Natalie Kfoury – Co-Editor-in-Chief
Fall is a great season for movies as the year winds down the awards race heats up. With cer- emonies like the Oscars and the Golden Globes in directors’ sights, this can be an exciting time of year for any film aficionado. Here are some picks for fall movies to keep an eye out for.
Gone Girl (October 3)
Gone Girl is the film adaptation by the best- selling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay. This highly anticipated mystery-thriller depicts the story of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) a woman who disappears and her husband, Nick (Ben Affleck), is ultimately suspected of killing her. The novel took readers down a twisted path of wondering “What happened to Amy?” and, if judging by the film’s trailer, it seems like the adaptation will do just the same. Readers of the book will also be in for a surprise during the film, as Flynn stated the movie will deviate from the book and will be structured differently. Gone Girl will also feature Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.
Annabelle (October 3)
Fans of The Conjuring will probably flock to theaters to see Annabelle, a prequel that will ex- plore the story of Annabelle, a creepy doll that was seen in The Conjuring. Annabelle stars Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton as Mia and John Gordon, two parents, who find them and their house trau- matized by satanic cultists who attack their home and conjure an evil entity in Annabelle, a vintage doll John gave to Mia as a gift. The Conjuring was received by many as a truly horrifying film that was done very well. Hopefully that will be seen again in Annabelle, giving horror fans a treat during the Halloween season.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (November 15)
Katniss is back and angrier than ever in Mockingjay Part 1. In the first part of the Hunger Games finale, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) will be tasked with saving Peeta ( Josh Hutcherson) as well as the other imprisoned by the Capitol. As she explores the secrets of District 13 and rallies with those ready to stop the oppression, Katniss will need more strength than ever before. This adap- tation promises to be as popular as the rest of the films in the Hunger Games series. The films have been well-done with strong acting consistently and have not lost their appeal throughout the years.
Horrible Bosses 2 (November 26)
If done well, Horrible Bosses 2 has the potential to be as funny as the original. Horrible Bosses was a hilarious comedy that took audiences by surprise by how enjoyable, dark, and absolutely humorous as it was. The sequel brings characters Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) back to the screen as they find themselves in trouble with an investor and resort to kidnapping. The sequel will also feature Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia Harris, who stole the scene in the original with her twisted portrayal of an inappropriate dentist. Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, and Kevin Spacey will also be featured.
Wild (December 5)
Wild is the true story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman faced with grief and filled with self-destructive behavior, who decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone to heal herself. Strayed is por- trayed by Reese Witherspoon in this adaptation of her novel, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.” Wild has been the subject of Oscar buzz as critics have hailed it as a “must see” and that Witherspoon is at her best in Wild since her performance in Walk the Line (2005).