We’re moving away from the big blockbusters of summer into Oscar season so instead of a review, I’m going to preview a few notable upcoming releases this fall.
The latest from Paul Thomas Anderson (PTA) stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a World War II veteran who decides to create his own religion. Loosely based on the real life Church of Scientology, The Master also stars Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.
Rian Johnson’s follow up to 2008’s The Brothers Bloom stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the same person in the past and future. Gordon-Levitt plays a “looper”, who assassinates criminals sent from future. Making things even more confusing, he is charged with killing Willis, his future self.
Based on actual events, Ben Affleck directs this thriller about a fake Hollywood production attempting to fool a terrorist group into releasing U.S. hostages. Practically the laughing stock of the pop culture world just a decade ago, Affleck has really shown his skill behind the camera with recent directing credits Gone Baby Gone and The Town.
Colin Farrell stars in this oddball comedy about a screenwriter who becomes mixed up in the criminal underworld after his friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster’s canine best friend. Oh, and the gangster is played by none other than Woody Harrelson. I’m not quite sure what to expect from this movie with a tagline like “They won’t take any shih tzu”.
I don’t know what to say about this movie. Some sort of crazy, epic interconnected exploration of people’s lives throughout the past, present and future. It’s based on a giant book and stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Directed by the Wachowski’s of The Matrix fame, it is my most anticipated film of the fall. Watch the 6 minute trailer if you don’t believe me.
*all dates are for the wide release