We are in the dog days of summer, so with the end of the year ramp up about to happen, I wanted to run down the films I am most looking forward to for the rest of the year.
Movies releasing in December did not make the cut.
Without further ado, let’s take a look…
20. Boy Erased (Release Date: November 2nd)
Joel Edgerton proved a capable writer/director with his thriller The Gift. While I am excited to see what he can bring to the table next, Boy Erased seems like your typical run of the mill Oscar bait.
19. Beautiful Boy (Release Date: October 12th)
Here looks to be another stand out performance from Steve Carrell. While it is seemingly low on this list, I can see it being one of my favorite to come from it.
18. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Release Date: October 19th)
Can you ever forgive me for not seeing this movie? That’s a joke. I really am interested to see McCarthy’s performance. Is this a one time thing or the start of a career change?
17. The Favourite (Release Date: November 23rd)
16. Suspiria (Release Date: October 26th)
Starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, and directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), Suspiria is a remake of the 1977 classic. This just looks downright disturbing. I cannot wait!
15. Operation Finale (Release Date: August 29th)
No big writer/director combo on this one. A relatively quiet veteran director and a newcomer of a writer team with an amazing cast featuring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley and Melanie Laurent. That’s all I need to know…where do I sign up?
14. Creed II (Release Date: November 21st)
I mean…have you seen Creed? …have you seen Michael B. Jordan act?
13. A Star is Born (Release Date: October 5th)
Lady Gaga looks phenomenal. Can Bradly Cooper write and/or direct? We shall see.
12. Bohemian Rhapsody (Release Date: November 2nd)
The titular song is an undeniable classic. Rami Malek looks born to play this role. What makes me extremely curious about this film is the behind the scenes drama with Bryan Singer leaving/being kicked off towards the end of production. Will the end product be Oscar-worthy or a sloppy mess?
11. Serenity (Release Date: September 28th)
From the writer/director of Locke, Serenity looks twisty, turny and to be a whole lot of fun. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are two of my favorites, so count me in.
10. The Sisters Brothers (Release Date: September 21st)
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix. Boom. It was also written and directed by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard, who regularly cleans up at Cannes.
09. First Man (Release Date: October 12th)
Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling team up again (La La Land) to bring us the story of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Ryan Gosling should be up for the Best Leading Actor Academy Award for his performance.
08. Halloween (Release Date: October 19th)
What can I say? I’m a sucker for this franchise. I am intrigued by the creatives behind this project, as well (David Gordon Green and Danny McBride). This time of year is perfect for a good Halloween movie…hopefully we get that.
07. The Predator (Release Date: September 14th)
Shane Black is an incredibly underrated filmmaker. His style is perfect to revamp the Predator franchise and the cast is perfectly suited for Black. This is going to be a recipe for disaster…in the best way possible.
06. Venom (Release Date: October 5th)
Venom was always one of my favorite characters when I was younger. Seeing him portrayed in Spider-Man 3 was not what I wanted. This, though…this is almost exactly what I wanted. Tom Hardy is incredible in everything he does…hopefully the script is not bad enough to drag this movie in the dirt.
05. Mid90s (Release Date: October 19th)
I might not be the exact person this movie was made for, but I have to be pretty close. It will be interesting to see how Jonah Hill fares behind the camera. Add in a score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and this has the potential to do some serious damage in my yearly Top 10.
04. If Beale Street Could Talk (Release Date: November 30th)
Barry Jenkins surprised me with his breakout hit, Moonlight, being one of my favorite films of 2016. The story he is telling with Beale Street could certainly trump that of Moonlight. How will the acting compare? Will the direction be as confident, the lighting be as unique, the editing fit so seamlessly? There are not many films I would rather see right now than this.
03. Widows (Release Date: November 16th)
Steve McQueen maybe the best director that you have not heard of. Shame and Hunger are both incredible cinematic achievements. The same can be said of 12 Years a Slave. Widows will feature possibly the best cast of the year, including Viola Davis, Carrie Coon, Liam Neeson, Jon Berenthal, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Daniel Kaluuya. This film is sure to be powerful and raw.
02. Hold the Dark (Release Date: September 28th)
I am shocked that there is a Netflix film on this list, let alone in the top 3, but that is how much I love the work of Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) and Macon Blair (I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore). Though I would love to see this film on the big screen, I am simply happy to be getting another film directed by the great Jeremy Saulnier.
01. Bad Times at the El Royale (Release Date: October 12th)
Fitted with a star studded lineup, writer/director Drew Goddard looks to have outdone himself once again. If you don’t know, he was the creator of Netflix’s Daredevil. He was a writer on Lost, along with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias. He wrote Cloverfield, World War Z and The Martian. He wrote and directed the under-seen classic The Cabin in the Woods, as well. Did I forget to mention he has worked on the new smash hit The Good Place, too? Here is his ‘passion project’ before he moves on to write and direct the Deadpool spin-off, X-Force. Not sold? Watch the trailer. You’ll be sure to be on board.
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