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Sept. 7: “The Nun”
The “Conjuring” franchise is one of the most popular horror movie ones out there, and “The Nun” spinoff is only looking to elevate the series.
Sept. 14: “The Predator”
Though it was always billed as a reboot, director Shane Black has stressed that his movie “The Predator” is closer to a sequel, actually expanding on the backstory of the Predator aliens as seen in the first two Arnold Schwarzenegger films. And while it includes the likes of Boyd Holbrook, “Moonlight’s” Trevante Rhodes and Thomas Jane, early looks at ComicCon highlighted Black’s sense of humor as well, with Keegan Michael-Key and Olivia Munn doing some heavy lifting as well.
Sept. 14: “Lizzie”
The new take on the Lizzie Borden murders, starring Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny, captivated fans at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sept. 21: “Maniac”
Jonah Hill and Emma Stone reunite after 2008’s “Superbad” for Netflix’s “Maniac,” in which the two play two people who are persuaded to participate in a pharmaceutical trial that will change their lives forever.
Sept. 21: “Colette”
Keira Knightley plays a writer who publishes her works under her husband’s name — both of them together crush gender norms. “Colette” was all the rage at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Sept. 21: “Assassination Nation”
Another movie that made waves at Sundance, this film sold to the Russo brothers and Neon for a whopping $10 million, and follows a small town that absolutely loses its mind. Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Bill Skarsgard and Bella Thorne star.
Oct. 5: “Venom”
Tom Hardy steps into the role of Venom, one of the most popular characters from Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. With incredible special effects, Venom looks like he literally stepped out of the pages of the Marvel comics. Sony rebranded all their Spider-Man characters into “Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters” with Venom leading the charge.
Oct. 5: “A Star Is Born”
Bradley Cooper! Lady Gaga! Bradley Cooper SINGING! We get it all in this movie.
Oct. 12: “First Man”
This will Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to “La La Land,” which scored him Best Director at the Academy Awards. With films like “Whiplash” and “La La Land” in his pocket, it’s hard not to get excited about this movie starring Ryan Gosling.
Oct. 12: “Bad Times at the El Royale”
Drew Goddard directs this ensemble cast of, well, beautiful people. Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm and Dakota Johnson star in the thriller about seven strangers meeting in a rundown hotel.
Oct. 12: “Beautiful Boy”
Timothee Chalamet captured everyone’s hearts with last year’s “Call Me by Your Name,” and early critics have been raving about the movie that looks at the experience of struggling with addiction over many years. Steve Carell also stars.
Oct. 19: “Halloween”
A remake of the 1978 horror classic of the same name? Count us in! John Carpenter directs with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode.
Nov. 2: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
The film has been in the news a lot, for good and bad — director Bryan Singer was fired and replaced, for one. But the movie amped up anticipation again with the first trailers in which star Rami Malek looks identical to Freddie Mercury. The casting couldn’t have been better.
Nov. 2: “Suspiria”
To be honest, Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming “Suspiria” remake has been haunting us for months with stills, teasers, and most recently, its first trailer. Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton star.
Dec. 21: “Aquaman”
Jason Momoa is back in a standalone film about Aquaman after appearing in “Justice League.” Prolific director James Wan, who is the mastermind behind the “Conjuring” and “Saw” franchises, is directing.
Dec. 21: “Cold War”
Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to his 2013 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner “Ida” is a searing love story that plays out over ten years amidst the, well, Cold War in 1950s Poland and Paris. Ten different chapters offer glimpses at the rough love between a conductor (Tomasz Kot) and his ingénue (Joanna Kulig). An unforgiving, stylish and cynical lens make Pawlikowski’s cursed lovers all the more watchable.
Nov. 9: “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”
Claire Foy is stepping into the famous role of Lisbeth Salander, previously played by Rooney Mara, in this highly anticipated sequel to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Dec. 25: “On the Basis of Sex”
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Focus is releasing a biopic starring Felicity Jones as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who authored majority opinions such as “United States v. Virginia,” which struck down any law that be admitted into schools.
Dec. 25: “Destroyer”
The first image for Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer” was recently released, amping up anticipation for the director’s follow up to “The Invitation.”
Sept. 21: “Fahrenheit 11/9”
Alluding to his 2004 documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore’s upcoming documentary takes aim at Trump in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election.
Oct. 19: “The Hate U Give”Heaven forbid, “The Hate U Give” may end up being one of the timeliest movies of the year. This adaptation of Angie Thomas’s young adult novel of the same name follows an African American teen turned activist after she witnesses her friend shot and killed at the hands of a police officer. The young Amandla Stenberg plays Starr Carter opposite a great cast including Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, Common and Russell Hornsby.
Dec. 19: “Mary Poppins Returns”
After Julie Andrews played the famous nanny in 1964’s “Mary Poppins,” Emily Blunt will step into her magical shoes, opposite Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.
Nov. 21: “Green Book”
Peter Farrelly, of “There’s Something About Mary” fame, may seem like an odd choice for a biopic resembling “Driving Miss Daisy” and two Oscar nominees. But “Green Book” plays on the humor and true story drama between pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his driver Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a surly, Italian American and former bouncer. During a tour of the South in the ’60s, “Green Book” probes themes of race as well as friendship.
Nov. 2: “Boy Erased”
Joel Edgerton returns to direct “Boy Erased,” which stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Edgerton. It follows Jared (Hedges) who is forced to take part in a gay conversion therapy program. It will have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Nov. 16: “Widows”
Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo are here to play women who kick ass after their late husbands leave a huge debt to crime lords.
Nov. 21: “Creed II”
2015’s “Creed” made a huge dent, both critically and commercially, and even scored Sylvester Stallone a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Academy. We can’t wait to see what Michael B. Jordan cooks up in the sequel.
Nov. 16: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
Given the huge fanbase of the “Harry Potter” franchise, anticipation for the second film in the prequel series is high. This time, we’ll see Jude Law taking on the role of Young Dumbledore alongside Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander.
Nov. 21: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
Six years after “Wreck-It Ralph,” John C. Reilly reprises his role in the animated feature. Gal Gadot, Kristen Bell, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lunch, Taraji P. Henson and Mandy Moore are also lending their voices to the movie.
Dec. 14: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse will introduce audiences to Miles Morales, who took over as Spider-Man in the aftermath of the death of Peter Parker. From producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The film is directed by Bob Persichetti. Miles Morales is voiced by Shameik Moore.
Nov. 23: “The Favourite”
“Maniac” isn’t the only film Emma Stone will star in this fall — she will also play a servant in Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to “The Sacred Killing of a Deer,” titled “The Favourite.” Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and Nicholas Hoult also star.
Dec. 7: “Mary Queen of Scots”
Early photos of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie as royal cousins amped up anticipation for the historical drama that will focus on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Dec. 21: “Bumblebee”
“Bumblebee” isn’t just the first “Transformers” spinoff but also the first in the franchise to be directed by someone other than Michael Bay. So this prequel set in the ’80s, which looks like what would happen if E.T. was a giant, morphing, warrior robot, has a lot to prove. But the X-factor is Travis Knight, a veteran of the stop-motion animation studio LAIKA. “Bumblebee” is his live-action debut and only his second film after the Oscar-nominated “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
Nov. 30: “If Beale Street Could Talk”
All eyes are on Barry Jenkins after the Best Picture-winning success of his 2016 film “Moonlight.” His follow-up, which he writes and directs, is an adaptation of a 1974 novel by James Baldwin in which a Harlem woman named Tish (newcomer KiKi Layne tries to prove that her imprisoned fiancé is innocent while pregnant with their child. The film shares the lyrical, colorful look of “Moonlight,” but it also stars Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Diego Luna, Finn Wittrock and Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein and Brian Tyree Henry.
Nov. 23: “Shoplifters”
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s thoughtful and often heartwarming family dramas have long been a staple of Cannes and the art-house circuit, but his latest, “Shoplifters,” finally won him the Palme D’Or at Cannes this past summer. It tells of a family of small-time thieves who find a missing child on the street and welcome her into their home, only to have their shoplifting habits come under the microscope.