouts some gnarly horns. That right there tells you that director Alexandre Aja (known for horror flicks Mirrors and The Hills Have Eyes) has something creepy crawling out of his sleeve. That coupled with the Halloween Day release is enough intrigue to send me to the theater.—DT

6. Interstellar | November 7

I know Christopher Nolan can be divisive, but I’m excited for this one. Matthew McConaughey is doing some of the best work of his career and the rest of the cast is loaded—Jessica Chastain! The science fiction with a dash of apocalyptic rumblings seems pretty awesome and something Nolan would handle well. At the very least, the special effects should look great on the big screen.—JK

7. Rosewater | November 7

(No trailer available yet.)

This drama film, written and directed by “The Daily Show” anchor and comedian Jon Stewart, is based on an amazing memoir, Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari. I’m a sucker for journalism-related stories and Bahari’s is harrowing. After an interview on Stewart’s Comedy Central television show, Bahari was detained in Iran, accused of being a Zionist agent, and imprisoned and tortured for over 100 days. The title of the film comes from the only characteristic he could determine about his interrogator, who would torture him while blindfolded—that he smelled of rosewater. It’s going to be interesting to see what Stewart can do with such intense source material.—JK

8. Foxcatcher | November 14

It’ll be interesting to see ladies man Tatum and funny man Carell abandon their typecasting for such seemingly dark roles. Based on the “shocking” true story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, the climax won’t be a total surprise (just take a look at that last frame of the above trailer), but it will still be chilling to see Steve channel the [SPOILER] convicted murderer. I, for one, am thrilled to see Michael Scott expand his range past, well, his past. And good for Channing, finally putting his abs away for more serious subject matter … not that I mind looking at them, but I always suspected he was capable of more.—DT

9. Fury | November 14

War movies depress the hell outta me, so I haven’t seen very many, but every so often one comes along that I feel compelled to sit through. Earlier this year, it was Lone Survivor. Come November, it’ll be Fury. The IMDb summary reads: “April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.” Yep. I’ll be there.—DT

10. Mockingjay Pt. 1 | November 21

Not much needs to be said about this beyond the fact that the anticipation is already killing me. As a massive fan of the Hunger Games series, I can’t wait to see Jennifer Lawrence shine on screen once again as teenage rebel Katniss Everdeen in the second-to-last installment of this hugely popular YA book-turned-film saga. All the chills.—DT


Feast your eyes on these beasts.

Ouija, October 24 | The game you never wanted to play at slumber parties.

Annabelle, October 3 | A prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring.



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