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posted Friday, September 26 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 39
2014 Fall Film Preview - Part I (September & October)
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2014 Fall Film Preview - Part I (September & October)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

The calendar might tell you Summer doesn't officially end until September 23, but you can tell as far as Hollywood is concerned the warm-weather cinematic silly season ended a couple of weekends ago. Just look at the release schedule. Last week saw the debuts of two low budget enterprises, the Pierce Brosnan spy thriller The November Man and the found footage Parisian horror opus As Above So Below, while today brings forth no major wide releases save the independently produced faith-based drama The Identical.

For the major studios, school is back in session and the NFL has started its new season, thus making the turn towards more high-minded entertainments par for the course. They tend to look at the Fall movie season as the point audiences are inclined to see more intelligent fair and less big budget silliness. It's also the point where they unleash the majority of what they feel are their major Academy Award players for the year, chasing Oscar with a cavalcade of star-studded dramas and comedies typically directed by some of Hollywood's biggest names.

Not that what might be construed as summertime fair has been eschewed altogether. Just the opposite. High-profile sequels include the continuation of The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay - Part I, releasing November 21, A Dolphin Tale 2 (September 12), a The Conjuring spin-off entitled Annabelle (October 3) and the comedies Dumb and Dumber To (November 14), Horrible Bosses 2 (November 26) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (December 25). Rounding things out is the climactic installment in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, as well as more antics from Ben Stiller's bedraggled security guard Larry Daley in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which reunites the actor with Robin Williams sadly for the final time, both films releasing on December 19.

On the flip side, directors as varied as Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Scott Frank, David Fincher, Terry Gilliam, Jason Reitman, David Ayer, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Paul Thomas Anderson, Tommy Lee Jones, Dan Gilroy, Alexandre Aja, Michael Mann, Jon Stewart, Angelina Jolie, Bennett Miller, Jean-Marc Vallee, Ridley Scott and Mike Leigh all have films scheduled to go into various stages of release, and while some of those films have been seen already, the majority are still waiting to be discovered by audiences eager to mull over the many nuances. Also finally seeing nationwide release are Sundance, Telluride and Cannes Film Festivals favorites like Whiplash (October 10) with Miles Teller, Lynn Shelton's Laggies (October 24), Camp X-Ray (tbd) with Kristen Stewart, the ingenious thriller The Guest (September 17) from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barret, the Australian Outback survival tale Tracks (September 26) and the star-studded ensemble comedy This Is Where I Leave You (September 19).



The following is just a small list of films and events scheduled for release in Seattle during September and October. As always, release dates are subject to change and not everything mentioned here will actually end up venturing into your local Cineplex. Make sure and check local listing to be sure.

September 5
Forrest Gump (IMAX Re-release), The Identical, Innocence, A Letter to Momo, Starred Up

September 12
A Dolphin Tale 2, The Drop, God Help the Girl, The Last of Robin Hood, Love is Strange, The Man on Her Mind, A Master Builder, No Good Deed, Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

September 17
The Guest

September 19
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Flamenco Flamenco, The Maze Runner, The Skeleton Twins, This Is Where I Leave You, Tusk, A Walk Amongst the Tombstones

September 26
The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, Hector and the Search for Happiness, K2, Keep On Keepin' On, The Notebook, Take Me to the River, Tracks

October 3
Annabelle, Gone Girl, Kelley & Cal, Last Days in Vietnam, Men, Women & Children, Pride

October 3-5
SIFF Cinema Egyptian: Grand Opening Celebration - SIFF reopens the Capital Hill landmark with a series of free screenings including Seattle favorites like Amélie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Kagemusha, My Neighbor Totoro, Pan's Labyrinth and Y Tu Mama Tambien

October 9-19
The 19th Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Three Dollar Bill Cinema unleashes their latest two-week orgy of LGBT films and filmmakers upon Seattle. Just-announced titles include Sundance Film Festival hit Appropriate Behaviour and Patrik-Ian Polk's Blackbird with a full lineup to be announced later this month.

October 10
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Dracula Untold, The Interview, The Judge, Kill the Messenger, One Chance, The Two Faces of January

October 17
Best of Me, Birdman, The Book of Life, Fury, Kill the Messenger, Lilting

October 24
Dear White People, The Good Lie, Laggies, Ouija, St. Vincent, White Bird in a Blizzard

October 31
Art and Craft, Before I Go To Sleep, Horns, Nightcrawler, Saw (10th anniversary re-release), Whiplash, Why Don't You Play In Hell?

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