It’s September 1st and you know what that means: The summer is officially over.
We’re heading back to five day weeks, a seemingly endless umber of which will take us right the way to that festive season it’s far too early to speak out.
All is NOT lost though. Oh no, there’ll be plenty of cinematic delights to brighten up those all important weekends.
Here are just a few of the films I’m rather looking forward to:
PRIDE (September 12th)
If you were a big fan of Sherlock’s Moriarty and you’ve missed Andrew Scott then you’ll be pleased to hear that he’ll be back on cinema screens this month.
The Irish actor joins Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and How I Live Now’s George MacKay in Pride, which is based on the true story of a group of LGBT activists who raised money for families affected by the UK miner’s strike in 1984.
THE GIVER (September 19th)
YA fans get their next book to big screen adaptation this month in the form of The Giver. Brenton Thwaites (who you may or may not recognize from Aussie soaps) stars as Jonas, a young fella who discovers that his Utopian society ain’t what it seems.
Hollywood heavyweights (Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep) join TV totty (Alexander Skarsgård and Katie Holmes) among the supporting cast, which also just so happens to feature Taylor Swift.
THE RIOT CLUB (September 19th)
Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth get their hands dirty in a rather dark drama/thriller about some filthy rich boys.
Originally titled Posh, the film tells the tale of two first year college students who join Oxford’s infamous Riot Club (based on the legends of the real-life Bullingdon Club, allegedly). Money is no object for the club’s members, whose reputations can be made or destroyed in an evening.
It’s not all about the lads though: Holliday Grainger, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay are mixing things up too.
GONE GIRL (October 3rd)
Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel is finally hitting cinema screens and everybody’s talking about it. Sure didn’t she even write a new ending, just for the film?
Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne, a man who finds himself in the middle of a media circus when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears. Y’see, their marriage was ever so slightly on the rocks when Amy went missing and the authorities aren’t so sure that he wasn’t involved.
THE MAZE RUNNER (October 10th)
I listed it as one of the books to read this summer and if you didn’t get around to it then all you need to really know is that Lord of The Flies meets The Hunger Games in this YA flick.
Young Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped with a bunch of lads in the middle of a massive maze, and his memory of the outside world is wiped. The Maze is brimming with clues though, and he attempts to use them to piece his history back together.
BAFTA Rising Star Will Poulter is the one to watch here, along with Skins favourite Kaya Scodelario. She’s well and truly left Effy Stonem behind.
ONE DIRECTION: WHERE WE ARE (October 10th)
The five fellas that every young wan on the planet loves to scream about bring yet another SOLD OUT tour to cinemas.
Sure won’t they make plenty of cash out of it anyway?
THE BEST OF ME (October 17th)
Watch out lads, Nicholas Sparks is back with another movie that’s sure to give the missis unrealistic expectations.
I may have reviewed it in a recent edition of Return After Reading but for those of you who missed it, The Best of Me is all about a pair of former high school sweethearts who reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.
There’s forbidden love, forces pulling people apart and whole lotta predictable drama. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan are in it though, so you could say there’s something for everyone.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (October 17th)
Yep. They’ve only gone and made another big screen version of the beloved children’s cartoon and this time they’ve thrown Megan Fox and Will Arnett in for good measure.
The heroes in a half shell are fighting Shredder for the future of New York city this time around, battling to ensure he doesn’t take control of the Big Apple.
It made a small fortune when it was released in the USA over the summer so it’s no surprise to hear that a sequel is already in the works. The critics weren’t too keen on it though.
LOVE ROSIE (October 22nd)
Sam Claflin fans rejoice, for he’ll be on your cinema screens once a month this autumn. October sees him teaming up with Lily Collins for the latest Cecelia Ahern adaptation.
Love Rosie has been slightly altered for the big screen though: The Irish accents have been dropped (though Claflin proved he can do a flawless Dublin one, believe me) so there’s no fear of P.S I Love You 2.0
The pair play two young wans who just can’t seem to get out of the friend zone, no matter how hard they try. And a baby by another fella makes three, wha?
HORNS (October 29th)
He’s already proven that he’s The Boy Who Lived to tell the tale and now Daniel Radcliffe is donning some interesting headgear just in time for Halloween.
Ig Perrish’s girlfriend (Juno Temple) dies in mysterious circumstances and it’s not long before he wakes up to find something rather odd sprouting from his temples: A perfect pair of horns.
Turns out they’re fairly handy because they give him supernatural powers, which he’s going to use to find the person who really raped and murdered his other half.
THE IMITATION GAME (November 14th)
Could Benedict Cumberbatch generate Oscar buzz? Well, it certainly seems as though his role in this Alan Turing biopic is doing just that.
The Imitation Game takes us back inside Bletchley Park (without the ever so slightly fictional qualities of Enigma) to meet the man who cracked the code and the people who helped to win World War II.
Charles Dance, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode and Allen Leech make up the supporting cast. Sure isn’t it a fangirl/fanboy’s dream line-up?
MOCKINGJAY (November 20th)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years you’ll know all about Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and The Hunger Games.
The second-to-last movie sees the fictional heroine and her allies waging war against the Capitol, while attempting to rescue their pals from the powers that be.
It’d be rude not to, even if you already know how the story ends.
PADDINGTON (November 28th)
His latest incarnation may look slightly terrifying but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be excited about Paddington Bear’s big screen outing.
Colin Firth famously quit when he couldn’t get the voice right but the marmalade sandwich loving Peruvian gent was rescued by Ben Whishaw.
Now he just has to figure out how to get past Nicole Kidman’s Millicent, or else marmalade will be the last thing he’s stuffed full of.
Keep your eyes on the blog for updates about other less fangirlish cinema releases this autumn.