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Our 30 Most-Anticipated Fall 2017 Films

Written by on August 24, 2017 

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In continuing our fall preview, and after highlighting the 25 best films we’ve already seen, today brings a look at the unknown. We’ve narrowed down 30 works with (mostly) confirmed release dates that are coming over the next four months and have us intrigued. While some won’t show up until late December, a good amount will first premiere over the next few weeks at various film festivals, so check back for our reviews.

See our list below, and return soon for our final preview: the festival premieres we’re most looking forward to.

30. Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi; Nov. 3)

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While their most recent superhero feature, Spider-Man: Homecoming, had more personality than a standard outing for Marvel, it still couldn’t quite shake the cookie-cutter feeling that plagues the rest of the spandex-laden cinematic universe. Hopefully that notion won’t carry though in Taika Waitit’s Thor threequel. Any film starring Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum is reason enough to anticipate, doubly so when the New Zealand director is also involved. – Jordan R.

29. American Made (Doug Liman; Sept. 29)

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Though The Mummy proved to be far from the cinematic-universe-starter that Universal hoped, they are staying in the Tom Cruise business. The action star has reteamed with his Edge of Tomorrow (aka Live Die Repeat) director Doug Liman for American Made, which finds Cruise playing Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who smuggled drugs, got busted, and was recruited by the CIA in the process. It sounds relatively grounded, at least in Cruise terms, and judging from early reactions, it’s said to mostly deliver. In a telling comment on Cruise’s current career, it’s already starting to be released in international territories.  – Jordan R.

28. Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin; Nov. 22)

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There are only a few writers in Hollywood who one can recognize within a single scene. Aaron Sorkin certainly falls under that category, and after winning Oscars and Emmys for his work, ranging from The Social Network to The West Wing, he’s making his directorial debut. Molly’s Game stars Jessica Chastain and is adapted from Molly Bloom’s own memoir about her time running high-stakes poker for a wealth of celebrities and powerful businessmen. If we had to be truthful, we’re probably most interested in Michael Cera’s involvement, who is having a banner year stealing scenes in Twin Peaks, Lemon, and Person to Person. – Jordan R.

27. mother! (Darren Aronofsky; Sept. 15)

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I’m not entirely sure what to expect from Darren Aronofsky’s new film, and I think that’s exactly the way he wants it. “It’s a cruise missile shooting into a wall, this film,” the director told Vulture. “I want audiences to be prepared for that and prepped that it’s a very intense ride.” With its cryptic trailers and release date landing so soon after a festival premiere, hopefully the mystery will be left intact and the adventure proves a disturbing, worthwhile one. – Jordan R.

26. The Disaster Artist (James Franco; Dec. 1)

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Filmmaker, actor, and underwear designer Tommy Wiseau became something of a cult phenomenon when he released his baffling 2003 film The Room. A poorly made, bizarrely acted melodrama, The Room would go on to achieve midnight movie status — the type of so-bad-it’s-good film that grows through word of mouth via the incredulous viewers who happen to witness it. Now the story of how Wiseau made The Room is a film itself in The Disaster Artist, with Franco playing the director, adopting the filmmaker’s trademark accent and aloofness to eerie perfection. – Chris E.

25. Brad’s Status (Mike White; Sept. 15)

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Already having quite a summer with his writing duties on Beatriz at Dinner (not to mention a script credit on The Emoji Movie), Mike White is back with Brad’s Status, his first directorial feature in a decade. Starring Ben Stiller, it follows his character going through a mid-life crisis of sorts while also trying to help his son get into college. The trailer employed the mix of humorous drama that has defined White’s career, and hopefully it’ll be an early fall highlight. – Jordan R.

24. Wonder Wheel (Woody Allen; Dec. 1)

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Woody Allen has released a film annually, like clockwork, for nearly three decades, but Wonder Wheel marks the first time one of his works has premiered after the summer season since 2007’s Cassandra’s Dream. The movie, which will premiere as the Closing Night selection of this year’s New York Film Festival, takes place in ‘50s Coney Island and focuses on a couple (James Belushi and Kate Winslet) whose lives are complicated by the return of their daughter (Juno Temple). All of this is, intriguingly, told through the viewpoint of a lifeguard (Justin Timberlake), and may very well be among Allen’s most daring and bracing efforts of recent times. – Ryan S.

23. Coco (Lee Unkrich; Nov. 22)

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While it’s not the first Pixar movie this year — we don’t blame you if you had to Google what the other one was — Coco is certainly the most promising. Marking the return of Toy Story 3 direct Lee Unkrich, who has co-directed with Adrian Molina, a story artist behind Monsters University, their latest follows a boy’s journey between two worlds. The marketing thus far doesn’t quite have the pull of Pixar’s best films, but hopefully this journey is as magical as Unkrich’s last outing. – Jordan R.

22. All the Money in the World (Ridley Scott; Dec. 8)

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After spending the last few years in space, Ridley Scott is getting grounded again with a new drama, which he only begun shooting this year and will be ready for release by December. The true story follows Mark Wahlberg’s character as a former CIA agent who teams with the mother (Michelle Williams) of a kidnapped boy to save her kid. The abducted child is the grandson of an oil tycoon (Kevin Spacey) who is more focused on keeping his empire. “I just consumed it. I knew about the kidnapping, but this story was very, very provocative… Gail Getty was an exceptional character, and there are many facets of the man Getty that make him a really great study,” Scott said to EW in reference to David Scarpa’s Black List script. – Jordan R.

21. Woodshock (Laura Mulleavy and Kate Mulleavy; Sept. 22)

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As Tom Ford has proven, major players in the world of fashion design can yield great results in the medium of cinema. The latest to test this theory are Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the label Rodarte. Their debut film, backed by A24, is Woodshock and it’s arriving early in the fall. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, and Pilou Asbæk, it looks to be a gorgeously-rendered drama which borders on the experimental with a variety of dream-like shots. The story follows Dunst’s character as she recovers from a loss and we experience her fractured reality as she copes with drugs. – Jordan R.

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