What’s up Tigers?! Audrey Hepburn once said, “Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” With that precious and absurdly naïve quote in mind, let’s recap what we learned from our favorite movies of Summer 2013.
We learned Leo Dicaprio really, like REALLY REALLY, likes green lights and Jay-Z and Kanye have been in the game since 1925. We learned that Superman is still just slightly less cool than Batman and on the other hand Brad Pitt is cool enough to fight off A LOT of zombies. We learned Mike and Sully were turnt up back in the day and that conjuring up evil spirits makes for one hell of a housewarming party. Finally we learned matching up Robert Downey Jr.’s wit with a shiny red suit is still golden and we all just want to be friends with Seth Rogen during the apocalypse.
With that behind us, lets dive into a pretty stacked slate of movies for this upcoming season. Get ya popcorn ready, here are 15 movies you NEED to see this fall…
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck
Now I’m tempering my opinions on this one slightly just because the trailer looks so ridiculous, I mean Ben Affleck throws someone into a pool of alligators at one point. Regardless, any movie starring JT and Affleck is destined to make at least a solid dent at the box-office, even if it does just look like 21 plus every crime movie you’ve ever seen.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Here’s another flick with a pretty ambitious trailer. Gravity, headed by acclaimed Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, promises to be at the very least a visual thrill ride. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock attempt to survive a disaster of epic proportions when their space shuttle is destroyed mid-trip. This is one you may want to see in IMAX.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl
Ron Howard directs this next film centered on the bitter rivalry of two European racers in the 1970’s. It stars Thor, a.k.a Chris Hemsworth, and Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Bastards). Look for Bruhl to gain significant popularity with American audiences after this one, as he plays the lead character Nikki Lauda. Initial reviews suggest you definitely do not want to miss this one…
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
No one really needs a reminder to see this one right? See it, debate about it being better or worse than the book, and repeat. That’s how these things work. I’m sure part two of this action-packed series will not disappoint.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl
Here’s a movie that seems very appropriate in terms of current news. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek) stars as infamous WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The film chronicles the rise of the controversial organization. This one’s shaping up to be another compelling story of modern society’s constant struggle with growing technology and endless information, however early reviews suggest this is no Social Network…
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem
I really wish I could give an in-depth preview of this film but the simple fact is the trailer is so insanely ambiguous that you just have to see it for yourself. This one is penned by the great Cormac McCarthy, who is responsible for the brilliant No Country for Old Men, and directed by veteran Ridley Scott. It involves guns, money, drugs, and a half-naked Cameron Diaz. So yeah, go see it!
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Alright, Alright, Alright… So we all love Matthew McConaughey for his classic performances in comedies like Dazed and Confused, however recently the 43-year-old actor has reinvented himself through some awesome dramatic acting. Following up 2012’s Mud and The Paperboy is this year’s Dallas Buyer’s Club. McConaughey dropped an alarming 40 pounds in order to play Ron Woodroof, a man diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s who begins to sell unapproved medicine to other victims. I can almost smell the Oscar nomination. Currently, the movie is heavily impressing critics.
Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
Now that the Office is no longer on TV (I’m just now coming to this reality and it’s painful) it looks like its time for Steve Carell to go on movie overdrive. He couldn’t have made a more compelling choice for his first role. Carell will play schizophrenic convicted murderer/wrestling coach John du Pont. Moneyball director Bennet Miller will be at the helm and both Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo co-star. Witness the transformation from Michael Scott to murderer for yourself on Dec. 20th.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal
French-Canadian director Dennis Villeneuve is making his American-film debut with this next selection. Prisoners, which stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, centers around the kidnapping of two young girls and the ruthless search to find them before it’s too late. Critics are already dubbing this one as a breathtaking and complex thriller.
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott
Ben Stiller’s best films always seem to be the projects in which he is able to craft a memorable and original character. He’ll look to do just that with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stiller will also be taking the directorial reigns for the film which centers around a middle-aged man who lives within his own fantasy world in order to escape his mundane life. The movie also stars everyone’s favorite funny girl Kristen Wiig and seasoned actor Sean Penn.
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan
If you’re not familiar with any of the Coen Brother’s work, stop reading right now and go throw on any of their countless cinematic gems. From the guys who brought you The Big Lebowski, Fargo, True Grit, Raising Arizona, and No Country for Old Men comes Inside Llewyn Davis which focuses on the story of one musician’s trials and tribulations during the 1960s New York City folk music era. Oscar Isaac, who you may have seen in Drive or Sucker Punch, stars as the title character in what will be a breakout role for the 33-year-old actor/singer. Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan also star.
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence
If ever there was an “all-star” cast, this is it. David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) directs a cast that includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, and Robert De Niro. The film revolves around crime, corruption, and money, but honestly with a cast like that it could be about paint drying and still be exciting.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner
It’s finally here! One of the best comedies of all time finally gets a sequel with Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Will Ferrell will once again lead the Channel 4 news team into numerous amounts of hijinks that will hopefully include another epic brawl or two. The only downside is you may have to deal with that one friend you have constantly quoting it for the next couple years…
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt
Last year we got Django Unchained (my favorite film of 2012), this year it’s all about Twelve Years a Slave. British director Steve McQueen directs this epic about the story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was wrongly imprisoned as a slave in the 1840s. Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Northup (he is already gaining Best Actor Oscar attention) with a star-studded cast of Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, and Lupita Nyong’o supporting. Look for this film to clean up at the Oscars and leave a long-lasting impression on audiences and critics alike.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey
From the man who brought you The Departed, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Shutter Island, Casino, Gangs of New York, and Raging Bull comes The Wolf of Wall Street, a movie that looks just too good to fail. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as 26-year-old millionaire Jordan Belfort who got caught up in a massive fraud case that shook the corporate world. As evidenced in its trailer, the film looks to be seamlessly combining drama and comedy much like some of Scorsese’s past pictures. Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, and Jon Bernthal (Walking Dead) co-star. If there’s one movie you see this fall make sure it’s The Wolf of Wall Street.