I have combed the internet wasteland for your entertainment pleasures…please to enjoy and get these on your must-see list.
1. The Imitation Game, November 21st
Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters, Fallen Angels), starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard. Cumberbatch plays brilliant mathematician, code-breaker, computer scientist (etc.), Alan Turing, who just last year received a royal pardon for a conviction on charges of homosexuality. His heartbreaking life and death was ripe for filmdom, and Graham Moore’s script is the Black List’s number one (2011).
2. Cyber, January 16, 2015
Directed by Michael Mann (Public Enemies, Collateral, Heat), starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Tang Wei, Leehom Wang and William Mapother. International heist thriller about cyber terrorism; American and Chinese officials hunt down high level hackers who take down the stock market. Hemsworth: …”the code that was used to hack into it, my character had written it years before and he happens to be in prison for cyber crime. He is pulled out and offered a deal.”
3. Triple Nine, TBA 2015
Directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Road), starring Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck and Teresa Palmer. With this cast, who cares what it’s about? Okay, okay — bad cops attempt to distract from the heist they’re pulling off by killing a fellow cop on the other side of town. Double-sold, right?
4. Slow West, TBA 2014
John Maclean’s directorial debut starring Michael Fassbender, Rory McCann, Ben Mendelsohn and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Fassbender plays a “mysterious traveler” who accompanies and protects a young man (Smit-McPhee) on a dangerous trek across 19th century frontier America. Ooh, I hope there’s a Hound fight.
5. The Lobster,TBA 2015
Directed by (English language debut) Yorgos Lanthimos (Alps, Dogtooth), starring Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Olivia Colman and Léa Seydoux. In this dystopian science fiction thriller, the future is veeery strange. Captured single people must find their mate within 45 days, or be transformed into an animal. (No, I’m not making this up.) An escapee tries to look for love on his own…
6. Suite Française, TBA 2014
Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess, Bullet Boy), starring Michelle Williams, Margot Robbie, Ruth Wilson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Sam Riley and Matthias Schoenaerts. Based on Irène Némirovsky’s novel, the tale of an affair between a German soldier (Schoenaerts) and a French housewife (Williams) set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied France. Scott Thomas plays the domineering mother-in-law, who lives with her son’s wife, while he’s been captured as a POW.
7. Nightcrawler, October 17th
Writer Dan Gilroy’s (The Bourne Legacy, Real Steel) directorial debut, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Renee Russo, Kevin Rahm and Riz Ahmed. After a bidding war, Open Road Films secured the rights to this crime thriller starring Gyllenhaal as a (thinner — Jake lost 20 pounds for the role) man drawn into the L.A. crime journalism scene.
8. Carol, TBA 2015
Directed by Todd Haynes (Mildred Pierce, I’m Not There, Velvet Goldmine), starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt and set in 1950s New York City, this love story follows a shop clerk (Mara) who falls for a married, older woman (Blanchett). Chandler stars as the angry husband who threatens to take away custody of their daughter when the couple separates.
9. Manglehorn, TBA 2014
Directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express, All the Real Girls), starring Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina and Harmony Korine. Pacino as an ex-con trying to start a new life as a small-town locksmith. We all know these new crime-free lives never work out, especially when Pacino’s involved.
10. Midnight Special, November 25, 2015
Directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter), starring Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver and Scott Haze. This one’s a no-brainer; Nichols, Edgerton, Shannon — science fiction…a match made in movie heaven. Nichols likens his “government chase film” to John Carpenter’s Starman; it’s the story of a father and son on the run after dad discovers his boy has special powers.