Juandering Around’s Fall Movie Preview

I live for film and television! The fall movie season is probably my favorite because it brings blockbusters and critical darlings together for a magical movie time. 2017 has been a hit-or-miss year when it comes to movies. Box office has been on the decline in comparison with last year, but I am confident some of these films are going to help narrow that gap. These are my most anticipated movies for the fall season in order of release date. Hopefully you enjoy the list and share some of my interest! Happy Fall Movie Season to us all!

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Release Date: September 15

Talent: Visionary director Darren Aronofsky, Academy-Award winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem; Academy-Award nominees Michelle Pfeifer and Ed Harris.

Synopsys: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: I haven’t seen a good psychological thriller in a while. The acting talent surrounding the film is insane. But most importantly, anything Darren Aronofsky does, I’ll be there opening week. He is easily one of my favorite screenwriters/directors because of his unique style and fearlessness. Review coming next Tuesday!

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The Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Release Date: September 22

Talent: Director Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, Kickass, X-Men: First Class), starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges.

Synopsys: With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: The Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise hit back in 2014. The extreme violence, black humor, highly-stylized sequences, and the acting made it my favorite action movie of 2014. I’m really excited but cautiously-hesitant as to whether the sequel can recapture the magic. We will see!

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Battle Of The Sexes

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Release Date: September 22 (Limited), September 29 (Nationwide)

Talent: Academy-Award winner Emma Stone, Academy-Award nominee Steve Carrell.

Synopsys: The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: In her first big project since her Academy-Award winning turn in La La Land, Emma Stone looks to recapture the magic from her amazing performance. Steve Carrell keeps surprising with his range in this movie that looks incredibly feel-good and engaging. I’m not very familiar with the subject matter but I’m excited to watch.

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Blade Runner 2049

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Release Date: October 6

Talent: Soon-to-be legendary director Denis Villeneuve, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling

Synopsys: Officer K, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: The trailer looks sleek and action-packed, the stars are great, and most importantly, it was helmed by one of my new favorite directors, Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival). I am moderately excited just because I have never watched Blade Runner. I know, the shame! Hopefully I can watch soon and get on the hype train.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Release Date: October 28

Talent: Acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos (director of the brilliant The Lobster), Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell.

Synopsys: Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor’s life in gradually unsettling ways. Soon, the full scope of Martin’s intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter his domestic bliss forever.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: When I watched Yorgos Lanthimos’ brilliant film The Lobster back in 2015, I was astounded. The film connected with me in an emotional, visceral, and existential level. I became an instant fan of the director. Upon watching the trailer, I was sold immediately as the film seems to follow the unique aesthetic and creative vision of Lanthimos. Starring the criminally underrated Colin Farrell and the amazing Nicole Kidman (who keeps giving career-best performances in film AND television), this is a movie I am dying to see. Please watch The Lobster if you haven’t done so!

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Lady Bird

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Release Date: November 10 (Limited)

Talent: Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Tracy Letts.

Synopsys: Marion McPherson, a California nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her — loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: I want to be there for the exquisite Greta Gerwig’s feature directorial debut. The trailer was an instant hit and with the likely Award-worthy performance by the brilliant Saoirse Ronan, this is another movie I absolutely can’t wait to see!

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Justice League

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Release Date: November 17

Talent: Director Zack Snyder, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller

Synopsys: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: Hopefully the movie is less Man of Steel or Batman V. Superman and more Wonder Woman. Since it is helmed by hit-or-miss director Zack Snyder, I am cautious in my excitement, but hopeful DC keeps the momentum garnered by Wonder Woman.

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Coco

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Release Date: November 22

Talent: Pixar Animation Studios, Director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story), Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal.

Synopsys: Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: Dia de los Muertos? Pixar? Lee Unkrich? What could go wrong? Comparisons with last Dia de los Muertos film The Book of Life are imminent, but I have a feeling this movie will surpass the quality of the aforementioned film and become the best animated film of the year. It is Pixar after all. Ugh now I’m craving pan de muerto and a cup of chocolate Abuelita. Sigh.

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The Shape of the Water

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Release Date: December 8

Talent: Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro, Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon.

Synopsys: Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: GUILLERMO DEL FUCKING TORO. Early reviews are comparing this to Pan’s Labyrinth, one of my all-time favorite films of all time. You have no idea how hyped I am for this! Sally Hawkins is amazing, so is the rest of the cast. But Guillermo Del Toro can do no wrong in my eyes. So hyped! AAAAAAHHHH!

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The Greatest Showman

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Release Date: December 27

Talent: Hugh Jackman, Zac Effron, Zendeya, Michelle Williams

Synopsys: Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

WTH (Why The Hype)?: The movie looks lush and grand, exactly the kind of movie to watch during Christmas season. Name someone more charismatic than Hugh Jackman, I’m waiting!

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So those are my most anticipated films of the year! I might be missing a couple of films but I thought ten would make an adequate list. Let me know which are your most anticipated films or which ones you think I should add to my list.

PS. don’t hate me but I’ve never watched the Star Wars or Thor franchises (I never said I was perfect).

Thanks for reading!

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