New Fall Movies 2021: Here Are More Than 125 Coming Soon

Movies continue to return to theaters, and some of our most popular heroes — James Bond; Neo and Trinity; a new group of Ghostbusters — are set to return with them this fall. The backlog from the pandemic means we’re getting not one but two films from Ridley Scott. Chloé Zhao will apply her Oscar-winning eye to a comic book movie. Some major titles, like “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand — and directed by Joel Coen without his brother, Ethan — hadn’t settled on dates by press time, but expect to see them soon.

This 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.


INTRUSION Freida Pinto plays a woman unraveling after a home invasion. Logan Marshall-Green plays her husband. (Sept. 22 on Netflix)

THE VILLAGE DETECTIVE: A SONG CYCLE In films like “Dawson City: Frozen Time” (which tells the story of silent films excavated in the Yukon) and “Decasia” (which finds beauty in deteriorating film stock), Bill Morrison has turned archival finds into heady, haunting pastiches. His latest feature ruminates on a recent rediscovery — a partial print of a Russian comedy found in waters off Iceland — and that film’s star, Mikhail Zharov. (Sept. 22 in theaters)

BIRDS OF PARADISE Two aspiring ballet stars at a dance school in Paris vie to be the one who joins the Paris Opera Ballet. Diana Silvers and Kristine Froseth star; Sarah Adina Smith directed. (Sept. 24 on Amazon)

DEAR EVAN HANSEN The internet is atwitter with debate over whether Ben Platt, now 27, is too old to recreate the role he played on Broadway, as a high schooler who pretends to have been the friend of a boy who killed himself. Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever and Amandla Stenberg also star. Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) directed. (Sept. 24 in theaters)

EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS Tom Skerritt plays a surgeon dying of cancer who journeys through the Columbia basin of Washington State in an adaptation of the novel by David Guterson (“Snow Falling on Cedars”). Mira Sorvino also stars. (Sept. 24 in theaters)

EL PLANETA This black-and-white film follows a mother and daughter in Spain played by the movie’s writer-director, Amalia Ulman, and her own mom, Ale Ulman. It “gradually reveals the extent of the women’s troubles with deft and sly humor,” Beatrice Loayza wrote when it showed at New Directors/New Films. (Sept. 24 in theaters)

THE GUILTY Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) directed and Nic Pizzolatto (“True Detective”) scripted this remake of a Danish film from 2018. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a 911 operator scrambling to respond to an emergency call. Peter Sarsgaard and Riley Keough are among the actors playing voices on the other end of the line. (Sept. 24 in theaters; Oct. 1 on Netflix)

I’M YOUR MAN What if you lived with an anthropoid robot designed to be your ideal match? What if he were played by Dan Stevens, and you were played by Maren Eggert? The actress Maria Schrader directed this science-fiction tale. (Sept. 24 in theaters)

MAN IN THE FIELD Patrick Trefz directed this portrait of Jim Denevan, who is both a land artist and an ambassador of good cooking who travels the country tendering farm-based dinners. Sept. 24 in theaters and on demand.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD That ostensibly most beautiful boy would be Bjorn Andresen, whom Luchino Visconti cast in his film version of “Death in Venice” (1971). “In exploring how he was exploited and objectified in the name of art,” A.O. Scott wrote when this documentary showed at Sundance, “the filmmakers venture into ethically troubling territory, testing the boundary between intimacy and invasiveness.” (Sept. 24 in theaters)


THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 In the name of Addams family bonding time, Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac) packs the clan and Lurch into a hearse-like camper and takes them on a road trip of sights like Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. In this sequel to the 2019 animated revival of Charles Addams’s characters, Charlize Theron returns as the voice of Morticia, and Snoop Dogg supplies the distorted vocals of Cousin It (not Itt in this version). (Oct. 1 in theaters and on demand)

BINGO HELL The horror anthology series “Welcome to the Blumhouse” — named for the producer Jason Blum’s company and designed as a showcase for up-and-coming, underrepresented filmmakers — continues with four feature films, paired, like last year’s edition, as double features. In “Bingo Hell,” Adriana Barraza plays an activist trying to wrest back a bingo hall from a sinister businessman. Gigi Saul Guerrero directs. (Oct. 1 on Amazon)

BLACK AS NIGHT Maritte Lee Go directed this entry in the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series, which stars Asjha Cooper as a teenager on a quest to vanquish vampires in New Orleans. (Oct. 1 on Amazon)

DIANA: THE MUSICAL Between “Spencer” (see November) and “The Crown,” you might think a glut of Princess Diana biopics is hitting screens. But this one was technically conceived for the stage; it made it through nine previews before the pandemic forced Broadway theaters to close. Now a filmed version of the production will stream on Netflix before the show is scheduled to get its official Broadway opening in December. Jeanna de Waal plays Diana. (Oct. 1 on Netflix)

FALLING FOR FIGARO Danielle Macdonald plays an aspiring opera singer who quits her financial-sector job and starts taking lessons from a tough-love instructor (Joanna Lumley). Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”) directed. (Oct. 1 in theaters and on demand)

KAREN DALTON: IN MY OWN TIME Without the benefit of much archival imagery, this documentary uses means both indirect (interviews) and direct (music) to remember the folk singer Dalton, an important influence on Bob Dylan, among many others. (Oct. 1 in theaters)

THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK The “Sopranos” veteran Alan Taylor directed this prequel to the HBO series, something of an origin story for Tony Soprano. Michael Gandolfini plays his father’s character as a young man; the cast also includes Alessandro Nivola and Leslie Odom Jr. (Oct. 1 in theaters and on HBO Max)

MATERNAL Lidiya Liberman plays a nun preparing to take her final vows when a young girl whose teenage mother runs off is entrusted to her care. (Oct. 1 in theaters and on demand)

MAYDAY Grace Van Patten plays a young woman who is transplanted to another realm and joins an all-female group of soldiers (Mia Goth plays their leader) in their cause. Karen Cinorre wrote and directed. (Oct. 1 in theaters and on demand)

OLD HENRY After giving shelter to a man with a bag of money, a farmer and his son wind up in a predicament: Supposed lawmen want them to turn him in. But are they really lawmen? Tim Blake Nelson stars in a movie that comes billed as an “elevated action-western,” as if John Ford and Howard Hawks were working in a lowly, non-elevated mode. (Oct. 1 in theaters)

RAPTURE Also known by its Spanish title, “Arrebato,” Iván Zulueta’s 1979 feature, about a horror filmmaker who goes down a rabbit hole where reality and cinema are tough to separate, has a cult following but is only now getting a theatrical release in the United States. It stars Eusebio Poncela and Cecilia Roth before they became stars for Pedro Almodóvar, who — not surprisingly — is said to love this movie. (Oct. 1 in theaters)

RUNT Cameron Boyce, the Disney Channel star who died in 2019, plays a teenager who with his peers is drawn into a web of violence. William Coakley directed. (Oct. 1 in theaters)

TITANE Out-strange-ing her first feature, about a vegetarian who cultivates a taste for human flesh (“Raw”), the French director Julia Ducournau became only the second woman to win the Palme d’Or for this stylish sophomore whatsit. In a performance that won praise for its remarkable plasticity, Agathe Rousselle plays a young woman who is a fusion of flesh and metal; a childhood car accident left her with a titanium plate her head. Her journey comes to involve multiple murders, a missing boy and an anthropomorphized Cadillac. (Oct. 1 in theaters)

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE Andy Serkis, behind the camera instead of in a motion-capture suit, directed this sequel, which finds Tom Hardy’s investigative journalist trying to negotiate an accord with his symbiote and Woody Harrelson’s bad guy morphing into Carnage. Oct. 1 in theaters.

PHARMA BRO In this documentary, the director Brent Hodge tries to understand Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud. (He was memorably accused during the jury selection process of having “disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.”) Before that, he had become infamous for gouging drug prices. (Oct. 5 on demand)

THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE A teenager (Sydney Park) transplanted from Hawaii to Nebraska works with her new peers to unmask a killer. Théodore Pellerin and Asjha Cooper co-star. Patrick Brice (“The Overnight”) directed. (Oct. 6 on Netflix)

ASCENSION An award winner at Tribeca this spring, Jessica Kingdon’s documentary follows a supply chain to explore capitalism and class disparities in modern China. (Oct. 8 in theaters)

JACINTA The documentarian Jessica Earnshaw follows a mother and daughter who have both experienced drug addiction and are imprisoned together. Upon release, the daughter, Jacinta, tries to break a cycle that she was in effect dragged into. (Oct. 8 on Hulu)

LAMB The word from Cannes is that it’s best to see this feature, set in Iceland, knowing almost nothing about it. Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snaer Gudnason play a couple who experience an unusual form of parenthood. (Oct. 8 in theaters)

MADRES In one of this week’s two films in the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” anthology, Ariana Guerra plays half of a Mexican American couple in the 1970s. She discovers ominous signs at the California ranch they’ve just moved to. (Oct. 8 on Amazon)

THE MANOR Rounding out this year’s installment of “Welcome to the Blumhouse,” Barbara Hershey plays a woman who, while recovering from a stroke, becomes convinced that something sinister is going on in her estate-like assisted-living home. Is it all in her head? (Oct. 8 on Amazon)

MASS The actor Fran Kranz (“The Cabin in the Woods”) makes his feature-directing debut with this drama, which stars Ann Dowd and Reed Birney as parents trying to talk to two other parents (Martha Plimpton and Jason Isaacs) about a tragedy caused by the Dowd and Birney characters’ son. (Oct. 8 in theaters)

NO TIME TO DIE Will it ever be time for it to be no time to die? Delayed by the pandemic for well over a year, Daniel Craig’s purported final outing as James Bond is set to finally see theaters. Léa Seydoux reprises her role from “Spectre,” with Ana de Armas joining the gallery of Bond girls (or Bond women — it’s 2021). Jeffrey Wright returns as Felix Leiter in the character’s first appearance since “Quantum of Solace” (2008). Cary Joji Fukunaga directed. (Oct. 8 in theaters)

THE RESCUE Having terrified filmgoers who were afraid of rock climbing with the Oscar-winning “Free Solo,” the documentarians E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin turn their cameras to the 2018 cave rescue in Thailand, where members of a youth soccer team were trapped. (Oct. 8 in theaters)

CONVERGENCE Orlando von Einsiedel (“Virunga”) directed this documentary, which follows six people from across the globe who rethink how to improve the world in light of the pandemic. (Oct. 12 on Netflix)

FEVER DREAM The Peruvian director Claudia Llosa (“The Milk of Sorrow,” a foreign-language Oscar nominee) adapts a novel by the Argentine author Samanta Schweblin, with whom she wrote the screenplay. The novel, which the critic Jennifer Szalai called “eerie and hallucinatory,” centered on a dying woman in a hospital relating her past to a boy. (Oct. 13 on Netflix)

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Todd Haynes’s documentary is not simply about the band whose first album, as the maxim goes, inspired everyone who bought it to start a band. It’s a full immersion in the Warholian art scene and New York avant-garde of the 1960s, drawing on an incredible array of images and audio. John Cale and Maureen Tucker, surviving members from the group’s peak period, are among the many interviewees. (Oct. 13 in theaters, Oct. 15 on Apple TV+)

CRUTCH Sachi Cunningham and Chandler Evans directed this portrait of the dancer and performance artist Bill Shannon, who uses crutches as part of his dance and skateboarding routines. (Oct. 14 on Discovery+)

BERGMAN ISLAND The director Mia Hansen-Love (“Things to Come”) pays unusually direct tribute to Ingmar Bergman with this story of a filmmaking couple (Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth) who move into Bergman’s home on the Swedish island of Faro. (Yes, that is something you can do.) Krieps’s character is writing a screenplay that we watch take life. Mia Wasikowska plays her protagonist, also a filmmaker, and Anders Danielsen Lie plays the ex that Wasikowska’s character still pines for. (Oct. 15 in theaters)

HALLOWEEN KILLS “Evil dies tonight,” Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) promises in the trailer. But given that this is a sequel to a 2018 sequel that recycled the title of John Carpenter’s 1978 original, notwithstanding the existence of Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake (which was also called “Halloween,” and which had its own sequel), and given that this series had already been rebooted 20 years earlier with “Halloween H20,” following five previous sequels — well, the odds of Michael Myers dying “tonight” do not seem high. But count on him getting another whack at Strode, her daughter (Judy Greer) and her granddaughter (Andi Matichak). David Gordon Green, who directed the 2018 movie, returns. (Oct. 15 in theaters)

HARD LUCK LOVE SONG A guitarist-singer (Michael Dorman) reconnects with an ex (Sophia Bush) in a film based on a ballad by the musician Todd Snider. RZA co-stars. (Oct. 15 in theaters)

INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR The “Cruel Intentions” actress undergoes treatment for multiple sclerosis in a documentary that trails her for a year. Rachel Fleit directed. (Oct. 15 in theaters, Oct. 21 on Discovery+)

THE LAST DUEL The first of two Ridley Scott pictures this season is based on a true story from the Hundred Years’ War (and a book by Eric Jager). Matt Damon plays a knight whose wife (Jodie Comer) accuses a squire (Adam Driver) of rape — an accusation ultimately settled by duel. It’s not the sort of material you would expect to reunite the screenwriters of “Good Will Hunting,” but Damon and Ben Affleck, along with Nicole Holofcener, are credited with the adaptation. (Oct. 15 in theaters)

LUZZU Shown at Sundance and New Directors/New Films, this Maltese feature from Alex Camilleri is billed as a film in the neorealist tradition. It concerns a fisherman (played by an actual fisherman, Jesmark Scicluna) caught between poverty if he continues to fish and a shady operation that is destroying the local industry. (Oct. 15 in theaters)

NEEDLE IN A TIMESTACK John Ridley, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of “12 Years a Slave,” directed this science-fiction story. Orlando Bloom’s character toys with time in an effort to separate his ex-wife (Cynthia Erivo) from her current husband (Leslie Odom Jr.). (Oct. 15 in theaters and on demand)

SON OF MONARCHS A biologist (Tenoch Huerta Mejía) in the United States returns to the butterfly forests in Mexico where he grew up. (Oct. 15 in theaters)

WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY One of two films this year from the Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi (see November for “Drive My Car”), “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” is a triptych of stories that hinge on chance connections, misunderstandings and surprise reactions. (Oct. 15 in theaters and in virtual cinemas)

FOUND Amanda Lipitz directed this documentary about three adopted teenagers who find one another through DNA testing and go on a trip to China, where they were born. (Oct. 20 on Netflix)

NIGHT TEETH A chauffeur’s passengers aren’t the usual Los Angeles party people but something more ominous. Teeth, you say? We’re guessing vampires. With Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry. (Oct. 20 on Netflix)

BECOMING COUSTEAU Liz Garbus directed this bio-doc about Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the great explorer of the ocean depths. (Oct. 22 in theaters)

BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION Harry Shum Jr. plays an archivist trying to figure out who’s behind some unnerving pirate broadcasts. Jacob Gentry directed. (Oct. 22 in theaters and on demand)

DUNE Frank Herbert’s complicated sci-fi mythos thwarted even as great a filmmaker as David Lynch. Can Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”) avoid getting lost in the deserts of Arrakis? Timothée Chalamet is Herbert’s protagonist, Paul Atreides. Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac and Zendaya also star. (Oct. 22 in theaters and on HBO Max)

THE FRENCH DISPATCH Wes Anderson pays tribute to France with a film about foreign correspondents — a motley group of literary journalists working for the Gallic magazine supplement of a Kansas newspaper. Bill Murray is the editor, and Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Jeffrey Wright are writers whose stories get their own segments. There are many other familiar faces (Benicio Del Toro, Léa Seydoux, Timothée Chalamet, etc.), along with homages to The New Yorker and various eras of French cinema. (Oct. 22 in theaters)

THE HARDER THEY FALL In the director Jeymes Samuel’s self-conscious western pastiche, Idris Elba plays a prisoner sprung from captivity on a train, and Jonathan Majors is an outlaw who has sworn to kill him. Regina King and Lakeith Stanfield play gunslingers; Zazie Beetz and Delroy Lindo also co-star. (Oct. 22 in theaters, Nov. 3 on Netflix)

RON’S GONE WRONG In this animated feature, Jack Dylan Grazer provides the voice of a boy who finally gets the cool new robot everybody’s talking about. Unfortunately, it’s defective and voiced by Zach Galifianakis. (Oct. 22 in theaters)

PASSING Rebecca Hall makes her feature directing debut with this adaptation of a 1929 novel by Nella Larsen. Tessa Thompson plays a Harlem woman who encounters an old friend (Ruth Negga) who has been passing for white. André Holland and Alexander Skarsgard co-star. (Oct. 27 in theaters, Nov. 10 on Netflix)

ANTLERS Scott Cooper (“Black Mass”) directed this horror film from a short story that appears to be a riff on the wendigo, a demonic spirit from Algonquin folklore. Keri Russell plays a teacher, Jeremy T. Thomas plays the student she’s trying to protect and the ubiquitous Jesse Plemons is her sheriff brother. (Oct. 29 in theaters)

ARMY OF THIEVES Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” combined two genres — the heist movie and the zombie picture. This prequel, directed by Matthias Schweighöfer with Snyder as a producer, is set in Europe, where there is not yet community spread of zombies. Schweighöfer plays a bank teller who joins a group of criminals. (Oct. 29 on Netflix)

CHESS OF THE WIND This 1976 Iranian film from Mohammad Reza Aslani is said to have screened just once before it was banned and, according to the New York Film Festival’s summary last year, was believed lost after the 1979 revolution. A new restoration stands to place it as a landmark of Iranian cinema. Family members in an opulent estate turn against one another after the death of a matriarch. (Oct. 29 in theaters)

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Thomasin McKenzie plays a fashion enthusiast who is somehow transported back to swinging-’60s London, where she seems to have a connection with an aspiring singer played by Anya Taylor-Joy. Several luminaries of 1960s British cinema (Diana Rigg, Rita Tushingham, Terence Stamp) also appear in the director Edgar Wright’s crack at a thriller. Wright wrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917”). (Oct. 29 in theaters)

ONLY THE ANIMALS The filmmaker Dominik Moll specializes in low-boil French thrillers (“With a Friend Like Harry …”) — and this is such a thriller. Five people are implicated when a French housewife (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) disappears. (Oct. 29 in theaters)

ROH Emir Ezwan, who has a background in visual effects, directed this Malay-language folk-horror film, in which a girl prophesies death for a family living in a remote area. (Oct. 29 in theaters and on demand)

SPEER GOES TO HOLLYWOOD Vanessa Lapa’s documentary revolves around the efforts of the Nazi architect and arms minister Albert Speer to turn his memoir into a movie. (Oct. 29 in theaters)

13 MINUTES Paz Vega, Amy Smart and Thora Birch tussle with a tornado. (Oct. 29 in theaters and on demand)


7 PRISONERS A teenager (Christian Malheiros) who takes a job in a São Paulo junkyard realizes that he’s embroiled in a forced-labor operation. Rodrigo Santoro co-stars. Alexandre Moratto directed. (Nov. 1 on Netflix)

ALL IS FORGIVEN The first feature from Mia Hansen-Love (“Bergman Island”) premiered in 2007 but didn’t get a United States release until now. Paul Blain stars as a writer whose heroin addiction destroys his family. Marie-Christine Friedrich plays his wife, and, in a later period, Constance Rousseau plays his daughter. (Nov. 5 in theaters and at

ETERNALS Will Chloé Zhao, fresh off a historic Oscar win for “Nomadland,” be swallowed by the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or will Zhao conquer the universe, something she’s succeeded in doing so far? Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie are among the cast members. (Nov. 5 in theaters)

THE BETA TEST Jim Cummings (whose debut feature was the acclaimed “Thunder Road”) and P.J. McCabe directed this skewering of Hollywood. It concerns a talent agent (Cummings) who is suckered into a world of trouble after receiving an invitation to participate in a tryst. (Nov. 5 in theaters and on demand)

FINCH We know that Tom Hanks can survive for a long time with only a volleyball for a companion. But in this feature from Miguel Sapochnik, with Robert Zemeckis among the executive producers, Hanks plays a robotics engineer in a postapocalyptic world who builds a robot to look after his dog. (Nov. 5 on Apple TV+)

HIVE The writer-director Blerta Basholli’s film won the top prize for international drama at Sundance. It concerns a woman (Yllka Gashi) whose husband went missing during the Kosovo war and who tries to keep her family together in a hostile atmosphere. (Nov. 5 in theaters)

JULIA Betsy West and Julie Cohen, the documentarians behind “RBG,” look at a different sort of visionary, following the path that Julia Child took to becoming a best-selling cookbook author and TV celebrity. (Nov. 5 in theaters)

LOVE HARD Nina Dobrev plays a woman who crosses the country to see the man she thinks from a dating app is a boyfriend, only to realize that she’d been duped. Hernán Jiménez directed. (Nov. 5 on Netflix)

ONE SHOT The actor and martial artist Scott Adkins plays the leader of a team of Navy SEALs who come under attack from insurgents. The movie was filmed so that it appears to unfold in a single take. (Nov. 5 in theaters and on demand)

RED NOTICE A profiler for the F.B.I. (Dwayne Johnson) should know better than to join forces with one of the two criminals he is trying to catch. They’re played by Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds. Rawson Marshall Thurber directed. (Nov. 5 in theaters, Nov. 12 on Netflix)

SPENCER The Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s last English-language feature, “Jackie,” followed Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination. “Spencer” appears to take a similar approach to imagining the world of Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) during a Christmas holiday as a potential divorce from Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) looms. (Nov. 5 in theaters)

SUNKEN ROADS: THREE GENERATIONS AFTER D-DAY The director Charlotte Juergens accompanies D-Day veterans to Omaha Beach in a documentary said to take an essay-film approach akin to the work of Agnès Varda or Ross McElwee. (Nov. 5 in theaters)

VIOLET In the actress Justine Bateman’s feature directorial debut, Olivia Munn plays the title character, a Hollywood executive. Justin Theroux plays (or, rather, voices) the anxieties in her head. Luke Bracey co-stars. (Nov. 5 in theaters, Nov. 9 on demand)

THE DRUMMER Danny Glover plays a Vietnam veteran and lawyer who works at a coffee shop that serves as a gathering place for other vets, whom he helps work through post-traumatic stress through attention and activism. Eric Werthman directed. (Nov. 9 in theaters)

BELFAST A boy (Jude Hill) grows up against the backdrop of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The film is said to be a personal project for Kenneth Branagh, who wrote and directed, and who was born in Belfast in 1960. The film also stars Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench and Jamie Dornan. (Nov. 12 in theaters)

LOVE IT WAS NOT The Israeli documentarian Maya Sarfaty explores the relationship between Helena Citron, a prisoner at Auschwitz, and Franz Wunsch, an SS officer with whom she had a relationship, and who protected her but not others. (Nov. 12 in theaters)

A SCHOOL IN CERRO HUESO Shown at the Berlin Film Festival, this Argentine feature concerns a 6-year-old with autism whose family moves her to the countryside, where a new friend helps her relate to the world. Betania Cappato directed. (Nov. 12 in theaters and on demand)

THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME Joe Odagiri directed this drama set in Japan during the Meiji era; it concerns a ferryman (Akira Emoto) whose job is becoming outmoded. Wong Kar-wai’s longtime collaborator Christopher Doyle did the cinematography. (Nov. 12 in theaters and on demand)

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Is the perception that the female “Ghostbusters” reboot (2016) went splat? The director Jason Reitman takes charge of reviving the franchise originated by his father, Ivan Reitman, by going in a different direction. Carrie Coon plays a single mother who moves her children to a farmhouse where, judging from the trailer, the equipment from the old New York firehouse appears to be stored. With Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and the “Ghostbusters” veteran Annie Potts. (Nov. 19 in theaters)

TICK, TICK … BOOM! In this adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s pre-“Rent” musical — originally presented as a one-man show, and not produced in a formal Off Broadway production until after Larson’s death — Andrew Garfield is a Larson-like composer. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who played the role himself in a 2014 production, makes his feature-film directing debut. (Nov. 12 in theaters, Nov. 19 on Netflix)

WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? A favorite among critics at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, this Georgian film from Alexandre Koberidze comes described as both a fairy tale and a city symphony. A curse cast on a pharmacist and soccer player helps them see the city of Kutaisi with fresh eyes. (Nov. 12 in theaters)

BRUISED In her first feature as a director, Halle Berry stars as a mixed martial arts fighter who is reunited with the son she gave up to his father. (Nov. 17 in theaters, Nov. 24 on Netflix)

THE POWER OF THE DOG Jane Campion goes West with this adaptation of a 1967 novel by Thomas Savage. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons play sibling Montana ranchers who are thrown into conflict after one marries a widow played by Kirsten Dunst (Plemons’s real-life partner). (Nov. 17 in theaters, Dec. 1 on Netflix)

BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN Outfitted with what is somehow the year’s most creative and most awkward title, this pandemic-shot satire from Radu Jude (“Aferim!”) won the Golden Bear at Berlin. It concerns a schoolteacher (Katia Pascariu) who becomes the subject of a scandal when a sex tape she made with her husband winds up on the internet. (Nov. 19 in theaters)

BOILING POINT Stephen Graham (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Vinette Robinson (“Sherlock”) are chefs during a chaotic night at a London restaurant. Early reviews say that the film has been made to appear as if it unfolds in a single shot. (Nov. 19 in theaters, Nov. 23 on demand)

CAPTAINS OF ZA’ATARI Syrian refugees in Jordan pursue their soccer dreams, in a documentary well-received at Sundance. (Nov. 19 in theaters)

THE FEAST This Welsh-language horror film concerns a group of wealthy dinner guests and a server (Annes Elwy) who has a plan for them. (Nov. 19 in theaters and on demand)

KING RICHARD That would be Richard Williams (Will Smith), the father of Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton), in a biopic that highlights his role in raising two of the world’s greatest tennis stars. Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”) directed. (Nov. 19 in theaters and on HBO Max)

KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME Robert B. Weide (“Woody Allen: A Documentary”) traces the career of the “Slaughterhouse-Five” author. So it goes. (Nov. 19 in theaters and on demand)

MOTHERING SUNDAY A maid (Odessa Young) sneaks off to be with her lover (Josh O’Connor), who is engaged to someone far above her station, in Britain in 1924. The French director Eva Husson keeps this adaptation of a novel by Graham Swift a lot less costumed than is typical of a Sony Classics costume drama. With Colin Firth, Olivia Colman and a brief turn by Glenda Jackson, in her first appearance in a theatrical film in more than 30 years. (Nov. 19 in theaters)

CLERK Want to feel old? Kevin Smith, the director of “Clerks” (1994), is now the subject of a career-spanning tribute documentary. (Nov. 23 on demand)

A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) directed this live-action adaptation of a holiday book by Matt Haig, starring Henry Lawfull as a boy who goes searching for his father. Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig and multiple other notable actors co-star. (Nov. 24 on Netflix)

DRIVE MY CAR It’s difficult (and maybe unfair) to describe the plot of the fall’s second film from the Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (see “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,” above). “Drive My Car,” which won the screenplay prize at Cannes, unfolds over three hours and is unafraid of detours. It concerns a stage actor and director (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his wife (Reika Kirishima), a screenwriter; the story captures their artistic processes and the intersections between drama and life. (Nov. 24 in theaters)

ENCANTO Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote original songs for this animated Disney musical, about one member of a gifted family (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz) who seems to be the only one who doesn’t have a special ability. Diane Guerrero and Wilmer Valderrama provide some of the other voices. (Nov. 24 in theaters)

HOUSE OF GUCCI The combined star wattage of Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino and a heavily made-up Jared Leto promises to be at least as exciting as any of the intrigue in this true-crime thriller. Gaga sternly taps an espresso mug as Patrizia Reggiani, who in 1998 was convicted of ordering the murder of her ex-husband, the fashion heir Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). The tireless Ridley Scott (see “The Last Duel,” above) shows us how it all went down. (Nov. 24 in theaters)

THE LOST DAUGHTER For her feature directing debut, Maggie Gyllenhaal adapts a novel by Elena Ferrante. Olivia Colman plays a mother who is troubled by seeing another mother and daughter on the beach — a scene that stirs recollections of her own difficulties as a parent. Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson and Peter Sarsgaard co-star. (Nov. 24 in theaters, Dec. 31 on Netflix)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Stephan James and Alexander Ludwig play college football players who start a strike. J.K. Simmons plays their head coach. Ric Roman Waugh (“Angel Has Fallen”) directed. (Nov. 24 in theaters)

RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY Over nearly two decades, the “Resident Evil” franchise has survived a lot. But can it survive without Milla Jovovich? Kaya Scodelario (the “Maze Runner” movies) headlines this reboot. (Nov. 24 in theaters)

THE UNFORGIVABLE Sandra Bullock plays an ex-con looking for her sister in a film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Nora Fingscheidt. (Nov. 24 in theaters, Dec. 10 on Netflix)

8-BIT CHRISTMAS A boy (Winslow Fegley) in 1980s Chicago wants a video game system for a holiday present. Neil Patrick Harris also stars. (Nov. 25 on HBO Max)

UNTITLED PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON FILM At this point, little has been confirmed about the latest feature from the writer and director of “Phantom Thread,” except that it stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman (a son of Philip Seymour Hoffman), Bradley Cooper and Benny Safdie. Reports indicate that it’s set in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, the milieu in which Anderson grew up. (Nov. 26 in theaters)


BENEDETTA As both the director of “Showgirls” and the author of a book on Jesus, Paul Verhoeven finds an improbable alignment of his interests in the story of a real 17th-century nun who had a lesbian affair, according to documents from the time, and who also claimed she had divine visions. Virginie Efira stars as Sister Benedetta Carlini, the nun; Daphné Patakia is the convent newcomer with whom she sins. With Charlotte Rampling as a doubting abbess. (Dec. 3 in theaters and on demand)

FLEE Animation becomes the ideal form to represent the fluidity of identity in this experimental documentary from Jonas Poher Rasmussen. The director listens while his friend, known in the film as Amin, remembers his life as a refugee from Afghanistan, bouncing from country to country as he looked for safe harbor. The film was one of the highlights of Sundance and is even more timely now. (Dec. 3 in theaters)

THE HAND OF GOD The title refers to the famous 1986 soccer play in which Diego Maradona knocked the ball into the goal with his hand. Around that time, Fabietto Schisa (Filippo Scotti), a surrogate for the director and a big-time soccer fan, grows up in Naples in this semi-autobiographical film from Paolo Sorrentino. (Dec. 3 in theaters, Dec. 15 on Netflix)

LAST AND FIRST MEN The Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, who died in 2018, directed this lone feature: a “Sans Soleil”-like essay film in which Tilda Swinton narrates the results of humankind’s existence from the vantage point of two billion years in the future. (Dec. 3 in theaters and on

NIGHTMARE ALLEY Guillermo del Toro remakes an enduring classic of film noir. In the 1947 original, Tyrone Power played a carnival worker who started a big-time con with a mentalist act. Bradley Cooper, who on the surface is a much less disquieting actor than Power, now has that role. With Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe and Toni Collette. (Dec. 3 in theaters)

OFF THE RAILS In her final role, Kelly Preston (who died last year of breast cancer) is one of three women who accompany the teenage daughter of a friend to Europe. (Dec. 3 in theaters and on demand)

TRY HARDER! Students at a hypercompetitive San Francisco high school endure the college admissions process. Debbie Lum directed this documentary. (Dec. 3 in theaters)

WOLF George MacKay (“1917”) plays a young man who thinks he’s a wolf. Then he meets a woman named Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp). Nathalie Biancheri directed. (Dec. 3 in theaters)

FRANCE The provocateur director Bruno Dumont satirizes the French news media, and perhaps France itself, with this story of a celebrity anchor, France de Meurs (Léa Seydoux), whose glib attitude is jarringly at odds with her reporting from conflict zones. (Dec. 10 in theaters)

A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN Michael B. Jordan plays First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, who wrote a journal for his son from Iraq. Denzel Washington directed the film, based on a book by King’s fiancée, the former New York Times journalist Dana Canedy. (Dec. 10 in theaters)

A SON In Tunisia, a couple’s young son is shot by stray fire from Islamic militants. Suddenly, they need to find an organ for him — and they may have to resort to illegal means. Mehdi M. Barsaoui directed this feature, shown at the Venice Film Festival in 2019. (Dec. 10 in theaters)

VIOLENCE OF ACTION Chris Pine and Ben Foster, who played brothers in “Hell or High Water,” now play best friends working for a mercenary military outfit. Kiefer Sutherland is the group’s leader. (Dec. 10 in theaters)

WEST SIDE STORY The 1961 version is one of the few movie-musical adaptations generally regarded as worthy of the Broadway original. (It won the best picture Oscar.) Could anyone possibly top it? Perhaps Steven Spielberg, who doesn’t have the benefit of Jerome Robbins as a choreographer — but Tony Kushner wrote the new script. Ansel Elgort plays Tony; the newcomer Rachel Zegler plays Maria. (Dec. 10 in theaters)

THE NOVICE A prizewinner at Tribeca, this debut feature from Lauren Hadaway stars Isabelle Fuhrman as a college freshman who undertakes a monomaniacal pursuit of excellence on the rowing team. (Dec. 17 in theaters)

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME The web slinger (Tom Holland) takes on his greatest challenge yet: juggling freshman year of college with crime-fighting superhero duties. With Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch. (Dec. 17 in theaters)

SWAN SONG Science fiction gives a dying man played by Mahershala Ali a chance to save his family from grief over his death. Glenn Close also stars. (Dec. 17 in theaters and on Apple TV+)

THE KING’S MAN The much-delayed third movie in the “Kingsman” series, centered on an organization of dapper British spies, is a prequel that stars several actors new to the series, including Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Matthew Goode. The director Matthew Vaughan returns. (Dec. 22 in theaters)

SING 2 In this sequel to the 2016 animated film, the koala voiced by Matthew McConaughey and the koala’s friends have to find a hermit-like rock star (voiced by Bono) and persuade him to perform with them. (Dec. 22 in theaters)

THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS Eighteen years after the last movie, Lana Wachowski (directing without Lilly Wachowski) reloads “The Matrix.” How deep will the rabbit hole go? The specifics are under wraps, but we do know that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will return as Neo and Trinity. (Dec. 22 in theaters and on HBO Max)

THE VELVET QUEEN The nature photographer Vincent Munier (who directed this documentary with Marie Amiguet) takes the French writer Sylvain Tesson into the Tibetan mountains to try to snap a picture of a snow leopard. (Dec. 22 in theaters)

DON’T LOOK UP After sending up the global financial crisis (“The Big Short”) and Dick Cheney (“Vice”), the director Adam McKay turns his satirical eye to a less serious target: a global catastrophe. As astronomers, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence try to alert the world to an approaching comet. (Dec. 24 on Netflix)

PARALLEL MOTHERS Pedro Almodóvar’s latest melodrama concerns two women of different ages — both pregnant, neither intentionally — who bond in the hospital where they are set to give birth. Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit star. (Dec. 24 in theaters)

AMERICAN UNDERDOG Zachary Levi plays the former St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner in this biopic tracking his sports success. Anna Paquin plays his wife. Andrew and Jon Erwin, who come from the world of Christian filmmaking, directed. (Dec. 25 in theaters)

JOCKEY Clifton Collins Jr. plays a jockey who is past his glory days. A younger rider (Moises Arias) turns up and says he’s the man’s son. Molly Parker co-stars. (Dec. 29 in theaters)

CYRANO Peter Dinklage recreates a role he played Off Broadway in a musical version of “Cyrano de Bergerac” in which, for a change, Cyrano’s nose is not the source of insecurity. Haley Bennett and Kelvin Harrison Jr. also star. Erica Schmidt, who scripted the stage update, wrote the screenplay for the film. Joe Wright directed. (Dec. 31 in theaters)

Compiled with the assistance of Gabe Cohn.

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