When film audiences and movie-goers look back at the past few months, the bar is tough to beat for all upcoming fall motion pictures. “Top Gun: Maverick” dominated the global and domestic box office and continues to break records in digital VOD sales to this day. Baz Luhrmann wowed audiences with “Elvis” and introduced the world to Austin Butler in part due to his phenomenal performance as the King of Rock and Roll. And Jordan Peele successfully terrified audiences once again with his latest film “Nope”. The summer movie season was packed with films made for nearly all audiences. But, now comes the fall, and on the horizon are some very promising titles. Let’s check some out! 

“The Fabelman’s” (dir: Steven Spielberg)

It is crazy that after less than a year since Spielberg stunned audiences with his “West Side Story” remake, he is back with a new film. “The Fabelman’s” tells the autobiographical account of Spielberg’s life and how he developed his passion for film. Furthermore, it discusses the many trials and tribulations on the path to success. However, instead of Spielberg being the main character, it is told through the eyes of a fictitious family called The Fabelmann’s. From the recently released trailer alone, you can tell Spielberg is back in his meta-contextual and earnest spirit that earned him a household name. Many of the production crew from “West Side Story ” returns to the film, one being Tony Kushner who is helming the screenplay alongside Spielberg. The film stars include Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogan and Gabriel LaBelle. 

“The Fabelman’s” hits theaters November 23, 2022.

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (dir: Rian Johnson)

While many “Star Wars” fans still haven’t coped with the Rian Johnson’s vision of “The Last Jedi” (even though I am an avid fan of that film), “Knives Out” was such a homerun for audiences and brought one of the most entertaining films to close out the decade. Johnson is back with a new cast, location and mystery with “Glass Onion”. Benoit Blanc returns as the lovable detective and when someone at a get-together dies, the mystery soon unravels. The film stars Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Jessica Henwick, Kathryn Hahn and more.

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” hits theaters this November, then soon drops on Netflix December 23, 2022.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” (dir: James Cameron)

As a James Cameron loyalist and “Avatar” (2009) defender, I think it is impossible to overlook this one’s release. It is the first film from James Cameron in nearly over a decade and consists of a sequel to one of the highest-grossing films of all time. It also promises new technology while being labeled as the first film in a planned six-part saga. How does that not get you excited? The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Kate Winslet.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” splashes into theaters December 16, 2022.

“Decision to Leave” (dir: Park Chan-wook)

For all of you international cinema fans, listen up! From the acclaimed director of classics such as “Oldboy”, “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” and “The Handmaiden” comes a new detective thriller. While not much of the movie has been discussed outside of reactions from film festivals, a handful of audience members have recommended: “go into the film knowing nothing.” So, I think it’s safe to say, Park is back and filled with twists to shock audiences. 

“Decision to Leave” hits theaters October 18, 2022.

There is a lot to look forward to coming in the fall and winter movie seasons. From film festival favorites to mega-blockbusters, there are going to be a lot of people talking about different films this coming year, and that’s what the power of film does. Now that COVID-19 has been subsidized, many audiences have gone back into the habit of going to the in-person theaters – something that always brings a smile to moviegoers’ faces, and at times, is the best way to watch motion pictures.

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