After this summer at the movies, one riddled with a few surprises, even fewer mind-blowing blockbusters, and a couple of sweetheart gems thrown into the mix, we now look ahead to the fall for what might be a very promising season.
What can you expect? Lots of true story adaptations, that’s for sure. From the biggest directors like Danny Boyle with his highly anticipated Steve Jobs, as well as the quieter, heart-wrenching Andrew Garfield-starring drama of 99 Homes, filmmakers seem to be inspired by stories of reality as of late.
What’s more surprising are the lack of documentaries, and while the few that are in the mix like He Named Me Malala are promising, it’s disappointing to hear that the colder months won’t be met with some poignant non-fictional narratives.
But really it may be in the horror/fantasy departments where we can find the most exciting news. Guillermo Del Toro is back, seemingly tapping into his Pan’s Labyrinth roots with fantasy horror Crimson Peak, and then there’s Austria’s Goodnight Mommy, which may very well be the cinematic horror event of the year.
Without further ado, here are 30 films to get excited about this fall:
The Visit (Universal)
- Release Date: Sept 11th
- Director: M. Night Shyamalan
- Cast: Kathyrn Hahn, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Ed Oxenbould, Peter McRobbie
- It’s true, the M. Night Shyamalan that the horror world once held dear has, in recent years, mostly disappointed us. That disappointment has led him to dip his toes into more sci-fi action territories recently like After Earth and The Last Airbender, but now he seems to be back on familiar ground with The Visit. The story seems simple enough: two kids go visit their grandparents in their old, secluded country home and quickly find out that dear old Nana and Pop Pop aren’t exactly right in the head. The imagery of grandparents scampering in the night and getting up to no good sounds terrifying enough, so we’re hopeful that with Shyamalans’ flare for unexpected turns along the way, The Visit will remind us why we loved him in the first place.
Sleeping with Other People (IFC Films)
- Release Date: Sept 11th
- Director: Leslye Headland
- Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas
- While it’s not a terrible thing that rom-coms are in rather short supply this fall, its even better when the few that are in the rolodex are as promising as Sleeping with Other People. Drawing from an array of comedic talent (e.g. Adam Scott, Adam Brody, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas), this raunchy-turned sweet story about two sex addicts, played by comedy sweethearts Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, befriending each other for support and eventually then leading to something more, seems like an easy-going and giggle-worthy addition to the theaters.
Goodnight Mommy (RADiUS-TWC)
- Release Date: Sept 11th
- Director: Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
- Cast: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Scharz, Susanne Wuest
- Unfortunately for horror fans, there seems to be little in the realm of scary to bite into this fall. That being said, Goodnight Mommy may be all you need to get all the thrills, cinematic prowess, and extreme heeby jeebies for the rest of the season. Surprisingly, this modern thriller comes from two rather new Austrian writer/directors, Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, but that doesn’t seem to have held them back from creating a viscerally engrossing terror ride about two twin boys who’s mother who seems to have been replaced by a chilly imposter. Its up to the boys to uncover her secrets, but it will only be after a little bit of fire, a dash of paranormal activity, and a whole lot of astounding cinematography for a breakthrough to take place. And we simply can’t wait.
Peace Officer (Submarine Deluxe)
- Release Date: Sept 16th (NYC); Sept 18th (LA); Sept 25th (San Francisco); Oct. 2nd (Other cities)
- Director: Brad Barber & Scott Christopherson
- There is little room to argue that the relationship between the citizen and the policeman has become one wrought with tumultuous push and pull. By turning to any channel at any given moment, news of unarmed victims, militarized police force, or debate of the two combined is sure to saturate the screen. This year at SXSW, one documentary sought to bring all those questions—most of which have no answers as of yet—to the forefront. This is Peace Officer, and it begins with one retired Sheriff in Utah who had to watch his son-in-law die at the hands of the very SWAT Team he created, a scene that haunts him day-in and day- out as being totally unnecessary. From there, the debate of police militarization vs. keeping the peace takes off, spanning America’s bullet-riddled streets. Unsurprisingly, this necessary doc ended up winning both the Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW—as if you needed any more reason to check it out.
- Release Date: select theaters Sept 18th
- Director: Denis Villeneuve
- Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin
- Focusing on the ever-present war on drugs along the US-Mexican border, Sicario is a relentless action-packed thriller with some big guns leading the way. Emily Blunt’s surprising, yet wholly welcome turn in action films as of late brings her to the lead role as a skilled FBI agent reassigned to deal with Mexican cartels and the unimaginably complex territory that comes with it. With Benicio Del Toro by her side as a bad-guy-turned-good (or is he?), Sicario looks like its going to bring some majorly needed heat to the screens.
The New Girlfriend (Cohen Media Group)
- Release Date: Sept 18th
- Director: François Ozon
- Cast: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Pesonnaz
- Over the past few years, French writer/director François Ozon has been indulging us with some of the most provocative and modern films of the era. Films like Swimming Pool, In the House, and Young & Beautiful have each sensually etched themselves into the history books of unforgettable French cinema, and it appears that The New Girlfriend will be yet another addition. The narrative can be compared to that of The Danish Girl—that of a young woman finding out that her late best friend’s husband turns to cross dressing for comfort—but just simply knowing Ozon’s body of work, The New Girlfriend promises more poignant, breathtaking, and seductive subject matter that will reverberate within you long after you wrench yourself from your seat.
Some Kind of Hate (RLJ Entertainment)
- Release Date: Sept 18th
- Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
- Cast: Ronen Rubenstein, Sierra McCormick, Grace Phipps, Spencer Breslin
- It ain’t fall without some good ole fashioned low-budget horror movies, and Some Kind of Hate seems to be exactly what the doctor ordered. Set in the middle of the stark desert, a camp for juvenile delinquents quickly turns into a gory blood fest when the ghost of a suicidal girl comes after the ones who pushed her to it. The first feature from director Adam Egypt Mortimer, this genre blend of thrasher and supernatural tendencies should open up every possibility for scary-as-hell fun.
- Release Date: Sept 18th
- Director: Jerry Jameson
- Cast: Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Leonr Varela, Jessica Oyelowo
- Ever since her bout on House of Cards and a slew of supporting roles, Kate Mara seems to be an underutilized commodity in Hollywood… until now. With Captive, the true story of a drug-addicted mother held captive in her own home by escaped convict Brian Nichols (the brilliant David Oyelowo), Mara finally has a chance in a starring position. With these two stars mixed with the rather unknown status of director Jerry Jameson, Captive will be, at the very least, a curious and intriguing story of the human spirit.
Black Mass (Warner Bros.)
- Release Date: Sept 18th
- Director: Scott Cooper
- Cast: Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard
- After a lifetime paved with infinite bouts of crime and murder, it’s amazing that the legacy of Whitey Bulger only came to a close in recent years. In reality, his story is horror come alive. In Hollywood, its movie magic gold. Johnny Depp stars as Whitey, a former FBI informant-turned-gangster who, with his brother Senator Bill Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch) by his side, had a perfect path laid down before him to wreak havoc and expect few consequences. It seemed no matter how many murders, thefts, beatings, and schemes seemed to be riddling the streets of Boston, Whitey remained untouched, to the frustration of many. Director Scott Cooper, who proved his talents with quieter films like Crazy Heart, has a lot to work with, and we are very excited to see what he has up his sleeve. Hopefully Depp’s rather overworked makeup/contacts will be put to good use.
- Release Date: Sept. 18th
- Director: Baltasar Kormákur
- Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Robin Wright
- Of all the feats of mankind, the ascension of Mt. Everest seems to always be near, if not instantly topping, the harrowing list. That’s why it’s truly a wonder that there have been so few Hollywood films portraying the act in all of its tireless drama and intensity. With Everest, however, it seems we are making up for lost times as an all-star cast and crew have been given the daunting opportunity to tell the mountain’s story. Writers William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy have epics like 127 Hours and Gladiator under their belts, respectively, and with stars like Gyllenhaal, Brolin, Hawkes, and Watson—just to name a few—leading the way, it seems like Everest will finally get the screen time it deserves. It’ll probably be a cinematic occasion where viewing it in IMAX 3D glory is a must.
99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures)
- Release Date: Sept 25th (LA & NY)
- Director: Ramin Bahrani
- Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
- It was a sad day when Andrew Garfield got the boot from The Amazing Spiderman franchise—not because it was particularly good, but he just seems like a good guy—and that’s precisely why 99 Homes deserves a little bit of excitement as his first gig back in the spotlight, and this one seems like a doozy. The story is simple, yet heavy: a young man (Garfield) lives with his mother (Laura Dern) and his son, and are suddenly evicted by a real estate, money-hungry businessman (Michael Shannon). With nowhere else to go and everything in his life unexpectedly upended, he partners with the very same businessman to do the precise thing that got him into this situation: evict others from their homes. While he reaps great rewards, he must now rest with the moral qualms of his decision to destroy innocent people’s lives for his own gain.
Labyrinth of Lies (Sony Pictures Classics)
- Release Date: Sept 25th
- Director: Giulio Ricciarelli
- Cast: Alexander Fehlin, Andre Szymanski, Friederike Becht, Johannes Krisch
- With Hollywood’s fanaticism with WWII as intense as it is, covering every nook and cranny of a fascinating and gruesome war, contemporary films have to start zooming into the minutia of character and psychological emotion to find new pulse and life in the rather overwrought terrain that is Nazism. Italian director Giulio Ricciarelli’s seems to have taken this note seriously, because with his Labyrinth of Lies, his first feature, he zeroes in on a young lawyer in 1958 Germany who wants to bring justice to every SS officer in Auschwitz—a fight met with much objection and judgment from his fellow Germans who see him as a traitor. Hopefully Ricciarelli will dive deep into the complex psychosis of German guilt to find a memorable spirit in his Labryinth of Lies.
The Walk (Tri-Star)
- Release Date: Sept 30th (IMAX 3D & select theaters)/ Oct. 9th (wide release)
- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon
- Back in 2008, director James Marsh brought gripping energy to his documentary Man on Wire, the true story of Philippe Petit and his illegal, yet extraordinary decision to walk the windy gap between the Twin Towers in 1974. Now, Robert Zemeckis, a king of blockbusters like Forest Gump and Back to the Future is here to bring more cinematic drama to the already nail-biting narrative. While Zemeckis may be a bit more ostentatious than Marsh, filming in 3D and casting Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit, The Walk is sure to be engrossing fall fare.
He Named Me Malala (Fox Searchlight)
- Release Date: Oct 2nd
- Director: Davis Guggenheim
- Cast: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, Kushal and Atal Yousafzai
- To be courageous in today’s precarious sociopolitical climate is often to put your life on the line. For Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old Pakistani girl growing up in a society where simple freedoms come at a high cost, speaking up for women’s right to education almost cost her life when Taliban targeted her and her father. That was in 2012. Now, almost three years later, recovered from the gunshot wound to her head and proudly flaunting a Nobel Peace Prize, Malala is now a leader in the movement supporting education for women all across the globe. This is the subject—the imperative subject—of acclaimed documentarian Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala, the empowering story of one girl standing up against terrifying odds.
- Release Date: Oct 2nd
- Director: Brian Helgeland
- Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston
- Actor Tom Hardy has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the last few years. The sturdy Brit seems to have no problem adapting to any environment he’s thrown into, especially when it has some heavy-handed action going on. That’s why we can all thank director/writer Brian Helgeland for Legend, an action-thriller oozing with style that stars not one, but two Tom Hardys. Yes, playing a set of gangster twins in 1960s London, there ought to be enough Hardy swag and punch to get us through till the next blockbuster. And with Helgeland’s writing credits including the likes of Mystic River and L.A. Confidential, Legend will surely be a thing of quality fall entertainment.
Steve Jobs (Universal)
- Release Date: Oct. 9th
- Director: Danny Boyle
- Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels
- There’s really no surprise that over the last few years many filmmakers have been itching to get their hands on one man’s story. So far, many have flopped in their attempts. But now, we get to look forward to a masterful set of people who yearn to bring the complex, dark, and unbelievable story of Steve Jobs to life. Since he was a man who shaped our modern world, its only appropriate that the filmmakers and actors who seek to embody his story are also people that have molded our scene of entertainment: director Danny Boyle, writer Aaron Sorkin, and actors Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. I don’t think much more needs to be said to convince you that Steve Jobs very well may be the movie to see this year.
Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)
- Release Date: Oct. 16th
- Director: Cary Fukunaga
- Cast: Idris Elba, Abraham Attah
- It seems to be a Cary Fukunaga world these days, having cultivated a masterful body of work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and producer in a rather short amount of time. Ever since his first and wildly successful feature Sin Nombre (2009), the young director has exponentially grown in scale and gumption, heading marvelous works like Jane Eyre (2011) and HBO’s “True Detective.” Now, with the Netflix special Beasts of No Nation, we get to see Fukunaga go back to his Sin Nombre roots of exploring how youth and innocence can be instantly taken in matters of war. This time the focus falls on a young boy named Agu in West Africa who, after torn from his family, is swept up by a Commandant who quickly teaches him that to get over his pain, he must take up arms and fight. With Idris Elba as the Commandant, Beasts of No Nation undoubtedly will ring loud this fall.
Crimson Peak (Universal & Legendary)
- Release Date: Oct. 16th
- Director: Guillermo del Toro
- Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam
- Back in 2006, a writer/director named Guillermo del Toro brought us one of the most memorable fantasy horror stories of contemporary cinema. With Pan’s Labyrinth, he reminded us of the childlike innocence that lies in all of us—innocence that can be shaken to the core by our very own imagination. Since then, del Toro has brought the same bombastic creativity that we expect him for with films like Hellboy II and Pacific Rim, but it may be with his latest, Crimson Peak, where we will find that same sense of whimsical darkness that had us hooked nearly a decade ago. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam, Crimson Peak tells the tale of a young girl who has her heart stolen by man of shadows, and is then whisked to a castle that sits on a mountain of blood-red dirt where she must face the demons that lurk all around. Sounds like good ole-fashioned del Toro flare to me!
Goosebumps (Columbia Pictures & Village Roadshow Pictures)
- Release Date: Oct 16th
- Director: Rob Letterman
- Cast: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan
- For countless readers around the world, the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine have become a staple of the horror/fantasy genre since it first began publication in 1992. While television has since done many adaptations of his whimsical tales, now its time for the big screen to kick it up a notch. With Jack Black, Amy Ryan, and Dylan Minnette starring in this action-packed account of what happens when all of Stine’s endearingly scary characters are let loose on the modern world, Goosebumps should satiate fans, both old and new.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Paramount)
- Release Date: Oct 23rd
- Director: Gregory Plotkin
- Cast: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Dan Gill
- The latest and final installment of the Paranormal Activity films is here with The Ghost Dimension. In similar fashion as its predecessors, director Gregory Plotkin’s take begins with two young girls on a scratched VHS tape. What’s completely dissimilar, is that these two girls hint at the grim future of the people watching it. So, when brothers Mike and Ryan find an old camera that has the ability to see the paranormal, they discover that they and their families are all part of a disturbing supernatural plan. Promising more physical and psychological horror this time around, The Ghost Dimension ought to be an appropriate close for the successful saga.
Spectre (MGM & Columbia Pictures)
- Release Date: Nov 6th
- Director: Sam Mendes
- Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph, Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Christoph Waltz
- The last time we saw Bond, he and us alike were torn at the loss of a loved one. But with Spectre, the latest installment in the rather exceptional Craig-as-Bond series, we are promised something more to make up for it: and that’s an exceptional cast and crew. While the plot looks superficially like the rest—a matter surely to be upended once immersed in Bond’s world—it’s the new additions of Ralph Fiennes, the lovely Léa Seydoux, and the masterful Christoph Waltz, who is surely made to be a Bond villain, that we can truly get amped and ready for Spectre. It also doesn’t hurt a bit that the tremendous talent of director Sam Mendes is back at the helm.
Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight)
- Release Date: Nov. 6th
- Director: John Crowley
- Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
- Just when it seemed like this fall’s film slate was rather lacking in period pieces, we are graced with Brooklyn. Taking us back to the doo-wop style of 1950s NYC, the story introduces us to Ellis (Saoirse Ronan), an Irish immigrant arriving in the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple with few friends and fewer clues about how to traverse the madness of American life. But it’s when she meets Tony (Emory Cohen), a nice Italian-American boy with a thing for Irish girls, who quickly shows her the ropes, where she sees a future for herself in America. Unfortunately, life is never that simple, so when tragedy strikes back in Ireland, she must make a decision about where she is needed most. Starring some stellar Irish actors, as well as a screenplay by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn seems to be the perfect blast to the past that viewers will certainly crave this fall.
The Peanuts Movie (20th Century Fox)
- Release Date: Nov. 6th
- Director: Steve Martino
- Cast: Noah Schnapp, Mariel Sheets, Venus Schultheis, Hadley Belle Miller, Alexander Garfin
- With the coming of the holiday season also comes a great wave of nostalgia, and what better childhood favorite be brought to life than the beloved Peanuts gang? Yep, our pals are all getting back together to get up to their usual mischief with Mr. Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp) in the lead, alongside our favorite sidekick pup Snoopy. Not only is The Peanuts Movie an exciting opportunity to spread its glory to new fans, but because it and its funky 3D animation is helmed by the creators of Ice Age, we can be confident that it would make creator Charles M. Schulz proud!
By the Sea (Universal)
- Release Date: Nov 13th
- Director: Angelina Jolie Pitt
- Cast: Angelina Jolie Pitt, Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud
- It surely wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that since Mr. & Mrs. Smith we’ve all been awaiting, or at least expecting the day that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt would share the big screen. Well, not only is By the Sea giving us that, but it’s also written and directed by AJP herself. It’s an ambitious move, and what’s more is that the story tells of a couple who, despite their picturesque France vacation home setting, have to confront the hard truths of their relationship in very real ways. Unlike Mr. & Mrs. Smith, By the Sea seems to be a perfect showcase of the pair’s individual dramatic chops, and fans across the world will surely be curious how Brangelina fares as an acting duo.
Secret in their Eyes (STX Entertainment)
- Release Date: Nov. 20th
- Director: Billy Ray
- Cast: Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris
- Back in 2008, an Argentinian crime thriller called The Secret in their Eyes had audiences transfixed as they watched a homicide detective relive the unsolved mysteries of his past. Now, Hollywood brings its own rendition of the same tale—a choice I was admittedly wholly against. After seeing both the casting choices (e.g. Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Nicole Kidman) as well and as the fact that director Billy Ray, who created the wildly intense landscape of Captain Phillips, my interest was piqued once again. This time around, it appears that there will be more focus on Roberts’ character—a detective who quits when the man she believed murdered her daughter is set free. It’ll surely be a rejuvenation for her Roberts career, and paired alongside the immense talents of Ejiofor, Secret in their Eyes will be a holiday favorite.
The Night Before (Columbia)
- Release Date: Nov 25th
- Director: Jonathan Levine
- Cast: Seth Rogen, Jospeh Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan
- From the writers of Pineapple Express, This is the End, and the half-released The Interview, the boys are back with tamer, but still raunchy-as-hell comedy with The Night Before. This wild tale follows three friends (Rogen, Gordon-Levitt, and Mackie), as they traverse X-mas riddled NYC looking for the best party in town—an attempt to break from their previous tradition of mourning the loss of JGL’s parents. If we know anything about these boys/writers, its that we can expect a lot of drugs-gone-wrong, a lot of gross humor, and probably some wicked cameos that will make The Night Before an unforgettably hilarious cinematic experience.
Youth (Fox Searchlight)
- Release Date: Dec. 4th
- Director: Paolo Sorrentino
- Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda
- Do you remember the last time Michael Caine, our beloved Michael Caine, got the chance to be front and center on the big screen? Without the help of IMDB, it’s nearly impossible to decipher the last time that unforgettable British accent was making all the big decisions, and that’s precisely why the release of Youth is such a momentous occasion this fall. It’s the story about a retired composer (Caine) and his friend, played by the equally legendary Harvey Keitel, who come together on vacation in the middle of the Alps. Youth is beautifully, yet melancholically reflective of what its like to have a lustrous career in your wake, and now, as fame has come and gone, you now face the creeping sense of age and utility. To see Caine and Keitel doing so alongside each other easily puts Youth on the must-see roster this season.
- Release Date: Dec. 18th
- Director: Jason Moore
- Cast: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo,
- Thank the heavens, this winter we can expect the goddess-like pairing of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in Sisters, a raunchy comedy about two very different sisters coming back home, only to find that their parents had sold it. Their reaction is obvious—host a party for one last rendezvous, and for Poehler’s character, one last chance to get it on under her parents’ roof. On the surface it may not seem like the smartest premise from these two witty ladies, but with their talent mixed with the likes of director Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and a script by fellow SNL writing vet Paula Pell, Sisters ought to provide the laughs we’re looking for in the cold months.
Concussion (Columbia & Village Roadshow Pics)
- Release Date: Dec. 25th
- Director: Peter Landesman
- Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Wilson
- It seems that the David vs. Goliath story only seems to get more prevalent and pressing with time as corporations and institutions gain more and more power. In Concussion, based on a true story, we see yet another example of what happens when the little guy stands up against all odds, as an immigrant doctor (Will Smith) diagnoses a fatal brain injury in NFL players. Director Peter Landesman is no stranger to true-life adaptations—albeit to mediocre results—but hopefully with the strong leading man and supporting crew, Concussion will shine light on a contentious topic.
Daddy’s Home (Paramount)
- Release Date: Dec. 25th
- Directors: Sean Anders & John Morris
- Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini,
- It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Will Ferrell get up to some good comedic action lately. Yeah, Get Hard happened, but we don’t really need to remember that, do we? Luckily for us, it seems that the chances to win us over again are good as he’s pairing up with his old co-star of The Other Guys Mark Wahlberg. In Daddy’s Home, Ferrell stars as a meek step-dad to two kids who are barely warming up to him. So, when their badass biological father, played by Wahlberg comes into town, aiming to win their affection, a duel of comedic sorts begin as two grown men begin to act like two grown children. Here’s hoping this will be a step up for Ferrell.