Fall movie preview: 22 films you should see

A staggering 130 films will be released between now and Dec. 31. Let’s face it, many of them will not be worth your time or money. But there are some films you won’t want to miss.

Film critic Peter Travers, who is host of ABC News’ “Popcorn With Peter Travers,” shares his top fall picks.

“This is a horror movie. It’s hallucinatory. It’s as crazy as anything I’ve ever seen,” Travers said. “Prepare to be blown away when you see it.”

“The composers of ‘La La Land,’ Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, have written the music for this 19th century musical. But they’ve written songs that are all sounding like top 40 hits today,” Travers said. “Really risky. I’m so into this.”

“We’re all crazy about any ‘Star Wars’ movie. If you think you’re going to beat ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at the box office, think again,” Travers said.

Travers said, “In addition to her, we have The Flash played by Ezra Miller and Aquaman played by Jason Momoa. So we have new people and they all sound like they’re having fun which nobody had during ‘Batman v Superman.’”

“Thor is just not fighting with Loki this time. He’s got his old buddies. But he’s also got the Hulk showing up,” Travers said, “and all of all people, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett coming in as the Goddess of Death. So they’re just just throwing money at this stuff so you will see it and get a lot for your buck.”

“This is a movie that when it first came out people didn’t seem to know what it was,” said Travers, “but when people were streaming it, they became insane about it. Now Harrison Ford is back as Deckert and Ryan Gosling joins him in this movie. And we’ve come into the future. I’m fascinated. I really am.”

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This is a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. It’s set in the early 1970s when The Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers.

“This is a movie that I think is going to enter in all the awards consideration. Think about the timeliness of what the papers is about. Think about how that’s going to especially relate to liberal Hollywood that is so completely pushed against wall by the Trump administration,” Travers said.

Travers said this movie will “hit you on a really personal level.” He added, “When you see what these three actors do, you know that they’re going to be in the Oscar race.”

Travers calls this one “another relevant kind of satirical look at the world that we live in now.”

“[It’s] a movie written by the Coen brothers that George Clooney has decided to direct but not star in. And Matt Damon is in it as a suburban father who has to deal with home invasion,” said Travers. “And then Julianne Moore comes in as the aunt. And Oscar Isaac comes in as an insurance investigator. And we begin to see what kind of darkness is roiling under there. This is a big deal.”

“If [Meryl Streep and Daniel Day Lewis] each are nominated, and they each win, they break records. Meryl Streep would have her fourth Oscar, which ties with Katharine Hepburn. And Daniel Day Lewis would have his fourth Oscar, not even tying anybody, but just breaking the record because nobody has ever done this.”

“You know who I think is going to be nominated for an Oscar this year, Adam Sandler,” Travers said. “He is incredible in this movie.”

“You watch him and root for him like you can’t believe,” Travers said of Chan. “It is a terrific, dramatic performance where so much of it is in the eyes. But also to see him in big action sequences again. So put that on your list too.”

“[It’s] set in the land of the dead and it has a Latino cast. It is looking at the world from a different perspective. So mark that down,” he said.

“He plays a mob lawyer figure,” Travers explained. “A lot of us figured Denzel was sort of cheated with that Oscar last year that he might have won for ‘Fences.’ It’s good to have him out there [and] directed by Dan Gilroy, the guy who got the best performance Jake Gyllenhaal has ever delivered in a movie called, ‘Nightcrawler.'”

“Blige plays a Mississippi Delta mother. I’m knocked out by what she did. It’s just incredible to see what she’s accomplished in that movie,” Travers said.

Travers said, “This particular performance that Gary Oldman is giving, nobody can disregard. He’s Gary Oldman for Pete’s sake! You’ve gotta pay attention to him.”

This one might surprise movie fans.

“You know what it’s about? Tom Edison and George Westinghouse fighting over who basically invented the light bulb and whether you should use AC or DC. Sounds like the dullest thing you could ever imagine in a movie. And instead, it’s fascinating,” Travers said.

“The Winslet performance you should expect to see nominated is in ‘Wonder Wheel,’” Travers said. “It’s set in the 1950s on Coney Island. And this is not a light comedy. This is in the ‘Blue Jasmine’ vogue of things. Kate Winslet only has one Oscar. Don’t we realize how really, really great she is?”

“Frances McDormand is in a movie with a title, it just goes on forever and ever. Nobody will know it except she plays the mother of a daughter who has been murdered. And she’s not getting any police action. So she decides to take three billboards, rent them and completely use them to criticize the police in action for that.”

“Jessica Chastain is always great. But now she’s in the first movie directed by Aaron Sorkin, where she’s playing a woman who is the poker champion of the world and runs these poker games that are happening.”

“It stars Armie Hammer. And it stars a new actor who I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this guy Timothée Chalamet, this is a performance that makes him the newcomer of the year. It just explodes. These are young guys who are in Italy at the time. And they fall in love. The director, he finds what Italy is. He finds what romance is. He finds wisdom in what is happening. It is explosively, ravishingly good. The acting is incredible. If one of these things you should put down [on your list] and say, ‘I’m going to see this,’ make it ‘Call Me By Your Name.'”

Be sure to watch Peter Travers’ full movie preview in the video above.

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