There are so many exciting new movies heading our way this fall, which means you’re might want to spend a lot of time in the theater – and you may need a little company. Why not invite your dear old dad for some quality time and a little movie magic? Among this fall’s releases are several titles that would be perfect to see with your dad, or any other father figure! Read on for our top picks.
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From James Mangold (LOGAN) comes this handsome biographical drama that explores a pivotal time in automotive history with the help of two of our greatest actors: Christian Bale and Matt Damon. The film is set in the 1960s, when Italian race car driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari was approached by the Ford Motor Company about a possible buyout of his Ferrari company. But Ferrari didn’t want to part with Scuderia Ferrari, his famous racing program which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the oldest and most grueling race in the world – five years in a row.
So the displeased Henry Ford II did what any businessman might do. He hired an automotive designer, Carroll Shelby (Damon), and a British World War II vet and race car driver named Ken Miles (Bale), to design a car that could beat Ferrari. Take an impossible task, add a crazy dream, cool history, and race cars: FORD V FERRARI has the perfect formula for a dad movie.
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MIDWAY explores a pivotal battle during World War II. It comes from director Roland Emmerich, the filmmaker behind action flicks like INDEPENDENCE DAY and 2012 – so you know this one’s going to be epic. MIDWAY features a great ensemble cast including Ed Skrein (DEADPOOL), Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhardt, Nick Jonas (for the young folks!), Mandy Moore, and Darren Criss. There’s a little something for everyone in that cast, but the inclusion of Harrelson and Quaid feels specifically engineered for maximum fatherly enjoyment.
The film tells the story of the US Navy sailors and aviators who fought valiantly and endured through the Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of World War II. You’ll learn a lot, and your dad will be happy that you’ve taken an interest in one of the things dads love most: history.
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Take dad back in time to the 1950s with a good old-fashioned detective noir: Edward Norton directed and stars in this crime drama as a private detective named Lionel who has Tourette syndrome and is dealt another unfortunate hand when his mentor (Bruce Willis) is found dead.
Lionel sets about investigating this murder, which brings him into the orbit of various eccentric and interesting characters played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Bobby Cannavale (“Mr. Robot”), Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe, Michael K. Williams, and more. MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN is based on the crime novel by Jonathan Lethem, and Norton has been trying to bring this adaptation to the big screen for several years – mostly because it’s not your average detective story; this one has a rather interesting heart.
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If your dad is more of a gritty crime thriller guy (maybe his favorite movies include HEAT), then take him to see UNCUT GEMS, the latest film from GOOD TIME directors Josh and Benny Safdie. This is the rare occasion when Adam Sandler takes on a dramatic role, which is always – pardon the expression – a good time. There's no danger of verging into hyperbole when we say that Sandler absolutely crushes it..
In this film festival hit, the actor plays Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and compulsive gambler who’s up to his neck in debt to some very dangerous people, and must find a way to pay them off before… well, let’s just say nothing good will come of that situation. UNCUT GEMS is inspired by the real world of New York jewelry store owners (but is obviously fictionalized), and also stars Idina Menzel, NBA star Kevin Garnett (as himself), Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”), and Judd Hirsch.
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Not all dads love crime thrillers and biographical dramas and historical movies. Some dads are into entertaining spectacle with a little pizzazz. May we suggest CATS, the big (and we mean big) screen adaptation of the classic Broadway musical? There’s song, there’s dance, there are famous people made up to look like cats with the help of advanced digital technology – and also Taylor Swift.
CATS finally heads to theaters thanks to Tom Hooper, the director of beloved films like THE KING’S SPEECH and LES MISERABLES, so we already know he can direct a great musical adaptation. It features an all-star cast that includes Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, and real-deal ballerina Francesca Hayward in her film debut.