As the hazy and humid summer days quickly come to an end, the crisp and comfortable fall days are upon us. Amid the WGA (Writers Guild of America) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) strike, many anticipated films originally slated to come to theaters this fall have been pushed. Challengers, starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist has been pushed from September 2023 to April 2024. Dune: Part 2, also starring Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Rebecca Ferguson, and Austin Butler, has been pushed from November 2023 to March 2024.

Despite those movies not premiering in the 2023 fall season, there are still several films coming to the big screen in a variety of genres. Spooky Season aficionados have quite the roster with horror movies starting a roll out in early September through the month of October. There are films you can take the children in your life to, and a few biopics that may pique your interest.

Popternative has your guide for fall films for any type of mood coming to theaters this year. Below are the most anticipated films of the fall.

Which ones are you heading to the theaters to see?

September 2023

The Equalizer 3 (September 1)

Who’s in it: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Eugenio Mastrandrea, David Denman, Gaia Scodellaro, Remo Girone, Andrea Scarduzio

Synopsis: “Robert McCall finds himself at home in Southern Italy but he discovers his friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.”

All Fun and Games (September 1)

Who’s in it: Asa Butterfield, Natalia Dyer, Laurel Marsden, Annabeth Gish, Summer H. Howell, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Kolton Stewart, Shylo Molina

Synopsis: “A group of Salem teens discover a cursed knife that unleashes a demon that forces them to play gruesome, deadly versions of childhood games where there can be no winners, only survivors.”

The Good Mother (September 1)

Who’s in it: Olivia Cooke, Hilary Swank, Jack Reynor, Hopper Penn, Norm Lewis, Karen Aldridge

Synopsis: “A journalist who, after the murder of her estranged son, forms an unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend to track down those responsible for his death. Together, they confront a world of drugs and corruption.”

The Nun II (September 8)

Who’s in it: Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Anna Popplewell, Storm Reid, Jonas Bloquet, Katelyn Rose Downey, Anouk Darwin Homewood

Synopsis: “1956 – France. A priest is murdered. An evil is spreading. The sequel to the worldwide smash hit follows Sister Irene as she once again comes face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun.”

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 (September 8)

Who’s in it: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Andrea Martin, Stephanie Nur, Elena Kampouris, Lainie Kazan, Louis Mandylor, Gia Carides, Elias Kacavas, Joey Fatone

Synopsis: “Join the Portokalos family as they travel to a family reunion in Greece for a heartwarming and hilarious trip full of love, twists and turns.”

A Haunting in Venice (September 15)

Who’s in it: Jamie Dornan, Kelly Reilly, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Tina Fey, Emma Laird, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jude Hill

Synopsis: “In post-World War II Venice, Poirot, now retired and living in his own exile, reluctantly attends a seance. But when one of the guests is murdered, it is up to the former detective to once again uncover the killer.”

The Inventor (September 15)

Who’s in it: Marion Cotillard, Matt Berry, Stephen Fry, Daisy Ridley, Natalie Palamides, Ben Stranahan, Jim Capobianco, Gauthier Battoue

Synopsis: “Inventing flying contraptions, war machines and studying cadavers, Leonardo da Vinci tackles the meaning of life itself with the help of French princess Marguerite de Nevarre.”

Expend4bles (September 22)

Who’s in it: Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Andy Garcia, Megan Fox, 50 Cent, Randy Couture, Tony Jaa, Dolph Lundgren, Iko Uwai

Synopsis: “The Expendables will square up against: an arms dealer who commands the might of a massive private army.”

Saw X (September 29)

Who’s in it: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Steven Brand, Synnøve Macody Lund, Michael Beach, Renata Vaca, David Alfano, Paulette Hernandez, Octavio Hinojosa, Joshua Okamoto

Synopsis: “Chasing a promising procedure that would allegedly cure his cancer, John Kramer heads towards Mexico to go through an experimental treatment, only to find out he was prey for a scam. Now, the scammers becomes the prey on Jigsaw’s new game.”

She Came to Me (September 29)

Who’s in it: Anne Hathaway, Marisa Tomei, Peter Dinklage, Joanna Kulig, Brian d’Arcy James, Harlow Jane

Synopsis: “Follows a composer who suffers writer’s block and rediscovers his passion after an adventurous one-night stand.”

The Creator (September 29)

Who’s in it: John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, Amar Chadha-Patel, Marc Menchaca

Synopsis: “Described as a post-apocalyptic thriller involving a future impacted by a war between humans and AI.”

Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (September 29)

Who’s in it: Mckenna Grace, James Marsden, Kristen Bell, Iain Armitage, Taraji P. Henson, Dax Shepard, Marsai Martin, Christian Convery, Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry, Yara Shahidi, Chris Rock, Lil Rel Howery, Jimmy Kimmel

Synopsis: “A magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City, and gives the PAW Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The Mighty Pups.”

The Kill Room (September 29)

Who’s in it: Uma Thurman, Maya Hawke, Debi Mazar, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Manganiello, Mike Doyle, Marianne Rendón, Matthew Maher

Synopsis: “A hitman, his boss, an art dealer and a money-laundering scheme that accidentally turns the assassin into an overnight avant-garde sensation, one that forces her to play the art world against the underworld.”

57 Seconds (September 29)

Who’s in it: Morgan Freeman, Josh Hutcherson, Greg Germann, Bevin Bru, Griff Furst, Lovie Simone, Sammi Rotibi, David Kallaway

Synopsis: “When a tech blogger lands an interview with a tech guru and stops an attack on him, he finds a mysterious ring that takes him back 57 seconds into the past.”

October 2023

Dumb Money (October 6)

Who’s in it: Paul Dano, Nick Offerman, America Ferrera, Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan, Clancy Brown, Seth Rogen, Dane DeHaan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Pete Davidson, Christina Brucato, Anthony Ramos, Kate Burton

Synopsis: “Dumb Money is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall videogame store) into the world’s hottest company.”

Foe (October 6)

Who’s in it: Paul Mescal, Saoirse Ronan, Aaron Pierre

Synopsis: “Hen and Junior farm a secluded piece of land that has been in Junior’s family for generations, but their quiet life is thrown into turmoil when an uninvited stranger shows up at their door with a startling proposal.”

Killers of the Flower Moon (October 6 – limited release)

Who’s in it: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser, Cara Jade Myers

Synopsis: “Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s, sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.”

Priscilla (October 6)

Who’s in it: Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Dagmara Dominczyk, Dan Abramovici, Emily Mitchell, Dan Beirne, R Austin Ball, Olivia Barrett, Jorja Cadence, Ari Cohen

Synopsis: “When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend.”

The Exorcist: Believer (October 13)

Who’s in it: Jennifer Nettles, Ellen Burstyn, Ann Dowd, Leslie Odom Jr., Raphael Sbarge, Lidya Jewett, Antoni Corone, Olivia Marcum, E.J. Bonilla

Synopsis: “Sequel to the 1973 film about a 12-year-old girl who is possessed by a mysterious demonic entity, forcing her mother to seek the help of two priests to save her.”

Five Nights at Freddy’s (October 27)

Who’s in it: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Matthew Lillard, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kevin Foster, Kat Conner Sterling, Piper Rubio, Jess Weiss, Jade Kindar-Martin

Synopsis: “A troubled security guard begins working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. During his first night on the job, he realizes that the night shift won’t be so easy to get through. Pretty soon he will unveil what actually happened at Freddy’s.”


The Marvels (November 10)

Who’s in it: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton, Park Seo-joon, Zenobia Shroff, Saagar Shaikh, Mohan Kapur

Synopsis: “Carol Danvers gets her powers entangled with those of Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau, forcing them to work together to save the universe.”

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (November 17)

Who’s in it: Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Jason Schwartzman, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Viola Davis, Burn Gorman, Fionnula Flanagan, Ashley Liao, Kjell Brutscheidt, Josh Andrés Rivera, George Somner, Ayomide Adegun, Flora Li Thiemann

Synopsis: “Coriolanus Snow mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games.”

Trolls Band Together (November 17)

Who’s in it: Zooey Deschanel, Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kunal Nayyar, Eric André, Amy Schumer, Zosia Mamet, Troye Sivan, Andrew Rannells, Kenan Thompson, Kid Cudi, RuPaul, Camila Cabello, Ron Funches, Anderson .Paak

Synopsis: “Poppy discovers that Branch was once part of a boy band, BroZone, with his brothers: Floyd, John Dory, Spruce, and Clay. But when Floyd is kidnapped, Branch and Poppy embark on a journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd.”

Next Goal Wins (November 17)

Who’s in it: Michael Fassbender, Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Taika Waititi, Will Arnett, Elisabeth Moss, Uli Latukefu, Lehi Makisi Falepapalangi, Chris Alosio

Synopsis: “The story of the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, known for a brutal 2001 FIFA match they lost 31-0.”

Napoleon (November 22)

Who’s in it: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, Ben Miles, Ludivine Sagnier, Catherine Walker, Youssef Kerkour, Matthew Needham, Tahar Rahim, Edouard Philipponnat, Paul Rhys, Ian McNeice, Mark Bonnar

Synopsis: “The film takes a personal look at Napoleon Bonaparte’s origins, and his swift, ruthless climb to emperor viewed through the prism of his addictive, and often volatile, relationship with his wife and one true love, Josephine.”


Amber Dover is a multimedia journalist with over a decade writing about pop culture. Cat mom with a deep love of horror, you can follow Amber at @Glambergirlblog on Instagram and Twitter.

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