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So, summer is almost over (tear). But there’s a major bright spot: all the amazing fall films coming soon to a theater near you. Here, the ones you won’t want to miss whether you’re in the mood for Bridget Jones…or Brad Pitt.

COMEDY

LOL

fallmovie1 Miramax 

Bridget Jones's Baby

(September 16)

She’s ba-aaack. This time, Bridget (Renée Zellweger) finds herself in a pickle when—divorced and accidentally pregnant—she realizes she has no idea who the father is. Options include her ex Mark Darcy…or newbie cutie Patrick Dempsey.

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Relativity Media

Masterminds

(September 30)

Zach Galifianakis is a night guard at an armored car company who attempts to pull off one of the biggest bank heists in American history with help from a hilarious cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Owen Wilson, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis.

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Fox 2000 Pictures

Keeping Up With the Joneses

(October 21)

Back-to-back Zach Galifianakis movies, huzzah! This time, he and Isla Fisher are feeling a bit bored by the 'burbs until they suspect that their new—and totally together—neighbors (Jon Hamm and Maribeth Monroe) might be government spies.

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STX Entertainment

The Edge of Seventeen

(November 18)

In this coming-of-age high school movie, Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) thinks her social life has hit the skids when she gets the worst news ever: Her best friend is dating her brother. 

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20th Century Fox

Rules Don't Apply

(November 23)

Warren Beatty plays billionaire recluse Howard Hughes in this 1950s-set romance about two of his employees—an aspiring actress (Lily Collins) and her eccentric driver (Alden Ehrenreich). Matthew Broderick and Beatty’s real-life wife Annette Bening also star. 

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Broad Green Pictures

Bad Santa 2

(November 23)

Uh oh, Billy Bob Thornton returns with a plan to ruin Christmas once again. This time, he enlists his angry sidekick Marcus to help him carry out his mean-spirited goal of knocking off a Chicago charity.

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ANIMATED

For kids…and adults

fallmovie2 Stoller Global Solutions 

Storks

(September 23)

Here’s the deal: Storks used to deliver babies, but now they just deliver packages for global Internet company Cornerstore.com. But when the brand’s top delivery stork—voiced by Andy Samberg—encounters the cutest baby of all time, he decides not to tell his boss about his plan to make one last drop-off. 

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Dreamworks

Trolls

(October 21)

Sure, the hair-raising adventures of overly optimistic trolls sounds dopey. But if it involves the vocal talents of Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden and Gwen Stefani, it can’t be that bad, right? (Also: original music by Justin Timberlake.)

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Walt Disney Studios

Moana

(November 23)

This Hawaii-based animated musical follows a sea-savvy princess who—with the help of a muscle-y demigod voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—sets sail to solve the mystery behind a long-lost island and the people who lived there. (Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, NBD.)

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THRILLERS

Clutching the armrest already

fallmovie3 Lionsgate 

Blair Witch

(September 16)

Guys, it’s been 17 years since we all saw the original Blair Witch and had an existential crisis about whether it was or wasn’t real. This sequel follows James, who, after finding a video showing his sister’s experience in the woods, decides to grab a group of friends to head back and see what’s up. (Our prediction: Terrible idea.)

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Endgame Entertainment

Snowden

(September 16)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this much-buzzed about film about former NSA employee Edward Snowden, aka the guy who leaked thousands of confidential government documents to the press. 

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Amblin Entertainment

The Girl on the Train

(October 7)

Based on the blockbuster book by Paula Hawkins, this film follows Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), a struggling alcoholic who longs to live in the cozy stretch of suburban houses she views from the train on her way to and from work.

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Warner Bros.

The Accountant

(October 14)

Ben Affleck plays an accountant who uses his small-town CPA office to cook the books for dangerous criminal organizations. With treasury agent J.K. Simmons hot on his heels, he has to take on a legitimate client to prove things are on the up and up.

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STX Entertainment

Desierto

(October 14)

Sh** goes down at the U.S./Mexican border when a group of people (including Gael García Bernal) trying to cross over in search of a better life encounter a deranged man who has taken border patrol duties into his own racist hands. (FYI, this film comes courtesy of a Gravity cowriter.) 

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Sony Pictures

Inferno

(October 28)

Tom Hanks is back, reprising his role as Robert Langdon in the on-screen follow-up to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. This time, after waking up in an Italian hospital with memory loss, he has to work closely with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to uncover a deadly global plot.

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EuropaCorp USA

Shut In

(November 11)

Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay (of Room fame) star in this thriller about a widowed child psychologist living in rural New England who has to find a way to rescue a young boy in the midst of a deadly winter storm. 

No trailer yet

ACTION

Yay, explosions

fallmovie4 Columbia Pictures 

The Magnificent Seven

(September 23)

A remake of the 1960 Steve McQueen western, this film places Denzel Washington as the leader of a group of outlaws (including Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio) who decide to help protect a small town. 

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Closest to the Hole Productions

Deepwater Horizon

(September 30)

This movie—starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson—is based on the real-life story of the infamous oil rig that exploded and sank just 41 miles off Louisiana’s Gulf Coast in 2010, claiming the lives of 11 heroic people.

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Paramount Pictures

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

(October 21)

Welp, that’s exactly what Tom Cruise did—returning as the title character for this sequel to the 2012 film. This time, Jack is on the run from the law as he struggles to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy. Good thing Cobie Smulders (of How I Met Your Mother fame) is there to help.

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Focus World

In a Valley of Violence

(October 21)

Ethan Hawke and John Travolta are on opposing sides in this western about a sleepy mining town that gets all riled up when a drifter (Hawke) gets into a fight with one of the locals and the town marshal (Travolta) is forced to intervene.

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DRAMA

Tissues optional

fallmovie5 Dreamworks 

The Light Between Oceans

(September 2)

Based on the M.L. Stedman novel, this story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife (played by real-life couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander), who raise a baby girl they rescue from a rowboat. Drama ensues when they encounter a grieving Rachel Weisz, who may or may not be the biological mom.

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FilmNation Entertainment

Sully

(September 9)

Cue the real-life heroics: This film is about Charles Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), the pilot who miraculously landed his plane in the Hudson River—and saved the lives of all 155 people on board. (P.S.: We love you as a silver fox, Tom.)

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Cinelou Films

Mr. Church

(September 16)

Set in 1960s Los Angeles, Mr. Church stars Eddie Murphy as  a chef who becomes a father figure when a little girl and her dying mother retain his services for a six-month arrangement that lasts 15 years. 

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Docklands Studio

The Dressmaker

(September 23)

This film—based on the best-selling book by Rosalie Ham—is about Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a dressmaker in Paris who returns home to the Australian outback to reconcile with her mom. (And to fall in love with Liam Hemsworth, while she’s at it.) 

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Walt Disney Pictures

Queen of Katwe

(September 23)

Based on the true-life story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, this movie follows the nine-year-old’s journey to become the best in the game, all at the encouragement of her mother (Lupita Nyong’o) and coach (David Oyelowo).

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Shoebox Films

Denial

(September 30)

In this based-on-a-true-story tale, historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) gets sued for libel by Holocaust denier David Irving and has to prove in court that the genocide actually happened. 

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Regner Grasten Film

37

(October 4)

This film recounts the 1964 rape and murder of Kitty Genovese from the point of view of the many New York neighors (37, to be exact) who heard the attack but didn’t react to her cries for help.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Birth of a Nation

(October 7)

There's already Oscar buzz for this true story of Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and peace-focused preacher who goes on to become the leader of the historic 1831 uprising that led to the deaths of several slave owners and sparked major social and political change.

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Lionsgate

American Pastoral

(October 28)

Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and also stars in the film version of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a New Jersey man who watches his idyllic postwar American life unravel when his daughter becomes radicalized. 

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Focus Features

Loving

(November 4)

This movie tells the story of real-life Virginia couple Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for committing the crime of interracial marriage.

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Paramount Pictures

Arrival

(November 11)

Amy Adams stars as a linguist who is brought in by the government to try to decipher and translate the intentions of a group of aliens. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker also star—presumably not as aliens. 

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Sony Pictures

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

(November 11)

Based on the book by Ben Fountain, this film follows a 19-year-old Iraq War hero who—right in the middle of his victory tour at the SuperBowl—begins to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Roadside Attractions

Manchester By The Sea

(November 18)

Here, Casey Affleck goes back to (where else?) Massachusetts to care for his nephew after his brother (Kyle Chandler) dies unexpectedly. Along the way, he has to confront his past, which includes an estranged wife played by Michelle Williams.

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Paramount Pictures

Allied

(November 23)

Hello, Casablanca references: Brad Pitt plays an intelligence officer who teams up with a French resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission in 1942 Morocco. Play it again, Sam?

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Parts and Labor

American Honey

(September 30)

A teenager (newcomer Sasha Lane) joins a traveling magazine sales crew—led by a delightfully mustachioed Shia LaBeouf—and gets caught up in a crazy and life-changing cross-country ride.

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The Weinstein Company

Lion

(November 25)

A five-year-old Indian child gets lost on the streets of Calcutta and is adopted by an Australian couple (including Nicole Kidman). But when he grows up, the boy (now a man, played by Dev Patel) decides to use Google Earth to track down his missing family.

No trailer yet

FANTASY AND ADVENTURE

The great escape

fallmovie6 Bulletproof Cupid 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

(September 30)

The latest from Tim Burton, this film follows an American teenager who finds his way to an exotic British island only to discover that all the children living there possess special and very peculiar powers. The all-star cast includes Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Samuel L. Jackson and Judi Dench. 

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Apaches Entertainment

A Monster Calls

(October 21)

Liam Neeson gives voice to the tree-like monster in this powerful film (based on a 2013 graphic novel) about a 12-year-old boy who has to find a way to cope while his mother (Felicity Jones) battles a terminal illness. 

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Walt Disney Studios

Doctor Strange

(November 4)

Marvel unites Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Rachel McAdams in this film about a New York surgeon who, after badly damaging his hands in a car wreck, seeks the help of the Ancient One (Swinton, of course) to protect the world from inter-dimensional threats.

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Warner Bros.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

(November 18)

Yep, J.K. Rowling’s 2011 book about the creatures in the Harry Potter universe is now a film. Eddie Redmayne stars as the eccentric wizard Newt Scamander, who lives in New York City 70 years before Harry came along. 

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