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.
The Ultimate 2018 Fall Movie Guide
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
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.
When Kevin Hart *accidentally* blows up his place of employment, he goes back to school to get his GED.
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.
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Holmes and Watson
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star in this modern (and hilarious) spoof on the ever-classic mysteries surrounding Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
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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.)
The Children Act
With her marriage on the rocks, Judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is simultaneously presiding over the case of her career.
Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny star in this film based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn
A man from Beverly's (Aubrey Plaza) past performs a one-night only show about her and things take a turn for the worse.
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The Happy Prince
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.)
When his sister joins a sinister religious cult, her brother (played by Dan Stevens) is the only one who can save her.
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What They Had
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.
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.
Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton star in this horror film about a world-renowned dance company overcome by darkness.
White Boy Rick
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.
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.
The Old Man & the Gun
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.
When a writer (Kathryn Hahn) undergoes multiple fertility issues, it puts strain (and, of course, pressure) on her relationship with her spouse (Paul Giamatti).
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A Star Is Born
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.
The Kindergarten Teacher
Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a teacher obsessed with a student in her classroom who she believes to be a child prodigy.
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.)
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.
The Hate U Give
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.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Melissa McCarthy shows off her dramatic chops in this drama based on the real life story of best-selling celeb biographer Lee Israel.
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.)
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.
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.)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
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.
On the Basis of Sex
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.)
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.
The Front Runner
Hugh Jackman plays American Senator Gary Hart whose presidential campaign is derailed in 1988 after he gets caught in an a love affair.
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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).
A Simple Favor
When Anna Kendrick befriends a mom blogger (Blake Lively) who suddenly goes missing, she makes it her mission to track her down.
Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) plays a broken man on a quest to destroy an unhinged religious cult that slaughtered the love of his life.
Bad Times at the El Royale
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier (Dave Bautista) goes rogue to bring her home. (Pierce Brosnan also stars.)
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.)
Johnny English Strikes Again
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.
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.
This modern retelling of the Louisa May Alcott classic stars Lea Thompson and newcomers Melanie Stone, Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings and Elise Jones.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
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.
Benedict Cumberbatch (well, his voice) is the grumpy Grinch trying to ruin Christmas for all the Who’s in Whoville in this animated tale.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Magizoologist Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) is back in the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
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.
Mary Poppins Returns
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.)
A House With a Clock in Its Walls
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.