Fall 2018 Movie Preview

Below is a list of movies opening from September to December, organized chronologically by release date.

Among the movies featuring theater veterans: Oscar Isaac  in “Operation Finale” (Sept 14) and “Life,Itself” (Sept. 21); Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek in “The Old Man and the Gun” (Sept. 28); Viola Davis in “Widows” (Nov. 16); Lucas Hedges in “Boy Erased” (Nov 2) and “Ben is Back” (Dec 2) with Julia Roberts; Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart in “The Front Runner” (Nov. 7); Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Mary Poppins Returns” (Dec. 19)


“The Nun” (Sept. 7) — A gothic supernatural horror film and spinoff in “The Conjuring” franchise.

“Peppermint” (Sept. 7) – Jennifer Garner is going back to her action-packed roots as a widow-turned-assassin after the deaths of her husband and daughter

“The Predator (Sept. 14) — Shane Black’s fourth installment in “The Predator” films, with Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Jacob Tremblay.

“The Children Act” (Sept. 14) — Based on the 2014 book by Ian McEwan, the court drama deals with the ethical dilemma of keeping someone alive versus respecting one’s religion,stars Emma Thompson, Fionn Whitehead and Stanley Tucci.

“The Land of Steady Habits” (Sept. 14) — Ben Mendelsohn stars as a Connecticut divorcee in midlife crisis in Nicole Holofcener’s adaptation of Ted Thompson’s 2014 novel.

Operation Finale (Sept 14) – Oscar Isaac stars as Mossad agent Peter Malkin, who led a team of Israeli spies who tracked down and captured the notorious Adolf Eichmann (played here by Ben Kingsley) 15 years after World War II.

“White Boy Rick” (Sept. 14) — Yann Demange’s 1980s true-life tale about the youngest alleged FBI informant ever, with Matthew McConaughey.

“The House With a Clock in its Walls” (Sept. 21) — A fantasy of witches and warlocks, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

“Love, Gilda” (Sept. 21) – In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner reflects on her life and career, weaving together her recently discovered audiotapes, and interviews with friends inspired by her.

“Life, Itself” (Sept. 21) — This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman’s love story starring Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde, a couple whose life decisions are chronicled by the way the world changes around them every time they reach a new milestone in their relationship. Also starring Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Mandy Patinkin and Olivia Cooke.

“The Sisters Brothers” (Sept. 21) — Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly play brother assassins in Jacques Audiard’s Western.

“Fahrenheit 11/9” (Sept. 21) – Michael Moore is now taking on President Donald Trump in this not-quite-a sequel to the 2004 documentary on the George W. Bush administration.

“Night School” (Sept. 28) — Kevin Hart plays the student and Tiffany Haddish the teacher in this GED comedy.

“Smallfoot” (Sept. 28) — An inverted animated fable where a Yeti is convinced that humans exist. Among the stars Channing Tatum James Corden, and Lebron James

“The Old Man and the Gun” (Sept. 28) — Robert Redford stars as an aged bank robber in David Lowery’s based-on-a-true-story heist movie. With Sissy Spacek.


“A Simple Favor” (Sept. 14), “Lizzie” (Sept. 14), “Colette” (Sept. 21),  “Quincy” (Sept. 21), “Hold the Dark”( Sept. 28)


“Venom” (Oct. 5) — Tom Hardy stars in Marvel’s Spider-Man spinoff.

“Private Life” (Oct. 5) — Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn play a New York couple navigating assisted reproduction in Tamara Jenkins’ semi-autobiographical tale.

“A Star Is Born” (Oct. 5) — Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is a remake of the 1937 film, starring himself and Lady Gaga.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” (Oct. 12) — Seven strangers meet at Lake Tahoe motel in Drew Goddard’s thriller.

“First Man” (Oct. 12) — Damien Chazelle (La-La Land) dramatizes Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon, starring Ryan Gosling.

“Beautiful Boy” (Oct. 12) — Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet play father and son in this adaption of David and Nic Sheff’s memoirs about addiction.

“Halloween” (Oct. 19) — Michael Meyers the character and Jamie Curtis the actress return in David Gordon Green’s installment in the long-running horror franchise.

“The Hate U Give” (Oct. 19) — A young woman struggles for justice after her childhood friend is shot by police.


“The Happy Prince” (Oct. 5), “22 July” (Oct. 10), “Goosebumps 2” (Oct. 12), “The Oath” (Oct. 12), “The Kindergarten Teacher” (Oct. 12), “Serenity” (Oct. 19), “What They Had” (Oct. 19), “Johnny English Strikes Again” (Oct. 26), “Hunter Killer” (Oct. 26), “Overlord” (Oct. 26), “Suspiria” (Oct. 26)


“Boy Erased” (Nov. 2) – Joel Edgerton’s adaptation of Garrard Conley’s acclaimed memoir stars Lucas Hedges as the son of a Baptist preacher who, after being outed to his parents, is pressured into gay conversion therapy.

“Nobody’s Fool” (Nov. 2) — Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter play sisters in Tyler Perry’s comedy.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (Nov. 2) — A biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, from director Bryan Singer, starring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (Nov. 2) — Disney’s lavish live-action fantasy is inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story.

“The Front Runner” (Nov. 7) — Jason Reitman’s film is about Gary Hart’s scandal-plagued 1988 presidential campaign, with Hugh Jackman.

“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (Nov. 9) — An animated remake of the holiday classic, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the Whoville killjoy.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (Nov. 9) — A reboot of the Lisbeth Salander thriller, from the fourth book in the series, with Claire Foy taking over for Rooney Mara.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (Nov. 16) — The second installment in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter prequels, with Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.

“Widows” (Nov. 16) — Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” follow-up is heist movie, where the job in question is carried out by the widows of four slain thieves, led by Viola Davis.

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Nov. 16) — Joel and Ethan Coen’s six-part Western anthology film for Netflix.

“Creed II” (Nov. 21) — Michael B. Jordan returns as the young Adonis Creed to fight the son of Ivan Drago.

“Green Book” (Nov. 21) — Peter Farrelly’s road movie is about a Jamaican-American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) touring the Deep South with his white driver (Viggo Mortensen).

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Nov. 21) — More destruction, this time by way of a wi-fi router, in this “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel.

“Robin Hood” (Nov. 21) — Taron Egerton plays Robin Hood and Jamie Foxx is Little John in the latest version of the Nottingham legend.

“The Favourite” (Nov. 23) — Yorgos Lanthimos’ drama is about two cousins (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz) courting the favor of Queen Anne in 18th century England.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Nov. 30) — Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)  adapts James Baldwin’s classic novel about love and injustice in early 1970s Harlem. Z 19-year-old pregnant woman (Kiki Layne) who is fighting for the freedom of her imprisoned fiancé (Stephen James). The cast also includes Regina King, Dave Franco and Diego Luna.


“The Other Side of the Wind” (Nov. 2), “Outlaw King” (Nov. 9), “At Eternity’s Gate” (Nov. 16), “Instant Family (Nov. 16), “Second Act” (Nov. 21), “Shoplifters” (Nov. 23)


“Mary Queen of Scots” (Dec. 7) — Saoirse Ronan stars as the Scottish monarch Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as her half-sister Queen Elizabeth I, whom Mary was accused to attempting to assassinate.

“Ben Is Back” (Dec. 7) — A long lost son (Lucas Hedges) returns home to his mother (Julia Roberts).

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Dec. 14) — Parallel dimension Spider-Men collide in an animated alternate reality.

“Mary Poppins Returns” (Dec. 19) — Rob Marshall’s sequel to the 1964 original stars Emily Blunt as the magical nanny, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“Aquaman” (Dec. 21) — Jason Momoa’s undersea ruler gets his first solo movie.

“Bumblebee” (Dec. 21) — The “Transformers” spinoff is a prequel to 2007′s “Transformers” centered on the small, yellow Autobot.

“Welcome to Marwen” (Dec. 21) — Robert Zemeckis’ fantasy stars Steve Carell as an assault victim who builds a miniature World War II village in his yard.

“Holmes & Watson” (Dec. 21) — A comic twist on Arthur Conan Doyle’s detectives, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

“On the Basis of Sex” (Dec. 28) — Felicity Jones stars as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Roma” (Dec., undated) — Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical black-and-white tale of a young domestic worker in the middle-class neighborhood of Mexico City’s Roma, set in the 1970s.


“Under the Silver Lake” (Dec. 7), “Mortal Engines” (Dec. 14), “Cold War” (Dec. 21), “Alita: Battle Angel” (Dec. 21)


Dates are subject to change.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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