As we close in on Labor Day — you can do it, c’mon, five short days, and you know you can get away with sneaking out early on Friday — the summer movie season is winding down, so you know what that means: the fall movie season is winding up! (Can’t not be in a movie season, ya know.) It’s something of a changing of the guard at the multiplexes; the superheroes, action heroes, and animated animals march off, replaced by (mostly) serious actors and prestige projects. It’s that special time of year when Hollywood pretends like they make intelligent, grown-up movies all the time, so let’s play along! Our ten most anticipated fall flick are collected after the jump, organized by release date; agree, disagree, and add your own in the comments.
RELEASE DATE: September 14
DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Kevin J. O’Connor
It’s been five long years since Paul Thomas Anderson knocked us out with There Will Be Blood (and there were five years between that film and Punch Drunk Love — not crazy about the productivity rate, PTA), and we couldn’t be more excited about The Master, a period drama that, depending on who you listen to, is either a barely-veiled take on the origins of Scientology, or this totally unconnected unrelated thing that really has nothing to at all to do with Scientology, a religion that has nothing resembling a stranglehold on Hollywood. Whatever the case may be, those abstract teasers and masterful trailers have got us all but salivating to see what Anderson’s cooked up this time.