At the Cinema: Fall and Winter 2018


Been twiddling my thumbs for weeks, waiting for something worth seeing to hit theaters.

And then I wondered: What am I waiting for?

With that in mind and with fall (and winter – gasp!) just around the corner I thought I might peek ahead and figure out exactly which titles I’m most looking forward to seeing in the upcoming weeks.

And they are…

Venom – Oct. 5

Its premise: Investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) develops superpowers after becoming host to an alien organism.

Why it shows promise: Two things. First, “Venom” is a Marvel movie.

And second, it’s Tom Hardy. Duh!

But for the love of god, can Hollywood please stop covering up this man’s face (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Dunkirk”)?!?! Asking for a friend. Wink.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – Oct. 12

Premise: That creepy marionette Slappy (Avery Lee Jones) and his monster friends plan Halloween mayhem after being released from an R.L. Stine manuscript.

Promise: I was surprised and immensely entertained by the first “Goosebumps” flick in 2015. No Dylan Minnette this time, but I’m hoping “Haunted Halloween” will offer talent of a similar caliber (no pressure, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Caleel Harris). And the timing of its release couldn’t be better for family frights.

Halloween – Oct. 19

Premise: Forty years after Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) famously threw down with maniacal masked killer Michael Myers, they meet again in Haddonfield. (Cue that eerie theme…)

Promise: I don’t do horror movies, but A) this is from BlumHouse, and B) “Halloween” is too iconic to be ignored. And unlike the original that’s now almost comically corny, this newest “Halloween” looks horrifying AF. Bring it, Mike.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Nov. 2

Premise: This biographical flick showcases the music of Queen, following the band’s rise while celebrating the life of its unconventional lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).

Promise: Umm… it’s Queen, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” is under the direction of Bryan Singer. Giggity.

Boy Erased – in limited release Nov. 2

Premise: A pastor’s son in small-town America is outed to his parents and subsequently forced to attend a conversion therapy program or be exiled by his family and friends as well as his church. Shudder.

Promise: Based on a true story, with screenplay and direction from Joel Edgerton, “Boy Erased” is a touchy dichotomy that once again will reveal to the world the insane talents of Lucas Hedges.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Nov. 16

Premise: The dastardly Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has grand plans of wizardly overlordness which Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) intend on halting.

Promise: This continuation of the series that precedes the “Harry Potter” stories is sure to entice fans of any age. “Fantastic Beasts” already  has proven to be a whole new realm of magic and excitement, and “The Crimes of Grindelwald” looks to follow suit.

Robin Hood – Nov. 21

Premise: This action adventure is an updated version of the timeless tale in which Crusader Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) leads a valiant rebellion against corruption of the highest order.

Promise: Robin Hood” looks to have some bad-ass battle scenes, highlighted by intense and well-choreographed action. Aaaaaand there probably will be a tad bit of romance.

Welcome to Marwen – Dec. 21

Premise: Following a brutal attack, artist Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) creates a “fictional” world in his back yard to help with his healing process.

Promise:Marwen” looks like an artistic marvel. The film combines live action with animation, and it’s got a wicked-strong cast of leading ladies. Carell is a funny guy, but I think he’s at his best with more serious roles (“Crazy Stupid Love” anyone?). We shall see….

Which movies are you most looking forward to this fall and winter? Leave a comment and let me know.

SEPT. 14
The Predator
A Simple Favor
White Boy Rick

SEPT. 21
The House with a Clock in its Walls
Life Itself

SEPT. 28
Hell Fest
Night School

OCT. 5
A Star is Born

OCT. 12
Bad Times at the El Royale
First Man
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
The Oath

OCT. 19
The Hate U Give

OCT. 26
Hunter Killer
Johnny English Strikes Again

NOV. 2
Bohemian Rhapsody
Nobody’s Food
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

NOV. 9
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch

NOV. 16
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Instant Family

NOV. 21
Creed II
The Front Runner
Green Book
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Robin Hood
Second Act

DEC. 7
Schindler’s List (re-release)
The Silence

DEC. 14
Mortal Engines
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

DEC. 19
Mary Poppins Returns

DEC. 21
Alita: Battle Angel
Holmes and Watson
Welcome to Marwen

**Information courtesy of FirstShowing. Release dates are subject to change.

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4 thoughts on “At the Cinema: Fall and Winter 2018

  1. Off the top of my head and what I’ve seen trailers for, First Man, The Front Runner, Smallfoot, The Grinch, A Star is Born, something, something at the El Royale, Welcome to Merwen. Um, that’s a start. 🤔

  2. Hmmmmm, looks as if I will not be burdened with having to find time to go to the movies this fall….

    ANOTHER Robin Hood? Really?

  3. yes, another ‘Robin Hood.’ looks pretty bad-ass, actually; saw an updated trailer for it last night on the front of “A Star is Born,” and i’m kind of excited!

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