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The 25 Most Anticipated Films of Fall 2018

Beloved auteurs and familiar screen pairings dominate this year's awards-season releases

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Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween

    It’s been a loud, expensive summer. Box office records were demolished alongside entire cities, would-be hopefuls failed to take flight, and a Singapore family full of drama and a giant shark took over the final weeks of the year’s laziest days. 2018 saw Hollywood embrace old styles anew, from the unabashed romantic comedy to the winkingly in-on-it B-movie, and we wound up having a hell of a lot more moviegoing fun than we have in recent summers.

    This isn’t to say that the upcoming slate of year-end releases won’t yield some fun along the way, but let’s be honest. It’s about to be Oscar time, and Oscar time means that some of the best filmmakers working today are on the way with new and challenging material that we’ll surely be having Twitter scrapes over for the next six months. Long-gestating projects butt up against new voices, recent contenders look to return strong with promising follow-ups, and at least one of those James Cameron movies that we all just sort of assumed had disappeared is actually coming out, even if it’s no longer by James Cameron anymore.

    The air will soon turn crisp and the leaves crunchy, so let’s settle in and have a look at some of the movies you’ll likely want to see when your heater inevitably goes out at some point.

    –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
    Film Editor

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    The Predator

    Shane Black not only starred in the original Predator, but was also an uncredited script doctor. Now, he’s returning to the franchise as both writer and director, bringing some of his freewheelin’ magic that made Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and The Nice Guys such re-watchable roller coasters. Joining him for the ride is an unlikely cast that includes everyone from Olivia Munn and Keegan-Michael Key to Jacob Tremblay and Thomas Jane. It’s also taking place in the suburbs, so expect plenty of scorched lawns and broken windows. –Michael Roffman

    Release Date: September 14th
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    Mandy

    A couple times a decade, Nicolas Cage digs deep and reminds us of the breathlessly wild performances that once made him a star and later a cult hero. Sure, Cage has been living in a purgatory of straight-to-Redbox actioners for some time now, but if the early word around Panos Cosmatos’ psychedelic horror feature Mandy is any indication, a heaping helping of Peak Cage may be on the way. As a man living in the woods with his lover (Andrea Riseborough) in the early ’80s when they’re attacked by a Satanic cult, Cage is forced to survive the only way he knows how: bug-eyed, screaming, and wielding some kind of otherworldly sword. There’s a strong chance this is going to fucking rule–Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

    Release Date: September 14th
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    The Old Man and the Gun

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    Robert Redford has chosen a hell of a film to ride out on with The Old Man and the Gun. The Sundance veteran has re-teamed up with Pete’s Dragon filmmaker David Lowery for this true-life dramedy about real-life bank robber Forrest Tucker, who enchanted the general public by escaping San Quentin at the age of 70 and embarking on a string of unprecedented heists. In other words, a fitting bookend for the former Sundance kid. He’s hardly alone, either, gallivanting around with Sissy Spacek as the two evade the likes of Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Tika Sumpter. Everything about this screams excellent and promises nothing short of a beautiful swan song for the Hollywood legend. –Michael Roffman

    Release Date: September 28th
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    Hold the Dark

    It’s been two years since Jeremy Saulnier beat the shit out of audiences with Green Room. Now he’s back with an equally brutal film: an adaptation of William Giraldi’s 2014 thriller novel, Hold the Dark. The story follows a wolf expert (Jeffrey Wright) who’s been summoned to an Alaskan village to seek out the beast who killed three children. Calling it now: It ain’t the wolf. Already, Saulnier has promised this to be his goriest film to date, which says a lot given his past works. Suspense and thrills aside, it’ll also be intriguing to see how he puts his A-list cast to work in Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, and Riley Keough. Ahem, sounds like a Netflix and thrill kind of night. –Michael Roffman

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    Release Date: September 28th
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    A Star is Born

    There’s quiet a mantle for an actor to inherit when they take on A Star Is Born. After all, this will be the fourth iteration of the musical story about a young singer’s rise and the love affair that follows, and the previous ones starred Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, and Barbara Streisand. Now, after Beyonce and Clint Eastwood briefly came close to giving it what would’ve been an extremely weird try, Bradley Cooper will make his directorial debut and star as a veteran country singer who happens upon Lady Gaga’s talented unknown and takes her on as a protege. Love, fame, and tragedy will surely follow. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

    Release Date: October 5th
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