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2016 fall movie preview

Movies to watch this fall 04:55

Summer may be officially over, but the change of seasons also means viewers get a whole new slew of movies to look forward to. Click through to see some of the fall's most anticipated movies.


Tom Hanks stars in "Sully." Warner Bros.

The Miracle on the Hudson gets the full-on Hollywood treatment with "Sully," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Capt. Chesley Sullenberger as he crash-lands a plane on the Hudson River and then undergoes a thorough investigation into the event.

Release date: September 9

Blair Witch

Callie Hernandez stars in "Blair Witch." Lionsgate

Just when you thought it was safe to take your video cameras back into the woods... Kept under wraps until its surprise unveiling at Comic-Con this summer, the film formerly known as "The Woods" is actually a surprise sequel to "The Blair Witch Project," which set the standard for found-footage horror back in 1999. From the looks of things, the chance for survival in the New Jersey wilderness hasn't improved in the intervening years.

Release date: September 16

Bridget Jones's Baby

Renee Zellweger returns in "Bridget Jones's Baby." Universal Pictures

Renée Zellweger returns as the hapless London singleton Bridget Jones, who this time finds herself expecting a child shortly after her 42nd birthday -- except she can't be sure who exactly fathered it, as it could either be series veteran Colin Firth or Patrick Dempsey's dashing American billionaire. Decisions, decisions.

Release date: September 16


Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden in "Snowden." Open Road Films

Director Oliver Stone takes a look at one of the more controversial figures in the public eye: Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who exposed surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted -- and polarizing -- people in the world.

Release date: September 16

The Magnificent Seven

Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt star in "The Magnificent Seven." Sam Emerson

Western fans, get ready to saddle up. Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt lead an eclectic all-star cast -- including Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio and Peter Sarsgaard -- in director Anton Fuqua's update on the gunslinger classic.

Release date: September 23

Deepwater Horizon

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Peter Berg's "Deepwater Horizon" chronicles the events and aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion, which resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history and one of the most devastating man-made ecological disasters. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O'Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson.

Release date: September 30

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" follows Jake (Asa Butterfield, center) as he protects unusual children at an orphanage. 20th Century Fox

Eva Green and Asa Butterfield head up director Tim Burton's latest piece of dark-tinged fantasy, based on the popular novel, in which young Jake (Butterfield) discovers a secret refuge for bizarre youngsters run by the enigmatic Miss Peregrine (Green).

Release date: September 30

American Honey

Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf star in "American Honey." A24

With "American Honey," director Andrea Arnold offers an atmospheric road trip through the American Midwest with a young cast that includes Sasha Lane, Riley Keough and Shia LaBeouf.

Release date: September 30

The Birth of a Nation

"The Birth of a Nation," Nate Parker's film about Nat Turner's early 19th century slave revolt, won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight

October means general audiences finally get to see what all the fuss is about with Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation," which set the record for an acquisition out of Sundance before being mired in scandal with revelations about sexual assault accusations leveled against Parker in college by a woman who has since committed suicide. The film follows the historic 19th century slave revolt led by Nat Turner.

Release date: October 7

The Girl on the Train

Emily Blunt stars in "The Girl on the Train." Universal Pictures

Emily Blunt stars in the highly anticipated adaptation of Paula Hawkins' best-selling novel about a woman who becomes entangled in the disappearance of a woman she thinks she saw in distress from a moving train.

Release date: October 7

The Accountant

Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck star in "The Accountant." Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck stars -- and startles -- as a math whiz with some dangerous clients in "The Accountant," from director Gavin O'Connor. The film also stars Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons.

Release date: October 14

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher in "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." Chiabella James

Tom Cruise's latest tough-guy alter ego returns with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," which finds the enigmatic, justice-obsessed drifter facing trouble as his past catches up with him.

Release date: October 21

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot star in "Keeping Up with the Joneses." 20th Century Fox

High-pressure hilarity ensues when a suburban husband and wife (played by Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) discover that their picture-perfect neighbors (Jon Hamm and "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot) are actually covert operatives.

Release date: October 21


Mahershala Ali stars in "Moonlight," from director Barry Jenkins. A24

Director Barry Jenkins is already earning critical praise for this lyrical coming-of-age tale contrasting Miami's drug scene and the LGBT African-American experience, with impressive turns from Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali.

Release date: October 21


Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones star in Columbia Pictures' "Inferno." Jonathan Prime

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard re-team for more mysterious, globetrotting adventures as famed symbologist Robert Langdon, the star of Dan Brown's book series that kicked off with "The Da Vinci Code."

Release date: October 28

Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe with "Doctor Strange." Marvel Entertainment

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a whole lot more mystical with the arrival of Benedict Cumberbatch as the enigmatic Doctor Strange, also starring Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Release date: November 4

Hacksaw Ridge

Andrew Garfield stars in "Hacksaw Ridge," directed by Mel Gibson. Mark Rogers

In his first directorial outing since 2006's "Apocalypto," Mel Gibson gets back behind the camera with "Hacksaw Ridge," a true-life World War II drama about one man's struggle to serve his country and maintain his principles, starring former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield.

Release date: November 4


Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in "Loving." Focus Features

"Loving" chronicles interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown.

Release date: November 4


Amy Adams stars in "Arrival," in theaters November 11, 2016. Paramount Pictures

Get ready for a really close encounter as aliens arrive on earth and make a big impression in Denis Villeneueve's "Arrival," starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner. Judging by the trailer, first contact is going to be pretty tense.

Release date: November 11

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Joe Alwyn stars in "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." Sony Pictures

Acclaimed director Ang Lee brings brings the best-selling novel "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" to the screen, which tells the story of a 19-year-old soldier (Joe Alwyn) as he remembers his harrowing days in Iraq while home temporarily for a victory tour. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

Release date: November 11

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Eddie Redmayne stars in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Warner Bros.

Fans of Harry Potter -- who couldn't make it over to London to see "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" live on stage -- will finally get more from J.K. Rowling's magical world with this prequel entry, starring Eddie Redmayne as a wizarding world notable name who travels to the U.S. in the early 20th century.

Release date: November 18

Nocturnal Animals

Jake Gyllenhaal (center) stars in Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals." Focus Features

Fashion world mainstay Tom Ford follows up his critically acclaimed directorial debut -- 2009's "A Single Man" -- with this long-awaited thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. Adapted from the 1993 novel "Tony and Susan," the film follows a woman (Adams) haunted by the latest novel by her ex-husband (Gyllenhaal), a violent thriller she takes to be as a veiled threat against her.

Release date: November 18


Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt star in "Allied." Paramount Pictures

Robert Zemeckis' sweeping WWII epic "Allied" tells the story of an intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) and a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard) who meet while on assignment and forge a love affair across war-torn North Africa and Europe.

Release date: November 23

Bad Santa 2

Brett Kelly and Billy Bob Thornton star in "Bad Santa 2." Jan Thijs

It's never too late for a sequel -- especially one that gets you into the Christmas spirit. Billy Bob Thornton straps on his scuzzy St. Nick costume once again for this follow-up to the raunchy 2003 comedy "Bad Santa." And don't expect his character to have learned any important lessons about holiday cheer in the intervening years.

Release date: November 23

Warning: This trailer is for mature audiences only.

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