The 25 movies we’re most excited to see this fall From ‘Avatar’ to ‘Wakanda’

There is plenty on tap to hit the streamers, too (Glass Onion: Knives Out, Blonde). And of course, there is the requisite crop of Oscar contenders, with prestige films from Steven Spielberg, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Damien Chazelle, Sam Mendes, David O. Russell, Olivia Wilde and more in the pipeline.

A movie theater business that has struggled through two-plus years of pandemic got a nice boon this summer with tentpole hits like Top Gun: Maverick ($692 million), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($411 million) and Jurassic World: Dominion ($374 million).

Can Hollywood maintain that momentum as the leaves start to fall? There are certainly some promising comers, including long-awaited Black Panther and Avatar sequels and the arrival of Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam.

This is how Halloween ends… not with a whimper, but a sure-to-be epic showdown between ex-babysitter Laurie Strode and the boogeyman who has plagued her since 1978. Picking up four years after Michael Myers’s Halloween Kills killing spree, David Gordon Green’s trilogy-capper should close this chapter of John Carpenter’s immortal horror movie franchise in appropriately bloody fashion. We can’t wait for Jamie Lee Curtis to slay the scary movie competition this October.

Ready to party like it’s 1999? George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite for a good old-fashioned rom-com, one that feels right out of the ’90s if the pair weren’t playing divorced parents who begrudgingly bury the hatchet to break up the ill-advised Bali wedding of their twentysomething daughter (Kaitlyn Dever). It’s the longtime friends’ first movie together since the 2016 thriller Money Monster.

Wealthy young couple Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) get way more than they bargained for when they travel to a remote island to eat at an ultra-exclusive restaurant run by Ralph Fiennes’s enigmatic celebrity chef in Mark Mylod’s darkly comedic thriller. But between the Sundance breakout Fresh and November’s Bones and All (see below), we really hope what’s on the secret menu is not people.

The SCU (Shrek Cinematic Universe) lives on. Twelve years after his standalone spinoff Puss in Boots (2011) and 15 years after his debut in Shrek the Third (2007), everyone’s favorite dough-eyed feline swordfighter finally gets a theatrical sequel (the Netflix series The Adventures of Puss in Boots did run for six seasons on Netflix from 2015-18, but it did not feature the voice of Antonio Banderas, so was it really canon?). Joining Banderas in animated action this time out: Salma Hayek, Olivia Colman, John Mulaney and Florence Pugh.

Don DeLillo’s 1985 bestseller is brought to life by writer-director Noah Baumbach, with all the book’s curiosities and eccentricities likely intact. Baumbach’s regular collaborators Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig play a married couple whose comfortable life is upended by a train accident that unleashes toxic chemicals above the skies of their hometown. Don Cheadle, Jodie-Turner Smith and Outkast legend Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) round out the A-list ensemble cast.