Fall Movies 2019: Here’s What’s Coming Soon to Theaters
Here is a highly select list of noteworthy films due out this season. Release dates are subject to change and reflect the latest information as of deadline.
MIDNIGHT TRAVELER The filmmaker Hassan Fazili (who is credited as director, with Emelie Mahdavian) and his family became refugees from Afghanistan after the Taliban targeted him. This documentary is a first-person account of their journey toward safe harbor.
AD ASTRA After exploring the Amazon in “The Lost City of Z” (2017), the director James Gray ventures — well, to the stars, with Brad Pitt as an astronaut searching for his father (Tommy Lee Jones) in space. Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland are also in the cast.
AMBITION Bob Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema, directed this story of a musician (Katherine Hughes) whose rivals start dropping dead.
AMERICAN DREAMER A driver (Jim Gaffigan) for a ride-share service ends up with a drug dealer (Robbie Jones) as a fare. Which one is the American dreamer?
AUGGIE Richard Kind plays a married retiree who becomes overly infatuated with a virtual reality companion.
BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE Pernilla August plays a woman who ditches her philandering husband and moves to a small, quirky town. Tuva Novotny directed.
CORPORATE ANIMALS Patrick Brice (“The Overnight”) directed this sendup of workplace retreats, in which a group of co-workers is trapped while spelunking in New Mexico. Demi Moore plays the boss; Jessica Williams and Ed Helms also star.
DIEGO MARADONA Even if you don’t know anything about the Argentine athlete who gives this documentary its title (“the most talented — and bizarrely self-destructive — soccer player of his generation,” The New York Times wrote in 2008), you will be in the hands of Asif Kapadia. He’s the documentarian and archival-footage whiz who profiled the racecar driver Ayrton Senna in “Senna” and Amy Winehouse in “Amy.”
DOWNTON ABBEY Take that, PBS: The cast of Julian Fellowes’s celebrated TV series reunites for a big-screen sequel in which Downton is graced by a visit from King George V. With Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, et al. Michael Engler, a veteran of four episodes of the show, directed.
THE GAME CHANGERS Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of many athletes on hand to extol the nutritional and bodybuilding benefits of a plant-based diet. Louie Psihoyos (“The Cove”) directed.
LORO The flamboyance of Silvio Berlusconi may well be matched by the flamboyance of the director Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty,” “The Young Pope”) in this satire. It’s set in the mid-2000s, when the former prime minister, having lost power, was plotting a return. With the Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo as Berlusconi.
RAMBO: LAST BLOOD “They drew first blood, not me,” Sylvester Stallone radioed in the first Rambo movie. But by God, he’ll draw last. Stallone stars in — and devised the story for — what is being billed as the final installment of his second-most-beloved franchise (after “Rocky”).
RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL Nicolas Cage and Laurence Fishburne play drug traffickers assigned to scrutinize their organization’s supply chain.
WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? President Trump reportedly asked that question to express his disappointment in his attorney general at the time, Jeff Sessions. For more illumination on what he meant, catch this documentary from Matt Tyrnauer. It chronicles this notorious New York lawyer’s career, which included the prosecutions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg that made his name in the Cold War. He died from complications of AIDS in 1986.
ZEROVILLE James Franco directed himself as a naïve young man who goes to Hollywood in 1969 with stars in his eyes. Based on a book by the Los Angeles novelist Steve Erickson, it was shot five years ago. Seth Rogen and Megan Fox also star.
ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH Jennifer Baichwal (“Manufactured Landscapes”), Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky directed this exploration of what has been called the “Anthropocene” epoch: the (current) period, in which humans’ impact on the Earth has overtaken that of natural forces, in theory pushing the planet into a new geological stage.
ABOMINABLE In this animated feature, a Shanghai girl (voiced by Chloe Bennett) makes the acquaintance of a yeti to whom the title adjective might be ascribed. She resolves to take him home to the Himalayas. It should be helpful that one of her friends is voiced by Tenzing Norgay Trainor, a grandson of the famous Everest mountaineer.
THE DAY SHALL COME Chris Morris (“Four Lions”) directed this satire about an F.B.I. agent (Anna Kendrick) who works to ensnare a street preacher (Marchánt Davis) whom she has framed as a terrorist to score a P.R. coup.
THE DEATH OF DICK LONG Two rockers in Alabama try to cover for the unexpected death of their bandmate. Daniel Scheinert, part of the filmmaking team that branded itself “Daniels” (“Swiss Army Man”), directed this comedy.
FIRST LOVE The insanely prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike (who has slowed down this decade, with an average of about two features per year) returns to the yakuza milieu. A boxer and a call girl are caught in the crossfire of a drug operation.
THE GOLDEN GLOVE Fatih Akin directed this fictionalized account of the serial killer Fritz Honka (Jonas Dassler), who murdered prostitutes in Hamburg in the 1970s. Reviewers at the Berlin International Film Festival this year were repulsed.
JIM ALLISON: BREAKTHROUGH This documentary looks at the work of James P. Allison, whose research on the use of immunotherapy for cancer treatment made him a Nobel laureate in 2008.
JUDY Renée Zellweger plays Judy Garland as she prepares for a heavily anticipated London nightclub engagement. It took place, as it turned out, just months before her death in 1969. Jessie Buckley also stars. Rupert Goold directed.
THE LAUNDROMAT Steven Soderbergh takes a break from shooting on an iPhone to put his spin on the story behind the Panama Papers, leaked documents that were said to reveal how a Panamanian law firm had helped wealthy clients launder money and evade taxes. Meryl Streep leads a large cast that includes Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas as the firm’s founding partners.
THE PARTS YOU LOSE Christopher Cantwell, a creator of “Halt and Catch Fire,” directed this story of a boy who becomes friendly with a fugitive. Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star.
PRETENDERS James Franco directs himself again (see “Zeroville,” above) in a movie about a film student who is besotted with the French new wave and a mysterious woman — of whom his friend is also enamored. With Jack Kilmer, Shameik Moore and Jane Levy.
CELEBRATION Shown at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007, this fly-on-the-wall chronicle of Yves Saint Laurent during the preparations for his final collection was blocked from release by Saint Laurent’s business partner, Pierre Bergé, who reportedly did not like his portrayal in the film. Bergé’s death in 2017, nine years after that of the designer, has enabled the documentary, now lightly re-edited, to open.
WAR The Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff meet in an action face-off spectacular.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER The director Beniamino Barrese creates a portrait of his mother, Benedetta Barzini, a former Italian supermodel who worked with Richard Avedon and studied with Lee Strasberg. “Barzini is Barrese’s subject (and apparent muse), but she’s also his mother, which creates some productive friction,” Manohla Dargis wrote after the film played at the Sundance Film Festival.
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME Eddie Murphy plays Rudy Ray Moore, the creator and star of “Dolemite,” in a movie that chronicles how Moore brought the beloved blaxploitation title character, a kung-fu-fighting pimp, from comedy records to the screen. The writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have explored the world of low-budget moviemaking before, in “Ed Wood.” Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”) directed.
JOKER Warner Bros. calls this movie a “cautionary tale,” but exactly who is being cautioned is unclear. Is it the actors? Warning: Before this century is out, every single one of you will play a Batman character. It’s Joaquin Phoenix’s turn today. Robert De Niro also stars, highlighting the apparent influence of “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy.” Todd Phillips directed.
LUCY IN THE SKY After experiencing the mind-expanding properties not of L.S.D., but of outer space, an astronaut (Natalie Portman) finds that resuming life on Earth doesn’t give her the same high. Jon Hamm also stars; Noah Hawley (TV’s “Fargo”) directed.
MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN Having sliced the shower scene of “Psycho” every which way in “78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene,” the documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe reconstructs the creation of “Alien.” The film has input from key players (Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright) but also some conspicuous absences (Sigourney Weaver and, except in archival footage, Ridley Scott).
PAIN AND GLORY Antonio Banderas won the best actor prize at Cannes for playing a version of his director, Pedro Almodóvar, who, in the tradition of Fellini’s thinly veiled self-portraits, takes stock of his life and career. When the film played at Cannes, Manohla Dargis called it “one of Almodóvar’s unqualified best in a while.”
SEMPER FI Jai Courtney plays a Marine reservist who could bend the rules to help his brother. Will he? Henry-Alex Rubin (a director of the 2005 documentary “Murderball”) directed.
WRINKLES THE CLOWN A clown who terrified YouTube users serves as the jumping-off point for a broader disquisition on clowndom and viral fame. Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walkers directed this documentary.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky — and now they’re illustrations once again. (Before the TV series and the live-action movies, they appeared in cartoons for The New Yorker.) Charlize Theron voices Morticia; Oscar Isaac is Gomez.
FANTASTIC FUNGI Brie Larson narrates this tour of the magical world of mycelia, featuring the authors Michael Pollan (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) and Eugenia Bone (“Well-Preserved”) and the alternative-medicine advocate Andrew Weil.
GEMINI MAN Will Smith tangles with Will Smith — playing a younger cloned version of himself. Working for the producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Ang Lee returns to the divisive high-frame-rate technology he used on “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” (Movies are usually shot and projected at 24 frames per second; a faster rate reduces blur.) Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clive Owen also star.
HIGH STRUNG FREE DANCE It sounds like “The Red Shoes” crossed with “Step Up”: A Broadway choreographer (Thomas Doherty) and a pianist (Harry Jarvis) both fall for the new star dancer (the ballet-trained Juliet Doherty, who is not related to Thomas).
IN MY ROOM Hans Löw plays a layabout who becomes the last man on Earth. What would you do? (He watches “The Bridges of Madison County.”) Elena Radonicich plays the last woman on Earth. Ulrich Köhler directed.
THE KING Dipping into some of the same events covered by Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays (without the Shakespeare), this historical picture stars Timothée Chalamet as Prince Hal, soon to be Henry V. With Joel Edgerton as Falstaff. David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) directed.
LUCKY DAY It’s easy to forget that Quentin Tarantino shared his screenwriting Oscar for “Pulp Fiction.” His co-winner was Roger Avary, who wrote and directed this crime movie about a safecracker (Luke Bracey) who is released from prison, only to be targeted for death by a character played by Crispin Glover. Nina Dobrev also stars.
MARY Gary Oldman buys a fixer-upper of a boat and casts off with his family. But it turns out that the vessel needs more than sail patching, like maybe an exorcist or a ghostbuster. With Emily Mortimer.
MISTER AMERICA The professional anti-humorist Tim Heidecker stars as a quixotic candidate: a man acquitted of murder (all he did was sell bad e-cigarettes) who turns around and runs for district attorney in San Bernardino, Calif.
PARASITE From Bong Joon-ho, a master of the eco-thriller (“Okja,” “The Host”), the title “parasite” might conjure up an image of a different type of movie. But this is a merciless and witty class satire, in which an impoverished family begins to leech the resources of a much wealthier one. In May, Bong became the first South Korean director to win the Palme d’Or.
STUFFED The filmmaker Erin Derham explores the culture of taxidermy, a discipline that’s more conservation-minded than it might appear.
BY THE GRACE OF GOD Three men (played by Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet and Swann Arlaud) seek to expose the priest who abused them when they were boys. François Ozon directed this drama from France.
#FEMALEPLEASURE The documentarian Barbara Miller profiles five women living in different parts of the world who have all challenged patriarchal social structures.
GREENER GRASS This parody of suburban life stars its writer-directors, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, in an absurdist landscape where adults have braces and use golf carts for transportation.
JOJO RABBIT Scaling down after “Thor: Ragnarok,” Taika Waititi directed this (somehow) comedy set during World War II. It’s about a German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) whose imaginary friend is Hitler (Waititi) and whose mother (Scarlett Johansson) is secretly sheltering a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie, from “Leave No Trace”).
THE LIGHTHOUSE In “The Witch,” the director Robert Eggers revealed a gift for anachronistic dialogue. Drawing on sources both literary (Herman Melville and Sarah Orne Jewett) and historical, he concocted this black-and-white, claustrophobic pas de deux. It’s set in the 1890s at a lighthouse off New England, where two men (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) can’t help driving each other crazy.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL In this continuation of the 2014 live-action spinoff of “Sleeping Beauty,” Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) does not take kindly to the news that Aurora (Elle Fanning) plans to wed.
MISS VIRGINIA A mother (Uzo Aduba, from “Orange Is the New Black”) fights to keep her son away from the streets and at a private school that she can’t afford.
SERENDIPITY The artist Prune Nourry learned she had breast cancer in 2016 and, during reconstructive surgery, began to think of her body as sculptural material, using the treatment process as inspiration for artwork in multiple disciplines. This documentary, which she directed, captures her medical and artistic experiences.
TRICK Omar Epps plays a detective who must face an escaped murderer presumed to be dead, but who seems to return each Halloween.
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin — playing the ragtag group from the original “Zombieland” (2009) — cope with familial infighting when not splattering zombie brains. Ruben Fleischer, who directed the first film, returns.
TEMBLORES A man sends shock waves through his evangelical family in Guatemala when he comes out as gay. Jayro Bustamante, whose “Ixcanul” had a following on the festival circuit, directed.
BAD TRIP Under the guidance of the “Jackass” creator Jeff Tremaine (among other producers), Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish play pranks on unsuspecting nonactors while recording them on hidden cameras.
BLACK AND BLUE Naomie Harris plays a New Orleans native who returns to her post-Katrina hometown as a police officer after serving in Afghanistan. But when she captures an execution by one of her colleagues (Frank Grillo) on a body cam, she is forced to go on the run. She can’t trust her corrupt fellow cops or civilians, many of whom regard her with suspicion for working with the police. Tyrese Gibson also stars.
THE CURRENT WAR This feature from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) dramatizes the race between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), on the one hand, and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), on the other, to bring electricity to the United States. The movie is said to have undergone substantial changes since its poorly reviewed premiere at Toronto in 2017, when it was in the possession of the Weinstein Company. (It’s now being distributed by 101 Studios.)
FARMING Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje wrote and directed this autobiographical feature about a Nigerian boy who is given to a British family that is expected to give him a good life. Incredibly, he becomes a major figure in a skinhead gang after first being targeted by it.
FRANKIE The director Ira Sachs (“Love Is Strange”) comes close to vintage Woody Allen territory with this bittersweet comedy about an actress (Isabelle Huppert) who assembles friends and loved ones in Sintra, Portugal, for matchmaking and reconciliation. With Marisa Tomei and Jérémie Renier.
THE GREAT ALASKAN RACE Braving the elements, a champion dogsledder (Brian Presley, who also wrote and directed) must deliver an antitoxin to the victims of a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska.
THE KILL TEAM Dan Krauss directed this dramatized version of his 2014 documentary, about five American soldiers accused of murdering three Afghan civilians. Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgard star.
NO SAFE SPACES The comedian Adam Carolla and the conservative pundit Dennis Prager argue that the concept of “safe spaces” is antithetical to free speech. Interviewees include the conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, the psychologist Jordan Peterson, the professor and activist Cornel West and the lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz.
PORTALS Eduardo Sanchez, one of two directors of “The Blair Witch Project,” is one of four directors — Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto and Liam O’Donnell are the others — of this anthology film, set after the world has experienced a wave of blackouts.
LIBERTY: MOTHER OF EXILES Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“Inside Deep Throat”) directed this documentary in which the designer Diane von Furstenberg examines the history of the Statue of Liberty.
MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND With interviews from other veterans of the business, the longtime sound editor Midge Costin (“The Rock,” “Days of Thunder”) directed this accessible portrait of how sound is constructed for movies.
THE PREY An undercover Chinese cop (Gu Shangwei) is hunted after he winds up in a Cambodian jungle.
SYNONYMS Nadav Lapid (the Israeli feature “The Kindergarten Teacher,” which was remade with Maggie Gyllenhaal) won the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival for this autobiographically inspired film. It follows an Israeli man (Tom Mercier) who is adrift while leading a tenuous life in Paris.
WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS Two cousins on opposite sides of the ivory trade in Kenya — a dealer and a ranger who is permitted to use violence to halt poaching — are followed over three years in this documentary.
REDOUBT This is the feature movie component of the artist Matthew Barney’s latest exhibition, also called “Redoubt,” which was held at Yale — Barney’s alma mater — this year. Reviewing the show for The Times, Jason Farago called the cinematic component “Barney’s most engrossing film in over a decade.”
AMERICAN DHARMA On Twitter, Errol Morris alluded to having trouble finding a distributor for his latest movie, a profile of Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist. At last year’s festivals, critics wondered whether Morris had done enough to hold Bannon’s feet to the fire, but this is a Morris movie. As in “The Unknown Known” or “Mr. Death,” the director is interested in rationalization and denial — in how Bannon reinforces his worldview and ignores contrary evidence.
THE APOLLO Roger Ross Williams (who won an Oscar for “Music by Prudence”) directed this documentary, which covers the history — and present-day operations — of this landmark Harlem theater, long a cornerstone of African-American artistry in New York.
BURDEN Garrett Hedlund plays Mike Burden, a real man who shook the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, thanks to the intervention of a minister (Forest Whitaker) and a single mother (Andrea Riseborough).
EARTHQUAKE BIRD A woman living abroad in Japan (Alicia Vikander) is thrown off balance (even more so, that is) when a young woman (Riley Keough) goes missing. Wash Westmoreland (“Colette”) directed.
HARRIET How has it taken this long to get a proper Harriet Tubman feature biopic? Cynthia Erivo plays the abolitionist over a period that includes her escape from slavery and her work with the Underground Railroad. Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”) directed.
THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese’s latest feature is, by any measure, one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated films. It reunites him with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. It’s his first movie with Al Pacino, who plays Jimmy Hoffa. It reportedly uses advanced special effects that allowed De Niro to play his character across a range of years. And Scorsese is by far the biggest filmmaker yet landed by Netflix, which ran a teaser trailer during this year’s Oscar broadcast. (Hint, hint.)
THE KINGMAKER Lauren Greenfield, no stranger to portraits of cocooned wealth (“The Queen of Versailles”), directed this look at Imelda Marcos, the noted shoe collector and former first lady of the Philippines, as she works to polish the reputation of her husband, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and to usher her family back into power.
LIGHT FROM LIGHT It’s a haunted-house story, sort of — except the only specter may be that of grief. Marin Ireland plays a woman with the power to communicate with ghosts; she is contacted by a bereaved husband (Jim Gaffigan) to investigate his home. Paul Harrill directed.
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN Jonathan Lethem’s books have gone relatively neglected by Hollywood. Albert Mobilio, reviewing Lethem’s novel “Motherless Brooklyn” for The New York Times in 1999, called the detective material merely “a convenient rack on which to hang his off-kilter humor and dead-on observations.” Will those translate? Edward Norton adapted, directed and stars in the movie version, playing a 1950s private eye with Tourette’s syndrome. Bruce Willis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star.
PARADISE HILLS Alice Waddington directed this sci-fi story in which Emma Roberts is sent to a remote island treatment center that has a disturbing agenda. Awkwafina, Danielle Macdonald and Eiza González play three of her peers. (The genre whiz Nacho Vigalondo, of “Timecrimes,” wrote this with Brian DeLeeuw.)
17 BLOCKS Davy Rothbart, a contributor to the public radio series “This American Life,” began filming the members of a family in Washington — the title refers to the stretch between their home and the Capitol — in 1999. This documentary covers two decades of hardship and heartbreak, and includes unshakable scenes of violence and redemption.
TERMINATOR: DARK FATE He said he’d be back, and he keeps making good on that promise. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns for another sequel, and so does Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. No worries if you’ve lost track of the chronology of the last 28 years of the franchise. This installment is said to pick up from the events of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991). Mackenzie Davis also stars; Tim Miller (“Deadpool”) directed.
WAVES Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays a school athlete in South Florida whose father (Sterling K. Brown) has high expectations for him. The family must then cope with a loss. Trey Edward Shults, who explored similar breakdown territory in “Krisha,” directed.
MARRIAGE STORY Noah Baumbach memorably (and quite personally) addressed the subject of parental separation and its impact on children in “The Squid and the Whale.” In his new (and longest) feature, the centerpiece of this year’s New York Film Festival, Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are a divorcing couple sparring over the custody of their son. Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta play lawyers.
DANGER CLOSE The “Collateral” screenwriter Stuart Beattie scripted this account of the 1966 Battle of Long Tan, when a regiment of the Australian Army was cornered by far more numerous North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces in a rubber plantation in South Vietnam.
DOCTOR SLEEP Stephen King famously disliked Stanley Kubrick’s movie version of “The Shining.” Yet this film, adapted from King’s 2013 sequel to the novel, appears to pay tribute to both S.K.s while following the further adventures of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor). Kyliegh Curran plays one of his fellow telepaths. The talented Mike Flanagan (“Gerald’s Game”) directed.
HONEY BOY Shia LaBeouf, who in 2015 sat through a marathon of his movies at the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan, has always had a penchant for self-dramatization. He wrote the script for this autobiographically inspired movie, about a child star (played by Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges at different ages) who has some issues to work through with his father (LaBeouf, naturally). Alma Har’el directed.
KLAUS That’s Klaus as in Santa Claus. In this animated feature, Jason Schwartzman lends his voice to a postman who’s transferred to somewhere in the vicinity of the North Pole and meets St. Nick (J.K. Simmons).
LAST CHRISTMAS Emilia Clarke plays a woman working as a Christmas shop elf in London who meets cute with a mysterious man (Henry Golding). The movie features the songs of George Michael and, as others have observed, the trailer might be obscuring a plot twist. (The most plausible guess comes from several critics: Golding is the ghost of a donor who, per Michael’s lyrics, last Christmas gave Clarke his heart.) Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings wrote the scrip, from which Paul Feig directed.
MIDWAY Roland Emmerich restages the Battle of Midway with Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein and Nick Jonas, among others. The aesthetic looks as if it were closer to that of Michael Bay (“Pearl Harbor”) than that of John Ford, who shot a documentary on the battle as it unfolded.
PLAYING WITH FIRE Remember “Three Men and a Baby”? Instead of three men, make it four men, and make those men burly firefighters. Instead of the baby, picture three siblings of various ages. The firefighters must watch those children, whom they have rescued, until the parents are found. With John Cena and Keegan-Michael Key.
PRIMAL You saw “Snakes on a Plane”? This is carnivores on a boat. The ever-busy Nicolas Cage is trapped on a ship that’s carrying a menacing menagerie.
MICKEY AND THE BEAR Annabelle Attanasio got favorable reviews at South by Southwest for this feature writing and directing debut, about a Montana teenager (Camila Morrone) and her father (James Badge Dale), a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.
ATLANTICS Mati Diop became the first black female director to compete at the Cannes Film Festival with this feature; she wound up winning the Grand Prix (de facto second place). This supernaturally inflected film concerns a 17-year-old Senegalese girl (Mame Sané) in love with a young man who leaves by boat in search of work.
CHARLIE’S ANGELS In this reboot of the TV series and the 2000 film, Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott play the latest team of sexy super-operatives. They get instructions from Elizabeth Banks, both onscreen (she plays Bosley, or one of several Bosleys) and as the movie’s screenwriter and director.
FORD V FERRARI In the 1960s, after a prospective buyout of Ferrari by Ford fell through, the American car manufacturer sought payback at the 24-hour endurance race in Le Mans, France. Matt Damon plays the car designer Carroll Shelby, Christian Bale the racer Ken Miles. James Mangold, the director of “Logan,” is behind the wheel.
THE GOOD LIAR After “Ford v Ferrari,” here is knight versus dame: Sir Ian McKellen plays a con man who sets out to fleece a wealthy widow (Dame Helen Mirren). At stake are both her fortune and the crown for best actor in Britain. Bill Condon directed.
THE HOTTEST AUGUST The weather is just one subject on the mind of the Canadian filmmaker Brett Story in this essay documentary, filmed in New York in 2017. It ponders not only climate change, but also changes in the politics and social landscape of the United States.
KOKO-DI KOKO-DA In this film from the director Johannes Nyholm, a Scandinavian couple on a camping trip begin to re-experience the circumstances under which their daughter died.
THE LODGE Still grieving for their mother, a brother and sister (Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh) are taken on a winter cabin getaway with their father’s new girlfriend (Riley Keough), who has an alarming history. Then Dad leaves them alone with her. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (“Goodnight Mommy”) directed.
RECORDER You’ve heard of outsider artists, but what about an outsider archivist? Marion Stokes is said to have recorded television for 24 hours a day for more than three decades, leaving behind a videotape library of American life that Matt Wolf’s documentary is able to draw on.
THE REPORT Adam Driver plays Daniel J. Jones, an investigator for the Senate Intelligence Committee who concluded that the C.I.A. had misled the public about its use of torture and sought to expose what he knew. Annette Bening plays Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California. Scott Z. Burns (a frequent collaborator with Steven Soderbergh, a producer here) wrote and directed.
SCANDALOUS If you’ve ever wondered how The National Enquirer prints the things it does, Mark Landsman’s documentary traces its history.
SHOOTING THE MAFIA The photographer Letizia Battaglia brought images of the Sicilian Mafia to the public in the 1970s. She is profiled in this documentary.
16 BARS This documentary showcases the hip-hop artist Speech (a.k.a. Todd Thomas of Arrested Development), as he inspires inmates in Virginia to make music in a workshop.
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Tom Hanks zips on a cardigan to play Fred Rogers. Here, that beloved TV host wages a war of attrition-by-niceness with a hard-bitten journalist (Matthew Rhys). That character was inspired by Tom Junod, who profiled Rogers for Esquire. Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directed.
DARK WATERS In a big change of pace, Todd Haynes (“Carol”) directed this social-issue drama, inspired by a New York Times Magazine article about a corporate lawyer who sued DuPont in an environmental case. Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins star.
FROZEN 2 Elsa investigates the truth about the past. Didn’t she already learn to let it go?
VARDA BY AGNÈS In self-portraits like “The Gleaners and I” and “Faces Places,” Agnès Varda, who died in March, put her life on film. So it’s unsurprising — and inspiring — that she would leave behind a final, free-form autobiographical work in which she reflects on her career and her passions.
THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI Devika Bhise plays the warrior queen of the title, who in India in 1857 led a rebellion that challenged the British East India Company.
KNIVES OUT Taking time out from Jedi skirmishes, the writer and director Rian Johnson tips his hat to Agatha Christie. Christopher Plummer plays a dead family patriarch, the victim of (likely) foul play. Daniel Craig and Lakeith Stanfield investigate a cast of suspects that includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and many others.
QUEEN & SLIM Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith play what the trailer describes as “the black Bonnie and Clyde” after Kaluuya’s character kills a police officer in self-defense. Viral video makes them famous while they’re on the lam. Lena Waithe and James Frey wrote the screenplay. Melina Matsoukas, who has made music videos for Beyoncé and Rihanna, directed.
63 UP The director Michael Apted is himself getting up in years, but his seven-year check-ins with his subjects — first seen as schoolchildren in the 1964 television documentary “Seven Up” — are a tradition that you hope will see a few more multiples.
THE TWO POPES Anthony Hopkins plays Pope Benedict XVI, and Jonathan Pryce plays the future Pope Francis in 2012. In the movie, the two men work to reconcile their different views of the future of the Catholic Church. Fernando Meirelles directed from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).
THE AERONAUTS Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne set out to fly higher than anyone else ever has. It’s the 19th century, and their mode of transportation is a hot-air balloon. Tom Harper directed this reteaming of the stars of “The Theory of Everything” (for which Redmayne won an Oscar, and Jones was nominated).
BRAHMS: THE BOY II Brahms is a doll that is perhaps not as inanimate as it seems. He (or it?) befriends a boy who moves onto the estate from the first movie. Katie Holmes stars in this sequel to “The Boy,” from the same director, William Brent Bell.
DANIEL ISN’T REAL Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of Arnold, plays Daniel, an imaginary friend reconjured by a too-old-for-games college freshman (Miles Robbins) after a traumatic incident.
IN FABRIC The British director Peter Strickland (“The Duke of Burgundy”) seems to be working almost single-handedly to revive the Italian giallo tradition. The movie follows the journey of a killer dress (and not just in terms of style). Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays the first unlucky buyer. Hayley Squires and Leo Bill have the garment later on.
LITTLE JOE Emily Beecham, who won the best actress prize for this movie at Cannes in May, plays one of a team of scientists who genetically engineer a flower that has a strange property: It makes people happy. The same, of course, was also true of the Pod People, and the aroma of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” wafts through this austerely chilling feature from Jessica Hausner.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Céline Sciamma won wide acclaim (and a screenplay award) at the Cannes Film Festival for this understated, immaculately appointed 18th-century drama. Noémie Merlant plays an artist hired to paint a portrait of Adèle Haenel, who won’t sit for anyone. At first, Merlant’s character is forced to work from memory, but the two grow closer.
BLACK CHRISTMAS Sophia Takal directed (and wrote, with the film critic April Wolfe) this second remake of Bob Clark’s 1974 Canadian slasher-film standard. A sorority is terrorized; Imogen Poots leads the cast.
CUNNINGHAM This year, the documentary “If the Dancer Dances” suggested that video, by virtue of being in two dimensions, was limited in its ability to capture Merce Cunningham’s choreography. It’s fortunate, then, that his centennial year closes out with a documentary that’s in 3-D. Alla Kovgan directed this biographical portrait.
A HIDDEN LIFE At Cannes, Terrence Malick polarized critics with this portrait of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), an Austrian conscientious objector who refused to swear allegiance to Hitler. His stance led to his execution by the Nazis in 1943 and later his beatification by the Catholic Church in 2007. The director’s signature style — nature shots, fragmentary voice-over — struck some as an odd fit. “Malick’s prettification of this world is as appalling as is his lack of interest in history,” Manohla Dargis wrote from the festival.
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black return as video game avatars, but the players who are their puppeteers aren’t all the same. The director Jake Kasdan, who had the controller for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017), returns as well.
UNCUT GEMS The brothers Josh and Benny Safdie (“Good Time”) have been talking about making this thriller for years. (Josh Safdie was doing research for it in the diamond district when he met Arielle Holmes, who became the star of the siblings’ 2015 film, “Heaven Knows What.”) Adam Sandler plays a jeweler who has a lot on the line.
CATS The “Les Misérables” director Tom Hooper uses the latest in what a promotional video calls “digital fur technology” to transform Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench and many others into Andrew Lloyd Webber’s singing kitties. The trailer has already been widely mocked, but to quote Rum Tum Tugger, there’s “no doing anything abowwowtit.”
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER How exactly is J.J. Abrams going to run with the baton that “The Last Jedi” left him? Will Rey really turn out to have come from nothing? Is that little kid with the broom a Jedi? Will die-hard fans cry heresy no matter where this movie goes? (The answer to that last question is probably yes.) Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver return to that galaxy far, far away.
SUPERINTELLIGENCE Melissa McCarthy is targeted by a superintelligent A.I. entity that wants to observe her romantic interactions — and take over the world. Bobby Cannavale and Brian Tyree Henry also star. Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s husband and frequent collaborator, directed.
BOMBSHELL Nicole Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson, and Charlize Theron portrays Megyn Kelly in a movie about the sexual harassment that pervaded Fox News during the reign of Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Margot Robbie also stars.
JUST MERCY Michael B. Jordan plays the lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who in Alabama in the early 1990s defended Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a man sentenced to death even though, The New York Times wrote in 1993, the state built “a case on suspect testimony and withheld crucial evidence that called that testimony into question.” Brie Larson plays an activist also fighting for McMillian’s exoneration. Destin Daniel Cretton (“Short Term 12”) directed.
LITTLE WOMEN Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen are Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters in the latest adaptation of “Little Women.” It’s given a new spark by Greta Gerwig, who (as with “Lady Bird”) wrote the screenplay and directed. Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Timothée Chalamet also star.
1917 Sam Mendes tries his hand at an old-fashioned war epic with this story of a pair of British soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) during World War I. Their assignment: To deliver a message calling off an attack that would, if executed, lead to a battalion’s slaughter. With Benedict Cumberbatch.
SPIES IN DISGUISE In this animated feature, Will Smith provides the voice of a secret agent who is transformed by his colleague (Tom Holland), a scientist, into a pigeon, because that’s an easy way for him to go undetected. With Rashida Jones.
CLEMENCY The director Chinonye Chukwu won the top prize at Sundance for this character study of a prison warden (Alfre Woodard) who has been hollowed out by her work. The movie follows her after a botched execution as she prepares to administer the death penalty to another inmate (Aldis Hodge).
Compiled with the assistance of Sara Aridi.
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