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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
September 5, 2014
Director: Jake Kasdan
Running time: 94 mins
Director: Rowan Joffe
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Adam Wingard
Running time: 100 mins
Director: David Wain
Running time: 81 mins
September 12, 2014
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Anton Corbijn
Running time: 122 mins
Director: Matthew Warchus
Running time: 120 mins
September 19, 2014
20,000 Days on Earth
Running time: 97 mins
Director: Phillip Noyce
Running time: Tbc mins
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Colin Firth, »
Exclusive: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.
Screendaily has learned the move is being orchestrated to replicate the buoyant atmosphere of public screenings in an effort to stir up sales.
The timing of the move is dictated by a growing recognition that most decision-makers at distribution companies will have left town by the time these films officially premiere in the second week, despite Toronto’s efforts to spread its riches across the duration of the festival.
That strategy was informed in part by the festival’s new and well documented policy of holding back until the second week premieres of anticipated films that will receive their actual world premiere in Telluride.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, while it’s still in cinemas
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: suffers badly by comparison with the cogent, witty Avengers flicks — this feels like a campy Saturday-morning cartoon left over from the 1970s [my review] [iTunes UK]
new to stream
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever [my review] [iTunes UK] Tracks: romantic in the grandest sense, a visceral and hypnotic experience of idealistic aspirations set against the desolate beauty and danger of the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It seems as if the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup is more or less set. I'm not expecting any major additions after today's announcement and have taken another look at my current list of most likely films I'll be screening while in town, though this is largely based on title and director alone as I have yet to really dig into the titles unfamiliar to me so it's possible a few may find their way into the mix once all is said and done. That said, if you think there are some I'm missing please let me know... don't want to overlook anything. Note, I will be in Toronto from September 3-10 and expect I'll see about 18 movies maximum while I'm there. Right now the full list below is 48 movies not including the four I've already seen (but have yet to review) and the one I don't think I'll even have a chance to see. »
- Brad Brevet
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu will be opening his highly anticipated "Birdman" this fall, will shoot "The Revenant" not long after, and has a new TV show on the way, "The One Percent." Starz has just given the show a straight-to-series order, with the program bringing together the unlikely cast of Hilary Swank, Ed Helms and Ed Harris, telling the story of "a downtrodden farmer (Helms) as he struggles to hold onto his family and his farm, when a bizarre twist of fate becomes a life-changing secret that will either save them or ruin them." We're intrigued. [Deadline] Spike Jonze is teaming up with Jonah Hill to co-write a one-act play for fashion label Opening Ceremony. You'll be able to see it during New York Fashion Week. Jonze will direct, but Hill won't be taking a role. [EW] Lone Scherfig ("An Education," the upcoming "The Riot Club") has taken over for Nick Cassavetes to direct the ABC pilot. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
London — U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 revealed today that the new chief of its filmmaking division, Film4 — which has backed Oscar-winning pics like Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” — would be David Kosse, who is president, international, at Universal Pictures. Variety spoke to Kosse about his new role.
Kosse, who joins Film4 on Nov. 1, said it was a bit early to speak about specific plans for Film4, but added that he had no intention of changing the “creative remit” of the production unit. “There continues to be a focus on emerging filmmakers, young talent and creative risk-taking,” he said.
Recent pics from emerging U.K. talent backed by Film4 include Yann Demange’s feature debut “’71,” which premiered in Berlin competition, and Daniel Wolfe’s first film “Catch Me Daddy,” which bowed in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
- Leo Barraclough
Kosse joins from Universal Pictures where he is president, international, and will take up his new post on Nov. 1.
Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the U.K. and internationally.
See Also: Film4’s New Chief David Kosse Speaks to Variety About Challenges of Role
Upcoming pics include Lone Scherfig’s drama about a boisterous Oxford student dining club, »
- Leo Barraclough
Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig’s has a zig-zagging trajectory. Her debut "Italian for Beginners" was an inventive and populist take on the Dogme 95 manifesto via a romantic comedy which won several plaudits including the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2001. She made a few well-received films since, but it was 2009’s “An Education” that dropped the filmmaker on the global map in a big way. She stumbled with the mostly tone deaf romantic dramedy "One Day" starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, but critical redemption is right around with her latest film “The Riot Club.” Formerly titled “Posh,” the movie is a scathing dissection of the British class system and centers on two young men who are inducted into the exclusive, debaucherous company of Oxford’s elite "Riot Club.” Her cast is impressive too; a who’s who of English up and comers including Sam Claflin (“Snow White and the Huntsman »
- Edward Davis
"I'm sick to death of poor people!" Say what? The first trailer has debuted for a film called The Riot Club, adapted from a played by Laura Wade called "Posh" about a fictional "club" called the Riot Club at Oxford University in England, based on the Bullingdon Club. The "filthy rich, spoilt rotten" story involves a bunch of undergrads getting wild in the Riot Club and doing some deadly dangerous things. The cast includes Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay, Holliday Grainger, Olly Alexander, Tom Hollander and Sam Reid. This looks wild, debaucherous, potentially amusing, but mostly sad and crazy. I think I already prefer Scherfig's other two films, but I'll check this out when it comes by. Have fun. Here's the first trailer for Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club, debuted by Film4 in the UK (via The Playlist): Set amongst the privileged elite of Oxford University, »
- Alex Billington
I fully expect Xavier Dolan's Mommy to be announced on August 6th so you can go ahead and add that one to my "Must Sees" list below, but as of right now my list of films I consider absolute "musts" sits at 17 movies with another nine I'll make top priority after I schedule those and then another nine that will be dependent on my screening schedule because conflicts due arise meaning any of these may be on or off the table... schedule depending. I'm going to be in Toronto from September 3-10, which means six full screening days, which means seeing 18 films will be pushing it, which also means I'm going to miss a lot of movies I would really like to see... Hell, it might even end up being worth it to skip films with already established release dates -- Foxcatcher, The Judge, Wild, The Drop, Mr. Turner, »
- Brad Brevet
With today’s announcement that David Dobkin’s film The Judge will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, I figured that it was a good time to talk about the Tiff lineup. That Robert Downey Jr. vehicle will seek to become an awards player, and it’s not alone. Each year, scores of titles descend on Toronto in order to distinguish themselves to Academy members and various precursor voters everywhere. The festival has a solid history of producing Oscar nominees, though the big time competition this year from the New York Film Festival will certainly shine a light on just how essential a stop this fest still is. For now though, it’s a big one, and well worth a bit of discussion. As mentioned above, the opening film is The Judge, which could be a Best Actor player for Downey Jr. or perhaps even a Best Picture contender if it’s better than expected. »
- Joey Magidson
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
With the announcement of initial selections for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival this morning, there is plenty of parsing that can be done vis a vis what's going to Telluride and what's going to Venice. But seeing as the latter will have its own announcement on Thursday and the former brings with it a guessing game that can go on for another couple weeks, let's just focus on the Canadian fest's offerings, shall we? As usual, a number of trailers were dropping for films in play when the Tiff announcement was imminent. We've already seen those for films like "The Imitation Game," "The Good Lie," "The Equalizer" and "The Drop," among others. But let's spotlight a few more, which have hit the web thanks to Tiff's handy YouTube account. First up, "My Old Lady" from director Israel Horovitz, with Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline. It's the story of a down-and-out »
- Kristopher Tapley
I wasn't familiar with Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club when it was announced as part of the Toronto Film Festival lineup this morning. Perhaps that's because I only knew it as Posh, which was its previous title, but now that things are squared away we have a trailer for the film. Starring Holliday Grainger, Douglas Booth, Natalie Dormer, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sam Claflin, Max Irons and Sam Reid the film centers on two first-year students at Oxford University who join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. The movie is described as "a scathing dissection of the British class system" and the Tiff screening will serve as its world premiere. Check out the trailer below. sb id="963495" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs from September 4 to 14 this year, has announced its initial lineup of films. This is the first of a handful of announcements for the festival, and as always, the first announcement focuses on its Galas and Special Presentations -- the films with the flashiest names.
The initial slate of fifty-nine films includes thirty-seven world premieres, boasting those from Noah Baumbach,Lone Scherfig, and Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock. Premieres have been a contentious subject this year on the film festival circuit, as Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Tiff, threw down the gauntlet, announcing that the festival would not play a film in the first four days of its schedule if it was also programmed concurrently for the Telluride festival.
- Sasha James
Much like back to school sales in mid July, in our books, Tiff’s first announcement wave reminds us that the end of summer is upon us (we heart fall film festival bliss) and it also gets our team of journalists heading to Tiff in Charlie Foxtrot pickle of a situation as the Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard & Wavelengths get revealed in the weeks to come making for scheduling overload. Of star-struck, tickets sale friendly list of showy red carpet items mentioned today, we find our usual set of Oscar bait items (how odd that Quebecois helmers Jean-Marc Vallee and Philippe Falardeau both present tear-jerker items with Reese Witherspoon), acquisitions titles, and more importantly, our first look at items that are pretty much guaranteed a showing at this year’s Telluride and Venice Film Festivals. On tap, we have Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Noah Baumbach’s While »
- Eric Lavallee
The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list
Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.
Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.
Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Lone Scherfig came to international attention thanks to the success of "An Education," but her followup "One Day," didn't catch fire in the same way. Can "The Riot Club" find the director back in firmer footing? We'll soon find out. The film is set make its world premiere at Tiff, with a cast of up-and-comers including Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay and Douglas Booth leading the way. The trailer was released a little while ago, but it missed our news beat, so here it is, along with the official synopsis: A privileged young man is inducted into the exclusive, debaucherous company of Oxford's elite "Riot Club," in this scathing dissection of the British class system. No U.S. distribution yet, but it opens in the U.K. on September 19th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
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