No Time to Die
At last! Its release has been delayed again and again, and before that its production was hampered by injuries, accidents and the withdrawal of its original director, Danny Boyle. But Daniel Craig's final Bond movie is here – six whole years after the previous one, Spectre. Directed and co-written by Cary Joji Fukunaga and with Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the writer's room (Fleabag / Killing Eve), the story is that 007 has retired from MI6 to settle down with his girlfriend (Léa Seydoux), leaving a new double-0 (Lashana Lynch) to save the world in his absence. But his CIA buddy Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) persuades him to fight the devilishly named Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek). But the most intriguing aspect of No Time to Die is that it's apparently a tear-jerker. "There's a lot of emotion in this Bond," Seydoux revealed to C Magazine. "It's very moving. I bet you're going to cry, if you like to cry. [When I watched it,] I cried, which is weird, because I play in it."
Released on 30 September in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, and 8 October in the US and Canada
Disney's live-action Cinderella came out in 2015, but it wasn't much different from the 1950 cartoon. With its treacly plot and its simpering, passive heroine, it refused to acknowledge that society – and, for that matter, Disney cartoons – had moved on in the intervening decades. Now, though, there is another Cinderella that actually seems to belong in the 21st Century. Written and directed by Kay Cannon (screenwriter of Pitch Perfect and director of Blockers), the latest version has all you could want from a classic fairy tale, including a faux-Medieval setting, a wicked stepmother (Idina Menzel), a snooty king (Pierce Brosnan) and queen (Minnie Driver), and mice who transform into footmen (one is played by the film's producer, James Corden). But it also has pop songs on the soundtrack, a multi-cultural cast, and Billy Porter as Fab G, a modern fairy godmother. Most importantly, it has a Cinderella (Camila Cabello) who would rather be a dress designer than a princess, so she doesn't need a handsome prince (Nicholas Galitzine) to help her live happily after.
On Amazon Prime from 3 September
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings
He used to be a minor comic character: a half-forgotten, stereotypical martial artist who first appeared in 1973 to cash in on Bruce Lee mania and the Kung Fu television series. But now Shang-Chi is a big deal. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the first of Marvel's superhero blockbusters to have an Asian lead character, and all of its main actors – including Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Leung, and Simu Liu as Shang-Chi himself – are Asian or of Asian descent.
Released on 3 September in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland
I Am Your Man
There is a long history of films in which male scientists manufacture female-looking robots to satisfy their every need. I Am Your Man is a rarity: a film about a male-looking robot designed to serve a woman. Directed and co-written by Maria Schrader, this sci-fi romance features Maren Eggert as a divorced anthropologist who agrees to test-drive an android that is programmed to be her perfect partner. The android (Dan Stevens, speaking fluent German) moves into her home, where he cooks, cleans, and does a lot more besides. But can the anthropologist's newfound happiness be real when her partner isn't? "The robot is a catalyst for self-reflection and self-doubt in this comedy-drama that's as thought-provoking as it is funny," says Anna Smith in Deadline. "And in an age of isolation, social media and online dating, I'm Your Man seems startlingly relevant."
Released on 17 September in the US