The Complete Guide To The Must-See Movies Of Fall 2016

It’s been a busy summer. In the world of animation, Finding Dory swam straight to the top of the box office, along the way, as well. Superhero fans also got their fill with the long-awaited Suicide Squad, while in the comedy camp.

Summer’s not quite over yet — we’re still waiting on Sausage Party (August 12), Ben-Hur (August 19), Southside With You (August 26) and — but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead at what Fall 2016 has in store.

Check out the following list of all the must-see movies hitting theaters this autumn.


The Light Between Oceans (9/2)

  • Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
  • Director: Derek Cianfrance
  • Starring: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz

A lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) are living off the coast of Western Australia before WWII when they discover a baby girl in an abandoned row boat. They raise her as their own, but an encounter with a widow (Rachel Weisz) who believes her own husband and daughter perished at sea forces them to make a decision that could wrench them apart.

Morgan (9/2)

  • Studio: Fox
  • Director: Luke Scott
  • Starring: Rose Leslie, Kate Mara, Chris Sullivan

An A.I. takes on a life of its own in this horror/thriller, and the corporation that created it must decide whether to terminate her.

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Kicks (9/9)

  • Studio: Focus World
  • Director: Justin Tipping
  • Starring: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Christopher Meyer

A 15-year-old boy who has never been cool buys a new pair of Air Jordans, only to get beat up for them. He and his friends decide to embark on a dangerous plan to get them back, and deal with what it means to be a man.

Before I Wake (9/9)

  • Studio: Relativity
  • Director: Mike Flanagan
  • Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane

After the death of their own son, a couple takes in a foster child that’s had difficulty settling in with other families. As it turns out, it’s because his dreams — and nightmares — come to life as he sleeps.

Snowden (9/16)

  • Studio: Open Road
  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Starring: Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood

Joseph Gordon Levitt stars in this drama based on the real events surrounding Wikileaks and former NSA employee Edward Snowden.

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Blair Witch (9/16)

  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Director: Adam Wingard
  • Starring: Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry

In the follow-up film to the 1999 Blair Witch Project, a group of college kids head to the Black Hills Forest in order to uncover the mystery of the missing Heather Donahue. But as darkness falls, they discover the legend of the Blair Witch is more real than they had dared to believe.

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The Magnificent Seven (9/23)

  • Studio: Sony
  • Director: Antoine Fuqua
  • Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke

This (which was a remake of the 1954 film The Seven Samurai) stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, who establish a band of protectors to guard a town in the old Wild West.

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American Honey (9/30)

  • Studio: A24
  • Director: Andrea Arnold
  • Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

One of the nominees for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, American Honey follows the story of a rudderless teenage girl that gets caught up with a hard-partying, traveling magazine sales team and winds up both in love and running from the law.

Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children (9/30)

  • Studio: Fox
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Starring: Eva Green, Allison Janney, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett

A 16-year-old Jacob Portman finds himself working for Miss Peregrine, the mistress of a school of children with extraordinary superpowers. Miss Peregrine warns that her magical wards are in danger, and Jacob swears to be their protector.


The Birth Of A Nation (10/7)

  • Studio: David W. Griffith Corp.
  • Director: Nate Parker
  • Starring: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior

Winner of the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Birth of a Nation tells the true story of Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion in Southhampton County, Virginia in 1831.

The Girl On The Train (10/7)

  • Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
  • Director: Tate Taylor
  • Starring: Haley Bennett, Laura Prepon, Emily Blunt, Lisa Kudrow, Justin Theroux

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic and a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a couple she sees on her daily commute — and gets involved in a murky crime story.

Keep reading about The Girl on the Train, including comparisons to Gone Girl and Alfred Hitchcock, .

A Monster Calls (10/21)

  • Studio: Focus
  • Director: J.A. Bayona
  • Starring: Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver

Based on the fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (who also penned the screenplay), A Monster Calls tells the story of Connor, a little boy whose mother is ill and who is plagued by bullies. After a nightmare one night, a monster appears at his window and offers to tell him three stories, if Connor will share his own story afterward.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (10/21)

  • Studio: Paramount
  • Director: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins

Four years after the events of the last movie, Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns to the headquarters of his old military unit, revealing that he is accused of a homicide that took place nearly two decades before.

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Rings (10/28)

  • Studio: Paramount
  • Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez
  • Starring: Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki

In the third film in the Ring series, Samara and her cursed tape return. Julia (Mathilda Lutz) worries that her boyfriend, Holt, has grown distant. When she goes to visit him at college, she discovers that he and his friends have been passing around Samara’s tape for fun, and that Holt watched it six and a half days ago, meaning he’ll be dead by the end of the day…

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Inferno (10/28)

  • Studio: Sony
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster

A sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, Inferno stars Tom Hanks as Dan Brown’s most famous hero, Robert Langdon. Langdon wakes in a hospital in Florence, Italy with amnesia, only to find himself being tracked in a major manhunt. He must recover his memories, save himself from capture, and solve the most epic riddle yet.

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Doctor Strange (11/4)

  • Studio: Disney/Marvel
  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Starring: Rachel McAdams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong

One of Marvel’s best-known heroes, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) will get his own solo film this fall, in which he will face off against the villain Kaecilius.

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Loving (11/4)

  • Studio: Raindog Films
  • Director: Jeff Nichols
  • Starring: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon

This biopic follows the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia that wanted to marry at a time when state law made it a crime.

Trolls (11/4)

  • Studio: DreamWorks Animation
  • Director: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn
  • Starring: Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Timberlake

This is the origin story of those iconic little Troll dolls. When an evil Bergen Troll-naps almost the entire village, the perky princess Poppy and brooding Branch form an unlikely team that must find the missing Trolls and save the day.

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (11/18)

  • Studio: WB
  • Director: David Yates
  • Starring: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell

The long-awaited American extension of J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizarding world tells the story of young Newt Scamander, who is expelled from Hogwarts and decides to make a new life in New York — with a suitcase full of magical creatures.

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Manchester By The Sea (11/18)

  • Studio: K Period Media
  • Director: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

When his brother dies suddenly, a young man becomes the guardian of his teenage nephew and must return to the hometown he has avoided for so long.

Moana (11/23)

  • Studio: Disney
  • Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger

Disney’s newest princess, Moana, hails from the South Pacific and is set to sail onto the big screen in November in her own animated, musical adventure.

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La La Land (12/2)

  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Finn Wittrock

An aspiring actress (Emma Stone) falls in love with a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling), but the pursuit of their dreams threatens to tear them apart.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12/16)

  • Studio: Disney/Marvel
  • Director: Gareth Edwards
  • Starring: Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn

Set just before A New Hope, this additional Star Wars story chronicles the mission of a rebel band that set out to steal the plans for the Death Star.

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Passengers (12/21)

  • Studio: Sony
  • Director: Morten Tyldum
  • Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Laurence Fishburne

This futuristic drama takes place on a space ship carrying 60 passengers to live on a distant colony planet. When the sleep inducing mechanism on the ship malfunctions, two passengers wake up 60 years too soon.

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Assassin’s Creed (12/28)

  • Studio: Fox
  • Director: Justin Kurzel
  • Starring: Michael Fassbender, Michael Kenneth Williams, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

An adaptation of the popular video game series by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed stars Michael Fassbender as the descendent of Assassin Aguilar, mortal enemy of the Templars and master of stealth. His family’s history will take him all the way back to the Spanish Inquisition, leading him to come to terms with his own identity.

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