The summer movie season of 2018 has quickly come to an end. And as for this summer, it’s another year that mostly has its fair share of disappointments when it comes to the blockbusters. Sure, we had Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2 and Mission: Impossible- Fallout that nearly everybody loved and will be remembered by, but a handful of them were just alright, in my opinion. But some of the best movies to come out this year have been the smaller movies that nobody saw like Eighth Grade, BlacKkKlansman, or Won’t You Be My Neighbor? that the general audience seemed to enjoy, including myself.
However, we are lucky enough to look forward to the rest of the year with the fall movie season kicking in very soon. From September to December, this is the perfect time to release the newest sequels and potential Oscar contenders. Will some of these get their time or be considered “Oscar-bait”? Will Robin Hood be any good? Who knows. Most of these movies were already on my most anticipated movies of the year.
Here, see what I’m looking forward to this Fall:
The Old Man & the Gun
Release Date: Sept. 28
Cast: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits, Sissy Spacek
At first glance, The Old Man & the Gun might be an overly long crime comedy that’s not in my wheelhouse, but after watching the recent trailer, I might get a kick out of David Lowery’s latest that’s based on real-life criminal Forrest Tucker. Sadly, this is Robert Redford’s final film as he’s gonna retire from acting. If that’s the case, he might go out with a win.
A Star is Born (2018)
Release Date: Oct. 5
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott
Have I ever seen the original three movies? No, but Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut of A Star is Born is sure to release all kinds of emotions with Cooper and Lady Gaga singing with each other. And it appears to be the movie in October that has lots of people in talks for Oscars after seeing the trailer a handful of times during the summer. Even so, A Star is Born could be this year’s Crazy Heart.
Bad Times at the El Royale
Release Date: Oct. 12
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth
Drew Goddard’s long- awaited follow-up to 2012’s Cabin in the Woods arrives in the form of a crime mystery set in this rundown hotel where these seven strangers might not have the best luck, but must everything go right for them. With a solid cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as a hippie leader of a cult, Bad Times at the El Royale had me sold ever since the trailer came out.
Release Date: Oct. 12
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler
Three reasons why First Man is my most anticipated movie for the rest of the year: 1) Damien Chazelle is directing it, 2) He’s reuniting with star Ryan Gosling after La La Land, 3) It’s about Neil Armstrong and space. How can anybody not be excited about that? First Man looks like it an adventurous look at one of the most dangerous mission of all-time in the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon. With Claire Foy in a supporting role, this is easily a possible Oscar Contender.
Release Date: Oct. 16
Cast: Steve Carrell, Timothee Chalamet, Amy Ryan
Family dramas can sometimes be hit-or-miss, though Beautiful Boy is gonna have a focus on a father-son relationship, based on David and Nic Sheff’s memoirs, might be relatable for some who have or previously had addictions to drugs. From watching the trailer, I just have a strong feeling that Beautiful Boy is gonna make me emotional.
Release Date: Oct. 19
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
Normally, another entry in the Halloween franchise doesn’t scream excitement when we already had a bunch of mediocre sequels and whatever Rob Zombie was trying to do. But the best thing about this Halloween is that director David Gordon Green is co-writer Danny McBride basically erases everything after the original and the mythology with Jamie Lee Curtis coming back as Laurie Strode seeking to finally kill Michael Myers. Fingers-crossed that this is actually scary and not a waste of time with dumb, ineffective scares.
Release Date: Nov. 2
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello
Queen is one of my favorite bands of all-time, and I’ve been for years for a biopic about Freddie Mercury to finally come true after all these problems it had. With its energetic trailers with makes damn sure that Rami Malek is gonna kill it was the late lead singer, Bohemian Rhapsody should make for one of the coolest movies when this comes out. When it comes to possibly see this opening night, wearing a tee and listening to their music is the best way to hype up.
The Front Runner
Release Date: Nov. 7
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina
Jason Reitman’s second film to come out this year, The Front Runner might be a surprise with this funny, yet dark biopic about Senator Gary Hart. Don’t know much going in, but a trailer will likely appear online next month. This could go neither way when it has its premiere at TIFF coming up.
Release Date: Nov. 9 (Netflix and in select theaters)
Cast: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howie
One of the newest movies to movies to premiere on Netflix could turn out to be hit. Outlaw King reunites Hell or High Water director and star David Mackenzie and Chris Pine as this is the true story of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, to reclaim Scotland from the English. This action period piece could turn out to be a bore fest, but I have high hopes that this could wind up a good epic.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Release Date: Nov. 16
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler
While I didn’t think the first Fantastic Beasts was a great movie, it was still an enjoyable prequel that introduced us into the Harry Potter world decades ago. The Crimes of Grindelwald might go for a darker and more exciting follow-up that has the possibilities to impress the people who didn’t like the first film. Stepping the controversy aside that Johnny Depp is in this is gonna be distracting (because he should’ve been re-cast), maybe this could be an improvement over its predecessor.
Release Date: Nov. 16
Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo
When you have an ensemble cast like this, and Steve McQueen directing and co-writing the script with Gillian Flynn, there can’t be any more excited from Widows. I’m always up for a heist film (when it sounds interesting), and this has been on my radar ever since I heard this was being made. And if all goes well, Widows could be a better version of Set It Off.
Release Date: Nov. 21
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
With Creed was one of the best movies to come out in recent memory, I been waiting ever since it ended for a sequel to come out. Creed II still makes me nervous since Ryan Coogler didn’t come back to do this sequel because of his duties on Black Panther, I’m just glad the cast returns for the next installment with new director Steven Caple Jr. to showcase this new story surrounding Adonis fighting in the ring with Ivan Drago’s son. Thanksgiving weekend can’t come soon enough.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Release Date: Nov. 21
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Taraji P. Henson
I love the first Wreck-It Ralph when it came out six years ago, and it’s about time we see what Ralph and Vanellope will be up to once they venture into the Internet in Ralph Breaks the Internet. Just from what I’ve seen from trailers when the Disney Princesses appear, chances are that the Disney sequel is gonna be great for everybody.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Release Date: Nov. 30
Cast: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Brian Tyree Henry
After Moonlight won Best Picture, we have been waiting to hear Barry Jenkins’ next film he has lined up. From the looks of it, his take on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel might be another hit for him as If Beale Street Could Talk looks to be another powerful and visually stunning drama that’s to be known from Jenkins by now.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Release Date: Dec.14
Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld
First hearing about what Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse kind of peaked my interest. Now, this looks even better than Venom. We finally get to see Miles Morales for the first time on the big screen along with other iterations of Spider-Man in a movie that’s gonna be crazy enjoyable. And I’m already loving the film’s animation style.
And here’s the movies that I’m not looking forward to, yet hopeful:
Release Date: Sept. 14
Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Thomas Jane, Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn
With Shane Black directing and co-writing a new installment in the Predator franchise that looks to harken back the original, how comes the advertisement for The Predator doesn’t convince me that this looks good? With a dull month for September for the bigger movies coming out, let’s all hope that this return is a great one.
Release Date: Oct. 5
Cast: Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams
Didn’t think a Venom movie sounded interesting at first, and with each passing trailer that Sony released, it makes me think that this has the potential to be the worst comic book movie of the year. Sure, the look of Venom looks pretty accurate to the comics, but I feel like this is a rushed project that has no reason to be made since it doesn’t take place in the MCU with Spider-Man. The reason why I still seeing it: Tom Hardy. Why? Because I love him. But I am praying at this turns out decent.
Release Date: Dec. 21
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
Even though Michael Bay isn’t directing this spin-off starring Hailee Steinfeld focusing on the title character in the ’80s, it’s still a Transformers movie that’s still a part of the same universe as the other trash movies from before. However, I hope Travis Knight makes Bumblebee makes a cool and heartwarming connection between Steinfeld’s Charlie and Bumblebee a great one and turns out to be a decent movie in the franchise. Let’s just pray that they listened to the audience and understand that we don’t need the bad humor and loud explosions to make it good to not piss off longtime Transformers fans.
Release Date: Dec. 21
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman
The DCEU has its ups-and-downs for the past few years, and Aquaman could balance the cinematic universe as we finally get to see the Atlantean hero in his own solo movie. But unlike a lot of people, I was pretty underwhelmed by the trailer that was shown at Comic-Con and my anticipation isn’t as high as it used to be. Sill hopeful since didn’t have any problems while shooting and I trust James Wan will release a solid adventure under the sea.