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Fall Movies We Can't Wait to See

July 29, 2021

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There are some awesome new movies coming out this fall. Let’s dig into the autumn movies you don’t want to miss.

The Many Saints of Newark

The passing of beloved actor James Gandolfini in 2013 meant that we'd never truly see "Tony Soprano" again. But we're getting something pretty darn close as his son, Michael Gandolfini, steps into the role of a young "Tony" for a prequel. The Many Saints of Newark takes us to New Jersey in the late-60s for the origin story of how a kid from Newark rose to become the head of the Garden State's underworld. (October 1 in theaters and on HBO Max)

No Time to Die

It's star, Daniel Craig's, last turn as 007. Seems hard to believe, but it was 15 years ago when Craig stepped into the role of "James Bond," in 2006's Casino Royale. No Time to Die, Craig's fifth and final outing, takes place five years after the movie Spectre, with the retired super-spy returning to action to take on a terrorist (played by Rami Malek of Bohemian Rhapsody fame) who kidnapped a scientist and is plotting mass destruction. (October 8 in theaters)

Halloween Kills

Nostalgia plays a big part in theaters this fall, perhaps no more so than with Jamie Lee Curtis back in a Halloween flick. The original "Scream Queen" made her acting debut in 1978's Halloween. Now, as a grandmother in Halloween Kills, "Laurie Strode" once again takes on the masked killer "Michael Myers," who escaped the burning house from the last Halloween movie in 2018 and goes on a rampage—expect a high body count in this one! (October 15 in theaters)

The Last Duel

Can best buds Matt Damon and Ben Affleck recreate the magic they made on Good Will Hunting? They got Oscars for co-writing that film and joined forces once again to pen the upcoming historical drama The Last Duel. The based-in-fact tale takes us to 14th-century France, where a knight, played by Damon, faces a squire, Adam Driver ("Kylo Ren" from the Star Wars franchise) in France's last legal trial-by-combat duel. Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck co-star. (October 15 in theaters)


Bringing Dune to the screen has a checkered history. The best-selling 1965 novel has rabid fans. As do later books. The 1984 film has its lovers and haters. The TV movies from the Dune world we saw in 2000 and 2003 got mixed reviews. But the ten-minute preview of the upcoming Dune film that screened at IMAX theaters in July left moviegoers with dropped jaws and clamoring for more. The latest round of the spice-mining battles stars Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Zendaya. (October 22 in theaters and on HBO Max)

Jackass Forever

Everyone's had a tough time over the past year; the coronavirus sank us all into a collective funk. And when dark times descend, there's no better cure than nipple-biting crocodiles, nose-biting snakes, human-cannon launches, electric-shock pianos, and exploding toilets. Johnny Knoxville is back for new rib-busting stunts of the sort we first saw over 20 years ago. Spike Jonze is back behind the camera and Knoxville is joined in Jackass Forever by almost the entire crew of original daredevils: Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Chris Pontius, Dave England, and Sean "Poopies" McInerney. Star Ryan Dunn died in 2011. Bam Margera got fired from the new film for a well-publicized Instagram rant. (October 22 in theaters)

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The band's getting back together! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts are all returning to reprise their parts from the iconic 1984 smash Ghostbusters. In supporting roles this time, as ghouls spook a small town and kids dust off the 30-year-old ghost-bustin' gear to take on the demons from the netherworld. Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon co-star in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. (November 11 in theaters)

Top Gun: Maverick

In the summer of 1986, a rising star named Tom Cruise soared to the top of the box office as a brash Navy pilot with the call sign "Maverick." Then, as today, we loved Top Gun for its intense aerial photography, touching love story, and super cheesy scenes with buff pilots playing volleyball and hanging out in their tighty whities. Well, Cruise is back (along with "Iceman" Val Kilmer) in Top Gun: Maverick, this time as a test pilot and flight instructor for a new young class of potential "Top Guns." (November 19 in theaters)

With such a strong field, it’s hard to say what the best fall movies will be. You’ll just have to take a chance, buy your tickets, and see for yourself.

Written by William McCleary for Knockaround.

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