From YA rom-coms to biopics to classic coming-of-age stories, Hollywood's buzzy fall slate has a little something for everyone. Seriously.
With (yet another) heartfelt Timothée Chalamet performance and a horror remake that's already been hailed the most "disturbing" film of the year on the way, it seems like all those studio execs saved their best for the tail end of 2018. Honestly, it's rare to see this many heavy-hitting indie and blockbuster flicks on one list. The only downside to all this quality film? Trying to figure out where to spend your movie—especially now that MoviePass is pretty much done for. No worries though, because we did some legwork for you in terms of curating what's a must-see this fall.
These are 15 of our top picks. Mark your calendars, and get ready to give AMC all your money.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (September 7)
Barb finally gets real justice. Stranger Things underdog Shannon Purser stars as Sierra Burgess, a dorky high school student who comes together with her bully to catfish the guy she’s crushing on (except it’s cute and not scammy).
Lizzie (September 14)
Billed as “the Lizzie Borden story for the modern generation,” this reimagining of the motive behind the 1892 Borden ax murders now includes a forbidden romance between Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) and the family maid, Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart).
Colette (September 21)
Based on the true story of legendary French writer, the film follows Colette (Keira Knightley) from her beginnings as a country girl who ghostwrites for her famous author husband. But after writing a semi-autobiographical novel that becomes the toast of Paris, Colette begins to fight for ownership of her own work—upending tradition and challenging gender norms in the process.
Assassination Nation (September 21)
After an anonymous hacker exposes everyone’s private lives online, a group of young women seeks revenge—not knowing how quickly their plotting will lead to total chaos. Starring Bella Thorne, Hari Nef, Abra, Odessa Young, and Suki Waterhouse, expect blood, toxic masculinity, murder, and a lot of firepower from this film.
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (In theaters and available on VOD and Digital HD on October 19)
The inimitable Aubrey Plaza stars as Lulu Danger, a woman who falls out of love with her husband, and straight into the arms of a hitman with a very peculiar mustache. All the while, Lulu struggles to remember how exactly she knows the titular Beverly Luff Linn when he rolls into town for a one-night-only performance.
A Star Is Born (October 5)
Fourth time’s a charm for the latest remake of this classic 1937 film, this time with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga taking the lead. Cooper plays a hard-drinking musician who urges Gaga’s character (who is not at all the superstar Gaga is in real life) into the spotlight; in the process, the two fall in love.
Beautiful Boy (October 12)
Timothée Chalamet is back alongside Steve Carrell for Amazon Studio’s devastating father-son tale, Beautiful Boy. Based on two memoirs by David and Nic Sheff, the movie follows a young man battling methamphetamine addiction and his father who’s desperate to get him through it.
Mid90s (October 19)
Taking place during—what else—the mid-1990s, Jonah Hill’s directorial debut follows a struggling L.A. teenager named Stevie who’s in for quite the coming-of-age crash course thanks to a group of local skateboarders.
The Hate U Give (October 19)
Based on Angie Thomas’ best-selling novel of the same name, The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter—a girl stuck between two worlds. Namely, those of her working class, black home life and her rich, white private school life. Timely and important; if you’re going to watch one movie this fall, this better be it.
Shirkers (October 26)
A punk teen in 1992 Singapore, Sandi Tan wrote a movie, only to have the footage stolen by her much older American mentor. Fast-forward 20 years and Tan’s 2018 documentary follows her road to recovering the lost footage and figuring out what exactly happened.
Suspiria (November 2)
Already being hailed as one of the most “disturbing” films of the year, Luca Guadagnino’s latest effort is a remake of Dario Argento’s legendary 1977 horror classic of the same name. This time around though, Dakota Johnson stars as an American ballet student who finds out that not all is as it seems at Madame Blanc’s prestigious dance academy.
Bohemian Rhapsody (November 2)
Flashback to 1970, when Freddie Mercury first joined forces with Brian May and Roger Taylor. That’s where this story starts, chronicling Queen’s journey to success through their famous Live Aid performance in 1985 (six years prior to Mercury’s death). The toothy, theatrical frontman is played by Rami Malek, but it’s still not clear how honest (read: queer) the story will be to the singer’s real life.
Boy Erased (November 2)
The son of a conservative Baptist preacher, Jared is outed to his parents and forced to decide between attending gay conversion therapy or being exiled from the only life he’s ever known.
On the Basis of Sex (Nov 9)
Felicity Jones as the Notorious RBG? Sign us up. Ruth, supported by husband Marty Ginsburg (played by Armie Hammer), is determined to bring gender equality into written law. On the Basis of Sex follows RBG as she goes from an attorney rejected by men for being “too emotional” to bringing a major case in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Mary Queen of Scots (December 7)
What do you do when you’re an 18-year-old queen who is widowed and dreads the thought of remarrying? Well, if you’re Mary Stuart, you return to your home country of Scotland to reclaim your throne. Stuart, played by Saoirse Ronan, finds herself in competition with her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, played by Margot Robbie, who holds rule over Scotland and England. While history buffs may find themselves a bit frustrated, seeing these two actresses go head-to-head is not to be missed.