Popcorn Picks: Fall 2018 Preview


Courtesy of (from left to right) Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Photo credit: Autumn Bohner

Justin Kucharski

It seems as though Hollywood decided to ditch the term “summer blockbuster” and instead go with “year-round blockbusters” nine months through 2018. Record-breaking films kept coming out of nowhere.

From the wildly popular and successful “Black Panther” to the long awaited and record-breaking “Incredibles 2,” it was hard for film goers to not find at least one film that would pique their interest.

Despite this fall being the first one since 2014 to not feature a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Star Wars film series, there is still plenty to look forward to in the last four months of 2018. These are the films that should be on any moviegoer’s radar from September to December.


“The Predator”

Although the films may not share the same characters, “The Predator” is a sequel to the 1987 original film. Set 30 years into the future, the lethal alien species is coming back to conquer Earth and it is up to a team of ex-soldiers to stop their impending doom. “The Predator” hits theaters on Sept. 14.


“Bumblebee” is a prequel to director Micheal Bay’s on-going “Transformers” film series, taking place 20 years before the first film. The film follows popular autobot Bumblebee, as well as a teenage girl played by Hailee Steinfeld. They try to remain hidden from all of society and a government organization hunting them down. “Bumblebee” opens in theaters on Dec. 21.


“Creed II”

The eighth installment in the “Rocky” film franchise, “Creed II” continues the story of Adonis Creed as he gets set to fight the son of the man who killed his father in a boxing match many years ago. An older and wiser Rocky Balboa is once again by Creed’s side as he prepares to fight his toughest opponent yet. “Creed II” comes to theaters on Nov. 21.

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a biopic detailing the rise of the incredibly successful rock band “Queen” and more specifically, the story of the band’s singer Freddie Mercury. Emmy Award-winner Rami Malek portrays Mercury as the band goes from an unknown commodity to a worldwide sensation. “Bohemian Rhapsody” opens in theaters on Nov. 2.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second chapter in the “Fantastic Beasts” film series and continues the story of Newt Scamander as he is the only one who can stop the evil plot being concocted by dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. For fans of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” franchise, seeing this film is a no brainer. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is coming to theaters on Nov. 16.


“The Nun”

After having its ad removed from YouTube for being too scary, moviegoers who go see “The Nun” should surely leave the film with a feeling of unease. The film is a spinoff of “The Conjuring” series, bringing viewers to the earliest point in that film universe. “The Nun” came to theaters on Sept. 7.


Over the last year, horror films seemed to be in a bit of a renaissance with huge critical successes such as “It,” “A Quiet Place” and “Hereditary” proving the genre can still produce innovative films. “Halloween” has the potential to be the next film in that list of modern horror classics. A direct sequel to the 1978 original of the same name, Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode as she is determined to bring an end to Michael Myers’ reign of terror one last time. “Halloween” comes to theaters on Oct. 19.



In a film industry bombarded with superhero films, “Venom” looks to set itself apart as Venom is in fact not a superhero, but one of Spider-Man’s biggest enemies. “Venom” is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing comic book movies in recent memory and is a much-watch for fans of the genre. “Venom” is coming to theaters on Oct. 5.


Although fall 2018 has no offerings from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is still something for fans of the DC Extended Universe. “Aquaman” is the latest film based off a DC Comic and will bring viewers along with the ruler of Atlantis as he defends the seven seas from threats coming from the surface. Despite the shaky reputation of films based off DC Comics, “Aquaman” has still been a long-awaited film and fans of the character won’t have to wait much longer for him to return to the big screen. “Aquaman” comes to theaters on Dec. 21.

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”

Although we won’t be seeing Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man this fall, fans of the superhero will still get their fix of web-slinging action with “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.” Unlike the main Spider-Man films that came before it, “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” shows Peter Parker mentoring a young boy named Miles Morales as he believes he has potential to become Spider-Man. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swings into theaters on Dec. 14.

If you don’t want to spend all of your hard-earned money on movie tickets, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Of this list, here are the three biggest movies you should definitely get out to see.

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Not everyone is a fan of action, horror or drama, but most people do like music and the songs of the legendary rock band “Queen” are timeless works of art that many enjoy. Mix that with the intriguing backstory of one of the greatest singers of all time, and out comes a movie that has a bit of something that everyone can enjoy.


“Venom” is giving viewers a perspective of a comic book character that is not seen very often. Even if superhero movies aren’t your favorite, this film is still worth giving a shot. It looks to separate itself from the familiar tropes of the genre that fans have seen hundreds of times and instead blend action, horror and storytelling in a way that’s often unseen.


Horror is not everyone’s favorite genre, but films in the genre over the last year have been more than just cheesy stories with cheap scares and gore. They have clever and intriguing stories with characters filmgoers can root for to succeed. If “Halloween” can find the right blend of horror and storytelling, fans can expect to be in for another modern horror classic.

Even though the warm weather may be coming to an end, the great films will keep on coming to help us all through another fall season.

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