12 Lesbian-Approved Fall Movies We Can't Wait to See
It looks like we'll be spending a lot of time in the theater this fall!
With the end of summer and the start of the school year also comes Oscar season! And this fall offers up plenty of heavy hitting films by, for, and about women – a welcome change from summer’s testosterone-fueled superhero bonanza.
This autumn look for films from a relative plethora of female directors including Kimberly Peirce, Lynn Shelton, Nicole Holofcener, and Diablo Cody. Also among the goodies is the promise of a sweeping lesbian love story for all time with the Oct. 25, release of Blue is the Warmest Color.
Here are our picks for fall movies to watch out for. If you want us we’ll be at the center of the theater on the aisle (easy access to the restroom) with our big bag of popcorn.
Check back in November for our Holiday movie guide.
Robin Wright and Naomi Watts bed each others' sons in this scandalous little movie. We'd have preferred if they bedded each other but watching these two titans work together is a treat either way.
Out My Sister's Sister director Lynn Shelton's latest film stars Rosemarie DeWitt as Abby, a massage therapist who develops an aversion to bodily contact. The film costars Allison Janney as Abby's mentor and Ellen Page.
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson plays the iconic Winnie Mandela in this biopic that tells the Mandela story from the female perspective. Terrance Howard stars as Nelson. It's just really good to see Hudson taking on a lead role.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro star as the heads of a mafia clan that is relocated to Normandy for their own safety in this darkly comic film from Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). Glee's Dianna Agron plays Pfeiffer and DeNiro's daughter. The comedy begins when the newly relocated family can't help but revert to their old mob ways.
Please Give and Friends with Money director Nicole Holofcener's comedy of awkward situations and uncomfortable moments stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener as fast friends. Things get complicated when Dreyfus' character falls for Keener's ex, played by the late James Gandolfini. Toni Collette and Michaela Watkins costar. We are so there for this cast!
Parks and Recreation's Adam Scott stars with Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara, Richard Jenkins, Jessica Alba, and Amy Poehler in this comedy about "adult children of divorce." In a hilarious turn, Scott's Parks and Rec love interest Amy Poehler plays his step mom in the film.
First-time feature director Stacie Passon’s Concussion made big waves at LGBT film festivals throughout the summer. The film stars Deadwood’sRobin Weigert as a dissatisfied lesbian housewife who turns to sex work with female clients to fill the void. Think Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jourmeets Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Weigert is terrific in this beautifully shot film from producer Rose Troche (Go Fish). The stunning Maggie Siff costars.
After this summer's guffaw-inducing The Heat Sandra Bullock costars with George Clooney in a hefty pas de deux about astronauts flailing outside their mother ship from Alfonso Cuarón. Oscar nods are likely for Bullock and Clooney and cocktails may be compulsory for viewers of this terrifyingly claustrophopic space film.
Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga and Sofia Vergara in fetish gear. That's pretty much all you need to know about Robert Rodriguez's sequel to his delicious black comedy Machete.
Out director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry, Stop Loss) slickly updates Brian DePalma's classic based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Kick Ass badass Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the titular telekinetic pariah Carrie White, while Julianne Moore tackles the role of Carrie's Bible-thumping abusive mother Mrs. White. And she looks scary as HELL! The first film changed prom for decades to come. There's no telling what effect Peirce's reboot will have on the next generation.
Julianne Hough stars as a good christian girl discovering Sin City after a near-death experience in this film written and directed by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult scribe). Octavia Spencer and Russell Brand lend a hand guiding Hough's Lamb (that's really the character's name) through the wonders of Vegas while Holly Hunter plays her conservative mom.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Destined to become one of the most epic lesbian love stories ever portrayed on the big screen, Blue, from French/Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche stars relative newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos as a student who falls for a smoldering painter with blue tresses, played by Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris, Farewell My Queen). The Palme D'Or winner at Cannes shocked audiences with its long, explicit lesbian sex scenes, but at its core, Blue is a sweeping love story for the ages.