Keep an eye out for these new releases and events in the coming months.
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic was one of the most effective uses of 3D photography ever to capture the alien world of Pandora and its native inhabitants, the blue, 10-foot-tall Na’vi. Cameron is now back with the first of four planned sequels, many of which are set underwater. (In addition to blockbusters, Cameron has directed documentaries about deep-sea exploration, so he’s in his element.)
Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana reprise their roles, while Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang also return, although their characters died in the first film (this is science fiction after all). Joining the cast is Kate Winslet, who starred in Cameron’s Titanic and is now marking time again. Opens December 16th.
To watch a trailer of Avatar: The Way of Water, click on the video player below:
Originating in ancient Egypt, the DC Comics character is a modern-day supervillain (though he may just be misunderstood) and a target of the Justice League of America. Dwayne Johnson stars in the lead role. things explode. Opens October 21st.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
How are you tracking the incredibly popular and critical success of Black Panther following the death of star Chadwick Boseman? The responsibility of continuing the superhero’s legacy and following in King T’Challa’s footsteps falls to his sister, Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright). Director Ryan Coogler returns. Opens November 11th.
This latest slasher film in director John Carpenter’s 1978 “Halloween” series is the 13th and (reportedly) final installment in which mask-wearing Michael Myers wreaks havoc once again, this time with Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode , which had survived the first film, barely. Will this sequel be Lucky 13? Debuting in theaters October 14 and streaming via Peacock.
“The Fable Men”
Steven Spielberg’s family drama, a nostalgic pivotal film that looks back on his parents and his beginnings as an aspiring filmmaker, won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month — along with five other recent Academy Award winners for Best Picture. The Fabelmans stars Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogan and Mateo Zoryna Francis-Deford and Gabriel LaBelle as the young and teenage Sammy Fabelman, whose life changes once he gets his hands on 8mm film. Opens November 11th.
Charlie Puth: “Charlie”
The singer-songwriter, whose previous releases include Nine Track Mind and Voicenotes, is back with his third album, which includes recent hits Light Switch and Left and Right. (October 7th)
Carly Rae Jepsen: “The Loneliest Time”
The Canadian singer returns with her sixth album, including the single “Western Wind”. (October 7th)
The singer’s tenth album, featuring songs written during the COVID lockdown, was inspired in part by grief over the death of her mother in 2018. The lead single “Atopos” (featuring Kasimyn) was released earlier this month. (30. September)
Lil Baby: “It’s just me”
Lil Baby’s third studio album includes the hit “Detox.” (October 14)
John Legend: “Legend”
He won a Grammy Award – his 12th – for the 2020 R&B album Bigger Love. His latest Legend (out now) includes the songs Dope, Honey and All She Wanna Do. (with Saweetie).
“Our Missing Hearts” by Celeste Ng
Ng, a Guggenheim Fellow, topped the New York Times bestseller list with her previous 2020 novel, Little Fires Everywhere. (Penguin Press: October 4)
“The Last Chairlift” by John Irving
The author of The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meaney is back with his first novel in seven years, a novel that alternates between a tale of sexual politics and a ghost story. (Simon & Schuster: October 18)
Cormac McCarthy’s The Passenger and Stella Maris
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Road” and “No Country for Old Men” is back with two linked novels that are part of a story spanning eight years that includes a murder mystery and a woman who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. (Button: October 25, November 22)
“Liberation Day” by George Saunders
George Saunders, a Booker Prize winner for Lincoln in the Bardo, returns with a collection of short stories, his first. (Random House: October 18)
“The Winners” by Fredrik Backman
The finale in the Beartown series, from the author of The Scared Man and A Man Called Ove. (Atria Books: September 27)
“Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” by Maggie Haberman
The New York Times reporter on the rise and fall of what was once the world’s most powerful man. (Penguin Press: October 4)
Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono
A memoir from U2’s lead singer, activist and artist. (button: November 1)
“The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times” by Michelle Obama
A sequel to the former First Lady’s best-selling book, Becoming. (Crown: November 15)
Inside Bridgerton by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers
A behind-the-scenes look at the executive producers of the hit Netflix Regency romance. (Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books: October 25)
“README.txt: A Memoir” by Chelsea Manning
The former US Army intelligence analyst writes about both the dissemination of classified military records (who were sentenced to 35 years in the military) and her struggle with gender identity. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: October 18)
For Season 5, Imelda Staunton follows in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II in this sequel to the life and times of the House of Windsor. (Netflix: November)
Sylvester Stallone, Andrea Savage and Garrett Hedlund star in a mafia story about an ex-convict who starts a family business in Oklahoma. It’s not the old neighborhood. (Paramount+: November 13)
“The Walking Dead”
Just in time for Halloween, the survivors of the undead (and the ugly living) try to survive the final eight episodes of the series. (AMC: Begins October 2nd)
“The White Lotus: Circle of Flowers”
The tropical resort is open again. After winning 10 Emmy Awards, the series is hoping for regular customers. (HBO: October 30)
Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy adventure continues with a new series in which Warwick Davis reprises his role as Willow. (Disney+: November 30)
Detroit: Van Gogh in America
A hundred years ago, the Detroit Institute of Arts was the first public museum in the United States to acquire a painting by Vincent van Gogh. This exhibition examines the history of how the Impressionist was introduced to America. (Detroit Institute of Arts: October 2, 2022 – January 22, 2023)
Los Angeles: Picasso Cut Papers
An exhibition of some of the artist’s little-known works, which he began making when he was nine years old. (Hammer Museum at UCLA: October 1 through December 31)
Washington, DC: Vermeer’s Secrets
Four works by Johannes Vermeer are the focus of this exhibition, which examines how imaging techniques and microscopic studies of his works elucidate our understanding of the 17th-century Dutch artist. (National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC: October 8, 2022 – January 8, 2023)
New York City: Edward Hopper’s New York
Paintings of the urban environment feature in this retrospective of the artist’s work, which has coincided with the booming growth of New York City. (Whitney Museum of American Art: October 19, 2022 – March 5, 2023)
Chicago: The Language of Beauty in African Art
More than 250 sculptures from across the African continent are on display in a celebration of indigenous cultures and pre-colonial societies. (Art Institute of Chicago: November 20, 2022 – February 27, 2023)
- Pablo Picasso, “Head of a Woman”, Cannes, 1957. Wax crayon and graphite on cut and assembled pieces of cardboard. 29 1/2 × 12 3/8 × 13 3/8 in. (75 × 31.5 × 34 cm). Musée national Picasso Paris. Dating 1979 © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
- Edward Hopper, “Morning Sun”, 1952. Oil on canvas, 28 1/8 × 40 1/8 in. (71.4 × 101.9 cm). Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio: Museum Purchase, Howald Fund. © 2022 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
- Attributed to Ofunwa Ume of Awka. helmet mask (mgbedike), 20th century. Igbo; Nigeria. Dierking Collection, Zurich. Photo by Thomas Scheidt, courtesy of Dierking, Zurich.
- Johannes Vermeer, “Girl in the Red Hat”, ca. 1666/1667. oil on the fairing. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection.
- Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). “Self Portrait”, 1887. Oil on cardboard mounted on wooden panel; 13 3/4 × 10 1/2 in. (34.9 × 26.7 cm). Detroit Institute of Arts, City of Detroit Purchase, 13/22.