We at The MALESTOM have always dealt with the shifts in seasons in the same way. We like to look at the shorter, chillier days as an opportunity, a chance to head down to the cinema and immerse ourselves in the warm glow of the silver screen. This time of year tends to throw up some decent movies looking to secure Oscar nods away from the overcrowded blockbuster-filled summer.
We’ve scoured through every film set to be released up untill the end of the year and have selected what we deem to be the best four from each remaining month. So have a look at our Autumn/Winter movie EDIT and see what you fancy watching down the picture house in the upcoming months.
– September –
The Nun (September 7th)
Just when you thought The Conjuring universe had been bled dry, along comes another spin-off. But unlike recent outings, this looks set to be a worthy addition to the collection. When YouTube removes a horror trailer because it’s deemed to too scary, then you know your probably in for a few jumps and that seems like it’ll be the case here.
The plot centres around the Vatican getting word of the apparent suicide of a young Nun in Romania, after which they send a team to investigate the reasoning behind her death, only to discover that a malevolent force – one with which fans of The Conjuring 2 will be familiar – is wreaking havoc in the remote cloistered abbey. Say your prayers.
The Predator (September 14th)
We’re still not sure how we feel about this one given all of us here at MALESTROM HQ are huge fans of the Arnie being hunted down by dreadlocked alien original, but with the promise of a “bigger and badder” Predator this time around and the Hell Hounds, all of which you can see in the just dropped trailer below we’re not writing it off yet.
The plot sees that big, bad heat-seeking alien crash land on earth after a young boy accidentally triggers one of their beacons. And the bad boy in the title is deadlier than ever after a DNA upgrade.
Can a disgruntled science teacher (Olivia Munn) and a bunch of ex-soldiers prevent the end of the human race? Hopefully, they can otherwise a sequel is out of the window.
The Sisters Brothers (Sept 23rd)
Based on Patrick DeWitt’s novel, The Sisters Brothers revolves around gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who’s being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by infamous assassin siblings Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly & Joaquin Phoenix).
The problem is Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. With a stellar cast also including Jake Gyllenhaal and MALESTROM fave Rutger Hauer, hopes are high for this genre-crossing Western romp.
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Sept 23rd)
Fahrenheit 11/9 is an upcoming documentary film by Oscar Winning leftie documentarian Michael Moore about the 2016 United States presidential election and the presidency of a man you could say he isn’t the biggest fan of, Donald Trump. The title of the film is a reference to the date after the election (November 9) and also a nod to Moore’s documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 about the Twin Towers attacks.
It’s being released just before the crucial mid-term elections in the States, but will Moore’s incendiary look at America under the Donald effect the polls? Time will tell.
– October –
Venom (5th October)
Now here’s a superhero movie we’re excited to see in the currently overcrowded market. British star Tom Hardy lends his acting prowess to Eddie Brock, a journalist who becomes the host of Venom a powerful, symbiotic alien that gives him superhuman abilities.
He might be a supervillain but he’s one of the most loved in all the Marvel Universe and hopefully, we get a full explanation of his complex character here. The only worry with the film being rated PG-13 is fans won’t get the dark, faithful to comic book action they crave. At least it looks like the film will get a bad ass theme tune from EMINEM.
Halloween (19th October)
We’re hardly short of Halloween films featuring the murderous being of Michael Myers from over the years with numerous sequels coming off the back of the classic 1978 original, but it’s time to consign every installment into the filing cabinet (or possibly the bin for many of them), because this new movie a direct sequel to the very first.
Having actually spent the last forty years in a mental hospital, Michael has been patiently waiting for an opportunity to wreak havoc on Haddonfield one more time. The trailer is promising and with Nick Castle the original boogeyman from 1978 back in the overalls, things are shaping up.
Along with scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her iconic role of Laurie Strode, and with John Carpenter taking up Exec Producer duties there’s plenty to be excited about.
Bohemian Rhapsody (24th October)
This Queen biopic has been kicking around forever, having finally found his Freddie in the scarily similar shape of Rami Malek, director Brian Singer has pulled together a celebration of the beloved band and their flamboyant frontman.
The film traces the meteoric rise of the band showcasing their iconic songs and putting the spotlight primarily on Mercury and his hedonistic ways. We get the huge moments in the band’s history from that iconic Live Aid performance to the sadness of Freddie’s diagnosis with AIDS. it promises to be quite the journey.
Slaughterhouse Rulez (31st October)
This comedy horror looks of interest as it sees the awaited re-teaming of Sean of the Dead stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
Slaughterhouse Rulez is set at an elite boarding school where after a huge sinkhole (gateway to hell) opens up in some nearby woods, an ancient evil is unleashed on the pupils and teachers causing chaos in the institute of learning. The film is directed by former Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Miller and lands in cinemas bang on Halloween.
– November –
Widows (November 6th)
The Steve McQueen helmed action thriller Widows follows four women whose lives are upturned by the death of their husbands. But rather than your expected heartfelt tale of female bonding, the four women go rogue, taking over a daring heist set up by their late husbands. With an all-star cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson and Colin Farell, Widows looks set to be a smart, yet high octane ride that could well see another golden statue heading McQueen’s way.
The Girl in the Spiders Web (November 9th)
Lisbeth Salander, the cult character from the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, returns to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller. This time round Crown star Claire Foy goes all goth like to play Salander the socially awkward computer genius with a penchant for sometimes stomach-churning vigilante justice, as she saves women from abusive men.
Here she again teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), as with different agendas they chase a secret at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it. From the trailer it looks to be all out action compared to previous installments and we’re not complaining about that.
Robin Hood (November 21st)
Not that we’re saying Hollywood has long since run out of original ideas (it has) but do we really need another Robin Hood? It seems from this latest incarnation the answer is yes. Kingsman star Taron Egerton swaps sharp suits for Medieval looking clobber to star as the arrow-slinging Hood.
He’ll be bringing the battle with his merry men (including Jamie Foxx) to the evil figure of the Sherrif of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) as he leads a revolt against the corrupt English crown. The trailer looks as action stuffed as you’d expect, can it live up to its predecessors? Those are some big tights to fill.
Creed 2 (November 30th)
It’s a case of like father like son in the second installment of the Rocky franchise spin-off Creed 2. The first movie set up Apollo’s boy as a proper contender battling real-life boxer Tony Bellew in the ring, this time round he’s chasing the offspring of Ivan Drago, the Russian man of steel who killed his father.
Of course his trainer Rocky isn’t happy about this, he’s seen what the power of Drago classic could do first hand and doesn’t want history to repeat itself. Expect shorts with American flags on, epic training montages and a Ruskie v USA match to rival all others.
– December –
White Boy Rick (December 7th)
White Boy Rick is based on the true story of Rick Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) who in crack riddled 80s Detriot goes from street hustler to the youngest ever undercover informant for the FBI before going onto become a big-time drug kingpin himself.
Like with most drug capers things don’t go too well for Rick with a life behind bars beckoning the young dealer. Matthew McConaughey plays his mullet-sporting blue-collar father, backed by an impressive supporting cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jonathan Majors and Bruce Dern.
Aquaman (December 14th)
Leading the charge of the Christmas blockbuster brigade is DC superhero Aquaman, who finally gets his own film after pitching up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
The large chiseled frame of Jason Momoa again takes on the mighty half fish, half man who here reluctantly steps forward to lead the underwater kingdom of Atlantis against his brother Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Our hero is caught in a battle between surface dwellers that threaten his oceans and his own people, who are ready to lash out and invade the surface. Expect epic underwater battles, zingy Aquaman one-liners and Amber heard with impossibly red hair.
Bumblebee (December 26th)
Again, just when you thought every last drop of blood had been squeezed from a franchise along comes another. This sixth installment in the Transformers film series takes us back to 1987, where Autobot Bumblebee is taking sanctuary in a Californian junkyard before the VW beetle looking machine is discovered by 18-year-old Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld ).
After bringing Bumblebee back to life the pair find themselves hunted by a government agency known as Sector 7, led by Agent Burns (WWE star John Cena) and some much more hostile Transformers.
We’re quietly optimistic this will be a step in a more entertaining direction than previous outings, but at the same time aren’t expecting spellbinding cinema.
Holmes & Watson (December 26th)
They’ve previously proved they’re on-screen comedy gold starring together in the likes of Stepbrothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, but it’s been ten long years since Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly have starred together.
Here the duo take on the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes and his crime-solving friend Dr. John Watson, very little details have been released on this comedy, but we know one thing – it should be funny.
Click the banner to share on Facebook