46 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies

7:30 AM 8/28/2018

by Omar Sanchez

'A Star Is Born,' 'The Hate U Give' and 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' are just some of the films poised to hit theaters.

Fall is the time of year when Oscar hopefuls and would-be blockbusters complete for eyeballs at the cineplex. While 2018 has already seen movies like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War smash records, autumn will deliver films poised to be a part of the awards season conversation.

Last year, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle bulldozed the box office on its way to grossing nearly $1 billion worldwide, while Dec. 1 release The Shape of Water went on to win the best picture Oscar and Thanksgiving week's Coco claimed the hearts of audiences before it went on to win best animated film.

Some of the highlights from this fall include the upcoming Marvel offering Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Michael B. Jordan putting the boxing gloves back on for Creed II. To help moviegoers plan for colder days ahead, The Hollywood Reporter compiled a comprehensive list of movies to watch out for in the second half of the year. 

  • The Nun

    Sept. 7

    The horror movie digs into the aftermath of a Romanian nun’s suicide in 1951 and the dark secrets of the church. The Nun is a part of The Conjuring series of movies that began in 2013 with the original. With the sequel and the two Annabelle spinoffs, the New Line and Safran Company series has grossed more than $1.2 billion worldwide on small to midsize budgets. The film will feature an entirely new cast, including Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga and Jonas Bloquet.

  • Peppermint

    Sept. 7

    After playing the matriarchal figure in Love, Simon, former Alias star Jennifer Garner is going back to her action-packed roots as a widow-turned-assassin after the deaths of her husband and daughter. Garner took to Instagram during the film’s shooting to give people a sneak peak of her transformation.

  • The Predator

    Sept. 14

    The Predator is the first in the Predator series (the 1987 original starred Arnold Schwarzenegger) since 2010’s Predators. The new installment will feature the re-emergence of the extraterrestrial hunters. The cast includes Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Logan), Moonlight’s Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan Michael-Key, Olivia Munn and Sterling K. Brown.

  • The Children Act

    Sept. 14

    A year after its release at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie based on the 2014 book by Ian McEwan is hitting U.S. theaters. The court drama deals with the ethical dilemma of keeping someone alive versus respecting one's religion, particularly with the 1980s case of a minor refusing a blood transfusion because of religious reasons. The film, which has been picked up by A24, stars Emma Thompson, Fionn Whitehead and Stanley Tucci. 

  • A Simple Favor

    Sept. 14

    In late April, Blake Lively shocked many of her fans when she deleted her Instagram posts and began releasing cryptic tweets.

    It wasn’t long before people began piecing together that it was all part of promotion for her new movie A Simple Favor. Directed by Bridesmaids’ Paul Feig, this mystery thriller brings together Lively and Anna Kendrick as Kendrick’s character, Stephanie, tries to solve the disappearance of Lively’s Emily Nelson.

     

  • Life Itself

    Sept. 21

    This Is Us creator and executive producer Dan Fogelman is returning to the big screen for Life Itself. The love story focuses on characters played by Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde, a couple whose life decisions are chronicled by the way the world changes around them every time they reach a new milestone in their relationship. The drama also stars the likes of Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Mandy Patinkin and Olivia Cooke. 

  • Fahrenheit 11/9

    Sept. 21

    Michael Moore is now taking on President Donald Trump in this not-quite-a sequel to the 2004 documentary on the George W. Bush administration. According to the film's synopsis, "Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9 is a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live. It will explore the two most important questions of the Trump Era: How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out? It's the film to see before it's too late."

  • The House With a Clock in Its Walls

    Sept. 21

    Orphan Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his uncle (Jack Black) and he quickly discovers that he belongs to a world of magic with witches and spells. Cate Blanchett and Kyle MacLachlan co-star in the film based on the 1973 children’s horror novel.

  • Night School

    Sept. 28

    In a possible nod to '90s comedy powerhouse Adam Sandler and his movie Billy Madison, Kevin Hart is going back to the classroom with Night School. Night School will follow Teddy Walker (Hart) as he goes back to school to finish his GED before he can get a job that was offered to him by his best friend. Walker’s teacher will be played by Tiffany Haddish, and Ben Schwartz will play an investment adviser and the best friend who is giving Teddy a chance at a new job.

  • The Old Man and the Gun

    Sept. 28

    Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford) is a man who can’t give up his life of crime. Even at the age of 70, Tucker finds a way to escape from San Quentin State Prison, go on a string of heists and live to tell about it. Tucker isn’t without his pursuers. Casey Affleck will play the role of the detective who is on his trail.

  • Smallfoot

    Sept. 28

    Hollywood worlds collide in Smallfoot, the upcoming animated tale of a Yeti who is convinced that humans exist. The cast list boasts names such as Channing Tatum — who will play Migo the Yeti — Zendaya, James Corden, Gina Rodriguez and new Los Angeles Laker LeBron James, to name a few. Smallfoot is from Warner Bros., the studio also behind the recent Teen Titans Go! film and The Lego Movie franchise.

  • A Star Is Born

    Oct. 5

    Bradley Cooper’s singing ability may be a surprise, but this romantic drama making waves on social media maybe wasn't. That’s because the story told in the upcoming A Star is Born, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, was already the basis of a successful movie (the original 1937 version) and musical (both in 1954 and 1976). The story revolves around two singers on opposite ends of their careers. When Cooper’s Jackson Maine takes a liking to Gaga’s Ally, Maine does whatever he can to get her the spotlight she deserves. A Star Is Born also marks Cooper’s directorial debut; he also co-wrote the script.

  • Venom

    Oct. 5

    Tom Hardy stars in Sony’s first addition to its own, separate Marvel Universe. The film follows investigative journalist Eddie Brock — aka Venom — as he becomes a part of an experiment that will give him superhuman-like powers. Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams stars alongside Tom Hardy.

  • Bad Times at The El Royale

    Oct. 12

    Bad Times at The El Royale centers on a rundown Lake Tahoe hotel where seven strangers’ paths cross with sinister consequences. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman.

  • First Man

    Oct. 12

    First Man is Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning musical La La Land. In the biopic, astronaut Neil Armstrong’s (played by Ryan Gosling) steps are traced all the way from the mission’s preparation to the monumental first step on the moon.

  • Beautiful Boy

    Oct. 12

    Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell star in the dramatic tale of a teen struggling with drug addiction and his father’s fight to accept what is happening. The film has gained buzz since footage was released at CinemaCon and the teaser trailer released in May. 

  • The Oath

    Oct. 12

    Actor Ike Berinholtz will take on directing and acting duties in The Oath, an upcoming action-comedy also featuring Tiffany Haddish and John Cho. The Oath raises the question of what would happen if the President forced everyone to sign a loyalty oath. Berinholtz and Haddish play a couple contemplating what they should do before the Thanksgiving deadline. 

  • Halloween

    Oct. 19

    Jamie Lee Curtis returns in her role as Laurie Strode to try to stop Michael Meyers’ terrorizing once and for all. The Blumhouse/Miramax production will be the first Halloween film since 2009’s Halloween II and the first with original franchise star Curtis since 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection.

  • Serenity

    Oct. 19

    The upcoming drama joins up Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as exes who reconnect when news hits that Karen’s (Hathaway) now-husband has turned violent. Director screenwriter Steven Knight also wrote the upcoming The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

  • Wildlife

    Oct. 19

    In Paul Dano’s directorial debut, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jerry Brinson, a man compelled to help fight rampant fires near the Canadian border after the loss of his job in 1960s Montana. In the aftermath of his decision, wife Carey Mulligan and son Ed Oxenbould turn to each other as the nuclear family dynamic falls apart.

  • The Hate U Give

    Oct. 19

    In a world where police shootings and active shooters have become hot topics of conversation, The Hate U Give will portray the world in the eyes of someone who witnesses a controversial shooting. Nineteen-year-old Amandla Stenberg stars as the lead activist, Starr Carter, with Regina Hall and Issa Rae among her co-stars.

  • Suspiria

    Oct. 26

    Footage of the horror remake was screened at CinemaCon earlier this year, causing outlets like The Hollywood Reporter to describe it as “making Black Swan look like child’s play.” Dakota Johnson stars as an up-and-coming dancer who joins a prestigious academy but is quickly shocked by what happens inside.

  • Nobody's Fool

    Nov. 2

    Tiffany Haddish, Omari Hardwick and Whoopi Goldberg team up in Nobody’s Fool, which tells the story of Tanya (Haddish), who has recently been released from jail and immediately finds herself trying to solve a catfishing situation involving her successful business women sister (Tika Sumpter) and a man online. The movie is executive produced, written and directed by Tyler Perry.

  • Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    Nov. 2

    Keira Knightley stars in the fantasy film based on The Nutcracker ballet and tale. Last December, it was reported that the production had to go through 30-plus days of reshoots without the film's director, Lasse Hallstrom. While it is uncertain what the reshoots were for, it is known Morgan Freeman is also slated to star in the film. Freeman has been in hot water recently after news came out of various instances of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. 

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Nov. 2

    Queen was one of the most accomplished bands of the '80s, and now they’re getting their own movie, starring Rami Malek. The film will hit on the band’s start in the '70s and traverse Queen’s rise to prominence and exploits in the eyes of frontman Freddie Mercury (played by Malek).

  • The Front Runner

    Nov. 7

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    This dark comedy directed by Jason Reitman depicts former Sen. Gary Hart’s infamous 1988 presidential campaign. During the campaign, Hart (Hugh Jackman) is found to be having a love affair with a friend after media outlets like the Miami Herald and Washington Post tailed him during his alleged liaisons. The movie is based on a 2014 book written by co-screenwriter Matt Bai and will also star Sara Paxton and J.K. Simmons.

  • The Grinch

    Nov. 9

    Benedict Cumberbatch will take mantle from Jim Carrey for the newest The Grinch adaptation. The 3D computer-animated film will follow the Grinch (Cumberbatch) has he looks to spoil Christmas for Whoville. Illumination Entertainment is behind the film, which is coming on the heels of last year’s successful Despicable Me 3, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. 

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

    Nov. 9

    The Crown’s Claire Foy is taking over the role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming soft-reboot of the Millenium series. Much like 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl in the Spider’s Web will follow Salander as she tries to take down corrupt government officials. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason) will accompany Salander all while trying to evade NSA security expert Ed Neeham (LaKeith Stanfield).

  • Overlord

    Nov. 9

    While J.J. Abrams turned heads with the surprise drop of the latest film in the Cloverfield canon, The Cloverfield Paradox, the night of the Super Bowl, word of Overlord has been around since early last year. Overlord takes the audience into a World War II D-Day scenario where paratroopers must go into Nazi territory to complete a mission. An unexpected obstacle gets in the way when the men realize supernatural forces may be in play.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Nov. 16

    A sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and a part of the Harry Potter universe, The Crimes of Grindelwald depicts a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) teaming up with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as they head to Paris. Their mission: stop dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) from reeking havoc on innocent muggles.

  • Widows

    Nov. 16

    12 Years a Slave helmer Steve Mcqueen directed the upcoming thriller starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debecki and Cynthia Erivo. The four women star as widows who must pay the debts of their dead husbands' pasts before it’s too late. Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Daniel Kaluuya co-star.

  • Creed II

    Nov. 21

    Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone return to the Oscar-winning Rocky franchise as Adonis Johnson (Jordan) seeks retribution against his next opponent: the son of Ivan Drago, Viktor (played by Florian Munteanu). Ivan killed Adonis’ father, Apollo, in 1985’s Rocky IV.

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

    Nov. 21

    Six years after the first installment, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 takes the audience into the meme-filled universe of the internet. John C. Reilly reprises his role as the loveable arcade character Ralph, while Sarah Silverman plays Disney princess Vanellope von Schweetz.

  • Second Act

    Nov. 21

    Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini star in a story of a big-box store employee who climbs her way through the New York hierarchy in order to launch her “second act” in life. Director Peter Segal is known for his work on films like 50 First Dates and 2008’s Get Smart.

  • Robin Hood

    Nov. 21

    Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company is set to release a retelling of the classic story following the prince of thieves. Taron Egerton (Robin Hood) and Jamie Foxx (Little John) are co-starring. Egerton is coming off of the success of Kingsmen and its sequel, while Foxx was most recently seen in last summer's Baby Driver. The majority of the movie was filmed in Croatia and France. 

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    Nov. 30

    Barry Jenkins' follow-up to Oscar best picture winner Moonlight will be an adaptation of a novel by James Baldwin. If Beale Street Could Talk will track the journey of a 19-year-old pregnant woman (Kiki Layne) who is fighting for the freedom of her imprisoned fiancé (Stephen James). The cast also includes Regina King, Dave Franco and Diego Luna. 

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Dec. 7

    Under the Silver Lake, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, centers on a thirtysomething (Andrew Garfield) who meets a mysterious woman (Riley Keough) one day in his building’s pool. After she disappears the next day, he goes on a mission to figure out where and who she is.

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    Dec. 7

    Saoirse Ronan is going back to her work in period dramas with this upcoming film, which also stars Margot Robbie. The film, set in 16th-century Europe, is based on the real-life story of Mary, Queen of Scots, who assumed the crown as the Queen of France at age 16. After later returning to Scotland, Mary’s infamous final curtain call came as the alleged person planning to assassinate her first cousin once removed, Queen Elizabeth I of England.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Dec. 14

    Many may know Peter Parker, but audiences will now get to know another Spider-Man from the Marvel Universe on the big screen, Afro-Latino teenager Miles Morales. This animated film will depict the life of Morales growing up learning and honing his powers in a distinctly different neighborhood than the Parker of years past. The film may lead to Morales getting a role in the live-action universe in the future. 

  • Mortal Engines

    Dec. 14

    In a dystopian future, people now live in a desolate Earth following what is called "The Sixty Minute War." A community's source of survival is attacking and consuming the resources of others. The movie is based on the early 2000s novel quadrilogy by Philip Reeve and will star The Lord of the Rings' Hugo Weaving and newcomer Frankie Adams.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Dec. 19

    It’s been 54 years since the Julie Andrews classic, but Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are coming back to 1930’s London in the long awaited sequel. It will take place 25 years after the original and is directed by Into the Woods and Chicago’s Rob Marshall.

  • Aquaman

    Dec. 21

    DC Comics returns to the big screen with Aquaman, starring Jason Mamoa as the titular hero and Amber Heard as Mera, the daughter of an underwater warrior king. The film will take place after the events of 2017’s Justice League.

  • Bumblebee

    Dec. 21

    John Cena and Hailee Steinfeld come together for another addition to the Transformers franchise. The film is helmed by Boxtrolls and Paranorman director Travis Knight.

  • Welcome to Marwen

    Dec. 21

    Robert Zemeckis, the director behind Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, is now taking on Welcome to Marwen. The Steve Carell-led movie traces the steps of a man who's had all his memories wiped away. In his healing process, he builds a miniature art installation where he can piece together his past. Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae also star.

  • Holmes and Watson

    Dec. 21

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    First Talladega Nights, then Step Brothers and now Holmes and Watson. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are back at it as they reprise the famous British detectives. Ferrell recently worked with Holmes and Watson director Etan Cohen on 2015’s Get Hard. While much hasn’t been released about the plot, it will be more of a comedy-driven story as opposed to BBC One’s Sherlock and even the 2000s film series with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

  • On the Basis of Sex

    Dec. 25

    Felicity Jones will play longtime Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a biopic that will detail a landmark case of gender discrimination. Jones will be joined by Armie Hammer as her husband, Martin. Justin Theroux will play the role of Mel Wulf, the lawyer and former director of the ACLU who brings Ginsburg onto her first big case.