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As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Opening this weekend is the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The 1993 Young Adult novel has quickly become a favorite among readers in the 20 years since it’s been published. While the adaptation is getting mixed reviews, there have been a number of stellar film adaptations that have surpassed readers’ expectations. With that in mind, we oriented our Netflix streaming guide around the best of book-to-film transformations.
Of Total Film’s 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, we found 10 options worth streaming, plus a bonus: The Hunger Games — a film that relates purely based on the idea of being a dystopian novel turn big budget movie starring pretty young things.
Total Film’s greatest change from book to film: “Different story threads are told in the novel by a variety of characters, whereas Renton is »
- Stacy Lambe
Last year, the London Film Festival was bookended by a pair of Tom Hanks movies. This year, the fest is going in a different direction with opening- and closing-night films set during World War II. The event will open with The Imitation Game on October 8 and now has set David Ayer’s Fury as the capper on October 19. The pic stars Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal. Pitt and Ayer are confirmed to attend the closing-night festivities in Leicester Square with screenings to be simulcast to cinemas across the UK. The film is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final push in the European Theater. A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a five-man Sherman tank crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines where they face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Written and directed by Ayer, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Other films among the Gala Premieres are Israel Horovitz’s comedy “My Old Lady,” Frederick Wiseman’s documentary film “National Gallery,” the dramas “The Cut” by Fatih Akin and “Le Meraviglie” by Alice Rohrwacher, as well as the music drama “Whiplash” by Damien Chazelle.
“Manglehorn,” which stars Al Pacino and Holly Hunter, focuses on a lonely locksmith living in a small Texas town who is obsessed with the love of his life, whom he lost 40 years previously when he was jailed.
- Leo Barraclough
The sequel sees the return of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. Fans of Smith can expect to see the 2-time Oscar winning actress on the big and little screen this autumn and I suspect during the upcoming Awards Season. She’s nominated again with an Emmy for Supporting Actress (Drama) for “Downton Abbey” and her work on the upcoming film My Old Lady, alongside Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas, is without a doubt Smith’s finest work in years and definitely worth some Oscar attention.
Read Jim Batts’ review of the first film Here.
- Michelle McCue
Here's Andrew Kendall on a trailer I didn't get to! I've thrown my back out and I thank the team for this weekend's content for your amusement. I should be back in regular form soon - Nathaniel R
That it took an entire week for Yes No Maybe So to appear for upcoming British dramedy My Old Lady shouldn’t be seen as a sign of disinterest, or indicative of the trailer's merit. Although, on suggesting it for this series I pointed out to Nathaniel that Israel Horovitz's quiet European dramedy might not be one many are immediately passionate about. In the glut of trailers released in the past week, the modest My Old Lady seems to have been lost in the midst. Although I generally I tend to avoid trailers, I was curious to see how Horovitz would adapt his drawing-room play, which I'm fond of, to the screen. »
- Andrew Kendall
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: My Old Lady (Directed by Israel Horovitz) starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott Thomas. Ned Rifle (Directed by Hal Hartley) starring Aubrey Plaza. The Riot Club (Directed by Lone Scherfig) starring Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Douglas Booth. Still Alice (Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland) starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 - 14th. Via Tiff. My Old Lady A down-and-out New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father and is stunned to find a refined old lady living there with her protective daughter. Ned Rifle Ned Rifle is the third and »
- Matt Goldberg
The upcoming 2014 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled a starry slate of films hoping to make their way into the Oscar race this year. New photos from the fest's lineup have been released featuring Chris Evans -- also making his directorial debut -- in "Before I Go"; Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in "The Judge"; Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in "The Imitation Game"; Kate Winslet in Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos," and Al Pacino in "The Humbling." Plus, Julianne Moore, Chris Rock, Aubrey Plaza, Kevin Costner, Omar Sy, Ethan Hawke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jennifer Aniston, Octavia Spencer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Adam Driver, Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and many more. Related: 'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres The Toronto Film Festival runs September 4-14. Check out the new photos below. »
- Dave Lewis
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
A new trailer has been released for My Old Lady.
The story follows Kline's character Mathias, a New Yorker who inherits an apartment in France only to find out that 90-year-old Mathilde (Smith) is living in it with her daughter Chloé (Thomas).
Smith can also be seen in the upcoming fifth series of Downton Abbey, which will be returning later this year in the UK.
My Old Lady opens in Us cinemas on September 10 and in the UK on November 21. »
Kevin Kline gets the French Kiss-off from Maggie Smith in BBC Films dramedy My Old Lady, which Cohen Media Group is releasing stateside September 10. Pic stars Kline as a down and out American who moves to Paris to claim a house willed to him by his estranged father. There he discovers he must wait for the current tenant, a spunky nonagenerian (Smith), to pass before he can assume ownership per French law. Kristin Scott Thomas co-stars as Smith’s daughter in the U.S./UK co-production which marks writer-director Israel Horovitz’s debut. Producers are Gary Foster (Sleepless In Seattle, Community), Rachael Horovitz […] »
Paris. Kevin Kline. Charming love story.
Looking forward to seeing this adorable film!
Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager — an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale — and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death.
With no place to go, Mathias strikes a tentative lodging arrangement with Mathilde, »
- Melissa Thompson
Joel McHale is in New York this week to promote his new horror movie “Deliver Us From Evil,” but he mostly answered questions about the cancellation of “Community” at the film’s Tuesday night premiere.
McHale (pictured with the film’s Olivia Munn) said that he was surprised at NBC’s decision last month not to renew the series for a sixth season. The comedy was averaging just under 4 million viewers.
“Our ratings were good compared to the other NBC comedies,” McHale noted. “After President Obama asked me if it was coming back or not at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, I really thought, ‘well this seems to be in the zeitgeist,’” said McHale, who hosted the Washington D.C. event in May.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.Here's our very (and we mean very) early predictions for the best supporting actress race, which could see a slew of women who are quite overdue -- Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Kristin Scott Thomas, among others -- aiming to finally take home the prize, alongside, yep, Meryl Streep, who has three supporting performances on tap for 2014 -- "Into The Woods," "The Homesman" and "Suffragette." Check out predictions in other categories here. Best Bets From What We've Seen (But They're All Tough Calls): Patricia Arquette, Boyhood Laura Dern, The Fault in Our Stars Vanessa Redgrave, Foxcatcher Dorothy Atkinson, Mr. Turner Marion Booth, Mr. Turner Strong Contenders (At Least On Paper): Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year Viola Davis, Get On Up Meryl Streep, Into The Woods Kristin Scott Thomas, »
- Peter Knegt
Director: Philippe Claudel
Running Time: 103 minutes
Synopsis: Middle-aged and married neurosurgeon, Paul believes he’s being stalked by a beautiful young woman. After an angry confrontation, he finds himself strangely drawn to her. But soon, things take a darker turn and it looks like Paul might have brought real danger into his home.
Kristen Scott Thomas reunites with writer-turned-director, Philippe Claudel for Before The Winter Chill, a slice of bourgeoisie French domestic drama—with a twist. Scott Thomas plays Lucie, a bored and affluent housewife who spends her time drifting around the sort of residence you see on Grand Designs, throwing middle class dinner parties, gardening and sipping wine. But her perfect life isn’t as perfect as you might think. Her husband Paul (Daniel Auteuil) might be having an affair.
I mean the signs are there. He’s grumpy, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Few things gave greater pleasure last year than the reemergence of Emma Thompson on the film scene, shoe chucking, Annie-scripting, Mary Poppins writing, and all. I'm not sure who or what convinced Emma that it was time to reclaim her place in the cinema but I thank them profusely and ever so much.
While she didn't receive the expected Oscar nomination for Saving Mr Banks, despite carrying it on her very capable film-elevating shoulders, her next project looks super promising so we hope it picks up interest in the Cannes market.
If all goes according to plan she'll play one half of a married couple who defy Nazis in Alone in Berlin. The true story is based on the book "Alone in Berlin" by Hans Fallada. The plot premise goes like so...
Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants »
- NATHANIEL R
Has it really been 20 years? We hadn't noticed. Prepare to feel old, because this week romantic comedy classic Four Weddings and a Funeral celebrates a landmark anniversary.
The Richard Curtis-penned film delivered exactly what its title promised and so much more. It was funny, charming and packed with brilliant performances from a stellar Brit cast. Without it Hugh Grant would never have hit the Hollywood A-list and Wet Wet Wet wouldn't have spent what felt like an eternity at the top of the UK singles chart.
But what are the cast up to two decades on? We take a look at the key players then and now below...
Hugh Grant was a respected supporting actor in the Brit film industry prior to Four Weddings thanks to roles in Remains of the Day and Sirens. Things changed overnight after his role as the ever-so-British and lovelorn Charles.
Scott Thomas is reunited with the director of I've Loved You So Long in a handsomely mounted yarn about a stalker who throws the life of a neurosurgeon into crisis
Reuniting with the writer-director of I've Loved You So Long, Kristin Scott Thomas plays the increasingly embattled wife of an apparently reliable neurosurgeon (Daniel Auteuil) caught in the throes of a late-life crisis triggered by unexpected tokens of stalkery affection. A chance encounter with Lou (Leila Bekhti), who thanks Paul for his kindness when operating on her years ago (he insists that she is mistaken), plays prelude to a volley of red roses delivered daily to the doctor's home and office, threatening the tranquillity of his apparently happy marriage. As Paul's unease turns to rage, and suspicion to paranoia, his life unravels, causing cracks in his relationships through which bleed long-buried truths.
With its chilly visual sheen and sharp bourgeois satire, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
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