15 Fall Films That Have Us Hyped

Autumn is the best season, for movies and for life. So here are 15 films coming in the next two months to help celebrate the falling of leaves and pumpkin spicing of everything else. In release order:

1. It (dir. Andrés Muschietti)

The hype around this reboot is reaching a feverish pitch as the first overwhelmingly positive reviews are rolling in and real-life clowns are losing their jobs. The story of a group of “Loser” preteens who are confronted by their darkest fears in the form of a killer clown was originally made into a television miniseries in the 90s. It’s an adaptation that despite its varied reputation I have always looked back on fondly. While this new film looks like a sleek Hollywood upgrade with a twist of nostalgia, lets hope the trailer’s use of jump scares to sell this as a horror flick doesn’t take away from the true terrors of the story.

Release date: September 8

2. mother! (dir. Darren Aronofsky)

The latest from Darren Aronofsky stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple moving into a new home that is soon overrun with uninvited guests. The creepier aspects of the film’s trailer are reminiscent of Aronofsky’s film Black Swan, though this story looks like it is taking a decidedly more horror-esque tone. Having missed Lawrence’s first foray into horror, I’m looking forward to seeing her in a different genre then we’ve come to expect.

Release date: September 15

3. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (dir. Matthew Vaughn)

While I found the original film to have “an overbearing sense of self-satisfaction rather than fun,” I’m such a huge fan of Vaughn’s other work that I’m willing to give this idea another go. Hopefully with this seriously all-star cast (Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, and Jeff Bridges), the film plays into its own unique mythology rather than playing on a tired James Bond parody.

Release date: September 22

4. Battle of the Sexes (dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)

The true story of the epic 1973 showdown between tennis champ Billie Jean King and ex-tennis champ and professional blowhard Bobby Riggs is one made for the big screen. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the husband and wife directing team behind Little Miss Sunshine, are an interesting choice for this film and I look forward to seeing their multilayered perspective to the story. From the look of the trailer this film has prestige written all over it, especially with Steve Carell and Emma Stone in the lead roles.

Release date: September 22

5. The Lego Ninjago Movie (dir. Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan)

You might be rolling your eyes at the fact that this is the second Lego film we’re getting this year. At first, I was skeptical that even the Lego Batman concept could sustain an entire film, but was more than pleasantly surprised. The trailers for Ninjago are doing their best to emulate the original film, and the cast is stacked with funny people, including The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani, the underappreciated Zach Woods, and Abbi Jacobson.

Release date: September 22

6. American Made (dir. Doug Liman)

Tom Cruise plays an airline pilot who gets tangled with the CIA, DEA, General Noriega, and Pablo Escobar. And it is based on a true story. I’m not sure what else needs to be said about this one, but Cruise is reteaming with director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrrow), which is even more reason to be excited about this one.

Release date: September 27

7. Flatliners (dir. Niels Arden Oplev)

Okay, this doesn’t look fantastic but I could be proven wrong and hope that I am. The film, starring Ellen Page and Diego Luna, is about a group of medical students so into the mysteries of the afterlife they keep killing themselves only to be revived. But as we learn time and time again from the fantasy/sci-fi genre, when you come back from the dead, you rarely come back alone. It’s a film tailor made for my morbid soul and one that, I recently found out, was already made for my morbid soul back in 1990. That version, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, and Julia Roberts is now a must-see for me before I go on this remake thrill ride.

Release date: October 6

8. Blade Runner 2049 (dir. Denis Villeneuve)

Villeneuve might just be getting better and better, and after Arrival, I’m glad to see him give science fiction another go. The film looks predictably gorgeous from the trailer, and is sure to be an aesthetic smash.. Blade Runner doesn’t mean a lot to me on a personal level, so there’s zero anxiety for me about what this might mean for the legacy of the original film. If Harrison Ford wants to resurrect all of his 1980s roles, what else are we to do but show up?

Release date: October 6

8. The Florida Project (dir. Sean Baker)

For anyone who caught Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the trailer for The Florida Project will feel wonderfully reminiscent of that gem of a film. Although they take place on opposite coasts, Baker seems to imbue Florida Project with that same irresistible golden glow that permeated the early morning hours in Tangerine. The Florida Project also seems to have a similar realness, or “hand-held” feel to it, much like its predecessor, famously shot on an iPhone.

Release date: October 6

10. The Foreigner (dir. Martin Campbell)

Is six years enough time to get the Green Lantern albatross off one’s neck? Despite having directed the two best James Bond films since 1990, director Martin Campbell has been on the blacklist since the failed superhero franchise starter. But now he’s back, and with Jackie Chan in a Taken-esque older action star revenge film. And he needs to fight Pierce Brosnan. I can’t wait.

Release date: October 13

11. Goodbye Christopher Robin (dir. Simon Curtis)

I know the trailer makes it look like sappy Oscar-bait, but I guess it is playing the right notes when it comes to tapping into the deep and unabashed nostalgia I have for Winnie the Pooh, as well as how emotional father-son stories make me. Director Simon Curtis seems to like adapting these simple real life stories, but Domnhall Gleeson and Margot Robbie seem like a good fit for the project. But more glamor shots of that bear, please.

Release date: October 13

12. Geostorm (dir. Dean Devlin)

“I literally had to fly in from outer space.” – scientist Gerard Butler

[At this point I just started cackling with joy.]

Release date: October 20

13. The Snowman (dir.Tomas Alfredson)

I’m always up for a dark Scandinavian thriller, and this one based on a novel by Jo Nesbø looks like a good one. I’ve added the source material to my to-be-read stack eagerly anticipating the twists and turns in this serial killer thriller. And not only does it star Michaell Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, but it is also Tomas Alfedson’s follow up to Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, which is a fascinating resume.

Release date: October 20

14. Wonderstruck (dir. Todd Haynes)

Based on a book by Brian Selznick, who also wrote/illustrated The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which became Martin Scorsese’s delightful Hugo, and directed by Todd Haynes (Carol, I’m Not There), this might be the most anticipated film on this list. It’s rare that we get family films that aren’t animated, let alone with such a prestigious pedigree. The look of that trailer, imbued with such history (and a reverence for museums) and careful filmmaking (plus those hot Cannes pull quotes) have me excited beyond all else.

Release date: October 20

14. Suburbicon (dir. George Clooney)

A long-gestating idea from the Coens (written by them with Clooney and frequent Clooney collaborator Grant Heslov), this one looks like it should be more darkly comic than a thriller. We’ll have a better sense of how excited to be once it premieres at Venice next week, but I’m always down for a nervous Matt Damon performance.

Release date: October 27

Author: JIll Malcolm and Ryan Silberstein

“This is the business we’ve chosen!” Jill Malcolm and Ryan Silberstein, two self-described film aficionados, tell it like it is about the latest and greatest movies. They are Contributing editors here at Cinedelphia, writing partners, and founders of Filmhash.com.

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