By Ben Gregory

08/22/17

As Summer crawls to a close, so has the influx of blockbuster films, bringing a wide range of hits
and flops to general audiences over the past couple of months. Yet, there is no need to fret! In
a matter of weeks, the Fall film season will kick off playing host to multiple upcoming
blockbusters ranging from horror films such as It to action adventure/Sci-Fi films like, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Blade Runner 2049 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The coming months are practically guaranteed to be filled with hits that are bound to draw in a crowd. With the overwhelmingly imminent influx of blockbusters, plenty of movies slip through the cracks, falling under most moviegoers’ radars. Keeping that in mind, here’s a quick list of lower profile movies that audiences should keep an eye out for over the coming
months.

5. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Release Date: October 27th )

This limited release reunites Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and Irish star Colin Farrell after
their combined efforts in the absurdist dystopian dramedy The Lobster. Also starring veteran
actress Nicole Kidman (The Beguiled, Lion) and newcomer Barry Keoghan
(Dunkirk), The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a psychological revenge thriller about a surgeon
(Farrell) and his family becoming dangerously involved with an ominously sinister teenage boy (Keoghan). The movie will provide a heavy contrast in genre to Lanthimos’ previous
collaboration with Farrell, but it will easily stay faithful to his unique surrealist flair.

 

 

4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Release Date: November 10th )

Remember Fargo, the award-winning film starring Frances McDormand as a cop? Well, over 20
years later, McDormand plays the polar opposite role of a woman taking a stand against her
local police department in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
McDonagh, whose previous credits include dark comedies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths,
seems to have leaned slightly more to the dramatic side for this film, while stilling maintaining a
sense of dark humor. Three Billboards follows McDormand as a woman who antagonizes the
local police department in the fictional town of Ebbing, Missouri, using a group of billboards to
call them out on their shortcomings regarding her daughter’s unresolved murder. Sam
Rockwell (Iron Man 2, Moon) and Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes, Now You
See Me) co-star.

 

3. The Disaster Artist (Release Date: December 1st )

Based on the tell-all book about the production of one of the worst movies of all-time, The
Disaster Artist boasts an all-star cast of James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh
Hutcherson, Zac Efron, and many more in efforts to recreate the intriguingly disastrous magic of
the cult classic flick The Room. Receiving an uproarious standing ovation of about 10 whole
minutes when it debuted at South by Southwest a couple months back, the Franco-run production should provide an entertaining behind the scenes look at the extreme mess that the
world of film production can become when in misguided hands.

2. The Shape of Water (Release Date: December 8th )

A week before The Last Jedi splashes every other movie out of the box office water (pun
intended), the modern monster movie mastermind Guillermo Del Toro will release his newest
creature upon audiences, the romantic horror film entitled The Shape of Water. The movie will
follow a mute janitor (portrayed by Sally Hawkins) as she falls in love with a mysterious
amphibious creature that she discovers in her place of work, a government laboratory. Taking
place in the early 60s, the film has an aesthetic that is reminiscent of the video game Bioshock
and appears to showcase the same focus on practical effects and make-up that help to make
Del Toro stand out. While also starring alongside Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, The Help), the choice of casting Sally
Hawkins as a silent protagonist could provide The Shape of Water a wonderful opportunity for
captivating performances all throughout.

1. Downsizing (Release Date: December 22nd )
It’s been four years since Alexander Payne released his last award-nominated film Nebraska,
but that brief drought is expected to end in just a few more months with the release of Payne’s
sci-fi dramedy Downsizing. Starring an A-list cast of Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz,
Alec Baldwin, and Neil Patrick Harris, the movie will follow a married couple who become
overwhelmed with their adult lives and volunteer to have themselves shrunk. While there
practically hasn’t been any promotional material released for the movie, Downsizing is
currently confirmed for a release around Christmas Day 2017.