The autumn movie calendar is always an exciting one as it mixes blockbusters with our first look at some potential Oscar contenders... and this year is no different.



We take a look at some of the movies that will be heading our way as we head into the autumn and there really is something for everyone to watch out and enjoy. Which movies are you looking forward to the most.

We kick off our autumn preview series with Macbeth, a movie that is already being tipped as a possible Oscar contender.

Macbeth is a new adaptation of the William Shakespeare play and will see Justin Kurzel back in the director's chair. Kurzel made his feature film directorial debut back in 2011 with the critically acclaim Snowtown - this is his first film since making that debut.

The movie sees the filmmaker team up with Michael Fassbender for the first time - rather excitingly, the pair are set to reunite when they begin work on the big screen adaptation of computer game Assassin's Creed, a movie that has been in the pipeline for quite some time.

However, back to Macbeth, and we are going to see Fassbender take on the title role as he continues to mix and match his films and characters and show off his stunning versatility as an actor.

Macbeth competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and Fassbender's central performance really did win over critics and audiences. Fassbender is a bit of a favourite here at FemaleFirst and I really cannot wait to see him in action in what promises to be a very gritty take on this story that we know so well.

This early praise for Fassbender's performance has catapulted him into the early mix as a possible Best Actor Oscar contender. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for 12 Years A Slave last year but this would his first Best Actor nod - he should have been nominated for his performance in Shame!!!

However, Macbeth may not be the only Fassbender performance that could be vying for Oscar attention as we are also going to see him play Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle director biopic Steve Jobs, which will also be released later this autumn.

It is not all about Fassbender in Macbeth, as Marion Cotillard - who is already an Oscar winner for La Vie en Rose - has also been gaining praise for her performance as Lady Macbeth. This will be the first time that Fassbender and Cotillard have worked together and the early reviews suggest that they are going to make a terrific big screen duo. Cotillard is also being tipped as a possible Oscar contender. I guess we are just going to have to wait and see if they will be in the mix when the nominations are revealed at the beginning of next year.

The director has assembled a terrific cast for the film, as Fassbender and Cotillard are joined by Sean Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, David Thewlis, Jack Reynor, and Paddy Considine.

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland.

It doesn't seem five minutes since we were talking about the 2015 Oscar contenders and now we are already looking ahead to who will be the runners and riders for 2016. There are some great potential Oscar movies on the horizon this autumn and Macbeth is the first that is not to be missed.

Macbeth is released 2nd October.

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