Fall 2016 Movie Preview- PART TWO


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:

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

November

Doctor Strange- November 4th



How can you not be excited for Doctor Strange? It's the latest epic from Marvel, with a fantastic cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong. That is an impressive line-up, especially for a stand-alone Marvel flick. Cumberbatch is perfect casting as the Sorcerer Supreme, and this movie will see us enter the strange and the trippy planes of Marvel Comics. I think this movie will be something really different, unique, and overall incredible to watch! You definitely get Inception vibes from watching the trailers, and that is a great source of inspiration. This is one to see in IMAX 3D, for sure. It will be a big event film, and I think it will end up doing better at the box office than most people are expecting. 

Hacksaw Ridge- November 4th



Andrew Garfield is a very underrated actor. He was robbed of an Oscar nomination (and maybe he even should have won) for The Social Network, and gave us a solid turn as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man films. But now that that's behind him, he is turning his sights towards smaller, and most award worthy movies. He was absolutely fantastic in last year's 99 Homes, and I want to see him doing more films like that. And it looks like he is, with Hacksaw Ridge. The Mel Gibson directed true story epic sees Garfield as a World War II soldier who wants to fight, but refuses to pick up arms and hurts others. For this, he is viewed as inferior and is discriminated against. The trailer was excellent, and I think this movie could definitely put Garfield's name into some awards consideration. 

Trolls- November 4th



Remember how I talked about how we've had some great animated movies this year, but Storks will most likely not be in that conversation? Well, the same goes for Trolls. This looks like a five year old's acid trip put on screen. I just don't see anything appealing about it. It's just bright colors with gumdrops and candy and singing and a bunch of random weird sh*t that I don't want to waste my money on. It just looks plain stupid. There's no other way to describe it. Unless if Doctor Strange pulls some mystic sh*t and alters the planes of reality, I don't see a world where I would go and see Trolls. If this movie gets 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, then I will go see it. After over 200 reviews, if it has 100%, then I will see it. My word is my bond. 

Arrival- November 11th



I was in the minority for not liking the first trailer for Arrival (you can watch it here). It just didn't do enough to show me what was different about this movie. Because the premise of aliens coming to Earth is so worn out, I needed this trailer to show me why I should give a damn about this film. And unfortunately, it didn't. Look, I am still really excited for this movie. The team behind it is phenomenal. Denis Villeneuve is a tremendous director, and the cast is top notch. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker are all great actors. So I have no problems with the team behind this film. It's just that the trailer didn't win me over in terms of showing me what exactly was different with this movie. But I'll reserve judgment until I see the film itself. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them- November 18th



Ready for a shocker? I'm not a big fan of Harry Potter. I know. A lot of millennials are now throwing their computers out the window and cursing my name to Voldemort. But I just don't care for them. The movies were better than the books, but I just never got into the Harry Potter craze. So I don't necessarily have the highest of anticipation for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Eddie Redmayne is a phenomenal actor. He did things with his role in The Theory of Everything that were just breathtaking, and it was a well deserved Oscar. So his involvement, along with Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Ron Pearlman and Jon Voightb, is intriguing. It's an impressive cast, one that definitely peaks my interest, but I don't think I'm necessarily excited for this movie like everyone else.

Manchester by the Sea- November 18th



The trailer just came out for Manchester by the Sea (you can see it here), and it looks like it could be one of the big Oscar contenders of the year! It stars Casey Affleck in a role that may earn him his first nomination, in a film that could sweep the awards this year. I'm really excited to see this movie. Not only is it Oscar bait, but it looks like it is actually a really good story, with compelling characters and genuine emotion. The performances across the board all look fantastic, and I think this movie has a great shot at being a home run. Now, maybe we're just getting ahead of ourselves, and pouncing on any movie that looks like it has half a chance at being Oscar material. But I really believe this could have a huge presence at the Academy Awards this year. 

Bad Santa 2- November 23rd



I never saw the original Bad Santa, but I am interested in seeing this movie. The Redband trailer was really funny. This is a role that I haven't really seen Billy Bob Thornton in before, and it looks like it could be comedic genius. Now, comedies aren't known for having great sequels. There's only a handful that do. So there is a lot going against Bad Santa 2. But I have faith that this could end up being really funny. I'm going to definitely check out the first one before I see this film. Bad Santa 2 has a lot of potential to be a quality, funny, holiday movie. Or it could just join the ranks of sh*tty comedy sequels. We'll have to wait and see which category it falls into.

Moana- November 23rd



Dwayne Johnson is one of the hardest working actors today. I may not have liked Central Intelligence at all, but I appreciate his dedication and the hard work he puts into this movies. So of course I'm going to be interested in Moana, an animated film that sees Johnson voicing one of the lead characters. I haven't been sold entirely on this movie from the trailers yet. It looks like it could be a fun ride, but I'm not positive. While we have some new animated movies coming out this year that don't look too promising (Storks and Trolls, I'm looking at you), but Moana has a better chance at joining movies like Zootopia, Kubo and the Two Strings and Finding Dory as one of the best animated films of 2016. Moana has a strong chance to also turn out to just be mediocre, but I'm hopeful it will end up being really good. 

Allied- November 23rd



Allied is a film that looks like it has real Oscar potential. Robert Zemeckis is a very talented director, who has turned in some movies that have become all time classics. Brad Pitt is of course a fantastic actor, and Marion Cotillard is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses working today. The story wasn't precisely clear from the trailer, but it feels like it has elements of secrecy and espionage, as well as a competent love story set during World War II. I really think this could earn some nominations for Pitt, Cotillard, Zemeckis and others across the board. Or it could turn out to be a faux-Oscar film. Either way, I'm excited to see this movie, and I think it could very well end up being of the year's best.


December

La La Land- December 2nd



La La Land is a very interesting project. It's directed by Damien Chazelle, who made my favorite film of 2014, Whiplash. He proved himself with that movie to be a very talented director, and now he has La La Land, which is another music-driven film, but far different in tone to Whiplash. It sees Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone on screen in a romance of sorts. The trailers don't give us a lot of details, which is a bit frustrating. While I don't want the entire movie to be spoiled, I do want to know a little bit more about what is going on, specifically the story and the central plot, because at this point we don't know anything. But regardless, I am really excited to see this movie and I hope it's as good as I want it to be. 

Office Christmas Party- December 9th


Office Christmas Party brings together a brilliant comedic ensemble, including Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller and Olivia Munn. The premise is fantastic: an office Christmas party that goes horribly awry in a typical raunchy, R-rated fashion. A great premise mixed with an awesome cast could work beautifully on screen, but it could also be an utter disaster. I'm hoping for the former. If Bad Santa 2 flops, then I want to have at least one really good Christmas comedy this year. Maybe it's Office Christmas Party. Maybe it's Why Him? Ideally, I'd want all three movies to be good. But if I had to put my money on one of these three movies, I'd put it on Office Christmas Party because of the great premise and the awesome talent behind it. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- December 16th



Does Rogue One: A Star Wars Story even need an explanation? Moving on.

The Founder- December 16th



The Founder was originally supposed to come out in August, but it was bumped back to December, probably for an Oscar push. Michael Keaton starred in the past two year's Best Picture winners (Birdman and Spotlight), and was nominated for an acting award for the former. It would be very impressive if he continued that streak with The Founder. The film tells the story of the mind behind McDonalds, and the story and drama that surrounded it. This movie doesn't necessarily seem like it would win Best Picture, but it could definitely be in consideration. If nothing else, Keaton could walk away with another Oscar nomination this year. But I'm mostly looking forward to seeing this film to learn the truth behind this fast food chain, as well as to see Keaton's performance. 

Assassin's Creed- December 21st



We have yet to get a really good video game movie adaptation. There have been many attempts, but none have truly succeeded. There are some arguably decent ones out there, but none that are across the board deemed good. But that may all change with Assassin's Creed. The film reunites Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and director Justin Kurzel from Macbeth, and tells the story of a modern day man who must go back into the past in the body of one of his ancestors in order to infiltrate an ancient assassin society. The games are really fun, and they're ripe for a movie adaptation. And I think this may just be the team to not only give us a really good adaptation of Assassin's Creed, but to give us our first good video game movie ever.

Passengers- December 21st



It's hard to talk about Passengers, since it's one of the few films coming out this year that we haven't had a trailer for at all yet. All we've seen from the movie is two images released in Entertainment Weekly, one of which is pictured above. The film stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, who are two of the industry's biggest stars right now, as they prematurely awake in space during the crew's hyper-sleep, and have to live with each other for longer than they expected. The movie's premise may not be the most intriguing, but considering Pratt, Lawrence and that it's directed by Morten Tyldum, who was up for Best Director a couple years ago for the fantastic film The Imitation Game, this film has to intrigue you. But even though we've seen practically nothing from Passengers, I am really excited to see it. I am big fans of Pratt and Lawrence, and I loved Tyldum's work on The Imitation Game. So hopefully he brings that level of excellence to this film. 

The Space Between Us- December 21st



I can't wait for this movie to come out, and not because I want to see it. This movie's f*cking trailer keeps playing over and over again every time I go to the movies, and I am so sick of it. The Space Between Us looks like a sh*tty film, alright? The trailer itself is trying to tell three different movies: the mission to Mars, a boy growing up on Mars, and a boy from Mars interacting on Earth and falling in love. I can't tell what this movie is trying to be. Sometimes it feels like a thriller, other times it's a love story. But I just don't care. I want it to come out and be done with this thing, because I am so sick of seeing the trailer. This is going to be bad, so I just want its awfulness to come out so I don't have to see that f*cking trailer anymore.  

A Monster Calls- December 23rd



A Monster Calls originally was supposed to come out in October, but it was moved to a limited release in December with a wide release in January, presumably to move it closer to the awards season. That's fine by me, because I think this is going to be an awesome movie! I was first made aware of it when I found out that it was directed by J.A. Bayona, who will be helming 2018's Jurassic World 2. But this movie has an all-star cast, including Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson as the voice of the monster. It looks like this could be a very powerful movie about childhood, grief and imagination. I think this will pack a heavy punch, and I'm convinced now more than ever that it will have a presence at the Oscars.

Why Him?- December 25th



Why Him? looks to be a lock for winning Best Picture this year! No, not really. But I don't think it will be bad. It reminds me a lot of last year's Daddy's Home, in terms of style. I liked that movie. It wasn't the greatest, but it was a decent little film. But I'm definitely more intrigued with this movie than that one. Bryan Cranston is a great dramatic actor, but people forget he made his start with comedy. And now he'll get to shine more than he ever could, since he's now such an accomplished actor. And James Franco is James Franco. This will most likely end up being a flop, and maybe I'm being too much of an optimistic, but I have hope that this could be good. I'm looking forward to taking my family to see a Christmas movie about James Franco having sex with Bryan Cranston's daughter.



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.

Written by: Nate 
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