Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COMING SOON: The Oscar Slate

The summer gave us it's fair share of cinematic thrills this year but we cinephiles know that most likely, the best is still to come. That's right folks, it's the fall/winter season at the box office which means that the internet will soon be abuzz with Oscar talk. From what we've already seen, Boyhood is the only film with the goods to push for Best Picture, so all eyes are on the upcoming slate of films to deliver. So get yourself ready for an exciting few months ahead. Here are your Best Picture contenders:


Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer
Plot: A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today's world.


Director: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Plot: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

BIRDMAN (Oct 17)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts
Plot: A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

FURY (Oct 17)

Director: David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf
Plot: As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.


Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, John Lithgow
Plot: A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.


Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Plot: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.


Director: Jon Stewart
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani
Plot: A journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison.


Director: James Marsh
Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Emily Watson
Plot: A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.


Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
Plot: Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances.


Director: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Plot: English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.

WILD (Dec 5)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern
Plot: A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.


Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley
Plot: An account of Moses' hand in leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt.

No trailer yet.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix
Plot: In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

MR. TURNER (Dec 19)

Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
Plot: An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

No trailer yet.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes
Plot: A Navy SEAL recounts his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills.

BIG EYES (Dec 25)
No trailer yet.
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Terence Stamp
Plot: A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.


Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep
Plot: A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

SELMA (Dec 25)
No trailer yet.
Director: Ava DuVernay
Starring: Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr. Tom Wilkinson
Plot: Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America.


Director: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney
Plot: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (No release date)
No trailer yet.
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Plot: A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

SUITE FRANCAISE (No release date)
No trailer yet.
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring: Michelle Willams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie
Plot: During the early years of German occupation of France, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier, a French villager and Bruno von Falk, a German soldier.

TRASH (No release date)

Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura
Plot: Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.

WHILE WE'RE YOUNG (No release date)
No trailer yet.
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts
Plot: An uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple.

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