There’s a good mix of genres coming to theaters this fall, but family films and remakes or sequels take up a big chunk of films releasing now through December.
The remakes and sequels include big names such as “Charlie’s Angels,” “Star Wars,” “Jumanji” “Downtown Abbey” and the 1980s pop culture phenomenons “Rambo” and “Terminator.”
Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as John Rambo in the “Rambo: Last Blood” film hitting theaters Sept. 20. Nearly four decades after first blood was drawn, the war veteran returns for one final mission.
The highly popular “Downton Abbey” series on PBS that wrapped up in 2016 is getting another go at it in a full-length film set to hit theaters on Sept. 20. The film will see almost all of the main characters returning to prepare Downton for a royal visit from the King and Queen of England.
Almost 30 years after the events of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Linda Hamilton will reprise her role as Sarah Connor who sets out to protect a young woman named Dani Ramos and her friends, as a liquid metal Terminator, sent from the future, attempts to terminate them. The film is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 1.
It’s been 19 years since Drew Barrymore, Lucy Lui and Cameron Diaz took on the role of “Charlie’s Angels,” and now Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska will bring the show to life again when a remake releases to theaters on Nov. 1.
The newest Jumanji film, “Jumanji: the Next Level,” is set to hit theaters Dec. 13. Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will return for the newest adventure. Nick Jonas and Awkwafina will also be part of the film as the group tries to rescue one of their own and make it out of the game alive once again.
Continuing with the Star Wars franchise, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” releases Dec. 20 and will follow the surviving Resistance who faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Mark Hamill will once again take on the role of Skywalker and Carrie Fisher will make an appearance as Leia Organa through archived footage.
In the family-friendly genre, there’s a line-up that includes several films from Disney, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures.
In the live-action films, families can enjoy a sequel in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a new take on “Little Women” and “Sonic the Hedgehog,” similar to the recent release of “Pikachu: Pokemon Detective.”
The animated films include “Abominable,” “The Addams Family,” “Frozen II” and “Spies in Disguise.”
In “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” Angelina Jolie returns as the title character and her villainous ways are seemingly more apparent than they were in the first film where she raises and even loves her goddaughter Aurora played by Elle Fanning.
The film about the two having a difference of opinion over Aurora’s impending nuptials is set to release Oct. 18.
“Little Women” is Louisa Mae Alcott’s coming-of-age story of four young ladies in the after-math of the Civil War. It releases Christmas Day.
IMDB trivia said that while they portray heroines of American literature, none of the four leading ladies are American. Emma Watson and Florence Pugh are British, Saoirse Ronan is Irish and Eliza Scanlen is Australian.
Based on the popular video games, “Sonic the Hedgehog” will bring Jim Carrey back to the big screen where he’ll be joined by James Marsden and Neil McDonough.
The film will see a cop help Sonic escape from the government who wants to capture him, It’s scheduled release is next Valentine’s Day.
“Frozen II” will more than likely lead the pack in the animation films based on the wild popularity of the first installment.
Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Kristen Bell will be back to reprise their roles as Elsa, Kristoff and Anna in a new adventure where the three set off to an enchanted land to find the origin of Elsa’s powers. The film is set to release Nov. 22.
“The Addams Family” animated film should also garner some decent numbers at the box office based on the popularity of the original television show and real-life films that have come previously.
Charlize Theron as Morticia and Oscar Isaac as Gomez will lead the rest of the cast in portraying the peculiar, ghoulish family. Just in time for the Halloween activities, the film is scheduled to release on Oct. 11.
“Spies in Disguise” is one of the two animated films coming out this fall that has an original story line. Tom Holland will hang up his Spider-Man suit to voice the character of Walter, a brainiac and inventor who teams up with a super spy played by Will Smith.
The film is set to release to theaters on Christmas Day.
The second original animated film is “Abominable,” about - you guessed it - an abominable snowman who is a little out of his element when a teenager finds the beast on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai. She and her friends are determined to take him home. Audiences won’t have to wait long to see this film that’s scheduled to release on Sept. 27.
In the drama category there’s everything from a kind, small-town hero to children to a con-artist who seems to be falling in love with his target.
In “Good Liar,” Roy Courtnay played by Ian McKellen meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish played by Helen Mirren online. As she opens her home and life to him, he’s surprised to find himself caring about her.
The film is set to release Nov. 15.
Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith take on the title roles in the film “Queen & Slim,” where their first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.
This is director Melina Matsoukas’ first feature film. IMDb trivia said she has only ever directed music videos and TV episodes. The drama will be coming to theaters on Nov. 27.
“The Goldfinch” will be the third movie releasing this fall that includes “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard. He also takes part in “It Chapter Two” and “The Addams Family.”
Based on the novel by Donna Tartt, the film follows the story of a boy on a quest into adult hood to find a painting that connects him to the death of his parents in a bombing of a museum.
The film is scheduled to come to theaters on Sept. 13.
Finally, Tom Hanks transforms into small-town Pennsylvania legend Mr. Rogers in the film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”
The film is based on a true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod and will hit theaters around the Thanksgiving season on Nov. 22.
Thrill seekers will have two movies that should appeal to them this fall in “It Chapter Two” and “Joker,” about how the villain in the Batman series came to be.
The horror sequel about the clown Pennywise takes place 27 years after a small town’s first encounter with him. Members of the “Losers Club” have grown up and moved away until a phone call brings them back.
Bill Skarsgard will reprise his role as the terrifying clown in the film that releases to theaters next week on Sept. 6.
Joaquin Phoenix will take on the role of the twisted character “Joker.” The storyline is an original standalone of the iconic villain with its gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society.
The scheduled release date is Oct. 4.
There are two military films to watch out for this fall, “Midway,” which is set in the World War II era, and “1917” set in the World War I era.
As its name suggests, the first film focuses on the World War II battle at Midway and the stars include Nick Jonas, Aaron Eckhart, Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson and Ed Skrein. Its release date is Nov. 8.
The film, based on the real-life events of the battle where the clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.
“1917” features a couple of “Game of Thrones” alumni in Richard Madden and Dean-Charles Chapman.
Chapman’s character Blake and a fellow soldier are charged with delivering a message in hopes of stopping a deadly attack. It’s scheduled to arrive in theaters on Christmas day.
From war to the stage, there are two films that will delight music and Broadway lovers. “Judy” a film on the “Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland, played by Renee Zellweger, follows her arrival in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. The film is scheduled to release Sept. 27.
“Cats” the Broadway play premiered 38 years ago on a stage in London and became an instant hit. Director Tom Hooper brings the show to life in a film set to hit theaters in December.
Synopses for these films are from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.