Round up the guys in a Scooby van because this one’s gonna be a doozy. The coming weeks are chock-full of amazing films to watch so you might have your work cut out for you. Well, you know what the solution to that is, don’t you? Watch them all.
See down yonder? That’s director Roland Emmerich trying to stretch his wings. Despite being known as the granddaddy of disaster films (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012 ring any bell?), his latest film, Anonymous, steers away from the end of the world and focuses instead on the scandalous life of William Shakespeare. Now wait a minute, before you pin it down as a period film snoozefest, know that instead of being a love story to the Bard’s plays, the film actually questions whether or not Will actually wrote them. Intrigued? So are we. With a stellar cast of old (Vanessa Redgrave, Derek Jacobi, Rhys Ifans) and new (Jamie Campbell-Bower, Rafe Spall, Xavier Samuel) faces, Anonymous promises to be a fantastic thriller that’ll be more like The Tudors than Shakespeare in Love.
Films are notorious for exhausting the ways a geeky guy can get a hot girl—but, correct me if I’m wrong, Norman is the first film to ever consider faking cancer as a viable option. Cougar Town fave Dan Byrd falsely romances his lady love, Revenge gal Emily VanCamp, while pretending to die of a terminal disease. Meanwhile, he’s struggling with the actual (and fatal) illness of his father, the need to do self-harm everyday, and the fact that he has a girlfriend for the first time in his life. Nothing new. Just your typical high school experience.
Time (no pun intended) to strap on your seat belts and get ready for the oh-so-exciting chase film. In Time sees a futuristic world where people stop aging after 25. The problem is, they die too, if they can’t buy time, literally. Justin Timberlake is the wrongfully accused Will Salas, who’s being hunted down for the murder of one of the world’s biggest time millionaires. In his attempt to escape, he grabs Amanda Seyfried as a hostage , and together they try to bring down the corrupt system which limits life to the rich and hands eternal rest to those who can’t afford the deathly currency.
Check out our review of In Time in the October Issue of STATUS Magazine. —DEXYLEBOWSKI