Screen Rant’s 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Published 8 months ago by , Updated October 28th, 2014 at 10:05 am,

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As summer fades out, Fall 2014 will come blowing in, bringing with it the usual downers like a return to school, an end to vacation, and the re-donning of long-legged, long-sleeved, wardrobe.

Along with the fade of summer goes the fade of the big blockbuster movie season, and the slow build to the holiday blockbuster season. With fall, we usually find ourselves in a split situation, cinematically; the first half (September – mid-October) tends to be lacking in quality movie options, but by the end of October (and on through December), a whole slew of films – both big blockbusters and early Oscar hopefuls – will be crowding the cineplex.

Below we’ve created a guide to the upcoming Fall Movie Season 2014, to help you determine which films are truly worth spending on. Will you need to save your money to watch everything worth watching? Or will you be spending a lot of time watching the Fall 2014 TV season? Read on and determine the answer for yourself.

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Bottom Line: With just one promising option in each genre, September 2014 looks pretty bleak for movie fans.

The Longest Week

Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde in The Longest Week Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 5th

Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman) lives a life of leisure in his parent’s prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and… in love with Beatrice Fairbanks (Olivia Wilde).

OUR TAKE: It has Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde, so that’s something; however, beyond the casting this sounds like the type of smaller dramedy we can wait to catch at home.

Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2 movie Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 12th

The team of people who saved Winter’s life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother’s passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.

OUR TAKE: Um, did you see the first one? That answer should pretty much determine the worth of the sequel, in your eyes.

The Drop

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in The Drop Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 12th

The film follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

OUR TAKE: This is another hard-boiled crime story from author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island); it also happens that Lehane himself adapted this screenplay out of his own short story, “Animal Rescue”. That’s a good sign in our book – the cast (Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and one of Gandolfini’s last roles) is only more reason to check this out.


No Good Deed

No Good Deed Idris Elba Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 12th

Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.

OUR TAKE: Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) is always solid – but the real story here is Idris Elba re-teaming with his Luther director Sam Miller to play a dangerous psycho (as opposed to the noble, hunky, guy). That might make this B-movie thriller worth a look.


The Skeleton Twins

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Sept. 12th

After ten years of estrangement, twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize that the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other.

OUR TAKE: Seeing former SNL stars like Wiig and Hader in a movie with Modern Family star Ty Burrell screams comedy – but this is actually a drama. However, director Craig Johnson is from the camp of TV sitcom stars making solid indie films (See also: The Duplass Brothers), and Johnson co-wrote the script with Black Swan scribe Mark Heyman. Could be worth a look – if only on VOD.

The Maze Runner

maze runner trailer poster Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 19th

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in “The Glade” for two years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl (Kaya Scadelario) arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change.

OUR TAKE: YA movie adaptations are typically a mixed bag of interesting concepts, middling action/adventure, and the anchor weight of soapy tweenage romance. The Maze Runner seems to favor the first two over the latter piece, so that’s a good start. Some darker concepts and themes also have us intrigued – but the budgeted effects could be drawback.


This is Where I Leave You

this is where i leave you trailer Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 19th

When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

OUR TAKE: This one has a dynamite cast (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Abigail Spencer), a good director in Shawn Levy (Real SteelNight at the Museum) – and the author of novel (Jonathan Tropper) is the one writing the screenplay. Could be worth a look.



Tusk Release Date Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 19th

A man (Justin Long)  is captured by a maniac (Michael Parks) and tortured, physically and mentally, into becoming a walrus.

OUR TAKE: Kevin Smith’s latest is a weird one, for sure. But that will likely only make Kevin Smith fans more intrigued to see what the director has done. For the larger audience? Maybe not so much appeal.


A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 19th

Private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

OUR TAKE: The latest Liam Neeson action/mystery/thriller. So if you liked Non-Stop


The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls Serious Conversation Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 26th

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.

OUR TAKE: Laika set itself apart as an animation studio with darkly quirky films like Coraline and ParaNormanThe Boxtrolls looks like it will continue that steady trend of uniquely fun filmmaking.


The Equalizer

The Equalizer Denzel Washington Interview Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 26th

A former black ops commando (Denzel Washington) who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace-Moretz) and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.

OUR TAKE: Antoine Fuqua made a gritty throwback action flick with Olympus Has Fallen, and we can only hope for even better things from this action flick that re-teams Fuqua with his Oscar-winning Training Day star. If there is one film we’re saving our money for in September, it’s probably this one.


Jimi: All Is By My Side

Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix Screen Rants 2014 Fall Movie Preview

Sept. 26th

A drama based on Jimi Hendrix’s pre-fame years.

OUR TAKE: The film can’t use Hendrix’s music – however, the intrigue of having Outkast’s André 3000 in the lead; actresses Imogen Poots (Need for Speed) and Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) co-starring; and Oscar-winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) both writing and directing? That’s enough for us to give this biopic a shot.


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  1. September:
    Tusk (I was curious when I heard him talk about it at cons, and after hearing his podcast episode about it-I gotta see this day one! It’s so stupid it has to be entertaining.)

    Gone Girl (I can’t say no to David Fincher.)
    Birdman (Michael Keaton as a washed up superhero? That casting is TOO perfect!)

    Interstellar (Definitely the big film for me this remaining year.)
    Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (I hear this is where the series goes downhill, but I’ll give it a chance.)

    Hobbit: Five Armies (This series pales in comparison to The Lord of the Rings, but I’m already this far in. I might as well finish it up.)

    • If you’re gonna go for HG:M, I’d definitely recommend The Maze Runner, not only does the film look better than HG to me, but I think the MR books are better than the HG books.

  2. Holy…Oct. 17th is loaded with waaaaay too much! Birdman, Dracula, St. Vincint, and Book of Life?? Those are most of the ones I care about

  3. For me, an adult male of a certain age who doesn’t cotton comic book movies or superheroes, this has been the worst year for movies in my lifetime. Crap, and lots of it. I’m hoping the World War II actioner “Fury” and the witty demonic “Horns” redeems this dismal year. Otherwise,I’m staying home and re-watching my 1,000+ film collection.

    • Hey, I have more films than you and I’m only 30. Not that age or the amount of movies you own really matters, if you don’t like something, you don’t like it, no need to make it an age thing or seeming to insinuate that comic book movies are only popular with people who don’t like movies.

      I mean, I could mention my 128 IQ or my roles playing in the National Youth Brass Orchestra or singing as part of a gospel group at the Manchester Commonwealth Games or my various rock and metal bands but none have a bearing on the movies releasing this year or any other year.

  4. Thanks for including some indie gems! With ticket prices skyrocketing I’m finding it harder to go ‘what the hell’ with some iffy movies – thanks for the head’s up Kofi

  5. Hmm…As I work at a cinema, I’ll be catching glimpses of all of these. But really, the only thing that I’m interested in that this point, is Big Hero 6. Big Hero 6, and Book of Life. Very interested in seeing how Disney can handle a Marvel property, and as a student of animation, Book of Life looks pretty wicked awesome.

    • Big Hero 6?
      what are you?

  6. There’s actually quite a few movies that I’m really excited to see but Interstellar, Gone Girl, Inherent Vice and The Hobbit 3 are so high above the rest…

    Foxcatcher and This is Where I leave You deserve a honorable mention along with The Interview as the least Christmasy movie to see on Christmas day. 😉

  7. For me,
    The Maze Runner.
    The Hobbit:BotFA
    Gone Girl.

    this are the movies that i can remember now to watch this fall / remaining year.

  8. Interstellar
    Big Hero 6
    Gone Girl.

  9. My Top 5:

    1. Tusk
    2. Gone Girl
    3. Interstellar
    4. St. Vincent.
    5. The Equalizer

    (Honorable Mention: Exodus)

  10. What to choose? I really want to check out interstellar, I guess.

  11. September: The Maze Runner, The Equalizer
    October: Fury
    November: Interstellar, Horrible Bosses 2
    December: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, maybe the interview and hot tub time machine 2

  12. Looks like I have some watching to do!
    For sure, I will watch:
    The Equalizer
    Dracula Untold
    American Sniper
    Night at the Museum
    Dumb and Dumber To

    I will probably watch (maybe list):
    Kill The Messenger

  13. Thought so.
    Thought I’d seen The Longest Week somewhere, and yeah, it’s already up, in english and in good quality on torrent sites.
    No clue how it’s up this quick.

  14. Sep
    The Longest Week
    Search Party
    Maze Runner
    This Is Where I Leave You(despite Tina Fey)
    Tusk(seems like it could be a bit Raimi-Evil Dead-ish which is cool, and I like Long)
    The Equalizer(if for nothing else than Chloe Moretz)

    The Judge
    Kill The Messenger
    Whiplash(despite hating the casting of Teller in FF I’ve liked him in some things I’ve seen him in, and always liked Simmons)
    Dracula Untold(LUKE EVANS!, he really should be Dr. Strange)
    Men, Women & Children
    Reach Me(if for nothing else than Lauren Cohan)

    Fury(not a huge fan of anti-nazi WWII films even though it has a good cast)
    Birdman(hands down least favourite Batman, but I tend to have liked most of Keaton’s other films, not sure.)

    Interstellar(Hell Yeah!)

    Horrible Bosses 2(wasn’t a huge fan of the 1st or Charlie Day but it had it’s moments. Will probably check out on DVD)

    Exodus(I liked Noah, I like Bale, I usually like R. Scott)
    Hot Tub Time Machine 2
    Into The Woods

    American Sniper
    Night At The Museum(definite wait for DVD for me)
    The Hobbit(another definite DVD wait for me)
    The Interview
    Paddington(grew up with a Paddington teddy bear, but not sure)

    November looks really weak imo

    • Really? Keaton is your least favorite? Please tell me you haven’t seen Clooney and Kilmer at the very least!Personally his first Batman is my ffavorite, but I can allow for creative differences. But Clooney and Kilmer were total duds.

      • Kilmer’s probably my favourite, followed by Bale and I’ve got high hopes for Aflleck.
        Clooney and Keaton are in the same boat for me because they could only play one half of the character well, I found Clooney to be a good Bruce but bad Batman and Keaton to be a really creepy short Bruce Wayne but a good Batman.

  15. Question : Why some of the best Horror movies always comes out in October ? Is it because it coincides with Halloween ?

    • Yep, which is so cliched by now.

  16. “feminist-minded biopic drama”

  17. Well, I think this list has more promise than the list you had to put together for the summer movies, Kofi.

    Looking forwards to Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, Interstellar and The Interview the most. Also, hoping that Foxcatcher gets a wide release.

  18. The Drop: James Gandolfini in a movie written by Dennis Lehane? Yes please.
    No Good Deed: Love Idris Elba but I’ll wait for it on DVD.
    Gone Girl: Depending on the reviews I may see this in a theater
    Fury: Ditto.
    Intersteller: Definitely seeing this one in a theater.
    Inherent Vice: Ditto (I love me some Paul Thomas Anderson).

    The rest, meh. A few of them I may check out on dvd but overall most of them sound lame.

  19. It’s strange to see more and more tent-pole films being pushed into the latter part of the year, close to the Oscar season. But of course, Peter Jackson’s films are always welcome!

    Here are mine:
    Gone Girl
    Big Hero 6
    The Theory of Everything
    Dumb and Dumber To
    Exodus: Gods and Kings
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    Big Eyes
    Into the Woods

    I really like the horror-offerings come Halloween. Annabelle’s trailer creeped me out some.

  20. There are 8 movies coming out on Christmas Day, that’s figgin’ insane!

  21. 10 films im looking forward to watch in September are
    2-The Equalizer
    3-The Skeleton Twins
    4-A Walk Among Tombstones
    5-This Is Where I Leave You
    6-The Drop
    7-The Maze Runner
    8-The Boxtrolls
    9-Dolphin Tale 2
    10-Two Night Stand

    10 Films im looking forward for in October are
    1-Men, Women & Children
    2-Gone Girl
    3-The Judge
    5-Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    7-St. Vincent
    8-Book of Life

    10 Movies im looking forward to watch in November are
    1-Dumb & Dumber To
    2-Horrible Bosses 2
    3-HG: Mockingjay part 1
    5-Big Hero 6
    7-The Theory Of Everything
    8-The Penguins Of Madagascar
    9-The Best Of Me
    10-Sex Ed(which stars Haley Joel Osment)

    10 movies im looking forward to watch in December are
    1-Inherent Vice
    2-Hot Tub Time Machine 2
    3-Into The Woods
    4-The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies
    6-The Interview
    7-Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
    8-Exodus: Gods & Kings
    9-The Pryamid

    • Wow, you must have a Gold Credit Card for your movie budget. 10 movies each month .

  22. Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Interstellar, Nightcrawler stand apart for me. Those all look really really good. Possibly Fury and Into the Woods.

  23. You listed the actor playing Harry in Dumb and Dumber To as Jeff Bridges. Just to clarify it should say Jeff Daniels

  24. November is stacked.

  25. Thanks for posting this, its good to get a look at what’s coming out!

    I’m banking on Interstellar to be my favourite movie of the year, Fury could be really good too. If Exodus gets decent reviews I’ll be checking that out and I’ll probably see The Hobbit no matter what despite the first two being mostly forgettable.

    Horrible Bosses 2, Dumb and Dumber To, The Interview and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 could all be be worthy comedies.

    There’s also a PTA movie in there so lots of good stuff coming out!

  26. Oh yeah, The Hunger Games 3 and Horns too!

  27. How can you make a bio pic about a musician not use his music??

  28. Hobbit, Interstellar, Gone Girl, Exodus, Annabelle, and Darcula Untold.

    Though I will admit I am a little skeptical of that last one, but I have always been facinated with Vlad Tepes, the real life Dracula, so I’ll give it a shot.

    Other than that it’s the same routine as every fall, wait to see what movies generate some real Oscar buzz and go see that.

  29. Overall this seems like an incredibly tepid film season following an even more tepid summer movie season. I kind of already knew what I would want to see. And the list hasn’t really changed much after reading this: Gone Girl (loved the book and I think Ben Affleck is perfect casting for the role of Nick Gunn), Interstellar (Chris Nolan has never disappointed to me – let’s hope that trend continues), Dracula: Untold (I for one am not tired of vamps films and I’m excited to see this iteration of a classic story), Into the Woods (loved the Broadway musical and it has a great cast). My maybes are : Big Eyes and The Judge