Photo-Illustration: Photographs: Netflix (Blonde); Neon (Moonage Daydream); Merie Weismiller Wallace/20th Century Studios (Amsterdam); Marvel Studios (Black Panther); Alex Bailey/Amazon (Catherine Called Birdy); Eli Adé/CTMG (Devotion)

It was, somehow, both the slowest movie summer in recent memory and one that defied box-office expectations. Last season delivered (almost) no studio flops, not to mention the death dream that sunk the Titanic : Top Gun: Maverick , which opened the summer at No. 1 plus, almost $700 million in ticket sales later, may end it there, too. But if last season’s offerings were as well sparse for your liking, let us guide you through the packed months ahead, which promise to debut the most anticipated movies of the year. We’ll see Rian Johnson’s long-awaited Knives Out sequel, Ana de Armas’s scandalous take on Marilyn Monroe , and not one but two Harry Styles starring roles: first in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling (the center of much real-life worry) and second as a closeted cop in My Policeman . Beloved actor-director pairings reunite, from Luca Guadagnino plus Timotheé Chalamet ( Bones and All ) to the particular In Bruges boys, together again with regard to Banshees associated with Inisherin . Three separate auteurs — one of them Steven Spielberg — will roll out their very own Roma s , coming-of-age dramas loosely inspired by their own childhoods. And the 12 months of sequels unveils its finale with high-stakes returns to Wakanda and Pandora plus the Hocus Pocus follow-up everyone asked for. All of that is just the start.

One of the more notable music video auteurs of our time, French Greek director Romain Gavras has already carved out an intriguing, highly varied feature-filmmaking career regarding himself with the surreal redhead-oppression drama Our Day Will Come and the colorful gangster comedy The World Is Yours . His latest charts a good uprising at a French housing project that occurs after the particular death associated with a young Muslim boy and follows the boy’s three older brothers, who are on opposing sides from the conflict. How will Gavras’s flair for shocking images, his dexterity along with cinematic technique, and the incendiary subject matter all come with each other? (In theaters September 9 . ) Bilge Ebiri

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood was largely known for exceptional romantic dramas like Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights before she hit this out of the park using the superhero film The particular Old Guard in 2020. Now, she’s mounted what looks in order to be a historical action epic, starring Viola Davis as the leader of the particular Dahomey Amazons, the legendary all-female West African army. This should be an exciting challenge for Davis, who reportedly trained intended for months to pull off the film’s fight scenes — which, judging from the trailer, look pretty impressive. (In theaters September 16. ) — Bilge Ebiri

They’ve been trying to make another Fletch movie to get years. Decades, even. Along the way, various names, such while Jason Lee and Jason Sudeikis, have been tipped to star as Gregory Mcdonald’s comically hard-boiled investigative reporter, whom Chevy Chase notably played in the particular 1980s. But dear God, how perfect is Jon Hamm pertaining to this role? He’s an actor who becomes funnier the a lot more serious he gets — a guy that seems like he was practically designed within a lab to celebrity in a dryly funny hard-boiled comedy. With Greg Mottola ( Superbad, Adventureland, Paul ) at the helm — their first feature in quite a few years — this one could really be special. (In movies building September 16. ) Bilge Ebiri

Controversy has followed writer-director Andrew Dominik’s NC-17 rated Netflix adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates bio-fic novel about Marilyn Monroe for nearly a year — not exactly discouraged by the filmmaker’s promise: “There’s something in it to offend everyone. ” More controversy greeted the casting associated with Cuban actress Ana sobre Armas, who else stars as the erstwhile Norma Jean Baker and spent nine months of “big torture” learning to speak like Hollywood’s iconic blonde bombshell. The film’s logline promises a deep dive into “the love issues, exploitation, abuse of power, and drug addiction she faces in her private life. ” If Blonde ’s leaked script pages are to be believed, viewers can also expect graphic rape, oral sex, and the talking fetus. ( In theaters September sixteen . ) — Chris Lee

The first film to be officially sanctioned simply by David Bowie’s estate, this dreamlike documentary (which premiered in the Cannes Film Festival) was compiled from over 5 million rarely seen “assets” — concert footage, interviews, photographs, artworks, plus recordings — with Oscar-nominated writer-director-editor-producer Brett Morgen ( Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck ) given unfiltered access to the particular Thin White Duke’s personal archives. The result is a revelation even to Bowie completists. (In theaters Sept 16. ) — Bob Lee

Olivia Wilde’s follow-up to her acclaimed directorial debut, Booksmart, is a psychological thriller that appears to have a touch associated with sci-fi to it. Florence Pugh and Harry Styles play a married couple who are part of something called “the Victory Project. ” What that is doesn’t seem clear in order to Pugh’s character, who leads a throwback housewife’s existence in the 1960s-esque setting where something sinister is going on beneath the seemingly picture-perfect surface. Wilde, Philip Pine, Gemma Chan, Kate Berlant, and KiKi Layne co-star, though the film’s biggest point of interest may be meta-textual — the production became an object of internet obsession meant for reportedly being where the real-life romance between Styles plus Wilde began.   (In movies building September 23. )    Alison Willmore

Lena Dunham has been trying to help to make her “longtime passion project, ” a good adaptation of Karen Cushman’s 1994 YA novel, for almost a decade, and we’ll finally get to see it this particular fall. She has described the book, which is set in 1290 England, thusly: Catherine “gets her period and the girl father basically says, ‘Well, it’s period for you to get married, ’ and she’s like, ‘Uh, no . ’ Yet it’s hyperrealistic and actually pretty plus it’s full of incest and beatings, but it’s a child’s story. ” Game associated with Thrones ’ petite spitfire Bella Ramsey has the title part with a supporting cast that includes Hot Priest Toby Scott, Joe Alwyn, and Billie Piper. Based on the truck, featuring Ramsey avoiding her chores plus spying on people, CCB feels the bit like a medieval Harriet the Spy. (In theaters September twenty three. ) — Rachel Handler

Anna Rose Holmer and Saela Davis made the best movie of 2016, the particular stark, Cincinnati-set coming-of-age dance-pandemic drama The particular Fits . Their new feature, which premiered at Cannes, will be decidedly different, though it will prove to be a great test designed for Holmer and Davis’s characteristically immersive, authentic approach to their own material. The story is set in a small, depressed Irish fishing village plus focuses upon one family whose life is upended when the son comes back after a long time period away. The particular great Emily Watson plays the matriarch torn among her really like for the girl child and her loyalty to the women around her. (In movies building and on digital September 30 . ) Bilge Ebiri

Billy Eichner is usually eager to claim his share of firsts with his romantic comedy Bros : the particular first major studio movie co-written by and starring an openly gay man and the first to star LGBTQ+ actors inside all of the principal heterosexual roles. Those actors include Ts Madison, Miss Lawrence, Symone, plus Guillermo Diaz opposite Eichner and Luke Macfarlane like our central lovebirds. Nicholas Stoller, whose Netflix series Friends From College co-starred Eichner, will direct. (In theaters September 30. ) — Melissa León

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul (in theaters and on Peacock September 2), After Ever Happy (in theaters Sept 7), Pinocchio (in theaters September 8), Saloum (in theaters September 9), Dark Harvest (in theaters Sept 9), Barbarian (in movies building September 9), Distant (in theaters September 16), Pearl (in theaters September 16), See How They Run (in movies building September 16), The Silent Twins (in theaters Sept 16), Do Revenge (streaming on Netflix September 16), Goodnight Mommy (streaming about Prime Video September 16), Lou (streaming on Netflix September 23), Nothing Compares (in theaters September 23), On the Come Up (in theaters September 23), The Justice associated with Bunny King (in movies building September 23), Hocus Pocus 2 (streaming on Disney+ September 30), Luckiest Girl Alive (in theaters Sept 30 and Netflix October 7), The Best Friend’s Exorcism (streaming on Prime Video September 30)

Actor and filmmaker Todd Field received acclaim, attention, plus awards just for his 2001 debut, In the Bedroom, and the 2006 followup, Little Children . Then he didn’t make anything for the decade and a half, and it wasn’t for lack of attempting. So obviously, all eyes are on this brand new film regarding a renowned conductor plus composer named Lydia Tár, played simply by Cate Blanchett. The teaser trailer , featuring a Blanchett doing a slow-motion cigarette exhale, looks appropriately enigmatic and intense. (In theaters Oct 7. ) Alison Willmore

Park Chan-wook’s first function since 2016’s The Handmaiden is the Hitchcockian passionate thriller about a Busan police detective (Park Hae-il) who investigates a murder and becomes obsessed with the dead man’s wife (Tang Wei), a mysterious woman who’s also a suspect. The story twists and turns and leaps forward in time. Whether he’s making Gothic dramas, brutal revenge sagas, or something more restrained inside tone, Park’s stories are always  exquisite constructions. (In theaters October 14 . ) Alison Willmore

“Evil dies tonight! ” What this movie presupposes is … what if it doesn’t? Yes, the particular last 1 sucked, but the one before that was solid. And on the whole, we’re still largely onboard with Blumhouse’s recent revisitation of the Michael Myers saga, directed (as were the previous 2 films) by David Gordon Green, along with returning superstar Jamie Shelter Curtis, plus made with the particular implicit blessing of collection maestro John Carpenter. Let’s hope this particular ends the series upon a strong note. (Not that it is actually going to end, of course. ) Also: Just a rumor in this stage, but we hear this one is about trauma. (In theaters Oct 14. ) Bilge Ebiri

Harry Styles is the gay policeman in Our Policeman, which usually requires very little else to sell it, but here goes. In line with the novel from the same name, Michael Grandage’s film follows a trio of tormented Brits: a closeted policeman called Tom (Styles); his schoolteacher wife, Marion (Emma Corrin); and his secret museum-curator lover, Patrick (David Dawson). The particular film jumps between the 1950s as well as the 1990s, when Tom (Linus Roache) and Marion (Gina McKee) agree to take in the convalescing Patrick (Rupert Everett) despite their particular increasingly strained union. The yearning is usually palpable; the particular sex scenes will become “sculptural” (? ). (In theaters October 21. ) — Rachel Handler

The last time Martin McDonagh, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson worked together, they made In Bruges, a career high point for all concerned. Back then, McDonagh was a playwright making a long-awaited leap to films, and Farrell was some thing of the failed movie star — a man Hollywood had tried to turn into an action stud. Since then, Farrell offers emerged seeing that one associated with our the majority of interesting leading men, and McDonagh has gained notice for the Oscar-anointed (and highly divisive) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. (In theaters Oct 21 . ) — Bilge Ebiri

Ol Parker, writer-director of the eternally transcendent Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again , brings his passion for the purpose of tropical family members high jinks to Bali, where divorced couple George Clooney and Julia Roberts possess traveled to stop their recently matriculated daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) from marrying a local. The rom-com is the sixth Clooney-Roberts joint to date plus the latest since 2016’s Money Monster . (In theaters October 21. ) — Rachel Handler

James Gray’s latest daddy-issues drama takes the director’s own childhood as inspiration. Banks Repeta is Gray’s avatar, John Graff, a good angsty, artsy sixth-grader growing up in a working-class Jewish family in 1980s Queens grappling with Reagan, the particular Cold War, great family’s complicated relationships with race and class. Orbiting Paul are their PTA-president mother, Esther (Anne Hathaway); his loving grandfather Aaron (Anthony Hopkins); their furious father, Irving (Jeremy Strong); and his friend Johnny (Jaylin Webb), one of the only Black kids from Paul’s school and in his existence. As Paul comes associated with age, he’s forced in order to confront his own privilege, ignorance, plus guilt; the concept of death; their family’s inherent dysfunction; and at least two members of the Trump loved ones (one of whom is definitely played simply by Jessica Chastain). ( In theaters October 28. ) — Rachel Handler

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (streaming on Netflix October 5), Hellraiser (streaming on Hulu October 7), Pretty Problems (in movies building October 7), Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (in theaters Oct 7), The particular Curse associated with Bridge Hollow (streaming in Netflix October 14), Till (in theaters October 14), White Bird: A Wonder Story (in theaters Oct 14), The Good Nurse (in theaters October 19 and streaming on Netflix Oct 26), The School for Good and Evil (streaming upon Netflix October 19), Dark Adam (in theaters Oct 21), Wendell & Wild (in movies building October 21 and streaming on Netflix October 28), All Quiet on the Western Front (in theaters October 28), Run Sweetheart Work (streaming on Prime Movie October 28)

David O. Russell’s notorious volatility does not make him the easiest fit for an industry that’s trying, however unevenly, to reckon with its workplace conditions. Still, the Silver Linings Playbook director can be back together with his first movie in seven years, the comedic mystery set inside the 1930s. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and Steve David Washington play a doctor, nurse, and lawyer who are usually accused of murder, while Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Rock, Zoe Saldaña, Jordan Shannon, Taylor Swift, plus Anya Taylor-Joy round out the absurdly star-packed ensemble. (In theaters November 4. ) — Alison Willmore

Even those that aren’t Wonder fans probably feel somewhat invested in the fate associated with the next Black Panther movie. For starters, the passing of Chadwick Boseman within 2020 robbed us of not just one of our finest actors but a single of the particular more interesting superheroes in the Marvel firmament. It’s welcome news that will director Ryan Coogler is certainly returning for this one — he’s the rare name with the particular clout to forge the new path in exactly what might otherwise have been a standard-issue super-hero sequel. (In theaters November 11. ) — Bilge Ebiri

There arrives a point in every auteur’s career when their thoughts turn toward making the Roma ; this year, that time has come for Steven Spielberg (as well as Sam Mendes and James Gray). The Fabelmans is really a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama placed in Arizona, where Spielberg grew up, and is centered on a kid named Sammy (Gabriel LaBelle) as he learns about a family key and the power associated with cinema. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play Sammo’s parents whilst, in what sounds like ideal casting, Seth Rogen plays his father’s best buddy. (In movies building November 11. ) — Alison Willmore

After Glen Powell nearly stole Top Weapon: Maverick right out from under Tom Cruise’s feet, this particular upcoming Korean War flyboy drama regarding the real-life friendship in between Navy pilots Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) and Mary Hudner (Powell) suddenly gained a lot more attention. Hangman requires to the particular skies again?? Sign all of us up! Of course, this is based upon a very moving true-life story, so it may likely be quite various from the Top Gun –style action fantasy. It’s also being directed by J. D. Dillard, whose previous feature, the intensely suspenseful, expertly mounted castaway thriller Sweetheart, is a genre delight. (In theaters November 23. ) — Bilge Ebiri

Having dabbled within horror along with Suspiria, Luca Guadagnino earnings to the particular genre — and to his Call Me by Your Name lead, Timothée Chalamet — for a film that blends darkness with romance. The particular Camille DeAngelis novel it’s based on is about teenage cannibals, so expect some gruesomeness alongside the longing as Chalamet plus Taylor Russell play a drifter and an outcast traveling across the country looking for self-acceptance while grappling with some gory impulses. (In theaters Nov 23. ) — Alison Willmore

Enola Holmes 2 (streaming on Netflix The fall of 4), Great Night Oppy (in movies building November 4), Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (streaming on Roku November 4), Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams (in theaters November 4), Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (in movies building November 4), Falling for Christmas (streaming on Netflix November 10), Spellbound (in theaters November 11), The particular Menu (in theaters Nov 18), The girl Said (in theaters The fall of 18), Slumberland (streaming upon Netflix November 18), The Inspection (in theaters Nov 18), Nanny (in theaters November 23), Strange World (in movies building November 23), The Swimmers (streaming on Netflix The fall of 23), White Noise (in theaters November 25), Ainbo: Spirit associated with the Amazon (On Demand November 29)

James Cameron has already been pushing back movies since before it was cool. Thirteen years after the particular original Avatar became the highest-grossing film worldwide, the sequel will finally hit theaters. Will audiences flock back to The planet pandora? They’d better — a lot more installments in the Character saga are coming every two many years until 2028. (In theaters December 16. ) — Nate Jones

Within this, the first of 2 intended sequels to 2019’s smash-hit, Oscar-nominated Knives Out — for which Netflix paid an eye-watering $469 mil — Daniel Craig results as the particular tweed-clad “Gentleman Sleuth” Benoit Blanc with the scene of the crime with regard to another high-IQ whodunit. As yet, writer-director Rian Johnson offers revealed almost nothing of the particular plot. But with Greece serving since the backdrop in order to evil under the sun this time and the sprawling outfit cast that will includes Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, and Janelle Monae, anticipate more Agatha Christie–like intrigue. (Streaming upon Netflix December 23 . ) Chelsea Lee

In March 2021, a source described Damien Chazelle’s period drama Babylon , about the 1920s transition from silent films to talkies, while “ Great Gatsby on steroids, ” an assessment that sounds promising! Chazelle’s post– La Land return to analyzing the tension between which makes this in Hollywood and who also doesn’t features absolutely everyone: A-listers Brad Pitt plus Margot Robbie, rising stars Jovan Adepo and Li Jun Li, and a good endless array of recognizable faces, including Olivia Wilde, Tobey Maguire, and Spike Jonze. (In movies building December 25. ) — Roxana Hadadi

Women Talking (in theaters December 2), Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies (in theaters Dec 2), Violent Night (in theaters December 2), Corsage (in movies building December 9), Living (in theaters Dec 9), Empire of Light (in theaters December 9), House Party (in movies building December 9), Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (in theaters December 9), Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (streaming on Netflix December 9), A Man Called Otto (in theaters December 14), Holy Spider (in movies building December 16), Puss within Boots: The particular Last Wish (in theaters December 21), I Wanna Dance With Somebody (in theaters Dec 21), The Pale Blue Eye (in theaters December 23 plus streaming on Netflix January 6)

Obviously, it’s a fool’s errand to anticipate an imminent release for any Terrence Malick film that will hasn’t yet been scheduled (or, for that matter, picked up for distribution), because the director famously takes years in order to edit their projects. Yet this one filmed before the pandemic, so perhaps it’s the safeish bet to assume 2022 will certainly be the particular year all of us finally obtain to observe it either at a festival or in release. It certainly seems like a doozy: It’s an actual Jesus tale (starring Son of Saul ’s Géza Röhrig as Christ and Mark Rylance like Satan), thus making explicit the religious themes the director continues to be circling for most of his career. And it comes after among his greatest works, the particular WWII drama A Hidden Life , which saw Malick going into fascinating new stylistic and thematic territory while continuing to be very much himself. (Some extra-exciting news for movie geeks: The particular score may reportedly end up being composed by Eleni Karaindrou, who has been responsible for many of the legendary scores of the particular late Ancient greek master Theo Angelopoulos. ) (Release date TBD. ) — Bilge Ebiri

The Jennifer Lopez rom-comaissance sashays upon, this period placing our own heroine opposite Josh Duhamel, who replaced Armie Hammer after that whole thing . They’ll play two halves of a couple kidnapped simply before their destination wedding. Do not confuse this movie along with the similarly J. Lo-starring, matrimony-minded Marry Me , which came out in February. This one’s got Brand new Girl ’s Liz Meriwether co-writing the script, plus living legend Jennifer Coolidge, The great Place standout D’Arcy Carden, Cheech Marin, and Lenny Kravitz almost all co-starring. (Release date TBD. ) — Melissa León

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