We made it through the summer movie season. With its action-packed blockbusters, the summer season now moves into the fall and holiday seasons. It’s here that some more high profile movies hit the theaters, many of them backed by Oscar campaigns, along with more mass entertainment. With so much to choose from, which fall movies are we looking forward to the most?
The House with a Clock in Its Walls is based on a popular children’s book, which is generally a selling point for me, and it has a good cast. I am also looking forward to Aquaman; while the DC movies have had a rocky start, there have been some quality moments, and I am still hoping for greatness from the DC universe. I can’t miss Halloween. I haven’t missed one yet, and I certainly can’t miss the final confrontation between Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode! Finally, there is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I have been a Harry Potter junkie for years; I am hoping for the best from the second Newt Scamander movie.
I am looking forward to seeing Venom when it comes out Oct. 5. Tom Hardy takes the titular role in a Marvel film that isn’t tied to the other Marvel cinematic franchises. It’s a good move, as the anti-hero Venom will likely play better without integration into an existing storyline. Late in December I am hoping Will Farrell and John C. Reilly will make Holmes and Watson worth the watch. While it seems unlikely the humorous take on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic will match the hilarity of Talladega Nights or Step Brothers, I feel like you can’t go wrong with these two comedic geniuses.
For a space program nut like me, First Man gets me feeling all kinds of tingly. Starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the movie tells the story about Armstrong’s historic role in the United States’ first moon landing. As a sugar-crazed fiend, well, how can I miss Mary Poppins Returns? That spoonful of sugar is too hard to pass up right around Christmas time. Also, can a musical biography about the band Queen and its lead singer, Freddie Mercury, be as good as I hope it to be? We’ll find out when Bohemian Rhapsody arrives in theaters.
Writer/director Drew Goddard hit it out of the park with his first feature, 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods, so I’m anticipating the quirky-looking Bad Times at the El Royale on Oct. 5. And, as a horror fan, the remake of Dario Argento’s trippy 1977 Suspiria (Nov. 2) looks just as weird as the original (but with a bigger budget). Finally, Claire Foy replaces Noomi Rapace as one of the great contemporary kick-ass anti-heroes, Stieg Larsson’s hacker Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Nov. 9).