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The Ultimate 2018 Fall Movie Guide

Summer blockbusters are great and all, but reminder: Oscar season is *right* around the corner (ahem, February 2019), which means Hollywood is about to gift us a slew of popcorn-worthy dramas, indies, comedies and more to carry us through. Here, the best of the bunch…Mary Poppins and J. Lo all included.

Comedy

sierra burgess Netflix 

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser

(September 7)

Shannon Purser (Barb of Stranger Things fame) stars in this coming-of-age Netflix film about a case of mistaken identity via text that leads to an unexpected romance.

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night shift
Universal Pictures

Night School

(September 28)

When Kevin Hart *accidentally* blows up his place of employment, he goes back to school to get his GED.

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the oath
Roadside Attractions

The Oath

(October 12)

Proof Thanksgiving and politics very rarely mix—especially in a politically divided America—one man (Ike Barinholtz of The Mindy Project) struggles to make it through without destroying his family.

No trailer yet

holmes and watson
Columbia Pictures

Holmes and Watson

(November 9)

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star in this modern (and hilarious) spoof on the ever-classic mysteries surrounding Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

No trailer yet

second act
STX Entertainment

Second Act

(November 21)

J. Lo plays a 40-year-old woman who wants a career do-over even if she has to fake it ‘till she makes it to get her foot in the door. (FYI, Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us also stars.)

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Independent

the children act A24 

The Children Act

(September 14)

With her marriage on the rocks, Judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is simultaneously presiding over the case of her career.

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lizzie
Roadside Attractions

Lizzie

(September 14)

Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny star in this film based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

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an evening with beverly
Universal Pictures

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

(September 28)

A man from Beverly's (Aubrey Plaza) past performs a one-night only show about her and things take a turn for the worse.

No trailer yet

oscar wilde
Sony Pictures Classics

The Happy Prince

(October 5)

Rupert Everett is Oscar Wilde in this film about the last days of the famed playwright’s life. (Colin Firth and Emily Watson also star.)

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apostle
October Films

Apostle

(October 12)

When his sister joins a sinister religious cult, her brother (played by Dan Stevens) is the only one who can save her.

No trailer yet

hilary swank
Bleecker Street

What They Had

(October 19)

Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon play siblings trying to deal with their mother (Blythe Danner) who’s sick and their father (Robert Forster) who refuses to let go.

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mid90s
A24

Mid90s

(October 19)

Written and directed by Jonah Hill, this film—set in 1990s L.A.—follows 13-year-old Stevie as he navigates friendships with a troubled group of teens.

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suspiria
Amazon Studios

Suspiria

(November 2)

Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton star in this horror film about a world-renowned dance company overcome by darkness.

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Drama

white boy rick Columbia Pictures 

White Boy Rick

(September 14)

Matthew McConaughey stars in this film based on the true story of Richard Wershe Jr., a teen drug dealer-turned-undercover informant for the FBI in the 1980s.

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life itself
Amazon Studios

Life Itself

(September 21)

Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde are engaged, married and pregnant in this film that explores the link their relationship (and life) has to others who came before.

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the old man and the gun
Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Old Man & the Gun

(September 28)

Robert Redford is back in this true story about Forrest Tucker, a 70-year-old who escaped from San Quentin Prison and embarked on a string of heists.

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private life
Netflix

Private Life

(October 5)

When a writer (Kathryn Hahn) undergoes multiple fertility issues, it puts strain (and, of course, pressure) on her relationship with her spouse (Paul Giamatti).

No trailer yet

a star is born
Warner Bros.

A Star Is Born

(October 5)

Bradley Cooper stars and directs this film about a musician who helps a singer (played by Lady Gaga) achieve fame at the same time his own career starts to spiral.

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the kindergarten teacher
Netflix

The Kindergarten Teacher

(October 12)

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a teacher obsessed with a student in her classroom who she believes to be a child prodigy.

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first man
Amblin Entertainment

First Man

(October 12)

This biopic tells the story of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and how it came to be that he was the first man ever to walk on the moon. (Claire Foy also stars.)

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beautiful boy
Amazon Studios

Beautiful Boy

(October 12)

Based on the book of the same name, this film chronicles the harrowing journey of a father (Steve Carell) and son (Timothée Chalamet) coping with addiction over many years.

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the hate u give
20th Century Fox

The Hate U Give

(October 19)

When a teen witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend at the hands of police, she struggles to find her voice in the aftermath in this topical drama.

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can you forgive me
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

(October 19)

Melissa McCarthy shows off her dramatic chops in this drama based on the real life story of best-selling celeb biographer Lee Israel.

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boy erased1
Focus Features

Boy Erased

(November 2)

Lucas Hedges plays the son of a Baptist preacher who is forced to enroll in a church-sponsored gay conversion program. (Nicole Kidman also stars.)

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bohemian rhapsody1
20th Century Fox

Bohemian Rhapsody

(November 2)

Rami Malek (of Mr. Robot fame) steps into the shoes of Freddie Mercury in this film about the years leading up to Queen’s performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.

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peterloo1
Amazon Studios

Peterloo

(November 9)

It’s the story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre when a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester turned ugly after British Forces decided to attack. (Rory Kinnear stars.)

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the spider s web1
MGM

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

(November 9)

Claire Foy steps into Rooney Mara’s shoes in the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo about a computer hacker and journalist who find themselves caught in a web of spies and corruption.

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ruth bader ginsberg1
Focus Features

On the Basis of Sex

(November 9)

Felicity Jones plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this film about her path to becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. (Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux also star.)

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creed 21
Warner Bros.

Creed 2

(November 21)

It’s the sequel to Creed…which is also the sequel to the Rocky franchise. In this one, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces off against the son of the man who killed his dad.

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the front runner1
Columbia Pictures

The Front Runner

(November 21)

Hugh Jackman plays American Senator Gary Hart whose presidential campaign is derailed in 1988 after he gets caught in an a love affair.

No trailer yet

the favourite1
Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Favourite

(November 26)

Set in 18th Century England, when Queen Anne falls ill, her close friend (Rachel Weisz) helps govern the country in her place with input from her charming servant Abigail (Emma Stone).

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Thriller

a simple plan Lionsgate Films 

A Simple Favor

(September 14)

When Anna Kendrick befriends a mom blogger (Blake Lively) who suddenly goes missing, she makes it her mission to track her down.

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mandy
Spectrevision

Mandy

(September 14)

Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) plays a broken man on a quest to destroy an unhinged religious cult that slaughtered the love of his life.

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el dorado hotel
20th Century Fox

Bad Times at the El Royale

(October 12)

With an all-star cast that includes Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Nick Offerman and Dakota Johnson, a crew of strangers—each with a secret to bury—meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale hotel.

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halloween
Sony Pictures

Halloween

(October 19)

He’s baaack. Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) faces off with serial killer Michael Myers for the last time in this sequel to the 1978 film.

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anne hathaway1
Aviron Pictures

Serenity

(October 19)

When a fishing boat captain (played by Matthew McConaughey) gets a desperate plea for help from his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway), he’s left grappling with what’s reality and what’s not.

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widows1
20th Century Fox

Widows

(November 16)

Four women (including Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez) take fate into their own hands after their ex-husbands’ criminal activities leave them with a debt to pay.

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Action

predator 20th Century Fox 

The Predator

(September 14)

Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown and Jacob Tremblay star in this film about a young boy who accidentally triggers the return of the universe’s most lethal hunters to Earth.

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final score
Altitude Film

Final Score

(September 14)

When terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier (Dave Bautista) goes rogue to bring her home. (Pierce Brosnan also stars.)

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venom
Sony Pictures

Venom

(October 5)

After Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) acquires the powers of a symbiote, he has to rely on his alter-ego “Venom” to restore order and save his life. (Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate are by his side.)

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johnny english
Universal Pictures

Johnny English Strikes Again

(October 26)

When a hacker releases the identities of all the undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) has to come out of retirement to save the day.

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Family

smallfoot Warner Bros. 

Smallfoot

(September 28)

Gina Rodriguez, Channing Tatum, James Corden, even LeBron James, all lend their voices to this film about a Yeti who is 100 percent convinced that “humans” exist.

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little women
Columbia Pictures

Little Women

(September 28)

This modern retelling of the Louisa May Alcott classic stars Lea Thompson and newcomers Melanie Stone, Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings and Elise Jones.

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the nutcracker and the four realms
Walt Disney Studios

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

(November 2)

Kiera Knightly is the Sugar Plum Fairy; Helen Mirren is Mother Ginger; Morgan Freeman is Drosselmeyer in this magical retelling of this beloved Christmas tale.

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the grinch
Universal Pictures

The Grinch

(November 9)

Benedict Cumberbatch (well, his voice) is the grumpy Grinch trying to ruin Christmas for all the Who’s in Whoville in this animated tale.

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fantastic beasts
Warner Bros.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

(November 16)

Magizoologist Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) is back in the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series.

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wreck it ralph
Walt Disney Studios

Ralph Breaks the Internet

(November 21)

In this sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph and Vanellope happen upon a Wi-Fi router in their arcade…and a path to a new adventure.

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mary poppins returns
Walt Disney Studios

Mary Poppins Returns

(December 19)

Emily Blunt plays the title character in the musical remake of the Julie Andrews classic. (Meryl Streep, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer and Dick Van Dyke also star.)

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clock
Universal Pictures

A House With a Clock in Its Walls

(September 21)

Cate Blanchett and Jack Black star in this film about a man tasked with locating an ancient clock with the power to end the world.

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