1. Interstellar (November 7 US & UK)
Christopher Nolan’s back with an original screenplay, which–if Memento, The Prestige, and Inception are any indicators– promises to intrigue audiences an ambiguous denoument and have them talking for weeks. Nolan’s charting new territory by taking on space, as a group of scientists and explorers voyage through a wormhole to transcend previous limits of human space travel.
Matthew McConaughey features heavily in the previews, which means he’s finally up for a Slashie Award (Nolan has a penchant for casting leads who are equal parts movie star and serious actor–all the better to reap the benefits in box office totals and awards season accolades), and Nolan favorite Michael Caine gets his yearly call up from the Hollywood League of Actors Who Play Themselves in Movies. (Oh, don’t scoff–I’m not wrong.) Also, Hans Zimmer is composing the film, which might mean we get more BRRRRR horn flares, since you can’t make a sci-fi flick these days without them.
As is par for Nolan’s course, the teaser trailer reveals very little as to the scope of the story, but it seems slightly optimistic. Of course, it would be better if something went horribly wrong, or if we leave the theater with no idea whether we just watched a satisfying resolution.
Interstellar will be no Sharknado 2, of course, but it still has our interest highly piqued, which is why it tops our list. –GW