From September to December, studios and indie distributors will unveil their quality fare.
Goodbye superhero nonsense (well, except you, Thor) and hello screenplays by Cormac Mc Carthy, casts fully stocked with the best of the best, and auteur directors unveiling their latest.
(9/13) What It Is: Robert De Niro plays a mob guy for like the billionth time in this Luc Besson-directed comedy about a family that can't keep a low profile while in witness protection, mostly because they're all kinda crazy.
Michelle Pfeiffer is De Niro's supermarket-bombing wife, Dianna Agron his ball-busting daughter, and John D'Leo his petty crook son.
Yeah, it's that movie, the one with the giggle-inducing trailer and the high hunk factor.
See it with your girlfriends, with your gay friends, with your work friends, with no friends, with strangers, whatever. Will It Work: A movie with a European-ish sensibility (its director, Anne Fontaine, is a Luxembourger who works in France), and yet set in the wilds of Australia and starring American and Australian movie stars, could be a good hybrid of artsy and accessible, a titillation that's also, y'know, good.
There's much to look forward to, so here's a preview of what's to come.
(9/6) What It Is: Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play two close friends living in tropical Australia who end up sleeping with each other's sons.
George Clooney (in a role that originally belonged to Robert Downey Jr.) is given equal billing, but we have a sneaking suspicion that he might not last too long. His filmmaking is swift and inventive but always clean and efficient, there's nothing wasted, there's no clutter. Northrup is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, finally getting a big, front-and-center role to sink his teeth into.
And he's not just a technical wizard; he's thoughtful and sensitive and wise. Maybe it's the slightly fake-y special effects, but something's off. He's joined by a whole host of notable names, among them Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, and everyone's favorite little hush puppy, Quvenzhané Wallis.
That said, there is maybe something a little off about mining Gad's character's problems, which involve actual sexual assault, for comedy?
It's entirely possible that the movie will handle all these tricky topics with the right amount of sensitivity, but it's a fine line. (9/27) What It Is: Another September movie about sex addiction.
Jon's dad is, somewhat thrillingly, played by Tony Danza, while Julianne Moore plays a woman Jon meets at night school who gives him sex lessons or something. , it's always fun to see Johansson doing Jersey tawk.