ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

It's been a busy summer. In the world of animation, Finding Dory swam straight to the top of the box office, breaking records along the way, and The Secret Life of Pets turned out to be a surprise success as well. Superhero fans also got their fill with the long-awaited Suicide Squad, while the Ghostbusters reboot stirred up quite the controversy 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 a whole lot more — 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 (September 2)

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

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

Morgan (September 2)

  • Studio: 20th Century 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.

Want more Morgan? Check out this trailer breakdown.

Kicks (September 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 journey to retrieve the fancy footwear, and thus deal with what it means to be a man.

Snowden (September 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-life events surrounding National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Before Snowden hits theaters, check out the true story of Edward Snowden here.

Blair Witch (September 16)

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

In the follow-up film to the 1999 surprise smash Blair Witch Project, a group of college kids head to the Black Hills Forest in Maryland 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.

Study up on this time theory that links Blair Witch to its predecessor The Blair Witch Project.

The Magnificent Seven (September 23)

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

This remake of the 1960 film (which was a remake of the 1954 film Seven Samurai) stars Washington and Pratt, who establish a band of protectors to guard a town in the Wild West.

Check out these first-look photos from the set of The Magnificent Seven!

American Honey (September 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 who gets caught up with a hard-partying team of traveling magazine salespeople and winds up both in love and on the run from the law.


A Monster Calls (October 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 Connor has a nightmare, 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 (October 21)

  • Studio: Paramount
  • Director: Edward Zwick
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepper

Four years after the events of the last movie, Jack Reacher (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.

Check out these early pics from the set of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Rings (October 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 Anna Ingrid Lutz) worries that her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) 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...

Get a first look at some photos from the set of Rings right here!

Inferno (October 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 once again stars Hanks as Dan Brown's most famous hero Robert Langdon. This time our protagonist 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.

Curious as to why we haven't seen The Lost Symbol movie yet? This article might help explain.


Doctor Strange (November 4)

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

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

Read more about the rivalry between Kaecilius and Doctor Strange right here.

Loving (November 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 in 1958, a time when state law made it a crime.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (November 18)

  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Director: David Yates
  • Starring: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell

The long-awaited US 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.

Check out some of the different fantastic beasts we'll get to see in the movie!

Manchester By The Sea (November 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 (November 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.

While Disney has been keeping most of the plot details under wraps, here are 7 things you might not have known about Moana.


La La Land (December 2)

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

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

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 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.

Here's everything we know so far about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Passengers (December 21)

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

This futuristic drama takes place on a spaceship carrying thousands of 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.

The chemistry between Pratt and Lawrence is out of this world!

Assassin's Creed (December 21)

  • 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 Fassbender as the descendent of Master 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.

Head here to read a trailer breakdown!


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