Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (September 27) Voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Giant food is no longer raining from the sky, but the inventor of the machine that caused the initial trouble must now battle food-animal hybrids that are threatening to take over the world.
Gravity (October 4) George Clooney, Sandra Bullock. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. A pair of astronauts find themselves adrift in space after a shuttle accident. It’s existential dread and the fear of mortality—in 3D!
Captain Phillips (October 11) Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Hanks gears up to win another Oscar by playing Richard Phillips, the real-life sea captain whose cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates.
Machete Kills (October 11) Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. The Mexploitation hero returns in another grindhouse-style adventure, this time taking on a madman attempting to plunge the world into anarchy. Also, he kills, presumably.
Carrie (October 18) Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer. Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Stephen King’s classic horror novel about a teen outcast with telekinetic powers, which Brian De Palma made into a classic horror movie in 1976, gets a remake from the director of Boys Don’t Cry.
Escape Plan (October 18) Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel. Directed by Mikael Håfström. The most anticipated movie of 1986 features the first-ever full-scale team-up between Stallone and Schwarzenegger, as a pair of inmates attempting to break out of the world’s most secure prison.
Ender’s Game (November 1) Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley. Directed by Gavin Hood. The beloved science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, about a young boy whose skills are essential to winning a war against an alien race, finally comes to the big screen, with the full blockbuster treatment.
Last Vegas (November 1) Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. It’s The Hangover for senior citizens, as four old friends get into all sorts of shenanigans while celebrating a bachelor party in Las Vegas.
Thor: The Dark World (November 8) Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston. Directed by Alan Taylor. The Marvel superhero and Norse god returns to work as a bodyguard for a rich tycoon and take care of two annoying kids (just kidding; he has to save the world from a mysterious, ancient enemy).
The Wolf of Wall Street (November 15) Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Martin Scorsese. The latest collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio is an adaptation of the bestselling memoir by a hard-living, hard-partying Wall Street insider. It’s also a timely social commentary in the age of never-ending financial turmoil.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22) Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. Directed by Francis Lawrence. The second movie in the dystopian sci-fi series (based on the mega-popular novels) finds teenage heroes Katniss and Peeta forced to compete again in a battle to the death, this time against all past winners of the Hunger Games.
Frozen (November 27) Voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Disney’s latest animated adventure features a fearless young girl teaming up with a rugged outdoorsman to track down the Snow Queen and save their realm from an eternal winter.
Insidious Chapter 2, September 13; Prisoners, September 20; Metallica: Through the Never, September 27; Romeo & Juliet, October 11; The Counselor, October 25; About Time, November 8; Oldboy, November 27.