Summer's almost over. The stores are crowded with parents hunting for that perfect 'back to school' sale that won't break their pocket book. And the cinemas are slowly starting to shift from big action blockbusters and comedies to more serious awards fare. Warner Bros. is no different. The studio has unveiled their upcoming Fall and Holiday Movie preview. And while it has some exciting releases sure to rival anything we've seen over the course of these past four months, you can bet that there are some Oscar contenders in the mix as well.
The fall holiday season is going to be a big one for Warner Bros. They have 8 movies ready to launch from September all the way to Christmas day. These exciting and anticipated releases coming our way over the next 4 months include Black Mass, The Intern, Pan, Our Brand Is Crisis, The 33, Creed, In the Heart of the Sea and Point Break. Not only do we have updated synopses for these incoming dramas and adventures, we also have a bevy of new photos.
There are four movies here that could very well capture the attention of the Academy Awards. At the forefront is Warner Bros. first fall release Black Mass. In this true-life crime drama, Johnny Depp transforms himself into Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, and his performance promises to chill you to the bone. It could be the first Best Actor Oscar win for the iconic thespian. Though he has been nominated for three Oscars, for his performances in Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl, Sweeney Todd and Finding Neverland, he has never taken home the gold man.
In the Heart of the Sea also has a big chance of going home with Oscar gold. Directed by Ron Howard, it certainly packs the credentials for an awards season contender. Howard was nominated for Best Picture and Director for his 2009 true-life drama Frost/Nixon, following his win in both categories or the 2002 biopic A Beautiful Mind. Will this Warner Bros. release about the real tale behind Moby Dick nab him his third nomination and second win for director? It's possible. But there are plenty of great releases coming from other studios over the next four months, so competition will be fierce.
In the Heart of the Sea may even face competition from another Warner Bros. release, The 33. The true-life drama recounts the daunting ordeal of the 33 miners who were buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine back in 2010. The story certainly captured the attention of the world when it was happening live. Will it have the same impact on moviegoers five years later? It certainly has a cast to back up the heavy drama. And it's sure to bring a few unexpected thrills.
Warner Bros. isn't all about the Oscar this fall. They have laughs covered with the big comedy The Intern, which stars Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. And if it's blockbuster thrills you're looking for, Pan will bring back fond memories of this past summer with its high-flying Peter Pan origin tale. Sylvester Stallone is set to return as Rocky in Creed, which will likely be a huge hit as the boxing franchise gets spun off into a new direction.
And then there is the action-packed Point Break reboot, which will be filled with extreme sports thrills and spills. Possibly the most unpredictable movie is Our Brand Is Crisis. Is it a comedy? A drama? Starring Sandra Bullock and directed by David Gordon Green, it could be anything. And it might even be another Oscar contender. Take a look at the releases heading our way this Fall from Warner Bros.
Black Mass September 18
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
The Intern September 25
In The Intern, Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).
Pan October 9
From director Joe Wright comes Pan, a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny, to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.