The Maze Runner (September 19) Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter. Directed by Wes Ball. The latest adaptation of a young adult sci-fi book series features teenagers stripped of their memories and trapped in a deadly maze.
The Equalizer (September 26) Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Based on the 1980s TV series, The Equalizer stars Washington as the title character, a retired secret agent who protects a young girl from Russian gangsters.
Gone Girl (October 3) Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris. Directed by David Fincher. Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of her acclaimed novel, about a man (Affleck) who becomes a suspect in the disappearance of his wife (Pike).
Birdman (October 17) Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. After directing a series of serious dramas, Iñárritu switches gears for a dark comedy about a washed-up actor (Keaton)—who once played a famous superhero—attempting to mount a comeback.
Fury (October 17) Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman. Directed by David Ayer. Pitt plays the leader of a tank crew in this gritty WWII drama, set during the Allies’ final push into Nazi Germany.
The Good Lie (October 24) Reese Witherspoon, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal. Directed by Philippe Falardeau. The true story of an American woman (Witherspoon) assigned to help four Sudanese refugees adjust to life in the U.S.
Big Hero 6 (November 7) Voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. Disney’s first animated movie based on a Marvel Comics series follows the adventures of a team of Japanese superheroes.
Dumb and Dumber To (November 14) Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Carrey and Daniels return as dim-witted friends Lloyd and Harry, on a road trip to meet Harry’s long-lost daughter.
Foxcatcher (November 14) Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Bennett Miller. Miller, director of Capote and Moneyball, takes on another true story, about murderous heir John du Pont (Carell) and his volatile relationship with championship wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum).
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (November 21) Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. Directed by Francis Lawrence. In Part 1 of the movie based on the final novel, teenage Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) leads a rebellion against her society’s totalitarian government.
Horrible Bosses 2 (November 26) Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day. Directed by Sean Anders. Having done away with their bosses, the hapless dudes start their own business, only to get screwed over by their main investor (which inspires a new revenge plan).
Penguins of Madagascar (November 26) Voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights. Directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell. Those cute (and not at all annoying) penguins from the animated Madagascar movies get their own movie to do various penguin-y things.
Interstellar (November 7) Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Though Christopher Nolan is primarily associated with the Dark Knight trilogy, it’s the other films he’s made—ambitious, challenging works that experiment wildly with form and tackle heady ideas—that make him one of the foremost filmmakers of his generation. His adaptation of The Prestige radically altered the source novel, creating a unique tale of recurring self-sacrifice. Even more exciting were his two wholly original films, Memento and Inception, each of which employs unconventional means (a backward narrative meeting a forward narrative in the middle; a series of nested lucid dreams) to tell a singular story.
So there’s no movie this fall I’m more excited to see than Nolan’s Interstellar, which he and his brother Jonathan (a frequent collaborator) have invented from scratch. In fact, my anticipation runs so high that I’ve deliberately avoided learning anything much at all about the film. I know it stars Matthew McConaughey, and I’m pretty sure there’s space travel involved (title’s a bit of a giveaway), and that’s all I care to know until it’s being projected in front of me this November. See you there. –Mike D’Angelo
More! This Is Where I Leave You (September 19); Tusk (September 19); The Boxtrolls (September 26); Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (October 10); The Judge (October 10); St. Vincent (October 24). –Josh Bell