Fall 2015 Movie Preview

By Jeff Boudreaux


It’s that time of year again. The blockbusters of summer are squeezing out their last few dollars from moviegoers who are anxious to see what will “fall” into cinemas come September. There are a few which everyone expects to be hits, but it’s always a good idea to watch out for the sleepers as well. Here is my list of the films to keep an eye on in the next few months.



Director Eli Roth’s ode to the classic cannibalism exploitation films of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s will finally get a release after nearly one and a half years, thanks to producer Jason Blum. In this exercise in irony, a group of student activists are captured and tortured by an Amazonian native tribe that they are assigned to protect!
Sept. 25.


Speaking of iconic characters, Ian Fleming’s super-agent Bond, James Bond (Daniel Craig) must once again save the world from a sinister organization, this time headed by the mysterious Franz Oberhauser (Christophe Waltz). Also starring Palme d’Or winner Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as the newest Bond girl, Dave Bautista, and Ralph Fiennes as M. Opening on
Nov. 6.

Last Witch Hunter

Vin Diesel goes medieval on a legion of witches, hell-bent on destroying mankind. As the immortal Kaulder, the action-icon must team up with a beautiful young witch (Rose Leslie) in order to defeat the Witch Queen who cursed him centuries ago.
Oct. 23.


Matt Damon returns to space, as an astronaut who becomes stranded (it’s a big year for that) on Mars. Will he be able to signal Earth that he is alive and kicking? Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and co-starring fellow Interstellar-er Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jeff Daniels (it’s a big year for ensembles!)
Oct. 2.


In what I have waited 3 long years for (I will not read the books); Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leads the rebels of District 13 against the dictatorship of the Capitol and the reprehensible President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Will Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) return to his old self? I’m dying to know! Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, and Woody Harrelson all return to screens nationwide on
Nov. 20.



In this offshoot of the “Rocky” franchise, Adonis Creed (Michael P. Jordan), the son of the late, great world champion Apollo, is trained by…who else but the legendary Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). ‘Nuff said.
Nov. 25.

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Return to Neverland with friends Peter (Levi Miller) and Hook (Garrett Hedlund) before they became adversaries in this alternate origin of the beloved fairy tale. Joining forces with Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara), they must defeat the infamous pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Amanda Seyfried and Carla Delevingne (Paper Towns) co-star.
Oct. 9.


In what is touted as the final nail in this lucrative franchise’s coffin, everybody’s favorite ghosts on videotape take residence with a new family. However, we all know that it’s going to be linked to the notorious Katie (Featherston). From Blumhouse Productions, this entry promises to clear everything up for series fans, so don’t miss it! Oct. 23.


The second installment of this film series based on writer James Dashner’s young adult books, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his makeshift friends try to unravel the mystery of the dystopian world they are forced to survive in. Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Minho (Ki Hong Lee) return along with Patricia Clarkson as Ava Paige, the head honcho of WCKD. Sept. 18.


Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of Charles M. Schultz’s legendary creations, return to cinemas for the first time since 1980. Will Charlie Brown finally win the affections of the little red-haired girl in the year 2015? Will Snoopy blast his arch-nemesis, The Red Baron, out of the sky? Find out in 3D on
Nov. 6.

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Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will reprise their roles as Luke, Han, and Leia, respectively while making way for new, younger characters like Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) will take the directorial reins in the first film of a planned trilogy. Co-starring Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac, may the force be with you on
Dec. 18.


Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) brings us this highly-anticipated tale of two young children visiting their grandparents. Sounds normal, you say? Well, not in Shyamalan’s world. The kids get to witness a very dark side of their seemingly-sweet elders take place after dark.
Sept. 11.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the true story of Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire journey between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) directs.
Oct. 9.


In this true story, notorious mobster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) forms an unlikely alliance with the FBI in order to bring down a rival family. From the trailers, this looks as if it could be Depp’s best role in years. Directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart), the film features an ensemble cast which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Sienna Miller, and many more.
Sept. 18.

Bridge of Spies

The dynamite director/star duo of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite for this biographical drama of a lawyer who attempts to negotiate the release of an American spy from the Soviet Union during the height of the cold war. Famous directorial siblings Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the screenplay.
Oct. 16.


Kate Mara stars in this true story of a young mother held hostage by escaped killer Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo). This is one of my picks for this year’s sleeper.
Sept. 18


From the twisted mind of Guillermo Del Toro comes the supernatural tale of a woman (Mia Wasikowska) who is terrorized by the evil home of her husband (Tom Hiddleston). Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam are also featured in a film that has had Del Toro fans salivating since February, when the first trailer was released.
Oct. 16


A group of mountain climbers are stranded on Mt. Everest in the wake of a severe snow storm. Based on real events in 1996, the film features an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Same Worthington, and Keira Knightley.
Sept. 25

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