Feb 252016


Autumn not only brings some relief from the long, hot summer, but also an interesting mix of films. It’s a combination of 2015 titles that played at festivals and are getting a cinema release, and an eclectic mix of 2016 titles from almost every genre. This Autumn we’re looking forward to single-take marvels, Ralph Fiennes dancing, and a show down between two popular superheroes. Check out our 12 films to watch this Autumn* after the jump.

*dates correct at the time of posting this article, but you all know how the Australian release schedule shuffle goes..


10 cloverfield land

10 Cloverfield Lane – March 10

This amazing trailer dropped out of nowhere about 6 weeks ago. We didn’t really know that this movie was a thing until the trailer appeared. It had been in development as a film called The Cellar and evolved to become “a blood relative” of Cloverfield. How cool is that? I am so impressed that the studio and all involved managed to keep this under wraps for so long. The film is the feature directorial début from Dan Trachtenberg, who made the incredible short film Portal: No Escape, based on the popular indie game ‘Portal’. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr. I am pumped to be scared by this in only a couple of weeks! [Sam]



Victoria – March 10

I have never seen a film quite like this single-take wonder, never missing a beat as it finds a deft balance between a romance and a heist thriller throughout it two-hour plus runtime. Director Sebastian Schipper manages to build a palpable emotional connection to these characters, taking a substantial amount of time developing the relationship between Victoria (Laia Costa, just amazing) and the charismatic Sonne (Frederick Lau, equally so), and this pays off gloriously later on when the pair of them are under extreme pressure and dealing with debilitating emotional stress, and have to trust each other with their lives. Victoria takes you into the psychology of pulling off a bank heist, an effect often unexplored in such films. Never once did I feel distracted by the dazzling premise, because it becomes a visceral and immersive experience, and due to the way it is so intimately photographed (fittingly DP Sturla Brandth Grøvlen is the first closing credit) you feel like you an extended member of the group. My #2 film of 2015. [Andy]


A Bigger Splash – March 24

I was a little obsessed with Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s last film I Am Love, where it screened as part of the Official Competition at the Sydney Film Festival. It was, in fact, the first film I ever attended at the festival. His latest project looks like a head-trip – sun-drenched, stylish and sexy. It tells the story of a famous rock star (Tilda Swinton), whose vacation with her husband (Matthias Schoenaerts) is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson). We’re sold. [Andy]



Rams – March 31

This film about Icelandic sheep farmers made my top 10 films of 2015 – I am just as surprised as you. Rams is dark and deeply amusing, but also rather sad. It centres around two brothers who haven’t spoken for 40 years, but are forced to communicate when an illness threatens their sheep. I loved spending time with these characters, completely immersed is a world utterly foreign to me. Rams was the winner of the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. [Sam]


Also out in March Triple Nine, The Lady in the Van, The Finest Hours, Grimsby, London Has Fallen, Zootopia, Beverly Hills Cop, The Witch, The Daughter, Eye in the Sky, Kung-Fu Panda 3, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Keepin’ up with the Joneses, Labyrinth of Lies, Sherpa




Where to Invade Next – April 7

Where to Invade Next is the first film in 6 years from veteran documentation and political activist Michael Moore. In it Moore travels to various countries around the world (such as Finland and France) to find out the various methods countries use to deal with social and economic issues which are also faced by the United States. I enjoy Moore’s films and his really exuberant personality so I am looking forward to this. He isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but I think he pushes buttons that need to be pushed. [Sam]



Our Little Sister – April 14

The latest film from Japanese master Hirozaku Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son) tells a very kind and touching story of sibling unity through loss and the desire for independence. Smartly cast and directed, and though not technically flashy or particularly complex, it is a fundamentally perfect crowd-pleaser. It all takes place in a beautiful location too, reminding me of Studio Ghibli films like Whisper of the Heart or Kiki’s Delivery Service. It tells the story of three sisters who live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura, inherited from their parents. When their father, divorced from their mother and absent for the last fifteen years, passes away they travel to his home town for the funeral. There they meet their younger teenage half-sister, and taken with her shy demeanour but strong will, they invite her to live with them. As she comes of age, the older sisters make discoveries of their own and find themselves learning to prepare for a future of independence. [Andy]



Midnight Special – April 21

Is there a more confident and consistent young filmmaker right now not named Xavier Dolan? Nichols, 37, has made three of the defining American films of the last decade in Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud – exploring the American working class, desperate people trying to make a better life for those they love. Again working with his muse, Michael Shannon, Nichols moves into the sci-fi genre for this story of the pursuit of a man (Shannon) and his son (Jaeden Lieberher, great in St Vincent), a young boy who possesses special powers, by the government and a group of religious extremists. Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton and Adam Driver co-star. [Andy]



Captain America: Civil War – April 28

While we can completely understand the experience of Marvel fatigue – we’ve felt it too – if there is one Avenger who will always get out attention it is Captain America. His preceding two films are amongst the best in the MCU so far. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (The Winter Soldier) the latest instalment promises to be a lot darker, detailing the feud between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) that leaves the Avengers in turmoil. [Andy]


Also out in AprilThe Huntsman: Winter’s War, The Jungle Book, Wide Open Sky, Allegiant: Part 1, The Boss, Criminal, Eddie the Eagle, Keanu, Mr Right, Dad’s Army, A Month of Sundays, Mother’s Day




Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising – May 5

While the first film was divisive – and in some cases, loathed – I personally found the gross-out dude-bro college humour consistently hilarious, carried by a winning cast including Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne and scene-stealing Ike Baronholtz. It was a story about how a frat king and a new dad learn a thing or two about ‘growing up’, with plenty of suburban war and mayhem and jabs at generation gaps. In this new one a sorority moves in next door to Mac and Kelly (Rogen and Byrne), which is even more debaucherous than the fraternity before it. They turn to their former enemy, Teddy (Efron), for help. Selina Gomez, Chloe Grace Moretz and Kiersey Clemons join the cast. [Andy]



Free State of Jones – May 12

In Jones County, Miss., Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), after surviving the 1862 Battle of Corinth during the Civil War, joins forces with other farmers and a group of slaves to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy. This looks like a violent, high-drama period epic from director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games), and with a supporting cast of Gugu Mbatha Raw (Beyond the Lights) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards), will be one to seek out in cinema. [Andy]



Whisky Tango FoxtrotMay 12

I love Tina Fey. Love, love, love her. This looks like something a little different for her, while still employing her considerable comedic talents. Fey plays Kim, a war correspondent who gets involved in more than just reporting while posted in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The film is adapted from the memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Kim Barker.  It also stars Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, and Alfred Molina. [Sam]


the nice guys

The Nice Guys – May 26

Shane Black (Lethal WeaponIron Man 3) is enough of a reason for me to anticipate this film. Black directs and co-writes the film which is about a private eye who investigates the apparent suicide of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles, and finds a shocking conspiracy that runs deep and high. The film has a stellar cast, including Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, and Matt Bomer. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, and is sure to contain plenty of Black’s dark, witty humour. [Sam]


Also out in May The Man Who Knew Infinity, Angry Birds, Friday the 13th, Going in Style, The Meddler, X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass

What are you looking forward to seeing this Autumn?