It’s time to fall for autumn’s packed slate of blockbuster box office hopefuls, high-profile biopics, buzzy sequels and even a literary adaptation. Here are The Post’s top picks for movies to look for in the coming months.
“It: Chapter Two”
The first film of this two-part Stephen King adaptation jumpstarted the horror genre in 2017, surpassing “The Exorcist” as the highest grossing film of its kind. So fright fans are absolutely salivating for “Chapter Two.” Twenty-seven years after Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård) terrorized Derry, Maine, the now-adult pals (Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy) reunite to pop his red balloon once and for all.
After being an Academy Awards darling for much of the aughts, Renée Zellweger is back to Oscar fodder in this Judy Garland biopic. Intriguingly, she plays the iconic American singer/actress during her final days, as she performed a series of concerts in London, before her death in 1969.
The “Batman” villain has become the Richard III of comic book roles, with actors such as Jack Nicholson, Jared Leto and Heath Ledger turning the silly creep into art. The latest to slap on the demented clown makeup is Joaquin Phoenix, this time in an origin story that re-envisions the Joker as a 1981 comedian who fails at stand-up and turns to crime.
“Terminator: Dark Fate”
This time it’s not only the Terminator who’s back — it’s also the original Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton. The 62-year-old actress reprises the badass role in “Dark Fate” for the first time since 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” The new film is set 27 years after “Judgment Day,” with a new liquid-metal Terminator being sent from the future to off some new characters. Arnie is here, too.
When Cynthia Erivo sang “I’m Still Here” in “The Color Purple” on Broadway, the world knew she was destined for even more greatness. The Tony-winning actress has had a couple of film roles since then, but this Harriet Tubman biopic is by far the biggest. She’s joined by Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe and Joe Alwyn.
It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since “Frozen” shattered box office expectations like a fallen icicle — and kids haven’t stopped wailing “Let It Go” since. Plot details for the sequel are scant, but we know Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) embark on another, darker quest and there is at least one new song, called “Into the Unknown.” Parents will know it soon enough.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. Need I say more?