Oscar season is just around the corner, which means critics have already started buzzing about the films scheduled to be released this fall. From the Hollywood blockbusters to the darling indie films, your fall movie watchlist awaits. Continue reading for five buzz-worthy Oscar movies you simply can’t miss in the months to come.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
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Tom Hanks returns to the silver screen in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Taking on the role of yet another iconic American figure, this film centres on television star Fred Rogers and his children’s TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. More specifically, the movie tells the story of a pessimistic journalist (played by Matthew Rhys) who is assigned to write an article on Fred Rogers, and the experience ends up changing his life. What may surprise film goers is that the plot is actually based on the true story of when American journalist Tom Junod was tasked with writing a piece on Rogers for Esquire. Susan Kelechi Watson of This Is Us and Chris Cooper round out the cast. The film received rave reviews after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in September, making it a must-see when it hits theatres this November.
Release Date: November 22
Ford v Ferrari
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Two Oscar heavyweights, Christian Bale and Matt Damon, team up in Ford v Ferrari. This biographical drama chronicles the relationship between professional race car driver Ken Miles (Bale) and automotive engineer and designer Carroll Shelby (Damon). Together, and with the help of a team from Ford, the pair builds the first race car in the world that can beat the Ferrari. The film culminates in the 34th Grand Prix of Endurance, otherwise known as the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford v Ferrari promises to be an adventure, filled with buzz-worthy performances from its two leads. Reviews have already praised the action-packed racing sequences and the performances of Bale and Damon. Fun fact: Did you know that these two stars have a whopping nine Academy Award nominations between them?
Release Date: November 15
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Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven) is the director behind The Laundromat. With a cast led by Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman, this film is the definition of Oscar bait. It focuses on the Panama Papers scandal, telling the story of Ellen Martin (Streep), who learns about the shady dealings of one Panama City-based law firm while on vacation. She eventually finds herself in trouble after realizing that this law firm is linked to an offshore tax scheme implicating some of the most powerful and wealthy politicians in the world. While we can’t wait to witness what is sure to be another stellar performance from Streep, there is major buzz surrounding the plot of this film, given that the controversy of the Panama Papers scandal happened less than four years ago. In addition, rather than being your typical historical drama, this film has a darkly comedic element that could give it an edge come Oscar season.
Release Date: November 1
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Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Martin Scorsese — need we say more? The gang’s back together in this much-anticipated crime drama that premiered at the New York Film Festival this fall. The film’s plot is focused on Frank Sheeran (known as “The Irishman”), who lived his life as a mob hitman. In his old age, he has begun reflecting on the highlights of his career as a hitman, including his involvement with the Bufalino crime family. The Irishman marks Scorsese’s return to the director’s chair after a brief hiatus following 2016’s Silence. If this isn’t enough to entice you, how about the fact that through special effects, De Niro will be playing his character in old age (at 80) and as a young man of just 24 years. Who doesn’t love De Niro circa Taxi Driver?
Release Date: September 27
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Finally, the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has arrived. The Goldfinch has generated buzz among film buffs and book lovers alike, and for good reason. The all-star cast of the film version includes Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Finn Wolfhad, and Jeffrey Wright. As most probably know, The Goldfinch follows Theodore, a young boy who was just 13 years old when his mother died from a bomb that went off at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art. In his attempt to grapple with her death, he holds onto a mysterious painting of a tiny bird that becomes more important than he could have ever imagined. A word of warning to moviegoers: The Goldfinch clocks in at just under two and a half hours (an incredible feat given the book’s 800+ page count). Whether you loved or hated the original (and rest assured, many critics weren’t fans, hence the 2014 Washington Post headline “The Disappointing Novel that Just Won the Pulitzer Prize”), The Goldfinch is almost guaranteed a successful opening weekend owing to those wishing to see if it fits with their opinion of the book.
Release Date: September 13