The Hippo


Jul 5, 2020








Henry Golding and Blake Lively in A Simple Favor

Serious fun
Fall film offers awards-hopefuls, Tiffany Haddish


 Between Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day, the schedule features a mix of prestige films and movies geared at a broader audience. Here are some of the movies scheduled for the next three months that I have yet to see but am intrigued by:

• A Simple Favor (R, Sept. 14) Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and Henry Golding (of Crazy Rich Asians) star in this movie that, billed as being “from the darker side of Paul Feig,” has a trailer with Gone Girl suspense thriller vibes.
• Night School (PG-13, Sept. 28) Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart star in this comedy about a man attempting to get his GED.
• Smallfoot (PG, Sept. 28) A group of yetis try to prove the existence of “smallfoot” (i.e. people) in this cartoon from Warner Animation Group featuring the vocal talents of Zendaya, Channing Tatum, James Corden and Gina Rodriguez.
• The Old Man and the Gun (PG-13, Sept. 28) Robert Redford takes a final lap, perhaps, according to media reports that he’s retiring, with this movie about a gentlemanly bank robber that also stars Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck. The trailer suggests Oscar nominations are the default for this film.
• Venom (Oct. 5) Tom Hardy stars in this movie Wikipedia describes as “adjunct to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
• A Star Is Born (R, Oct. 5) Bradley Cooper directs and stars in this fourth movie iteration of A Star Is Born, according to Wikipedia, which also stars Lady Gaga (who the trailers have me rooting for) and Sam Elliott.
• First Man (PG-13, Oct. 12) Ryan Gosling stars in this movie directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land and Whiplash) about astronaut Neil Armstrong.
• Beautiful Boy (R, Oct. 12) Like A Star Is Born and First Man, this movie, based on the memoirs of a father and son about the son’s struggle with addiction, has the look of a possible awards seasons contender. It stars Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.
• The Hate U Give (PG-13, Oct. 19) Trailers for this movie (based on a YA novel) about a teen who witnesses the police shooting of her friend look very promising. Amandla Stenberg (who I remember primarily from Everything Everything) stars.
• Can You Ever Forgive Me? (R, Oct. 19) Melissa McCarthy appears to be tackling a more dramatic performance in this story about a down on her luck author who makes money by selling forged letters from famous writers.
• Mid90s (Oct. 19) Jonah Hill wrote and directed this movie about a skater kid in 1990s Los Angeles. 
• Bohemian Rhapsody (Nov. 2) Rami Malek is a pretty convincing-looking Freddy Mercury in this movie about the band Queen and its lead singer.
• Nobody’s Fool (Nov. 2) Tyler Perry directs a comedy starring Tiffany Haddish about sisters who search for the person catfishing one of them.
• Boy Erased  (Nov. 2) Lucas Hedges (Oscar nominee for Manchester by the Sea and a supporting actor in two best picture Oscar nominees from last year) stars in this movie from director Joel Edgerton about a young man forced by his parents into a gay conversion program. 
• The Grinch (PG, Nov. 9) The classic Dr. Seuss story story returns to animation with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the titular small-hearted Christmas-hater. 
• The Front Runner (R, Nov. 9) Hugh Jackman plays Senator Gary Hart in this movie about the 1988 presidential candidate.
• Widows (R, Nov. 16) I suppose I should talk about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, also out Nov. 16, but the mere thought of that movie makes me exhausted so instead let’s look at this movie from director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) about a group of women who decide to finish the criminal endeavors of their late husbands in order to pay off the men’s debts. Standouts on the cast include Viola Davis, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez.
• Ralph Breaks the Internet (Nov. 23) Will this Disney Animation sequel (to Wreck It Ralph) be better than the year’s Pixar sequel? I’m certainly more excited for this — featuring the voice of Sarah Silverman — than I was for Incredibles 2.
• Creed II (Nov. 23) Michael B. Jordan returns as the son of Apollo Creed to face off against the son of Ivan Drago. 
— Amy Diaz 

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