We’re closing in on the last quarter of the year, but there’s a lot of interesting movies still waiting to be released.I’ve gone through the release calendar of upcoming films, and compiled a list of fifteen that I’m most excited for. Some are blockbusters, some are indies, and some just look like a lot of fun. Without further ado, here’s the list, in order of release:
1. The Guest – September 17th
From director Adam Wingard of You’re Next and V/H/S fame, and starring Dan Stevens, formerly of Downton Abbey, The Guest has been making the festival rounds for a while, and everyone seems to love it. I’m a huge fan of everyone involved, and am always excited when a genre film attracts mainstream coverage.
2. Tusk – September 19th
I was sold on Tusk the first time I heard the premise – it’s about a man (played by Justin Long) who is held captive by another man (played by Michael Parks), as he attempts to transform him physically into a walrus. A WALRUS. Knowing that it comes from Kevin Smith only makes this even more intriguing, and likely disgusting. See you there!
3. Gone Girl – October 3rd
Gone Girl has all the right ingredients to be something special. The cast is solid, it’s coming from a Gillian Flynn novel and script, and it’s directed by the always interesting David Fincher. The trailers are purposely vague and stylishly edited, and I can only imagine the film will keep it’s audiences guessing until the very last moments.
4. Annabelle – October 3rd
The Conjouring was not only one of my favorite films of 2013, but also one of the best horror movies I’ve seen. At the center of the film was the Annabelle doll, so a film focused on the mysteries around it should create another solid horror flick. It’s from a different team as the first film though, so I do feel like this could be the movie that has the greatest chance to disappoint of any others on here.
5. Whiplash – October 10th
I love Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, and have played the drums for most of my life. Hearing that those two actors would be in a film about a struggling jazz drummer I was sold, and even more so after hearing people rave about it from Sundance this past January. Since then I’ve completely ignored everything about it, with the exception of it’s release date, as I’ll be seeing it as soon as I can.
6. Fury – October 17th
David Ayer has had an interesting career. After writing Training Day and a couple more cop-based films, he moved onto directing, where he’s been a mixed bag. He’s created excellent films like End of Watch and Harsh Times, and a couple of duds like Street Kings. Fury, however, looks fantastic, and seems like he’s finally been given the freedom and budget to explore action and drama like we saw in Training Day. Add to it that the cast of Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and more, and we might have an Oscar underdog here.
7. Birdman – October 17th
Birdman looks wacky as hell. I love Michael Keaton, and he’s playing a washed up actor living off the glory days of when he was known for his role as a super hero. Count me in.
8. Interstellar – November 7th
Interstellar looks fantastic, but so did The Dark Knight Rises. And every time I think about Rises, director Christopher Nolan’s last film, I am completely stunned at how well made the film is, yet what a complete disaster the storytelling and plot was. It was, to me, one of the most disappointing releases ever. It is, however, the only blemish on Nolan’s track record, and given that this film brings in the wonderful Matthew McConaughey, this might make up for Rises. Seriously though, Rises was so bad.
9. Foxcatcher – November 14th
While the true story behind Foxcatcher is really interesting, I’m most excited for the performances in this role. As seen in the above still, Steve Carrell has taken a physical transformation for the role, and so has Channing Tatum to some degree as well. Googling for the film you’ll find that Mark Ruffalo also has changed his form for the role. Combing that level of dedication and acting with a powerful true story, and we’ve definitely got some Oscar bait on our hands.
10. The Imitation Game – November 21st
Speaking of Oscar bait, here’s a British WW2 period piece starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Based on Alan Turing as he attempted to crack the Nazi’s Enigma Code, this has been receiving great praise from festivals, and likely will garner the same recognition from audiences. Benedict is such an incredible actor that I imagine years from now we’ll have a film with a similar premise based around people trying to determine if Benedict is an alien. He’s that good.
11. Horrible Bosses 2 – November 26th
The first Horrible Bosses took me by surprise and ended up being one of my favorite movies in the year it came out. Now that the cast is all returning for a sequel, and adding some excellent, charismatic actors into the mix – namely Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz – it’s shaping up to be another ridiculous, hilarious romp.
12. Wild – December 5th
I’m always a fan of films that let one actor take up most of the screen time. Movies like Into The Wild, Buried, and, of course, 127 Hours really showcase the skills of an actor, but most of the time the lead is male. Wild is shaping up to be another great performance from Reese Witherspoon, and given the light race for female actors this year, could be an early front-runner Best Actress come awards season.
13. Inherent Vice – December 12th
I will see anything directed by P.T. Anderson, and so should you.
14. Exodus: Gods and Kings – December 12th
Ridley Scott hasn’t had the greatest of directorial releases in recent history, but I’ll be damned if the trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings isn’t one of the most visually stunning for the year. Add to the fact that the film stars two of my favorite current actors, Christian Bale and Joel Egerton, and has an equally killer supporting cast, I can only hope for the best with this film.
15. Annie – December 19th
I grew up in a family that encouraged the arts, so naturally musicals like Annie were a staple of my childhood. I was honestly pretty disgruntled when a “remake” was announced, but having seen the trailers and heard samples of the music, it’s now moved into one of my most anticipated films for the remainder of this year. The casting seems pretty spot on, and it really looks like they’re paying great tribute and respect to the source material.
Well there you go – the 15 movies I’m most excited to see for the rest of the year. Of course I left out a lot of other movies I’m interested in, but had to cut it off somewhere.
What are you excited to see? Let me know in the comments below.