The fall movie season is a short one, but an exciting one as it’s the last opportunity before the holiday season for studios to roll out a big project for the masses to enjoy. The fall season encompasses the weekend after Labor Day through Halloween weekend (the last weekend before November) making it the perfect time for horror releases, potential awards season contenders, and more underrated films to take center stage and shine. Considering the busy fall lineup projected for 2017 I took a look at ten films that will highlight the next two months. These are the Top 10 Must See Films of Fall 2017.
For this list I looked at highly anticipated films from all genres set to be released in September or October of this year, dubbed the fall movie season. Any film release the weekend after Labor Day through Halloween weekend was considered and while not all of these movies may end up becoming box office hits or even critical hits there has been some buzz behind their impending release and thus they have become “must see” films in the sense that expectations are high for them in either quality or box office return. Any films that were suspected to be released during this time but have not been confirmed, such as “Jeepers Creepers 3”, were not considered for this list and keep in mind that any of these films COULD (although it’s unlikely) be rescheduled to a different release date following this list’s publishing.
What films are you looking forward to this fall? Let me know in the comments below. On with the list!
10. “The Mountain Between Us” (Oct. 6)
Based on the novel by Charles Martin, “The Mountain Between Us” will feature a pair of heavy hitters, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, as travelers who become stranded in the High Uintas Wilderness after a plane crash sends them on a journey of survival. The film comes from a popular source material and promises some intense survival scenes and a deep look at human nature in uncertain circumstances. While the situation may not be anything new powerfully talented actors and a relatable setting could make for a unique twist on the survival tale. The cast is small, and the story packs a punch, which could mean a lot in financial return, but we’ll have to wait until October to see if the film lives up to expectations in quality.
9. “American Assassin” (Sept. 15)
Action films are a dime a dozen in 2017, but the one that shows signs of brilliance this fall is “American Assassin”. Based on a 2010 novel (yeah, there’s a theme here) “American Assassin” stars Dylan O’Brien as a young and skilled warrior who, after losing his girlfriend in a terror attack, is recruited to hunt down terrorist groups with a mentor, played by Michael Keaton. Promising action with a teacher/student subplot, “American Assassin” could be the must-see action flick of late 2017. It’s got a promising cast and an intriguing premise, but it risks delving into action clichés. Viewers will have to wait and see if it can live up to its potential, and many are waiting anxiously in fact to see it all play out.
8. “The Snowman” (Oct. 13)
Third entry on the list, third film based on a novel (like I said a trend, and it doesn’t stop here). Anyways “The Snowman” is a highly anticipated horror thriller with Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson in the leading roles as investigators hunting down an elusive killer who for years has committed his gruesome crimes in the wake of snowfall, earning him the films titular moniker. The trailer for the film shows the story to be one doused in mystery and suspense with potentially gruesome kills presented on screen. “The Snowman” looks to be heavily dependent on imagery and setting so it should be an intriguing and artistic thriller to sink our teeth into especially as the winter season draws near.
7. “American Made” (Sept 29)
Based on the life of TWA pilot and drug smuggler Barry Seal, this Tom Cruise led film is another in a strangely long line of biographical movies hitting the big screen throughout 2017. This project has been pushed back many times, but it looks like the September date will stick in the United States seeing as a trailer for the film was released earlier this year to increase hype over the project. Led by director Doug Liman, famous for “The Bourne Identity”, the film shows signs of suspense and comedy in a crime tale that will explore Barry’s involvement in CIA operations in Central American and his eventually involvement with the Medelin Cartel . For those history buffs this would be THE movie for you this fall…if there wasn’t another biographical film that is bringing a bit more buzz to the table…
6. “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Oct. 13)
Gaining a bit more attention than “American Made” is the real-life story of A. A. Milne, the creator of “Winnie-the-Pooh”. A war veteran, Milne wrote the book based on his own child, Christopher Robin Milne, and the toys he played which inspired most of the main characters including the famous bear himself. Staring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” could be a potential critical darling and its focus on a legendary character’s origins and an equally iconic author should make this a popular film for both young and old to embrace. In an era where almost every life seems to be worthy of big screen treatments, focusing on the birth of one of the most iconic children’s characters ever might just prove to be a winner in a crowded market.
5. “Mother!” (Sept. 15)
Jennifer Lawrence is well known for being very particular with the projects she chooses to invest in and not since “House at the End of the Street” in 2012 has she found herself in a leading role in a horror flick. Lawrence stars alongside heavy hitters Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer in this upcoming psychological horror thriller that will debut at the Venice International Film Festival as a Golden Lion nominee on September 5th and will see wide release on September 15th. Its enigmatic trailer debuted only recently, but it was enough to highlight the confusion, dread, and hopelessness Lawrence’s’ character will face as her happy home life is disrupted by a new couple’s arrival. With a top notch cast and the capable Darren Aronofsky behind the camera directing, “Mother!” could be a massive hit or an unfortunate miss but could also very well be the next critical darling in a growing line of modern psychological horror films that have dazzled and introduced a new concept of fear to the masses in recent years. It should also be noted that this is the only entry on this list that is 100% original, without being based on real-life or any kind of literature or alternate form of entertainment and is not a sequel….that we know of….
4. “Jigsaw” (Oct. 27)
Picking up over a decade after the death of the famed trap-making killer, “Jigsaw” will continue the “Saw” franchise as a reboot and is sure to be one of this Halloween’s most epic cinematic offerings with the fandom and legacy of the original series still going strong years after the final chapter was written. The film will see a new succession of murders fitting Jigsaw killer John Kremer’s MO as a new group of victims is terrorized by new challenges and games to test their will to live. The trailer seems to promise that much of what fans loved about the original series will be retained in this new adaptation, which is a continuation rather than a remake, and many are hoping the film will offer a sense of nostalgia and some new twists to enjoy when the film debuts this Halloween weekend.
3. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (Sept. 22)
Continuing from the massive 2014 hit that itself was based on a comic book series, the second “Kingsman” film will see much of the original cast as well as original director Matthew Vaughn return with a new threat forcing the Kingsmen to team up with their American counterparts, The Statesmen, to protect the world. One of the more popular trailers so far this summer, “The Golden Circle” shows off a similar style and sense of action and violence that made the original so endearing and fun to watch. With a mix of new and old and a great original film to live up to, “The Golden Circle” will probably be a hit regardless of its quality but if Vaughn is truly taking a similar approach to the original look for this one to be a critical AND financial hit when all is said and done.
2. “Blade Runner: 2049” (Oct. 6)
It’s been 35 years since the first “Blade Runner” redefined science fiction. Now the long awaited sequel brings a classic back to the spotlight for a whole new generation as Ryan Gosling portrays an LAPD police officer who hunts down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard as he unearths a conspiracy that could change, or even end humanity. Talks about a “Blade Runner” sequel have circled for years, especially with Harrison Ford making it a trend that he stars as older and wiser versions of his familiar characters in continuations of his classic films. However, Deckard is a much more obscure role than Indiana Jones or Han Solo. In an age where sequels, and nostalgia seem to be the biggest selling points at the box office, my bet is “Blade Runner: 2049” will be quite the success as the call for a sequel to the sci-fi classic has made it one of the most requested cinematic continuations ever and the 35 year gap makes it one of the longest gaps from original to sequel in all of film.
A remake of the much-beloved classic mini series, “It” is based on the Stephen King novel that struck fear into the hearts of millions when its main antagonist was re-imagined into a clown. Tim Curry made the role iconic, but now Bill Skarsgard will bring it to the big screen for the first time in what promises to be an equally creepy portrayal of the child-seeking being. Few films earn as much hype as “It” has throughout an entire year before a fall release. This film has been talked about for years and has the horror loving community and regular film viewers all awaiting their chance to be scared once again by a new iteration of fright. However, the film is more than just its monster. A cast of young stars could give us a glimpse at celebrities in the making and with this being the first of two films and following the less than beloved take on another Stephen King book, “The Dark Tower”, “It” probably has the most to live up to of any film on this list. With a devoted fan base, a genre on the rebound, and Halloween right around the corner combined with early sneak peaks showing strong potential, “It” is not only the most anticipated fall release on the horizon but could potentially become one of the biggest films of the year when all is said and done if it manages to live up to everything it has on its shoulders.