The 17 movies we can’t wait to see on the big screen

qudach– Look, we cognize things person been grim for a while. But to punctuation Trainspotting, we’re choosing beingness and choosing to judge cinemas volition reopen erstwhile 70 per cent of the eligible colonisation is afloat vaccinated. On existent projections, that could beryllium arsenic aboriginal arsenic October 18 successful NSW and precocious October successful Victoria.

And what volition beryllium waiting for us? As good arsenic a backload of releases – deliberation Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Port Arthur massacre movie Nitram and the Jake Johnson drama Ride the Eagle – there’s a full slate of big-name films, indie releases and Oscar contenders coming your way.

The Last Duel

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reunited for the archetypal clip since Good Will Hunting to co-write this humanities play with Nicole Holofcener astir a real-life 14th period rape and the ensuing fallout. Directed by Ridley Scott and acceptable successful France, the communicative is told from 3 antithetic perspectives and stars Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer arsenic nobleman’s girl Marguerite de Thibouville, who is joined to stoic, mullet-sporting worker Jean de Carrouges (Damon) and allegedly raped by the flashy Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver). Variety called it “an intriguing but overcooked medieval soap opera”, but we’re present for Affleck’s bleached blond hairsbreadth committedness to Count Pierre d’Alençon. October 21


If you thought the 2009 movie Julie & Julia would person been 50 per cent amended if it had conscionable concentrated connected the trail-blazing US navigator and TV property Julia Child, this documentary is for you. It’s from the directors down the Oscar-nominated doco RBG and gives the 1.88-metre-tall erstwhile spy and chickenhearted stuffer owed recognition. If you lone cognize Child from Meryl Streep’s Oscar-nominated impression, hole to dive into a YouTube rabbit spread of discovery, arsenic clips of Child and her amusement The French Chef are a ridiculous yet, enthralling delight. Bon appetit! November 4

The Many Saints of Newark

If you spent lockdown bingeing critically acclaimed TV bid The Sopranos, you’ll beryllium good primed for this prequel, which takes america backmost to erstwhile Tony Soprano was a young mobster-in-waiting connected the mean streets of Newark successful New Jersey. Set successful the 1960s and ’70s, it stars Michael Gandolfini, lad of the precocious James Gandolfini, arsenic the young Tony, who comes nether the power of his almighty uncle – begetter of Christopher – Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola). Early reviews person been mixed, but everyone agrees Michael Gandolfini puts successful a star-making performance. November 4


The Marvel Universe begins a caller chapter, arsenic they representation retired a caller billion-dollar franchise to regenerate the Avengers present Tony Stark/Iron Man has gone to that large metallic scrapyard successful the sky. The crippled is fundamentally this: The Eternals are a contention of immortal beings who person lived connected Earth for 7000 years, happily watching assorted disasters befall the quality contention (I mean, they could person stepped in. Maybe they don’t clasp a hose?). Now they indispensable reunite to prevention america each from different clump of aliens called the Deviants. So far, truthful Marvel. But the existent involvement comes from its stacked formed – Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek – and it’s Oscar-winning manager Chloe Zhao. November 4

No Time to Die

Do we adjacent request to explicate James Bond? How astir (another) blistery achromatic dude returns to prevention the satellite (again) from (another) ace villain. That’s not to beryllium excessively disparaging of the 25th movie successful the evergreen franchise, which gets bonus points for being directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, being co-written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge and for introducing the archetypal achromatic pistillate 007, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch. The movie is besides Daniel Craig’s past arsenic the ace spy, arsenic helium swaps his British accent for the confederate drawl of Benoit Blanc successful the upcoming sequel to Knives OutNovember 11


Timothee Chalamet goes sci-fi? Sign maine up. Sci-fi nerds person been precise excited for this caller adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, and the bully quality is that it’s OK, maybe? Variety called it “spectacular and engrossing … until it isn’t”, portion The Guardian showered it with 5 stars and called it “blockbuster cinema astatine its dizzying, dazzling best”. Chalamet plays Paul Atreides, who has been work for the abandoned satellite Arrakis, which is location to immoderate magical “spices”. The lone problem: it isn’t abandoned and Paul indispensable negociate with its inhabitants, the Fremen. Think White Lotus, but successful space. Kind of. December 2


This 1 is for the kids and, crucially, their parents who drained Disney+ during lockdown and desperately request thing caller to watch. Set successful Colombia, it follows the Madrigal household who are each blessed with a unsocial gift. Everyone, that is, but Mirabel, who volition (probably) observe immoderate benignant of unsocial powerfulness erstwhile the magic surrounding her household is threatened. It looks agleam and amusive and with euphony by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it’s a toe-tapper astatine the precise least. December 2

The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson fans unite: the sublime indie auteur has reassembled his regulars (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Adrian Brody, Owen Wilson et al) for what’s billed arsenic “a emotion missive to journalists”. It’s acceptable astatine a New Yorker-style magazine, edited by Arthur Howitzer jnr (Murray), and each abbreviated communicative wrong the movie is an relationship of a long-read study by 1 of its superstar writers. It received a nine-minute lasting ovation astatine its premiere astatine the Cannes Film Festival this year, with The Guardian calling it “a periodic delight”. December 9

The Matrix Resurrections

Take the reddish pill. Or the bluish pill. In different words, Keanu Reeves’ Neo is backmost successful what looks to beryllium a profoundly confusing yet precise glossy sequel to The Matrix trilogy. I won’t unreal to cognize what’s going connected by explaining the crippled here, conscionable cognize that it was filmed successful Berlin, truthful it’s precise improbable determination volition beryllium shots of Dymocks and the Commonwealth Bank successful the inheritance similar determination was the archetypal clip around, erstwhile the full happening was filmed successful Sydney. December 22

House of Gucci

Hold connected to your couture folks, arsenic Lady Gaga and Adam Driver spell for cosplay golden successful Ridley Scott’s glorious OTT relationship of the execution of erstwhile caput of the Italian manner location Gucci. Based connected the publication The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, it stars Gaga arsenic Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian socialite who plotted to termination her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci (Driver). The accents are each implicit the store in the trailer, but I’m present for Gaga saying, “It’s clip to instrumentality retired the trash” arsenic if she were successful a high-fashion mentation of The TerminatorDecember 26

West Side Story

Steven Spielberg jumps connected the philharmonic train, with this caller mentation of the 1957 Broadway hit. Based loosely connected Romeo and Juliet, it’s astir 2 star-crossed lovers – Maria (Rachel Zegler) and Tony (Ansel Elgort) – who autumn successful emotion successful 1950s New York, contempt being affiliated with antithetic thoroughfare gangs. Think Sharks v Jets, Labor v Liberal, unsalted v salted butter, that benignant of thing. December 26

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

This is simply a funny one, arsenic it’s billed arsenic a sequel to the 1980s Ghostbuster films, portion conveniently forgetting determination has already been a rather comic sequel/reboot – the 2016, all-lady Ghostbusters that annoyed the fanboys. Sexism aside, this 1 sidesteps immoderate concocted outrage by putting immoderate cute kids and Paul Rudd astatine the centre of the action, arsenic good arsenic cameos by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. If there’s thing unusual successful your neighbourhood, you cognize what to do. January 1


Kenneth Branagh turns the camera connected his aboriginal beingness successful this semi-autobiographical relationship of his working-class puerility successful Belfast during the 1960s. Shot successful achromatic and achromatic with a fewer pops of colour, and starring Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe, with a compulsory quality by Judi Dench, it has already been tipped for an Oscar and won the People’s Choice prize astatine the caller Toronto International Film Festival. January 13

King Richard

Will Smith pulls connected his “nominate maine for an Oscar” pants successful this relationship of the emergence of US tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. Williams plays their father, Richard, who famously guided the talented brace from the nationalist tennis courts of Compton to centre tribunal occurrence astatine the Australian, US and French Opens, arsenic good arsenic Wimbledon. And if you deliberation that line successful the trailer astir Richard penning a 78-page blueprint for tennis occurrence earlier his daughters were calved was made up, it’s real. January 13

Nightmare Alley

Guillermo del Toro brings the large guns – Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara – to this fearfulness thriller astir carnival con antheral Stan Carlisle (Cooper) gathering a unsafe psychiatrist Dr Lilith Ritter (Blanchett), who is adjacent much unsafe than helium is. The trailer is beauteous wacky, but determination is simply a batch of Big Oscar Energy swirling astir this movie. January 20


There’s a batch of atrocious ’80s and ’90s juju coming backmost to haunt the British royal household – archetypal it was The Crown and present comes Chilean manager Pablo Larrain’s relationship of a nightmarish play Princess Diana suffered astatine Sandringham. Kristen Stewart plays Diana, with Timothy Spall playing her main tormentor (apart from Charles, that is), Major Gregory. The movie was met with rave reviews erstwhile it premiered astatine the Venice Film Festival, with Stewart tipped for an Oscar nomination. January 26

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Here’s different biopic to adhd to the list, that of 1970s US televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who with her hubby Jim built an incredibly palmy spiritual broadcasting web and taxable park. It each went wrong, of course, which makes it cleanable Oscar bait biopic material, with Jessica Chastain strapping connected a prosthetic jaw and Huntsman spiders for eyelashes, portion Andrew Garfield continues his tally of left-field roles arsenic Jim Bakker. Will watch. January 27

And if you don’t privation to permission the location …

That’s fine, arsenic the streamers person a clutch of big-name films acceptable to go. Some of these whitethorn extremity up successful cinemas anyway, but if you privation to enactment astatine home, here’s immoderate to look retired for.

Finch: Tom Hanks. A dog. A robot. What much bash you request to cognize astir this apocalyptic communicative that Hanks, somehow, manages to marque look similar a feel-good movie, but you conscionable cognize you’ll beryllium crying buckets by the end. Please don’t termination the dog. Please. Apple TV+, November 5

The Power of the Dog: Benedict Cumberbatch brings toxic masculinity to 1925 Montana, successful this gothic melodrama that besides stars Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and our precise ain Kodi Smit McPhee. Directed by Jane Campion and filmed successful New Zealand. Netflix, December 1

Don’t Look Up: It has a look-at-me formed (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothee Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill) and it’s written and directed by Oscar-winning drama fable Adam McKay. What could spell wrong? Only a elephantine planet-destroying comet heading towards Earth, that’s what. Netflix, December 24

The Tragedy of Macbeth: Director Joel Coen ditches his member Ethan and goes solo successful this achromatic and achromatic reimagining of the Shakespeare classic. Denzel Washington is the titular hero, portion Frances McDormand plays his scheming wife, Lady Macbeth. Cinemas December 25; Apple TV+, January 14

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