Fall Movie Season 2017

2017 has been DRY. I have been absolutely PARCHED for new, quality movies to see. Dunkirk and Bladerunner 2049 quenched my thirst temporarily, but now that November is here, it’s time for the flood of the years’ best films to be released. (I wonder how far I can take this analogy?) Here’s the forecast for interesting movie releases in 2017.

Lady Bird

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Release date: Nov. 3
Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Written by: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton, Laurie Metcalf
Summary: “The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.”

Why I’m interested: Ultimately, this could be a quirky popcorn film, and nothing more, but Greta Gerwig has had plenty of buzz for her work on screen in the last few years and Saoirse Ronan is an absolute delight, so I think it will be worth checking out.

Last Flag Flying

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Release date: Nov. 3
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Written by: Richard Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan, based on the book by Darryl Ponicsan
Starring: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne
Summary: “Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.”

Why I’m interested: This is not a story that sparks my attention, so Richard Linklater and the cast are really what intrigues me about Last Flag Flying. This could either be a really powerful film with spectacular performances or a feeble attempt at authenticity. We’ll see.

LBJ

LBJ

Release date: Nov. 3
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Written by: Joey Hartstone
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Woody Harrelson, Bill Pullman
Summary: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.”

Why I’m interested: This also has the potential to be a disaster, but if they pull this off I think it will be very entertaining. I don’t really associate Rob Reiner with cinematic ingenuity, but I’m eager to see Woody Harrelson stretch his wings.

My Friend Dahmer

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Release date: Nov. 3
Directed by: Marc Meyers
Written by: Marc Meyers, based on the book by Derf Backderf
Starring: Anne Heche, Ross Lynch, Vincent Kartheiser, Dallas Roberts, Alex Wolff
Summary: “Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.”

Why I’m interested: Unlike Last Flag Flying, my interest here is almost exclusively based on content. The writer/director and most of the cast are unknown, but the story of a young Jeffrey Dahmer fascinates me.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Release date: Nov. 10
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Written by: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Summary: “In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.”

Why I’m interested: Dark comedy around the holiday season is always a welcome treat. Frances McDormand promises to be excellent even if the script doesn’t deliver. Martin McDonagh is responsible for the much beloved In Bruges so I think this (poorly titled) film has promise.

Darkest Hour

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Release date: Nov. 22
Directed by: Joe Wright
Written by: Anthony McCarten
Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Medelsohn
Summary: “During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.”

Why I’m interested: This is the definition of Oscar bait, but I’m totally on board. Gary Oldman is overdue for another Oscar nomination (and maybe a win?) if Darkest Hour lives up to its expectations. Joe Wright is also responsible for Atonement, which is one of my favorite movies, and he’s bringing along some people who made Atonement and Wright’s subsequent films: Dario Marianelli is doing the score, Sarah Greenwood is back as production designer and Seamus McGarvey is the cinematographer (additional non-Joe Wright credits include last year’s Nocturnal Animals and Black Mirror: “Nosedive”). So I’m 100% in on Darkest Hour.

The Disaster Artist

the-disaster-artistRelease date: Dec. 8
Directed by: James Franco
Written by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Alison Brie and James Franco
Summary: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

Why I’m interested: This has the potential to be a complete disaster. I don’t know what to expect from James Franco as a director, but this movie has been a running joke in Hollywood for years, so I’m curious to know the backstory. Regarding Oscar buzz, regardless of how good this is, Hollywood loooooooves movies about Hollywood, so the pure narcissism will probably elevate this to the awards conversation in January and February.

The Shape of Water

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Release date: Dec. 8
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Summary: “An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.”

Why I’m interested: The plot for this sounds WAY too weird, but after Guillermo del Toro brought us the masterpiece that was Pan’s Labyrinth, I have faith that he might just pull this off. Plus, Michael Shannon is a treasure.

Molly’s Game

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Release date: Dec. 25 (limited), Jan. 5 (wide)
Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Written by: Aaron Sorkin based on the book by Molly Bloom
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba
Summary: “The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.”

Why I’m interested: Aaron Sorkin’s words coming out of Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. Enough said.

Honorable mention

 

The Current War

current-warRelease date: Nov. 24…2018?
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Written by: Michael Mitnick
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult
Summary: The dramatic story of the cuttthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Why I’m interested To the best of my knowledge, this story hasn’t been told much and I’m very, very eager to see what this director (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon brought us Me and Earl and the Dying Girl which was a surprising delight) and this incredible cast could do with this film.
Here’s why it’s on my honorable mention: The Current War was supposed to come out the day after Thanksgiving. Now, it looks like it’s been pushed to 2018, making it ineligible for the upcoming awards season. Why did this happen? It’s possible that the lukewarm reviews that came out of TIFF made the producers think it would be better to release next year OR Harvey-fucking-Weinstein steps in the ruin everything again. According to Deadline, part of the reason that this Weinstein Company produced film decided to bump this was due to the flurry of allegations of sexual assault surrounding Harvey Weinstein. He’s the gross, misogynistic gift that keeps on giving…Fingers crossed the release date changes on this one.

**All release dates, movie posters, cast/crew listings and plot summaries taken from IMDB.com**

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