What are we excited about this fall movie season? A whole lot. We’ve got a pair of classic horror reboots, Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to Best Picture Winner Moonlight, a Bradley Cooper Oscar vessel (heyyy Lady Gaga), and so much more.
Read on to see why this is one of the most exciting fall movie seasons in years. Happy watching!
Matt’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Fall Movies
A Star is Born (10/5)
A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.
A classic Hollywood story in no need of a reboot (this is the fourth filmed version of A Star is Born), but Bradley Cooper went and did it anyway. Early reviews from fall film festivals suggest it’s fantastic from top to bottom (and a surefire Oscar contender), and I’m optimistic Lady Gaga gives the performance I’d always wished Madonna was capable of. The trailer gives me chills, and I’m. SO. Ready.
Beautiful Boy (10/12)
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Timothee Chalamet gave one of the all-time great cinematic performances in last year’s best film (Call Me by Your Name), so I’m eager to see what else he has up his sleeve. Throw in Steve Carell in Serious Actor Mode and the underutilized duo of Amy Ryan and Maura Tierney, and it’s the performances that have me most excited for this one.
First Man (10/12)
A look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Director Damien Chazelle hasn’t knocked it out of the park for me yet (though fans of Whiplash or La La Land would believe otherwise), but this blend of drama, action, and traditional Oscar-baity biopic looks well-suited to his talents. Anything space related is right up my alley, especially if I get to stare at Ryan Gosling for a few hours.
A boy witnesses his parents' marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man.
I’ll see literally anything Jake Gyllenhaal is in—and, unfortunately, I have—but pair him with goddess Carey Mulligan? In Paul Dano’s directorial debut?! In a script by Dano and the lovely Zoe Kazan?!? Yeah, I’m sold.
A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.
LGBT stories in cinema have been on an incredible winning streak of late (Carol, Moonlight, BPM, God’s Own Country, to name a few), so I’m hoping we can add this one to that pile. Cory Michael Smith really floored me in HBO’s Olive Kitteridge a few years back, so it’s high time he got a lead role worthy of his potential.
Boy Erased (11/2)
The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.
Continuing the streak of heavy films with great casts, this one sees recent Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges as the gay son to conservative parents played by Oscar winners and co-Aussies Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. It’s also the third film on my list by a director better known as an actor: Joel Edgerton, whose debut The Gift was a real surprise success in 2015. Bonus points for current It Twink Troye Sivan in a small role and on the soundtrack.
Four Chicago women with nothing in common—except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities—take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
THAT CAST. In a Steve McQueen movie? Statistically there’s no possible way this could be anything less than great. That’s just math.
Second Act (11/21)
A big box store worker reinvents her life—and her life story—and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do.
LOL. The premise is truly absurd, and if you told me this was actually made in 2004, I would 100 percent believe you - but I have no shame in admitting this is very on brand for me, and I’m rooting so hard for it to win me over with its aggressive charm and formulaic comfort.
Mary Poppins Returns (12/19)
Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.
A childhood favorite that probably shouldn’t be messed with, but at least it’s a sequel and not a reboot. Julie Andrews simply can’t be imitated (especially in this iconic role), but if there’s anyone who might be able to pull this off, it’s probably Emily Blunt. Hoping the whole affair is more spoonful of sugar than spoonful of cyanide…
The story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it.
Writer/director Adam McKay proved with The Big Short that he could successfully put an energetic and comedic spin on a story about the financial crisis, so fingers crossed he can do it again with Dick Cheney of all subjects. I’m mostly just here for the third pairing of Christian Bale and Amy Adams—so electric together in both The Fighter and American Hustle—and praying this might be the one that nets Adams that elusive Oscar.
No trailer yet! We’ll add it here when it drops.
Nathan’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Fall Movies
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Jamie Lee Curtis with a shotgun. That bone-tickling piano theme. Judy Greer.
True story: the original Halloween helped me understand the power of a single movie to define a genre, but it ALSO helped me understand I was gay. I watched it with two middle-school friends who later admitted to popping boners during the topless scene. I… did not. #themoreyouknow
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (10/19)
When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.
Always love to see comedy stars in a dramatic role, and Melissa McCarthy’s performance looks promising here. There’s also something compelling about how in America we’re encouraged to do anything for money, but only some crimes and some people are punished.
A romantic thriller about being young in today’s world. Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami.
The stunning trailer for Burning had me hooked straight away. It promises an intimate story that burns slowly with mystery before exploding into a full-blown thriller. I dig it.
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
The 1977 original is a trip best viewed if you’re literally tripping or otherwise high - #cinemunchies - and it doesn’t exactly scream for a remake. The good news? Director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love) seems to have diverged significantly from the plotline of the original, charting new territories of dance and devilry.
Bohemian Rhapsody (11/2)
A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.
Frankly, Rami Malek is the full extent of my interest. He’s enough.
The Favourite (11/23)
In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Olivia Colman dazzled a few years back in The Lobster, and here Director Yorgos Lanthimos gives her the starring role she deserves. Throw in Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in an exploration of female love set against the absurdity of noble life, and I’m sold.
If Beale Street Could Talk (11/30)
A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.
Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to Best Picture winner Moonlight was always going to make my list, but this source material (a James Baldwin novel) and this trailer launch If Beale Street Could Talk into dangerously-high-expectations territory. The gasp-worthy lighting! The period aesthetic! National Treasure Regina King!
A story that chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Alfonso Cuarón is a master of the intimate moment, and Roma promises to be his most personal picture yet. Also, never has black-and-white looked so lush.
Mortal Engines (12/14)
Many years after the "Sixty Minute War," cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.
Give me post-apocalyptic everything. I’m holding out hope this one will focus on characters first and Big Ideas second, but speaking of ideas the image of capitalist empires as roaming predators already rings true.
Bird Box (12/21)
A woman and a pair of children are blindfolded and make their way through a dystopian setting along a river.
Pro tip: Whisper “Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock, and Trevante Rhodes in an intimate dystopian thriller” into my ear and I’ll have to change my pants. Directed by Oscar winner Susanne Bier and based on a novel by Josh Malerman, Bird Box joins the ever-growing group of Netflix original films in late December.
No trailer yet! We’ll add it here when it drops.