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Fall Movie Preview 2015

The fall Oscar push is already underway in theaters nationwide, with “The Martian” looking like a surefire Best Picture contender. Here are eight more movies to look forward to this fall, divided into blockbusters and Oscar bait.

Blockbusters

Spectre (Nov. 6)

The 24th James Bond film, and the last for Daniel Craig. Christoph Waltz is the the villain. Coming off the highest grossing Bond film ever, “Skyfall.” “Spectre” has ample pressure with a reported budget of $350 million. But we trust director Sam Mendes to deliver. The problem is, even if he does it still may not be profitable.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Nov. 20)

“Mockingjay Part 1” was a disaster that went nowhere. In “Part 2” things must come to a conclusion, so expect the Jennifer Lawrence-led drama to move swiftly and be action-packed as it comes to an end. And it’s the last time we’ll see the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman for the first time on the big screen.



The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25)

Sure the dinosaurs kind of look like “Gumbi,” but this is a Pixar Animation release, which means 2015 is the first year the venerable Pixar has released two films in the same year. The other, you’ll recall, was the touching fable that reminded you of your youth and allowed you to get in touch with your inner self, “Inside Out.”



Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec. 18)

Just watching the trailers makes you smile and gives you goosebumps. I think it’s the music that gets me. J.J. Abrams, who did a fabulous job resurrecting “Star Trek,” is directing. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and many of the other principle cast and crew return. When it’s all said and done this could be one of the top five highest-grossing movies of all time.




Oscar Bait

Bridge of Spies (new to theaters this weekend)

I wasn’t a huge fan (read my review here), but anytime you have Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks collaborating, with a script by the Coen Bros., you have something to look out for.



Suffragette (Nov. 13)

Often lost in the unending glut of the male-dominated Oscar movies are female-driven stories and dramas. This one, about the women’s suffrage movement in England in the early 1900s, stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, and is the first film to be shot in the House of Parliament. It’s an important historical story, emotionally-charged and no doubt features top notch performances, all of which makes it prime Oscar bait.



Spotlight (Nov. 20)

Ensemble-driven stories about important social issues can be hit or miss, but the buzz surrounding “Spotlight” coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival in September was undeniable. The movie is about a “Boston Globe” investigation of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and it stars Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo and many other recognizable faces.



The Revenant (Dec. 25)

“Birdman” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s production of the Leonardo Dicaprio-led film had ample production problems, but the trailer for “The Revenant,” also starring Tom Hardy, looks fantastic. It will receive numerous benefits of the doubt given the pedigree of the talent involved, so let’s hope it delivers.

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