Anthony Pantalone, Editor
With the summer movie season now over, attention now shifts to the movies coming to theaters and streaming services this upcoming autumn. The arrival of October means that Halloween soon approaches, and both scary and non-scary blockbusters will consequently be gracing the big screen. In November and December, crowd-pleasers and critical darlings alike will hit the box office as 2022 draws to a close. Without further ado, let’s break down what’s coming out in the next few months.
At the beginning of October, this year’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner and class satire “Triangle of Sadness” from Ruben Ostlund will be released in some theaters on Oct. 7 before a wide release at the end of the month. The Halloween horror franchise finally ends with “Halloween Ends” on Oct. 14 as Jaime Lee Curtis and Michael Myers hopefully settle their beef once and for all. That same week, filmmaking legend Park Chan-wook returns with “Decision to Leave”—a crime thriller that spirals into romance. Three major films arrive in theaters the next Friday on Oct. 21 with “Black Adam”—The Rock’s DC superhero flick— “Ticket to Paradise,” and “The Banshees of Insherin.” “Ticket to Paradise” features George Clooney and Julia Roberts as divorced partners in this romantic comedy while “The Banshees of Insherin”—Martin McDonagh’s first film since “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”—has already received widespread critical acclaim at festivals.
November stands as a big month for movies with releases of legacy sequels, arthouse films, and Marvel blockbusters. On the 11th, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to the 2018 Best Picture nominee and mega-smash hit, releases. This film comes in the wake of star Chadwick Boseman’s sudden death in 2020 and looks to honor this late actor. That same week sees the release of James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” starring Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong. Alejandro Iñárritu is back for the first time since 2016’s “The Revenant” with “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” on Netflix on Nov. 18, which has so far received mixed reviews. Also, “She Said”—a film about the bombshell article that revealed allegations against Harvey Weinstein and that sparked the MeToo movement—releases and will garner some momentum for awards season. The week of Thanksgiving will be a huge week for theaters—as four films will be battling it out on Nov. 23 at the box office. First, Disney’s animated sci-fi adventure film “Strange World” and the WWII fighter pilot movie “Devotion” starring Jonathan Majors both release. This day also sees the opening of “The Fabelmans” from Steven Spielberg as this famed director tells a semi-autobiographical story about growing up and the power of moviemaking. Finally, this day sees the release of “Bones and All,” the newest film from Luca Guadagnino—director of “Call Me By Your Name” and “We Are Who We Are”—starring Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell. This film follows a young couple who are cannibals in 80s Reagan-era America—a premise that sounds incredibly gruesome and dark amid widespread festival acclaim of its emotional impact. Finally, for fans of the original, the “Enchanted” sequel “Disenchanted” arrives to Disney+ on Nov. 30.
The holiday season opens in December as Autumn turns to Winter. This month begins with “Violent Night” on Dec. 2 with David Harbour starring as Santa Claus in a gritty graphic action movie. The next Friday, the 9th, sees the release of Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” in theaters and Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” on Netflix. “Avatar: The Way of Water” finally graces the big screen the very next week on Dec. 16 after James Cameron has promised (or threatened, based on your opinion) “Avatar” sequels for over a decade. The next weekend is Christmas—which means a sizable number of movies will be coming out. Dec. 21 will have the release of the Whitney Houston biopic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and the Shrek spin-off sequel “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.” That Friday, the 23rd, Netflix releases the long-awaited sequel to the murder-mystery “Knives Out” with “Glass Onion.” On Christmas Day itself, Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon” releases and promises a film of epic proportions about early Hollywood. Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking” comes out on the same day and explores the aftermath of sexual abuse. On Nov. 30, “White Noise” from Noah Baumbach streams on Netflix and stars Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, and Don Cheadle.