Alt-Fall Movie Preview 2014: The Wild, the Weird and the Totally True – Rolling Stone
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Alt-Fall Movie Preview 2014: The Wild, the Weird and the Totally True

From Nick Cave and Edward Snowden docs to two new K-Stew dramas, here are your alternatives to the season’s sequels and Oscarbait

Alt-Fall Film Preview

IFC Films; Magnolia Pictures

We've spent months gorging on galaxy-traveling guardians, giant toy robots and angry lizards, ape-populated planets and a genetically enhanced Scarlett Johansson. Now that summer is basically over, we are expected to go from fluffy to heavy, and prepare ourselves for a season of prestige pics, biopics and soon-to-be Oscar picks. Yes, there are some popcorn movies coming out between now and December — a new Hunger Games entry, a long-awaited Dumb and Dumber sequel, the final chapter of Peter Jackson's Hobbit franchise — but for the most part, the fall is when studios trot out their somber and serious films. Once again, this is the autumn of our cinematic discontent.

But it's also a time when the various foreign films, documentaries, smaller American independent movies and a few genuinely unclassifiable flicks that also hit theaters don't seem like counterprogramming so much as complimentary. If you put many of the films listed in our Alt-Fall Movie Preview next to the brooding darkness of David Fincher's Gone Girl, or the stoner noir of Paul Thomas Anderson's Pynchon romp Inherent Vice, or the mondo meta-madness of Birdman, they wouldn't seem like art-house outliers the way they do in the warmer months. Still, if you need a break from the abundance of big-name studio offerings, the following movies are your best bets for outside-the-multiplex fare.

A Most Violent Yea

Courtesy A24

‘A Most Violent Year’ (Dec 31)

Very little is known about J.C. Chandor's follow-up to his Bob-Redford-on-a-boat masterpiece All Is Lost; we know it takes place in New York City in 1981, the most violent year (see title) in Gotham's history; that it involves an immigrant hooking up with some no-goodniks; and the cast features Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks and Inside Llewyn Davis' Oscar Isaac. Consider us hooked.

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