2015 Fall movies

We’ve already presented our list of big studio movies we’re excited about for fall and winter of 2015, but there’s a lot more than that set of 30 movies coming to theaters. This fall sees the release of some of our favorite Sundance films, such as Finders Keepers, and a few great retrospective roadshows including the films of Wim Wenders and the Quay Brothers. There are also big potential standouts like Todd HaynesCarol and the new version of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Those and many more 2015 fall movies are highlighted in our continuing fall/winter preview below.

Note: The dates we’re using here are US release dates. Some films may be open earlier or later in other countries. Also, there are actually a few more than 25 films here, thanks to two touring film packages we just couldn’t leave out.

Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road

(Roadshow tour ongoing through the fall) We’re going to kick this list off with three re-releases or retrospectives that are touring in the fall, and for my money none is as significant as this first one. Wim Wenders is enjoying a retrospective tour that features a great crown jewel: the director’s 5-hour preferred cut of his road movie Until the End of the World. The tour also features The American Friend; Paris, Texas; Wings Of Desire; Alice In The Cities; Kings Of The Road; The State Of Things; and many more.

The tour launched this past weekend at the IFC Center in New York, and will then embark upon a 15-city tour of the US and Canada, with schedules to come in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Austin and Vancouver.

Rififi

(September 2) One of the greatest heist films is this 1956 black and white film by Jules Dassin that features one hell of a middle sequence: a 30-minute heist free of dialogue or music. If you’re not in a city that is likely to get the Rififi re-release, there’s also a Criterion blu-ray, which means the film is also available to watch on Hulu. (And Hulu right now is the best eight bucks you can spend on streaming every month thanks to the Criterion and Janus holdings.)

The Quay Brothers in 35mm

(Roadshow tour ongoing through the fall) We’ve written a bit about this touring package of three stop-motion shorts, including the landmark Street of Crocodiles, and the accompanying short documentary Quay, directed by Christopher Nolan. As cool as the idea of the doc may be, seeing Street of Crocodiles on the big screen is even better. A Blu-ray will follow, containing the doc and many more shorts as well. The tour has already played NYC, and next goes to the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX, before hitting Cinefamily in Los Angeles, and then doing nine more stops in the US and Canada. Find dates here.

The Visit

(September 11) OK, technically this is a Universal movie, but it’s also a $5m picture, which makes for an unusual return to the big screen for M. Night Shyamalan. And the word on the film, which follows two siblings as they discover some surprising family secrets, is particularly good.

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

Pawn Sacrifice

(September 16) Tobey Maguire plays chess master Bobby Fischer in the story of one of Fischer’s greatest matches, which also happened to be a politically and culturally charged moment on the world stage.

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

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