Hollywood’s fall movie season is upon us. With summer superheroes, Tom Cruise risking great injury and Chris Pratt’s clingy trousers behind us, we move forward to Oscar bait and some other familiar stories. Here’s our roundup of the eight best pictures that are headed to theaters.
“Everest” sees Jake Gyllenhaal opposite Keira Knightley and Robin Wright in the true story that chronicles the survival of climbers trapped on the peak of Mount Everest during a 1996 snow storm. Co-starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington and Emily Watson. The disaster flick is in good company as the opening film for the 72nd annual Venice Film Festival. For the past two years the fest’s opening films have gone on to receive Best Picture Oscar nominations; last year it was “Birdman,” which won, and in 2014 “Gravity” earned a nod in the category. The film opens Sept. 25.
Matt Damon stars as an astronaut stranded on Mars—140 million miles away from Earth—who must utilize his skills as a botanist to survive until NASA can plot his rescue. The popular book of the same title will be realized on the big screen on Oct. 2, also starring Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Donald Glover and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Forget everything about the 2013 Ashton Kutcher-starring version. The life of the late Apple genius is brought to the big screen by Michael Fassbender in the title role and director Danny Boyle, who won Best Director for 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire.” Also starring Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen, “Steve Jobs” hits theaters Oct. 9.
Beasts of No Nation
Set amid a civil war in an unidentified African country, Idris Elba plays a warlord who takes an orphaned youngster, played by Abraham Attah, as his protégé. The Netflix original film will debut on Oct. 16 debut on the streaming services and will have a simultaneous roll out at select Landmark Theatres (making it Oscar-eligible) in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego.
The Peanuts Movie
Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts gang gets a splashy 3D makeover for a new generation in “The Peanuts Movie.” It is the fifth full-length feature based on the comic strip (celebrating its 65th anniversary) and the first film in nearly 35 years. In this iteration, Charlie Brown tries to win the affection of The Little Red-Haired Girl while Snoopy battles his enemy the Red Baron, in theaters Nov. 6.
Daniel Craig’s 007 treks the globe as he uncovers the criminal syndicate SPECTRE: Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism and Revenge. And the agent finds that one of his greatest villains has a curiously close connection to his past. Also starring, Naomie Harris, Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux, “Spectre” arrives in theaters on Nov. 6.
The drama, politics and desperation surrounding the international rescue effort of 33 Chilean miners trapped in a mine that lasted 69 days comes to the big screen in “The 33,” starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, on Nov. 13.
The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2
The end has come for “The Hunger Games” franchise with “Mockingjay – Part 2.” In the second-half of Suzanne Collins final book in the series, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss leads a rebellion against Donald Sutherland’s President Snow. The film, co-starring Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, opens Nov. 20