With plenty of help from grownup viewers, movies are coming back to life lately, and the fall film season is shaping up to be a winner, despite the Hollywood strike and lingering COVID woes. Check this page regularly, since some movies could get bumped to next year, and other good ones may be added to the schedule. Put these on your calendar, and don’t forget to pass the popcorn!
Coming in September
The Equalizer 3 (in theaters Sept. 1)
Just when Robert McCall (Denzel Washington, 68) thought he was out of the killing business, they drag him back! The defender of the oppressed feels compelled to protect his new pals in Southern Italy from the local Mafia. Washington fans feel compelled to see it.
Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind (in theaters and on Prime Video and Apple TV+ Sept. 8)
If you liked 2022’s fictionalized Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, an adaptation of the novel by five-time Pulitzer Prize-nominated American novelist Oates, 85, you’ll be fascinated by this documentary narrated by Laura Dern, 56.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (in theaters Sept. 8)
Party at the Acropolis with the Portokalos clan (Nia Vardalos, 60, John Corbett, 62 and Andrea Martin, 76) on a family reunion that likely does not go quite as planned.
A Haunting in Venice (in theaters Sept. 15)
Sleuth Poirot (Kenneth Branagh, 62) comes out of retirement when somebody dies at a Halloween séance in Venice. As a woman who hears the dead, Everything Everywhere All at Once best actress Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh, 61, lends gravitas to a film that’s more darkly supernatural than Branagh’s prior Agatha Christie romps. Tina Fey, 53, plays the Agatha Christie-like writer Ariadne Oliver, and Yellowstone’s Kelly Reilly joins in the spooky fun.
The Expend4bles (in theaters Sept. 22)
In the final film of the jokey action franchise about mercenaries righting wrongs and whomping rumps, Sylvester Stallone, 77, yields the star part to Jason Statham, 56 (Fast X).
She Came to Me (in theaters Sept. 29)
A New York opera composer with writer’s block (Peter Dinklage, 54) and his wife (Anne Hathaway, 40), a therapist with obsessive-compulsive disorder, get mixed up with a “romance addict” and tugboat captain (Marisa Tomei, 58) who has a taste for men — and kills them. Not your run of the mill rom-com!