57 of Fall's Most Anticipated Movies

5:30 AM 8/28/2017

by Ashley Lee

Buzzy sequels, notable biopics and a slew of Oscar contenders are hitting the big screen.

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  • Thank You For Your Service

    Miles Teller stars in the Universal drama as a Iraq War veteran who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder while trying to integrate back into family and civilian life. American Sniper scribe Jason Hall makes his directorial debut with the adaptation of David Finkel’s 2013 book. Amy Schumer and Haley Bennett are also featured in the cast.

  • Suburbicon

    George Clooney directs the crime-comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac. Written by the Coen brothers, the Paramount title takes place in a quiet family neighborhood filled with larger-than-life characters who are all rattled by a suspicious home invasion. It is based on a true story of a couple in Levittown, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s.

  • Novitiate

    The Sony Classics drama stars Margaret Qualley as a young woman who is training to become a nun, but struggles with issues of faith, the changing Catholic Church and sexuality during the early 1960s and the era of Vatican II. During that controversial period, over 90,000 nuns left their orders for a variety of reasons. Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson and Dianna Agron co-star in the film, written and directed by Maggie Betts.

  • The Square

    Directed by Ruben Ostlund, the film centers on Christian, a respected contemporary art museum curator whose latest installation invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. However, the public response to its unexpected PR campaign is overblown and sends Christian into an existential crisis. Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West star in the Magnolia release, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

  • A Bad Moms Christmas

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are back for the STXfilms holiday-themed sequel to the hit Bad Moms. Scott Moore and Jon Lucas are again directing the followup to the female-fronted R-rated comedy. This time, the trio struggles with their kids and their own visiting mothers, played by Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski and Cheryl Hines. Jay Hernandez, Peter Gallagher, Oona Laurence and Wanda Sykes are also among the cast.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Chris Hemsworth is back as the God of Thunder in the third Thor film with Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins, plus fellow Avengers characters played by Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Cumberbatch. Taika Waititi directs the Marvel feature, which welcomes franchise newcomers Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum and Tessa Thompson. The threequel sees Thor racing against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization — that is, after surviving a lethal gladiatorial contest against his former ally, the Hulk.

  • LBJ

    Directed by Rob Reiner, the biopic stars Woody Harrelson as Lyndon B. Johnson, as he enters the White House — the country is still grieving the loss of its fallen leader, JFK, and the new president must navigate the pressures of the Vietnam War and the growing Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan and Michael Stahl-David are also featured in the drama.

  • Daddy's Home 2

    The Paramount sequel will once again see two types of father figures — the strong alpha male and the sensitive caring type — go head-to-head. This time around, the palette is expanding to include an older generation, played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg reprise their roles in the Sean Anders follow-up.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in the Fox adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel, also featuring a starry cast of Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr. and Tom Bateman. The story centers around a murder onboard the famous train and introduces Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who must solve the case while being surrounded by duplicitous passengers.

  • Lady Bird

    Greta Gerwig makes her directorial debut with the A24 comedy, which is set in Sacramento in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape. It stars Saoirse Ronan as a young woman who fights against, but is exactly like, her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after the family patriarch (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Lucas Hedges and Timothee Chalamet are also featured in the cast.

  • Justice League

    Joss Whedon steps in for Zack Snyder to direct the DC ensemble superhero movie, which features Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Jesse Eisenberg and Willem Dafoe. The Warner Bros. movie follows the events of 2016's Batman v. Superman, as Batman and Wonder Woman team up to face a common enemy.

  • Wonder

    Room breakout Jacob Tremblay stars in the family film as Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity and is attending a mainstream school for the first time. Stephen Chbosky directs the Lionsgate drama, adapted from R.J. Palacio's novel and also starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs.

  • Last Flag Flying

    The drama reunites three Vietnam War veterans — played by Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne — as they bury one of their sons who was killed in Iraq. Together, they take the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire, reminiscing and coming to terms with the shared impact of the war along the way. Richard Linklater directs the Amazon and Lionsgate adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel.

  • Mudbound

    Set in the rural American South, the Netflix drama revolves around two men returning home from combat to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after World War II. Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks and Mary J. Blige make up the ensemble cast of the Sundance hit, directed by Dee Rees and based on the 2008 novel by Hillary Jordan.

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas

    Dan Stevens portrays Charles Dickens in the Bleecker Street release, which recounts how the acclaimed author blended real-life inspirations with his imagination to create his classic holiday story A Christmas Carol in 1843. Directed by Bharat Nalluri, the historical dramedy also stars Christopher Plummer as the "Scrooge" character, while Jonathan Pryce plays Dickens' father.

  • Molly’s Game

    Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with the real-life drama, which sees Jessica Chastain portraying Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd and Bill Camp are among the cast of the STXfilms title.

  • Darkest Hour

    Gary Oldman is nearly unrecognizable in portraying Winston Churchill, just as he’s about to become Prime Minister of Great Britain in the face of World War II. He then debates exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. Joe Wright directs Focus’ historical drama, also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn.


  • Death Wish

    Bruce Willis is out for revenge in the modern take on the classic 1974 revenge thriller. He stars as an emergency room surgeon in Chicago whose wife and college-age daughter are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, he vigilantly hunts his family’s assailants to deliver justice. Eli Roth directs the MGM reimagining, also featuring Vincent D'Onofrio, Dean Norris, Mike Epps and Elisabeth Shue.

  • Call Me By Your Name

    Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the Sony Classics drama stars Armie Hammer as a 24-year-old American student who has a summer romance with a 17-year-old boy (Timothee Chalamet) on the Italian Riviera in 1983. Adapted from Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel, the Sundance hit also includes Michael Stuhlbarg in the cast and intentionally didn’t star openly gay actors, as it’s also a universal coming-of-age tale.

  • The Current War

    The Weinstein Co. title recounts the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Thomas Edison opposite Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, and Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston and Matthew Macfadyen are also featured in Alfonso Gomez film.

  • The Disaster Artist

    The A24 comedy looks back at the making of one of the worst films of all time — the 2003 cult drama The Room, which centers on a man whose fiancee cheats on him with his best friend. James Franco directs and stars in the film as the eccentric Tommy Wiseau, the helmer and star of The Room, and Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson, Zoey Deutch, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Melanie Griffith, Sharon Stone, Megan Mullally, Zach Braff, Judd Apatow, Jacki Weaver make up the starry cast.

  • Wonder Wheel

    Amazon moves into self-distribution with the Woody Allen movie, which is set in Coney Island in the 1950s. Justin Timberlake plays a lifeguard who tells a story about a middle-aged carousel operator and his wife — played by James Belushi and Kate Winslet — who are visited by his estranged daughter (Juno Temple).

  • Chappaquiddick

    Jason Clarke stars as the late senator Ted Kennedy in the drama recounting his infamous car accident, where he drove off a bridge in the summer of 1969, leaving his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), to drown. Kennedy left the scene of the accident, returned home and failed to report the accident for nine hours. John Curran directed the film, which also stars Ed Helms, Bruce Dern and Jim Gaffigan.

  • The Shape of Water

    Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy flick, set in the age of the Cold War, centers on Sally Hawkins as a lonely mute woman who is trapped in a life of silence and isolation within the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works. Her life is changed forever when she discovers a mysterious creature. Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg also star in the Fox Searchlight title.

  • Star Wars: Episode VIII

    Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac continue their adventures after being introduced as the saga’s central new characters in 2015’s Force Awakens. Rian Johnson takes over the directing duties of the latest installments, which also features Force Awakens’ Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson, plus the original trilogy’s stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart lead Sony’s continuation of the 1995 film about the magical board game that wreaks jungle-related havoc on unsuspecting players. This time, the players are sucked into the world of the game, and must play as its explorer characters to survive and win. Jake Kasdan directs the fantasy adventure, also featuring Nick Jonas, Jack Black and Karen Gillan

  • All the Money in the World

    Ridley Scott directs the rescue thriller based on the infamous 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, then 16 years old and living in Rome. The mobsters demanded $17 million for his return but the senior Getty, famous for his penny-pinching ways, refused. The boy's ear then arrived at a newspaper office, and J. Paul Getty then negotiated and finally paid $2.2 million. Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are also featured in the TriStar/Imperative Entertainment title.

  • Downsizing

    Alexander Payne's social satire stars Matt Damon as a man who decides to shrink himself in order to find a better life. Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Laura Dern, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Niecy Nash and Margo Martindale are also among the cast of the Paramount sci-fi comedy.

  • Pitch Perfect 3

    Anna Camp, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld are all returning as the Barden Bellas in the third installment of Universal’s hit a cappella music franchise. This time, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. Trish Sie steps in to direct the musical comedy threequel, which also adds John Lithgow and Ruby Rose.

  • The Post

    Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama (previously titled The Papers) is inspired by The Washington Post's role in publishing the infamous study about America's role in the Vietnam War — a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned four decades and four U.S. Presidents. Meryl Streep plays Katherine Graham, the country’s first female newspaper publisher, and Tom Hanks plays Ben Bradlee, the paper’s volatile, driven editor. The Fox and Amblin Entertainment film also features Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys and Bradley Whitford, among others.

  • Bright

    David Ayer directs the fantasy-action flick, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as two cops — one human and one Orc, respectively — who must outrun law enforcement, criminals and an assorted coterie of supernatural beings in order to protect a magical wand. It's a world where Orcs and other supernatural creatures are real — and don't always get along. The R-rated Netflix thriller also features Noomi Rapace, Ike Barinholtz, Jay Hernandez, Edgar Ramírez and Lucy Fry.

  • The Greatest Showman

    Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson star in the movie-musical focusing on P.T. Barnum, the founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Michael Gracey is directing the Fox film, featuring original songs by La La Land lyricists Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.

  • Phantom Thread

    Daniel Day-Lewis’ last pre-retirement project reunites him with his There Will Be Blood director to play a fashion designer who caters to members of high society and the royal family. The Annapurna and Focus drama is set in 1950s London.

  • It

    New Line’s two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s landmark 1986 novel follows a group of teens who initially defeat the titular creature, but it then returns years later to torment the adults who now have no memory of the first battle. Andy Muschietti directs the Warner Bros. horror pic, which zooms in on the children, played by Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher and Finn Wolfhard.

  • American Assassin

    Dylan O’Brien stars as Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley, played by Michael Keaton. After a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets, they aim to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a World War in the Middle East. Michael Cuesta directs the Lionsgate and CBS Films title, which is an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s bestselling series and also stars Taylor Kitsch and Sanaa Lathan. It is also the first film to be released since the Maze Runner actor was seriously injured last year.

  • mother!

    Jennifer Lawrence stars in the psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky (whom she’s also dating). Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer also star in the Paramount horror flick, in which a couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. The director has explained that the film is an allegory for Mother Earth.

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and even Colin Firth return for the Fox sequel to the 2015 surprise hit based on the Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons comic book. Matthew Vaughn again directs the espionage comedy with new additions Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. This time, the British-based spies head to Kentucky after their U.K headquarters is destroyed, and seek help from their U.S. counterparts, the Statesmen.

  • Battle of the Sexes

    The ripped-from-the-headlines story stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, respectively, as they recreate the 1973 tennis match that became one of the most-watched televised sporting events of all time. The match sparked a global conversation on gender equality, while King and Riggs fought more personal and complex battles. Alan Cumming, Elizabeth Shue, Austin Stowell and Sarah Silverman round out the dramedy, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

  • Stronger

    The Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions drama, directed by David Gordon Green, recounts the true story of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the 2013 Boston Marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). He aims to heal physically and emotionally after losing both his legs in the attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

  • Victoria and Abdul

    Judi Dench stars in the Focus film as Queen Victoria who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk, Abdul Karim (played by Bollywood star Ali Fazal). Amidst rising political tensions between Britain and then-subcontinent India, the two grow close until the Queen’s last days — and to the dismay of the Queen’s relatives and advisors, who destroyed almost all their correspondence. Stephen Frears directs the dramedy, based on the few surviving source documents recounting their controversial bond.

  • American Made

    Tom Cruise portrays real-life American pilot and hustler Barry Seal, who ran drugs in the 1980s for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and was recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in history. Doug Liman directs the Universal crime thriller, also starring Lola Kirke, Domhnall Gleeson and Jesse Plemons. The controversial plane-filled shoot led to two deaths.

  • Flatliners

    Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons play medical students who conduct near-death experiments to explore the afterlife — but with disastrous consequences. Niels Arden Oplev directs the retelling of the 1990 thriller, which starred Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland, all three of whom also appear in the reboot.

  • Mark Felt - The Man Who Brought Down the White House

    Yes, the FBI can help oust a corrupt president. The Sony Classics political thriller stars Liam Neeson as the titular high-ranking FBI official — aka “Deep Throat” — who risks everything to become an informant during the Watergate scandal. Tom Sizemore, Diane Lane, Tony Goldwyn, Josh Lucas, Michael C. Hall, Ike Barinholtz and Brian d’Arcy James are also among the cast of the drama, written and directed by Peter Landesman.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    The Sony and Alcon sequel to the Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi thriller takes place several decades after the original, with Harrison Ford once again playing Rick Deckard, the former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. This time, Ryan Gosling plays LAPD Officer K, who tracks down Ford's Deckard to help him take down a new enemy (Jared Leto) and his replicants. Denis Villeneuve directs the Warner Bros. release, also starring Dave Bautista, Robin Wright and Ana de Armas.

  • The Mountain Between Us

    Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star as travelers who survive a tragic plane crash but find themselves stranded in the winder wilderness. Hany Abu-Assad directs the Fox 2000 adaptation of Charles Martin's best-selling novel, which was shot in the elements in Canada (so yes, Winslet really did drop into an ice-cold lake for that scene in the trailer). Beau Bridges and Dermot Mulroney are also among the film’s cast.

  • The Florida Project

    The critically-lauded A24 movie is set during a Florida summer break and follows a six-year-old and her friends as they create their own magic in the shadow of Walt Disney World. Willem Dafoe plays the manager of a budget motel called The Magic Castle, one of many on the highway stretch outside the Orlando amusement park. Newcomers Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto and Bria Vinaite also star in the film, directed by Tangerine helmer Sean Baker.

  • The Foreigner

    Jackie Chan stars as a humble businessman whose teenage daughter is killed as a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. He is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. Martin Campbell directs the STXfilms action-thriller, based on Stephen Leather’s 1992 novel.

  • Marshall

    Chadwick Boseman portrays the titular Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in American history. As a young NAACP lawyer, he reluctantly teams with a Jewish attorney (played by Josh Gad) to tackle an oft-forgotten case that helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement. Reginald Hudlin directs the Open Road courtroom thriller, which also features Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell.

  • Goodbye Christopher Robin

    Domhnall Gleeson portrays beloved children’s author creator A.A. Milne, whose son Christopher Robin (played by Will Tilston) inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. The biopic follows the Milne family as they’re swept up in the international success of the books, which bring hope and comfort to England in the wake of WWI. Simon Curtis directs the Fox Searchlight biopic, which also stars Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald.

  • Breathe

    Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut by portraying the true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy). The young couple refuses to give up when Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, becoming confined to a hospital bed and only given a few months to live. Tom Hollander and Hugh Bonneville are also among the cast of the Participant Media and Bleecker Street release.

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    The superhero origin tale recounts how Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (played by Luke Evans) created the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940s. His feminist superhero — who was criticized by censors for her “sexual perversity” — was inspired by two empowered, real-life women: his wife and their lover. Angela Robinson directs the Annapurna biopic, also featuring Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote and Connie Britton.

  • The Killing of the Sacred Deer

    Colin Farrell reunites with The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos for the unsettling psychological revenge thriller, in which he plays a successful surgeon who attempts to integrate a teenager into his family. However, when the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice. Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and Bill Camp are also among the cast.

  • Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Madea and the gang are back for the Lionsgate sequel, once again directed by and starring Tyler Perry. This time, the comedy sees Madea, Bam and Hattie venturing to a haunted campground, and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

  • Geostorm

    Gerard Butler stars in the Warner Bros. disaster movie, which sees the world’s climate change control system — initially built to prevent natural disasters and keep the human popular safe — going haywire and making the titular event inevitable. Dean Devlin directs the thriller, which also features Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia and Zazie Beetz in the cast.

  • Only the Brave

    The real-life Sony drama introduces the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the heroic team of Arizona firefighters who fought the deadliest wildfire in history, resulting in the death of 19 crewmembers. Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly make up the cast of the Joseph Kosinski film.

  • Wonderstruck

    Based on Brian Selznick's 2011 novel, the Todd Haynes-directed drama intercuts between two parallel plots: In 1927, a deaf girl living in Hoboken heads to New York City in search of a celebrated actress, while in 1977, an orphaned boy is struck deaf and runs away from his home in Minnesota to New York in hopes of finding answers about his past. In Selznick's book, the young girl's story is told entirely through illustrations, and, in the Amazon and Roadside title, her quest is filmed as a silent movie within the movie. Julianne Moore plays a dual role alongside each of the young stars.

  • The Snowman

    The Universal crime thriller stars Michael Fassbender as an elite detective who investigates the disappearance of a woman after her pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. The clue may be connected to decades-old cold cases involving an elusive serial killer. Rebecca Ferguson, Val Kilmer, Chloe Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg and J.K. Simmons are also among the cast of the Tomas Alfredson film, which is based on Jo Nesbo’s 2007 book.