THELIST: FALL MOVIE PREVIEW
Hollywood’s entertainment masters are pursuing an amazing summer of film industry mega-hits with a fall lineup that is as outwardly tempting as it is activity packed. With Leslye Headland’s quick-witted parody Sleeping with Other People and Scott Cooper’s gritty, semi-historical crime drama Black Mass rolling onto the silver screen, this forthcoming season is slated to be a cinematic knockout.
Release: August 21
Directed by: Paul Weitz
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox
Feisty comedic powerhouse Lily Tomlin stars as Elle, the sort of estranged grandmother who lives in an n acid-wash denim jacket and shreds her credit cards to use as wind toll decorations. In any case, when her adolescent granddaughter, Sage (Judy Greer, of The Perks of Being a Wallflower), appears pregnant and needing $600, Elle is catapulted again into a silly hurricane of familial turmoil. Both astringently interesting and charming, the film chronicles an evening in which Elle serves to uncover some money while going on a few little wisdoms to Sage—like how to say “screw you” to your mom and whack your beau with a hockey stick.
2. No Escape
Release: August 26
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell, Owen Wilson
This explosive thriller by horror movie veteran John Erick Dowdle (As Above, So Below, Devil) centers on an American expatriate family scrounging for safety in the midst of the noise of a sudden—and brutal—political overthrow in a mysterious Southeast Asian country. It’s a knuckle-brightening, chest-tightening and completely immersive experience that pinpoints the most frightful components of xenophobia and magnifies them in a nightmarish and marginally tragic setting.
3. Sleeping With Other People
Release: September 11
Directed by: Leslye Headland
Starring: Alison Brie, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet
Spunky entertaining young lady writer/director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) has named her new film about dysfunction and un-romance “When Harry Met Sally for assholes.” Alison Brie stars close by Jason Sudeikis in this smart, roar with laughter story around a couple of serial sexual infidels who endeavor to keep up a dispassionate relationship with an effort to maintain a strategic distance from certain self-sabotage.
4. The New Girlfriend (“Une Nouvelle Amie”)
Release: September 18
Directed by: Francois Ozon
Starring: Romain Duris, Anais Demoustier, Raphael Personnaz
French movie producer Francois Ozon’s convoluted psychological thriller skillfully weaves perversity with anticipation in this film around a lady who finds that her late closest companion’s spouse secretly wants to dress as a lady. The story disentangles the compelling and frequently stunning truths hidden behind the characters’ intricate bourgeois exteriors through its profoundly insinuate cinematography. It is an outwardly masterful modern exploration of sex and gentility doused in wry amusingness and a twisted, Hichcockian aesthetic.
5. Black Mass
Release: September 18
Directed by: Scott Cooper
Starring: Adam Scott, Johnny Depp, Juno Temple
Johnny Depp stars as the scandalously ruthless Irish-American mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in this semi-biographical crime drama show based on the 2001 book of the same name. The film concentrates on a stretch of time in the late ’70s and mid ’80s—after Whitey’s Alcatraz stint—while he cheats his way to the top of the Winter Hill Gang food chain. With powerful specialized bolster energizing its plot, the story digs into the appalling relationship in the middle of Whitey and the FBI. It is explicit, raw and bothers to a point just short of disbelief.