We’ve already shared which movies Fandango readers are anticipating the most this fall, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows leading the pack. But what about those off-the-radar movies; the kind that you maybe sort of heard about one time from a guy who didn’t really know what he was talking about? Ya know, the films that look great, but haven’t been mentioned as much by the mainstream media because they’re all too busy downloading “I love/hate Justin Bieber” YouTube videos.
The Five: Fall Films to See That May Be Under Your Radar
Anyway, here are five fall films you should start paying more attention to right now before it’s too late and you’re left completely out of the loop …
1. Never Let Me Go – One of the films that’s already being hailed an Oscar contender, Never Let Me Go stars a trio of established up-and-comers like Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield (aka the man who will play Spider-Man) as three boarding school students growing up in Britain while coming to terms with the strange truth that awaits them. It’s based on the fascinating novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, and it hits theaters on September 15th.
2. Monsters – This low-budget alien invasion flick is drawing comparisons to last year’s District 9. It follows a journalist who agrees to escort an American tourist through an area in Mexico inhabited by aliens who crash-landed on earth six years prior and set up shop near the Mexico/US border. Release Date: You can watch it On-Demand on September 24th, then look for it in theaters on October 29th.
3. Let Me In – In this English-language remake of the fantastic Swedish horror-thriller, a bullied young boy befriends a mysterious girl who turns out to be a vampire that lives in secrecy with her older guardian. Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and starring Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) as the young, lethal female vampire, Let Me In arrives in theaters on October 8th.
4. Hereafter – Whenever Clint Eastwood directs a film, people spark up and pay closer attention. Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and starring Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard, Hereafter marks a slight genre-esque departure for Eastwood in that it’s a supernatural thriller about a series of folks who are touched by death in different, mysterious ways. Look for it in theaters on October 22nd, right in time to summon those Halloween ghosts you have hiding in the closet.
5. 127 Hours – How will director Danny Boyle follow up his Oscar wins for Slumdog Millionaire? How about by telling the real-life story of Aron Ralston, a free-spirited mountain climber who was forced to cut off his own arm after getting trapped under a boulder. Remember that crazy story? Well, with James Franco playing Ralston, there’s a chance more Oscars could be on the way for Mr. Boyle. 127 Hours hits theaters on November 5th.
What’s a film you’re looking forward to this fall that hasn’t received much attention yet?
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Erik is a leading movie commentator who has worked for outlets such as AOL Moviefone and Movies.com.