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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
After losing most of her family to cancer, Annie (Samantha Morton) has always known that life is a genetic lottery. But when she falls pregnant, she makes herself an expert in the condition to maximise her time with her child and husband (Aaron Paul). While she's encouraged at home by nurse Rashida Jones and doctor Corey Stoll, hope comes from afar in the form of a pioneering geneticist (Helen Hunt). »
Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has been bestowing since 1998.
Past honorees include many future Oscar-winners and nominees such as Adrien Brody, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Melissa Leo.
This year’s honorees will be featured in the Oct. 7 issue of Variety and for the third year, several of the honorees will participate in Variety Ten to Watch activities at the Hamptons Film Festival, which runs Oct. 9-13.
This year’s 10 Actors to Watch are:
Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming »
- Jenelle Riley
Four interesting tidbits coming atcha that we neglected to discuss for multiple reasons. If you hadn't yet heard them, they'll feel like brand new news to you.
In what is clearly understood to be an awards-traction move, Jon Favreau's sleeper hit Chef will be coming back to theaters this Friday in wide release. I'm not sure it has the critical oomph to win any nominations and it didn't have the box office size to make that a non-issue (a la gargantuan hits like My Big Fat Greek Wedding) but could it sleeper hit its way into, say, The Screenplay race? I'm realizing I neglected to consider it at all there which is an obvious mistake. I had a really good time watching it with friends though; it's an easy sit and safe for diverse groups of viewers. My favorite visual was ScarJo eating a bowl of pasta but my »
- NATHANIEL R
Director: John McNaughton.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Synopsis: Maryann (Calis) moves in with her grandparents after the death of her mother and father. She soon makes friends with a local sick boy (Tahan) who is confined to his home by his overbearing mother (Morton). As the two embark on a forbidden friendship, the mother seems to become more and more intense.
FrightFest has been a place of just as many laughs as it has been scares this year, but one film that aims to keep things very serious indeed. Director of Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, John McNaughton, returns to supply one of the best films of the festival this year. The Harvest is an amazing achievement on many levels, not least that this is solid drama with a horror edge.
Starting off as a »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
John McNaughton, enfante-terrible of the BBFC thanks to his stunning 1986 debut feature Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, returns to genre film making after two decades away from horror (his Masters of Horror episode in 2006 is his only “horror” credit in 25 years), with a psychological thriller starring Britain’s very own Samantha Morton and everyone’s favourite Superman villain, Michael Shannon, who play married medical professionals Katharine and Richard Young who keep their sick son Andy isolated from the outside world in their remote countryside house.
However that isolation is broken when Maryann, following the death of her parents, moves in with her grandparents just down the road. Having left all she knows behind and feeling alone, she eventually befriends Andy – despite the vehement protest of his overprotective mother, »
- Phil Wheat
Directed by legendary actress and Ingmar Bergman-collaborator Liv Ullmann, Miss Julie is a tale of desire, class, and power set in the late 1800s in Ireland. Based on the play by August Strindberg, Julie (Chastain) is a aristocrat who sets her sights on seducing her father’s valet John (Farrell). Her desire sets off a series of mind games which grow stronger as the night wears on. All of their flirtations are silently witnessed by Kathleen (Samantha Morton), a cook who just happens to be John’s betrothed.
The film is making its world premiere in Toronto during the eleven day festival but has yet to receive a theatrical release date in Canada.
- Rachel West
"Minority Report" may be coming to the small-screen. Steven Spielberg's blockbuster sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise is being developed as a TV series by the director's Amblin Television, according to Deadline, with "Godzilla" screenwriter Max Borenstein attached to pen the script. The project, which is still in the "very early stages," will take off from the film's near-future vision of a world in which a special police unit - aided by telepaths known as "precogs" - is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes. The premise is based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. No network is yet attached to the project. Released in the summer of 2002, "Minority Report" was met with critical acclaim and went on to gross over $350 million worldwide. It also starred Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max von Sydow. Do you think a "Minority Report" TV series is a good idea? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Nearly 25 years have passed since John McNaughton’s landmark true-crime horror film “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” snuck into U.S. theaters — and that itself was long after its 1986 festival premiere, a protracted tussle with the MPAA accounting for the delay.
Filmmaking would never be an easy ride for the Chicago-based director. Half a dozen narrative features (offbeat comedy “Mad Dog and Glory” and erotic thriller “Wild Things” among them) followed before he retreated from bigscreen work in 2001. Sporadic TV assignments followed — including a 2006 chapter for Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series, which placed him in the company of John Carpenter and Takashi Miike, among others.
See Also: Film Review – “The Harvest”
And it’s to the horror genre that he returns with his comeback feature “The Harvest,” which McNaughton will present Aug. 23 at FrightFest in London. Starring Samantha Morton as the dangerously overprotective mother of a teenage shut-in, »
- Guy Lodge
Miss Julie explores the implications of a forbidden romance unfolding in 1890s County Fermanagh in Ireland.
The film centres on Miss Julie's (Chastain) seduction of her wealthy father's valet Jean (Farrell), which ignites a passionate affair between the two.
Norwegian actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann directs Miss Julie. Ullmann is also a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress, best known for her work with iconic director Ingmar Bergman.
There is no Us or UK release date for Miss Julie yet. »
Based on a play written by August Strindberg in 1888, Miss Julie is directed by Liv Ullman (Faithless) – who also adapted the screenplay – and stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. Though we’ve seen a few photos from the film, today brings with it the first trailer for the romantic drama, ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
The story centres on the daughter of an aristocrat (Chastain), and the relationship she develops with her father’s valet (Farrell), who is betrothed to the household cook (Morton). As she encourages the valet to seduce her, their connection is explored, along with themes of class conflict and competition.
The synopsis is as follows:
“Taking place at a large country estate in Britain over the course of one 1880s midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal flirtatious power struggle between Julie and John – a young aristocratic »
- Sarah Myles
Suits are being pressed, dresses are being primped and red carpets are being steam cleaned as the Toronto International Film Festival gets ready to roll in a few weeks. And a new trailer is here for one of their highlight attractions, Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie." Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton lead this period drama, based August Strindberg's acclaimed play, about the upstairs/downstairs romance that develops between a valet and a young aristocratic woman. Hot, corseted stuff! As you'll see in the trailer, it's all very elegant and tortured, and yes, we're really looking forward to it. No release dates or distributors yet for "Miss Julie." Watch below. [Vlicious] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Horror movies have given us no shortage of overprotective mothers over the years, though Samantha Morton takes that archetype to new extremes in “The Harvest,” a powerful coming-of-ager with the potential both to scar and strengthen the psyches of an entire generation — if only it could find a distributor as daring as the folks who made it. Pitting two impressive teenage newcomers against an as-yet-unseen side of Morton creepy enough to rival Kathy Bates in “Misery,” this deeply unsettling child-endangerment dramamarks director John McNaughton’s welcome left-field return to the bigscreen after an absence of nearly a dozen years.
Always a bit of an outsider owing to his gift for blending dark humor and taboo subjects, McNaughton made his name with “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” before entering the freeze-frame hall of fame with “Wild Things,” but has worked only in television since 2001. Though hardly an obvious project with which to return, »
- Peter Debruge
Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop
Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), as well as that tawdry neo-noir Wild Things (1998), will be happy to realize he’s returned to filmmaking with The Harvest, his first feature film since 2001. An indie thriller written by first time screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti, it’s headlined by the likes of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. While there are several standout moments in the film, it’s constantly marred by an underwhelming screenplay that has a few too many inconsistencies to support the development of tension or believability. The insistent need for extravagant twists undermines the logic of the narrative, something unnecessary here considering the intensity of the performances.
Katherine (Morton) and Richard (Shannon) care for their son Andy (Charlie Tahan) in their isolated home in the countryside. Both working in the medical profession, »
- Nicholas Bell
Set to close the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is the sophomore directorial effort of Alan Rickman who is best known for being the source of villainy in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). “It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the Festival’s closing night Gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure,” stated Rickman. “I have filmed in the city, visited often, and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home.”
The historical drama stars Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra an unconventional landscaper who is tasked with designing one of the fountains at The Palace of Versailles while contending with uncooperative weather, rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own personal demons. Performing alongside Winslet are Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman and Matthias Schoenaerts. »
- Trevor Hogg
The following clip is Nsfw, assuming you’re a repressed 19th-century manservant.
If you’re not: Here’s a first look at Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, a period piece based on the 1888 Strindberg play of the same name. Jessica Chastain plays the titular character, the feisty daughter of a count; Colin Farrell plays Jean, the valet who’s loved Julie since she was a girl. (“Loved,” here, means he’s had “nasty thoughts” about her since childhood.) Naturally, things get complicated when the two become entangled—more along the lines of Quills than Downton Abbey, if this slow-burning international trailer is any indication. »
- Hillary Busis
Set for it’s world premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for director Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie has arrived online.
Starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) and Samantha Morton (Minority Report), the film is based on the acclaimed play about a torrid love affair that crosses a forbidden class divide .
The official synopsis is: a country estate in Ireland in the 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal, charged power struggle between a young aristocratic woman and her father’s valet.
Distribution is still to be set for the film, but with it’s premiere set to spark lots of feverish activity, it surely won’t be long until it’s released across the globe.
- Scott Davis
Now that its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has been locked in, we have a first trailer for Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, an 1880s-set erotic thriller about the power struggle between an aristocratic woman and her father’s sexually frustrated valet. With the sublime Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell leading the cast, which also includes Samantha Morton, this is going to be one to watch.
An adaptation of the famed play by August Strindberg, Miss Julie looks familiar but still extremely promising in terms of its acting, visual appearance and framing. Ullmann (Sofie, Faithless) may be just the director to reintroduce this seminal play to a new audience, and Farrell and Chastain certainly seem like suitable leads for the job. Morton, too, should provide ample dramatic pathos in her key supporting role.
The trailer is filled with tantalizing glimpses at scenes and some very steamy dialogue, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Miss Julie has released a new trailer.
The film centres around the daughter of a wealthy landowner (Chastain) who becomes involved in a steamy affair with her father's valet (Farrell).
His fiancée (Morton) looks on as the pair stumble towards tragedy.
The film is based on the 1888 play by Swedish playwright August Strindberg.
The impressive lineup announced for the upcoming 2014 Toronto International Film Festival includes a number of extremely promising films, and we’ve got some new images from four such features for your perusing pleasure. Briefly: A Little Chaos – (Directed by Alan Rickman) Starring Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman. Love & Mercy – (Directed by Bill Pohlad) Starring Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, and Paul Giamatti. Miss Julie – (Directed by Liv Ullmann) Starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton. Mr. Turner – (Directed by Mike Leigh) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire, Ruth Sheen, David Horovitch, and Karl Johnson. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to check out all of the Tiff images released thus far. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th. A Little Chaos A landscape gardener with a »
- Adam Chitwood
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