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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
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival. The Congress opens today in limited release.] Ari Folman's The Congress is a trip in more ways than one. Its visuals are lush and its ideas are rich. Like Folman's previous film, Waltz with Bashir, the writer-director isn't using animation only as visual expression, but also bolsters the themes by using the form in the first place. The filmmaker carefully builds his movie like a house of cards by trying to use the acting profession as a spring board and then expanding it to an exploration of self-definition, dreams, hallucinations, and detachment from reality. The film can be so head-spinning that it's possible to get dizzy and lose focus, but when The Congress is on point, it's as fascinating as it is gorgeous. Robin Wright plays a variation on her real-world self by being described as a hot actress who used to have the world at her fingertips, but a series of bad decisions and bad »
- Matt Goldberg
There wasn’t much hype surrounding Young Ones at Sundance. It was a movie on people’s radar, but after it screened, it didn’t generate much buzz. That’s a shame, because Jake Paltrow‘s second directorial effort is an excellent film. It’s a western with a twist of science-fiction. The sci-fi elements are mostly left in the background, though. Young Ones is a movie that could mostly do without all the futuristic machinery, it’s just an immensely cool cherry on the top. That CGI tech, by the way, is seamlessly rendered into these beautiful desert landscapes. They have a worn down, used quality that suits this old-fashioned story. Young Ones is about a family. At the beginning we see a father, played with charm and warmth by Michael Shannon, protecting his land from thieves. They’re there to steal his water supply. In this future — what year isn’t stated and doesn’t »
- Jack Giroux
“Man of Steel” villain Michael Shannon and “The X-Men’s” Nicolas Hoult team up to save the world in Jake Paltrow’s post-apocalyptic “Young Ones.” Or at least, they’re trying to save their dry stretch of the wastelands. Now all they need is a little bit of water… Check out the first trailer for Paltrow’s film, which sort of just showed up out of nowhere. Or maybe it’s been hiding itself until now. Either/or. It looks pretty good. Like Hoult’s upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road,” minus all the crazy stunt driving and, well, crazy people. This one looks all introspective and such. Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive. Starring Nicolas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Aimee Mullins. Drying up in limited release this October 17th. »
If you're getting as tired as we are of found footage and haunted house/possession flicks, then check out the new teaser trailer for Jake Paltrow's futuristic sci-fi western Young Ones, heading our way in October with the tagline "In a future without water, vengeance will rain..."
When Ernest and his son, Jerome, use the last of their family's savings to purchase a robotic mule to deliver food rations to a work crew drilling water wells in the mountains above their home, they never thought it would alter the course of their futures so completely.
Enter Flem with his designs on Ernest's daughter, Mary, and his hope to take back their land, which his father had once owned in the heyday of early 21st Century industrial farming. »
- Debi Moore
Screen Media has revealed the first trailer and poster for Young Ones, a dystopian, sci-fi western written and directed by Jake Paltrow and starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit McPhee. The studio's description of the flick is a bit lofty saying it "inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that's steeped deeply in the values of the American West." Big talk, can it live up to itc Set for release on October 17, the pic is set in a near future in which water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth's precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm »
- Brad Brevet
Today we have a new trailer for the upcoming "Young Ones" sci-fi thriller, starring Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Check it out below. Plot: Set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth's precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (Hoult), has bigger plans. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and will go to any length to get it. The new film is directed by Jake Paltrow (The Good Night), the younger brother of Gwyneth Paltrow. It's set to hit theaters on October 17th. Trailer: »
Those of us in California who are experiencing a record drought can somewhat relate to the dystopian sci-fi thriller Young Ones, albeit on a much smaller scale. A new trailer has been released which shows a world torn apart after water has become the most precious and valuable resource on the planet. Michael Shannon stars as a family man struggling to survive with his children Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning), although they realize Mary's boyfriend Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult) wants to take over their land.
Young Ones is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. »
This sci-fi wester called Young Ones looks like an incredible film. The movie is set in near the future where water is very scarce. A teenage boy sets out on a journey to protect his family and survive. The film comes from writer and director Jake Paltrow, and it's "told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West."
Not only does it have a great story, but it has an amazing cast, as well, that includes Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. I'm really excited about this movie, and you can read the synopsis for it below:
Young Ones is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro »
- Joey Paur
The film was written and directed by Jake Paltrow.
"Young Guns" is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. »
- Kellvin Chavez
“From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West.” I’m in. Did I mention that the film has a great cast? Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee lead this story. […]
- Peter Sciretta
Jake Gyllenhaal goes gritty in "Nightcrawler," a film about a man who joins the rather unethical world of seedy freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. After some strange teasers, a more straight forward full trailer has arrived and promises a gritty drama.
It looks like a fun turn from Gyllenhaal, but even more appealing is the glimpses of Rene Russo back in what looks to be a juicy supporting role. Aside from her all too brief cameos in the "Thor" films, Russo has been away from the screen for a decade so it's great to see her back.
Indie filmmaker Gregg Araki returns with "White Bird in a Blizzard," a new drama starring "Divergent" actress Shailene Woodley alongside the likes of Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett. Woodley plays a teenager who deals with her mother's disappearance while coming into her own, and »
- Garth Franklin
Set the near future where water is more precious than gold, farmer Ernest Holm has to defend his family for forces both external and internal in Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones. Starring the always great Michael Shannon and Hollywood’s next generation of up-and-comers Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee as his children and Nicholas Hoult as Fanning’s ambitious and possible bad influence boyfriend. The film looks like it could be an excellent throwback to classic westerns as many of the troupes of the genre can be found in the trailer, but it is given an extra layer with the science fiction commentary. The film will be released later this year on October 17th.
The post Trailer for sci-fi/western ‘Young Ones’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Max Molinaro
Screen Media Films has released the Young Ones trailer online. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land. This conflict sets off a battle between the family's patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and Flem Lever, a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest's daughter Mary (Elle Fanning). I caught Young Ones at Sundance, and it was one of the most frustrating movies I've seen in some time. Taken at its individual elements—visuals, performances, structure—it's incredible. But these parts never built to an emotional impact for me, and it was a struggle to figure out why. I hope other viewers have more of a connection with the picture. At the very least, it's a worthwhile curiosity. Hit the jump to check out the Young Ones trailer and poster. »
- Matt Goldberg
"I never saw this land when it was green, before the drought came." Following some short teases from France and a very brief domestic trailer, we finally get a much better look at the ambitious sci-fi western Young Ones. Director Jake Paltrow has created an intimate sci-fi world that also has a subtly wide scope for what lies beyond our characters who are plagued by a seemingly endless drought. Michael Shannon attempts to keep his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and daughter (Elle Fanning) safe and grounded as the society around them, including the untrustworthy Nicholas Hoult, is getting more desperate all the time. Here's the full theatrical trailer for Jake Paltrow's Young Ones, originally from Apple: Young Ones is written and directed by Jake Paltrow. Set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, the land has withered into something wretched. »
- Ethan Anderton
A film that had our own Rodrigo Perez, "thinking about, chewing on and lingering [on]" after seeing it at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, "Young Ones" seems like the kind of smart, original movie that genre fans should flip for. And a new trailer is here to take you into the dusty, treacherous world conjured by director Jake Paltrow. Featuring a great cast including Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the story is centered around the battle for water, made more complicated as family dynamics and relationships also come into play. Here's the official synopsis: Young Ones is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Concept Art by Justin Goby Fields A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, »
Whether it’s a Krypton fascist, an ice-blooded hitman, or a conflicted Prohibition-era G-man, Michael Shannon is accustomed to playing menacing. But in Young Ones, the new dystopian sci-fi Western that premiered at Sundance in January, he gets to show another side.
“People are used to seeing Mike play very intense, dangerous characters, but I think he’s much more of a classic movie star than maybe people even realize,” director Jake Paltrow said before the film’s premiere. “I think what you’ll see in Mike is a warmth that maybe you haven’t seen in a lot of things—in this, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Congress, 2013.
Directed by Ari Folman
An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.
With Waltz With Bashir, director Ari Folman announced himself on the world film scene. The film was unlike anything else that had graced the screen, and went on to have great success across both the festival circuits, as well as garnering almost unanimous praise from critics and audiences. Six or so years later, he has returned with his latest film, The Congress, which again comes with a definitive “you’ve never seen anything like this” pre-cursor.
During the first few moments of The Congress, you know you are about to embark on a journey through a different lens. The opening shots, »
- Luke Owen
Studio Canal have dropped another new clip for The Congress (see yesterday’s clip here) entitled “Entering the Animation Zone”.
From Ari Folman, visionary director of Waltz With Bashir, comes a journey beyond imagination. An ageing actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son, and her digitised character will stay forever young.
Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take »
- Luke Owen
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