Movie Review: Snowden

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Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) fighting for his country in Oliver Stone’s Snowden (Source: IMDb)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is becoming one of the best character actors working today. His portrayal as whistleblower Edward Snowden is pitch-perfect—from his cadence to his posture. Known for casting some familiar faces, Oliver Stone directs a wonderful cast including Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage (welcome back to the mainstream!). Despite the redundant subplots and it can drag at times, Stone plays Snowden safe, but he certainly brings something engaging to the table.

Is Snowden a patriot or a traitor? It’s up to you to decide.

3/4

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Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies for 2016

2015 is over. There have been a lot of surprises and disappointments than last year. Not to mention a lot of great films as well as some miraculous performances. It’s going to be so hard who and what will win in this year’s Academy Awards. But, this is not what I’m talking about.

I’m going to talk about the movies I’m looking forward to in the New Year. It looks like 2016 is going to be a fun year for movies as last year. I’m going to give you a list of my most anticipated movies for this year.

Before I begin, I just want to let you all know that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is not going be on this list. I’m definitely going to see it when it comes out March 25th. However, I have a feeling it might turn out to be garbage. I mildly enjoyed Man of Steel, and Henry Cavill was a good choice for Superman (it’s great to have him back). I admit Ben Affleck looks cool in the Batsuit, but I can’t (and will never) picture him as Batman/Bruce Wayne. It looks like Jesse Eisenberg will steal the show as Lex Luthor. Zack Snyder is a unique visionary director, but his substance is rather lacking. Who knows? I might be wrong.

Without further ado, here’s my list of the top 20 most anticipated movies of 2016.

Honorable Mentions: The Accountant (October 7), The Bourne Sequel (July 29), The Finest Hours (January 29), The Free State of Jones (May 13), Gambit (October 7), The Huntsman: Winter’s War (April 22), The Legend of Tarzan (July 1), Moana (November 23), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (December 25), Silence (TBA) Snowden (May 13), Suicide Squad (August 5), Sully (September 9)

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20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (in theaters February 5; directed by Burr Steers; starring Lily James, Matt Smith, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, and Lena Heady) – To start off the bat, I have a feeling this will undoubtedly suck. However, this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling parody looks like a fun guilty pleasure. Jane Austen meets The Walking Dead. How fun can it get? Also, Lily James is a freaking goddess!

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19. Inferno (in theaters October 14; directed by Ron Howard; starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, and Ben Foster) – Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are back to give us another adventure with Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon! This time, we are going to see him wake up in a hospital in Florence, Italy. With no memory of the recent events, he goes on the run looking for answers. I personally enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. They both kept me on the edge of my seat with its fascinating history, mysteries, and, obviously, the excellent performance by Hanks. But, it’s hard to deny their flaws. It looks like I am in for another good ride with Inferno.

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18. The Jungle Book (in theaters April 15; directed by Jon Favreau; starring Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, and Neel Sethi) – When Disney started doing live-action remakes for the new generation, I became quite skeptical. Tim Burton’s 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland started off that trend. It became a ginormous box-office hit, but mostly everyone hated it. It was visually stunning but everything else was a bit of a disaster. Then, Maleficent was released four years later. Even though Angelina Jolie was born to play Disney’s most famous villainess, why make her a good person? Kenneth Branagh brought us, in my opinion, the best version of Cinderella (Walt Disney would have been proud of it, if he was alive today).

Even though I haven’t seen the original in years, I’m liking the looks of the new version of The Jungle Book. I appreciate Jon Favreau not only as an actor, but also as a filmmaker. With films like Iron Man and Elf, he brings a unique visual style and narrative. The voice cast is nothing short of excellent–Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Christopher Walken as King Louie. It also has a little Life of Pi vibe to it (considering they are somewhat similar). As much as I’m looking forward to this, I’m still waiting for the remake of Beauty and the Beast.

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17. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (in theaters June 10; directed by James Wan; starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Simon McBurney, Sterling Jerins, and Frances O’Connor) – The Conjuring was a breath of fresh air. It did have plot devices everyone is familiar with (i.e. a family moving into a new house surrounded by an evil entity). What James Wan does with the true story of the Harrisville investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren (played to perfection by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) is avoid any cheap scares and deliver an old-fashioned horror film relying on atmosphere.

Due to the success of that film, the disappointing spin-off Annabelle came out a year later. The beginning of The Conjuring talks about the Warren’s investigation of the Annabelle doll (the true story, in fact, consisted of a cursed Raggedy-Ann doll; the Annabelle in the film is a ventriloquist doll to make it more creepy). Now, the sequel reprises Wilson and Farmiga as the Warrens traveling to London to investigate a poltergeist consisting of two daughters. With James Wan returning to the director’s chair, I am ready for another scary good time.

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16. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in theaters November 18; directed by David Yates; starring Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, and Jon Voight) – It’s fascinating to set a story 70 years before our beloved protagonist Harry Potter heads to Hogwarts. Eddie Redmayne is already becoming one of my favorite actors. After getting success for his roles in The Theory of Everything and The Danish Girl, it looks like he’s going to have a ball playing the magizoologist Newt Scamander, who heads to New York City for a brief stop to publish his studies of the magical creatures in the Wizarding World. Then, a No-Maj (the American word for “Muggle”) releases the fantastic beasts out of Scamander’s suitcase. As a huge Harry Potter fan, I have nothing but a good feeling about this.

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15. Star Trek Beyond (in theaters July 22; directed by Justin Lin; starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and Idris Elba) – I’m not the biggest Trekkie. When I saw J.J. Abram’s 2009 version of Star Trek, it introduced me into a futuristic universe “to boldly go where no man has gone before”. The origin story of human James T. Kirk and the Vulcan Spock gave a lot of emotional support. From the breathtaking special effects, witty dialogue, and the awesome characters, I enjoyed every second of it. The sequel Star Trek into Darkness did have its flaws, but it was as enjoyable as before. It was where Benedict Cumberbatch became one of my favorite actors. Now, Fast and Furious director Justin Lin is taking over for Abrams to direct the third entry of what is officially a trilogy. I’m looking forward to see the Enterprise crew actually discovering new worlds and civilizations. It looks like this will be the funniest in the new Star Trek film series.

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14. The Girl on the Train (in theaters October 7; directed by Tate Taylor; starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans, Haley Bennett, and Édgar Ramírez – Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the film stars Emily Blunt as a woman witnessing a murder on the train. While trying to get the pieces of the puzzle together, she begins she might have been involved in the crime. From reading the plot summary, this sounds like an Agatha Christie story or another Gone Girl. Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) directs this murder mystery. I always like a good murder mystery. Without hearing too much of the story, I can’t wait to go in with an open mind.

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13. Doctor Strange (in theaters November 4; directed by Scott Derrickson; starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, and Mads Mikkelson) – Like I mentioned before, Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming one of my favorite actors. From Sherlock to The Imitation Game, he sure does know how to bring the wisdom into those roles. Now, he’s about to tackle another ambitious yet fun role: Doctor Strange. Without knowing too much of the superhero, seeing the picture of Cumberbatch in costume makes it look like he was born to play the role. Even though we have yet to see a trailer for Doctor Strange, I’m hoping it will look good.

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12. Warcraft (in theaters June 10; directed by Duncan Jones; starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Daniel Wu, and Dominic Cooper) – I have never played any of the Warcraft video games. Everyone remembers World of Warcraft becoming the most popular online game ever. Duncan Jones transitions from his low-budget sci-fi status of Moon and the smart mainstream sci-fi hit Source Code to direct a big-budget fantasy adaptation of the first Warcraft video game from 1994 (Orcs and Humans). With a lot of horrible video game adaptations coming out over the years, this might break the streak to deliver a visually dazzling battle between the humans and orcs. This looks like it will be a new Lord of the Rings.

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11. Hail, Caesar! (in theaters February 5; directed by the Coen Brothers; starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, and Channing Tatum) – Joel and Ethan Coen have made some of the best films of all-time (The Big Lebowski, True Grit, to name a few). This satire of the film industry has one of the best casts this decade. George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Ralph Fiennes, among others. I’m sensing this might be the first great movie of 2016.

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10. The BFG (in theaters July 1; directed by Steven Spielberg; starring Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton, Bill Hader, and Mark Rylance) – It has been over twenty years since Steven Spielberg has directed a straight-up family flick. He is back to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Mark Rylance is perfect in every sense!

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9. Everybody Wants Some (in theaters April 15; directed by Richard Linklater; starring Tyler Hoechlin, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner, and Wyatt Russell) – Richard Linklater’s follow-up to Boyhood brings us back to the 1980s. It’s sort of a sequel to Dazed and Confused. It’s been getting some early praise for being funny and touching. Count me in!

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8. X-Men: Apocalypse (in theaters May 27; directed by Bryan Singer; starring Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Rose Byrne)– 2014’s Days of Future Past is one of the best films in the X-Men franchise. It brought the older versions of the characters we know and love collaborating with their younger selves. And it features the funniest and coolest action sequence of the decade. Bryan Singer is only bringing back the younger characters back to fight Apocalypse (played by the great Oscar Isaac).

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7. Captain America: Civil War (in theaters May 6; directed by the Russo brothers; starring Chris Evans; Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Scarlett Johansson, and Martin Freeman) – Captain America vs. Iron Man. What more needs to be said?

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6. The Nice Guys (in theaters May 20; directed by Shane Black; starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Kim Basinger, Ty Simpkins, and Matt Bomer) – Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are two wonderful actors. Seeing them working with each other is like a dream come true. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) brings 1970s Los Angeles to life.

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5. La La Land (in theaters July 15; directed by Damien Chazelle; starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, and John Legend) – Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash takes a more whimsical side. A musical love-story starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a jazz pianist and actress falling in love in 1950s Los Angeles. And J.K. Simmons is going to have a small role as the boss. I’m hoping for a toe-tapping good time in the theater.

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4. The Witch (in theaters February 19; directed by Robert Eggers; starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Lucas Dawson, and Julian Richings) – Finally! A horror film (also a big hit at last year’s Sundance) that relies on nothing but pure atmosphere.

3. Star Wars: Rogue One (in theaters December 16; directed by Gareth Edwards; starring Felicity Jones, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, and Mads Mikkelson) – Come on! It’s Star Wars! And it takes place before the events of the first Star Wars!

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2. Finding Dory (in theaters June 17; directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane; starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton, and Idris Elba)– 13 years ago, Finding Nemo was released in theaters. My 7-year-old self never seen anything like it before; going under the sea where different species of fish interact with each other. In 2016, we get a sequel centering on the beloved Blue Tang fish Dory with short-term memory loss. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks reprise their roles as Dory and Marlin. Disney/PIXAR have a lot of sequels as well as some original films up their sleeves. I’m so exciting see them all! Okay, maybe except for Cars 3.

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1. Deadpool (in theaters February 12; directed by Tim Miller; starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapicic) – Seriously, who isn’t looking forward to this movie? It’s rare to see a superhero movie getting a hard-R. Ryan Reynolds is going to own Deadpool!

Here’s to a good 2016!

Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of the Fall of 2015

2015 has been a pretty damn good year for film. There were as much surprises and disappointments as last year. This fall seems to have a lot of supposedly great films that have yet to come out. There’s a highly anticipated sequel that might top Avatar and Jurassic World as the highest-grossing film of all-time, another film from the brilliant minds of PIXAR, plenty of historical pieces, a biopic about one of the most influential people who changed technology for the better, and a handful of riveting dramas. I made a top twenty list of my most anticipated movies of this Oscar movie season.

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): About Ray (September 18), Burnt (October 23), Concussion (December 25), Everest (September 18) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (November 20), In the Heart of the Sea (December 11), Pan (October 9), The Peanuts Movie (November 6), Sicario (September 18), Snowden (December 25)

20. The Visit20. The Visit (in theaters September 11; directed by M. Night Shyamalan; starring Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge, Kathryn Hahn, and Peter McRobbie) – Ever since getting unanimous success with The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, it looked like M. Night Shyamalan had a long career ahead of him. Not to mention being known as “The Next Steven Spielberg”. After the critical failure – but financial success – of The Village, his career slowly went downhill. His last five films have made him one of the most hated people in Hollywood (Lady in the Water will always be a guilty pleasure of mine). Why am I looking forward to his latest film, The Visit? I want to see him redeem himself after his previous disasters (After Earth, in particular). The film is marketed as a low-budget comedic horror film. There is a sense it might be awful, but I have faith it might turn out to be an eerie midnight movie. Fingers crossed.

19. Sisters19. Sisters (in theaters December 18; directed by Jason Moore; starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin, and John Cena) – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the funniest actresses working today. This movie seems to be no exception. Their chemistry together is the main focus. Being from the director of Pitch Perfect, this might be the funniest film of the year. The trailer had me laughing out loud quite a bit.

18. Suffragette18. Suffragette (in theaters October 23; directed by Sarah Gavron; starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson) – 2015 has been a year featuring strong, independent female protagonists. From Cinderella to Mad Max: Fury Road to Far from the Madding Crowd. Suffragette looks like the most feminist movie of all. It takes place during the British suffrage movement of the 20th century where women are forced to work underground. We follow three women fighting for women’s rights. It’s no surprise that the Academy loves Meryl Streep. This seems to be her most challenging role to date. Starring alongside Carey Mulligan (fabulous in Far from the Madding Crowd) and Helena Bonham Carter, this movie screams “Oscar bait!”

17. Creed17. Creed (in theaters November 25; directed by Ryan Coogler; starring Michael B. Jordan, Graham McTavish, Phylicia Rashad, Mark Rhino Smith, and Sylvester Stallone) – Rocky is one of the best movies of all-time. It’s a film about rivalry, fighting for one’s life, and going the distance. Creed, the spin-off from the director of Fruitvale Station, brings us back to the streets of Philadelphia. Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson Creed, who wants to follow his father’s (Apollo Creed) footsteps to become a boxer. When Sylvester Stallone returns to reprise his role of Rocky Balboa, it’s hard not to get pumped up.

16. The Martian16. The Martian (in theaters October 2; directed by Ridley Scott; starring Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, and Jessica Chastain) – Ridley Scott’s career has been in the gutter ever since Robin Hood. Despite his controversial Alien prequel Prometheus, he hasn’t been making a fantastic movie in years. The Martian has a possibility to redeem him from blandness. With Matt Damon leading an all-star cast, this looks like one hell of a funny and suspenseful film about one man’s struggle to survive.

15. Carol15. Carol (in theaters November 20; directed by Todd Haynes; starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sara Paulson, Jake Lacy, and Kyle Chandler) – A lesbian love story that looks engaging. Cate Blanchett plays the title character where she meets a department store clerk who is attracted to her. Everything about this movie looks perfect. From the casting to the story. Todd Haynes brings the 1950s to life. I’m glad to see Kyle Chandler taking a break from playing a government official.

14. Steve Jobs14. Steve Jobs (in theaters October 9; directed by Danny Boyle; starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, John Ortiz, and Jeff Daniels) – Another biopic of the CEO of Apple. This follows Steve Jobs and the events surrounding his launches of products including the iMac. However, his involvement with Apple begins to affect his family life. I have not seen the film with Ashton Kutcher. But I can say that this version looks a million times better. With Danny Boyle behind the camera and Aaron Sorkin writing the screenplay, I sense that this is going to be one emotionally tense flick. Michael Fassbender looks like he’s going to hit it out of the park as Jobs.

13. Brooklyn13. Brooklyn (in theaters November 6; directed by John Crowley; starring Saoirse Ronan, Domnhall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Emily Bett Rickards, and Julie Walters) – Another movie that brings the 1950s to life. Brooklyn is the love story following a young Irish immigrant woman moving to Brooklyn. She falls in love with a young Italian man, but she quickly starts getting homesick. She must choose between the U.S. and Ireland. Unlike most romances nowadays, this looks charming without being too sappy. The cinematography looks gorgeous. Saoirse Ronan is a delight!

12. Legend12. Legend (in theaters October 2; directed Brian Helegland; starring Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Bettany, and Chazz Palminteri) – Tom Hardy has had one hell of a decade. He was a member of a heist team where they can infiltrate people’s dream, a MMA fighter, Bane, an outlaw during the Prohibition era, and Mad Max. Now, in Legend, he plays twins Ron and Reggie Kray, who were part of the mafia in London during the 1960s where it’s becoming “Las Vegas of Europe”. From the director of A Knight’s Tale and 42, this does look like your typical Hollywood picture. But this looks like a lot of fun.

11. The Walk11. The Walk (in theaters September 30; directed by Robert Zemeckis; starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Ben Schwartz, James Badge Dale, and Charlotte Le Bon) – I’m glad Robert Zemeckis went back to live-action following the box-office bomb of the animated film Mars Needs Moms. Flight is one of the best movies so far this decade featuring one of Denzel Washington’s best performance of his career. The Walk follows the unbelievable story of Phillippe Petit’s involvement of doing the impossible: walking on high wire between the Twin Towers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is becoming one of the greatest actors working today. I do have a feeling his French accent is a little bit cartoonish. But I think he would pull it off well.

10. The Good Dinosaur10. The Good Dinosaur (in theaters November 25; directed by Peter Sohn; starring Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, Steve Zahn, and Sam Elliott) – 2015 is the first year in which PIXAR releases two movies in the same year. Inside Out is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. The Good Dinosaur might continue its streak becoming one of PIXAR’s best. The animation is some of the most breathtaking that PIXAR has done. Following the footsteps of the first half of Wall-E, this movie seems to feature minimal dialogue.

9. Crimson Peak9. Crimson Peak (in theaters October 16; directed by Guillermo del Toro; starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Doug Jones, and Charlie Hunnam) – Today, it’s rare that a horror film focuses more on the atmosphere instead of cheap jump scares. In Guillermo del Toro’s vision, it’s more than that. It’s a Gothic love story. Stephen King called it “Gorgeous and just fucking terrifying”. I cannot agree with him more on what the movie is going to look like.

8. Black Mass8. Black Mass (in theaters September 18; directed by Scott Cooper; starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, and Kevin Bacon) – Johnny Depp’s career isn’t holding up over the years. His last two movies – The Lone Ranger and Mortdecai – featured some of his worst performances. With a new Pirates of the Caribbean coming out in two years, I wouldn’t know if Depp would take on a different role. As a matter of fact, he did. In Black Mass, he plays Whitey Bulger, the most violent criminal in South Boston, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list. I have a feeling this would be Johnny Depp’s best roles in years. With a wonderful cast, very dark humor, and an engaging story, Black Mass looks like one hell of a movie.

7. Joy7. Joy (in theaters Christmas Day; directed by David O. Russell; starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, Dascha Polanco, and Bradley Cooper) – David O. Russell reunites with the trio – Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro – from Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle to star in Joy. Starring Lawrence as the title character who creates a business with the Miracle Mop. What more is need to be said other than “This looks brilliant”?

6. Bridge of Spies6. Bridge of Spies (in theaters October 16; directed by Steven Spielberg; starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Austin Stowell, Billy Magnussen, and Alan Alda) – Tom Hanks is my favorite actor, and Steven Spielberg is my favorite director. They are back to collaborate for the sixth time (if you could count Band of Brothers and The Pacific) in this Cold War thriller about an American lawyer negotiating the release of a Soviet Union pilot whose plane has been shot down. With the Joel and Ethan Coen writing the screenplay, I smell Oscar!

5. Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens5. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (in theaters December 18; directed by J.J. Abrams; starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford) – Seriously; who isn’t looking forward to seeing this? I’m ready to sit with a packed theater and have the experience of a lifetime!

4. The Hateful Eight4. The Hateful Eight (in theaters Christmas Day; directed by Quentin Tarantino; starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, and Channing Tatum) – Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time. His extended dialogue scenes, wonderful cast, wit, drama, and trademark graphic violence make him such a master. Even though if his movies are long, they fly by like a breeze. His ninth feature The Hateful Eight, and his first shot in Ultra Panavision 70 mm film, looks breathtaking and tense in every way.

3. The Danish Girl3. The Danish Girl (in theaters November 27; directed by Tom Hooper; starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, and Matthias Schoenaerts) – Following the news of Caitlyn Jenner, the world is not going to shy away from the LGBT community. We’re going back to see how it all began in The Danish Girl, the true story of Einar Wegener living as the first person to ever undergo a male to female sex reassignment surgery to become Lili Elbe. With Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables) behind the camera and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as its star, I sense this is going to be one devastatingly beautiful character study. There is a chance that Redmayne might win his second consecutive Oscar.

2. Spectre2. Spectre (in theaters November 6; directed by Sam Mendes; starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, and Christoph Waltz) – James Bond has been around since 1962. With him being in 24 films, played by five different actors, that’s saying a lot. Spectre is Daniel Craig’s fourth time playing agent 007, and Sam Mendes’ second film as the director. Skyfall is the most breathtaking 007 film of all, thanks to Mendes’ directing. Looks like Spectre is going to be one of the best. The movie is going to feature James Bond’s origin story, which is going to be interesting.

1. The Revenant1. The Revenant (in theaters Christmas Day; directed Alejandro González Iñárritu; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Paul Andersen, and Domnhall Gleeson) – It’s about time Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first ever Oscar. After winning an Oscar for Birdman, The Revenant seems to be Iñárritu’s most ambitious film ever. Being in these cold conditions seems to make the movie all the more intense. This movie has had some production delays because of the conditions. The crew has been searching for snow in South America. Not only is the schedule delayed, the budget has increased from $90 million to $135 million. Let’s hope Iñárritu finishes the movie in time to come out on Christmas.

Thanks for reading what my most anticipated movies of the fall are. Please feel free to leave a comment on what you are looking forward to. Take care.