Birdman (Oct. 17): Based on the trailer, director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (Amores Perros, Biutiful) has packed Birdman with stunning images and a strong sense of magical realism. That, combined with the cast of Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis, should be enough convincing to see this movie. If you must know what it’s about, Keaton stars as a washed-up actor who was once famous for playing the superhero Birdman, and is struggling to prepare for a starring role in a play based on Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. [Watch trailer]
Gone Girl (Oct. 3): Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s hit novel, Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck as a man whose wife disappears, landing him in the center of a swirling media circus. As the investigation unfolds, his innocence is questioned, setting off a series of suspicions and revelations. Flynn penned the script, so the novel's twists should be intact. [Watch trailer]
St. Vincent (Oct. 24): This is a Bill Murray movie, not to be confused with this St. Vincent. Now that's all sorted out, this looks to be a solid little movie focused on Murray’s grumpy old man forming a bond with his neighbor’s (Melissa McCarthy) son. [Watch trailer]
Interstellar (Nov. 7): Directing his first project since The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan claims Interstellar is his most ambitious film. Details on the plot are still pretty fuzzy, and the trailers haven’t helped much, but all you really need to know is that Matthew McConaughey stars, people go to space, and the visuals will be outstanding. See it on the biggest screen possible. [Watch trailer]
A Most Violent Year (Nov. 12): A thriller set in New York during the winter of 1981, A Most Violent Year follows an immigrant and his family as they manage the dangers of city violence. J.C. Chandor, who was also behind last year’s All Is Lost, writes and directs, while Oscar Isaac stars after his breakout role in Inside Llewyn Davis.
Inherent Vice (Dec. 12): There are few things we're more excited about than this movie. Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) has adapted Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel; he's assembled an incredible ensemble cast to tell the complex story. Ostensibly a detective story set in Los Angeles during 1970, the story follows stoned hippie private eye Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he attempts to unravel the mysterious disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, a prominent real-estate tycoon.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (Dec. 17): Although Peter Jackson’s first two Hobbit films have been a bit slow (probably because one book shouldn’t be made into three movies...), the trilogy's third act is worth seeing because it contains a good deal of the novel’s action. The conclusion of The Hobbit should be the strongest film of the bunch. [Watch trailer]
Mr. Turner (Dec. 19): The story of British landscape painter J. M. W. Turner, Mr. Turner performed well at Cannes earlier this year, with star Timothy Spall taking home the prize for best actor. His performance captures Turner’s talent and eccentricity, which led to acclaim and criticism. [Watch trailer]
The Interview (Dec. 25): Assuming it doesn’t incite intercontinental war before its release, The Interview is guaranteed to deliver some laughs. Reuniting much of the team from 2013’s This Is the End, Seth Rogen and his writing/directing partner Evan Goldberg have crafted another broad satire: Rogan and co-star James Franco play American journalists tasked with assassinating Kim Jong-Un. [Watch trailer]
Knight of Cups (Ask Terrence Malick): This film is set to be released sometime in 2014, and as fall ends December 21st, the odds are pretty good this one will count. Regardless, nearly everything Malick makes is worth seeing, and this shouldn’t be an exception. As to be expected, the cast is massive and incredibly talented featuring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Antonio Banderas along with comedians Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!). As to what the movie will actually be about, your guess is as good as ours.