Fall 2016 Movie Preview- PART ONE


Now that we have moved past the summer blockbusters (you can read our summer breakdown here), we are quickly approaching the fall. September, October, November and December are the months that we usually get our Oscar contenders. Now, not every film to come out is Oscar worthy, but this is the time of year that most of those films are released. This makes the fall a very important part of the year for movies. So in this two part event, we will break down all the films coming out in the next four months to decide what is really worth our times, and what we can catch on VOD. So here is our Fall 2016 Movie Preview:

September

Morgan- September 2nd



Ridley Scott wasn't really on a roll for a while, until he came out with The Martian last year. Now his son, Luke Scott, takes the director's chair in his directorial debut with Morgan. The first trailer was really intriguing, creating a genuine mystery around this film. But the second trailer was a lot more traditional, and kind of lost the anticipation for the movie for me. But I still plan to check it out. It has a lot of talented actors, and this could end up being a really creepy and unnerving thriller, and could prove Luke Scott as a capable filmmaker. Or it could be a boring bag of sh*t. We won't know until we see the film.

The Light Between Oceans- September 2nd



I'm not sure where my anticipation level for this movie is at. From the posters and title, this looks like another sh*tty Nicholas Sparks type movie. But it has two of the best actors working today in leading roles: Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. With names like those, this is certainly not a movie to overlook. A really good love story can pull at your emotions and really make you care, but sometimes it can come across as sappy, cheesy and cliched. With Fassbender and Vikander involved, I can expect really good performances, but it's the story I'm not sure about. It could be really good, or it could just be a poor movie. I'm rooting for it, however, and I want The Light Between Oceans to be a fantastic movie. But I'm just not positive it will be.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax- September 2nd



I didn't know anything about this movie until I saw the trailer, which I really liked. On the surface it seems like an ordinary movie, but then it starts to delve deeper into these really strange and bizarre things, with a compelling mystery on top of it all. The 9th Life of Louis Drax has a star-studded cast. It's nice to see Aaron Paul in roles that involve him doing things other than making meth, and he genuinely looks great in this movie. Sarah Gadon and Jamie Dornan also look good in their roles. I think there will be a lot of layers to this movie, and it will end up surprising a lot of people. I, for one, am really excited to see it, though I don't think there is a lot of anticipation for it. Based on the trailer, this movie has a lot of potential and I really hope it lives up to it.

Sully- September 9th



Tell me there's a biopic coming out starring Tom Hanks, directed by Clint Eastwood, and you've immediately sold me. And that's what Sully is. It tells the true story of the miracle of Captain Sully landing a down plane on the Hudson River, saving everyone on board. I remember hearing about the story a few years back, but I didn't know any of the controversy that surrounded the event. Hanks is a phenomenal actor, one of the best working today, and he is a perfect choice to play the role. And Clint Eastwood is a great director, and has the know-how to tell this story right. I have a feeling this is going to end up being a really good movie, and I'm excited to see it.

Snowden- September 16th



Snowden is a movie I've been wanting to see for a while. It was supposed to come out last year, but it then got bumped to 2016. Hopefully that push wasn't a testament to the quality of the film, because I think this is going to be really good. Oliver Stone has proven himself to be a very capable director, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt just gets better and better with every new role he takes. I think this film has a lot of Oscar potential, and that could very well be the reason why it was pushed into this year. But I have been proven wrong on that before. Regardless of its awards chances, I just want this film to be good. The story of Edward Snowden is a compelling one, and I think this is the right team to do this story justice. 

Blair Witch- September 16th



We really had a fast-one pulled on us with Blair Witch. For a while, this movie was just called The Woods and was its own film. But at San Diego Comic Con this year, it was revealed to actually be a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. The original is definitely a classic in terms of horror movies, as well as found-footage films. It isn't a perfect movie, but it's a damn good one. All I hope is that Blair Witch comes close to it. From the trailers, it looks like it will. It seems the filmmakers have recaptured the magic, and could give us a movie that is not only another great 2016 horror movie, but a film that is on par with the original. I guess we'll have to wait and see, though, if Blair Witch actually comes close in quality to its predecessor. 

The Magnificent Seven- September 23rd



This is one of my most anticipated movies of the fall. The trailers have been fantastic for The Magnificent Seven. They capture a real sense of fun that the Western genre hasn't had in a while. The cast is phenomenal. Denzel Washington is one of the top actors working today, and really knows how to carry a film. Chris Pratt is proving himself more and more capable with each film he does, and it looks like he could give us a lot of Peter Quill-isms in this movie. Plus Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio and so many more! And of course, Antoine Fuqua is directing. The action looks fantastic, it looks like it has real emotional stakes, and everything is in place for this to be a true home-run! Let's just hope it is.

Storks- September 23rd



This has been a strong year for animated films, between movies like Zootopia, Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings and Sausage Party (I said animated films, not kids movies). But it doesn't look like Storks will be in that conversation. The idea of storks delivering babies could make a really good animated film, but from what I've seen in the trailers, this isn't that film. I don't like the story they've chosen, and it just looks dumb. It looks too catered to children, and it doesn't seem to have anything in it that would be enjoyable to adults. Maybe I'll be proven wrong. Zootopia wasn't necessarily on my radar before it came out, and it's now one of my favorite movies of the year. So maybe Storks can turn out to be decent. But as it stands right now, I have no desire to see this film. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children- September 30th



This film is being described as Tim Burton's X-Men, and that idea really intrigues me. Burton is definitely a bizarro director, who has a very strange and unique taste. When it works, it's brilliant. When it doesn't, you get half-baked and off-putting films. But from the trailers I've seen, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children looks as if it could be something really special. The use of the powers is effective in the trailer, and could make for some great visuals on screen. I just hope that the Tim Burton-isms don't overpower the film, and that it can stand its own as a competent narrative. Look, this film has a lot of potential to be good, but at the same time, it could be very poor. Burton has turned in some bad movies in the past. I have a good feeling about this movie, and I hope it does pan out to be something really great. 

Deepwater Horizon- September 30th



Deepwater Horizon, depicting the 2010 oil spill, has the potential to be a really solid film. Mark Wahlberg can really deliver with his acting, and this movie looks like it could give us another great performance from him. I liked how the trailer was constructed, with Wahlberg's child's science project being a metaphor for the oil spill. It worked for a self-contained, two minute trailer, but can it work for a two hour movie? I don't know. I think ultimately it will end up being a really good movie with excellent performances, but I'm not positive. There are so many ways this movie could go. It could be a big-time Oscar contender, or it could just be a mediocre movie. Regardless, I'm excited for it, and I'm hopeful it will turn out to be good.


October

The Girl on the Train- October 7th



The Girl on the Train really looks to be this year's Gone Girl, in terms of its compelling mystery and overall intrigue. It has an A-list cast, with Emily Blunt topping the list, and Rebecca Ferguson and Luke Evans in supporting roles. At times it feels like the trailer spoils too much of the film, but I hope that's not really the case. I do hope there are more twists and turns, with a truly shocking ending, because we need more really good mysteries in film. Ones that are well planned and meticulously put together. Ones that are thought provoking and truly compelling. I think this film has the potential to be that. That may end up not being the case, but I really do hope it is.  

The Birth of a Nation- October 7th



Right now, there's a lot of controversy surrounding The Birth of a Nation. While it's been praised as one of the best films of the year, director and lead actor Nate Parker is currently undergoing charges of rape, which has put the film in a really negative light. Look, these are serious charges, and they shouldn't be taken lightly, but we do have to separate the man from the art. Everyone involved in film have their own demons, and some are much more serious than others, but that doesn't change the movie. Do we stop regarding Rosemary's Baby as a horror classic because it's directed by Roman Polanski? Do we stop recognizing Woody Allen as one of the best writer/directors working today? No, because we have to separate the man from the art. What's going on with Parker should not effect the way people regard The Birth of a Nation, and I, for one, am really excited to see this film. 

The Accountant- October 14th 



Hot off his praised turn as the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck now combines two of his buddy Matt Damon's biggest films (Good Will Hunting and Jason Bourne) in The Accountant. Affleck plays a brilliant mathematician who is also happens to be a skilled badass. The trailers for this movie have been really intriguing. It doesn't establish this movie as a traditional, throwaway action movie, but rather a thriller with more depth. I think we're going to get a very different film than we had anticipated. I think there will be many layers to the movie, as well as its characters. It's got a fantastic supporting cast, including J.K. Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor. I think The Account has a lot of potential to be something great, but it also has the very real chance to be a very forgettable and mediocre action movie. 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back- October 21st



I never saw the original Jack Reacher, but I definitely plan to before I see this movie. Tom Cruise has been fantastic in action movies as of late, with his run in the Mission: Impossible franchise, as well as the surprisingly awesome movie Edge of Tomorrow. Cruise knows how to do action well, and it looks like Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is no exception to that. The trailer looked really good. The punches hit hard, and even though it has a worn out premise, it will be exciting to see Cruise's take on it. Not everyone loved the original Jack Reacher, and this movie has the potential to do the same, but I am excited for it. Despite its stupid subtitle, this film looks like one to check out. 

Keeping Up with the Joneses- October 21st



After being thoroughly disappointed with Central Intelligence, I'm still looking for a great action/comedy this year. And Keeping Up with the Joneses may just be that movie. It has a really good cast, consisting of Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot and Isla Fisher. The trailer didn't necessarily deliver on great comedy, but I have a feeling they may be hiding some of the funnier jokes for the final film. It feels like Meet the Parents meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and I think that is a movie combination that could end up being comedic gold. The performances look solid enough from the trailer. I'm not entirely sold on Gadot as an actress, but I'm going to wait until I see the movie before I make up my mind. This film will most likely end up being bad, but there's a small glimmer of hope that it could actually be good, and I'm holding onto that hope.

Ouija: Origin of Evil- October 21st



I didn't see the original Ouija, but from what I've heard, I didn't miss much. Critics and fans pretty much all panned the film, saying it was awful. So I didn't have much faith when I heard that the sequel was coming out. But I have to say, the trailer wasn't bad. It definitely creeped me out, and it showed a lot of promise. I have no idea whether Ouija: Origin of Evil will be any good, and it probably won't, but I liked the trailer. We've had some really good horror movies this year, and maybe it's blind optimism, but I have a feeling this could be good as well. The filmmakers have said they recognize the first one sucked, and they are trying to make up for it. If they can recognize they made a piece of sh*t before, then maybe there's hope for Origin of Evil after all. 

Rings- October 28th



I saw the original The Ring, and I really liked it. It was an effective horror movie. I never saw the sequel, but I genuinely liked the first one. So I became intrigued when I heard that there was a third film coming out this year. I have to say that I really liked the trailer. It felt like it was retreading the first film, which I think is ultimately a good thing. The Ring worked, so why not go back to what worked and try it again. However, it felt like the trailer gave away most of the movie. But hopefully I'm wrong. And by the end of the trailer, I was seeing things I had never seen before, in terms of the airplane sequence. Look, this could end up being sh*tty, but I really liked this trailer, and I am excited to see what they do with Rings.

Inferno- October 28th



I haven't seen any of the other movies in this series, but I'm interested in checking them out before seeing Inferno. Ron Howard is a really solid filmmaker, and an excellent producer. And I already gave my whole spiel about Tom Hanks when I talked about Sully. The other films did not get good reviews, so it would make sense if this movie didn't either. But on the other hand, I think this could be an effective thriller. I'd have to see the other movies in order to figure out the whole story, but I think the idea of delving into Dante's Inferno and the different layers of Hell would make for a fantastic, National Treasure kind of film. This will most likely get bad reviews, like the others in the series, but I'm holding out hope that this one will turn the tide in the franchise. 

**You can read Part Two of the preview here**



What do you think? What movies from our list are you looking forward to? Which movies are you going to skip? Are there any big ones that we left off our list? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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