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“Fall Movie Preview” by Blade Brown

Fall Movie Season usually isn’t as big as the Summer, but it’s just as important. This is the time where studios release their movies with the best Academy Award chances. Not to say that there won’t be blockbuster movies to come out in the next few months, but the quality of the movies are slightly better once the seasons change. With that being said, id like to take this time to give you my top 20 movie picks for Fall 2015.

*Honorable Mentions
The Walk
Bridge Of Spies
Steve Jobs

20. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (October)
In what’s billed as “the final installment”, all will be explained as one of the more creative horror franchises ends its run this Halloween. While 4 definitely stalled the franchise, I am interested in seeing how this all ends. Even if it is just for closure.
19. Sisters (December)
The last time Tina Fey and Amy Poehler teamed up, it was the underwhelming “Baby Mama”. This time, their typically casted roles are reverse, with Tina playing a free spirit and Amy a square. They star as sisters who decide to have one last party in the house they grew up in before their parents sell it. While i think it will be a fun movie, it unfortunately opens the same day as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So it might be doomed from the get go.
18. Hotel Transylvania 2 ( September)
In this sequel to the 2012 movie, Dracula and his friends try to bring out the vampire in the half human baby his daughter shares with her husband. One of only four family movies released this season, I’m sure this will be a much-needed win for Adam Sandler’s box office stats.
17. Snowden (December)
Oliver Stone follows up 2012’s “Savages” with this true story of Edward Snowden. The former NSA computer programmer that leaked classified documents to The Guardian, a national British newspaper.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character, and we’ll hopefully get some long overdue Oscar recognition.
16. The Night Before (November)
Three friends (Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Anthony Mackie) end their traditional Christmas Eve romps with one final blow out before they all move on to the next phase of their lives. The trailer looks promising, hopefully this movie delivers where “The Interview” came up short.
15. The Revenant (December)
While the trailer doesn’t offer much of the plot, the film’s synopsis is a good old fashion tale of revenge. After being mauled by a bear, then robbed and left for dead by his companions, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sets out to hunt them down and kill them. Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman) and Co starring Tom Hardy, this has Oscar Nomination written all over it.
14. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (November)
The final instalment of blockbuster franchise looks to go out with a bang. Those of us who’ve read the book know what to expect. Those who haven’t can prepare for an explosive conclusion to an exciting saga.
13. The Good Dinosaur (November)
For the first time ever, Pixar Animation Studios will release two movies in the same year. This movie takes place in a world where dinosaurs never became extinct. It follows a young Apatosaurus and his voyage home, who befriends a young cave boy along the way.
12. The Martian (September)
After a mission to Mars goes awry, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead, and left on the planet. Watney fights to survive the conditions of the planet and to signal NASA that he’s alive so that a rescue can be attempted. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the movie has an all-star cast with the legendary Ridley Scott directing.
11. Krampus (December)
After having a bad Christmas, a boys ends up summoning a Christmas Demon to his house. Getting the wide release that his previous Halloween horror movie (Trick R Treat) should have got, director Michael Dougherty’s new movie looks like it’ll be the best horror film of the year, and a fun spin on what being on “naughty list” can mean.

10. Concussion (December)
The trailer was released right before the start of the 2015 football season. Ouch. The movie is a depiction of the long-term effects that concussions have on players and the NFL’S efforts to deny them. Its based on a true story, so this movie may end up being the final nail in Roger Goodell’s coffin.
9. Point Break (December)
Inspired by the 1991 movie of the same name, the movie is about a young FBI agent who infiltrates a group of extreme athletes who are responsible for a string of heists. Looking to stand on its own instead of being a straight up remake, the trailer blew me away and I can’t wait to see the final product.
8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December)
It’s the seventh film in the star wars saga, and the first to feature the original cast in over 30 years. The plot is being kept under wraps, but with J.J. Abrams directing, its sure to be a fun ride.
7. Creed (November)
The movie follows the son of former champ Apollo Creed, who travels to Philadelphia to have his dad’s old friend, Rocky Balboa train him in the sport of boxing. It’s a spinoff of the Rocky series, and the first that Stallone himself hasn’t written. Luckily, writer/director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) is at the helm, and this has been a passion project of his. So I expect something great.
6. Crimson Peak (October)
Guillermo Del Toro’s tale of a woman who marries a man whose house is infested with evil spirits. Del Toro has a strong legion of followers, and the success of TV’s The Strain can only add to that. If the movie is half as good as it looks, we will be in for a treat.
5. The Hateful Eight (December)
A Quentin Tarantino western starring Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson? I’m sold. Add to the fact that the movie looks like it’s filled with the style and substance only Tarantino can provide, this will definitely be one of the better films of the season. Maybe even the year.
4. Legend (October)
Tom Hardy plays duel roles as Reginald and Ronald Kray. Twin brothers who were notorious gangsters in London during the 1950s and 1960s. The role looks like another impressive one for Hardy, who looks to have an impressive year following Mad Max: Fury Road and Child 44.
3. Black Mass (September)
The story of Whitey Bulger. An Irish gangster who’s alliance with the FBI helped him take down rival gangs and move freely during the 1970s in Boston. Johnny Depp looks unrecognizable and menacing in this movie. With a stellar supporting cast, the movie looks to be the best Johnny Depp movie in over a decade.
2. Spectre (November)
The 24th James Bond film picks up after the events of Skyfall and sees 007 going up against an organization more powerful than any he’s ever faced: Spectre. In what may be Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, the movie looks to top the success of Skyfall, the highest grossing movie is the series.
1. Sicario (September)

Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed masterpiece “Prisoners“. It’s about an idealistic FBI agent who’s enlisted to join a task force that’s tracking an anonymous drug lord. The trailer looks amazing and early reviews have been outstanding. A gritty and dark film and drug trafficking is a perfect fit for this director, who’s not known for happy endings. Not since “Traffic” has a movie about the drug trade looked this harrowing. With award-winning and nominated actors throughout the whole cast, this one definitely looks like it’ll be a  movie of the year candidate.


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