With Labor Day arriving today, the Summer 2015 Box Office is over. With that, it’s time to gear up for a slew of new films. More than summer, though, this fall has something for everyone. Fans of blockbusters will get a couple of the year’s biggest films in the next few months. Family-friendly features will also pop up throughout the rest of the year. And, of course, we’re entering Oscar season, so prepare for a bunch of potential Oscar nominees to flood theaters.
Now, it’s hard to guess what will work and what won’t this far out. After all, most of these films have only been viewed through trailers – and even then, some of these films haven’t yet offered a substantial preview yet. Plus, with many of the smaller films getting staggered release dates, there are chances some of these films won’t hit Atlanta (or whatever your own market is) until 2016, assuming they don’t go the VOD route.
That doesn’t mean we can’t guess what releases from the next few months will be good or bad, though.
Below, Outtakes Atlanta presents 30 films that look like they’re worth seeing this between September and December. They range from grand science fiction epics to independent features, with something for everyone. Unlike our Summer 2015 piece, we’re including some independent films in the list, though the release dates for some of these features could change. Additionally, the final page of this article will list ten films that, for one reason or another, look a bit more troubling. Take a look at our list, and let us know what you’re looking forward to seeing (or avoiding).
—The Light Side—
When it comes to lead roles, Johnny Depp’s been on a losing streak for a while. Still, Black Mass looks like a much-needed change for the actor. The film’s based on the true story of Whitey Bulger, and the supporting cast for this film is loaded with great actors. (September 18)
Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite for this story set in the 1960s, based on true events. Hanks stars as James B. Donovan, a lawyer thrust into the center of the Cold War when he’s tasked with negotiating the release of a pilot whose plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. (October 16)
The buzz around this film when it debuted at Cannes pegged Cate Blanchett as a potential Best Actress winner. Then Rooney Mara took the acting prize at Cannes. In this story of a young clerk and her relationship with a married woman, we’ll see who comes out on top. (TBD)
Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan reunite in this spinoff to the long-running Rocky series. Sylvester Stallone even returns, this time as a coach to the young son of his one-time rival. (November 25)
Just in time for Halloween comes a new tale of horror from Guillermo del Toro. Set in 19th century Cumbria, Crimson Peak follows Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), a young author who falls in love with Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). After marrying him, though, she learns that he and his sister (Jessica Chastain) are harboring supernatural secrets in their abode. (October 16)
The Danish Girl
Eddie Redmayne’s casting as Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery, has raised some questions about casting trans actors in trans roles. In any case, though, the trailer looks promising, and this should also continue co-star Alicia Vikander’s string of impressive films this year. (TBD)
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in this film, based on a true story about Lauren Hester (Moore) and Stacie Andree (Page), a couple who have to fight for Stacie to receive Lauren’s police pension after Lauren is diagnosed with cancer. Out on Film attendees get a special advance screening of this powerful film on Sunday, Oct. 4. (October 16)
The Good Dinosaur
Pixar returned to everyone’s good graces with this summer’s Inside Out. Now, they’re presenting an all-new story in a world where Earth was never hit by an asteroid and dinosaurs still roam. At the center of this story is Arlo, an Apatosaurus who finds himself lost far from home. While trying to return, he befriends a caveboy who he names Spot. (November 25)
Austria’s submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year gets a stateside release starting this month. In the vein of The Babadook and It Follows, Goodnight, Mommy looks like the next entry in the rise of arthouse horror. Just watch the trailer. (TBD)
Lily Tomlin takes the lead in a film for the first time in nearly three decades for Grandma. In the film, she plays Ellie, a lesbian poet dealing with the death of her long-term partner. When her 18-year-old granddaughter comes to Ellie for help paying for an abortion, the two make their way through different people in Ellie’s life to scrounge up the money. (September 18)
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film (or ninth, if we’re including Death Proof) was almost scrapped when an early copy of the script leaked online. But Tarantino came back around and created a new Western, shot on 70mm film. Theaters that can show the film in that format get the film for Christmas, before it expands to digital projection in January. (December 25)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
The Hunger Games series comes to a close with Mockingjay – Part 2. Picking up where Part 1 ended, Panem is now in the middle of a total revolution. With a small team supporting her, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) will come face to face with President Snow (Donald Sutherland). But will the fall of Snow bring peace to Panem? Or will Katniss find herself in the middle of something bigger? (November 20)
I Saw the Light
Loki goes country. Tom Hiddleston takes on country music legend Hank Williams in this biopic. To showcase his talent, Hiddleston’s actually taken to performing at country music festivals. Yes, we’re just as surprised as you. (November 27)
Jennifer Lawrence reunites with director David O. Russell (as well as her Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle co-stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro) in a biopic about Joy Mangano, the creator of the Miracle Mop. (December 25)
When a mission to Mars goes bad, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind by his crew. Watney has to fight the environment and find a way to send a signal back towards Earth letting someone know he’s still alive. Based on the best-selling book, the film includes an all-star cast (Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and more), plus direction from Ridley Scott. (October 2)