2015 Fall Movie Preview- November and December


With August ending and September beginning, the time for summer blockbusters is over and we are now starting to see the Oscar films. September, October, November and December are important months for film, and is usually when we get the best films of the year. In this two-part article series, I will be breaking down the movies I am looking forward to most in these coming months, which ones I think are the most likely Oscar candidates and which movies to avoid. And yes, I know December is not a fall month, but I think it's better to put the rest of the year altogether in one article. So let's take a look at fall movies of 2015. 

You can read part one of the fall movie preview here

November

Spectre- November 6th



Spectre is the latest film in the James Bond franchise, and the last one to be directed by Sam Mendes and (possibly) the last starring Daniel Craig. The trailer for this movie looked fantastic, and I think this is going to be a fun, action filled thriller. Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista are great casting as villains, and I think they will both bring something dynamic to their characters, in their own different ways. In the year of the spy movie (between Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mission: Impossible- Rouge Nation and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), this has the potential to be the best one of them all.

Peanuts- November 6th


Like most people, I grew up watching the Charlie Brown Christmas and Thanksgiving specials. I even read Peanuts comics as a kid. The Charlie Brown character is such a relateable character, and transcends generations. But when I heard that they would be making a 3D animated Peanuts film, I was kind of indifferent to it. Then I saw the trailer, and I became excited. It seems that they have captured the magic that made Charlie Brown and Peanuts so likable. I really hopes this ends up being a good, quality animated film that both children and adults alike can appreciate.

Trumbo- November 6th


Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1940's who was outed and blacklisted as being a Communist. I really like Cranston as an actor, and I have been waiting for him to get more leading roles in films, and now he finally has one. The trailer was really good for Trumbo, and I think it's a very fascinating story to tell. It has the potential to be something really special, by telling the lesser known history of a darker and different Hollywood than we know today. I hope Cranston knocks this out of the park, because this could finally get him more leading actor roles in movies.

Secret in Their Eyes- November 20th


Secret in Their Eyes stars Julia Roberts as a cop who discovers her daughter dead in the dumpster. On a quest for revenge, her partner Ray (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), must try to hold her back from doing something she'll regret. I thought the trailer was quite good. It reminded me a lot of Prisoners from a couple years ago, and I thought that was an excellent film. This could end up being poorly made and without much suspense, but from what I've seen, it looks like it could be a small thriller that is unfortunately overlooked by a lot of people.

Carol- November 20th


You might as well just give Cate Blanchett her Oscar nomination right now, because you know she's going to get it. Blanchett plays a married aristocratic woman who falls for a department store clerk (Rooney Mara), and the two begin an affair. This fall season offers a lot of LGBT films, which is great. It diversifies the films coming out, and it offers a new perspective and insight onto an issue that is so important to today's culture right now. Carol may end up being really boring, but I think it could be engaging, funny at times and give us a really good performance from Blanchett. 

Creed- November 25th


Creed is the spin-off of Sylvester Stallone's successful boxing franchise Rocky, starring Michael B. Jordan. He plays the son of Apollo Creed, who is taking up the sport and is being trained by none other than Rocky himself. I thought the trailer was excellent, and it displayed this movie as being a regular boxing movie that just happens to take place in the same universe as Rocky, rather than banking of the fact that it's connected to that popular franchise. This could end up feeling like a cheap, money-grab but I think it will end up feeling vastly different from the Rocky films, and will in many ways stand as its own film.

The Good Dinosaur- November 25th


After Inside Out in June, The Good Dinosaur is Pixar's second release-- the first time the studio has put out two films in the same year. I absolutely loved Inside Out, so I have high hopes for The Good Dinosaur, but the production issues surrounding the film scares me. The movie has gone through several directors and many different script revisions. The entire cast was just fired a few months ago and entirely replaced. Problems like these cause one to worry, but I have faith that Pixar will give us something at the very least good, if not as spectacular as most of their work.

Victor Frankenstein- November 25th


Victor Frankenstein stars James McAvoy as the titular doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor in this spin on the tale from the Mary Shelley novel. I wasn't entirely sold on the trailer, but I'm still interested in seeing this movie. I really like McAvoy as an actor, and he seems to be making really good choices with his career. Frankenstein is a great story, and is ripe for a retelling every few years. The trailer definitely shows this to be a different take on the story, which is something that could end up being very interesting. So I'm holding out hope for this film.

The Night Before- November 25th


I f*cking loved the trailer for The Night Before. The redband trailer was genius, showcasing Seth Rogen along Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, two fellow thespians he doesn't normally work with. (This just seems like the kind of movie he would have put in James Franco and Jay Baruchel or Jonah Hill in) But the trailer hit all the comedic points I wanted it to. It just looks great, and this is a movie that wasn't even on my radar until the trailer hit. And now, it's one of my most anticipated releases of November.

The Danish Girl- November 27th


Ever since I saw the first image of Eddie Redmayne in costume as Lily, the first transgender person in history to undergo a physical operation to change their sex, I knew this film would be prime for Oscar attention. Then the trailer hit, and I was blown away. The subtlety and beauty that Redmayne brings to his performance in just the two minutes we saw was incredible, and I think he is one of the front runners for the Academy Award nomination right now. Alicia Vikander also looks fantastic in the film. After seeing the trailer, this is definitely a November release that I am now very interested in seeing. 

What to Avoid:

There actually isn't anything in November that stands out as being something to avoid. I'm not going to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part Two, simply because I'm not a fan of the franchise or the young adult genre. But that is a movie so many other people are looking forward to, so it's not fair to say for you to avoid it. It's just not for me.

December

Macbeth- December 4th


Macbeth is a film I have been looking forward to for a while now. First of all, it stars two A-list stars in Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Second of all, I really like the William Shakespeare play, and I think it's ripe for a cinematic retelling. And third of all, it is practically a prequel to Assassin's Creed, in that it has the trio of Fassbender, Cotillard and director Justin Kurzel, before they reunite for the video game adaptation. I have loved the trailers for Macbeth, and I think this is going to be an epic and masterful film.

In the Heart of the Sea- December 11th


This Ron Howard film was supposed to be released in March, but was pushed back-- presumably because it could end up attracting some Oscar buzz. For this reason alone I am interested in the film. I never really bought into the trailers. And even though Howard was the director and it had Chris Hemsworth as the star, I just wasn't very interested. But if the studio thinks it's good enough to attract Oscar buzz, then that raises my interest for In the Heart of the Sea. This could end up being boring, or it could be a thrilling and exciting retelling of the Moby Dick story. I for one am hoping for the latter.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens- December 18th


So a little indie film called Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is opening in limited release on this day, and I really hope people go out to see it. I don't think it will make enough money to even break even, and it deserves to. We, film fans, need to support independent film and by going out to see smaller movies like this is one way to do so. Who am I kidding? It's f*cking Star Wars! I don't think anyone would believe me if I wrote that I wasn't losing my sh*t for this movie. It's my most anticipated film of the year right now, and I just hope to God that it's good. If we see the prequels part two, I'm going to shut down this site and live in a cave.

Sisters- December 18th


Okay, the trailer wasn't very good for this movie. But I'm still looking forward to this film. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are a dynamic team, and are hilarious together. Plus, the trailer we saw was the greenband trailer. For R-rated comedies, I hold out for the redband trailer, because that's when we get a better sense of whether this could be good comedy or not. I think it's a great premise, and like I said before, I really like Fey and Poehler, especially when they're together. This has potential to be a hilarious comedy that's the icing on top of Star Wars, or it could just end up getting lost in the shuffle. 

Joy- December 25th


David O. Russell is a masterful director. The Fighter is my personal favorite film of his, and I also really liked Silver Linings Playbook. I wasn't huge on American Hustle, but I still rather enjoyed it. But he and Jennifer Lawrence work perfectly together. So how could I not be excited for their next movie together? Joy could be another great film from Russell, and may be a serious Oscar contender, as his last three films have also been. I have high hopes for this movie, and I hope it shows us yet again what a great filmmaker Russell is.

Concussion- December 25th


This film wasn't even on my radar until I saw the trailer for it the other day (which you can see here). It looks like Will Smith's return to serious, dramatic acting instead of, you know, just being Will Smith on screen. The true story sounds fascinating, as a doctor discovers the truth about concussions and the NFL tries to silence him. I think this will be a very enlightening movie, and will get a lot of people talking, perhaps leading to more reforms for safety in professional football. Even if it doesn't, I hope it will be an entertaining film at least.

The Hateful Eight- December 25th


The Hateful Eight has such a history behind it. The script was originally leaked online, infuriating Quentin Tarantino and made him claim he will never make this movie. But after some time passed, he reworked the script and decided to do a public table read for it. This was met with such applause that he decided to actually make the film. That alone would make anyone interested in the film. I wasn't blown away by the trailer, but with Tarantino at the helm and a cast as fantastic as this, I am definitely on board with this. And I will absolutely be seeing it in 70mm.  

The Revenant- December 25th


After Star Wars, this may be my second most anticipated film of fall. Alejandro González Iñárritu   won his Academy Award last year for Birdman, and it seems like this year he will be bringing an equally Award worthy film to the table. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, two of the best actors working in the industry today. I think this movie is going to have a huge presence at the Academy Awards, and may even win a fair amount of the trophies. Could this film get Iñárritu his second (Best Picture or Director) win in a row? We'll just have to wait and see. 

Snowden- December 25th


Snowden is the second big, Joseph Gordon-Levitt led film of the year, and is one that I am very much looking forward to. The film focuses on Edward Snowden, a NSA employee who famously released American secrets to the public and was deemed a traitor. I think this will give us fantastic insight on Snowden's personality and character, and could give us another great performance from Gordon-Levitt. The teaser trailer was skillfully made and artistic, and I can't wait for the full-length trailer. In short, I have very high hopes for this film.

What to Avoid:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip


How many f*cking Alvin and the Chipmunks movies do we need? I think this is the fourth one or something. Jesus, who's seeing this sh*t? Certainly not me, and hopefully not you. I saw the first one and it's not good. I don't think I've seen any of the sequels. If I did, I don't remember them at all, and that's probably a testament to their quality. Just go see Star Wars again, or see one of the smaller films getting a lot of Oscar buzz. Save your ten bucks for something actually worthwhile. The more money we give to garbage movies like this, the more movies like this they'll make, which means it'll take up more screens, which means less screens for Star Wars. So just don't f*cking see it.

Alright, that's my comprehensive look at the Fall (and December) movies coming out in 2015. What do you think? What movies are you most looking forward to in September? What about October? Which ones are you going to avoid? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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