Welcome to the second part of Eventful’s Fall Movie Preview. If Chris Hemsworth and Sandra Bullock didn’t whet your appetite, then here are three more films that are receiving tremendous notice from both critics and audiences.
Captain Phillips – October 11
The last time we saw Tom Hanks on the high seas, things didn’t go to well for him. His latest film is no different, where he portrays Captain Richard Phillips; a central figure in the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking by Somali pirates. Phillips was one of the only members of the cargo ship not locked in its hold, and was eventually taken hostage by the pirates. Captain Phillips is directed by Paul Greengrass, who is well known for his “reenactment films” like Bloody Sunday and United 93. The emotional range and undeniably legendary talent of Hanks should make a hit out of this harrowing true story.
12 Years a Slave – October 18
After recently winning the coveted Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, this movie looks to be a huge Oscar contender this year. Directed by the artistic Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame), 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man who was kidnapped in the North and forced to work on a southern plantation for 12 years. The film has received near-universal acclaim for terrific performances by Eijofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o and Brad Pitt. If you love superbly directed dramatic films that really get under your skin, you don’t want to miss 12 Years a Slave.
Dallas Buyers Club – November 1
Another Oscar-minded film based on a true story, Dallas Buyers Club stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodruff — a partying, straight, homophobic man who contracts HIV. After the sole FDA approved HIV drug – AZT — almost kills him, Woodruff begins smuggling in more efficient, non-toxic medications with the help of a transgender patient, Rayon (Jared Leto). When his operation spreads and the FDA and major pharmaceutical companies hear of this, they viciously attack him and the “buyers club” in order to protect their own profits. McConaughey’s performance in film (which included losing 38 pounds) has already sparked the interest of many film critics.
If you missed Part 1, click here, and check back in to the Eventful Blog tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion to our Eventful Fall Movie Preview!