2017 Fall Movie Preview- Part One

Well, the summer is officially over. We've had some great films (Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver). And we've also had some major disappointments (The Mummy, Transformers: The Last Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales). I would say the good outweighed the bad, but that is certainly up for debate. But now we're transitioning from the summer and into the fall. Here, we'll be getting a healthy mix of blockbusters (Thor: Ragnarok) and Oscar movies (The Papers). Until I put this list together, I didn't realize just how many promising movies were coming out in the next four months. Now, there are also some sh*tty looking movies, and I'll tell you which ones I think you should avoid. But with this two part installment, we'll be looking at all the major movies coming out in September, October, November, and December. We'll figure out which ones to see, which ones to avoid, which ones could be Oscar contenders, and which ones may just fall short of the nomination. Like I said, this is a pretty hefty list of upcoming movies, so let's jump right into it!

This is Part One, covering September and October. You can read Part Two (November, December) here.


It- September 8th

It is a movie that I'm not sure how to feel about it. I know a lot of people are losing their minds over it, but I have not been terribly excited for it myself. I'm certainly interested, and I am planning on going to see it. Where my concern comes from is the fact that pretty much every scare in the trailers has been jump scares. I think jump scares are the bane of modern horror films, and I am expecting It to be above average. I want this to transcend the genre, as the book did. And so far I haven't seen enough from the marketing to convince me that it will, in fact, do that. Now, it is certainly possible that they are saving the best scares for the actual film. And I do hope that is the case. But we can't always assume that. I am going into It with an open mind, and I am hoping that it will blow me away. But I have not seen enough to fully convince me yet that this is going to be great. 

mother!- September 15th

Next comes another horror film, this time from director Darren Aronosky. This movie has an all-star cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. That is what is getting me excited for this movie. The trailer didn't do much for me. Cast aside, it looked like a very traditional, run-of-the-mill horror film. There wasn't much about it that looked appealing. I know that a lot of people were thrilled with the trailer, but it didn't do much to set itself apart, aside from the cast. But you have to keep in mind: it is being written and directed by Darren Aronosky. It does have an incredible cast. Ultimately, there is enough behind mother! that makes me think it could be really good. This could end up being a dark, twisted, psychological horror flick, and one that we really need. I just wasn't thrilled with the trailer, which painted it more as a typical, PG-13 horror movie that gives a slight scare to adolescences. We'll have to wait and see how it turns out. 

American Assassin- September 15th

I don't have very high hopes for American Assassin. The story has been done a thousand times. The action looks pretty shaky, which means that the filmmakers don't know how to film it. All the "twists and turns" in the trailer were completely unsurprising. The one redeeming quality this movie has is Michael Keaton. He is a fantastic actor, and he's the one part that actually interests me. But even he is not immune from starring in sh*tty movies. I don't think American Assassin will be very good. I think it will be clichéd and tired, and it will be just the same sh*t we've seen a thousand times. If it turns out to be great, then this will be one of the biggest surprises of the Fall, as I'm expecting nothing from it. We'll have to wait and see what happens with it, but I am expecting American Assassin to pretty much fall flat. 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle- September 22nd

After three paragraphs of pessimism, let's get into some optimism. I am very excited to see Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Now, most of my excitement comes from the fact that I loved the first one. None of the trailers have necessarily sold me on this film in particular. But I don't think the trailers for Kingsman: The Secret Service were the best either, and that turned out to be fantastic! With Matthew Vaughn back behind the camera, I think The Golden Circle will end up being equally as great. There is always a chance that this movie sucks, but I am choosing to focus on the positives. The cast is fantastic. The talent behind the camera is great. The action in the trailers does look to be just as good as in the first movie. A lot of the elements from the first one are back. I love the idea of exploring the Statesmen, and I think the cast they've assembled for that aspect is perfect. There's enough surrounding The Golden Circle to get me excited for it, even if I haven't necessarily loved the trailers. I really hope this movie is a smash hit, and I can't wait to see it!

Battle of the Sexes- September 22nd

I remember thinking Battle of the Sexes was a fascinating concept when I simply heard the plot, and I've grown more and more on board with it with every trailer I've seen. You have two powerhouse actors in Steve Carell and Emma Stone. We've seen what kind of dynamic they can have before, in Crazy, Stupid, Love. This dynamic will not be the same at all, but we know they can play off of each other very well. I don't know if this will necessarily be an Oscar contender. I think it will be a very good movie that comes just short of the nomination. But I am excited for it nonetheless. I think it is tied with the next movie on this list for being my most anticipated of September. To see these two actors go head-to-head in such a ridiculous fashion, with a great feminist undertone, I think this movie has a ton of potential to be equally entertaining and thought-provoking. 

Stronger- September 22nd

When I heard we were getting another film focusing on the Boston Marathon bombing, I wondered how you could ever beat Patriots Day. That film was fantastic, and covered the event so perfectly that I didn't know how you could top it. But Stronger focuses on an individual story, and the relationship between a victim (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany). I think they are both excellent actors, and I'm excited to see them together on screen. The trailer for Stronger was fantastic. It was well-told, and made it clear that, while it's covering the same event as Patriots Day, it will be an entirely different movie. You can see it for yourself here. Tied with Battle of the Sexes, this is my most anticipated film of September. I am excited to see Maslany break out into the film world, after crushing it for years on television with Orphan Black. And I can't wait to see a new Jake Gyllenhaal performance. I think the story has a lot of potential, and I hope it all comes together in the right way. 

American Made- September 29th

Closing out September is American Made, and I don't know what to think of this film. Doug Liman is a great director, and I loved his last collaboration with Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow. But American Made, while a true story, is a film we've seen so many times before. A nobody figures out an illegal way to make money, lives a crazy life, and then is busted and everything goes downhill. How many times have we seen that on screen? And from the looks of the trailers, there's nothing that innately differentiates this from those other films. I understand it is a true story, but a movie can still be clichéd and tired even if it's based on something that really happened. I hope American Made is good. But I just haven't personally seen enough from it to truly get me excited, and to let me think that it'll be something other than what we've seen countless times before. 


Blade Runner 2049- October 6th

I am in the minority for not really liking the first Blade Runner. I saw it a long time ago, and I do plan on rewatching it before Blade Runner 2049 comes out, in order to give it another shot. In terms of this sequel, I'm not sure how I feel about it. Visually, it looks like one of the best of the year. I may have to see it just for Roger Deakins' cinematography alone. It looks absolutely stunning. And I do like Denis Villeneuve a lot as a director. My favorite of his has been Prisoners, and I wasn't a big fan of last year's Arrival like everyone else was. So while his involvement does rouse my curiosity, it doesn't mean I'm instantly on board. Again, what is drawing my attention to this film is the look and the feel of it. This is already my pick to win Best Cinematography at the Academy Awards, and I haven't even seen the film yet! I will definitely be seeing Blade Runner 2049, but I'm not sure yet whether I'll end up liking it or not. 

The Mountain Between Us- October 6th

Speaking of clichéd stories we've seen a thousand times, how many times have we seen someone on a plane crash in the middle of nowhere, and the pilot wasn't on the flight path so no one knows where they are, and that person has to survive the elements? About a billion f*cking times. And just because you have talented people like Idris Elba and Kate Winslet involved, doesn't mean I'll instantly be excited to see The Mountain Between Us. I have no interest in this movie. I think it'll end up being pretty bad, which is sad since I really like Elba and Winslet as actors. They deserve better than this. Maybe the movie will turn out to be great, in which case it'll rival American Assassin for biggest surprise of the Fall. But looking at it now, it does not look like it will end up being good at all. But stranger things have happened. 

Goodbye Christopher Robin- October 13th

Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the true story of A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson), the creator of Winnie the Pooh. I didn't realize there was such a story behind the creation of the character. Milne was a World War II veteran, and created the world of Winnie the Pooh as a way for the public to keep their minds off the war. It's a fascinating story, and I think the trailer captured it extraordinarily well. We didn't see a ton of Margot Robbie in the trailer, but she's a truly excellent actress. I am very excited to see both her and Gleeson together on screen. I hope this movie is of the quality that it would be an Oscar contender, but I'm not exactly sure it will be simply from the trailer. So I'm excited to learn the backstory, and I'm looking forward to seeing Gleeson and Robbie together on screen. I'm just not sure if this will actually be an Oscar contender or not. 

Breathe- October 13th

I've actually been really excited to see Breathe ever since I first heard about it. It's the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, and I love that he's starting with this smaller film. It does not seem like the first movie a motion capture guru like Serkis would do, and so the bar is raised that much higher. After Hacksaw Ridge last year, Andrew Garfield has become one of the best up-and-coming actors for me. And the first trailer for the film looked incredible! You can see it for yourself here. So I'm excited to see what Serkis can do as a director. From the looks of the trailer, he has a great handle on using the camera effectively. So I hope he shows his capabilities as a storyteller as well. I am also very excited to see a new performance form Garfield. I've liked him in the past, but he absolutely blew me away with Hacksaw Ridge. So now I'm excited for every new thing he does. I don't think this will end up being an Oscar contender, however. I think it will be really good, but I don't think this will quite reach the levels of the Oscars. But, you never know.  

Marshall- October 13th

Marshall is a movie I hadn't heard of until I saw the trailer (see it here). It stars Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman, and focuses on Thurgood Marshall. I think the source material is incredibly ripe for a cinematic telling, and I'm very excited to learn more about who Marshall was. But I'm also excited to see Boseman sink his teeth into a role like this. He's given us hints that he can be a brilliant actor, but we haven't necessarily seen him reach his full potential. I can't wait to see him as Black Panther next year, but I think I may be just a little bit more excited for this. Here's where I think we get our first major Oscar contender. Maybe not for Best Picture, but I think we could be having serious conversations about Boseman getting a Best Lead Actor nomination. Anyways, I am really looking forward to seeing Marshall, and I think it's tied with another film for my most anticipated of October.  

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)- October 13th

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a movie that I haven't heard much about personally, but I know it has been garnering some serious buzz. It has a fantastic cast with Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Sigourney Weaver, and yes... Adam Sandler. Say what you want about him comedically, but he can be a staggering dramatic actor. Just look at what he did in Reign Over Me. I still contend he should have been nominated for an Oscar for that film. The trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories doesn't give us a lot in terms of what the story will be, but it does give us a brief sense of the feel of the film. Especially with the cast it has, I think this movie has a lot of potential to be an excellent film, and perhaps a return for Adam Sandler. I also think this equally has a chance to be completely swept under the rug and never talked about again, like Men, Women & Children. I'm hoping for the former, but we'll have to wait and see. 

The Snowman- October 20th

I've talked a lot about movies with clichéd plots and stories we've seen countless times before. You can do all of that in a movie, as long as you make it fresh and innovative. And I'm hoping that's what we get with The Snowman. The story is nothing new, but the trailer gave me hope that the movie itself can spin all of it in a new direction. Michael Fassbender is one of my favorite actors working today, so I am naturally excited for anything new he's in. Where this movie can easily fall apart is if it isn't fresh and innovative. If it's all the same sh*t we've seen before, just with Fassbender in the role, then all we're going to get is a mediocre movie at best. But I think there was enough in the trailer to suggest that we could be getting something unique and different, and that's what I'm holding out hope for. 

Geostorm- October 20th

This movie looks like a complete piece of sh*t, and I can't wait to see it! Geostorm has been sitting on the shelf for years, and is finally getting a theatrical release. I'm not going to relay the entire plot, but it is absolutely ridiculous. The trailer was awful (see it here), especially with the terrible CGI at the end. I am hoping this is one of those movies that is so bad that it's enjoyable, as opposed to being just plain bad. I want to go into this movie and laugh at it the entire time. I want to rip it to shreds, and sh*t on it for the entire runtime. That's what I'm looking for. But I may show up and it's just plain bad. I'm sitting there digging my fist into my face wondering why the f*ck I paid money for this. There is potential for a guilty pleasure and a good time with the former. There is also potential for suicide with the latter. I guess we'll find out come the end of October which one Geostorm ends up being. 

Suburbicon- October 27th

I'm not sure what to make of Suburbicon. It's directed by George Clooney, written by the Coen Brothers, and stars Matt Damon. That sounds like a winning team in my book. But the trailers have been so eccentric and out there that it's a little bit off-putting. I'm all for weird f*cked up sh*t, but sometimes it's too much. And my fear is that it will be too much with Suburbicon. This is one of those movies where I'm going to go in with an open mind. Sometimes I go in leaning more towards thinking it'll be too much, but this time, with Suburbicon, I think it will end up working. If this didn't have the talent behind it that it does, then I wouldn't be as optimistic as I am. And there certainly is still a chance it will fall flat. But from the looks of everything, I think Suburbicon has a shot at being a solid film that is just a fun time at the movies, and it doesn't necessarily need to be more than that. We'll just have to wait and see. 

The Killing of a Sacred Deer- October 27th

I have not been a big fan of A24 as a studio. I find their films to be incredibly arthousey, and usually go for style over substance. Their latest film, A Ghost Story, felt very pretentious. So whenever I hear A24 has a movie coming out, I'm cautious about it. However, upon seeing the trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, I'm on board with this one! I may have the same exact problems with this film that I do with A24's other movies, but I was actually quite drawn to the trailer. It looks creepy and disturbing, and looks like it's beautifully shot! The cinematography looks gorgeous in the trailer, which has never been a problem for A24 with their other movies. It's directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who did The Lobster. I appreciated that film for how imaginative it was, but I didn't fall in love with it head over heels. I think it's definitely a plus for The Killing of a Sacred Deer that Lanthimos is behind the camera, as well as Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in front of it. I may not have liked their last outing together, The Beguiled, but their both incredibly talented actors. I just hope A24 doesn't let me down with this movie. 

Thank You for Your Service- October 27th

This ties with Marshall for my most anticipated film of October. When I first saw the trailer for Thank You for Your Service, I liked it a lot, but I wasn't totally on board. But the more times I see that trailer, the more and more excited I get for this movie. You can watch the trailer yourself here. It hits you with such a punch, mainly due to Miles Teller's performance. I don't think he'll be in the running for Best Lead Actor, but I'm not going to completely discount him. He is such a fantastic actor, and I'm always interested in seeing what he has coming out. My one fear is that this movie will feel like every other war veteran movie. The director of this film wrote American Sniper, and I'm afraid it will be too much like that movie. Where I think Thank You for Your Service can differentiate itself is with Teller's performance. I've warmed up to this movie a lot over the past few months, and it is now one of my most anticipated of not just October, but the entire Fall. I have high expectations for it, and I really hope it meets them. 

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women- October 27th

We close off October, and the first half of the Fall, with Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. This is a movie that I think has a ton of rich potential, but I'm not sure if the movie will realize it. The film explores the creator of Wonder Woman, Professor Marston, played by Luke Evans. He was very much into bondage and BDSM, and secretly wove his sexual preferences into his Wonder Woman comic. It'll make you entirely rethink Diana's golden lasso. There is so much potential for a dark and twisted character study, one that isn't simply profiting off of the success of Wonder Woman. I think we'll be able to tell a lot about this film from its rating. If it's rated R, then we'll know it's really diving into the depths of this character, and exploring how dark and twisted it is. If it's PG-13, then we'll know it's telling us a surface level story that is only being made to piggyback off of Wonder Woman's success. One does not entirely mean the other, but we can make reasonable assumptions based upon the movie's rating. The source material calls for a darker movie, one that would result in an R rating. I do hope it's rated R, and I hope we get into the true story of Wonder Woman's creation. But I think there is also a strong chance this will only be a cash-grab because of Wonder Woman's popularity. 

What do you think? What movies in September and October are you looking forward to? Which ones are you planning on avoiding? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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