The summer of Kelsey Grammer now gives way to the autumn of Reese Witherspoon. Remember her? You're about to have three chances to rediscover America's Onetime Sweetheart: The Good Lie, Wild and Inherent Vice. That ought to just about make us all forget about her drunken run-in with the law two Aprils ago. Release dates — you know the drill — are subject to change.
Friday, September 5
The Identical | A minister and his wife (Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd), unable to have children, adopt at birth the twin brother of an eventual rock star.
Forrest Gump | Mama always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know when you're gonna bite into a 20th-anniversary IMAX rerelease."
God Help the Girl | An emotionally troubled Scottish girl recovers through songwriting, then spends a whirlwind summer putting a band together and bringing her songs to life.
Kelly & Cal | Juliette Lewis stars as a suburban wife and mother who rediscovers her freak flag when she befriends a teenage neighbor (Jonny Weston).
Friday, September 12
No Good Deed | A fairly standard-looking, if intense, woman-in-jeopardy picture just waiting to be elevated by the presence of Idris Elba and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson.
Dolphin Tale 2 | If just one kid aspires to be a marine biologist after seeing this predictably earnest, by-the-numbers sequel, then our work here is done.
The Drop | After a botched robbery at a bar that operates as a front for the mob, a lonely bartender (Tom Hardy) becomes embroiled in age-old neighborhood conflicts involving his once-powerful cousin (James Gandolfini).
Friday, September 19
The Maze Runner | This Hunger Games knockoff pits a group of teens against a menacing, seemingly impenetrable maze. Their greatest adversary, though, is a cliché-ridden trailer that makes you long for the low-budget 1997 Canadian thriller Cube.
This Is Where I Leave You | Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll star as four siblings coming to grips with more than just their father's death when they spend a week together under the same roof.
Tracks | A young woman (Mia Wasikowska) embarks on a 1,700-mile journey across the deserts of Australia. Please tell us that she remembered sunscreen.
A Walk Among the Tombstones | Liam Neeson stars as Lawrence Block's disgraced cop and recovering alcoholic turned private eye Matt Scudder, in a story adapted and directed by Scott Frank and co-starring Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens as a drug lord seeking revenge.
The Zero Theorem | When a computer hacker (Christoph Waltz) gets too close to uncovering our reason for being, the Management throws obstacles and distractions in his path in Terry Gilliam's candy-colored counterpart to Brazil.
Friday, September 26
The Equalizer | Denzel Washington reunites with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for this adaptation of the 1980s TV series, starring as a former commando who comes out of retirement to protect a young girl from Russian mobsters.
The Boxtrolls | An orphan raised by underground-dwelling trash collectors must fight to save his extended family from extermination.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby | Boy (James McAvoy) meets girl (Jessica Chastain), loves girl, loses girl, tries to get girl back in an ambitious love story told from both points of view, to be released in three different versions: first Them, followed by Him and Her in a limited, three-hour dual release.
The Skeleton Twins | Saturday Night Live alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig take a serious turn as estranged siblings who reunite after 10 years to sort out where their lives went wrong.
Friday, October 3
Gone Girl | David Fincher directs Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Gillian Flynn's adaptation of her best-selling nail-biter about a husband under suspicion for his wife's disappearance and probable murder.
The Good Lie | Reese Witherspoon is the latest Virtuous White Woman™ (we own that trademark, so don't get any ideas, Lifetime) cast as the heroine of a story that would be more compelling if it focused instead on the Sudanese refugees she champions and learns life lessons from.
Hector and the Search for Happiness | Simon Pegg stars in this Walter Mitty–like tale of a psychiatrist who drops everything to travel the world in search of the secret to a happy life. And possibly to avoid the countless malpractice suits waiting for him back home.
Annabelle | A young mother-to-be is reunited with a creepy-ass doll she inexplicably loved as a child. Naturally, murder ensues.
Friday, October 10
The Judge | Roberts Duvall and Downey Jr. play an estranged father and son, respectively, brought together when the latter defends the former in a murder case.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | After dark dramatic turns for both, Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner were probably giddy to headline this slapstick adaptation of the popular children's book.
Addicted | An infidelity melodrama whose trailer tells us twice that it's "based on the best-selling novel by Zane." It was better 12 years ago as Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful.
Whiplash | An aspiring jazz drummer (Miles Teller) is pushed to his limits by his mentor (J.K. Simmons), a Great Santini–like figure who takes music education way too seriously.