5 thrilling fall films

Let the Oscar race begin!


BY: Claire Connors

Fall is always an exciting time for movie lovers. The box-office blockbusters are finally disappearing from theaters and the more sophisticated Oscar-hopefuls start making their debut. We’ve found some early contenders to consider as the summer winds down. You may be surprised by a few—a slasher film about a snowman? Really?—but hear us out: all of these early autumn films have award-winning potential, for one reason or another. Enjoy.

Mother! (September 15th release)
Disturbing—but arty—director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) kicks off the Oscar season with this psychological thriller starring two Academy-award winners (Jennifer Lawrence. Javier Bardem) and three Oscar-nominees (Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kristen Wiig). The plot, about a couple whose lives are disrupted when uninvited guests move into their home, is as mysterious as the exclamation point in the title.


First They Killed My Father (September 15th release)
Academy-award winner Angelina Jolie’s Netflix drama is based on the memoir by Loung Ung, a Cambodian author, and survivor of the Pol Pot regime. Inspired by her first son Maddox’s heritage, Jolie dug deep into the Ung’s brutal history in the war-torn country and presents a visually stunning film about this horrible history, as seen through the eyes of a child. Shot in Cambodia using only local actors who speak their native language, it’s that kind of authenticity that makes Oscar voters take notice.


Suburbicon (October 27th release)
What’s better than a Coen brothers movie? George Clooney starring in one. What’s even better than that? The talented Mr. Clooney directing cohort and partner in numerous crimes (Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen), Matt Damon. With too many awards between the participants to even count—hello, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, and Josh Brolin!—this comedic mystery about an out of control group of home invaders is debuting at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. Can an Oscar be far behind?


Blade Runner 2049 (October 6th release)
An award-winning director in his native Canada, Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners, Arrival) actually has the nerve—and the talent—to make the sequel to one of the most beloved sci-fi films ever, 1982’s Blade Runner. With a top-notch cast, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, and returning in his original role as Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford, it doesn’t really matter if this movie gets recognized come award time, does it? We already know that the box office returns alone will make it a movie to be reckoned with.


The Snowman (October 20th release)
This film about a serial killer disguised as a snowman sounds more like an SNL skit than a serious movie. However, with an elite cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and James D’Arcy, we have to believe that this will be a spine-tingler worth watching. Helmed by Swedish director Tomas Aldredson, who brought us the unforgettable thriller, Let the Right One In, and hitting movie theaters just in time for Halloween, we think this movie will be a trick and a treat.