Fall movie preview 2021: Must-see films from 'Dune' to 'Eternals' to 'No Time to Die'

This fall will mark the last time moviegoers will be able to see Daniel Craig as James Bond, but it will also be our introduction to Angelina Jolie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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For movie fans coming out of a summer that saw many releases delayed until later in the year, the next few months are going to be so packed with choice that it’s going to seem like July at your local cinema.

After being moved around several times since its original April 2020 release date was impacted by the coronavirus, Daniel Craig’s final outing as suave British super spy James Bond is finally slated to hit theatres next month along with other major films that were stricken by pandemic delays, including a new Halloween, a Sopranos prequel, and an anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

Worried about the raging Delta variant, some tentpoles have been shifted to next year, with Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick leading the pack.

But with audiences finally ready to come back to theatres, some studios seem ready to plow ahead with a slate that ranges from superheroes (Venom and Eternals) to prestige drama (Will Smith in King Richard and Lady Gaga in House of Gucci) and the venerable Clint Eastwood.

At 91, the Oscar winner returns in Cry Macho (in theatres this weekend) as a former rodeo rider who is given the task of going down to Mexico City to retrieve a 13-year-old boy.

The long march toward awards season will get another push thanks to Jessica Chastain’s acclaimed portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker in the colourful biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye (also in theatres now).

Of course, some dates may still change, but here’s a look at the 26 movies you won’t want to miss in theatres or on streaming services from now until the end of November.

Dear Evan Hansen (Sept. 24)
Hot off its TIFF world premiere screening last week, the musical casts Ben Platt as a high school student whose letters to himself are mistaken for notes from fellow classmate (Colton Ryan), who commits suicide. Kaitlyn Dever, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams and Amandla Stenberg co-star.

Tony winner Ben Platt and Nik Dodani in a scene from Dear Evan Hansen. Universal Pictures

The Starling (Sept. 24 on Netflix)
A woman (Melissa McCarthy) coping with the loss of her infant daughter is forced to contend with a feisty bird that’s threatening to take over her idyllic garden.

The Guilty (Sept. 24 in theatres; Oct. 1 on Netflix)
Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal reunites with Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua for a thriller about a 911 call dispatcher in a desperate race to save a distressed caller who has been abducted.

Jake Gyllenhaal in The Guilty. NETFLIX

The Many Saints of Newark (Oct. 1)
The much-hyped Sopranos prequel takes place during the Newark riots of July 1967 and features Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini, as the younger version of his father’s famous character, Tony Soprano. “He’s not a gun-wielding gangster. He’s a kid who gets whittled down and pulled in,” Michael says.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Oct. 1)
Tom Hardy is back as the titular anti-hero in the Spider-Man spinoff. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Hardy’s Eddie Brock will square off against two villains, Woody Harrelson’s Carnage and Naomie Harris’ Shriek, with Andy Serkis on board to direct.

No Time to Die (Oct. 8)
Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 finds James Bond enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when an old friend from the CIA turns up asking for help. The suave British spy embarks on a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist, which puts him on the trail of a mysterious villain (Rami Malek) armed with dangerous new technology. Cary Fukunaga directs.

Daniel Craig in a scene from No Time to Die. Handout / MGM and EON Productions

Halloween Kills (Oct. 15)
Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, who battles psychopathic serial killer Michael Myers once again in the first of two sequels (the other, Halloween Ends, opens in 2022).

Halloween Kills Universal Pictures

The Last Duel (Oct. 15)
In 14th-century France, best friends fight to the death after one is accused of raping the other’s wife. Best pals Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (who co-wrote the script) star alongside Adam Driver and Jodie Comer. “We wrote pretty fast, and it flowed well,” Damon tells the Sun of collaborating again with Affleck for the first time since 1997’s Good Will Hunting. “I think, going forward, we’re definitely going to look for more stuff to do together.”

Matt Damon as Jean de Carrouges in The Last Duel. 20th Century Studios

Dune: Part One (Oct. 22)
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve tackles a new version of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi classic, with a cast that includes Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, and Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides.

Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure Dune, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Warner Bros.

The French Dispatch (Oct. 22)
The final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city is brought to life courtesy of writer-director Wes Anderson.

Antlers (Oct. 29)
A small-town teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a boy is hiding a supernatural creature inside his house.

Army of Thieves (Oct. 29 on Netflix)
In this prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, small-town bank teller Dieter (Matthias Schweighofer) joins a group of criminals, attempting to crack the most impossible safes across Europe.

Last Night in Soho (Oct. 29)
British filmmaker Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) draws inspiration from names such as Alfred Hitchcock and Italian horror master Dario Argento in a story that follows an aspiring fashion designer (Thomasin McKenzie) who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer (Anya Taylor-Joy).

Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith in a scene from Last Night in Soho. Focus Features

The Harder They Fall (Nov. 3 on Netflix)
When an outlaw (Jonathan Majors) discovers that the man who killed his parents (Idris Elba) is being released from prison, he rounds up his gang to track him down and seek revenge. Regina King, LaKeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz co-star.

Eternals (Nov. 5)
Marvel expands its galaxy of stories with a space-set adventure that explores a band of heroes that were created millions of years ago following alien experiments on ancient humans. Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Don Lee and Kit Harington star, with Oscar winner Chloe Zhao directing. “For me, I get to play, but then I also get to challenge the medium and contribute what I’ve learned from my other films,” Zhao tells the Sun.

Finch (Nov. 5 on Apple TV+)
After a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland, a dying inventor (Tom Hanks) sets out on a journey with a robot and his dog to find a companion for his canine friend.

Spencer (Nov. 5)
Featuring an unrecognizable Kristen Stewart, Spencer follows Princess Diana as she joins the royals for a three-day Christmas gathering at Sandringham House as her marriage to Prince Charles breaks down. “There was no way to play this part perfectly, and therefore it was actually easier,” Stewart says of playing the beloved royal.

Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in Spencer. Elevation Pictures

Red Notice (Nov. 12 on Netflix)
An FBI agent (Dwayne Johnson) is forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief (Ryan Reynolds) as he tries to catch the world’s most wanted art thief (Gal Gadot).

Belfast (Nov. 12)
Kenneth Branagh’s coming-of-age drama takes place during the late-1960s as young Buddy (Jude Hill) navigates a landscape of working-class struggles, cultural change and sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

Home Sweet Home Alone (Nov. 12 on Disney+)
The sixth instalment in the Home Alone franchise casts Jojo Rabbit’s Archie Yates as a young boy who has to protect his family abode from a married couple looking to steal a priceless heirloom. Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney and Kenan Thompson co-star.

The Power of the Dog (Nov. 17 in theatres; Dec. 1 on Netflix)
Based on Thomas Savage’s cult novel of the same name, the western tells the story of a pair of brothers (Jesse Plemons and Benedict Cumberbatch), whose relationship sours when one of them marries a local widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst). Jane Campion (The Piano) directs.

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from The Power of the Dog. Netflix

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Nov. 19)
The newest entry in the Ghostbusters franchise features Fargo star Carrie Coon as a mom who moves her two kids to a small town after she inherits a farm from Egon Spengler, played by the late Harold Ramis in the original two films. It’s not long before she learns about Spengler’s secret legacy. Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd appear alongside original series stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts. “Jason did a magnificent job of passing the torch,” Aykroyd tells the Sun.

tick, tick…BOOM! (Nov. 19 on Netflix)
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda directs the story of a young theatre composer (Andrew Garfield) hoping for his big break in 1990s New York.

King Richard (Nov. 19)
Will Smith stars as Richard Williams, the driven father who pushed his daughters Venus and Serena into becoming stars on the tennis court.

House of Gucci (Nov. 24)
Director Ridley Scott’s fact-based look at the downfall of the Gucci fashion empire casts Lady Gaga as socialite Patrizia Reggiani, who was convicted of orchestrating the murder of her husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) after he left her for a younger woman. Jared Leto, Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons co-star.

Lady Gaga in a scene from House of Gucci.

Encanto (Nov. 24)
Mirabel — the only ordinary member of her extraordinary family — discovers that the magic surrounding their home is in danger, and she might be her family’s last hope.