The Fall 2018 Movies We’re Most Excited to See
Now that the summer movie season is winding down, it’s time to get excited about this fall’s lineup.
When it comes to the big blockbusters, most of 2018’s most anticipated releases are now in the past, but there are still a few worth looking forward to that will likely tear up the box office. There are also a bunch of movies on the horizon that look like they will end up at next year’s Oscars, in addition to some smaller films in the mix that should be highly entertaining if not award-worthy.
Let’s take a look at the ten films coming out this fall that we’re most excited to see.
The Nun – September 7th
The Conjuring series’ spinoffs expand beyond Annabelle with The Nun, a film based on the demon, Valak, first introduced in The Conjuring 2. Taissa Farmiga plays Sister Irene, who the Vatican sends to investigate a nun’s mysterious suicide.
While Universal fell flat on its face trying to establish a horror cinematic universe with The Mummy last year, Warner Bros. has successfully built one up with The Conjuring; The Nun was even teased in a Marvel-style post-credits scene in Annabelle: Creation. The four films released in this universe so far have all been either fairly solid or downright excellent, and although some fans are skeptical that Valek deserves a spinoff after already having been so prominent in The Conjuring 2, we have high hopes that The Nun will be as delightfully spooky as its predecessors.
First Man – October 12th
At just 33-years-old, Damien Chazelle has already directed three excellent films: Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, Whiplash, and La La Land, the latter of which won the Oscar for Best Picture for about two minutes before Moonlight was revealed to be the true winner. Chazelle’s fourth film looks all but certain to win up at the 2019 Academy Awards, and maybe he could actually take the award for real this time.
First Man stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong as he prepares for the Apollo 11 mission. You might be picturing a stuffy drama, but the film’s trailer puts a surprisingly intense spin on these events, depicting the journey to the moon as being just as terrifying as it is majestic. Gosling plays the titular character, but the rest of the cast is fantastic as well, with Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, and Jason Clarke also starring.
Some scenes were filmed with IMAX cameras, so the film looks like it will be both an incredible theatrical experience and, hopefully, an awards-season quality biopic.
Bad Times at the El Royale – October 12th
It has now been six years since Drew Goddard made his directorial debut with the all-time great satirical horror film The Cabin in the Woods. His much-anticipated follow-up is Bad Times at the El Royale, a new thriller that he also wrote.
The film takes place at a rundown hotel and follows seven strangers, each with a dark secret, who all cross paths there. Those seven strangers are played by Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, and Chris Hemsworth.
With Goddard at the helm and a cast like that, what’s not to be excited about?
Halloween – October 19th
Halloween has the potential to be the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of horror, breathing new life into a dead series by retooling the story, ignoring the more recent installments, and bringing back the original star one last time.
This new film is half-sequel half-remake; it exists in a world where only the events of the original 1978 Halloween happened but none of the sequels did. So that means Michael and Laurie are not siblings, as established in the original series, and Laurie has been waiting to confront Michael again for the past four decades.
Halloween promises to be one last confrontation between Michael and Laurie, and it seems this will be Jamie Lee Curtis’ final installment; then again, that was also the idea behind Halloween H20, so who knows what will happen if the movie is a hit. The film will open on October 19th.
Bohemian Rhapsody – November 2nd
It’s kind of hard to believe that Bohemian Rhapsody is finally coming out. The movie was announced eight full years ago and has been in various stages of development ever since, with Sacha Baron Cohen at one point being attached.
Rami Malek ended up being cast as Freddie Mercury in this Queen film, and that casting alone is so perfect that it got us excited before we even saw a frame. The movie has undergone its fair share of controversy, with director Bryan Singer, who has been accused of sexual abuse, being removed from the project but still ultimately receiving credit for the completed film, and with some criticizing the trailer for seeming to totally ignore Mercury’s sexuality.
But with a Mercury biopic having so much potential, we’re hoping this film ends up living up to the almost ten years of buildup when it hits theaters on November 2nd.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web – November 9th
Speaking of films that should have happened a long time ago, there’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which is sort of a sequel-slash-reboot of David Fincher’s 2012 film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
It can be seen as kind of a follow-up in that it’s based on the book sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it’s being released once again by Sony. But the entire cast is different, with Claire Foy replacing Rooney Mara and Sverrir Gudnason replacing Daniel Craig.
Although it’s sad to lose Fincher in the director’s chair, a suitable replacement has been lined up: Fede Álvarez, who helmed the magnificent horror films Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe, so we’re in good hands here.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – November 16th
One of the few massive blockbusters coming out this fall is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to 2016’s Harry Potter prequel.
This second part of what promises to be a five-part series sees Newt Scamander being recruited to help stop the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who has escaped after being captured at the end of the first film. The main cast of the original returns, including Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone. After what essentially amounted to a cameo last time around, Johnny Depp will also have a much larger role as Grindelwald, and Jude Law joins as Albus Dumbledore.
Not all Harry Potter fans are on board with the Fantastic Beasts series, but it looks like even those skeptics should find reason to turn out for The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is looking to be much more closely connected to the Harry Potter series than the first Fantastic Beasts was.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – November 16th
Netflix films aren’t always worth keeping an eye out for, but this one certainly is, as The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the latest by the Coen Brothers.
Originally thought to be a series, it was recently revealed that Buster Scruggs would actually be a feature film. Though we don’t know much about the plot as of yet, it’s an anthology western, and the cast consists of Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, and Stephen Root among others.
The Coen Brothers have earned enough good-will than any film they direct will be automatically worth keeping on your radar, but the fact that they have also proven themselves to be fantastic Western directors with True Grit only makes this project more exciting.
Ralph Breaks the Internet – November 21st
Ralph Breaks the Internet is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ first animated sequel to be released in theaters in 18 years; the last was Fantasia 2000 if you count that as a sequel. Hopefully, this indicates that Disney actually has a story worth telling with this follow-up to the 2012 film about a video-game villain who wants to stop being the bad guy.
This sequel doesn’t seem to be very focused on video games, though. Instead, it sees Ralph and Vanellope journeying into the internet. A significant chunk of the marketing has focused on the fact that various Disney properties will be coming together, with the trailer featuring characters from Star Wars, Marvel, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Muppets, and, of course, the Disney princess films. One part of the movie features virtually every princess, from Cinderella to Moana, in one place.
The original Wreck-it Ralph was a surprisingly great and at times emotional animated film, and although it’s a bit of a bummer to see Disney seemingly abandon the video-game premise so quickly, hopefully, the sequel will live up to the original and won’t be too bogged down by all of the references.
Mary Queen of Scots – December 7th
Two of 2018’s Oscar-nominated actresses, Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan, unite for the new historical drama Mary Queen of Scots, in which Ronan plays the titular Scottish queen and Robie plays her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. David Tennant also stars as John Knox.
From Universal Pictures, the film is being written by Beau Willimon, the creator of House of Cards who also served as showrunner for the first four seasons. It’s being helmed by British theater director Josie Rourke. With this kind of talent both behind and in front of the camera, Mary Queen of Scots has a lot of potential to be one of the best films of the year and, unless it’s a total disaster, one that will almost certainly earn a few Oscar nominations.
Mary Poppins Returns – December 19th
Disney has been returning to a lot of its classics lately, including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Jungle Book among others. But now we have one that is actually a proper sequel to the decades-old beloved movie: Marry Poppins Returns.
Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) directs this film, which takes place about 20 years after the original from 1964. Jane and Michael are now adults, but after the death of Michael’s wife, Mary Poppins returns to bring some magic back into their lives.
Hitting theaters just before Christmas, Mary Poppins Returns looks set to tear up the box office, snag a few Golden Globe nominations in the category of Best Musical or Comedy, and continue a phenomenal year for Emily Blunt. Long may she reign.