The 2017 Fall Movie Preview: The 10 Most Anticipated Films, The Oscars & The Duds

As I write this over Labor Day weekend, movie theaters are a Mad Max Post-Apocalyptic world right now: a barren wasteland. The box office is doing just as well as Blockbuster Video.  I can’t remember a time when we’ve needed the fall movie season more. Thank Luke Skywalker, IT has finally arrived (see what I did there?). This is the weekend where we can finally stop beating the dead horse that is the summer box office.  We’re officially moving on. As bad as the summer was, this fall promises to be gang busters by comparison. It’s time for my seventh annual Fall Movie Preview.

There’s plenty of mainstream films to get into, but this is the time of year I get to wax poetically about the little guys, the Oscar hopefuls and what I simply think are going to be damn good movies.  We’ll also touch on what the garbage will be, including my annual pick for Worst Film.  It may surprise you.

If you listened to our fall movie podcast, you already know what my top two most anticipated films are.  No shocker there.  There’s plenty to cover though, and plenty we didn’t get into on the podcast.  This is it.  This is your instruction manual for movies over the next four months.  Grab the lightsabers.  Float down a sewer drain with Pennywise.  Get the Oscar polish.  It’s time for my Top Ten Most Anticipated Fall Movies!


Honorable Mention: Goodbye Christopher Robin

Release Date: October 13th (limited)

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Will Tilston, Kelly MacDonald

Director: Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn)

This is a good one to start with, because the majority of my list is dark, depressing psychological mind f**ks. So yeah, let’s start with Winnie the Pooh! While this is about the kid who inspired Winnie the Pooh, the film still has its share of heavy material, as Domhnall Gleeson plays A.A. Milne, who’s suffering from severe PTSD after World War I. Margot Robbie also pops up, but it’s the kid, Will Tilston, who makes waves playing the title role of Christopher Robin. There’s certainly a small Oscar chance for him, as there is for a lot of kids this fall, but more on that later.

The only reason this doesn’t crack my top ten is because there is almost too much of a generic Oscarey vibe. It looks schmaltzy, but I’m looking forward to it.

Oscar Alert! If it breaks right, everything is pretty much in play.  It’s important to note the director, Simon Curtis, who directed My Week with Marilyn, which earned two Oscar nods for Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, which to be fair, isn’t that hard to do.


10. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Release Date: October 27th (limited)

Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Barry Keoghan

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster)

The trailer looks morbid as hell. I barely have a clue as to what’s going on. It gets on this list for one reason, and one reason only: Yorgos Lanthimos.  This is the guy who helmed The Lobster, a movie I’ve praised up and down. This trailer gives off those same vibes. He also reunites with Colin Farrell. Let’s also throw in Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone, an actress I’d love to see make a comeback. Bottom-line: I’m intrigued.

Oscar Alert! The Lobster made a few waves, but this doesn’t quite have that cache yet.  Small chance, but it really has to hit hard.


9. Mother!

Release Date: September 15th

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Kristen Wiig

Director: Darren Aronofsky (Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler)

Darren Aronofsky. Jennifer Lawrence. Javier Bardem. Michelle Pfeiffer. Ed Harris. Anymore questions? The only reason this falls low is because my expectations are always high when it comes to Darren Aronofsky. While a good trailer, it didn’t blow me away. Aronofsky always delivers quality though (sans The Fountain). Maybe it won’t be his best work, but just like with all Aronofsky movies, it’s going to leave you with something to think about when the credits roll. As I mentioned in the podcast, the September release date is a little weird, but Drive also came out in September, so you never know. Darren, you have my money.

Oscar Alert! With Darren Aronofsky, Oscars are always on high alert for everyone involved, but I have a feeling this won’t be super awards friendly. Once again, everybody’s favorite, Jennifer Lawrence, probably has the best chance. Sleeper on Michelle Pfeiffer as well.


8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Release Date: November 10th (limited)

Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, John Hawkes, Lucas Hedges

Director: Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges)

I’ve already made two ridiculously early Oscar predictions with Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) winning Best Director and Roger Deakins winning Best Cinematography for Blade Runner 2049. I’m tempted to make a third right here. Frances McDormand looks to give the performance of a lifetime. It’s the perfect character – a hard-edged, foul-mouthed troublemaker with tragic circumstances.  She looks phenomenal.  You also round out the cast with Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell and Manchester by the Sea’s Lucas Hedges.  Can’t go wrong there.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this cracked my top five films of the year.  I have a feeling about this one.

Oscar Alert! Frances McDormand is a stone cold lock for a nomination.


7. Battle of the Sexes

Release Date: September 22nd (limited)

Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elizabeth Shue, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Chris Parnell, Sarah Silverman

Directors: Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine)

You want to talk about two actors at the top of their game right now?  Steve Carell and Emma Stone could probably make a Michael Bay film watchable.  This movie was tailor made for these actors.  Add in the directors for Little Miss Sunshine?  Boom.  I’m not sure it’s going to make massive Oscar waves, but at the very least, it looks entertaining on the level of an American Hustle.  A lot would have to go wrong for this to stink.

Oscar Alert!  Emma Stone and Steve Carell.  Shocker.


6. My Friend Dahmer

Release Date: November 3rd

Cast: Ross Lynch, Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Wolff

Director: Marc Meyers (How He Fell in Love, Harvest)

This will be my big sleeper call of the fall.  Maybe not in terms of box office, but nobody is talking about this movie, and they should after that trailer.  As you can probably gleam from the title, it’s centered around Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer.  It’s based on a graphic novel about Dahmer’s formative years in high school.  Watch the trailer.  It’s unsettling.  It’s unnerving.  It also looks like a damn good movie.  There’s a Foxcatcher vibe to it.

If for nothing else, Ross Lynch looks absolutely incredible.  Who is Ross Lynch you ask?  Well, he’s played such memorable roles as Austin Moon in Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally and was one of the stars in both Teen Beach movies.  Now he plays Jeffrey Dahmer.  Yeah.  Bottom-line: This kid could very well get an Oscar nod.

You heard it here first – My Friend Dahmer, the sleeper great movie of the Fall.

Oscar Alert! The movie will have to make some mainstream waves, but Ross Lynch has a good shot.


5. The Disaster Artist

Release Date: December 1st (limited)

Cast: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Alison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Lizzy Caplan, Bryan Cranston, Kristen Wiig, Kristen Bell, Adam Scott, Dave Franco, Sharon Stone

Director: James Franco

Full disclosure: I haven’t seen all of The Room.  Only bits and pieces.  As Bill Bodkin said in the podcast though, we’re all in on the joke.  Everybody knows about The Room.  While that was a noteworthy concern for Bill, it’s probably the reason this movie got made.  I have my concerns over the hype this film is getting, but nevertheless, I’m excited.  The teaser trailer does a perfect job of selling this movie.  The cast is flat out absurd.  I’ve never been a huge James Franco fan, but as I said in the podcast, he was born to play this role.

Oscar Alert! James Franco is in the driver seat for a Best Actor nomination.  No doubt.  For anything else though, the movie will have to be that good.


4. Justice League

Release Date: November 17th

Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds, Amber Heard, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, Billy Crudup

Director: Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Watchmen)

I’ve ranted.  I’ve raved.  I’ve yelled.  I’ve screamed.  I’ve expressed every level of concern possible over this film.  At the end of the day though, it’s still a movie with Batman.  I’ve taken Justice League as low as I can possibly go on this list.  If there was ever a movie in existence I’ve wanted to be more wrong about, it’s this one.  The turmoil, tragedy and drama this movie has been through probably deserves a book or film of its own.  It’s really incredible to think about.  We’re two months away from seeing Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg together in a live action movie, and everybody is walking into this like it’s a chore.

It’s not possible for me to be more pessimistic about a film, but deep down in my soul, there’s a small speck of hope.


3. Downsizing

Release Date: December 22nd

Cast: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis

Director: Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways)

As I write this, I’ve only seen the trailer for the trailer.  It’s thirty seconds, but I’m ALL IN.  This is coming from someone who’s not even that big of an Alexander Payne fan.  Sideways is one of the most overrated movies ever made.  Get over it.  I did love Nebraska though.  What intrigues me here is that Downsizing is so different from anything Payne has ever done, yet still feels like one of his movies in the short bursts I’ve seen.  It looks like a serious version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.  Combine Payne and the subject matter with a ridiculously stacked cast, and this could easily be the best movie of 2017.

Oscar Alert! It’s Alexander Payne.  Everything is in play.


2. Blade Runner 2049

Release Date: October 6th

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi, Edward James Olmos

Director: Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners)

I want to see this movie right now.  My only concern is how high my expectations are.  It’s not possible to sell this movie any better.  Even if you didn’t love the first Blade Runner, how do you not watch those trailers and at the very least be curious?  The feel and tone hit all my sweet spots.  I never thought it was possible, but this truly feels like a continuation of Blade Runner from 1982.  That’s already an incredible achievement.  We can thank director Denis Villeneuve for that.  Add in Ryan Gosling, one of the top working actors in Hollywood today, and we could very well have the best movie of the year.  There’s nothing else I could possibly say at this point.  I’m ready.

Oscar Alert! I’ve already declared the long overdue Roger Deakins win, but if this hits on Mad Max levels, it could absolutely get into some major races, in particular another Directing nod for Villeneuve.


1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Release Date: December 15th

Cast: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Daniels

Director: Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick)

I could be phony and think of BS new ways to talk about this movie, but I’m just going to provide a link to our fall movie podcast.  Listen from the start through 21:30 for a full on Star Wars discussion.

The end.

Oscar Alert! Certainly it will be up for plenty of technical awards.  For this to get into the major races though, not only does Star Wars: The Last Jedi have to be an absolute masterpiece, but the rest of the Oscar hopefuls would have to underwhelm.  As we say every year though, it’s just not going to happen.  I’ll say this though – Mark Hamill has a small chance for a Best Supporting Acting nod.  Gut feeling.


The Movies I Recognize Everybody is Excited About, But Please Leave me the Hell Alone:

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Release Date: September 22nd
Cast:
Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore
Director: Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass)

I want this movie to go away.  I’m a Matthew Vaughn fan, but this sequel looks to be swimming in excess and style.  I’m sure all the “hip” movie blog sites are going to make bold claims that this is the best comic book movie of the year.  Great.  Enjoy it.  Please, just leave me alone.

Thor: Ragnarok
Release Date:
November 3rd
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Karl Urban, Jeff Golblum
Director: Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilder People)

“OH MY GOD, MARVEL IS AWESOME!  THEY’VE DONE IT AGAIN!  IT’S JUST SO MUCH FUN!  THOR AND HULK!  WHAT A PAIRING!”

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

The Shape of Water
Release Date:
December 8th (limited)
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins
Director: Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim, Hellboy)

This is going to be that movie everyone whines about incessantly when it doesn’t get nominated for major awards.  To be fair, this could be del Toro’s best movie in a while, but the hype is going to be over blown.

Side Note: I could have thrown Pitch Perfect 3 on here, but honestly, it’s going to do well opening weekend, then everybody will move on.  The difference with the other three is that I’ll have to hear about these movies for weeks on end.  Oy vey.


The “Stop Wasting Miles Teller” Awards:

Only the Brave
Release Date: October 20th
Cast: Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Taylor Kitsch, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Andie MacDowell, James Badge Dale
Director: Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy)

Thank You for Your Service
Release Date:
October 27th
Cast: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer
Director: Jason Hall

Miles Teller is a great actor.  He really is.  It pisses me off when great actors get wasted like this.  These movies look like the most generic films in the history of cinema, and Teller stars in both of them.  These movies will come out.  Do nothing.  And that’s it.  Just look at the titles, for crying out loud!  Come on!

STOP WASTING MILES TELLER!


The Wild Cards of the Fall:

Suburbicon

Release Date: October 27th

Cast: Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, Julianne Moore

Director: George Clooney (The Monuments Men, The Ides of March, Good Night, And Good Luck.)

While the Coen Brothers aren’t directing this sucker (screenplay credits), they have their hands all over it.  George Clooney directing might as well be Coen Brothers junior.  The beginning of the trailer starts out okay, but then gets too Coen Brothers.  I have no clue here.  Could it be one of the best movies of 2017?  Yup.  Could it be absolutely terrible?  Yup.

Molly’s Game

Release Date: November 22nd

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Director: Aaron Sorkin

I’ve expressed concerns over Aaron Sorkin directing in the podcast, but I thought for sure this would still make my top ten.  In watching the trailer again, I’m just not feeling it.  Again, with Sorkin writing and Jessica Chastain as your lead actress, we have to take it seriously.  I’m also a sucker for gambling movies.  At the end of the day though, this trailer seriously underwhelms.  It is the definition of a true wild card.


The Movies I’m Convinced Wil Be Delayed:

All the Money in the World
Alleged Release Date: December 8th (limited)
Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey, Michelle Williams
Director: Ridley Scott (Alien: Covenant, The Martian)

All these movies I’m about to mention have December release dates, so you could argue it’s still early for trailers.  This one has a big director though in Ridley Scott.  You’d think there would be a little more information here.  Even if you go to the IMDB page, there’s not even a production photo!  When does that happen?!

Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film
Alleged Release Date:
December 25th
Cast:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice, The Master, There Will Be Blood)

This one has a production photo, but no title.  Seriously?  No title yet?  Come on.  This one is highly dubious, or maybe I’m still bitter about Inherent Vice, I don’t know.

The Post
Alleged Release Date:
December 22nd
Cast: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie, Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, Bradley Whitford, David Cross, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bob Odenkirk
Director: Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies, Lincoln)

Okay, I get it’s December, but you’re telling me Spielberg and THAT cast, plus one of the writers of Spotlight, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing about this movie?  No production photo.  No trailer.  Nothing.  Not only that, the damn movie title changed.  Maybe I’ll be dead wrong on this one, but my gut tells me something went horribly wrong with this movie.

My Ridiculously Early Pick for Best Picture:

Wonder

Release Date: November 17th

Cast: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay

Director: Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

I said it in the podcast, and I’ll say it again here: If you put a gun to my head right now for Best Picture, this is it.  In a very early, confusing field, this just feels right.  As we’ve learned the last two years, epics don’t have to win anymore.  While Nolan has my lock on Best Director, Dunkirk doesn’t feel like a Best Picture winner anymore.  They’ve been going small scale.  This movie simply looks like a punch to the gut, but also has a Forrest Gump feel.  This should be in play for most major awards, but the one to really keep an eye on is Jacob Tremblay for Best Actor.  It’s early, but this kid could legitimately take the damn award.

Best Picture Runner Up:

Call Me by Your Name

Release Date: November 24th

Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Director: Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash)

I can’t believe I forgot to bring this up in the podcast.  I’m a complete moron.  If you know anything about this film, or saw the trailer, it has OSCAR written in every inch of the screen.  Here’s the basic rundown: An American student (Chalamet) develops a romantic bond with his father’s assistant, played by Armie Hammer.

I have a feeling this is going to be a nemesis movie for me.  Why is that?  The trailer is so desperate to win an Oscar, it’s almost embarrassing.  Plus, it has the whole over hype of the “Here’s every festival award it won,” with all the typical critic blurbs of “Masterful” and “Triumphant” flaunted across the screen.  Look, maybe the movie really is great.  Definitely possible.  This trailer did absolutely nothing for me though.

I’ve also never understood the Armie Hammer praise.  He’s fine, but can someone please tell me what great role he’s done since The Social Network?  Seriously, I’m all ears.  Anybody?  Bueller?

Moonlight winning last year is also a huge hindrance.  It’s just too similar subject matter.  Again, this could be a MASSIVE Oscar contender, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it completely evaporated like The Birth of a Nation last year.  We’ll see.

THE QUICK HIT OSCAR HOPEFULS:

Stronger
Release Date: September 22nd (limited)
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Clancy Brown
Director: David Gordon Green (Our Brand is Crisis, Pineapple Express)

Quick Analysis: Jake Gyllenhaal acting nod.  That’s it.

Victoria and Abdul
Release Date:
September 22nd (limited)
Cast: Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Ali Fazal
Director: Stephen Frears (Florence Foster Jenkins, Philomena)

Quick Analysis:
Judi Dench plays a Queen.  The end.

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
Release Date:
September 29th (limited)
Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Michael C. Hall, Ike Barinholtz
Director: Peter Landesman (Concussion, Parkland)


Quick Analysis: Liam Neeson acting nod.  That’s probably it.

The Florida Project
Release Date:
October 6th (limited)
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince
Director: Sean Baker (Tangerine)

Quick Analysis: As I mentioned in the podcast, a possible Willem Dafoe acting nod.  His first since 2000 (Shadow of the Vampire).

Breathe
Release Date:
October 13th (limited)
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Diana Rigg, Hugh Bonneville
Director: Andy Serkis

Quick Analysis: Andrew Garfield gets polio.  Next.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
Release Date:
October 13th (limited)
Cast: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Connie Britton
Director: Angela Robinson (Herbie Fully Loaded, D.E.B.S.)

Quick Analysis: About the guy who created Wonder Woman.  Good timing much?

Marshall
Release Date:
October 13th
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Dan Stevens, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown
Director: Reginald Hudlin (The Ladies Man, Boomerang, House Party)

Quick Analysis: I’m mentioning it for Chadwick Boseman, but it looks like his third whatever biopic in a row that he has to carry all by himself.

Wonderstruck
Release Date:
October 20th (limited)
Cast: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Cory Michael Smith
Director: Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven)

Quick Analysis: Terrence Malick looking epic, but hopefully better.

The Square
Release Date:
October 27th (limited)
Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
Director: Ruben Ostlund (Force Majeure)

Quick Analysis: One of the weirdest trailers I’ve ever seen.  This won the Palme d’ Or.  Noteworthy.  Keep your eye on this one.

Murder on the Orient Express
Release Date:
November 10th
Cast: Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Josh Gad
Director: Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella, Thor, Hamlet)

Quick Analysis: This one has flop and whatever written all over it.  It’s going to have to be really, really good to make waves.  That cast is like an MLB All-Star line-up though, so it has to be taken seriously.

Last Flag Flying
Release Date:
November 17th (limited)
Cast: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Midnight)

Quick Analysis: Richard Linklater.  Stacked cast.  Subject matter.  We need to mention it, but honestly, I thought the trailer blew bags.  I think this is dead and buried.

Darkest Hour
Release Date:
November 22nd (limited)
Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas
Director: Joe Wright (Pan, Hanna, Atonement)

Quick Analysis: Movie looks whatever, but Gary Oldman’s performance does not.

The Current War
Release Date:
November 24th (limited)
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

Quick Analysis: Benedict Cumberbatch plays Thomas Edison, and Michael Shannon is always an unlikely Awards magnet.

Wonder Wheel
Release Date:
December 1st
Cast: Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, Debi Mazar
Director: Woody Allen (Café Society, Blue Jasmine, Midnight in Paris)

Quick Analysis: You can never count out Woody Allen.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Release Date:
December 15th
Cast: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Vanessa Redgrave
Director: Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein, Push)

Quick Analysis: Annette Bening Oscar potential.  She’s the Roger Deakins of the Best Actress category.

The Greatest Showman
Release Date:
December 25th
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zendaya, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams
Director: Michael Gracey

Quick Analysis: It seems a little too generic to make Award waves, but we have to take it seriously.  Much like Murder on the Orient Express, it’s got to really hit.


The Movie That is Going to Make A CRAP LOAD of Money Award:

It

Release Date: September 8th

Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher

Director: Andy Muschietti (Mama)

I’m not saying this is going to beat Star Wars, Justice League, Coco or Thor, but this is absolutely going to obliterate the box office this weekend.  I don’t think there’s ever been a movie better positioned than this one.  It essentially has an Olympic size swimming pool all to itself.  There is literally no competition at the box office.  People have been waiting for ANYTHING remotely interesting to come out for weeks, and this is finally…it.

Not only that, but the trailers have been masterful.  When you have clowns losing work because kids are scared, you know you’ve done your job.

It will break the all-time record for best opening weekend by a horror movie.  Lock it down.


The Flop of the Fall Will Be…

Geostorm

Release Date: October 20th

Cast: Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia

Director: Dean Devlin

This is one I almost put in the delay category, but it should be gracing our presence this October.  This looks like it was made in 1998.  Are they serious?  Everything blows up.  Yup.  Never seen that before.  You can almost feel the studio cutting their losses with this garbage.  The marketing campaign has been absolutely nothing, and I believe it will stay that way.

Goodnight, Geostorm.


THE WORST MOVIE OF THE FALL WILL BE…

9/11

Release Date: September 8th (limited)

Cast: Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Luis Guzman

Director: Martin Guigui (The Bronx Bull)

Credit to Bill Bodkin for alerting me to this movie.  Quite honestly, I didn’t even give this trailer a watch until recently.  I figured it would just be whatever crap and move on, but what I saw was something far worse.  This movie looks beyond putrid.  I dare you to watch this trailer.

First of all, if you go down the 9/11 route, it better be a damn good project, otherwise it just feels shameless.  Yeah, this feels shameless.  Not only that, but the title of the film itself is shameless.  Yup.  Here it is.  9/11.  Wow.  That combined with the artsy/fartsy melodramatic style they try to sell you on is completely pathetic.  The acting looks cringe-worthy to the point where I feel bad for these actors.

This trailer completely and utterly humiliates itself.  I have nothing else to say.

Daniel Cohen is the hard-boiled Film Editor for the Pop Break. Besides reviews, Daniel writes box office predictions, Gotham reviews and Oscar coverage. He can also be found on the Breakcast. If Daniel was sprayed by Scarecrow's fear toxin, it would be watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on a non-stop loop.

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