Fall Movie Guide

Jarrett Quick

After a summer of many hits, it is great to see the abundance of interesting movies coming out this fall. From Shredder to Stallone, here is your film guide for fall 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Aug. 1, 2014 — Trailer

I have been looking forward to “Guardians of the Galaxy” for awhile and I’m excited to see a Marvel film directed by James Gunn. The cast is great, the trailers are funny and Bradley Cooper does the voice for a talking raccoon that fights space-evils with Groot, a tree voiced by Vin Diesel. What’s not to love?

Get On Up

Aug. 1, 2014 — Trailer

The story of James Brown’s life provided plenty of great material for a film and it looks pretty well done, even though it’s sure to have some serious melodrama peppered throughout. Chadwick Boseman has his James Brown impression down in a way that isn’t ridiculous, Viola Davis is sure to give a great performance and the music scenes look good. If you like music biopics, there’s plenty here for you to enjoy. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Aug. 8, 2014 — Trailer

I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a little kid and this looks like the logical next step for an ’80s cartoon franchise. It looks louder, bigger and darker than the Turtles have been in the past, but the action scenes look creative and it seems like it will be a fun movie. It’s not going to win any Oscars, but talking turtles rarely do.

Into the Storm

Aug. 8, 2014 — Trailer

In “Into the Storm,” a group of high school students document the destruction caused by a massive storm. Judging by the trailer, this movie has some crazy destruction scenes at the very least, including a tornado practically juggling airplanes. Essentially the film looks like it will be a cross between “Super 8” and “Twister.”

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Aug. 8, 2014 — Trailer

This Disney film about an Indian family opening up a restaurant in France across the street from a well-regarded restaurant looks like a heartwarming film with great shots of delicious food. Helen Mirren plays the manager of the French restaurant, and it looks like she has good chemistry with Om Puri, who plays the owner of the Indian restaurant. It’s like “Ratatouille” with an Oscar-winning actress and no rats.

Let’s Be Cops

Aug. 13, 2014 — Trailer

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. are sure to be hilarious as fake cops, and I think “Let’s Be Cops” may be a surprise hit. The two leads have proven they work well together on the Fox show “New Girl” and the supporting cast looks solid enough for a funny action film. It looks similar to “21 Jump Street” in comedic style.

The Expendables 3

Aug. 15, 2014 — Trailer

“The Expendables 3” is sure to be another high-octane action film, but the cast is where these movies shine. This film will be sure to warrant a watch if only to see Arnold Schwarzenegger fight Mel Gibson. If you like crazy action films, this was made for you.

The Giver

Aug. 15, 2014 — Trailer

Based on the best-selling book of the same name, “The Giver” is slated to be the next big film franchise alongside the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” release in November. I’ve read the book several times and it looks like they stayed true to the source material for the most part, besides the fact that the film is in color. Jeff Bridges rarely disappoints and I’m excited to see how “The Giver” turns out.

Sin City: a Dame to Kill For

Aug. 22, 2014 — Trailer

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is the prequel to 2005’s “Sin City” and with it comes the savage visual style of a Robert Rodriguez-directed film. Much like the first film, “A Dame to Kill For” has an incredible cast, including Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green. The film is sure to be a dark, action-packed filmgoing experience.

If I Stay

Aug. 22, 2014 — Trailer

A car accident leaves Mia ,Chloe Grace Moretz, in a coma, experiencing an out of body experience that leaves her wondering if the life she wakes up to will be anything like the one she left behind. Moretz has been great in most other things she’s done, like “Kick-Ass” and “Carrie,” and it will be good to see how she does in an intensely dramatic environment.

When the Game Stands Tall

Aug. 22, 2014 — Trailer

The story of football coach Bob Ladouceur and the 151-game winning streak of De La Salle High School is a dramatic one and — like any good sports film — there is sure to be a great performance from Jim Caviezel as head coach. The trailer reminded me of “Friday Night Lights” which gives me high hopes for the film.

The November Man

Aug. 27, 2014 — Trailer

Pierce Brosnan is an ex-CIA agent tasked with taking down his former pupil in “The November Man” and it looks fantastic. I like seeing Brosnan in another action film, especially since “Goldeneye” is one my favorite Bond films, and it will be great to see him in some gun fights again.

As Above, So Below

Aug. 29, 2014 — Trailer

This thriller — set in the catacombs under Paris — looks absolutely terrifying. I’m surprised more horror films aren’t set in arguably the creepiest place on the planet because it is perfect fodder for a story about college kids finding a gate to hell. It looks like a good mix between “The Descent” and “The Goonies” and I’m excited to see it.


Aug. 29, 2014 — Trailer

After a car accident, Jessabelle, Sarah Snook, returns home to Louisiana to heal and is haunted by a spirit that has been seeking her return since Jessie was a child. Director Kevin Greutert has experience in the horror genre after directing “The Strangers” and four of the “Saw” films, leading me to be hopeful that “Jessabelle” will be a fresh look at the heavily worn ghost movie genre.

The Green Inferno

Sept. 5, 2014 — Trailer

In “The Green Inferno,” a group of rainforest activists whose plane crashes on the way to the Amazon rainforest comes face-to-face with a tribe of cannibals and must struggle to find a way to safety. It’s directed by Eli Roth of “Hostel” fame, so it’s sure to be very gory. It looks a lot like “The Ruins” but bloodier, so fans of violent horror will enjoy it.

No Good Deed

Sept. 12, 2014 — Trailer

After escaping from prison, a man begins terrorizing a woman and her daughter in their home. I am a big fan of Idris Elba, and his chilling performance in “No Good Deed” will surely grab people’s attention when it comes out this fall. This film looks like an exciting thriller and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the Hitchcockian premise played out.

The Maze Runner

Sept. 19, 2014 — Trailer

This looks extremely interesting to me, even though the plot is as bare bones as you can get. Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, wakes up in the middle of a massive maze with no memory of how he got there. The film looks to be full of mystery and cool sci-fi monsters, so I’m looking forward to it. It looks a lot like “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games,” so it will probably be a huge hit.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Sept. 19, 2014 — Trailer

Liam Neeson gets yet another opportunity to be an action hero, and again it looks extremely fun to watch. In the film, Neeson plays Matt Scudder, an investigator hired to find out who murdered a drug kingpin’s wife. It looks brooding and complex with a hint of mob movie thrown in.

This Is Where I Leave You

Sept. 19, 2014 — Trailer

After the death of the family patriarch, a group of adult siblings are forced to live together for a week. This movie looks like it will be really funny, especially with Jason Bateman and Tina Fey in the main cast. Judging by the trailer, there will be plenty of over-sharing and sex jokes with the strength of family love peppered throughout.


Oct. 10, 2014 – Trailer

Kat Graham plays Diamond, a woman whose entire life is put on the line when she cheats on her husband with a charismatic artist. The trailer is pretty steamy and it essentially looks like a romance novel brought to life, but it does seem to try to explore more about why people cheat rather than just the cheating itself. It’s not generally my cup of tea, but it looks like a satisfying film for lovers of romantic drama.