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  • Warner Bros. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in Cooper's directorial debut, “A Star is Born.” The remake of the 1937 original hits theaters Oct. 5.

  • Universal Pictures Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her role as Laurie Strode in “Halloween,” in theaters Oct. 19.

  • Universal Pictures Tiffany Haddish plays Kevin Hart’s GED instructor in the comedy “Night School,” opening Sept. 28.

  • Annapurna Pictures Stephan James and KiKi Layne star in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” set in 1970s Harlem. The adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel opens Nov. 30.

  • This image released by Universal Pictures shows Ryan Gosling in a scene from "First Man." (Universal Pictures via AP)

  • Universal Pictures Ryan Gosling portrays Neil Armstrong in “First Man,” opening Oct. 12.

  • This image released by Universal Pictures shows Tiffany Haddish in a scene from "Night School," in theaters nationwide on Sept. 28. (Universal Pictures via AP)

  • Fox Searchlight Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford star in the “The Old Man & The Gun ,” opening Sept. 28.

  • Paramount Pictures From left, Tika Sumpter, Whoopi Goldberg and Tiffany Haddish play sisters in Tyler Perry’s “Nobody’s Fool,” in theaters Nov. 2.

  • This image released by 20th Century Fox shows a scene from "The Predator," in theaters on Sept. 14. (Kimberley French/20th Century Fox via AP)

  • Sony Pictures Hugh Jackman portrays Gary Hart during his scandal-plagued 1988 presidential run in “The Front Runner,” opening Nov. 21.

Sunday, September 09, 2018 1:00 am

Fall movie preview

Hollywood not cooling off

Horror, drama, comedy among upcoming films

Associated Press

Looking for some movies to take the edge off of the changing season? There's a whole crop of movies making their way to theaters this fall.


“The Nun” (Opened Friday) – A gothic supernatural horror film and spinoff in “The Conjuring” franchise.

“The Predator” (Opens Friday) – Shane Black's fourth installment in “The Predator” films, with Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes and Jacob Tremblay.

“The Land of Steady Habits” (Opens Friday) – Ben Mendelsohn stars as a Connecticut divorcée in midlife crisis in Nicole Holofcener's adaptation of Ted Thompson's 2014 novel.

“White Boy Rick” (Opens Friday) – Yann Demange's 1980s true-life tale about the youngest alleged FBI informant ever, starring Matthew McConaughey.

“A Simple Favor” (Opens Friday) – A mommy blogger seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town.

“The Children Act” (Opens Friday) –  As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

“The House With a Clock in its Walls” (Sept. 21) – A fantasy of witches and warlocks, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

“The Sisters Brothers” (Sept. 21) – Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly play brother assassins in Jacques Audiard's Western.

“Life Itself” (Sept. 21) – The unexpected twists of a young couple's relationship journey.

“Night School” (Sept. 28) – Kevin Hart plays the student and Tiffany Haddish the teacher in this GED comedy.

“Smallfoot” (Sept. 28) – An inverted animated fable where a Yeti is convinced that humans exist.

“The Old Man and the Gun” (Sept. 28) – Robert Redford stars as an aged bank robber in David Lowery's based-on-a-true-story heist movie.

“Little Women” (Sept. 28) – A modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel.


“Venom” (Oct. 5) – Tom Hardy stars in Marvel's Spider-Man spinoff.

“Private Life” (Oct. 5) – Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn play a New York couple navigating assisted reproduction in Tamara Jenkins' semi-autobiographical tale.

“A Star Is Born” (Oct. 5) – Bradley Cooper's directorial debut is a remake of the 1937 film, starring himself and Lady Gaga.

“The Happy Prince” (Oct. 5) – The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” (Oct. 12) – Seven strangers meet at Lake Tahoe motel in Drew Goddard's thriller.

“First Man” (Oct. 12) – Damien Chazelle's dramatization of Neil Armstrong's mission to the moon, starring Ryan Gosling.

“Beautiful Boy” (Oct. 12) – Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet play father and son in this adaptation of David and Nic Sheff's memoirs about addiction.

“Goosebumps 2” (Oct. 12) – Halloween comes to life in a comedy-adventure based on R.L. Stine's 400-million-selling series of books.

“What They Had” (Oct. 12) – Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home at her brother's (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father's (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.

“Halloween” (Oct. 19) – Michael Myers returns in David Gordon Green's installment in the long-running horror franchise.

“The Hate U Give” (Oct. 19) – A young woman struggles for justice after her childhood friend is shot by police.

“Can You Forgive Me” (Oct. 19) – Marielle Heller directs Melissa McCarthy in this story about a struggling writer who resorts to forging famous letters.

“Hunter Killer” (Oct. 26) – An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy SEALs to rescue the Russian president.


“Nobody's Fool” (Nov. 2) – Tiffany Haddish and Tika Sumpter play sisters in Tyler Perry's comedy.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (Nov. 2) – A biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, from director Bryan Singer.

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (Nov. 2) – Disney's lavish live-action fantasy is inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story.

“Boy Erased” (Nov. 2) – The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

“Dr. Seuss' The Grinch” (Nov. 9) – An animated remake of the holiday classic, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the Whoville killjoy.

“The Girl in the Spider's Web” (Nov. 9) – A reboot of the Lisbeth Salander thriller, from the fourth book in the series, with Claire Foy taking over for Rooney Mara.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (Nov. 16) – The second installment in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter prequels, with Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald.

“Widows” (Nov. 16) – Steve McQueen's “12 Years a Slave” follow-up is a heist movie, where the job in question is carried out by the widows of four slain thieves.

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Nov. 16) – Joel and Ethan Coen's six-part Western anthology film for Netflix.

“Creed II” (Nov. 21) – Michael B. Jordan returns as the young Adonis Creed to fight the son of Ivan Drago.

“Green Book” (Nov. 21) – Peter Farrelly's road movie is about a Jamaican-American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) touring the Deep South with his white driver (Viggo Mortensen).

“The Front Runner” (Nov. 21) – Jason Reitman's film is about Gary Hart's scandal-plagued 1988 presidential campaign, starring Hugh Jackman.

“Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Nov. 21) – More destruction, this time by way of a Wi-Fi router, in this “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel.

“Robin Hood” (Nov. 23) – Taron Egerton plays Robin Hood and Jamie Foxx is Little John in the latest version of the Nottingham legend.

“The Favourite” (Nov. 23) – Yorgos Lanthimos' drama is about two cousins (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz) courting the favor of Queen Anne in 18th century England.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Nov. 30) – Barry Jenkins' adaptation of James Baldwin's classic novel about love and injustice in early 1970s Harlem.


“Mary Queen of Scots” (Dec. 7) – Saoirse Ronan stars as the Scottish monarch Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as her half-sister Queen Elizabeth I.

“Ben Is Back” (Dec. 7) – A long lost son (Lucas Hedges) returns home to his mother (Julia Roberts).

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Dec. 14) – Parallel dimension Spider-Men collide in an animated alternate reality.

“Mary Poppins Returns” (Dec. 19) – Rob Marshall's sequel to the 1964 original stars Emily Blunt as the magical nanny.

“Aquaman” (Dec. 21) – Jason Momoa's undersea ruler gets his first solo movie.

“Bumblebee” (Dec. 21) – The “Transformers” spinoff is a prequel to 2007's “Transformers” centered on the small, yellow Autobot.

“Welcome to Marwen” (Dec. 21) – Robert Zemeckis' fantasy stars Steve Carell as an assault victim who builds a miniature World War II village in his yard.

“Holmes & Watson” (Dec. 21) – A comic twist on Arthur Conan Doyle's detectives, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

“On the Basis of Sex” (Dec. 28) – Felicity Jones stars as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg.