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Best Fall Movies!

| September 23, 2017

Anyone interested in starting a movie group?  It’s fall movie time, and while these predictions for Oscars nominations can and will change, here are some movies you might want to check out.

Best Picture Top Picks

“The Big Sick” – Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.

“Call Me By Your Name” – It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

“Darkest Hour” – A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

“Dunkirk” – In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated

“Get Out” – Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

“Lady Bird” – Marion McPherson, a California nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her — loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated.

“Mudbound” – Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi Delta farm, a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family’s struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura’s brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not – charming and handsome, but he is haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, now battles the prejudice in the Jim Crow South.

“The Shape of Water” – Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

Possible Best Pictures:

“Phantom Thread” – Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars in the untitled new film from Paul Thomas Anderson. The writer/director will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. The new movie is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.

“The Post” – A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon — an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence — gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.

“Wonder Wheel” Wonder Wheel is an upcoming American drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film is set in a late 1950s amusement park at Coney Island. A lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.

Long Shots for Best Picture

“Battle of the Sexes” – The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past.

“First They Killed My Father” – Loung Ung is 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge assumes power over Cambodia in 1975. They soon begin a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly 2 million Cambodians die. Forced from her family’s home in Phnom Penh, Ung is trained as a child soldier while her six siblings are sent to labor camps.

“The Florida Project” – Halley and her 6-year-old daughter Moonee live in a motel that’s managed by Bobby, a man whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life. Her endless afternoons overflow with mischief and grand adventure, while her mother soon finds herself exploring increasingly dangerous options as a way to keep them both alive

“Downsizing” – When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

“Logan” – In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.

“mother!” – A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.’.

“Wonder Woman” – Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

“Wonderstruck” – Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish that their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he’s never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue and Rose reads an enticing headline, they both set out on epic quests to find what they’re missing.

Top Contenders for Best Actor:

Timothée Chalamet “Call Me By Your Name”

Andrew Garfield “Breathe”

Gary Oldman “Darkest Hour”

Joaquin Phoenix “You Were Never Really Here”

Miles Teller “Thank You for Your Service”

Possible Best Actor Picks:

Jason Clarke “Mudbound”

Matt Damon “Downsizing”

Jake Gyllenhaal “Stronger”

Tom Hanks “The Post”

Daniel Day Lewis “Phantom Thread”

Denzel Washington “Roman Israel, Esq.”

Long Shots for Best Actor: 

Chadwick Boseman “Marshall”

Steve Carell “Battle of the Sexes”

Sam Elliott “The Hero”

Hugh Jackman “Logan,” “The Greatest Showman”

Kumail Nanjiani “The Big Sick”

Robert Pattinson “Good Time”

Adam Sandler “The Meyerowitz Stories”

Andy Serkis “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Fionn Whitehead “Dunkirk”

Top Picks for Best Actress

Annette Bening “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”

Judi Dench “Victoria and Abdul”

Sally Hawkins “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”

Saoirse Ronan “Lady Bird”

Possible Picks for Best Actress

Jessica Chastain “Molly’s Game”

Claire Foy “Breathe”

Jennifer Lawrence “mother!”

Carey Mulligan “Mudbound”

Margot Robbie “I, Tonya”

Emma Stone “Battle of The Sexes”

Meryl Streep “The Post”

Kate Winslet “Wonder Wheel”

Long Shots for Best Actress:

Gal Gadot “Wonder Woman”

Salma Hayak “Beatriz at Dinner”

Nicole Kidman “The Beguiled”

Diane Kruger “In the Fade”

Millicent Simmonds “Wonderstruck”

Daniela Vega “A Fantastic Woman”

Top Picks for Best Director

Guillermo del Toro “The Shape of Water”

Luca Guadagnino “Call Me By Your Name”

Christopher Nolan “Dunkirk”

Dee Rees “Mudbound”

Joe Wright “Darkest Hour”

Possible Picks for Best Director

Woody Allen “Wonder Wheel”

Paul Thomas Anderson “Phantom Thread”

Darren Aronofsky “Mother!”

Greta Gerwig “Lady Bird”

Todd Haynes “Wonderstruck”

Patty Jenkins “Wonder Woman”

Angelina Jolie “First They Killed My Father”

James Mangold “Logan”

Alexander Payne “Downsizing”

Jordan Peele “Get Out”

Aaron Sorkin “Molly’s Game”

Steven Spielberg “The Post”

Long Shots for Best Director:

Sean Baker “The Florida Project”

Bong Joon Ho “Okja”

Sofia Coppola “The Beguiled”

Kathryn Bigelow “Detroit”

Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris “Battle of the Sexes”

Stephen Frears “Victoria and Abdul”

Martin McDonagh “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lynne Ramsay “You Were Never Really Here”

Michael Showalter “The Big Sick”

Edgar Wright “Baby Driver”

Possible Best Animated Features:

“Animal Crackers”

“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”

“The Breadwinner”

“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”

“Coco” “Ferdinand”

Movie descriptions and photos from  Wikipedia

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