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Gearing up for the Fall movie preview

By Staff | Aug 29, 2018

Do they have a 12 step program for superhero withdraw symptoms? Never fear, with the start of the fall movie season, you can get your fix.

Warner Brothers introduces DC’s “Aquaman” in December. He made a cameo in “Justice League”. An animated Spider-Man awaits, too. Marvel’s badass “Venom” (Tom Hardy) arrives in early October.

The drought of heroic powers will officially briefly surge with one feature each in February through March. The X-Men series continues with the intro of “Dark Phoenix” (Feb. 13), Marvel introduces its female “Captain Marvel” (March 8) and two weeks later Warner debuts a teen male as “Shazam.” (April 5).

May brings the awaited Avengers 4 – who’s living, who’s dead, and who’s subject to comic fantasy’s often utilized twist – resurrections.

“Wonder Woman 1984” is the next announced superhero film set for Fall 2019, although Marvel/Fox have a few “untitled” holding dates.

Disney turns away from its far, far away galaxy franchise until December 2019. Instead, the studio has had sustained success re-making its animated classics as live action (i.e. “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella”). They have “Dumbo” slated for March 29, 2019, “Aladdin” for May 24, Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” a live action/CGI “Lion King” (July 19) and the long awaited “Frozen 2” come November.

Backing up to December of this year, Emily Blunt, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep team with director Rob Marshall for a reboot, “Mary Poppins Returns.” November bring the second Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald.”

Horror films will likely stay on the charts with at least five contenders for the remainder of this year and multiple Blumhouse untitled ones on the slate for 2019.

“The Nun” – already labeled as one of the scariest movies made – kicks off Sept. 7. It’s the first of numerous horror/suspense thrillers in September/October. The flick is set in a Romanian abbey where a nun committed suicide. Demonic forces there parallel those introduced in “Conjuring 2.” Others, “Don’t Leave Home,” where a child vanished after depiction by a priest; “Hell Fest,” involves a serial killer at a horror themed amusement park; “Halloween,” which returns Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode to confront Michael Myers; and “Suspiria,” a remake of a dark demonic presence overwhelming a European dance company.

Politically charged documentaries continue to spew political viewpoints, including Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” which explores important questions of the Trump era. “Active Measures” (limited) alleges Trump’s election was the result of nearly 30 years of Putin and Russian co-conspirators, and “American Chaos,” where director James Stern travels across America (including interviewing a West Virginia coal miner) interviewing Trump supporters.

Stay alert for Lady Ga Ga’s “A Star is Born” (Oct. 5); “Hunter Killer,” (Oct. 26) in which an American submarine commander joins Navy seals in rescuing the Russian president; Jennifer Garner as vengeful young mom in “Peppermint”; “God Bless the Broken Road,” which tells of a widow raising the daughter of a soldier killed in Afghanistan utilizing elements of faith, county music and stock car racing to pay tribute to those who serve in the military (Sept. 7); and “Stuck,” a musical woven around the lives of random strangers meeting in a powered down subway car.

Tony Rutherford is a film reviewer for HuntingtonNews.net and a member of the Huntington Regional Film Commission.