Wow. 2021 is nearing its end. This has been kind of a comeback year. Yes, I know things with COVID aren't completely gone. The Delta variant is still haunting us. But things are still continuing to open up. School is back in person. And, oh boy, does fall have a lot of movies in store. Check them out down below.
Malignant / Cry Macho / The Eyes of Tammy Faye / Copshop / Dear Evan Hansen / The Addams Family 2 / The Many Saints of Newark / Venom: Let There Be Carnage / No Time to Die / Halloween Kills / Dune / Antlers / Last Night in Soho / Eternals / Ghostbusters: Afterlife / King Richard / Encanto
James Wan, director of Saw, The Conjuring, and Aquaman, returns to the horror genre with Malignant. A girl is tortured by visions of violent murders, which she soon discovers are real. James Wan is one of the best working directors today, and has definitely done things to influence and change the horror genre. I'm looking forward to this movie. It looks pretty good.
Malignant hits theaters and HBO Max on September 10.
Clint Eastwood is one of the most iconic people in Hollywood. At 91 years old, he is still pumping out films. His newest being Cry Macho. I've never really been a huge fan of Westerns, and I don't really know anything about this film besides the fact that Clint Eastwood is in it, but that's enough to put it on the list. However, I will probably end up skipping this one.
Cry Macho is in theaters and HBO Max on September 17.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield star in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a biopic about Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim Bakker. Tammy Faye was a singer and television personality that became a very controversial figure, as did her husband. Jessica Chastain is great in everything, and I'm sure she'll be great in this. I don't know anything about Tammy Faye, so this movie doesn't particularly interest me.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye will be released in theaters on September 17.
Copshop is an action-thriller film directed by Joe Carnahan of Boss Level fame. Carnahan directs these fun, cheesy, comedic action films that always star charming actors: specifically Frank Grillo. Copshop fits into that template. The film is about a con man that is being hunted by a hitman. The con artist allows himself to be arrested so that he can escape from the hitman, but the hitman joins him in jail. I saw the trailer for this movie, and it looks like tons of fun.
Copshop is in theaters on September 17.
Dear Evan Hansen
Based on the Tony-winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen travels to the big screen. The trailer for this movie was stunning. It brought so much emotion. The source material for the movie is also wonderful. Dear Evan Hansen's music is incredible, and I'm excited to see this fantastic play translate to film format.
Dear Evan Hansen hits theaters on September 24.
The Addams Family 2
The Addams Family 2 acts as the sequel to the 2019 film. I didn't see that movie and I won't see this movie. I just added it because it may interest some of my audience. I've never seen an Addams Family movie and I don't plan on it. Universal isn't known for their animated movies, so I will not be watching this one.
The Addams Family 2 hits theaters on October 1.
The Many Saints of Newark
The prequel to The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark with follow a young Tony Soprano in 1960s New Jersey during the riots. I've never watched The Sopranos, although I do want to. It's directed by Alan Taylor of Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World. The Many Saints of Newark sounds like a cool movie, and I will watch it once I've watched through The Sopranos.
The Many Saints of Newark will be in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
I'm not a fan of 2018's Venom, but this movie looks cool. I'm super pumped to see Carnage brought to the big screen, and I'm interested to see if this will have any connection to the MCU and the multiverse. Both trailers for Let There Be Carnage have been solid, giving me just enough of everything that I want to have me on board. I really hope the sequel improves on the first film. I don't have an extremely high bar for this movie, but I really want them to right some wrongs that Venom had.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be released in theaters on October 1.
No Time to Die
Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond did not appear on my most anticipated list, although, thinking back, it probably should've. No Time to Die has been delayed countless times, but it still looks fantastic and promises to be a great send-off for Daniel Craig's 007. The recent Bond movies have been good. I don't love any of them, but Skyfall and Spectre were pretty cool. Casino Royale was good. And I hate Quantum of Solace, but No Time to Die can hopefully beat all of them. I'm excited to see what's in store for this film. Rami Malek's Safin has me hoping for the next great Bond villain. And I want them to wrap up Daniel Craig's 007 era nicely.
No Time to Die is in theaters on October 8.
Michael Myers is back in theaters this Halloween. I really liked Halloween 2018, and I want to see where they take the Boogeyman to next. The trailer for Halloween Kills was brutal, showing some gnarly kills and giving us a few little snippets of plot. This is easily one of the movies I'm most excited for in 2021. Hopefully this and Halloween Ends are both good and give Michael a nice final trilogy so that he can rest for a few decades.
Halloween Kills drops in theaters on October 15.
Based on the immensely popular book, Dune has a stellar cast and a huge budget. This epic sci-fi film looks almost like a space version of Lord of the Rings. This film will adapt the first half of the novel, with a likely sequel covering the second half. I don't really know anything about the mythology or story of Dune, so I'm interested to see it. And how can you say no to a film that stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, David Dastmalchian, and Javier Bardem?
Dune is in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22.
Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star in Antlers, a gruesome horror movie about a mysterious creature that lives with a little boy. I saw the trailer for this movie...it's not for me. It looks really bleak and extremely violent. It looks like someone took a good horror movie and sucked all the fun out of it. Unless it gets somehow superb reviews, I won't check this movie out.
Antlers will be released into theaters on October 29.
Last Night in Soho
Last Night in Soho looks horrifying. Edgar Wright, who is known for films such as Shaun of the Dead or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is making a horror movie with Anya Taylor-Joy of The Queen's Gambit. The trailer looked great: it starts off as this seemingly fine but somewhat eerie neo-noir sixties film that slowly evolves into a terrifying horror movie. I'm excited to check this one out. It looks pretty cool.
Last Night in Soho is in theaters on October 29.
Marvel's third film and seventh project of the year comes in the form of Eternals. Phase Four has been a weird set of movies and TV shows: a sitcom, a normal spy thriller, a psychological reality-bending time show, a prequel, an animated anthology series, and then a martial arts movie. Next up: a seemingly epic space opera-type thing that will introduce some powerful new characters. The aesthetic of this movie looks incredible, and the ensemble cast is great. Directed by Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao, Eternals seems like it could be really good. I'm excited to see where this takes Phase Four.
Eternals hits theaters on November 5.
As you can see by the poster, Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been long delayed. But it seems like we may finally be getting it in November. These long-awaited sequels have an inconsistent reputation. On the one hand, you have movies like Halloween or Blade Runner 2049 that are good. But then movies like The Phantom Menace or Coming 2 America that don't do as well. Afterlife will hopefully revive the Ghostbusters franchise. Everything that they are doing seems right. Bringing back the original Ghostbusters is a good move, and hopefully they can execute it well. I'm pumped for this film.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife will hit theaters on November 19.
King Richard is a sports film starring Will Smith as Serena and Venus Williams' father and coach. I haven't seen the trailer for this movie, but the concept sounds good. Will Smith is sometimes good, but I don't always love him in everything. Apparently, he's great in Ali, which is another sports drama, so hopefully he can get the Oscar with a great performance in this movie.
King Richard is in theaters and on HBO Max on November 19.
The final film of the fall, Encanto sees the second team-up between Disney animation and Lin-Manuel Miranda. This film seems cool. It's about a village where everyone has some kind of magical powers...except for this one girl named Maribel. I like that idea, and I'm hoping that Disney can outdo what they did so well in Raya and the Last Dragon.
Encanto is in theaters on November 24.
Lucifer (Season 6)
I've never watched Lucifer. The sexy style isn't really my taste. It is, strangely, based off of a DC comic, which I found shocking. Either way, the show's been around for some time, and season six is coming. If you're a fan, that's probably good news, because season five was rumored to be the final season of the show.
Season six of Lucifer will be available on Netflix on September 10.
The Morning Show (Season 2)
Another popular show that I haven't watched, The Morning Show is coming back for a second season. Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell make up a great main trio for this drama, and it sounds like a good show. I'm not super into this kind of TV series. I find it hard to stick with dramas for more than a few episodes. But I hope fans like the second season.
Season two of The Morning Show will premiere on Apple TV+ on September 17.
Star Wars: Visions
Star Wars: Visions is the latest Star Wars Disney+ show. It combines Japanese anime with the galaxy far, far away in a very unique looking show. In this series, we will explore sides of the galaxy we've never seen before. However, anime isn't really my thing, and I don't usually watch the Star Wars animated shows. I've never seen The Clone Wars or The Bad Batch. And, unless people say it's a necessary watch, I'll probably end up skipping out on Visions.
Star Wars: Visions drops on Disney+ on September 22.
Everyone's favorite doll returns to the screen with his own TV show. Chucky acts as a continuation of the last film from the main Child's Play continuity, which would be Cult of Chucky. I watched the trailer...and it looks good. There are some strange choices made, but Chucky looks scarier than ever. I think I will check this one out when it releases.
Chucky premieres on SyFy and The USA Network on October 12.
Invasion is a sci-fi show about a massive alien invasion seen through the eyes of different people around the globe. I also just saw the trailer for this one, and it looks pretty good. It looks almost like a completely serious version of Godzilla. This epic disaster genre isn't one that I gravitate towards, but I like the sound of this show, so I may watch it.
Invasion hits Apple TV+ on October 22.
Dexter: New Blood
Dexter: New Blood is a revival of the popular TV series Dexter, which ran for eight seasons and concluded with the most infamous finale (besides Game of Thrones) of all time. I've never watched Dexter, so I don't know how truly bad the finale was, but this miniseries seems like an apology for the finale. I've heard that Dexter is a great show, but I never want to watch shows if they have a bad ending, so if New Blood is good, then maybe I will end up watching Dexter.
Dexter: New Blood premieres on Showtime on November 7.
Marvel's next TV show after What If...?, Hawkeye hasn't really been talked about. I mean, we're about two months away from the release of the show, and we don't have a trailer. The release date was announced about a week ago. The only thing we know about it is that it will follow Kate Bishop learning from Clint and that Yelena will likely be in the show, trying to get revenge on Clint for Nat's death. Of course, I'm excited for this show, but I do wonder why it's been pushed to the back burner...and that has me slightly worried.
Hawkeye drops on Disney+ on November 24.