New movies: the most exciting films coming to theaters in 2024

New movies: the most exciting films coming to theaters in 2024
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New movies are released in theaters every week – a startling revelation, we know. So, if you’re after a one stop shop for all things new films-related, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this guide, you’ll find a near-complete list of the biggest new movies that are due out this year. From new flicks from comic book titans in Marvel and DC, to other big-screen entertainment fare, including this week’s biggest release in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, there’s plenty to be excited about in 2024.

We could harp on about everything you’ll read in this article, but why not just check all of that out for yourself? Here, then, are the most anticipated new films that’ll arrive in theaters between now and October 1. (NB: you’ll find a short list of movies set for release from October to December near the end of this guide. We’ll add official entries for these movies in the weeks ahead).

New movies: March

Kung Fu Panda 4

Release date: out now (worldwide)

Few DreamWorks properties have proven as popular as Kung Fu Panda (Shrek and How to Drain Your Dragon notwithstanding), so the announcement – and forthcoming arrival – of the franchise’s fourth movie has excited fans of the previous three flicks.

Jack Black returns to voice seminal protagonist Po the Panda, who’s charged with finding his successor for the role as Dragon Warrior while fighting a new foe known as The Chameleon. Big name stars nin Awkwafina, Viola Davis, Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, Ian McShane, and Ke Huy Quan are among its supporting cast members.

Critics seemed to enjoy what Kung Fu Panda 4 has to offer – its 71% and 86% critics and audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes suggest it’s a fantastic watch – so fans of Po and friends will want to catch it ASAP.

Godzilla vs Kong: The New Empire

Release date: March 29 (worldwide)

Bumped up two weeks – in the US, anyway – from its original launch date, the sequel to 2021’s Godzilla vs Kong has crashed into theaters.

Godzilla vs Kong: The New Empire sees the titular kaiju join forces (after beating the living daylights out of each other in the last film) to tackle a new menacing threat. Its first trailer, which was released in early December 2023, revealed said dangerous foe, what appears to be a baby Kong, and a pink Godzilla. Another trailer arrived in February, and teased even more destructive action and a greater exploration of the in-universe Hollow Earth.

Thanks to hit Apple TV Plus prequel series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters and highly-rated Toho-developed movie Godzilla: Minus One, Godzilla has never been more popular. Expect one of the new movies this March (or April, depending on where you live) to do extremely well at the global box office.

New movies: April 2024

The First Omen

Release date: April 4 (Australia), April 5 (US and UK)

Serving as a prequel to beloved 1976 flick The Omen, this Arkasha Stevenson-directed movie is the latest horror film that attempts to – unnecessarily, some may argue – fill in the gaps in its franchise lore. Nell Tiger Free, Tawfeek Barhom, Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson, and Bill Nighy are among its main cast members.

Here’s its synopsis, for those interested, too: “When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate.”

Robot Dreams

Release date: out now (UK), April 11 (Australia), May 31 (US)

Robot Dreams isn’t likely to be on many people’s must-see new movies list, but it should be. This animated tragicomedy flick was nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars – that alone makes it worth checking out.

The silent Spanish-French film stars Dog, a lonely anthropomorphic canine living in 1984 New York. Fed up of being on his own, Dog builds Robot, a mail-to-order companion to enjoy life with. Unfortunately, the pair are forced to part ways – will they ever find their way back to one another? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Pablo Berger, best known for his work on Spanish language films Abracadabra and Blancanieves, has directed and co-written this one. Sara Varon, whose comic Robot Dreams is based on, co-penned the script.

Civil War

Release date: April 12 (US), April 24 (Australia), April 26 (UK)

A war-based action-drama whose story could become a reality if humanity isn’t careful, Civil War is another A24-developed movie that seems like it’ll do well with general audiences.

Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Men) returns to helm this feature, which sees a team of journalists travel across a neo-dystopian US to document the unfolding conflict between a dictatorial government and an expansive Florida-based militia. Real-life married couple Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, and Stephen McKinley Henderson star.

Abigail

Release date: April 18 (Australia), April 19 (US and UK)

It seems April 2024 is making a play to be the year’s spookiest month outside of October (although March is giving it a run for its money). Indeed, as well as The First Omen, this Dracula-inspired horror movie will make its theatrical debut this month, too.

When a group of would-be criminals kidnap a seemingly unthreatening 12-year-old ballerina, all they have to do is watch over her for 12 hours – at night, we should add – in order to collect a $50 million bounty. Unbeknownst to the gang, though, they’ve abducted the child of a menacing underworld figure. To paraphrase Rorschach from legendary graphic novel Watchmen: she’s not trapped in there with them, rather they’re stuck in their hideout with her.

Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevenson, Kathryn Newton, Giancarlo Esposito, and Kevin Durand are some of the notable names set to feature. Radio Silence – aka Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who masterminded the Scream franchise’s return – are on co-directing duties.

Love Lies Bleeding

Release date: out now (US and Australia), April 19 (UK)

The first of A24’s new movies line-up for 2024, Love Lies Bleeding is a romantic thriller from Saint Maud filmmaker Rose Glass.

Katy O’Brian (The Mandalorian, Ant-Man 3) plays Jackie, a bisexual bodybuilder who Lou (Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart), an employee at the gym Jackie starts training at, falls for. Unfortunately, the pair’s potential romance hits a major snag when Jackie becomes wrapped up in the escapades of Lou’s criminal family. Jenna Malone, Dave Franco, and Ed Harris also feature.

Another stellar entry in A24’s back catalog – it currently holds 93% and 86% critics and audience ratings on Rotten Tomatoes – this is one of March’s new movies not to be missed.

Challengers

Release date: April 24 (Australia), April 26 (US and UK)

Originally set for release in late 2023, Challengers was pushed into Q2 2024 due to last year’s Hollywood strikes.

Zendaya (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dune) plays Tashi Duncan, a tennis star-turned-coach who has transformed her husband Art into a worldwide tennis phenomenon. When Art suddenly finds himself on a career-defining losing streak, she forces him to play a ‘Challenger’ event, where Art will take on a player on the lowest rung of elite tennis. Little do the pair realize, though, that Art will be facing off against Tashi’s former flame Patrick (Josh O’Connor).

Luca Guadagnino (Bones and All) directed Challengers from a script by Justin Kurtizkes, the latter’s first-ever movie screenplay. We’ll see if Challengers serves up a decent movie in late April.

Boy Kills World

Release date: April 26 (US only)

Originally due out in 2023, Boy Kills World stars Bill Skarsgård (IT) as the titular ‘Boy’, who embarks on a quest for revenge after his family is killed by Hilda Van Der Koy (X-Men‘s Famke Janssen), the matriarch of a vicious post-apocalyptic gang. Deaf and voiceless, ‘Boy’ relentlessly pursues Koy and company, driven on by his inner voice that’s – absurd as it sounds – co-opted from his favorite childhood video game.

Sam Raimi (Doctor Strange 2, Evil Dead) is among the film’s many producers, so you should expect Boy Kills World to deliver a gruesome, adult-themed story when it battles its way into theaters.

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New movies: May 2024

The Fall Guy

Release date: May 2 (UK), May 3 (US and Australia)

With his terrific turn as Ken in 2023 megahit Barbie earning him numerous award nominations (and some wins!), Ryan Gosling’s stock has never been higher. So, we’re expecting his next movie – The Fall Guy – to be a hit in its own right.

In it, Gosling trades Barbie beach life for a wild stunt-filled rescue mission as washed-up stuntman Colt Seavers, who embarks on a humorous, action-packed errand to track down missing A-lister Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Based on its first trailer, Seavers will have to put his day job to good use in a bid to take on or avoid the lawbreakers, who Ryder seems to have got himself into trouble with and who stand in Seavers’ way.

Emily Blunt, Hannah Waddingham, Stephanie Hsu, and Winston Duke are among the film’s starry supporting cast. Dave Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation) and David Leitch (John Wick, Deadpool 2) are on writing and directing duties respectively.  

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Release date: May 10 (US and UK), May 23 (Australia)

The fourth entry in the revived Planet of the Apes film franchise, which might set up a new trilogy, arrives very soon. Set 300 years after predecessor War of the…, the final film to star Andy Serkis’ Caesar, Kingdom of the… sees Reptile‘s Owen Teague play Noa, a young chimpanzee tasked with completing a trying mission that’ll impact apes and humans alike.

Noa will be joined on his trek by Mae (The Witcher’s Freya Allen), a young woman who’s part of the now feral human race. If we had to guess, we think the duo will form an unlikely alliance in a bid to thwart Proximus Caesar (Lost‘s Kevin Durand), a powerful chimpanzee ruler who enslaves other ape clans and is unrelenting in his search for human technology. 

The three previous Planet… films have been superb, so we’re hoping Kingdom… will be similarly great. Based on its new trailer, which was released during the 2024 Super Bowl, it promises a fiery post-apocalyptic civil war.

IF

Release date: May 16 (Australia), May 17 (US), May 24 (UK)

Two months before Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool makes the superhero jump to the MCU, he’ll appear in the more family-friendly IF, 2024’s other imaginary friend-based movie.

The fantasy comedy stars Cailey Fleming as Bea, who gains the ability to see imaginary friends – known as IFs – abandoned by kids who have since grown up. With the aid of The Man Upstairs (Reynolds), who possesses the same gift, Bea goes on a journey to reunite IFs with their former human companions so they’re not forgotten.

John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) is on dual writing-directing duties, while its eclectic but talented voice cast of IFs includes Steve Carell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Maya Rudolph, Awkwafina, and Sam Rockwell. Get ready to laugh, cry, and get heart-warmingly nostalgic when one of 2024’s adorable looking new movies arrives in theaters. 

The Strangers: Chapter 1

Release date: May 17 (US and UK), TBC (Australia)

Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin helms this eerie horror-thriller that’ll make you think twice about renting a cabin in the woods with your spouse any time soon.

The Strangers: Chapter 1 stars Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale) and Froy Gutierrez (Hocus Pocus 2) as a young couple who are – shock horror – forced to spend the night in a remote cabin on the edges of a small rural town. When their alone time is interrupted by three violent, masked strangers, though, the pair are forced to fight for their lives. The Strangers: Chapters 2 and 3 are set to arrive on undisclosed dates, too.

Garfield

Release date: May 24 (US and UK), May 30 (Australia)

Chris Pratt will hope to front another $1 billion-making animated flick – he voiced Mario in the aforementioned money-spinner The Super Mario Bros. Movie, if you somehow weren’t aware – with this Garfield movie reboot. And no, it isn’t a sequel to those poorly received Bill Murray-starring live-action-animated hybrid films.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star will play the titular lasagna-loving, Monday-hating tabby cat, whose world is turned upside down when his good-for-nothing feline father (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) suddenly rocks up. One of 2024’s new movies that should keep the kids quiet for a couple of hours.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Release date: May 23 (Australia), May 24 (US and UK)

If seeing Pratt voice another iconic character is your idea of a bad time, this Mad Max: Fury Road prequel is the perfect alternative.

Anya Taylor-Joy plays a younger version of the eponymous character, who was portrayed with gripping intensity by Charlize Theron in Fury Road. Unsurprisingly, it’ll focus on her harrowing life until a few years before the barnstorming 2015 epic, revealing how she earned her Imperator title in the process.

Furiosa‘s first trailer teased Taylor-Joy’s hero, Chris Hemsworth’s wild villain, and explosions galore when it debuted in December 2023. Let’s hope it’s insanely thrilling, high-octane, and entertaining as Fury Road. With acclaimed Mad Max director George Miller helming it, Furiosa should be all that and more.

New movies: June 2024

Bad Boys: Ride Or Die

Release date: June 5 (UK), June 7 (US), June 14 (Australia)

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s fan-favorite action-comedy duo return for their fourth big screen outing in early June. In a twist on the franchise’s usual formula, Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) find themselves on the run from the law after they’re accused of a crime they didn’t commit.

Vanessa Hudgens, Ioan Gruffudd, Alexander Ludwig, Pablo Nunez, Melanie Liburd, Tiffany Haddish, and Rhea Seahorn are among Bad Boys 4‘s stacked supporting cast. The outrageous buddy cop flick has been penned by Chris Bremner, who wrote the script for its predecessor, while Ms Marvel directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah shot the big-budget film.

The Watchers

Release date: June 6 (Australia), June 7 (UK), June 14 (US)

M. Night Shymalan’s daughter Ishana follows in her father’s horror-tinged footsteps by making her feature film directing debut with The Watchers, an adaptation of A.M. Shine’s novel of the same name.

Dakota Fanning (Coraline, The Equalizer 3) plays Mina, an artist who gets trapped in a disorienting, untouched forest in western Ireland. Finding shelter alongside three strangers, Mina soon realizes that the group are being watched (and stalked) by mysterious creatures who roam the treeline at night.

Georgina Campbell (Barbarian), Oliver Finnegan (Outlander), and Olwen Fouere (The Northman) feature as the film’s supporting trio. M. Night Shymalan is among its executive producing team.

The Crow

Release date: June 7 (worldwide)

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you – we haven’t included two entries for Bill Skarsgard’s Boy Kills World. Although it looks similar in tone and vibe, The Crow‘s latest film reboot (which Skarsgard stars in) is a separate entity to his other 2024 movie offering.

For those unfamiliar with the 1994 cult classic that Brandon Lee originally starred in: The Crow tells the story of soulmates Eric Draven (Skarsgard) and Shelly Webster (FKA Twigs), who are brutally murdered when Shelly’s past catches up with her. However, when he’s given the chance to save her by sacrificing himself, a superpower-imbued Draven is revived and embarks on a blood-soaked quest for vengeance against those who mercifully killed the loved-up pair. Rupert Sanders (Foundation on Apple TV Plus, Ghost in the Shell‘s remake) is in the hot seat for this one.

Ballerina

John Wick walks towards the screen in John Wick: Chapter 4

The John Wick series’ first spin-off movie arrives in June. (Image credit: Lionsgate)

Release date: June 6 (Australia), June 7 (US and UK)

The first spin-off film in the John Wick franchise was supposed to be out in theaters this June, but there are rumors that it might be delayed until 2025. We’ll keep its entry here until Lionsgate confirms otherwise.

Anyway, Ana de Armas (No Time to Die, Knives Out) stars as the titular ballerina-assassin – real name Rooney – who embarks on her own revenge-filled mission to take down the individuals responsible for killing her family.

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Given Ballerina is set between John Wick‘s third and fourth films (read our John Wick movies in order to learn more), Keanu Reeves’ titular assassin is slated to play a supporting role, as will other prominent franchise characters in Ian McShane’s Winston and the late Lance Reddick’s Charon. Len Wiseman (The Underworld film series) is on directing duties, with Shay Hatten (Rebel Moon Part 1) having penned the script.

Inside Out 2

Release date: June 13 (Australia), June 14 (US and UK)

Nine years after Inside Out tore up our hearts before mending them in an emotional roller coaster of a Pixar flick, its highly-anticipated sequel will land in theaters in mid-2024.

Inside Out 2 will reunite viewers with the first movie’s protagonist Riley, albeit now as a teenager, whose emotions (including Joy and Sadness) are given another big jolt by the onset of puberty and the arrival of new brain-based cohorts. Indeed, Inside Out 2‘s first trailer made us feel like a teenager again with its new emotion teases, including the unveiling that Maya Hawke (Stranger Things) will voice one of said emotions in the form of anxiety. Its latest trailer, which you can watch above, confirms Ayo Edebiri (The Bear), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Passages), and Paul Walter Hauser (Orion and the Dark) will voice fellow new emotions Envy, Boredom/Ennui, and Embarrassment.

While we wait for Inside Out 2, read our Pixar movies ranked piece to see where its predecessor placed.

The Bikeriders

Release date: June 21 (US and UK), July 4 (Australia)

Originally set to be released in late 2023, The Bikeriders‘ will speed into theaters in mid-2024 after it was delayed due to last year’s Hollywood actors and writers strikes.

Inspired by real events, it follows The Vandals, a midwestern motorcycle club that starts out as a small group of individuals seeking to bond over their two-wheel rides. Over the span of 10 years, though, they slowly grow into one of the most vicious and terrifying biker gangs in America. Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, Free Guy) plays Kathy, through whose eyes we see the gang evolve. Austin Butler (Dune 2, Elvis) and Tom Hardy (Venom, Dunkirk) are among it starry supporting, largely male cast. Jeff Nichols is one dual writing and directing duties.

A Quiet Place: Day One

Release date: June 27 (Australia), June 28 (US and UK)

A prequel spin-off set in John Krasinski-developed post-apocalyptic horror franchise, A Quiet Place: Day One will tell a brand-new tale about the events surrounding the sound-sensitive alien monsters’ invasion of Earth. Its first trailer gives a good indication of how chaotically terrifying it’ll be, too.

Little is known about the plot of the series’ third film, but its cast is a pretty stacked one. Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther, Us), Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things season 4, Marvel’s The Fantastic 4), and Djimon Hounsou (Shazam!, Rebel Moon) are among its talented roster, while Krazinski and Michael Sarnoski have co-penned the story. Sarnoski is chief filmmaker on this one, too.

Horizon: An American Saga

Release date: June 28 (US), TBA (UK and Australia)

His time on Paramount Plus‘ hit Western TV show Yellowstone is drawing to a close, but Kevin Costner isn’t going to walk away from the US frontier-set genre just yet. His next film, Horizon: An American Saga, is a duology that’ll release within two months of each other – Part 1 arrives in late June, with Part 2 set for release in mid-August.

Like A Quiet Place: Day One, nobody knows what story it’ll tell. However, Horizon has an absolutely stacked cast of familiar faces, with Costner joined by the likes of – deep breath – Sienna Miller (American Woman), Sam Worthington (Avatar), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Abbey Lee (Old), Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Jamie Campbell Bower (Stranger Things), and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan: First Kill) among many, many others.

Costner is also co-writer and director on this Warner Bros. developed flick, with Jon Baird helping him to pen the script.

Kinds of Kindness

Release date: June 21 (US), June 28 (UK), July 11 (Australia)

Fresh from Poor Things‘ multi-award-winning performance on the 2024 awards circuit, director Yorgos Lanthimos’ next feature film – Kinds of Kindness – will be with us this summer (that’s winter for Australian readers). It’ll see Lanthimos reteam with Poor Things stars Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe, who’ll feature among a strong ensemble cast that includes Jesse Plemons, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Joe Alwin, Hunter Schafer, and Mamoudou Athie.

Dubbed a “triptych fable”, Kinds of Kindness will “follow a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life, a policeman who is alarmed that his wife – who was missing-at-sea – has returned and seems a different person, and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader”. Count us in for this one.

New movies: July 2024

Despicable Me 4

Release date: July 5 (US and UK), June 20 (Australia)

The Minions are back. Again. Oh, and so is Gru and his adorable family (no, not the Minions, his human one) in Despicable Me 4, the supervillain-turned-good-guy’s latest theatrical adventure.

In his first outing in seven years, Gru is called upon to stop a new nemesis called Maxine Le Mal (Will Ferrell) and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina (Sofia Vergara). However, when they prove more than a match for Steve Carell’s eponymous hero, Gru and his family are forced to go on the run. Expect plenty of the usual animated slapstick shenanigans and fart jokes from this one.

Twisters

Release date: July 18 (Australia), July 19 (US and UK)

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a disaster movie – and it just so happens we’re getting a follow-up to one of the best (1996’s Twister) later this year, whose first whirlwind trailer debuted during the 2024 Super Bowl

Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People), Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick), Anthony Ramos (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts), and the DCU‘s recently-crowned Superman in David Corenswet are set to star. Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) is directing it from a script by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant).

Per a Warner Bros. press release, Edgar-Jones stars as Kate Cooper, “a former storm chaser haunted by a devastating encounter with a tornado during her college years who now studies storm patterns on screens safely in New York City. She is lured back to the open plains by her friend Javi (Ramos) to test a ground-breaking new tracking system. There, she crosses paths with Tyler Owens (Powell), the charming and reckless social-media superstar who thrives on posting his storm-chasing adventures with his raucous crew, the more dangerous the better.”

Deadpool & Wolverine

Release date: July 25 (UK and Australia), July 26 (US)

The only Marvel movie releasing in theaters in 2024, Deadpool‘s MCU debut has a lot riding on it. Not only will it need to turn the studio’s below-part performance at last year’s box office around, it’ll also need to do justice to the Merc With a Mouth’s two previous brilliant movie outings, celebrate all things X-Men (Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is one of many mutants set to feature), and prove R-rated Marvel films can succeed. No pressure, then.

Understandably, Deadpool & Wolverine‘s plot remains a closely guarded secret. However, we know the Marvel Phase 5 flick will star Ryan Reynolds as the titular character alongside Jackman’s adamantium clawed superhero.

After Marvel president Kevin Feige unveiled Deadpool 3‘s logo, the film’s first trailer arrived during 2024’s Super Bowl. Read our Deadpool and Wolverine trailer breakdown to learn more about the secrets hidden within before seeing why Marvel fans are convinced they’ve spotted two big character Easter eggs in the teaser.

New movies: August 2024

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Release date: August 2

Zachary Levi (Shazam!) brings his inner child to life on the big screen once more in this family-friendly flick that’ll stir up the imagination of your wide-eyed kids.

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In this Sony Pictures movie, Levi plays Harold, a fictional character who can make anything come to life – albeit in the pages of his self-titled book – using the titular purple crayon. When Harold grows up, he learns how to draw himself out of his paper-bound realm and, in true Pinocchio fashion, become a real boy in the real world. With his trusty crayon in mind, he sets about creating all kinds of things to go on as many hijinks-filled adventures as possible. Household names in Lil Rey Howery, Zooey Deschanel, and Jermaine Clement are also on board.

Borderlands

Release date: August 9 (worldwide)

It’s been in development for almost a decade but, finally, Lionsgate’s movie adaptation of Gearbox Software’s humorous, action RPG video game franchise Borderlands has an official release date of August 9, 2024. Oh, and after its grand unveiling in late February, the first trailer for the Borderlands movie had everyone comparing it to the same Marvel movie.

Cate Blanchett stars as Lilith, an infamous bounty hunter who joins forces with a number of other misfits – Roland (Kevin Hart), Kreig (Florian Munteanu), Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt), and Tannis (Jamie Lee Curtis) – to find the missing daughter of a well connected gang leader named Atlas (Edgar Ramirez). Expectedly, things go awry when the outsiders unearth an explosive secret on the planet Pandora, leading to all sorts of carnage and adult-themed quips. One of 2024’s new movies that could be a surprise hit or a complete waste of everyone’s time.

Alien: Romulus

Release date: August 16 (worldwide)

The seventh film in the iconic sci-fi horror series, Alien: Romulus will tell a standalone tale that fans are hoping will get the stuttering franchise back on track. Fede Álvarez (2013’s Evil Dead) is on directing duties from a script he co-penned with Rodo Sayagues. Ridley Scott is among its many producers, too. Based on Alien: Romulus‘ menacing first trailer, it should be the first genuinely great sequel we’ve seen since 1986’s Aliens, too.

Set between 1979’s Alien and the aforementioned flick, Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla) will be the movie’s protagonist, while Isabela Merced (Madame Web), Archie Renaux (Shadow and Bone), and David Jonsson (Rye Lane) are among the film’s supporting cast.

Kraven The Hunter

Release date: August 29 (Australia), August 30 (US and UK)

Sony dives back into Spider-Man’s rogues’ gallery with their second 2024-based effort to expand the SSU (Sony’s Spider-Man Universe), which is simultaneously separate from, and tenuously connected to, the MCU.

In the ’60s, Kraven the Hunter was an original member of Marvel’s Sinister Six and discussed as a potential big-screen foe for Peter Parker. Now, he’s following in the footsteps of fellow anti-heroes Venom and Morbius by headlining his own movie. And, just like his villainous contemporaries, Kraven‘s first solo live-action adventure doesn’t look all that appealing.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kick-Ass) plays the titular hunter and Ariana DeBose (Wish, Argylle) will play long-term Kraven associate Calypso. The Many Saints of Newark’s Alessandro Nivola takes on lead villain duties as Rhino, while Russell Crowe is also on hand to play Kraven’s emotionally cold father.

New movies: September 2024

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

Release date: September 5 (Australia), September 6 (US and UK)

The long in-development sequel to 1988 surreal comedy-horror Beetlejuice is out this year, and its title – Beetlejuice Beetlejuice – is a very clever call back to the original film’s way of summoning the mischievous ghost.

Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder are returning as the titular trickster and Lydia Deetz respectively, while Jenna Ortega (Wednesday, Scream) will play Astrid, Lydia’s daughter. Catherine O’Hara, Monica Bellucci, and Willem Dafoe are also involved, while iconic gothic filmmaker Tim Burton is back on directing duties after helming the fist flick. Its first trailer, which you can view above, teases more ghostly mayhem to come in the sequel, too.

Here’s the plot synopsis: “After an unexpected family tragedy, three generations of the Deetz family return home to Winter River. Still haunted by Beetlejuice, Lydia’s life is turned upside down when her rebellious teenage daughter Astrid discovers the mysterious model of the town in the attic and the portal to the Afterlife is accidentally opened. With trouble brewing in both realms, it’s only a matter of time until someone says Beetlejuice’s name three times and the mischievous demon returns to unleash his very own brand of mayhem.”

Transformers One

Optimus Prime holds the Sword of Judgement in Transformers: The Dark Knight

An animated Transformers movie will arrive in theaters in September. (Image credit: Paramount PIctures)

Release date: September 13 (worldwide)

After multiple live-action entries, the Transformers franchise will hope to get a much-needed shot in the arm with Transformers One, a brand-new animated film helmed by Pixar alumnus Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4, Inside Out).

Like many new movies set to arrive in the final few months of 2024, its plot is a closely guarded secret. However, we know it’ll be an origin story of sorts, which will explore the relationship (or, rather, breakdown of it) between Optimums Prime and Megatron. Marvel stars including Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Brian Tyree Henry, plus other big names like Jon Hamm, Keegan-Michael Key, and Laurence Fishburne will lend their voices to the autobots and decepticons. While we wait for more information, read our Transformers movies in order guide.

The Wild Robot

Release date: September 12 (Australia), September 20 (US), TBC (UK)

Black Panther‘s Lupita Nyong’o will give life to this absolutely gorgeous-looking animated film’s protagonist Roz in what appears to be another delightful and incredibly moving flick from DreamWorks Animation.

Shipwrecked on an uninhabited island, Roz is initially viewed as an outcast by the islet’s flora and fauna. When its animals soon realize Roz is an empathetic, innocent, and helpful robot, though, they accept her place in their ecosystem.

The Wild Robot‘s voice cast is absolutely stacked with A-listers, with the likes of Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us), Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek), Bill Nighy (Living), Kit Connor (Heartstopper), and Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once) lending their vocal talents to various critters. We can’t wait for this one.

Saw XI

Jigsaw stands over the camera with a rope in his hands in the Saw movie

The 11th film in the Saw horror movie series is set to arrive before Halloween 2024. (Image credit: Lionsgate)

Release date: September 27 (worldwide)

Buoyed by one of the series’ best entries to date in 2023’s Saw X, the long-running and popular Saw film franchise will return once more with another installment ahead of Halloween.

Again, there’s very little information to clue you in on with this flick. Indeed, the only confirmed news we’ve had is that it’ll arrive in late September and that Saw X director Kevin Greutert will direct it. Without spoiling too much, we expect Saw XI to carry on the story from its forebear, even if the connective tissue between the two narratives is based around potential returning characters. Ahead of a likely big info dump sometime soon, read our guides on how to watch the Saw movies in order and best Saw movies, ranked from worst to best.

New movies: more exciting movies to look out for in 2024

A woman looks scared as Nosferatu's silhouetted hand is shown on her face in Nosferatu (2024)

2024’s Nosferatu arrives in theaters in late December. (Image credit: Focus Features/Universal Pictures)

We’ve only got three more months’ worth of new movies to add to this guide before it’s pretty much complete. Ahead of us adding those entries in the weeks to come, see what exciting films are due out in theaters between October and December via the list below:

  • Joker: Folie à Deux (October 4)
  • Smile 2 (October 18)
  • Terrifier 3 (October 25)
  • Venom 3 (November 8)
  • Red One (November 15)
  • Gladiator 2 (November 22)
  • Wicked: Part One (November 27)
  • The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim (December 13)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (December 20)
  • The Lion King: Mufasa (December 20)
  • Nosferatu (December 25)

Looking for more new movies to stream from the comfort of your couch? Read our new Netflix movies, new Max movies, new Prime Video movies, and new Disney Plus movies lists.

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