It has been unbearably hot and humid in Atlanta this summer. But the hottest mess in town was brought to us by Hollywood and not mother nature. Summer is without question Tinseltown’s money making season and plenty of money was made. Unfortunately, quality was not on their agenda. Inception and Toy Story 3 were the only true stand outs. More often than not it was one disappointment after another. Iron Man 2 and Shrek 4 I am talking to you.
So this fall Hollywood will do its best to open up our wallets and pocket books, and they have close to 100 chances to do so. As you busy yourself with Halloween costumes for the kids, readying your home for Thanksgiving guests, and shopping for Hanukkah and Christmas, take some time to be entertained. This is the season when studios put out their best Oscar bait, but I am no movie snob. Here is a list of my top five films, Oscar worthy or not, that I know I will be checking out over the next few months.
Director: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm
Release Date: September 17th
This will be Oscar winner Ben Affleck’s second film behind the camera. It is a crime based drama set in Boston. Affleck’s character is faced with the choice of leaving a life as a bank robber for his new girlfriend. The one snag is that his new girlfriend happens to have been a hostage taken during one of his robberies. Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) co-stars as Affleck’s partner in crime. Jon Hamm (Mad Men) is the federal agent tracking them down. For anyone who saw Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, he has a knack for creating a gritty crime drama.