Say goodbye to bloated summer blockbusters, and say hello to a Rodarte-helmed drama, Wonder Woman’s return, Channing Tatum in a cowboy hat, and Ryan Gosling in futuristic shearling. Phew! Here are the best 19 movies to see at cinemas this fall.
Activist Dolores Huerta worked with Cesar Chavez to found farm-workers’ unions—yet her name isn’t tremendously well known. This documentary highlights her contributions, including comments from Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem, and showcases Huerta’s own positive and persistent point of view: She may be 87-years-old, but she’s still fighting.
With a September 8 premiere date, there’s plenty of time to decide whether this adaptation of the Stephen King horror classic can/will take pride of place in a Halloween line-up. Even pre-release, viewers seem to have decided it is worthy of checking out: The trailer broke viewing records, beating The Fate of the Furious for most views in a single day. Numbers aside, the film is certainly not likely to change anyone’s opinions about clowns.
Woodshock (September 22)
Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy collaborate with muse Kirsten Dunst in a very different kind of project. In the fashion siblings’ directorial debut, Dunst stars as a woman in the grip of drug-induced paranoia. The result is as gorgeously dreamy as you’d expect. Game of Thrones’ newest fashion plate, Pilou Asbaek, also stars.
Stronger (September 22)
Jake Gyllenhaal puts everything into his portrayal of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, in this true story based on the runner’s memoir about the tragedy and what followed.
Battle of the Sexes (September 22)
Depending on which way you look at it, Battle of the Sexes could be exactly the satisfyingly feminist historical smackdown you need right now, or a depressing reminder that, wow, there really have always been and will always be men who don’t believe women are capable of anything great. We’re also curious about how the friction between Emma Stone’s Billie Jean King and Steve Carell’s Bobby Riggs will play out.
Unrest (September 22)
When Jennifer Brea first fell ill, doctors couldn’t identify what was happening to her. And when the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome finally came her way, she discovered many in the medical—and wider—community were dismissive of the condition that kept her in bed, in pain, and sometimes unable to speak. She discovered others in the same boat and documented the process herself: This revealing film is the result.
Blade Runner 2049 (October 6)
Even though just the mere idea of Ryan Gosling wearing a shearling jacket in the future is very appealing, the reality is so much better. Of course, that’s not the only important element of this year’s Blade Runner (although it is very important); the film looks to be an utterly stylish, suitably apocalyptic sequel to the 1982 sci-fi film. With Robin Wright, Jared Leto, and Harrison Ford onboard, this October release is bound to do justice to the original.
Mother! (October 13)
If all you know about this movie is the bizarre poster featuring Jennifer Lawrence proffering her torn-out heart, you’re not alone. There’s no fall movie release more mysterious than this Darren Aronofsky horror offering, despite its high-calibre cast (Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris also star). Our guess? It’s going to be just a little gory.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (October 27)
Nicole Kidman reunites with The Beguiled co-star Colin Farrell for yet another odd, tense, disturbing psychological thriller. The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos is bringing to screen the story of a cardiologist’s strange relationship with a teenage boy, Martin (Barry Keoghan). And if you think that trope will play out predictably, think again. Add in a small but blistering role for Alicia Silverstone, and this is a film that will make fall feel that much colder.
Thor: Ragnarok (November 3)
Why do we have to wait until November to see this glorious romp of a movie? I’ll be applying metallic makeup every day until Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, and Mark Ruffalo unite on screen to take us to the end of the world. If this trailer is anything to go by, Taika Waititi’s vision of the apocalypse looks like Blade Runner and a M.A.C. counter collided in space, and we’re here for it.
A Bad Moms Christmas (November3)
“Remember when the holidays were actually fun?” Rhetorical question or not, it’s one lots of beleaguered parents—hell, anyone who spends holidays with their family—will relate to. If you need to let off a bit of steam ahead of the Christmas season, do it with bad moms Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hah
Wonder (November 17)
Wonder will leave you sobbing, and not just because it stars both Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts. They’ll play the Pullmans, parents of Auggie—whose facial differences draw out the best and worst in others when he attends school for the first time in fifth grade. The R.J. Palacio book it’s based on is a complete cryfest, and by the looks of the trailer, the big-screen adaptation is going to require a good stack of tissues, too. (Also, hello, Daveed Diggs!)
Murder on the Orient Express (November 10)
Kenneth Branagh’s Belgian accent, gigantic grey mustache, and directorial prowess aside, it’s unlikely there’ll be a false note in this new version of the Agatha Christie mystery. An outstanding cast—featuring Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Colman, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe—will keep audiences on their toes as they attempt to keep up with Hercule Poirot as he investigates the devilish twists and turns that lead to murder.
Justice League (November 17)
The superhero train isn’t stopping any time soon. Which is fine with us—even though Wonder Woman only obliterated our movie screens a short few months ago, we’re ravenous for more. Gal Gadot will return as the beloved superhero in Justice League, which brings Wonder Woman together with Batman (Ben Affleck), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller).
Call Me By Your Name (November 24)
People are already brushing up on the André Aciman novel this beautiful coming-of-age film is based on; after rave reviews at Sundance, it’s likely to capture audiences on a bigger scale when it’s released in November. Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star as two young men drawn to each other one heady summer in the north of Italy.