With the summer drawing to a close, everyone can take see the change of the seasons. The leaves in the trees are changing, sweater weather is in full effect as it gets colder, and seasoned drinks are sold in coffee shops. This is also the time where dark horses are released for limited release and deep-cut dramas make their bids for the upcoming Oscar race.
This upcoming fall season will have more of the same. Audiences will also see Jennifer Lawrence take flight in the final Hunger Games, Johnny Depp will go gangster in Black Mass, and Daniel Craig shows his license to kill for the fourth time in Spectre. We’ll also return to a galaxy far, far away with old friends and new comrades to battle a galactic evil.
Here is my top 10 films for the fall season:
10 – The Intern: September 25
Starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway
70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (De Niro) has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back into the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway). Ostin is balancing a lot in her life but she finds an amazing support from the life-seasoned Whittaker.
9 – Crimson Peak: October 16
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author (Wasikowska) is torn between love for her childhood friend (Hunnam) and the temptation of a mysterious outsider (Hiddleston). Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers with its own form of ghosts.
8 – Black Mass: September 18
Starring: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton.
The bio-film is the true story of Whitey Bulger (Depp), the brother of a state senator (Cumberbatch) and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
7 – Bridge of Spies: October 16
Starring: Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, and Mark Rylance
An American lawyer (Hanks) is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot (Rylance) detained in the Soviet Union. This film marks Steven Spielberg’s 29th feature film as a director, his fourth with Hanks. With the history tag team of Hanks and Spielberg together, this film has a lot of potential of being a dark horse in my eyes for the Oscar race on some level.
6 – Creed: November 25
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
No, it’s not another Rocky film so we don’t have to worry about Stallone stepping into the ring again. This is a spinoff in the same universe which sees the former World Heavyweight Champion Balboa (Stallone) serve as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Creed (Jordan), the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. Despite Jordan’s first box office failure this summer with the Fantastic Four reboot, I think this vehicle could help the Fruitvale Station star into a legitimate star.
5 – The Martian: October 2
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Sebastian Stan
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself straded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal Earth that he is alive.
4 – Spectre: November 6
Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, and Lea Seydoux
A cryptic message from Bond’s (Craig) past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M (Fiennes) battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
3 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Woody Harrelson
After being symbolized as the “Mockingjay” for the rebellion, Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol. This film is four years in the making as one of the most successful film franchises of this generation comes to an end. I will definitely be there on opening night to join the rebellion.
2 – Joy: December 25
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Edgar Ramirez, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro
Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman (Lawrence) who rises to become founder and matriarch of a power family business dynasty. This film pairs David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, American Hustle) back together with Academy Award Winner Lawrence and fellow Russell alumni Cooper and De Niro. I think this film could seriously be up for a Best Picture nomination and could get Lawrence her third Best Actress nomination when the Oscar night arrives.
1 – Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: December 18
Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley.
A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Not much has been revealed about the overall plot of the movie but if you have been keeping track of the recent pictures, it looks as though the galaxy is back in chaos by a new threat known as the First Order and a union of fighters known as the Resistance. Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia return along with new comrades Rey (Daisy Ridley) and runaway stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega).
The original trilogy made a tremendous impression on my life and made me fall in love with movies. As a fan, I cannot wait to see what director J.J. Abrams has done and the direction he is leading the universe that George Lucas created many years ago.