Falling into theatres

Upcoming movies to watch for this fall

by Ryan H Parker, The Voice

martian_1Ridley Scott, director of the classics Blade Runner and Alien returns to Sci-fi to direct The Martian, a space thriller in the vain of Gravity. If you liked either Gravity or Interstellar this movie is probably worth a look. You can expect good production value and some tense scenes. Although remember, Ridley Scott was also the director of the critical flop Prometheus. Right now we can hope that Scott doesn’t make another big mistake, but I wouldn’t be too excited for this film. It might be great, but above average is more likely.

The movie is based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name. The screenplay was adapted by Drew Goddard, who is responsible for The Cabin in the Woods and shows such as Daredevil and 9 episodes of Lost. The Martian stars Matt Damon (who has starred in Interstellar, The Bourne Trilogy, and Saving Private Ryan) and Jessica Chastain (Interstellar and The Help), both of whom were in last year’s Interstellar. The Martian rockets into theatres on October the 2nd.

 

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, known for Forrest Gump, and directing and writing the Back to the Future trilogy, comes historical drama The Walk. The last major movie Zemeckis directed was Flight, the 2012 drama that received average scores across the board. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this Historical Fiction film about the man who crossed between the towers of the World Trade Center 8 times in 45 minutes on a high wire, Philippe Petit. The film appears to be a drama, yet it’s PG rating makes me question how much tension the movie has. Can you make a man crossing a wire tense in a movie? Probably, but the trailers leave me skeptical. I expect The Walk to be average, after all, Zemeckis hasn’t made a blockbuster movie since Forrest Gump, more than 20 years ago. The Walk tightropes it’s way into theatres on October the 9th.

 

Stonewall, a movie based on the Stonewall Riots, which was when the gay community of Manhattan, New York revolted against a police raid on a gay bar, is coming to theatres on September 25th. The movie is directed by Roland Emmerich, known for  Stargate and Independence Day. The last historical drama Emmerich directed was the 2000 film The Patriot, which received modest reviews. It should be known that controversy has surrounded the film for a while; many people have criticized the trailers for being unrepresentative of many demographics that were involved in the riots. Other massive inaccuracies have been pointed out, and some have accused the film of whitewashing important figures involved in the riots. While the film has not yet been released, it is important to notice these concerns when walking into the theatre. I apprehensively await Stonewall to riot into theatres on the 25th.