We are now in the last days of the Summer Movie Season. So now it is time to look ahead to Fall and Winter.
This year has been very unusual for theaters and I think that they are bracing for more restrictions coming soon. I saw that the Venom sequel was already delayed again.
This year, I am going to include some straight-to-streaming films since some studios are putting their major projects online in order to offset losses at the theater.
If any of these sound interesting, I will add a link to the trailers to each title.
Here is a list, with a few brief thoughts of my own, including on a scale of 1-5 stars my likelihood of seeing it in theaters (1 being “Not at all” 5 being “Cannot wait!”).
Martin Campbell directed two of my favorite James Bond films (Goldeneye and Casino Royale). This looks to be a mid-budget action film and a good deal of fun (***)
I love the cast, but I can't get a handle on this film. It looks like its trying very hard to be something out a Christopher Nolan film, but I'm not sure I am invested. (**)
I love Jason Momao and this looks like it could be a nice, gritty action film in the style of Taken (***)
Not a big fan of the horror genre anymore, so I think this is a pass for me (*)
Sean Penn looks like he is giving one heck of performance, but the movie looks way too depressing. (**)
There is something about British romances that are either completely hit or miss for me. This looks like it has a strong visual style, but I don't think this will hit the right notes. (**)
This could be fascinating in the same way that Silence of the Lambs gave us an insight into serial killers, but it looks like an unpleasent experience to watch (**)
This is gender-flipped sequel to She's All That, but it looks way, way worse (**)
Vacation Friends (Hulu) (no trailer link because of language and content)
I hate to admit that the trailer made me laugh. It seems very vulgar and over-the-top, but if they can stick the landing with most of the jokes, it could be worth the watch (***)
This looks like a movie that is trying to be insightful about relationship in the time of COVID. But the relationship seems so dysfunctional that I don't know if I want to spend 2 hours locked down with this couple.
I was very unimpressed with the original teasers, but with each succesive ad, my interest is increasing. My expectations are that this will be in the lower half of MCU quality, but all I'm looking for is a nice, fun diverting super-hero, martial arts film (****)
Cinderella (Amazon Prime)
Not even a little interested (*)
It is an interesting subject: figuring out how much to pay victims of 9/11. But the screenwriter is known for making very partisan political films that are less about entertaining and more about picking a side (**)
Again, not into modern horror (*)
I loved the trailer and I love the cast. I'm really hoping that they can deliver on this very funny premise (****)
I have always been a fan of Mary Elizabeth Winstead and I am very curious as to how she is going to do in a solo action film.
This looks like it could be a nice B-Movie action/thriller like Assault on Precinct 13. (***)
Clint Eastwood knows how to use his age as an advantage in his film career. Instead of trying to be who he was 30 years ago, he plays a man who has lost a lot of his physical grit. I'm very curious about this film (****)
This movie looks heartbreaking, but I worry that the politics will get in the way of a very human story (**)
While I am curious about her life, I can't help but get the feeling this movie is not going to be an attack on religious hypocrisy but on religion in general. (**)
The music in the trailer sold me. I am unfamiliar with most of the content, but I'm hoping that it will be a cathartic time at the theater (****)
Hotel Transylvania: Transformation
I have only seen the first one (*)
I didn't see the first animated him. (*)
I stopped watching The Sopranos at the beginning of season 3, so I have no deep nostalgia for the show. (**)
No Time to Die
I have low expectations for this Bond outing. But it has been so long since I've seen a James Bond film that I will probably check it out (***)
I was surprised that the first movie wasn't awful and was actually quite enjoyable. For that reason I will definitely see the sequel (****)
I didn't see the reboot/sequel, though I like what I saw in the trailer and it is something we've never really seen in a Halloween film before (*)
I like Ridley Scott, but something about this movie has pretension written all over it. (**)
I just finished reading the novel and watching the awful 1984 film. I am strangely hyped to see this film (*****)
This looks like a throwback to something out of Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, but the director and the cast have me intrigued a bit (**)
This will probably be the first MCU film that I skip. I have no desire to see this film unless they show me something worth watching (*)
After the disastrous 2016 reboot, all I want is a Ghostbusters movie that isn't terrible. And I think this movie could be a great deal of fun. I will be there opening night. (*****)
This hagiographic biopic of Richard Williams and his daughters Venus and Serena looks like it could be a touching movie about family and faith in the future (****)
Tom Cruise has earned a lot of trust with me over the last few years. He is one of the few top stars that respects his audience and knows that he is at their service. Everything about this movie looks awesome (*****)
This looks like a self-involved sop to the Broadway scene and the creation of Rent, but holds little interest for me (**)
I have zero interest in this film (*)
Could be cute, but it needs to show me something to make it stand out a bit more (**)
West Side Story
I think it is a strange choice for Spielberg to remake one of the greatest film musicals of all time. But I must admit the teaser hooked me (****)
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Have been surprised by how much I have enjoyed the MCU Spider-Man films. All of the rumors say this film is going to be crazy and I am very excited if those rumors appear to be true: that all of the previous Spider-Men will be in this film (*****)
I didn't see the first, but I may take my niece to see it when it comes out. The trailer made me oddly emotional. (***)
I would see this only because of Keanu Reeves. The last things the series writer/directors made was Cloud Atlas, one of the worst films I have ever seen.
I haven't been a big fan of this series, so a prequel is probably not in the cards for me (**)