Summer is plummeting towards a fiery death and from the ashes rise the Fall season of movies. Loud and boisterous with explosions and pop music trailers, in many way the fall and winter seasons are its opposite. Where summer movies are seen as dumb fun; the colder months bring the critically lauded films, the ones that signal the beginning of film festivals and “best of the year” lists.
That doesn’t mean the blockbuster is retired for the year yet. Oh no. For every The Birth of a Nation we have a Doctor Strange. The summer movie season may be my favorite but the fall season is probably the best overall.
So introducing the Official ANTiFanboy Fall Film Preview for the year 2016. This is a list of films I’ve compiled that you can use to help figure out what will be worth your time this season. From superheroes to indie dramas ANTiFanboy has got you covered.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart
Synopsis: The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.
Why it’s worth your time: A movie based on real world events that wasn’t a completely depressing experience for everyone involved? Sign me up! Eastwood has solidified his status as a top tier director and Tom Hanks looks set for Oscar buzz as a result.
The Disappointments Room 9/9
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till, Michael Landes
Synopsis: A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.
Why it’s worth your time: The concept of having an extra room show up in your house that may contain something horrific? Well it if worked for Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves then why can’t it work here?
Starring: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zachary Quinto, Shailene Woodley, Nicholas Cage
Synopsis: NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Why it’s worth your time: Edward Snowden is a super important figure in today’s world. What he did is heroic to some and traitorous to others. Oliver Stone directing means we will see a hell of a slant on the topic but if you can get by Levitt’s weird/unnecessary voice impressions of the real life Snowden it should be worth the watch. Or just watch the much more historically accurate Citizenfour documentary.
Blair Witch 9/16
Starring: Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson Valorie Curry
Synopsis: After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his sister’s experiences in the demonic woods of the Blair Witch, James and a group of friends head to the forest in search of his lost sibling.
Why it’s worth your time: Besides its announcement being one of the best surprises in recent memory, Blair Witch looks straight up terrifying. The original wasn’t the first found footage movie, but it was the first successful one and knew how to maximize the effect of people screaming with store bought cameras. It was followed up with a Hollywood infused sequel that we all pretend doesn’t exist but this “true” sequel looks just as terrifying as the first.
F*ck going out into the woods.
Mr. Church 9/16
Starring: Britt Robertson, Eddy Murphy
Synopsis: “Mr. Church” tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.
Why it’s worth your time: Besides the fact that Eddy Murphy is 55 years old and still looks like he’s in his late 30s, I’m starting to think that Vampire in Brooklyn thing was more documentary than horror comedy. Mr. Church looks like Murphy’s return to drama in which I would argue he is highly underrated in.
The Magnificent Seven 9/23
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peter Sarsgaard and Matt Bomer
Synopsis: Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.
Why it’s worth your time: Chris Pratt is still hot from last year’s Jurassic World, and the rest of the cast is pure fun. The first “post-Summer” blockbuster looks like it could have injected some much needed summer fun in the lethargic month of August but Westerns don’t come around as often anymore so the ones that do should be cherished.
Deepwater Horizon 9/30
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez and John Malkovich
Synopsis: A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Why it’s worth your time: Mark Wahlberg is re-teaming with Lone Survivor director Peter Berg and the real life oil spill in 2010 is about as natural as natural disaster movies can get. The cast is great and Berg has some quality work in his résumé and at the very least we can find out how terrifying it can be to work on an oil rig on a bad day.
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate Mckinnon, Leslie Jones
Synopsis: A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.
Why it’s worth your time: A comedy about (another) true story about a bank heist organized by idiots and then somehow it was successful. I’m not 100% sure what to think of this considering the cast is great, but then films like Ghostbusters and others prove that you can still shelve out a middling product as a result.
Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children 9/30
Starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney, Judy Dench and Chris O’Dowd
Synopsis: When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Why it’s worth your time: It’s Tim Burton directing a movie based off a book based off of Tim Burton’s style. Samuel L. Jackson again proves that he will do any movie role he possibly can and the whole thing feels like a neat “tween” alternative version for people tired of X-Men movies.
So that’s it for the month of September. Tune in next month where I break down all the notable films in spooooooky October.