It may not seem like it at first glance, but this fall features a wide variety of family-friendly movies to watch in theaters.
In this post, we’ll take a look at 11 movies that are arriving in theaters this fall that are perfect for families to watch.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Sept. 21)
Jack Black stars opposite Cate Blanchett in this fantasy comedy with a twist of PG horror. Directed by Eli Roth, the film centers on a young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt who aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. Eric Kripke, the executive producer for the long-running CW series Supernatural penned the script for this movie.
Smallfoot (Sept. 28)
Channing Tatum and Zendaya headline this animated comedy from Sony Pictures. The film flips the script on the Bigfoot conspiracy with a story about a Yeti who is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist. Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, James Corden, and Lebron James also lend their voices to the film.
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (Oct. 12)
No Jack Black here. While the first film saw Black portraying the book series author R. L. Stine, this one centers on the kids. The story is essentially a retread of the first film with characters from Stine’s series of book coming to life. Chris Parnell and Ken Jeong take on adult duties in this sequel.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Nov. 2)
Disney gives the well-known Nutcracker story a fantasy-adventure twist in this post-Halloween release. Keira Knightley and Mackenzie Foy headline this movie with supporting performances from Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. As Disney has shown with their recent string of live-action adaptations, this one may very well be the grandest film they’ve put on the screen yet.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Nov. 9)
Universal and their animation wing Illumination Entertainment get downright grinch-y in their eighth animated feature film. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Christmas hating grump who would warm Ebenezer Scrooge’s pre-epiphanous heart.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Nov. 16)
The second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series set in J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World features the continued adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne. The supporting cast includes Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, and Dan Fogler. There’s also a rumor that Claudia Kim‘s character Maledictus will become Nagini, Voldemort’s snake horcrux. Guess we’ll have to watch it to find out.
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Nov. 21)
Disney returns with their highly-anticipated sequel to the smash hit (no pun intended) Wreck-It Ralph. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman return to voice Ralph and Vanellope as the sequel finds the duo discovering a Wi-Fi router in their arcade that leads to a whole new adventure. The guest star list is a who’s-who of famous names including (deep breath) Gal Gadot, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Ming-Na Wen, Tajari P. Henson, Idina Menzel, Ed O’Neill, Auli’i Cravalho, and Paige O’Hara. Anthony Daniels is rumored to voice C-3PO from the Star Wars franchise.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (Dec. 14)
Hailee Steinfeld is fantastic in pretty much every role she plays (and lucky enough we get a double dose of the True Grit/Edge of Seventeen star in December). Granted, here she’ll be voicing an animated Gwen Stacy. Nicholas Cage, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Liev Schriver, and Lily Tomlin are among the rest of the voice cast for the film. And John Mulaney voicing Spider-Ham feels oh so perfect.
Mary Poppins Returns (Dec. 19)
Our third Disney movie of the fall finds Emily Blunt returning to the Disney family after a 4-year break following Into the Woods. Here, Blunt will revive the iconic Mary Poppins character in a true sequel to the 1964 original that starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. This time, the story will take place in Depression-era London, as a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, and Lin-Manuel Miranda co-star. And yes, Van Dyke will appear in this film.
Aquaman (Dec. 21)
DC’s Cinematic Universe has had a rocky start to say the least but Aquaman looks to right the tide as the DCEU reverts back to solo films. Jason Momoa returns as the title hero with longtime horror movie director James Wan helming this latest adventure for Arthur Curry. Which Justice League characters will cameo in this film and how will Aquaman set things up for the next DCEU movies? Christmas will come early for DC fans as Aquaman opens in theaters Dec. 21.
Bumblebee (Dec. 21)
How spoiled are we to get TWO Hailee Steinfeld movies in the span of two weeks? Steinfeld stars in this live-action spin-off from the Transformers franchise. John Cena is also listed as being in this movie but you may not be able to see him. You will however see Justin Theroux and Angela Bassett. Peter Cullen returns to voice Autobots leader Optimus Prime.
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