A quick look on some of the movie trailers that have piqued my interest for this coming fall and winter cinema schedule.
- Certain Women (dir.: Kelly Reichardt)
The trailer promises intriguing character portraits by some great actors. I look forward to seeing whether this film has as much soul and mindful reflection as the movie trailer seems to hint at. Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and newcomer Lily Gladstone star.
- Miss Sloane (dir.: John Madden)
Let it be no secret; I am a big fan of Jessica Chastain. She is fast on Cate Blanchett’s tail to becoming my favourite currently working actor. Every role she takes on, is ripe with interesting choices and real emotional depth. Besides my love of Miss Chastain, I also have a weakness for American political thrillers.
- Arrival (dir.: Denis Villeneuve)
This looks to be a promising science-fiction piece, which will delve into the intricacies of communication with those quite literally alien to us. I have been a fan of director Denis Villeneuve’s previous works such as Incendies (2010) and Prisoners (2013) and am excited to see his unique understanding of human nature – dark, melancholic, and surprisingly hopeful – brought to the sci-fi genre.
- Lion (dir.: Garth Davis)
Once again my partiality towards an actor draws me in. Dev Patel has an incredibly charming demeanour that lights up the screen and makes you pay attention to the characters he portrays. In this, what looks to be an intense drama, he plays an adopted man seeking his long lost birth mother and brother. Haunted by memories of the past he dedicates himself to a search for his first home. Lion might very well empty out your Kleenex supplies if it effectively and honestly manages to portray those difficult human reflections on home, identity, family, and belonging.
- La La Land (dir.: Damian Chazelle)
I have high hopes that La La Land will transport me back to the magical feeling of watching my first movie musical. It certainly looks to be a dreamy and romantic romp recapturing old-school movie magic.
- A United Kingdom (dir.: Amma Asante)
Another romantic movie on the list but this time with greater political stakes involved, as the love of two people threatens to topple the great British empire. Fabulous cast, great director, incredible story – I have a difficult time imagining how this film will be anything less than amazing.
- Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi)
With a quick peak into what is in store for 2017, I simply had to include this period drama in this quick movie trailer roundup. A fabulous cast promises to bring us the cinematic adaptation of an amazing story long overdue. The African-American women who were crucial to NASA’s first succesfull space missions have too long been hidden heroes and are finally getting their due, in a cinematic capacity at the very least.
After watching all these movie trailers I am definitely ready to slide on my gloves, wrap up my delicate neck in an absurdly large scarf and brave the impending cold to reach the warmth of the cinema this coming fall and winter. Bring on the movie magic.