Three Fall Movies that Should be on Your Radar

This summer was one for the books for cinema. Not only did blockbuster films like Avengers and Mission Impossible, as well as indie darlings such as Eighth Grade, Sorry to Bother You, and Hereditary contribute to a record-breaking summer, but they are regarded by many as some of the best of the year. But what about the fall season? Sure you have the big budget extravaganzas such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Creed II, and Bumblebee, but what overlooked movies are being released that deserve their own place in the spotlight? Well I’m glad you asked, because that’s what I’m here to write about.


#1: Beautiful Boy (Dir: Felix Van Groeningen)

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Starting off our fall list is a depressing one. Though it does star the lovable Steve Carell and Hollywood’s heartthrob male actor of his generation, Timothée Chalamet, this movie is in no way a comedy. Beautiful Boy tells the story of young Nic Sheff as he is dealing with his drug addiction and how it affects both him and his family. From the trailers and promotional material, this seems like a gut-wrenching movie from beginning to end. Coming off of his Oscar nomination for Call Me By Your Name, it seems like this will be another great film in Chalamet’s filmography and looks like it will show how much acting range he has. Beautiful Boy hits select theaters, then to wide theaters eventually, on October 12th.


#2: Roma (Dir: Alfonso Cuarón)

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Next on the list is Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, a Netflix original that is also being distributed to moviegoers in theaters. If you don’t know, his previous movies include masterpieces such as Children of Men and Gravity. Roma tells the story of two young maids and their middle class family in the 1970s. Cuarón has successfully crafted films that take us into other worlds using expert camera work. But what makes this film so unique from his other movies is how gorgeous it looks. Cuarón truly makes it feel like his own using a 70s aesthetic and black and white. The film has been getting many accolades and positive buzz from critics calling it one of the best movies of the year. Though this will hit the streaming site later this year, it’s also hitting theaters so audiences can experience it on the big screen. Roma hits theaters and Netflix on December 14th.


#3: Mid 90s (Dir: Jonah Hill)

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Taking the top spot on the list is Mid 90s from production company A24, a film crew that is taking over the indie scene in glorious fashion. Mid 90s boasts the directorial debut of actor Jonah Hill. Most notable for his comedic performances in Superbad and The Wolf of Wall Street, Hill now takes to the director’s chair to helm this nostalgic coming-of-age comedy. The movie takes place in the 90s and follows pre teen Steve (played by Sunny Suljic) as he grows up and meets new friends through his love for skateboarding. It seems like a simple story on paper, but the way it’s shot and acted is what fascinates me the most and hearing that it’s one of the best films of 2018 really sets the bar. Mid 90s skates into theaters October 19th. As you can see, 2018 has not only been packed with the tent-pole blockbusters but is also filled with independent films that, based on their reception, could be heavy contenders in this year’s award season. Let’s hope these movies reach expectations and take home the gold.

By: John Bizub ’20, Staff Writer


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