Hello everyone! Do you feel that change in the air? The weather getting a little chilly in the morning and during the day. The wind blowing orange and maroon leaves around the grass. That’s right! Fall is here and Winter is coming. And that means that a new batch of films are coming to the silver screen to entertain us as the days get colder.
The 2017 remake of It has started off the season in a big way, but luckily it will be the only time that we have to deal with creepy clowns this season. We’ve got returning heroes and a superpowered ensemble that is years in the making, an cultural Pixar animated flick, and another return to our favorite galaxy far, far away.
10. The Snowman – October 20
Why don’t we start with a little winter this October? Based on the novel by Jo Nesbo, this crime drama stars Michael Fassbender as Detective Harry Hole as he investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Looking to be inspired by the cat-and-mouse detective films of old, this thriller looks to capitalize on the resurgence of crime dramas, such as Wind River (one of the best film’s I’ve seen this year). With a leading actor such as Fassbender, it could be a solid film before entering beginnings of Oscar season.
9. Coco – November 22
Disney/Pixar bring audiences another diverse animated film that’s sure to become a classic with time. With the success of last year’s animated musical, Moana, the music is sure to play in this new film. Aspiring musician Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musical artist like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove himself, Miguel finds himself in the colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Teaming up with charming trickster, Hector, they set off on a journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. With voice talents including Benjamin Bratt, Edward James Olmos, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gabriel Iglesias, Cheech Marin, and newcomer Anthony Gonzalez, prepare to experience a colorful blast of musical adventure.
8. Murder on the Orient Express – November 10
Speaking of a Who-dun-it, an ensemble cast comes together to bring one of author Agatha Christie’s classic novel to life. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, a lavish train ride unfolds into a suspenseful mystery as one man, along with thirteen strangers, races to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again on the stranded train. Along with Branagh, the cast includes Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Dame Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Considering Branagh’s success behind the camera with Shakespeare adaptations and Marvel’s Thor, this film will definitely have style to go along with the drama.
7. The Mountain Between Us – October 6
What if your life depended on a stranger you had just met? That’s a question that we’ve all had to ponder at one time or another. Luckily, films like to put this question out there and see what happens. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers (Idris Elba and Kate Winslet) must work together to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they must embark on a perilous journey across miles of wilderness. I wasn’t 100% behind this film, but the more TV spots and trailers I see, I’m convinced that I should give it a shot. Hosting two of the best actors today doesn’t hurt either.
6. The Foreigner – October 13
Jackie Chan hasn’t done action movies for what feels like an eternity. Well, the wait ends this fall. A humble London businessman, Quan, unearths his long buried past to seek justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Pierce Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. If you haven’t seen the trailer, including the most recent one, you are missing out. Even if this film isn’t a box-office success, it’s worth it to see 63 year-old Jackie Chan back in action once more.
5. Blade Runner 2049 – October 6
How long have fans of the cult classic been awaiting this sequel? 35 years after the original film, this long awaited sequel returns us to a colorful future that set the visual standard for how we see the future. A young blade runner, Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. This film has been kept under lock and key as far as secrets beyond this synopsis, which I think works better for them. It adds to the intrigue and the mystery. One question has to be raised though: will we see the death of another iconic Harrison Ford character?!
4. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – September 22
Put on your best suit and saddle up to journey across the pond and back. The sequel to the 2014 surprise smash hit reunites audiences with our favorite spy agency. When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the remaining members journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy in order to save the world. Returning originals Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong are joined by Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Jeff Bridges. If this film is anything as exciting and entertaining as the original, audience are sure to be in for a hell of a good time.
3. Justice League – November 17
As a comic book fan, I never thought this day would come. While I am a Marvel fan, my love for superheroes is originally rooted in DC comics. Reading and watching the adventures of the Justice League on Saturday mornings, a live-action movie never crossed my mind. Now, the time has finally come. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to face an even greater enemy. Together, they find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against the threat of Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg…together on the big screen. And you know the father figure, Superman, won’t be far behind! Let’s see if the DCEU can capitalize on the success of Wonder Woman’s solo outing.
2. Thor: Ragnarok – November 2
Speaking of universes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is ready to unleash one of this fall’s highly anticipated movies. the mighty Avenger, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), finds himself on the other side of the universe in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to return to Asgard in order to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, Hela, the Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett). Along with Marvel veterans Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin and newcomers including Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, this third installment in the Thor film saga looks to be the all-time for the God of Thunder as next year’s Infinity War approaches.
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – December 15
Jump into hyperspace to our favorite galaxy far, far away as the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy blasts into theaters. Picking up after the events in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey (Daisy Ridley) continues her epic journey into a larger world with Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Issac), and the reclusive Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Like Blade Runner 2049, this next chapter of the Skywalker saga has been kept under wraps. Why did Luke walk away? Who are Rey’s parents and what’s her connection to the Force? Will this story be similar to The Empire Strikes Back where the First Order takes the upper hand? I’ll definitely be in attendance to watch Rian Johnson’s vision of the Star Wars universe and give a final send-off to Carrie Fisher’s final role as General Leia.
So what movie are you most excited for? Have I missed any that you readers are looking forward to? Let me know in the comments section!