We now have run out of how to begin these previews with lighthearted, solely semi-apocalyptic jokes about how the flicks listed under are popping out, until they aren’t, hahaha, until they’re delayed, or delayed once more, or offered off to be launched on a streaming service at a later date. We hand over. It’s 2021, and we have now been dwelling by way of a pandemic for 18 months. We could or will not be on the precipice of a Delta variant–fueled return to a lockdown solely components of the nation will really observe anyway. However for now, all portents of doom and emotions of deep uncertainty apart, theaters are again. And whereas your patronage of them ought to all the time be told by your private consolation stage in addition to native mandates concerning security procedures, they’re at present scheduled to play films, each huge and small, by way of the tip of the yr.
This record is a listing of theatrical highlights, each on streaming and in theaters, from September to December 2021. A few of these films will sound acquainted, given they’ve been coming sights for months or years now. And a few of these films* we didn’t trouble to blurb, not as a result of they’re unimportant, however as a result of we’ve blurbed them too many occasions already (see our blissfully oblivious preview from the beginning of 2020, its shell-shocked companion piece from final fall, and its successor from the beginning of this yr).
The Card Counter (in theaters 9/10)
Oscar Isaac is an Abu Ghraib interrogator turned skilled card participant, Tiffany Haddish is the mysterious lady who stakes him, and Willem Dafoe appears nefarious in Paul Schrader’s lean, imply follow-up to First Reformed.
Blue Bayou (in theaters 9/17)
Justin Chon’s fourth characteristic as a director is by far his highest profile, a tear-drenched melodrama a couple of Korean American adoptee who all of a sudden finds himself at risk of being deported from the U.S. Chon additionally stars alongside Alicia Vikander.
Cry Macho (in theaters and on HBO Max 9/17)
Motion pictures directed by Clint Eastwood are usually higher when he stars in them, which is cause sufficient to have some hope for this adaptation of the 1975 N. Richard Nash novel a couple of washed-up rodeo star returning a troubled younger man from Mexico to Texas.
Titane (in theaters 10/1)
Julia Ducournau made a visceral splash at Cannes in 2016 along with her debut characteristic, Uncooked, a cannibalistic coming-of-age movie. Her gender-bending, body-horror-esque follow-up, Titane, gained the Palme d’Or this yr. The protagonist is a homicidal dancer who prefers the corporate of automobiles and goes on the run after a violent encounter, passing herself off as a lacking boy whereas additionally, probably, pregnant with one thing automotive in origin.
Bergman Island (in theaters and on demand 10/15)
The most recent movie from Mia Hansen-Løve takes place on Ingmar Bergman’s beloved island Fårö. Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth star as a filmmaking couple who arrive for a visit that falls awkwardly between work and play and that appears to spotlight all of the cracks forming of their relationship.
Halloween Kills (in theaters 10/15)
A follow-up from the identical inventive crew that made 2018’s Halloween sequel, a return to kind for this horror sequence.
The Final Duel (in theaters 10/15)
Ridley Scott directs this movie, already memed to demise, concerning the final sanctioned duel in France; co-stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon wrote the script with Nicole Holofcener. None of those individuals’s sensibilities screams “medieval France,” however perhaps that may develop into an excellent factor.
The Velvet Underground (in theaters and on Apple TV+ 10/15)
Todd Haynes has made a kaleidoscopic anti-biopic about Bob Dylan (I’m Not There) and a fanfiction saga about David Bowie (Velvet Goldmine), so it matches that his first dip into the documentary world is concerning the Velvet Underground, together with interviews with all the surviving members.
Final Evening in Soho (in theaters 10/29)
Edgar Wright let free on the music and types of swinging sixties London is already a tasty premise by itself. However this additionally seems to be a correct horror film — one thing Wright, who loves to combine and match genres with tongue-in-cheek insouciance, has by no means completed.
King Richard (in theaters and on HBO Max 11/19)
Will Smith performs Venus and Serena’s father and coach, Richard Williams, on this biopic directed by Joe Bell’s Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced. Every part concerning the trailer, which reveals Richard heading off misguided white social employees and condescending tennis-world figures whereas guiding his daughters to greatness, screams Oscar.
Home of Gucci (in theaters 11/24)
Ridley Scott’s different fall film is concerning the homicide of style inheritor Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) as ordered by his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani (Woman Gaga), although it’s additionally clearly about excesses of energy and wealth, behind-the-scenes machinations, and matching white ski fits.
Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Challenge (in theaters 11/26)
Over the previous decade or so, Paul Thomas Anderson has change into some of the unpredictable voices in American cinema. So it’s laborious to know what to anticipate from his subsequent movie, which is at present being referred to by the unofficial title Soggy Backside. What we do know: It’s going to star Bradley Cooper as a Jon Peters–fashion producer, Benny Safdie as a California politician, and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son, Cooper, as a younger actor. We’re right here for it.
The Energy of the Canine (on Netflix 12/1)
It has been over a decade since Jane Campion made a characteristic movie. She returns with this adaptation of a Thomas Savage novel set in Montana within the early-Twentieth century.
Benedetta (in theaters and on demand 12/3)
At 83, director Paul Verhoeven doesn’t seem to have misplaced his edge, as evidenced by the splash this Seventeenth-century lesbian-nun drama made with the critics at Cannes earlier this yr.
Nightmare Alley (in theaters 12/3)
There’s no hint of the supernatural in Guillermo del Toro’s new film, which nonetheless manages to sound like probably the most Guillermo del Toro venture ever: a pulp thriller starring Bradley Cooper as an bold carny whose expertise for manipulation leads him right into a profession of swindling.
The Hand of God (on Netflix 12/15)
Paolo Sorrentino is among the nice stylists of our time. His newest — reportedly a really private movie primarily based on the director’s youth — guarantees to be a riff on offbeat tales of childhood and household à la Fellini’s Amarcord. The title was impressed by soccer participant Diego Maradona, who made the “hand of God” objective that gained the 1986 World Cup — and who would play a pivotal position in Sorrentino’s life.
Spider-Man: No Means House (in theaters 12/17)
Stunning however true: Not all of us suppose the latest Jon Watts–directed Spidey flicks with Tom Holland have distinguished themselves. At the least they’re reportedly bringing again Alfred Molina as Physician Octopus, a job he performed within the nice Sam Raimi–directed Spider-Man 2. That’s encouraging, proper?
The Matrix Resurrections (in theaters and on HBO Max 12/22)
Virtually twenty years after The Matrix Revolutions, Lana Wachowski makes a solo return to the franchise that broke brains, offered 1000’s of individuals on ill-advised leather-based trenches, and launched the world to a trans allegory that was instantly and paradoxically repurposed by varied reactionary males’s-rights areas of the web. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith can even be coming again for this movie.
Don’t Look Up (on Netflix 12/24)
Jennifer Lawrence ends her two-year hiatus from the large display screen with Adam McKay’s newest, enjoying an astronomer alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as they attempt to warn all people a couple of world-destroying comet. The black comedy additionally options Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep, amongst many different big names.
C’mon C’mon (in theaters TBA)
Mike Mills’s follow-up to the stunning Twentieth Century Girls stars Joaquin Phoenix as an artist who finally ends up caring for his younger nephew (Woody Norman) throughout a cross-country journey.
Memoria (in theaters TBA)
On this movie from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Cemetery of Splendor), an odd sound haunts Tilda Swinton, one which solely she will be able to hear. Making an attempt to unravel it leads her to change into more and more unmoored from her earlier existence.
Petite Maman (in theaters TBA)
On this movie from Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Woman on Hearth), a younger lady visits her mother’s rural childhood dwelling and runs into one other lady who appears and sounds identical to her. Is the story symbolic or supernatural, or does it occupy that liminal emotional-spiritual area the place Sciamma appears to thrive?
Crimson Rocket (in theaters TBA)
Sean Baker (The Florida Challenge, Tangerine) builds his empathetic movies round his actors, who’re typically professionals and typically individuals from exterior the trade whose lives inform the characters they play. His newest main man is each: former MTV VJ, onetime grownup performer, and occasional rapper Simon Rex, enjoying a washed-up adult-film star who returns to his Gulf Coast hometown and directs his Trump-like present of gab at a younger doughnut-shop worker he appears intent on recruiting.
The Tragedy of Macbeth (in theaters and on Apple TV+ TBA)
Is that this the tip of the brothers Coen? Carter Burwell, the filmmakers’ longtime composer, let slip on a latest podcast that Ethan Coen “just didn’t want to make movies anymore,” which is why Joel is taking his first solo credit score because the writer-director of this tackle the Shakespeare play. Joel’s spouse, Frances McDormand, is Woman Macbeth to Denzel Washington’s ill-fated Scottish lord.
*Among the many titles we’ve blurbed 1,000,000 occasions however are nonetheless excited to see, if they arrive out:
The Many Saints of Newark (in theaters and on HBO Max 10/1)
No Time to Die (in theaters 10/8)
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (in theaters 10/15)
Dune (in theaters and on HBO Max 10/22)
The French Dispatch (in theaters 10/22)
Antlers (in theaters 10/29)
Eternals (in theaters 11/5)
West Aspect Story (in theaters 12/10)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (in theaters)
Cinderella (on Amazon Prime Video)
The Gateway (in theaters and on demand)
Mogul Mowgli (in theaters and on demand)
Wild Indian (in theaters and on demand)
Price (on Netflix)
Yakuza Princess (in theaters and on demand)
Zone 414 (in theaters and on demand)
Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (on Netflix)
Malignant (in theaters and on HBO Max)
Queenpins (in theaters)
The Alpinist (in theaters)
The Capote Tapes (in theaters)
Kate (on Netflix)
Language Classes (in theaters)
Nightbooks (on Netflix)
Schumacher (on Netflix)
All people’s Speaking About Jamie (on Amazon Prime Video)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (in theaters)
Greatest Sellers (in theaters and on demand)
Copshop (in theaters)
The Duke (in theaters)
Woman of the Manor (in theaters and on demand)
Little Lady (in theaters)
The Nowhere Inn (in theaters and on demand)
Prisoners of the Ghostland (in theaters and on demand)
Intrusion (on Netflix)
Expensive Evan Hansen (in theaters)
Birds of Paradise (on Amazon Prime Video)
The Responsible (in theaters)
I’m Your Man (in theaters)
The Starling (on Netflix)
Sounds Like Love (on Netflix)
No One Will get Out Alive (on Netflix)
The Addams Household 2 (in theaters and on demand)
Coming House within the Darkish (in theaters)
The Responsible (on Netflix)
Mayday (in theaters and on demand)
Previous Henry (in theaters)
Diana: The Musical (on Netflix)
There’s Somebody Inside Your Home (on Netflix)
Knocking (in theaters)
Mass (in theaters)
Survive the Recreation (in theaters and on demand)
Arduous Luck Love Track (in theaters)
Luzzu (in theaters)
Needle in a Timestack (in theaters and on demand)
Son of Monarchs (in theaters)
The Velvet Underground (in theaters and on Apple TV+)
Discovered (on Netflix)
Evening Enamel (on Netflix)
Ron’s Gone Incorrect (in theaters)
Military of Thieves (on Netflix)
Snakehead (in theaters and on demand)
The Backbone of Evening (in theaters and on demand)
The Tougher They Fall (on Netflix)
The Beta Check (in theaters and on demand)
Finch (on Apple TV+)
Julia (in theaters)
A Cop Film (on Netflix)
Love Arduous (on Netflix)
Passing (on Netflix)
Belfast (in theaters)
House Candy House Alone (on Disney+)
Crimson Discover (on Netflix)
The Feast (in theaters and on demand)
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time (in theaters and on demand)
Mothering Sunday (in theaters)
tick, tick…Increase! (on Netflix)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (in theaters)
Encanto (in theaters)
Nationwide Champions (in theaters)
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon Metropolis (in theaters)
Bruised (on Netflix)
Robin Robin (on Netflix)
The Beatles: Get Again (on Disney+)
14 Peaks: Nothing Is Not possible (on Netflix)
Wolf (in theaters)
Flee (in theaters)
Attempt Tougher! (in theaters)
Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Earlier than Christmas (on Netflix)
Violence of Motion (in theaters)
France (in theaters)
The Unforgivable (on Netflix)
The Misplaced Daughter (in theaters)
The Novice (Theaters + VOD)
Fortress (in theaters and on demand)
A Journal for Jordan (in theaters)
The King’s Man (in theaters)
Sing 2 (in theaters)
Parallel Moms (in theaters)
American Underdog (in theaters)
Starbright (in theaters)
Jockey (in theaters)
Cyrano (in theaters)
The Electrical Lifetime of Louis Wain (in theaters)
The Misplaced Daughter (on Netflix)
Fever Dream (in theaters and on Netflix in October)
Hypnotic (on Netflix in October)
Zeros and Ones (in theaters and on demand in November)
7 Prisoners (on Netflix in November)
A Fort for Christmas (on Netflix in November)
A Boy Known as Christmas (on Netflix in November)
The Princess Swap 3 (on Netflix in November)
Single All of the Means (on Netflix in December)
Mixtape (on Netflix in December)
Again to the Outback (on Netflix in December)
Since this text was revealed, the next films have been delayed:
Jackass Eternally (in theaters, moved from 10/22/2021 to 2/4/2022)
Prime Gun: Maverick (in theaters, moved from 11/19/2021 to five/27/2022)
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