With summer in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look at what the fall movie season has to offer. From a return to the wizarding world of Harry Potter, to big-budget blockbusters and star-studded remakes, to an array of biopics and true stories, this fall has something for everyone.
Here’s our rundown for the fall movie season. Be sure to watch us – Tamara Dunn of the Standard-Speaker and Rebecca Kivak and Joe Baress of the Times-Tribune – below as we talk about which films we’re looking forward to.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Nov. 16) – The sequel to 2015’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” continues to expand Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s sprawling universe of magic. Eddie Redmayne returns as magical zoologist Newt Scamander and Jude Law joins the cast as a young Albus Dumbledore. The two join forces to battle the powerful dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
Creed II (Nov. 21) – In the follow-up to 2015’s “Creed,” light heavyweight champion Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of the man who killed his father in the ring. Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa.
Mary Poppins Returns (Dec. 19) – Fifty-four years after the 1964 original was released, everyone’s favorite nanny returns. Set 25 years after the events of the children’s classic, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) reunites with the Banks children – now grown up – after a family tragedy. Also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick van Dyke, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth.
Venom (Oct. 5) – Sony ventures into Spider-Man territory with a film about the Marvel webslinger’s enemy. Tom Hardy plays journalist Eddie Brock, who comes into contact with an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Dec. 14) – The animated film follows the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man from Marvel Comics. It also introduces a shared multiverse where there are different versions of Spider-Man. The cartoon features the voices of Shameik Moore as Morales, Jake Johnson as an older Peter Parker, Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir.
Aquaman (Dec. 21) – After making a splash in last year’s “Justice League,” Jason Momoa talks to the fishes as underwater superhero Arthur Curry/Aquaman in DC Comics’ latest film offering. The reluctant ruler returns to Atlantis in a power struggle against his tyrannical brother (Patrick Wilson). Directed by James Wan, the film also stars Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard and Dolph Lundgren.
Bumblebee (Dec. 21) – Set in the 1980s, this prequel to the “Transformers” franchise focuses on Bumblebee, the childlike yellow Autobot, and the bond he forms with the teen girl (Hailee Steinfeld) who takes him in. After directing the previous five films, Michael Bay steps out of the director’s chair and Travis Knight takes over the reins. John Cena also stars.
Alita: Battle Angel (Dec. 21) – Based on a manga, the post-apocalyptic adventure produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez follows an amnesiac cyborg (Rose Salazar) trying to learn about her past. The cast includes Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Sept. 21) – Based on the 1973 novel, the fantasy film follows a young boy (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle (Jack Black) in a mysterious old house and uncovers a secret world of witches and warlocks. Cate Blanchett also stars. The film marks a change of pace for director Eli Roth.
Smallfoot (Sept. 28) – This cute cartoon inverts the Bigfoot legend. A Yeti (Channing Tatum) who believes that small-footed creatures (humans) exists encounters one (James Corden).
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Nov. 9) – Benedict Cumberbatch is a mean one in the third screen version of the Dr. Seuss classic. This is a cartoon from Illumination, different from the 2000 live-action remake.
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Nov. 21) – In this meta sequel to 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) are let loose on the internet. The cartoon has all of Disney’s classic princesses in one spot, with the still-living voice actors returning to voice their iconic characters. The film also features the voices of Taraji P. Henson and Gal Gadot.
The Predator (Sept. 14) – The fourth installment and reboot of the “Predator” franchise is directed by Shane Black, who appeared as an actor in the 1987 original. The new film focuses on a group of mercenaries who encounter the preying aliens. Stars Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane and Sterling K. Brown.
A Star is Born (Oct. 5) – Lady Gaga takes on her first leading film role in “A Star is Born,” the classic story of love and fame. Making his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper also writes, produces and stars in the musical, which is the third remake of the 1937 film.
Suspiria (Nov. 2) – The remake of the influential 1977 horror classic aims to scare a new audience. Dakota Johnson stars as an American ballet dancer who discovers sinister goings-on at a prestigious dance academy in Germany. Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”) pays homage to Italian director Dario Argento’s masterpiece. The film also stars Tilda Swinton and Chloe Grace Moretz.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Nov. 9) – This reboot and follow-up to 2011’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” brings back fierce hacker Lisbeth Salander as a vigilante saving abused women. Claire Foy, who won raves as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s “The Crown,” takes over the role from Rooney Mara. The film is based on the fourth novel of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium book series.
Robin Hood (Nov. 21) – The tale of the legendary outlaw is remade for the screen once again, this time with Taron Egerton (Kingsman movies) playing the arrow-wielding thief who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Also stars Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan.
Mandy (Sept. 14) – Nicolas Cage seeks revenge as a man hunting a cult who killed his wife. The surreal horror film is directed by Panos Cosmatos.
Halloween (Oct. 19) – Forty years after John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 slasher, Michael Myers returns. And this time, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is ready and waiting for him. The sequel is the 11th movie in the “Halloween” franchise, but it disregards all the sequels after the original. Directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Carpenter.
Overlord (Nov. 9) – The World War II horror flick – produced by J.J. Abrams – follows American soldiers who get stuck behind enemy lines and uncover secret experiments by the Nazis.
First Man (Oct. 12) – Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in this biopic about his training for the historic 1969 moon landing. Claire Foy also stars as Armstrong’s wife. Directed by Damien Chazelle, who helmed “Whiplash” and “La La Land.”
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Oct. 19) – Melissa McCarthy plays celebrity biographer Lee Israel, who forged letters from deceased writers and actors to resurrect her career. Based on Israel’s memoirs.
Bohemian Rhapsody (Nov. 2) – The musical drama follows the meteoric rise of rock group Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek.
Backseat (Dec. 14) – Christian Bale transforms himself into ambitious former Vice President Dick Cheney and his rise to power. Bale reunites with his “American Hustle” co-star Amy Adams. Also stars Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell.
On the Basis of Sex (Dec. 25) – Felicity Jones plays Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a young lawyer working on a groundbreaking sex discrimination case. Ginsburg is enjoying a pop culture moment, with the documentary “RBG” released this summer.
The Old Man & The Gun (Sept. 28) – In what he has said will be his last movie role, Robert Redford stars as real-life career criminal Forrest Tucker, who escaped from San Quentin at 70 and relished running afoul of the law. With Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.
White Boy Rick (Sept. 14) – Set in the 1980s, this is the story of Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), the youngest FBI informant ever – at the age of 14. Matthew McConaughey plays the boy’s father.
Beautiful Boy (Oct. 12) – Based on the memoirs of David and Nicholas Sheff, David Sheff (Steve Carell) watches his son (Timothee Chalamet) endure a trying cycle of meth addiction, recovery and relapse.
Boy Erased (Nov. 2) – Based on a memoir, Lucas Hedges plays a preacher’s son who is forced to undergo gay conversion therapy. Joel Edgerton directs and stars in this drama, which also features Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman.
Green Book (Nov. 21) – The real-life story of classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his chauffeur (Viggo Mortensen) who take a road trip through the racism-charged South in the 1960s.
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Sept. 21) – Michael Moore’s latest political documentary chronicles Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 presidential election and his presidency.
The Oath (Oct. 12) – In this dark comedy, a man (Ike Barinholtz) struggles to get along with his family at Thanksgiving as the deadline to sign an oath pledging allegiance to America looms. Also starring Tiffany Haddish and John Cho.
The Front Runner (Nov. 6) – In this biopic, Hugh Jackman plays presidential candidate Gary Hart, whose 1988 campaign unravels after he is caught having an extramarital affair. The film is the first to open on Election Day.
A Simple Favor (Sept. 14) – In this modern noir, Anna Kendrick is a mommy vlogger trying to get to the bottom of the disappearance of her best friend (Blake Lively). Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) plays the missing woman’s husband. The film is directed by Paul Feig, who is mostly known for comedies.
Bad Times at the El Royale (Oct. 12) – Star-studded thriller about seven strangers who meet at a rundown hotel. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm and Jeff Bridges.
Serenity (Oct. 19) – A fishing boat captain (Matthew McConaughey) is asked by his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) to kill her husband (Jason Clarke).
Widows (Nov. 16) – After losing their husbands in a botched job, Viola Davis leads a group of women planning a heist in this thriller directed by Steve McQueen. The ensemble cast includes Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya and Liam Neesom. The script is co-written by author Gillian Flynn.
Under the Silver Lake (Dec. 7) – Andrew Garfield investigates the disappearance of the neighbor he has become infatuated with (Riley Keough).
Destroyer (Dec. 25) – In this crime actioner, Nicole Kidman plays a detective who must face her demons years after an undercover assignment ends in tragedy. Directed by Directed by Karyn Kusam, the film also stars Toby Kebbell, Sebastian Stan and Bradly Whitford.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Nov. 2) – The Disney live-action film based on “The Nutcracker” ballet adds a sense of urgency to the fantasy story. Mackenzie Foy plays Clara, who must save a fantastical kingdom from Helen Mirren. Also stars Kiera Knightly and Morgan Freeman.
Mortal Engines (Dec. 14) – Based on a series of novels, this post-apocalyptic adventure directed by Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings”) follows a young woman (Hera Hilmar) seeking to avenge her mother’s death among moving, motorized cities. Hugo Weaving leads the cast.
Welcome to Marwen (Dec. 21) – Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the drama is based on a documentary about an assault victim (Steve Carell) who loses his memory and finds solace in building a miniature World War II village of dolls in his backyard. The film mixes live-action with CG special effects. Also stars Janelle Monae, Leslie Mann and Gwendolyn Christie.
The Sisters Brothers (Sept. 21) – Western comedy about two hitmen brothers (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix) after a prospector (Riz Ahmed). With Jake Gyllenhaal.
Night School (Sept. 28) – Kevin Hart must attend night school to get his GED and gets schooled by Tiffany Haddish, a teacher with unorthodox methods.
Nobody’s Fool (Nov. 2) – Tyler Perry writes and directs this film starring Tiffany Haddish as a woman who gets out of jail and believes her sister (Tika Sumpter) is being catfished. With Whoopi Goldberg.
Second Act (Nov. 21) – Jennifer Lopez is a retail store worker who passes herself off as an experienced consultant to work for a finance firm. With Milo Ventimiglia, Leah Remini and Vanessa Hudgens.
Holmes and Watson (Dec. 21) – Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly put a comedic spin on classic literary detectives Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Life Itself (Sept. 21) – This interweaving tale of romance follows couples over various generations. Stars Olivia Wilde, Oscar Isaac and Annette Bening. Directed by Dan Fogelman, show creator of “This Is Us.”
The Hate U Give (Oct. 19) – A teen (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend by a white police officer.
Wildlife (Oct. 19) – A boy watches his parents’ marriage fall apart after they move in the 1960s. Stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by Paul Dano.
Mid90s (Oct. 19) – Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with this coming-of-age film about a boy in the 1990s with an abusive home life who makes a new group of friends.
The Favourite (Nov. 23) – This 18th century period piece follows the fierce rivalry between cousins (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) for the attention of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who helmed “The Lobster” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”
If Beale Street Could Talk (Nov. 30) – In director and writer Barry Jenkins’ first film after the Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” a black woman (Kiki Layne) is determined to prove the innocence of her convicted lover (Stephan James), in jail for a crime he did not commit.
Mary, Queen of Scots (Dec. 7) – Saoirse Ronan plays Mary Stuart in her attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) for the throne of England.