The summer season was a bit of a disappointment for movie-goers, but we have good news: the fall will not be short on films worth watching at the theater. The range of genres means that there should be something for everyone, too. These are our picks for the top movies you need to see in theaters this fall.
IT (SEPT. 8)
We’ve seen plenty of Stephen King adaptations release over the years, but director Andy Muschietti’s “IT” is one you don’t want to miss. The film follows the Losers Club, a group of preteen misfits who come face-to-face with a terrifying ancient monster lurking in the sewers of their town, Derry, Maine. Bill Skarsgard’s take on the monster, Pennywise the Clown, will haunt your dreams, but this no cheap thrills horror flick. Beneath the scares, “IT” is a coming of age story, with the Losers Club serving as the heartbeat.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (SEPT. 22)
A stellar cast (Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges) joins Taron Egerton’s Eggsy and Colin Firth’s Harry in the follow-up to the 2014 spy film. Somehow, the sequel looks like an even better time than the gratifyingly fun “Kingsman: Secret Service”.
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (OCT. 27)
From the director of “The Lobster”, Yorgos Lanthimos, comes yet another strange film we can’t seem to figure out off of the trailer. Collin Farrell and Nicole Kidman star as a couple with an adopted teenager who sets this psychological thriller into motion with his sinister actions. We can promise you “The Killing Of a Sacred Deer” will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
MUDBOUND (NOV. 17)
The latest film from “Pariah” director Dee Rees may land her an Oscar. “Mudbound”, set in the Mississippi Delta during the post-WWII Jim Crow era, follows two families — one black and one white — connected by the struggles of farm life. Garrett Hedlund’s breakout performance will not go unrecognized, but you may initially have trouble identifying the almost-unrecognizable Marry J. Blige. The Sundance Film Festival hit was scooped up by Netflix for a cool $12.5 million.
LAST FLAG FLYING (NOV. 17)
The Amazon Studios film from director Richard Linklater features another superb cast, with Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne starring as old war buds brought back together by the news that one of their sons has been killed in combat. If there’s any director fit to tackle a narrative involving the passage of time it’s Linklater, who directed a little film you might have heard of: “Boyhood”.