The Adam Riff™ Fall Movie Preview: Part One

We begin with our selections from the buzz bin:

Drive
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson)
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks
Release Date: September 16

A stunt and getaway driver helps his neighbour perform a heist, which goes horribly wrong.

"At least half a dozen scenes are burned into my memory for life. It's pure genre bliss."

Bryan Cranston and Christina Hendricks both also appear in Detachment, Tony Kaye's narrative feature follow-up to American History X, in which he paints a nightmarish portrait of public education.

Christina Hendricks appears in [Detachment] mostly to be spat on (by a black student, of course, who is "going to get my niggers to gang-rape you"). [source]


Martha Marcy May Marlene
Director: Sean Durkin
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sister), Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Brady Corbet
Release Date: October 21

What if someone escaped from a cult and returned to their family, but their family had no idea they'd just spent two years in a cult?

"Noel Murray considered this one of the best films at Sundance; it's the best I've seen [at Cannes] as well."


The Rum Diary
Director: Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins
Release Date: October 28

Johnny Depp adapts Hunter S. Thompson's other novel.

Depp originally asked Rum Diary writer-director Bruce Robinson to write and direct Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but Robinson passed.


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Director: Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In)
Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciarán Hinds, Stephen Graham
Release Date: November 18

A spy is pulled out of retirement to find a Soviet mole in his former organization.


Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within
Director: José Padilha (RoboCop)
Cast: Wagner Moura, Maria Ribeiro, Milhem Cortaz, Irandhir Santos, Seu Jorge, André Ramiro
Release Date: October

A cross between The Wire and The Departed that eclipses the original and became the most successful Brazilian film in history.

"Elite Squad 2 is a movie Steven Spielberg might have made 20 years ago if he were a better filmmaker. It might be the most competently-made action film since Die Hard."


Tyrannosaur
Director: Paddy Considine (Dead Man's Shoes)
Cast: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan
Release Date: November 18

An angry, cynical alcoholic develops a shaky friendship with a deeply compassionate but unhappily-married woman.

"Both Mullan and Colman do stunning work here, and Tyrannosaur features multiple moments that are as riveting as anything I've seen on the screen (small or big) over the past couple of years."

Let's just say it begins with Mullan's character kicking his pet dog to death. [source]

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