The coming season will offer a little bit of everything, from historical dramas and murder mysteries to sweet musical comedies, long-awaited sequels and new takes on beloved classic stories. Curious to see what we can’t wait to watch? Keep scrolling to check out the top trailers for fall 2022.
(Don’t Worry, Darling via Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Woman King (Out Sep. 16)
Ready to see some women kick major butt? The Woman King is based on a true story, showcasing the Agojie all-woman unit of warriors who defended the Dahomey kingdom in West Africa during the 19th century. The star-studded cast includes Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, John Boyega and Adrienne Warren, plus Viola Davis as General Nanisca, who trains these fierce warriors to become totally unstoppable.
See How They Run (Out Sep. 16)
If you love ensemble murder mysteries with a touch of comedy, See How They Run has your name written all over it. When an American film producer visits the set of a hit play in London to adapt it into a movie, one of the cast members is murdered. As the investigation unfolds, so does the truth about the world of theater—and the closer anyone gets to the truth, the more danger they fall into. With its ’50s setting and a cast including Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody and David Oyelowo, this isn’t one to miss.
Moonage Daydream (Out Sep. 23)
Here’s one for the Bowie fans out there. Although the world lost legendary rock artist and performer David Bowie in 2016, his legacy lives on in a big way, and the new documentary Moonage Daydream highlights his genius. In addition to telling his story, it will include never-before-seen personal footage as well as concert video, so even the most avid fans of the star have something novel to look forward to.
Don’t Worry, Darling (Out Sep. 23)
There’s all kinds of mystery and intrigue around the upcoming film Don’t Worry, Darling—and that’s not just because it stars Oscar-nominated actress Florence Pugh and Harry Styles in his first leading role. The movie takes place in the 1950s, with couple Alice and Jack living a seemingly happy life in an experimental community. However, as Alice becomes suspicious about her husband’s job on a secret “Victory Project,” she grows paranoid and unhappy, seeking to find out the real truth before it destroys her.
Lou (Out Sep. 23)
Lou has been compared to John Wick, except with Allison Janney in the role of the highly trained vigilante seeking justice, which is all the reason we need to add this one to our watch lists. She stars as a woman with a troubled past whose quiet, secluded life as a landlord is interrupted when the daughter of one of her tenants is kidnapped—and she’s tasked with putting all of her old skills to rescue the girl. When it drops on Sep. 23, you’ll be able to watch it on Netflix.
Hocus Pocus 2 (Out Sep. 30)
After almost 30 years, the sequel to Hocus Pocus will finally be out this fall, and it looks like it’s everything we could want from the return of the Sanderson Sisters. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will all be back in their iconic roles, terrorizing a new generation of unwitting teenagers, and this one is primed to be another classic to watch every Halloween.
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Amsterdam (Out Oct. 7)
It looks like this fall will be heaven for fans of funny murder mysteries with great casts. Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Taylor Swift, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro and so many more star in the upcoming flick Amsterdam. The film, set in the ’30s, revolves around three friends who witness a murder, only to become suspects themselves. As they seek to exonerate themselves, they get wrapped up in an even bigger plot with consequences they could never imagine.
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (Out Oct. 7)
We never knew that we needed Shawn Mendes as a crocodile in our lives, but that’s exactly what fans will get when Lyle, Lyle Crocodile hits theaters in October. Also starring Constance Wu and Javier Bardem, it’s a film about acceptance and the power of music, making it a cute romp that’s great for the whole family.
The School for Good And Evil (Out Oct. 19)
At long last, The School for Good and Evil will finally be bringing one of our favorite beloved book series to the screen. The story follows Sophie and Agatha, two best friends who are kidnapped and enrolled in the titular school, a magical establishment where kids are trained to become either heroes or villains. When Sophie unexpectedly gets sent to the School for Evil, and Agatha to the School for Good, they’re forced to confront what they know about themselves and the world—and their friendship is put to the ultimate test. It’ll be available on Netflix starting Oct. 19.
Enola Holmes 2 (Out Nov. 4)
We loved seeing Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes and Millie Bobby Brown as his younger sister Enola in 2020’s Enola Homes, and its sequel looks like it’ll be just as charming and fresh. This time around, Enola is a full-blown detective herself, and when her first case sends her on the quest to find a missing girl, she discovers there’s much more to the confounding mystery. It’s another one that will be on Netflix, starting Nov. 4.
Dear Zoe (Out Nov. 4)
If you love sobbing into a bucket of popcorn, Dear Zoe is the fall drama for you. It stars Stranger Things sensation Sadie Sink as Tess, a teenager who struggles with a profound sense of guilt after the death of her younger sister, Zoe, in a hit-and-run. As Tess does what she can to keep going, she writes about her life to Zoe, slowly learning to heal and process her trauma over time.
My Father’s Dragon (Out Nov. 11)
Ruth Stiles Gannett’s My Father’s Dragon is a classic children’s novel we’ve known our whole lives, so we couldn’t be more excited to see the story come to life in the form of a gorgeously animated film from the same studio that created Academy Award-nominated movies The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. In the film, Jacob Trembley voices Elmer Elevator, a young boy who struggles to cope after being forced to move to the city with his mother. He decides to run away in search of a young dragon (voiced by Gaten Matarazzo), held prisoner on Wild Island, and the two soon embark on a journey the two will never forget. It drops on Netflix on Nov. 11!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Out Nov. 11)
After the untimely passing of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman in 2020, it was difficult to foresee what the next film in the franchise could be, but there’s something quite magical about Wakanda Forever and the way it memorializes and honors both the actor and his character, T’Challa. We’re curious to see exactly how that plays out, and who will step into the role of the Black Panther next.
The Menu (Out Nov. 18)
In the horror-comedy film The Menu, guests turn up at a highly exclusive restaurant, helmed by one of the world’s most renowned molecular gastronomy chefs, to enjoy an exquisite meal. However, when the dishes start coming out, it becomes clear that the event is more than just a meal, and they find themselves in the middle of a deadly game, where the goal is survival. It stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult as one of the couples, with Ralph Fiennes as Chef Slowik, and we can’t wait to see how this one plays out.
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio (Out Dec. 9)
While a lot of new Pinocchio adaptations have come out in the last couple of years, Guillermo Del Toro’s version has the most promise. The film’s stop-motion animation is beautiful, lending it charm as well as a haunting quality, while the story hints at a Pinocchio adventure unlike any we’ve seen before. Ewan McGregor makes a fantastic Jiminy Cricket so far, and this one already seems to have the makings of a classic. Plus, you’ll be able to watch it on Netflix when it comes out on Dec. 9.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical (Out Dec. 9)
Matilda is one of our very favorite films of the ’90s, and we’re prepared to fall even deeper in love with the story thanks to original songs by genius comedian and composer Tim Minchin. The new film is based on the wildly successful stage adaptation from London’s West End, finally bringing the musical to a worldwide audience, and we couldn’t be more excited to see it. It’s out in theaters Dec. 9, and will debut on Netflix a week later.
Avatar: The Way of Water (Out Dec. 16)
2009’s Avatar rapidly rose to become the highest-grossing film of all time, and more than a decade later, we’re finally getting the sequel we’ve all been waiting for. The new movie will follow Jake Sully and Neytiri, who’ve started a family together after Jake abandoned his human body to become one of the alien Na’vi. A decade after the events of the first film, the consequences of Jake leading the Na’vi to victory against the humans are catching up with him, and this time, his family’s survival is at stake. So far, this movie looks beautiful, and if it’s anything like its predecessor, the 3D spectacle in IMAX will be worth the ticket price, alone.
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