Early Buzz On This Fall's Prestige Films: 'Steve Jobs,' 'Black Mass' and More

Early Buzz On This Fall's Prestige Films: 'Steve Jobs,' 'Black Mass' and More

Sep 08, 2015

A lot of this fall's hottest releases premiered at film festivals in the last few days, and going by all the positive buzz it's looking to be a great season at the movies. Here are some of the best blurbs we've seen so far on some of our most anticipated titles:

 

Steve Jobs (Oct. 9)

Danny Boyle's movie about the titular tech icon, with a script by Aaron Sorkin and a lead performance by Michael Fassbender, is being called a likely Best Picture contender and better than The Social Network. It seems we can forget that other Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher for good now.

"Like Steve Jobs the person: astonishingly brilliant whenever it’s not breaking your heart." - David Ehrlich, Time Out New York

"Racing in high gear from start to finish, Danny Boyle’s electric direction temperamentally complements Sorkin’s highly theatrical three-act study...and while Fassbender doesn’t closely physically resemble the man, he fully delivers the essentials of how we have come to perceive the man." - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

"Even more accelerated and nimble...[it] makes The Social Network look like child’s play." - Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

"To even compare it to Jobs, the Ashton Kutcher-starring indie mediocrity that came and went in 2013, would be as unfair as likening the Star Child to one of those apes wandering around at the beginning of 2001. - Justin Chang, Variety

"A locomotive...Aaron Sorkin‘s script is breathless, witty, urbane, but also exhausting and painfully circular...merely good." - Brian Formo, Collider

 

Black Mass(Sept. 18)

Johnny Depp is back! The primary chatter surrounds the actor's career-peak performance as real-life gangster Whitey Bulger. But the rest of the movie, directed by Scott Cooper, is also said to be more than just a showcase for its lead. 

"Cooper would seem to have given the Godfather films some very close re-viewings, as his typical approach is much like Coppola's, starting with carefully composed and sometimes lengthily held master shots that are followed by unusually tight and sustained close-ups, which make the actors look really good." - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

"Johnny Depp gives an utterly chilling performance...It shows him tapping a malevolence and cruelty that many fans would never have guessed was in him." - Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent

"There are shades of 1970s Jack Nicholson and Robert DeNiro in the performance, but ultimately this is Depp bringing his skills to the table as a man with a propensity for being both terrifying and charming, often switching between the two on a dime." - Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

"Depp is fully restored here to the daring, inspired performer of his early Tim Burton collaborations and “Dead Man,” knowing he is so deep inside the role that, whatever he does, we will come to him." - Scott Foundas, Variety

 

The Danish Girl (Nov. 25)

Eddie Redmayne is predicted to be the next lead actor to win an Oscar two years in a row in this true story of transgender artist Lile Elbe. But Alicia Vikander, who plays her wife, appears to be deserving as much if not more recognition. 

"Redmayne gives the greatest performance of his career so far, infinitely more intimate — and far less technical — than the already stunning turn as Stephen Hawking." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"The film’s secret weapon is Vikander, who’s been blessed with a role that has no truck whatsoever with the usual supportive wife banalities – for stretches of the film, she’s effectively its lead character." -  Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

"For her part, Vikander adds smoke and shading to a character who could have easily veered into being just one thing, or at least just one thing at a time; she juggles pride and anguish, affection and disappointment, and longing and empathy with great skill." - Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

 

Suffragette (Oct. 23)

While not receiving raves, this period piece about the UK suffragette movement of the early 20th century is garnering expected notices for performances by Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and others in the cast. 

"A classic prestige film with impeccable production credits, Suffragette is markedly unusual looking...a film with movement and energy, despite its period prison." - Fionnuala Hannigan, Screen International

"Crafted as a tense period thriller and stunningly seamless collage of historical truth and raw emotional energy...with a beyond boldly eloquent dramatic performance by Carey Mulligan." - Prairie Miller, Critical Women

"A tremendous, awards-worthy performance from Mulligan. The film plays out in her eyes. You see the emotion flicker in her face as Maud wakes up and finds her voice. - Cath Clarke, Time Out London

 

 

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