From August through November, Hollywood releases many of their blockbuster 2014 movies. No one knows for sure which movies will be hits and last forever in our lexicon of popular culture. Far more slide into oblivion taking actors, directors, and producers down with them thereby ruining careers and futures. I am not much of a movie reviewer. I know what I like and I like a whole lot of movies. So here is my list of movies I can not wait to see.
Favorite Movies This Fall
Guardians of the Galaxy will be released around August 1st. This action sci-fi hit makes my list because of its star power. Bradley Cooper has been riding high the last 4 years with great movie roles. Vin Diesel supplies the voice for one of the characters. A favorite actress of mine, Zoe Saldana, is great in everything she does. I would expect this might be the biggest hit of the year. Time will tell if this comes true.
The Giver staring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges comes out August 1st. Perhaps this movie will gain lots of fans because of Taylor Swift being cast in a lead role in this sci-fi drama. Director Phillip Noyce is no strange to blockbusters with hits like Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Salt, and The Bone Collector. Also Streep and Bridges never make a bad movie.
Gone Girl comes straight from the news headlines on October 3rd. A wife disappears and the husband becomes the suspect. It stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry. If I were a betting man I think this is a can’t miss hit with this group of actors. It will be a thriller worth watching.
The Book of Life is an animated fantasy movie coming out October 17th. Producer Gillermo del Toro is known for darker movies but he always makes a great film. So if the script is good then del Toro, director Jorge Gutierrez and voice actors Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, and Ice Cube should carry this film.
The Nightcrawler is a crime drama staring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, and Ann Cusack. It is a crime drama set in Los Angeles. Rene Russo only stars in hit movies so I will also put my money on this one.
Birdman brings back to the big screen Michael Keaton in a comedy. Keaton had a string of hit movies in the 90’s including playing the Batman character. In this comedy he plays a washed up actor who once played a superhero who brings a play to Broadway. Sounds a little familiar doesn’t it. Anyway it also stars Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton. This might just be a sleeper if Keaton can reclaim his comedic talents.
St. Vincent stars Melissa McCarthy who is riding high on a string of comedy hits including her recent Tammy release. She is back with Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, and Chris O’Dowd. Should be lots of fun. It comes out around October 24th.
Interstellar appears also to be a can’t miss movie. It stars Matthew McConaughey who is on my favorite list with Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. Talented writer and director Christopher Nolan known for the Batman hits is back with this space adventure on November 7th. Good directing and popular actors like McConaughey, Hathaway, and Chastain should make this a popular movie. May not be the year’s biggest hit but should be very interesting to watch.
Dumb and Dumber To makes my list just in case I am wrong about this movie. I found the first one just “too dumb” for me. But I was in the minority as everyone else loved the movie. Hard to pass on a proven formula with Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels back together after 20 years. I think it will be funny if not slapstick. Produced by the Farrelly brothers it has to make my list. I am just worried that the younger audience may not find it as much fun as the original did a long time ago. Things have changed but we will see if I am right.
Finally The Hunger Games: Mockingjay starring Jennifer Lawrence should be another big hit. Given the box office for the previous two movies everyone is waiting to see how the trilogy ends. Lawrence has been absolutely amazing in her acting career and should easily carry this movie. Director Francis Lawrence has done a great job with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson. Too bad Phillip Seymour Hoffman is no longer with us. Anyway, this or Guardians should be this years biggest hits. The movie should be out before Thanksgiving Day.
So you have my list of my 10 hot movies for this fall. As there are more than 40 movies coming out with all the big name actors this list is highly speculative. I skipped the Denzel movie “The Equalizer” and Pierce Brosnan’s “The November Man” as they appear to be Bourne take-offs. Jennifer Aniston appears in Horrible Bosses 2 but when has she made a hit movie?
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