As the summer winds down, it’s time to look forward to the fall. The fall is a special time for movies: there are a few blockbusters here and there, but studios are also getting busy with Oscar-worthy releases. These movies range from standard tent poles and thrillers to horror flicks and biopics. And who can forget superhero movies?
These are our picks for the movies to watch in fall 2018. 2018 has been a great year so far for movies and judging by this slate, that’s not going to change either.
The Predator (September 14th)
Directed by Shane Black, this is the fourth installment in the Predator franchise. The film takes place between Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010), following a team of ex-soldiers and scientists who face off against a new breed of Predators, armed with genetic upgrades stolen from other deadly species. Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) leads the team as Quinn McKenna, an ex-Army Ranger who is already aware of the Predators but finds it difficult to convince anyone of their existence. Olivia Munn, Keegan Michael-Key and Yvonne Strahovski also co-star.
Venom (October 5th)
A spin-off of the new Spider-man movies, Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises) stars as Eddie Brock, a journalist who becomes bonded to a dangerous symbiotic monster that gives him extraordinary powers. Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson also star. The spin-off has minimal links to Tom Holland’s Spider-man and will be the first of a series of villain-centric movies, with others such as Morbius and Kraven the Hunter set to follow in the near future.
Bad Times at the El Royale (October 12th)
Grew Goddard (Daredevil Season One) takes the helm of this mystery drama set in 1960s California. The titular hotel, El Royale, lies across the state lines of both Nevada and California, in Lake Tahoe. Seven strangers come together in the hotel on a fateful night, struggling with redemption before things go horribly wrong. Chris Hemsworth leads a stellar cast that features Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman.
First Man (October 12th)
Directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land), First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the legendary Apollo 11 space mission. The cast also features Claire Foy (The Crown), Ciaran Hinds and Christopher Abbott. This film is the second collaboration between Chazelle and Gosling, after 2016’s La La Land, and is also the first Chazelle film not to be music based.
Serenity (October 19th)
Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey is a fishing boat captain leads a peaceful life, operating a touring business around the serene shores of Plymouth Island. His peace is disrupted, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Anne Hathaway) returns, asking him to save her and her son from her husband. Karen asks Baker to lure the man into a fishing expedition and killing him in the middle of the sea. Directed by Steven Knight, the film reunites McConaughey and Hathaway after Instellar (2014) and also features Diane Lane (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).
Bohemian Rhapsody (November 2nd)
Directed by Bryan Singer, this biopic chronicles the life and adventures of the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek). The movie covers the formation of Queen and moves up to the famous Live Aid performance in 1985, six years before Mercury’s death. The movie was in development for eight years and plagued by creative disputes, which included exits from notable figures such as previous lead Sacha Baron Cohen and director Dexter Fletcher. Fletcher was later brought back to complete the film after Singer’s dismissal in December 2017 for unprofessional conduct.
Outlaw King (November 9th)
A historical drama that features medieval era guerilla warfare, centered around Scottish King Robert the Bruce’s (Chris Pine) attempts to counter and repel a much larger English occupying force in Scotland. This film is also somewhat of a sequel to Braveheart, as Robert the Bruce starts his campaign after the execution of William Wallace. The film will be released in select theaters as well as Netflix. Aaron Taylor Johnson (Kick-Ass, Godzilla) and Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) also star.
Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16th)
Series veteran David Yates helms the second entry in the Fantastic Beast franchise. Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to stop Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), after the latter escapes prison and threatens to unleash terrors upon an unsuspecting populace. The cast also features the likes of Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, and Dan Fogler. J.K Rowling also returns to pen the screenplay.
Creed II (November 21st)
Trained by Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), boxing prodigy and light heavyweight champion Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) goes up against the son of Ivan Drago — the Russian fighter who killed his father in the ring years earlier. Steven Caple Jr. takes the helms of the franchise, following the illustrious footsteps of Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther). Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Westworld) and Dolph Lungren (Rocky IV, The Expendables) also costar.
Aquaman (December 21st)
The next Worlds of DC, formerly DCEU feature is a make-or-break film for Warner Bros. Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) must battle Orm (Patrick Wilson) in order to claim the throne of Atlantis as its rightful heir. Meera (Amber Heard) assists him in this quest. James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring series, Insidious, Furious 7) is directing DCEU’s third solo film. The cast also features Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lungren, and Willem Dafoe.
Which movies are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.