By Sierra Bamiro
Fall is right around the corner, with its longer nights and chilly weather—the perfect time to get out of the cold and cozied up in a movie theater with a box of hot popcorn. The 2015 fall film lineup is packed with inspirational documentaries, moving historical dramas, suspenseful action-adventures and, well, maybe a little something to creep you out for Halloween! Mwah-ha-ha-ha…
1. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (PG-13)
The Gladers are back in the second installment of the Maze Runner series, and if the book is anything to go by, they’re in for bigger obstacles than last time. There won’t be any spoilers here, but we will finally get to know the female Glader, Theresa, and even more of the mystery surrounding the circumstances that got Thomas and the others where they are. This is another action movie that promises to have your adrenaline pumping enough to fight the cool, fall air.
2. Suffragette (PG-13)
Nineteenth-century suffragists fought with perseverance and determination to make social and political strides in equal rights for women. “The foot soldiers of the feminist movement” is how this historical drama’s publicity material describes these women who were game changers. Legendary Meryl Streep, one of the film’s key players, was asked recently in an interview, what lessons we can embrace now from yesteryear’s suffragettes. “Don’t give up or give in in the face of patronizing ridicule,” she told Time Out London. When the same reporter asked Meryl to name a female who inspires her, the actress answered, “Malala Yousafzai and her classmates in Pakistan.” See He Named Me Malala, below….
3. He Named Me Malala (PG-13)
At the center of this documentary film is Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai, who made headlines when she was targeted by the Taliban for speaking up about females’ right to education. It was surprising that such a young girl had the courage to face her government and tell them they were wrong. The director of Waiting For Superman brings us her story after the press coverage, showing us who this extraordinary girl is. The brave girl for continues to voice her opinions and champion the cause in her home country, but we get to see a more humanistic side to her as she grapples with the typical concerns of a teen. It will have a limited release so make sure to look out for which theaters will be showing this film near you.
4. Victoria (NR)
For the foreign film buff, Victoria is a German film about a girl’s fun-filled night of partying that takes a dark turn when she and her companions are forced into robbing a bank. What’s the most interesting bit about this film is that the two-hour movie was shot in one take which, if you’re even a little bit into cinema, you know is something of a miracle.
5. Crimson Peak (R)
Screenwriter and director Guillermo del Toro is a genius at whatever he does—yes, there is a slight bias on this author’s part. Pair that with actress Mia Wasikowska, who is horribly underrated (see Stoker, Jane Eyre, and Alice in Wonderland), and you’ll get an ethereal and bone-chilling story. It’s hard to pinpoint what kind of movie this is—it seems to be a mish-mash of horror, mystery, and romance with a feel of a fairytale gone wrong.
6. The Final Girls (PG-13)
Max Cartwright and her crew of BFFs take an unexpected time-trip to the ’80s, where they get trapped inside a horror movie that starred Max’s recently deceased scream-queen mom. This is a fun send-up of classic old-school flicks—a mixed bag of Back to the Future-inspired antics, with spoofed-up elements of iconic slasher films such as Friday the 13th and Halloween, and a little bit of Meatballs tossed in for good-humor measure.
7. The Keeping Room (R)
This film with an all-female lead cast takes place in the post Civil War-era South, where three women must fight back against a group of Union soldiers who have come to terrorize them. It brings to mind revenge flicks such as I Spit On Your Grave and Last House on the Left, but less graphic. Keep an eye on teen actress Hailee Steinfeld (far left on the movie poster), who scored a ton of awards for her 2010 role in True Grit.
8. Jem and the Holograms (PG)
Jem and the Holograms, an animated show about the adventures of an all-gal big-hair pop-rock band, was the Saturday-morning cartoon that graced every girl’s lunchbox back in the 1980s. Catchy beats and bubblegum-pink hair abound in this feel-good live-action movie that stars Aubrey Peeples (she’s Layla Grant, the talent-show runner-up in ABC-TV’s Nashville). This one’s not necessarily gonna pull any critical accolades from movie snobs, but it’s tons of fun that smacks of the live rendition of Josie and the Pussycats in 2001.
9. A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (PG-13)
Lizzie Velasquez was named the “Most Ugly Woman” and had to endure severe cyberbullying from people all over the world, but she chose to stand in confidence. Instead of letting verbal jabs knock her down, Lizzie channeled her emotions into denounce bullying and promote acceptance. She says she’s not just telling her story but the that of all young girls and women who have endured cruelty. She shows what it takes to ignite the spark that lights up beauty from the inside out.
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (PG-13)
The last (or is it?) installment of The Hunger Games franchise should have you bracing yourself even before the opening credits. The end of Part 1 left so many questions to be answered about the impending showdown between the Districts and the Capitol. Finnick Odair proclaiming, “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games,” left fans wondering about the obstacles Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark must face together one last time.