Elena Sheppard
September 04, 2015 11:25 am

September is officially here. And while that means the return of so many different, scrumptious fall-related things, what we really want to hunker down and talk about today are fall movies. Fall movies are, by definition, glorious. This is the season when awards contenders are released seemingly every week, and it feels nearly impossible to keep up with all the movies we want to see. It can be overwhelming, but for movie lovers there really isn’t a better time.

To help manage the movie anxiety, and make sure the important flick picks are on your radar, we decided to put together a handy-dandy list of the movies that have really caught our eye. Let’s get our movie watching on.

About Ray (September 18)

Directed by: Gaby Dellal

Starring: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon

What it’s about: A teenager, played by Elle Fanning, transitions from female to male. The film tells his story, as well as the story of his family as they come to terms with their new reality.

Why we’re excited: Such an important story to tell, and a cast of actors we absolutely love are telling it. With a cis actor (Fanning) playing a trans role, there’s definitely an important conversation to be had about inclusion and diversity in casting. Still, we’re so very excited to see what looks to be an honest story of a teenage transition on film.

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Everest (September 25)

Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke

What it’s about: A group of climbers take on Everest and gets walloped by a massive storm.

Why we’re excited: Edge-of-your-seat thriller status? Check. Jake Gyllenhaal? Check. A movie that we NEED to see on the big screen to make sure our eyeballs see all those awesome effects? Check. Consider us in.

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The Keeping Room (September 25)

Directed by: Daniel Barber

Starring: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, Sam Worthington

What it’s about: In the Civil War south women fight to defend their home from rogue soldiers who have abandoned the Union army.

Why we’re excited: Indiewire called it a, “feminist Western with bite.” Need we say more?

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The Intern (September 25)

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Nat Wolff, Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells

What it’s about: A hugely successful start-up, run by Anne Hathaway’s character, decides to take on senior citizen interns. Benjamin Whittaker (played by De Niro) is hired as an intern, and generational discovery ensues.

Why we’re excited: The cast is amazing, and Nancy Meyers has written and directed some of our favorite feel-good movies — The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride, The Holiday, It’s Complicated. This one looks to be just as feel-good.

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The Walk (September 30 limited; October 9 wide)

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz

What it’s about: The true story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s 1974 attempt to walk between the Twin Towers on a tight rope.

Why we’re excited: I mean, that’s a pretty dope true story to tell. Plus JGL? We’re all about it.

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Freeheld (October 2)

Directed by: Peter Sollett

Starring: Steve Carell, Ellen Page, Julianne Moore

What it’s about: Another incredibly, important true LGBT story, this one about New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hester and her domestic partner who fight to ensure her pension benefits after she’s diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Why we’re excited: Aside from this incredibly important storyline, we’re excited to see Page (who has been a vocal supporter for the LGBT community, and very beautifully and publicly came out not long ago) use her acting work to continue fighting for the rights of all.

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He Named Me Malala (October 2)

Directed by: Davis Guggenheim

Starring: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Mobin Khan

What it’s about: A documentary about Malala Yousafzai; the days leading up to the Talbina’s attack on her, and the aftermath.

Why we’re excited: Fighting for the of girl’s education rights, winning the Nobel peace prize, still only being 18 years old. Malala is one of the most inspiring people on the planet and we’re so excited to learn more about her story.

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Legend (October 2)

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton

What it’s about: The story of how twins Reggie and Ronald Kray became two of history’s most notorious gangsters.

Why we’re excited: Tom Hardy plays twins. We’ll repeat that: Tom Hardy plays twins.

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The Martian (October 2)

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Kristin Wiig, Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Sean Bean

What it’s about: A group of astronauts mission to Mars gets cut short by a massive storm. Astronaut Mark Watney (aka Matt Damon) can’t be found and is presumed dead and his fellow astronauts head back to Earth without him. Alas, he is alive and must figure out a way to STAY alive long enough to let his fellow Earthlings know his status.

Why we’re excited: We have absolutely no chill about this plotline. We need to know what happens, which means, we need to see this movie.

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Shout Gladi Gladi (October 9)

Directed by: Adam Friedman, Iain Kennedy

Starring: Meryl Streep, Melinda Gates, Wole Soyinka

What it’s about: A documentary (narrated by Meryl Streep) that tells the story of those who rescue African women and girls from obstetric fistula, a condition caused during childbirth that can turn the women into community outcasts.

Why we’re excited: A story about women, health and how every single person’s life matters. We’re putting this up there with Malala on our documentary list.

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Pan (October 9)

Directed by: Joe Wright

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Cara Delevinge, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund

What it’s about: In short, it’s a Peter Pan origin story.

Why we’re excited: Three women we adore are in this movie, plus we kinda just full-time heart origin stories. This one looks both gorgeous and occasionally terrifying.

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Steve Jobs (October 9)

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston

What it’s about: The story of Steve Jobs and Apple and all that wonder.

Why we’re excited: Aside from our general interest in the life of Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay which puts 100 points in the movie’s favor. Refresher: Sorkin wrote the mega-incredible screenplay for The Social Network so he totally knows how to tell a good story about tech giants. (P.S. If you need even more Apple in your life there’s an awesome documentary about Steve Jobs coming out in September. It’s called Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.)

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Crimson Peak (October 16)

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain

What it’s about: A horror-fantasy film whose trailer we’ve watched 100 times. From what we can glean something tragic happened in the past and an author is torn between past love and a new intriguing stranger. There are also ghosts.

Why we’re excited: The trailer is touting this as Guillermo del Toro’s “masterpiece.” Ummmm we thought Pan’s Labyrinth was his masterpiece, so consider us excited.

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Room (October 16)

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

Starring: Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

What it’s about: Based on Emma Donoghue’s book (which we loved) this is all about mother-child love and a young boy named Jack who knows nothing about the world except the room where he was born and raised.

Why we’re excited: Book to movie adaptation! Especially a book we love! Yep. In.

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Bridge of Spies (October 16)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, Mark Rylance

What it’s about: Tom Hanks plays an American lawyer during the Cold War who is sent to the Soviet Union to try and help rescue a pilot.

Why we’re excited: How could we not be excited for the latest Spielberg movie? We have a feeling awards season will be too.

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Goosebumps (October 16)

Directed by: Rob Letterman

Starring: Jack Black, Halston Sage, Ken Marino

What it’s about: R.L. Stine’s niece and a young kid team up after Stine’s fictitious demons get let loose on the town of Greendale.

Why we’re excited: Goosebumps. Movie. ‘Nuff said.

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Suffragette (October 23)

Directed by: Sarah Gavron

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter

What it’s about: All about women in the 19th and early 20th century who fought hard for women’s rights in the British suffrage movement.

Why we’re excited: A movie about women’s suffrage starring these ladies? Yup!

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Jem and the Holograms (October 23)

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Juliette Lewis, Stefanie Scott, Aubrey Peeples

What it’s about: Smalltown girl and her sisters turn into global superstar sensations. I mean, you remember?

Why we’re excited: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

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The Peanuts Movie (November 6)

Directed by: Steve Martino

Starring: Noah Schnapps, Hadley Belle Miller

What it’s about: Snoopy takes on an airborne arch-nemesis, while Charlie Brown takes on some villains back home.

Why we’re excited: Snoopy on the big screen, and with an animation overhaul to boot.

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Brooklyn (November 6)

Directed by: John Crowley

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Michael Zegen

What it’s about: As IMDB lays it out, “In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.”

Why we’re excited: Uhh, did you read that description? Romance? In the ‘50s? Taking place across the Atlantic Ocean? Uh huh. The screenplay was also written by Nick Hornby.

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Spectre (November 6)

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux

What it’s about: Espionage and intrigue and romance and all the usual James Bond hullaballoo.

Why we’re excited: Because it’s the latest Bond film, also at 50 Monica Bellucci is breaking age boundaries for what makes a Bond Girl.

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Trumbo (November 6)

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K.

What it’s about: Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is blacklisted in 1940s Hollywood after being named a communist.

Why we’re excited: Lookin’ like an awards contender.

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By the Sea (November 13)

Directed by: Angelina Jolie Pitt

Starring: Angelina Jolie Pitt, Brad Pitt

What it’s about: The story of a marriage attempting to re-find its footing in 1970s France — starring a celeb married couple we are fully obsessed with.

Why we’re excited: Brad and Angie on screen together for the first time since Mrs. And Mrs. Smith. Once again, zero chill.

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Carol (November 20)

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler

What it’s about: Back in time yet again. In 1950s NYC a department store clerk falls for an older married woman.

Why we’re excited: It’s a lesbian love affair set in the ‘50s and we are fascinated to see how the era and plot-line will mix.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (November 20)

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, Jena Malone, Gwendoline Christie, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman

What it’s about: It’s the next installment! You know, the one where they leave District 13 to save Panem?

Why we’re excited: It’s the next installment! You know, the one where they leave District 13 to save Panem?

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The Good Dinosaur (November 25)

Directed by: Peter Sohn

Starring: Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Zahn, A.J. Buckley, Anna Pacquin, Sam Elliott, Frances McDormand

What it’s about: A young dinosaur and a little boy become friends, you know, in an alternate reality where humans and dinos existed at the same time.

Why we’re excited: It’s Pixar’s second movie of the year! And after Inside Out, who wouldn’t be excited to see what they produce next?

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Victor Frankenstein (November 25)

Directed by: Paul McGuigan

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay

What it’s about: Dr. Frankenstein’s creations begin to go a liiiiiiitle bit too far, and the only one who can bring him back from the brink of madness is Igor.

Why we’re excited: This looks dark and spooky and like all sorts of wonderful creepy things.

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The Danish Girl (November 27)

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne, Amber Heard

What it’s about: A story of love and marriage drawn from the lives of two artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili ultimately becomes a transgender pioneer.

Why we’re excited: This film is already generating a ton of buzz, particularly Eddie Redmayne’s somewhat controversial casting and performance.

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I Saw the Light (November 27)

Directed by: Marc Abraham

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen

What it’s about: The story of country legend Hank William’s rise to fame.

Why we’re excited: We are all about these biopics, particularly when they’re focused ultra-fascinating country music icons and starring men we heart.

Still waiting on the first trailer!

In the Heart of the Sea (December 11)

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, Michelle Fairley

What it’s about: Very Moby Dick-esque, back in 1820 crewmen on a New England ship have to fight to save themselves and their ship from a massive whale.

Why we’re excited: Chris Hemsworth is one of those crewmen.

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Sisters (December 18)

Directed by: Jason Moore

Starring: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph

What it’s about: OK. This is serious. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey play sisters who decide to throw a final, massive house party before their parents sell the family home.

Why we’re excited: I mean, do we really have to spell it out? Amy and Tina? Alrighty, then. Also, Paula Pell wrote it and she’s absolutely hilarious and you should be following her on Twitter.

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Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens (December 18)

Directed by: J. J. Abrams

Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Simon Pegg

What it’s about: We honestly don’t know all that much but it’s Star Wars(!) and Luke, and Leia and Han Solo will all be there.

Why we’re excited: This is a big, massive, huge deal of a movie and we simply cannot wait.

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The Hateful Eight (December 25)

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Channing Tatum

What it’s about: It’s the Civil War. It’s Wyoming. And eight people, many of whom are on the run, are brought together in a blizzard. Keep in mind, this is Tarantino so violence will abound.

Why we’re excited: No lies, Tarantino movies always get us excited. Sure they’re gory but they are SO well done, and so poised and ready for the Oscars.

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Joy (December 25)

Directed by: David O. Russell

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Dascha Polanco, Virginia Maden, Isabella Rossellini, Edgar Ramirez

What it’s about: This sounds like a movie that takes place both inside and outside of the main character’s imagination. The main character is Joy, Joy is Jennifer Lawrence.

Why we’re excited: SO many reasons. Most notably, the fact that JLaw, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and David O Russell are the same exact squad from Silver Linings Playbook and they’re reunited.

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Snowden (December 25)

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood, Timothy Olyphant

What it’s about: Based on the true story of Edward Snowden who leaked classified information from the NSA to the media.

Why we’re excited: We’ve been on pins and needles for this one! This cast, this true story, plus JGL who we forever-love.

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The Revenant (December 25)

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

What it’s about: It’s the 1820s and a man named Hugh Glass decides to go after a group of people who left him for dead after he was attacked by a bear.

Why we’re excited: Because, when is Leo going to win that Oscar!

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Macbeth (We’re still waiting on the release date)

Directed by: Justin Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Debicki, Marion Cotillard

What it’s about: You’ve probably read it in school. Macbeth is a duke and he receives a prophecy that one day he’ll be king. He takes matters into his own hands and kills the king so he can take the thrown.

Why we’re excited: For every single reason imaginable.

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