Summer is always packed with great reads but I don’t feel that its the greatest time for really great movies. However, hello Fall! Here are my favorite picks that I can’t wait to check out, they are getting a ton of buzz and you’ll see why.
1. The Skeleton Skills (out Sept. 12):
We’re used to seeing Saturday Night Live alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in slapstick comedies, but The Skeleton Twins looks far more real. The duo star as twins reunited after 10 years apart, and are supported by a quirky, intriguing cast that includes Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell. The film won best screenplay at Sundance this year — the script was written by director Craig Johnson as well as Mark Heyman (the writer behind Black Swan).
2. Birdman (out Oct. 17):
Birdman is slated to close the New York Film Festival, which means the powers that be have deemed it a finale-worthy film. It’s a black comedy circling an over-the-hill actor, famous for playing a superhero, and his late-career struggle to mount a Broadway play. That over-the-hill actor is played by Michael Keaton who, as you remember, played Batman. Meta. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who has made lasting and interesting movies like Babel, 21 Grams, Biutiful and Amores Perros, the movie’s compelling and vast A-list cast also includes Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis.
3. Laggies (out Oct. 24):
For all of us who can’t quite figure out how to grow up, Keira Knightley stars as a 28-year-old theoretical grown-up who ditches her life to regress to something a little more stress-free. In the case of Laggies, that means turning her back on her own adult happenings to hang out with a bunch of teenagers, including Chloë Grace Moretz. The movie comes from director Lynn Shelton, who also made the extremely under-appreciated Your Sister’s Sister.
4. St. Vincent (out Oct. 24):
According to the Toronto Film Festival, Sept. 5 is Bill Murray Day, and St. Vincent is the film around which that whole day was constructed. Murray plays a crotchety older man who takes on a babysitting job caring for the son of a new next door neighbor; life lessons and laughs ensue. The movie also costars Melissa McCarthy, which means high hopes for good comedy chemistry and charming quirk.
5. Foxcatcher (out Nov. 14):
A wrestler psychodrama starring the unlikely pairing of Channing Tatum and Steve Carell was the film that surprised Cannes and earned Bennett Miller a Best Director prize. Tatum already has Oscar buzz, but the real attention is on Carrell. The Hollywood Reporter called Carell’s performance “an astonishing and utterly unexpected serious turn.” Of course, the film is also based on a disturbing true story, which makes it even more affecting.
6. Wild (Out Dec. 5):
Another best-seller turned mega-movie, this time we get a very natural Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed, a former heroin addict who treks 1,100 miles in pursuit of self-discovery and personal disaster recovery. The film is also director Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club, which gives it some intrinsic intrigue.
Check out the rest of the Fall top picks at http://www.take-a-pause.net/news_page/114/25-Fantastic-New-Movies-You-Cant-Miss-This-Fall.html
Movie descriptions from TakeAPause.com