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.
Hacksaw Ridge 11/4
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn
Synopsis: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
Why it’s worth your time: Andrew Garfield may have been Spider-Man but he’s also been taking as many “serious” roles as he can to prove that he’s also a real deal actor. The concept is interesting and I’ve sure as hell never heard of the real life Desmond Doss but the film boast a more interesting cast than seen in the trailer. It’s also been quietly directed by Mel Gibson and has reportedly received a 10 minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.
Doctor Strange 11/4
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Mad Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton
Synopsis: A neurosurgeon with a destroyed career sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats.
Why it’s worth your time: Because it’s a Marvel movie and because Benedict Cumberbatch is in it. If I’m being 100% honest, I’m actually worried about this one. Magic is a tough concept to nail down, even in a world of Avengers and Aliens. Then again Marvel has an almost bulletproof track record and Doctor Strange at the very least is a door to a brand new section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Synopsis: A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.
Why it’s worth your time: Aliens are cool, a movie depicting a realistic take on how we would react to an alien ship appearing on earth is also cool. Denis Villeneuve is hot off of Sicario and the trailer depicts a scenario where almost anything is possible. I generally don’t know what to expect from this film and isn’t that the point?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 11/18
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz and Jon Voight
Synopsis: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Why it’s worth your time: It’s a return to the wizarding world of Harry Potter, well except for the fact that this take place years before even Harry’s parents were born. Fantastic Beasts looks to scratch the itch of people craving more of JK Rowling’s world and even those who couldn’t care less about a kid with glasses and a scar. There’s little doubt of the quality of the cast and it’s nice to see how us Americans live in JK Rowling’s world.
Bad Santa 2 11/23
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly
Synopsis: Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.
Why it’s worth your time: The first Bad Santa is far better than it had any right to be, it may have been a product of its time but Bad Santa 2 looks like it could be more of the same which is either great or kind of a bummer. Thornton’s Willie is as awful as ever and in 2016 it may just be a breath of fresh air.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Alan Tudyk, Nicole Scherzinger and Jemaine Clement
Synopsis: A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui
Why it’s worth your time: Disney has entered a new golden era of animated films with gems like Wreck it Ralph, Zootopia and yes, even Frozen. They are entering the tried and true “princess” territory with Moana and there is little reason to think this will be anything but great so far.
So that’s it for the month of November. Tune in next month where I break down all the notable films in jolly December.