Fall movie preview – can these movies bring audiences back to theaters?

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’. (Photo by Jonathan Hession. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.)

If COVID is going to stick around to varying degrees, will moviegoers continue to line up to see footage in theaters? With an abundance of upcoming attractions ranging from adults-only to family-friendly rates, the answer is a hopeful and hearty yes! Here are the highlights of the season:

September 16

“The Woman King”: a 19th century historical feminist tale starring Viola Davis.

“See how they work”: a riff on Agatha Christie, set in London in the 1950s that makes you laugh with its star cast (Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Ruth Wilson).

September 23

“Blond”: If Elvis Presley was resurrected this summer, could Marilyn Monroe be far behind? Ana De Armas (“No Time To Die,” “The Gray Man”) portrays the tragic star in Netflix’s first NC-17 rated film.

“Don’t worry darling”: Olivia Wilde directs and co-stars in this paranoid period drama starring Florence Pugh, crooner Harry Styles and Gemma Chan.

“Sidney”: Oprah Winfrey’s documentary about Sidney Poitier, Hollywood’s first Oscar-winning black superstar.

September 30

“The Greatest Beer Race Ever”: Zac Efron, Russell Crowe and Bill Murray star in Peter Farrelly’s action-comedy based on a true story, set in 1967 during the Vietnam War. There is indeed a beer race.

October 7

“Until” : Chinonye Chukwu directs and co-writes this true story of a mother’s quest for justice in the notorious lynching of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, in 1955

Amsterdam: David O. Russell returns to the movies with a comedic 1930s murder mystery and a spectacular cast led by Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Taylor Swift and Rami Malek.

21st of October

“The Banshees of Inisherin”: A reunion in Ireland for writer-director Martin McDonagh and his “In Bruges” stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell.

“Black Adam”: Dwayne Johnson is the DC Comics superhero who, after 5,000 years in captivity, now arrives and confronts the Justice Society of America.

“My policeman”: Harry Styles’ first starring vehicle – and a test of his crossover appeal from music to film – is a period romance complicated by homosexuality.

“Ticket to Paradise”: It’s off to Bali as divorced parents George Clooney and Julia Roberts plan to prevent their daughter’s marriage to a local.

October 28

“Hour of Armageddon”: James Gray’s autobiographical digs into his Queens, NY youth counts Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Chastain and Jeremy Strong among the major cast.

“The Devil’s Prey”: It’s a literal title as Catholic exorcism schools reopen and a nun breaks the gender barrier due to her special gifts.

November 11th

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”: Ryan Coogler’s sequel to his worldwide success chose not to recast the late Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. The plot, with echoes of real life, sees Wakanda battling an invading force.


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