2015 Fall Movie Guide: A Preview of Fall Movies You Must See
This fall’s bumper crop of movies promises thrills, chills, mobsters, witch hunters, adventure seekers, sex addicts and old guys hiking… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Read on for our complete roundup of what’s coming from September through November.
The Transporter Refueled (Sept. 4)
Begging the all-important question if the franchise can go on without Jason Statham, this one stars Ed Skrein (season three of ‘Game of Thrones’) in the titular role.
The Perfect Guy (Sept. 11)
…But is he? When Washington, D.C. lobbyist Leah (Sanaa Lathan) breaks up with her noncommittal boyfriend, Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy) steps in with all the right moves.
The Visit (Sept. 11)
Visits to Grandma and Grandpa’s are always fun – aren’t they? Maybe not so much, in M. Night Shyamalan’s self-financed, found-footage horror comedy about two kids whose stay at their grandparents' goes really, really wrong.
Sleeping with Other People (Sept. 11)
Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis once lost their virginity to each other. Now they run into each other at -- what else? A sex addiction recovery meeting! Hilarity and raunch ensue. Produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell and written by ‘Bachelorette’ scribe Leslye Headland.
Pawn Sacrifice (Sept. 16)
The latest biopic about troubled chess genius Bobby Fischer has Tobey Maguire in the role and culminates with the 1972 “World War 3 on a chessboard” match against Russian nemesis Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber). It was the match that would get Fischer federally indicted.
Black Mass (Sept. 18)
Johnny Depp is known for transforming into many things – comical pirate, scissor-handed emo guy – but scary? He looks pretty darn terrifying as ruthless gangster-turned-informant Whitey Bulger, known for things like casually driving away after killing the wrong target in broad daylight.
Captive (Sept. 18)
You may remember the true story of a young mother taken hostage by a escapee who’d recently killed people at a courthouse. She saved the situation from going south by reading the devotional book ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ to him. Ten years later comes the movie starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo in the key roles.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Sept. 18)
Having escaped the maze, the Gladers search for more information about the mysterious organization WCKD -- at the same time they must navigate the bleak, dangerous region known as the Scorch.
Everest (Sept. 18)
If you read ‘Into Thin Air,’ you’re familiar with Jon Krakauer’s account of the horrific consequences of a rogue snowstorm on a climbing expedition in 1996. This film will provide the dramatic visuals, with an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and many other famous faces.
Sicario (Sept. 18)
Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin star in this action drama about the war on drugs at the U.S-Mexico border. Some key players may not be what (or who) they seem. We do know, however, that Del Toro is the “sicario” ("hit man" in Spanish) of the title.
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (Sept. 25)
After discovering that she was labeled online as “The World’s Ugliest Woman,” rather than retreat and succumb to the bullies she has faced her entire life, Lizzie Velasquez decided to fight back in this powerful anti-bullying documentary that discusses the rare syndrome she was born with and the torment she has faced since she was a child.
The Green Inferno (Sept. 25)
Eli Roth harks back to Italian cannibal movies of the ‘70s and ‘80s with this gory throwback, which has some college-age environmentalists traveling to the Amazon to protest deforestation. Surviving their plane’s crash in the jungle may not have been a good thing….
Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sept. 25)
While grandpa Drac puts his new half-vampire, half-human grandson Dennis into a “monster training” program, little does anyone know great-grandpa Vlad is on the way for a visit – and about to be none to happy about all the humans running around Hotel T.
The Intern (Sept. 25)
What is it about Oscar winners/nominees and movies about magazines? Here, Robert De Niro finds himself bored of retirement and off to intern for a high-fashion glossy run by Anne Hathaway in this comedy from Nancy Meyers.
The late-00s credit collapse is the basis of several upcoming movies, not the least of which is this one that stars Andrew Garfield as a family man who loses his house -- and then joins the realtor (Michael Shannon) who evicted him.
The Walk (Sept. 30)
Scared of heights? Don’t look down as high-wire walker Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) attempts to navigate a tightrope between the Twin Towers. Based on the real event in 1974, it also stars Ben Kingsley as Petit’s mentor. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.
The Martian (Oct. 2)
Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars after his team leaves thinking he’s dead. From director Ridley Scott (‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Prometheus’) comes this smart sci-fi thriller about a crafty man who’ll stop at nothing to survive in the far reaches of outer space.
Freeheld (Oct. 2)
Based on real-life events, ‘Freeheld’ follows the story of a New Jersey police lieutenant (Julianne Moore) who fights to secure pension benefits for her domestic partner (Ellen Page) after she’s diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Pan (Oct. 9)
A colorful and imaginative origin story for Peter Pan that follows him as a small boy (played by newcomer Levi Miller) on his first trip to the magical Neverland, where he’ll team up with a young Hook to defeat the nefarious Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).
Steve Jobs (Oct. 9)
The newest big-screen Steve Jobs biopic is already buzzing with awards potential, as it follows the late Apple CEO (Michael Fassbender) in his sometimes heartbreaking quest to revolutionize technology and change the world.
Bridge of Spies (Oct. 16)
Director Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks (‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘The Terminal’) reunite yet again for this Cold War thriller about an American attorney (Hanks) who’s recruited by the CIA to help rescue a pilot being detained in the Soviet Union.
Crimson Peak (Oct. 16)
From the deliciously devilish mind of Guillermo del Toro (‘Hellboy,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’), ‘Crimson Peak’ follows an aspiring young author (Mia Wasikowska) who’s whisked away to a spooky old house that lives and breathes. Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain also star.
Goosebumps (Oct. 16)
Based on the immensely popular line of spooky young-adult novels, ‘Goosebumps’ follows a group of kids who must team up with author R.L. Stine when an accident causes all of his wicked monsters and creatures to escape the books and wreak havoc on a small town.
Room (Oct. 16)
Brie Larson stars as "Ma" to 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who have been imprisoned in a room his entire life. When they finally escape, they have to adapt to life outside. Both stars are being touted for Oscars.
Burnt (Oct. 23)
Bradley Cooper plays a top-tier chef whose diva-like behavior destroyed his career. Adamant to repair his image, he heads to London to try to earn a top restaurant three Michelin stars.
Jem and the Holograms (Oct. 23)
Based on the funky ‘80s animated series, ‘Jem and the Holograms’ follows a small-town girl’s journey from an unknown music artist to a global superstar. Jon M. Chu, of the ‘Step Up’ series, directs.
Suffragette (Oct. 23)
Carey Mulligan stars as a timid wife and mother in the U.K. in 1912, who finds her life changed forever when she joins the suffragettes in their fight for equal rights against police, bosses, even husbands.
The Last Witch Hunter (Oct. 23)
Vin Diesel stars in this freaky fantasy epic about a man tasked with saving humanity when all of history’s most horrifying witches swoop in to attack.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Oct. 23)
Billed as the final ‘Paranormal Activity’ movie, ‘The Ghost Dimension’ promises to answer all of your franchise questions with a story about a family who move into a new house and find a box of tapes that, when played, reveal ghostly goings-on all around them.
Rock the Kasbah (Oct. 23)
Bill Murray stars as an outspoken down-on-his-luck talent manager who travels to Afghanistan for a gig and winds up discovering an extraordinary new voice.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Oct. 30)
On the eve of their last campout, three scouts must help save their entire town from a hellish zombie outbreak.
The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6)
The Peanuts gang is back on the big screen for the first time in 35 years. Join the fun and adventure as everybody’s favorite underdog, Charlie Brown, embarks on an epic quest, while his faithful dog, Snoopy, takes to the skies in pursuit of his arch nemesis the Red Baron.
SPECTRE (Nov. 6)
In the 24th installment of the franchise, James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) past comes back to haunt him in the form of a cryptic message that sends him on a rogue mission where he must peel back layers of deceit in order to discover the dark truth behind SPECTRE.
Brooklyn (Nov. 6)
Home is home. But Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), an Irish immigrant now living in 1950s Brooklyn, must choose between two countries – and the two men that inhabit them – to discover her true home.
The Outskirts (Nov. 6)
Outcasts unite! That’s the rally cry of high school students Mindy (Eden Sher) and Jodi (Victoria Justice) as they gather all of the school’s outcasts in a plot to get revenge on the Queen Bee and her mean girl drones.
Spotlight (Nov. 6)
This is based on the true story of the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that threw the city and the Catholic Church into crisis. Riveting performances by a stellar cast that includes Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Stanley Tucci, should create some serious awards-season buzz.
Trumbo (Nov. 6)
Bryan Cranston takes on the titular role of Dalton Trumbo, famed screenwriter and member of the Hollywood 10, a group of writers, directors and producers blacklisted for their political beliefs. Diane Lane, Elle Fanning and Helen Mirren also star in the Jay Roach-directed biopic.
The 33 (Nov. 13)
For 69 days the world watched, waited and hoped for the safety of 33 miners trapped 200 stories underground when the mine they were working in collapsed. The film based on this incredible and improbable true story features Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche and Gabriel Byrne.
By the Sea (Nov. 13)
Angelina Jolie Pitt stars alongside husband Brad Pitt in this film that she also penned and helmed, which follows an apparently troubled couple as they arrive in a tranquil, seaside town in mid-1970s France and engage with some of the colorful locals.
Love the Coopers (Nov. 13)
What could possibly go wrong when four generations of the Cooper family – plus some unexpected guests – converge for an annual Christmas Eve celebration? How about some old-fashioned holiday mayhem? The cast includes Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried and Oscar winners Diane Keaton and Marisa Tomei.
My All American (Nov. 13)
From the writer of ‘Rudy’ and ‘Hoosiers’ comes this fall’s inspiring underdog sports story, tracking the determination of a small but gung-ho college football player who faces some of life’s greatest challenges while fighting for that coveted championship trophy.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Nov. 20)
You say you want a revolution? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get when Katniss Everdeen, now symbolized as the “Mockingjay,” and her District 13 allies declare war on the Capitol in the second part of the final chapter of 'The Hunger Games' saga.
Secret in Their Eyes (Nov. 20)
In this adaptation of the 2010 Argentinian film, Julia Roberts portrays an FBI agent whose world is torn apart following the murder of her daughter. The loss is felt by her tight-knit team, which continues to attempt to bring closure to the case. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman also star.
Carol (Nov. 20)
With 1950s New York as a backdrop, a department store clerk (Rooney Mara) and a married, older woman (Cate Blanchett) break conventional norms as they find themselves falling in love.
Creed (Nov. 25)
Michael B. Jordan steps into the ring as Adonis Creed, a fighter trapped in the shadow of his late father, Apollo Creed. But it’s not until former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) agrees to train and mentor him that he has a fighting chance.
The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25)
What if dinosaurs never became extinct? Disney-Pixar answers the age-old question with this charming tale about a boy and his fearful friend, an apatosaurus named Arlo.
The Night Before (Nov. 25)
As best friends Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) prepare to enter adulthood, they decide to end their annual Christmas tradition of debauchery and mayhem with a final hurrah – finding the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
Victor Frankenstein (Nov. 25)
In this reworking of the Frankenstein mythos, we learn that Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) is more than just Viktor Von Frankenstein’s (James McAvoy) humpbacked toadie. The story, told from Igor’s perspective, shines a light on the origins of their friendship and how they went to the brink of madness and back.
The Danish Girl (Nov. 25)
Oscar winner Tom Hooper directs Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in this beautiful love story inspired by the real lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener and how their marriage evolved through Lili’s journey in becoming the first recipient of male-to-female sex-reassignment surgery.