With the summer blockbuster season now over, the rush to attract an audience with less action packed films has begun.
October is a little early to draw in the holiday crowds, but it’s well past the summer prime chocked full of those action-packed blockbusters. As with each of our box office previews, below is a variety. One that hopefully features something for everyone. There are dramas and thrillers, comedies and indie films, and above all, there are films that sound out-of-this-world good (including a surprising number of period dramas). As I put this together, I noticed that, like our Summer Box Office Preview where Alicia Vikander featured prominently, this one has three films featuring Felicity Jones (who we all remember fondly as Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey).
Let’s have a look.
Silver Petticoat’s Fall 2016 Box Office Preview
Listed by Release Date (Release dates subject to change)
1. The Girl on the Train
Stars Emily Blunt | Rated R | Opens October 7th
Though it’s rated R, this tense thriller may be worth exploring. It’s based on a best-selling novel about a woman who reports seeing a woman whose disappearance makes headlines. The question that begs to be asked is: is the “girl on the train” a credible witness or part of the mystery?
2. The Great Gilly Hopkins
Stars Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, and Julia Stiles | Rated PG | Opens October 7th
This one was unfamiliar to me, but the premise sounds sweet. It’s about a “wisecracking” girl who has been shuffled from various foster homes and the woman who takes her in. Plus, it not only boasts an amazing female cast, it also stars the young actress from The Book Thief.
Stars Joel Smallbone | Rated PG-13 | Opens October 14th
Starring one-half of the band, For King and Country (Joel Smallbone), Priceless deals with a widowed man on the verge of emotional collapse, and the woman who (presumably) brings him back.
4. I’m Not Ashamed
Stars Masey McLain | Rated PG-13 | Opens October 21st (Limited)
Emotional seems to be the key word for I’m Not Ashamed. Produced by Pure Flix Entertainment, it’s the story (told from journal entries) of the first Columbine victim, and her incredible show of faith in the face of danger.
5. Keeping Up with the Joneses
Stars Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher and Jon Hamm | Rated PG-13 | Opens October 21st
Sometimes a slapstick comedy is what the doctor ordered. ‘Joneses’ looks like it will be exactly this as a kind of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Killers hybrid. Plus, it has a pretty impressive cast (and we all need a good laugh sometimes!).
Stars Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones | Rated PG-13 | Opens October 28th
The next in Dan Brown’s popular series, this story involves Robert Langdon waking with amnesia. A dastardly plot of global proportions is in motion which means Robert is again racing against the clock to foil disaster.
7. Doctor Strange
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch | Rated PG-13 | Opens November 4th
Famous British star Benedict Cumberbatch joins the Marvel family with their latest Marvel Cinematic Universe adaptation (delayed so they could cast Cumberbatch in the role). This is actually the franchise’s first sorcerer character and because of this, the sci-fi special effects look off-the-charts cool.
8. Hacksaw Ridge
Stars Teresa Palmer and Andrew Garfield | Unrated (at publication) | Opens November 4th
Directed by Mel Gibson, this WWII drama tells the story of the first conscientious objector awarded the medal of honor.
Stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga | Rated PG-13 | Opens November 4th
A period drama set in the 1950s, this looks to be a quiet romance about an interracial couple. The challenges they face as a result look heartbreaking. Jeff Nichols, who wrote Midnight Special, penned Loving.
Stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner | Rated PG-13 | Opens November 11th
Adams and Renner lead the way in this sci-fi drama about a linguist recruited to communicate with a group of aliens.
10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Stars Eddie Redmayne | Rated PG-13 |Opens November 18th
No introduction is needed for this film, which is already being hyped as the season’s best. It serves as a return to one of J.K. Rowling’s worlds, more specifically, a kind of prequel to the Harry Potter franchise.
Stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard | Unrated (at publication) | Opens November 25th
A 1940s spy thriller about an American intelligence officer and a French resistance fighter who eventually reunite in London.
12. Rules Don’t Apply
Stars Lily Collins, Warren Beatty and Alden Ehrenreich | Unrated (at publication) | Opens November 25th
Aside from being curious about this one because of its cast, I really know nothing about it. Because of this, I’ll just leave the blurb: “An unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and the eccentric billionaire who they work for.”
Stars Natalie Portman | Unrated (at publication) | Opens December 9th
Deals with the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination from his wife, Jackie’s point of view.
14. Collateral Beauty
Stars Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Kiera Knightley, Edward Norton and Helen Mirren | Unrated (at publication) | Opens December 16th
Apart from its impressive cast line up, this film looks brilliantly good (albeit emotional). It’s about a man who writes letters to “things” (like death or love) after suffering a tragedy.
15. La La Land
Stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling | Rated PG-13 | Opens December 16th
Emma and Ryan reunite in this musical comedy about a jazz pianist and the actress he falls for. The film is set in contemporary times, but looks to take on a “vintage” feel.
16. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Stars Felicity Jones | Unrated (at publication) | Opens December 16th
The latest installment in the recent Star Wars reboots.
17. The Space Between Us
Stars Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson | Rated PG-13 | Opens December 16th
Though there is a novel titled The Space Between Us, this is an entirely different story. It’s a sci-fi romance about a boy born in a spaceship (on Mars) who travels to earth some 16 years later to meet the girl he’s fallen in love with. I’m curious to see what the 7-year age gap between its leads does for the chemistry.
Stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence | Rated PG-13 | Opens December 23rd
Two passengers on a starship awaken nearly one hundred years before they should, and become the only living people on a “distant colony.”
Also Opening Soon in Theaters:
- Blue Jay (October 7th) Rating Unclear
- Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (October 21st)
- Collide (October 30th); also starring Felicity Jones
- Bleed for This (November 23rd)
- Lion (November 25th) Rating Unclear
- Moana (November 25th)
- Things to Come (December 2) Rating Unclear – Limited Release
- All We Had (December 9) Rating Unclear – Limited Release
- The Bounce Back (December 9th) Limited Release
- A Monster Calls (December 23rd) Limited Release
- Silence (December 23rd) Rating Unclear
- Sing (December 23rd)
- Fences (December 25th)
Which of these will entice you to head to the box office in the coming months? Comment down below with your thoughts! I’d love to read them.Pin this article to read later! And make sure to follow us on Pinterest.