11 Unmissable Films to See in Theaters ASAP

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11 Unmissable Films to See in Theaters ASAP
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Summertime blockbusters are fine when you need to beat the heat on a sweltering day, but films always get a little more refined as the weather cools down. And this fall is no different, with a host of movies gathering in theaters over the course of the next couple of months that promise hilarity, passion, intrigue, inspiration, and romance—what more could you really ask for?

We combed the best of fall’s film offerings to find the very best of what’s to come, including a few flicks that were just released (in case you can’t wait a day longer for movie night). Click through to discover 11 amazing movies that you’ll want to plan ahead to see, including mainstream stories (The Girl on the Train), indie docs (Gimme Danger), and just plain beautiful masterpieces (Loving). And then watch all of their trailers to increase your excitement tenfold.

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The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker

We're OK with anything starring Kate Winslet as a holier-than-thou seamstress. Add intrigue (Myrtle, a.k.a. the dressmaker, was banished from the small Australian town to which she returns years later after some sort of incident), revenge (which she plans to exact), and romance (via the smoldering Liam Hemsworth), and you've got movie magic.

Release date: September 23; watch the trailer here.

Photo: Screen Australia
Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe

An inspiring biopic about Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a child chess prodigy hailing from Uganda who learns how to play the game when she meets a missionary, Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), and her life promptly changes. Bright light Lupita Nyong'o plays her mother, Harriet.

Release date: September 23; watch the trailer here.

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
American Honey
American Honey

This film unleashes a spectrum of emotion upon the viewer: outrage, fear, anger, wonder, and, ultimately, a deep feeling of catharsis. Describing it as a "road trip movie," as some have done, isn't even scratching the surface, though it is, indeed, a road trip movie of sorts. But really it's a story of failing to fit in, growing up in an environment you never asked for or desired, and learning how you fit into the world. See this immediately.

Release date: September 30; watch the trailer here.

Photo: A24
The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train

Emily Blunt made headlines recently for discussing her horror at how "awful" she looks in this film: “I could barely look at my own reflection," she told news.com.au. That's because she plays an alcoholic woman who loses everything—job, marriage, friends—and gets entangled in the lives of strangers by some weird twist of fate. Based on last year's bestselling book of the same name.

Release date: October 7; watch the trailer here.

Photo: Dreamworks Pictures
Planetarium
Planetarium

Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp playing sisters who can talk to ghosts, smoking in the bathtub and being super French in 1930s Paris? Yes, please. Sign us up.

Release date: October 12 in the U.K., followed by a wide release; watch the trailer here.

Photo: Les Films Velvet
Moonlight
Moonlight

Centered around an emotionally intelligent young man named Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) and based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, this dreamy, hard-hitting  film follows our protagonist through childhood, adolescence and young adulthood as he navigates sexuality, race, and growing up in 1980s Miami. Watch for Janelle Monáe's film debut.

Release date: October 21; watch the trailer here.

Photo: A24
Keeping Up with the Jonses
Keeping Up with the Jonses

This one sounds like a cross between Date Night and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm playing a sexy mystery couple (the Jonses, natch) who are neighbors with weird duo Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis. Turns out—gasp—the Jonses aren't who they say they are, and the latter couple gets way mixed up with the former. Easy, breezy, fun.

Release date: October 21; watch the trailer here.

Photo: 20th Century Fox
Gimme Danger
Gimme Danger

If anyone can do an Iggy Pop documentary right, it's director Jim Jarmusch—the combo sounds about as close to perfection as anyone's going to get in that realm. Crafted from 16mm archival footage, this punk-rock story is sure to regale you with crazy goings-on.

Release date: October 28; watch the trailer here.

Photo: Magnolia Pictures
Loving
Loving

Yes, yes, yes. A beautiful tale of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the Sixties who travel to D.C. to marry only to be split apart and catapulted into a civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia. Their case goes all the way to the Supreme Court, and their story is inspiring and heartbreaking all at once. Bravo.

Release date: November 4; watch the trailer here.

Photo: Focus Features
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

You don't have to be a comic book fan to get into the epic storytelling and stunning visuals of this film, though it certainly helps. But you can just kick back and enjoy the eponymous superhero serve as the main guardian of Earth, protecting it from harms both magical and mystical. NBD. Add next-level CGI and Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton (swoon), and Rachel McAdams, and you've got yourself some action.

Release date: November 4; watch the trailer here.

Photo: Marvel Studios
Allied
Allied

Regardless of whether it's any good or not, this is the film that everyone's going to want to see this fall, because we all want to gauge for ourselves whether there's any truth to the Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard rumors. Also, the plot has promise: Pitt's an American intelligence officer who falls in love with Cotillard's character, a French Resistance fighter, in 1940s North Africa.

Release date: November 23; watch the trailer here.

Photo: Paramount Pictures

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Repeat This Season
  • The Dressmaker
  • Queen of Katwe
  • American Honey
  • The Girl on the Train
  • Planetarium
  • Moonlight
  • Keeping Up with the Jonses
  • Gimme Danger
  • Loving
  • Doctor Strange
  • Allied
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