Fall is film time. Holiday season approaches, award bait streams into the theater. In honor of the occasion, here are seven upcoming films we’re excited to check out. Pass the popcorn; from high-flying Frenchmen, to cartoon children, to a teenage girl with the weight of society on her shoulders, we’ve got a lot of trips to the multiplex ahead of us.
7. The Walk
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe Petit, a dare devil best known for stringing a wire between the Twin Towers in 1974 and performing an unauthorized walk for the better part of 45 minutes. (Spoiler alert: he survives) We’ll forgive Levitt’s dodgy French accent. The Walk reminds that there’s beauty in taking risks.
6. The Peanuts Movie
A tiny piece of all our childhoods, we learned the true meaning of Christmas and Halloween thanks to Charlie Brown and the gang. Generally, reboots are a bit of a touchy territory, but with Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) as an executive producer, we’re will to get our hopes up. In a world full of pain, sometimes it’s nice to know chances for childlike wonder still exist.
5. Steve Jobs
Since Danny Boyle is known for slick action (Slumdog Millionaire, anyone?) and Aaron Sorkin is known for even slicker dialogue (The Newsroom), we can’t help but wonder how the pair will affect the retelling of the Apple visionary’s life. Slick, quick cuts as the new iPad is unveiled? Lots of walking and talking as the idea for the iPod is born? We haven’t been this excited since the annual Apple press conference. Here’s to the celebration of a nimble mind and the power to say yes when the culture tells you otherwise.
4. The Martian
An astronaut gets stuck on Mars—and lives to tell the tale? (Don’t tell us, we haven’t finished the book yet). Like Apollo 13 and Gravity taken to the next level, this story of deep space survival must be seen on the big screen. Sometimes we all need a chance to root for a clear-cut hero.
So crazy it’s true—during a hostage situation, a woman read Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life to her captor, and he let her go free. The small story of two people building an unlikely connection taken to the big screen, we’re looking forward to seeing how Dave Oyelowo and Kate Mara bring it all to life.
Brie Larson plays a kidnap victim, who gives birth to and raises a child in captivity. Horrifying, yes. But a lesson in strength and perseverance we could all use.
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two
Hunger Games fans, the moment you’ve been waiting for is here. Katniss is free from the games, and ready to take on her role as the Mockingjay. But first she has to get through Panem and President Snow. An explosive finish to the epic story of doing the right thing, no matter what the personal cost.
Laura Studarus is a staff writer at RELEVANT. She likes catsup and pie. Now there's nothing left to discuss on the second date. Follow her on Twitter @Laura_Studarus.