CLEVELAND, Ohio — Typically, the fall movie season is reserved for horror movies, arthouse films and not-good-enough-for-summer action flicks. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has led to a backlog of new movies as studios have played release roulette trying to find the right balance between the audience’s appetite for a particular film and their comfort level in going to the theater to see it.
The result is a cavalcade of highly anticipated films including the latest James Bond film, sequels to “Venom” and “Ghostbusters,” and a new Marvel film from Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao. Some of the fall releases have been sitting on the shelf for more than a year. The high inventory also means more movies with A-list stars and big budgets are being released directly to streaming platforms like Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and Amazon Prime.
Here are 35 films we’re looking forward to the most from now until the weekend before Thanksgiving. Release dates and platforms are subject to change. Movies listed are being released in theaters except where noted.
“The Card Counter”
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem Dafoe
Director: Paul Schrader
Longtime collaborators Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader team up again in an intense thriller about an ex-military interrogator who uses the card-counting skills he learned in prison to exact revenge on the man who put him there.
Starring: Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn, Paul Walter Hauser, Bebe Rexha
Directors: Gita Pullapilly, Aron Gaudet
A comedy inspired by a true story, Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste play expert penny pinchers who hatch up a counterfeit coupon ring, scamming huge corporations out of millions of dollars and delivering big savings to their fellow coupon cutters while staying two steps ahead of the authorities.
“Malignant” (Theaters/HBO Max)
Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White
Director: James Wan
Master of modern horror James Wan (”Saw,” “The Conjuring,” “Insidious”) is back with the terrifying tale of a woman haunted by visions of grisly murders as they’re happening. Could an imaginary friend from her childhood be responsible?
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio
Director: Michael Showalter
This biopic follows the rise, fall and redemption of Tammy Faye Bakker, who, along with her husband, Jim, turned The PTL Club into a religious broadcasting empire before scandal and criminal activity brought it all down.
“Cry Macho” (Theaters/HBO Max)
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eduardo Minett, and Dwight Yoakam.
Director: Clint Eastwood
In this road trip movie, 91-year-old Clint Eastwood plays a faded rodeo star and down-on-his-luck horse breeder hired to escort his friend’s troubled son from Mexico to Texas.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Frank Grillo, Alexis Louder, Toby Huss
Director: Joe Carnahan
On the run from people who want him dead, con artist Teddy finds a hiding place in a small town jail. But things get complicated when a hitman and a rival assassin both show up looking to collect the bounty on his head.
Starring: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander
Director: Justin Chon
Justin Chon (”The Twilight Saga”) writes, directs and stars in this drama about a Korean American family man living in the Louisiana bayou suddenly facing deportation from the only country he has ever known after getting into an altercation with a racist cop.
“Prisoners of the Ghostland” (Theaters/On Demand)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Bill Mosley, Nick Cassavetes
Director: Sion Sono
Nicolas Cage seems perfect for this bonkers post-apocalyptic western about a bank robber hired to rescue the granddaughter of a wealthy warlord from a samurai-guarded hellscape within five days or be blown to smithereens by the timebomb attached to his, ahem, crotch.
“Dear Evan Hansen”
Starring: Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical, Ben Platt reprises his stage role as a high school student with social anxiety who becomes popular after posing as the only friend of a reclusive classmate who committed suicide.
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage”
Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris
Director: Andy Serkis
In a trip back to Sony’s Spiderverse, Eddie Brock is still trying to balance life as an investigative reporter and the host of a hungry alien symbiote when an encounter with a notorious serial killer leads to mayhem and destruction in the form of another alien symbiote named Carnage.
“The Many Saints of Newark” (Theaters/HBO Max)
Starring: Michael Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Billy Magnussen, Vera Farmiga,
Director: Alan Taylor
Return to the world of “The Sopranos” in this prequel film about the making of TV’s most famous mob boss. Michael Gandolfini steps into the role of Tony Soprano, originated by his late father, James, on the award-winning HBO series.
“The Addams Family 2″ (Theaters/On Demand)
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Bill Hader
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Everybody’s favorite creepy and kooky family is back. This time, Morticia and Gomez pack Wednesday, Pugsley and Uncle Fester into an RV for a road trip across America and some much-needed bonding.
“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania”
Starring: Brian Hull, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key
Director: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska
In the final chapter of the series, Van Helsing’s latest invention is supposed to turn humans into monsters, but things go astray when Drac and his Hotel Translyvania pals are inadvertently transformed into humans.
“The Guilty” (Netflix)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard
Director: Antoine Fuqua
In a remake of a Danish film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a 9-1-1 dispatcher who receives a desperate call from a woman who says she was abducted. Can he solve the mystery before it’s too late?
“No Time To Die”
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
The 25th film in the James Bond series is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final turn as 007. This time, the legendary MI6 agent is brought out of retirement and lured into a dangerous game with a mysterious villain armed with a weapon that can kill millions.
“South of Heaven” (Theaters/On Demand)
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Evangeline Lilly, Mike Colter, Shea Whigham
Director: Aharon Keshale
In a dramatic turn, “Ted Lasso” star Jason Sudeikis plays Jimmy, an ex-con given early parole so that he can give his dying fiancée (Evangeline Lilly) one great last year. But he quickly gets wrapped up in his old ways.
“The Last Duel”
Starring: Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on the true story of the last legally sanctioned duel in France, a 14th-century knight demands satisfaction from his best friend who has been accused of raping the knight’s wife.
“Halloween Kills” (Theaters, Peacock)
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Anthony Michael Hall
Director: David Gordon Green
Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) thought she had killed Michael Myers for good in 2018′s “Halloween.” Spoiler alert: she didn’t. Now Laurie must team up with other survivors of the masked killer’s rampages to finally defeat him before more blood is spilled.
“Needle in a Timestack” (Theaters, On Demand, Digital)
Starring: Leslie Odom Jr, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Jadyn Wong
Director: John Ridley
Set in the near future where time travel is possible, a couple’s happy marriage is disrupted by the wife’s ex-husband who travels from the past and plots to tear them apart.
“Dune” (Theaters/HBO Max)
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Mamoa, Dave Bautista
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Visionary director Denis Villeneuve (”Blade Runner 2049”) adapts Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel about a young hero who is caught in a trap on a dangerous planet while looking for the means that will secure the future of his family and his people.
“The French Dispatch”
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrian Brody, Léa Seydoux
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer-director Wes Anderson (”The Grand Budapest Hotel”) brings his quirky sensibility to a fictional city in France, where an American magazine focusing on politics, the arts and human interest stories is about to publish its final issue.
“Ron’s Gone Wrong”
Starring (voices): Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms
Directors: Jean-Philippe Vine, Sarah Smith, Octavio Rodriguez
Barney is a shy middle-schooler who gets a *Bot for his birthday. The ultimate device, named Ron, is supposed to become his best friend but is defective out of the box, leading to some awkward situations. But together, boy and robot learn the true meaning of friendship.
Starring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas
Director: Scott Cooper
Jesse Plemons plays a sheriff in a small Oregon town investigating a series of attacks by a seemingly mythical creature. Kerri Russell is a middle-school teacher with a student who could be the key to solving the mystery.
“Last Night in Soho”
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith
Director: Edgar Wright
From “Shaun of the Dead” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” director Edgar Wright, this psychological thriller offers a new take on the body-switching genre. Thomasin McKenzie (“Jojo Rabbit”) is a fashion designer who is somehow able to travel to the 1960s in the form of a glamorous singer played by Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”).
“Army of Thieves” (Netflix)
Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee
Director: Matthias Schweighöfer
This prequel to Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” focuses on Matthias Schweighöfer’ Dieter, a small-town bank teller recruited by a band of thieves during the early days of the zombie apocalypse to assist them in a series of heists across Europe.
“The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
Starring: Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield
Director: Jeymes Samuel
It’s an old-fashioned western with “Lovecraft Country” star and “Loki” scene-stealer Jonathan Majors playing an outlaw who gets the ‘ol gang back together to exact revenge on his nemesis, played by Idris Elba, who has just been released from prison.
Starring: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Ma Dong-seok, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Don Lee
Director: Chloé Zhao
Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the story of a group of immortal superheroes who reemerge from the shadows to protect humans from the monstrous Deviants.
“Finch” (Apple TV+)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
In this post-apocalyptic adventure, Tom Hanks plays Finch, a robotics engineer who builds a robot to care for his beloved dog, Goodyear, after he’s dead. Together, the trio embarks on a dangerous journey into the vast wasteland of the American west.
“Love Hard” (Netflix)
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Darren Barnet, Jimmy O. Yang, Mikaela Hoover
Director: Hernán Jiménez
A rom-com about an unlucky-in-love woman (Nina Dobrev) who travels across the country to meet her dating app match only to find out she’s being catfished by the guy’s childhood friend.
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jack Farthing, Sally Hawkins
Director: Pablo Larraín
In this dramatized retelling of actual events, Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana, who, during the course of a holiday with the royal family at Sandringham Estate in 1991, decides to leave Prince Charles.
“Red Notice” (Netflix)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
A sexy, star-studded action-comedy headlined by Dwayne Johnson as an FBI profiler who convinces one of the bureau’s most wanted criminals, played by Ryan Reynolds, to team up with him in order to catch an even more elusive and notorious thief (Gal Gadot).
“Home Sweet Home Alone” (Disney+)
Starring: Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson,
Director: Dan Mazer
Disney+ is reviving the “Home Alone” franchise with a familiar tale of a boy, played here by “Jojo Rabbit” scene-stealer Archie Yates, left behind while his family goes to Japan for the holidays. This time, the bumbling robbers are a married couple looking to retrieve a priceless heirloom.
Starring: Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Annie Potts, Paul Rudd
Director: Jason Reitman
In this long-awaited sequel (not reboot), two teens arrive at their new home in the middle of nowhere to find out their late grandfather, Egon, left them the Ectomobile, a souped-up Cadillac once used for ghostbusting. Good thing, because their new town is swarming with unruly spirits.
“King Richard” (Theaters/HBO Max)
Starring: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyaa Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
The inspiring true story of how a dedicated father from Compton raised two of the greatest tennis players the sport has ever known in Venus and Serena Williams.
“tick, tick… BOOM!” (Netflix)
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, MJ Rodriguez
Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
In his feature film directorial debut, this musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda (”Hamilton”) tells the story of young another Broadway genius, “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson as he deals with love, friendship and the pressures of a young artist just shy of his 30th birthday.
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