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Monarch Movie Minute: Fall Preview

Tyler Passarge | Staff Writer

“The Snowman”

Release Date: 10/20/17

Courtesy Universal Pictures

Based on the Jo Nesbo novel, “The Snowman” is described as a Nordic noir mystery that centers on a serial killer who appears every snowfall. In the killer’s path, they leave the bodies of dead women and snowmen to mark his arrival. Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) begins to track the notorious figure when police find a snowman wearing the scarf of a missing woman. However, Harry’s quest to find the killer quickly turns into an obsession as the killer begins to toy with him. Harry and his partner (Rebecca Ferguson) are in a race against time to find the killer’s identity before the snow melts.



Release Date: 10/27/17

Courtesy Lionsgate Films

This Halloween, audiences will be reacquainted with the infamous Jigsaw killer and his elaborate games in the latest installment of the “Saw” series. In the aptly titled “Jigsaw,” a team of detectives investigate a series of murders that appear eerily similar to the Jigsaw murders. Only one problem though, John Kramer, the original Jigsaw killer, has been seemingly dead for ten years. Are these detectives after a copycat killer, or is there more to this case than meets the eye? As the detectives try to unearth the truth, another group of people must fight to survive the new killer’s twisted games. This Halloween, there will be blood.



Release Date: 10/27/17

Courtesy Paramount Pictures

Megastar George Clooney returns to the director chair with “Suburbicon,” a crime comedy starring frequent costar Matt Damon. The film is centered on a family whose tranquil suburban life is disturbed during a home invasion. When the ordeal ends with his wife getting killed, Gardner (Damon) must try to keep himself held together for his son. Things take a turn though when it turns out that the men who broke into their home are really mobsters that Gardner owes money to. Things only descend into madness when Gardner takes matters into his own hands to protect his son in this satirical view on 1950’s suburbia.


“Thor: Ragnarok”

Release Date: 11/3/17

Courtesy Marvel Studios

Star Chris Hemsworth is back as the godly Avenger in the awaited third installment of the hit Thor series. In “Ragnarok,” Thor finds himself on a quest to save his homeland from Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Asgardian goddess of death. Before he can do that though, Thor must fight for his survival in a gladiatorial game where he is kept prisoner. It’s in this game that Thor cross paths with his Avenger ally, Bruce “The Incredible Hulk” Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Pairing up with Bruce and his mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor must escape his imprisonment and stop Hela before it’s too late.


“Murder on the Orient Express”

Release Date: 11/10/17

Courtesy 20th Century Fox

A train ride through a snowy terrain suddenly shifts into a crime scene when a passenger is mysteriously murdered. The film, based on a 1934 novel, follows detective/train passenger Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) as he investigates the crime. As the truth unravels, tension begins to flare between the train’s other passengers who are all potential suspects. The film boasts a star-studded cast including Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Willem Dafoe. While acclaimed actor Branagh takes the starring role in the film, he also serves as the mystery film’s director.  


“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Release Date: 11/10/17

Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures

Social issues such as people vs. the police are explored in this film starring Frances McDormand as a grieving mother. Angry at the fact that police have yet to catch her daughter’s killer, Mildred Hayes decides to challenge her small town’s law enforcement with three billboards criticizing them. Initially, the town’s deputy (Woody Harrelson) tries to reason with Mildred to get her to take down the signs. After denying their pleas, Mildred finds herself at odds with not only the town’s police, but also with other citizens of the town.


“Justice League”

Release Date: 11/17/17

Courtesy DC Films

Doom and chaos loom over the world as a malevolent and powerful force sets their sights on earth. In the absence of Superman, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) gears up for the impending attack. With the help of Diana (Gal Gadot), Bruce sets across the world to find powerful allies to aide him in his battle. These allies include the aquatic Arthur Curry (Jason Mamoa), speedster Barry Allen (Erza Miller) and football star turned cyborg Victor Stone (Ray Fisher). Together, these five extraordinary individuals must become the world’s finest team to bring hope back to the world and themselves.



Release Date: 11/22/17

Courtesy Pixar Animation Studios

For their follow up to this year’s “Cars 3,” Pixar is releasing their first original story since 2015’s “The Good Dinosaur.” This film follows the story of a young boy named Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician like his great grandfather, Ernesto de la Cruz. However, his family’s mysterious century long band keeps Miguel from achieving his dream. Going against his family’s wishes, Miguel tracks down his Grandfather’s old guitar and tries to play it. Playing the guitar though transfers the young boy to the colorful and vibrant Land of the Dead. Miguel must now embark on a journey to return to his world and find the answer to his family’s mystery.