We made it through a lackluster summer at the box office. I only made it to the theater three times for Civil War, Star Trek Beyond and Suicide Squad. I really liked two of those movies and was kind of sad that I left my wife and child for the third. As disappointing as the summer may have been, the fall is looking up.
Here are some of the nerdy movies coming out this fall.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children – September 30, 2016
I don’t really know that much about this movie. I just watched the trailer. My sister has read the book, but I don’t know if she liked it or not. Tim Burton has been pretty hit and miss lately, but this source material looks like it will fall in line with his aesthetic. Sweeney Todd was the last movie of his that I really enjoyed, and that was nine years ago. Perhaps Miss Peregrine’s will put him back on top.
Inferno – October 14, 2016
I didn’t even watch this trailer and I have no plans to see this movie. I just wanted to remind everyone that The Da Vinci Code didn’t kill God. Turns out it takes more than some historical fiction to take him out.
Doctor Strange – November 04, 2016
I’ve never read a lot of Doctor Strange comics. If I did, they were part of a large crossover event. Doctor Strange probably wouldn’t crack the top 10 list of my favorite super heroes but, since I’m a sucker for the MCU, I’m excited for Doctor Strange. I’m intrigued to see how the movie handles the mystical realm of the Marvel universe, which hasn’t yet been addressed. I also love Benedict Cumberbatch and his presence will undoubtedly get Alycia to the theater. I’m also really excited for Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo; Ejiofor is a tremendous actor and I am intrigued to see his character’s development.
Arrival – November 11, 2016
I did not know anything about Arrival until I saw its trailer two weeks ago. As soon as the trailer finished I pretty much decided that I was going to see Arrival in the theater. The movie looks like a throwback to classic science fiction that didn’t rely on a bunch of explosions to tell a compelling story. Now don’t get me wrong, I love explosions, but I also like good, intelligent and intriguing science fiction.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – November 18, 2016
I came to Harry Potter later in life, after all the books had been written and movies released. Harry Potter is one of Alycia’s favorite nerdclinations so I was more than happy to read the books and watch the movies. I’ll regularly watch the movies over again, usually starting with The Goblet of Fire and going on from there. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them looks like an interesting extension of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. I’m very interested in seeing how magic plays out in America once Scamander’s fantastic beasts break out.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – December 16, 2016
I’ve written two posts dedicated to Rogue One: here and here. I’m counting down the days to Rogue One’s release; I’m following a Twitter account that counts down the days. Last year we were counting down to a Star Wars movie, this year we’re counting down to a Star Wars movie and next year we’ll be counting down to a Star Wars movie. What a world!
Assassin’s Creed – December 21, 2016
Michael Fassbender is one of my favorite actors but video game movies usually suck. I played the first Assassin’s Creed video game and enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t say that its story was its strength. Some corporation in the future wanted to suck the memories out of people as part of an ongoing war between assassins and Templars. There have been a lot more games in the series, but I don’t think the story has gotten any less convoluted. Hopefully Assassin’s Creed fares better than Double Dragon, Wing Commander, BloodRayne, Hitman, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Need for Speed, Hitman: Agent 47 and Warcraft.
Clara’s a little older so I might get to see more movies this fall. There are at least four movies on this list that I really want to see in the theater. If I make it out, hopefully they won’t leave me as disappointed as Suicide Squad.
What nerdy movies are you looking forward to this fall?