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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
Aden Young didn’t garner an Emmy nomination for “Rectify,” but after Thursday’s second-season finale, is it too late to put knighthood on the table? The SundanceTV series has already been renewed for a third season, and thank the Lord for that, given the untidy nature of how the latest cliffhanger wrapped up. But after its fleeting six-episode introduction, the second has made clear that series creator Ray McKinnon’s tightly constructed drama was no fluke, but rather deserving of a seat alongside TV’s best.
The central moment in the finale (and Spoiler Alert, by all means, if you haven’t watched) involved Aden’s Daniel meeting with authorities, ostensibly to offer a plea agreement that would finally put to rest the murder that placed him on death row for 19 tortured years, before his belated liberation. Yet as “Rectify” has made clear time and again, there are all kinds of prisons, »
- Brian Lowry
As the first original series from SundanceTV, Rectify was something of a gamble on the part of the network. Premiering on April 22 2013 with six episodes, however, the drama quickly established itself as a critical success, winning loyal fans and avid followers. Season two followed on June 19 2014, and is about to wrap after 10 episodes. Fans need not worry, though, as the show has now been renewed for a third season.
The premise of the series is simple, but with endless possibility for exploration. The story focuses on Daniel Holden who, as a teenager, was convicted and imprisoned for the rape and murder of his 16 year old girlfriend, Hanna. 19 years later, new DNA evidence proves his innocence and he is freed. His attempts to adjust, and the attempts of those around him to do the same, form a character study within a Southern Gothic tale.
- Sarah Myles
SundanceTV has renewed Rectify for a third season, just days before the well-reviewed drama presents its Season 2 finale (this Thursday at 9/8c).
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“Rectify has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans,” SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett said in a statement. “As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to see such distinctive and unusual storytelling embraced with such passion. Ray McKinnon is a true television auteur, and we can’t wait to see where he takes us next.”
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SundanceTV has renewed “Rectify” for season three, the cabler announced Tuesday. The third season will debut in 2015. An official episode order has yet to be announced, but season one spanned six episodes, while the currently-airing season two was expanded to ten installments.
“‘Rectify’ has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans. As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to see such distinctive and unusual storytelling embraced with such passion. Ray McKinnon is a true television auteur, and we can’t wait to see where he takes us next,” said Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President.
“Rectify” is created and written by Ray McKinnon, and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The series stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clemens and Jake Austin Walker.
The show tells the story of Daniel Holden (Young) who is released after serving nearly »
- Laura Prudom
SundanceTV has renewed their first original drama Rectify for a third season, reports Deadline. The third season will air some time in 2015 and will likely have six episodes (the same number as season one).
The second season of Rectify wraps this Thursday with the 10th and final episode of the season.
Rectify revolves around Daniel Holden (Aden Young) who was convicted and imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. After nearly 20 years of isolation on death row, DNA evidence helps set him free. He returns as an outsider to his family, community, and the outside world. Co-stars include Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford Adelaide Clemens, and Jake Austin Walker.
Here's the press release:
SundanceTV Renews Critically-Acclaimed Original Scripted Drama "Rectify" For Season Three
Sundance TV is bringing back Rectify for a third season, which is set to premiere in 2015. The drama, which was created by Ray McKinnon, centers on Daniel Holden (Aden Young), a man who was released from prison after spending nearly 20 years on death row. After years of confinement, he must learn how to make his way in the outside world. Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford and Jake Austin Walker also star. “Rectify has evolved into a show much loved by critics and fans. As SundanceTV’s first scripted series, it’s gratifying to
- Aaron Couch
Should Daniel Holden give up his newfound freedom? In this exclusive clip from Thursday's “Rectify,” Daniel (Aden Young) admits to his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) that he's tempted to accept a plea deal that will return him to prison but spare him the death penalty. Also read: ‘Rectify’ Review: A Death Row Drama Slows Down Even More Daniel questions whether anyone's life has improved since he returned to his small town after spending nearly two decades on death row in the murder of his girlfriend. We still don't know what actually happened, or why Daniel would to take the blame if he. »
- Tim Molloy
An additional 7 galas and 17 special presentations will be taking place at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival which will include the latest cinematic efforts of Sophie Barthes, Thomas McCarthy, Johnnie To, Michel Hazanavicius, Olivier Assayas, Benoît Jacquot, Lynn Shelton, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Here are some World Premiere highlights:
A former art prodigy and second generation petty thief buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. To do so, he must team up with his father for one last job to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release.
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- Trevor Hogg
The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced new additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are: Boychoir (Directed by François Girard) starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger, and Garrett Wareing The Connection (Directed by Cédric Jimenez) starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel. Escobar: Paradise Lost (Directed by Andrea Di Stefano) starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, and Claudia Traisac. The Forger (Directed by Philip Martin) starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Thomas, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer, and Travis Wade. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th. Boychoir An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, »
- Matt Goldberg
Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.
Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »
- Isaac Feldberg
An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.
Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
"Welcome Home. Get uncomfortable." Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, appearing together on screen for the first time, lead the comedy ensemble This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Shawn Levy and based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Jonathan Tropper. The story follows four siblings forced to reunite for their father's funeral, and in the process bring all of their emotional baggage with them. Check out the first poster, which also includes a look at stars Ari Graynor, Adam Driver, Connie Britton, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll and Jane Fonda.
This Is Where I Leave You begins when four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are, when their father passes away, forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. »
Rectify Season 2, Episode 1 “Running with the Bull”
Written by Ray McKinnon
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Airs Thursdays at 10pm Et on Sundance
“Life is gift, man.” – Kerwin
As Daniel Holden’s life hangs in the balance, Rectify‘s second season premiere takes a look at the people in his orbit and how they’ve affected their lives in the week he’s returned (and as a product of this, their entire lives). Where the first season was primarily concerned with the mental state of Daniel – and with six episodes and an uncertain future, smartly maintained this narrow view – the opening hour of the show’s sophomore effort takes a much broader look at Paulie and the families still living in the shadow of Hannah’s death in 1994. As riveting and reflective as ever, “Running with the Bull” is the blossoming of the beautiful, disturbing flower that is Rectify, giving new »
- Randy Dankievitch
Returning to TV screens this week is the Sundance original series Rectify. At the start of the first season we saw Daniel Holden (Aden Young) released from 19 years on death row thanks to the tireless efforts of his sister Amantha (Abigail Spencer) and newly uncovered DNA evidence suggesting he may not have been responsible for the rape and murder of his high school sweetheart. However, nothing is cut and dry in Rectify's small town of Paulie, Georgia and many bitter residents, including Daniel's stepbrother Teddy Talbot Jr (Clayne Crawford), still believe Daniel to be guilty. At the end of season one that bitterness boiled over as a group of vigilantes took justice into their own hands. Picking up where it left off, Rectify season 2 finds the Holden-Talbot family dealing with the aftermath of yet another tragic act of violence. Rectify also stars Adelaide Clemens, J Smith-Cameron, Luke Kirby, Bruce McKinnon, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Daniel Holden wanders his world dazed and confused, humbled and harrowed, like a fuzzy-headed Lazarus lost for bearings after getting called out of the tomb. Whether this dead man walking deserves his miraculous parole is the hazy question mark at the center of Rectify, a somber existential mystery about historical injustice, guilt, alienation, and other deep stuff. Season 1 tracked and pondered its protagonist, a veritable philosophical zombie, as he shuffled back and through his hometown of Paulie, Georgia — a fictional place; the name suggests (to me) sudden impact Pauline conversions and that apostle’s legendary jailbreak — after 19 years on death »
- Jeff Jensen
The events of the first season of "Rectify," the Sundance Channel drama about Death Row inmate Daniel Holden's return to freedom after his conviction is overturned, took place over a single week following Daniel's release. It was a short period of time and yet — longer than a "24" season, but much shorter than a "Mad Men" season — as Daniel tells a friend, "Every day felt like a lifetime." For some viewers of "Rectify," which begins its second season tonight at 9, that elongated sense of time will be exactly why they love it. The show doesn't move from incident to incident the way virtually every other show on television does, but rather stops to marinate in the sticky Southern atmosphere and in the complicated emotions engendered by Daniel's release among his family, his enemies, and even himself. It is a show in which you would be hard-pressed to describe the plot of »
- Alan Sepinwall
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