Fall movie slate promises Oscar contenders, blockbusters

Written By Michael Richter, Co-A&E Editor

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With October right around the corner, that means we are moving into Oscar-bait season. It’s the time of year in which films become a little more daring and thoughtful. While this fall does include a usual amount of films that will be in contention for Oscars, there are also a couple of big blockbuster flicks. Here’s a rundown of the 11 most noteworthy films out this fall.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (Oct. 6)

Denis Villeneuve is at the helm for the sequel of 1982’s “Bladerunner.” Villeneuve’s last movie, “Arrival,” earned a Best Picture and Best Director nominations from the Academy. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling is set to play Officer K, who will act as an apprentice to Deckard. Gosling’s character tracks down Deckard after he had been missing for 30 years.


Michael Fassbender stars in this crime drama as a detective Harry Hole, who investigates the disappearance of a woman during the first snow of winter. The detective fears that it might indicate that an old serial killer is once again active. Tomas Alfredson directs, and he hasn’t commandeered a feature film since 2011’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”


Matt Damon plays an average Joe who is fed up with the local mob’s intimidations. The film is written in part by Ethan and Joel Coen, and judging by the trailer, appears to have the filmmakers’ dark comedic approach. However, George Clooney possessed directorial duties for the film.


Based off the trailer, this could the most fun, funny and colorful installment of Thor movies. The film also promises a clash between the Hulk and Thor. Taika Waititi is the director, and he most recently directed the well-received “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”


This is Richard Linklater’s latest film, and it has a star-studded cast: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. Carell’s character reunites with his old war buddies after his son dies in the Iraq War.


Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the film appears to be an early Oscar favorite. It has already garnered praise from movie critics at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Venice Film Festival. The film focuses on a mother who refuses to let her daughter’s murder case escape the public eye.


This film, which is directed by Kenneth Branagh, bares a resemblance to the “Clue” movie, but it appears to boast a serious tone. The movie also possesses an impressive cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad and Judi Dench.


This is the fifth film in DC’s extended universe (DCEU), and Zack Snyder was original director of the film, but he dropped out due to personal issues according to the Los Angeles Times. Joss Whedon stepped in to finish up the film, and apparently, he gave the movie a lighter tone. This is the make-or-break film for DC. If this is unsuccessful, the DCEU future looks bleak.

COCO (Nov. 22)

This is Pixar’s latest film following this summer’s “Cars 3.” It follows a young boy who aspires to be a musician, as he navigates his way through the land of the dead.

MOLLY’S GAME (Nov. 22)

This marks Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut. At TIFF, the movie received praise from film critics. The film is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, who ran an exclusive underground poker games, which made her an FBI target.


Luca Guadagnino’s latest feature has already been  referred to as a queer masterpiece after it debuted at Sundance Film Festival.  The film take places in Italy during 1983. The main character Elio (Timothee Chalamet), a 17-year-old boy who develops a sexual relationship with a 24-year-old man, who is played by Armie Hammer.

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