The 10 Movies You Have to See This Fall
BRIDGET JONES'S BABY
In theaters: Sept. 16
Fifteen years after Renée Zellweger first charmed the world as adorkable British singleton Bridget Jones, she's returning to the beloved character created by author Helen Fielding. Bridget's love life gets complicated again – in a very different way. After consecutive one-night stands with a suave Internet billionaire (Patrick Dempsey) and her straitlaced old flame Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), she finds out she's knocked up – and doesn't know which guy is the dad.
In theaters: Sept. 9
Tom Hanks suits up as Capt. Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger – the U.S. Airways pilot who made a heroic emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009. "He really embodied him and obviously spent a lot of time with Sully," says costar Aaron Eckhart, who plays copilot Jeffrey Skiles. "He nailed the precision of Capt. Sullenberger. It was impressive." Sully himself regularly visited the set of the Clint Eastwood-directed film, which depicts the hair-raising landing and the subsequent investigation that threatened to destroy the pilot's career. Filming on the Hudson was an emotional experience for the cast. "We had all of the actual boats that were used in the rescue, a lot of the same people who were there," Eckhart says. "It was quite moving to hear them tell their tale and to get the feel of what it was like."
In theaters: Nov. 4
Strange things are afoot for Benedict Cumberbatch, who dons the swirling cape of the surgeon turned mystical superhero in this big-screen conjuring of the cult Marvel character. Along for the magical mystery tour is Tilda Swinton, playing a being called the Ancient One who serves as his dimension-hopping guru.
GIRL ON THE TRAIN
In theaters: Oct. 7
Like more than 3 million other readers, Emily Blunt couldn't put down Paula Hawkins's twisty bestseller. "I think I read it in four hours," she says. Blunt plays an alcoholic who becomes a witness in the investigation into a woman's disappearance but isn't a reliable source due to her blackout drinking. Blunt relished the challenge: "She's the most damaged character I've ever played."
In theaters: Oct. 14
Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons join forces in a thriller about an accountant who keeps the books for criminals. "The idea of the world's sexiest, most dangerous accountant is certainly the kind of delicious dichotomy that makes for a great movie," Kendrick jokes.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
In theaters: Nov. 18
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander in this Harry Potter spinoff written by J.K. Rowling. Back in 1926 New York City, Scamander is a magizoologist studying Nifflers, Thunderbirds and other critters. "The world [Rowling] created is indelibly marked in all of our minds," says Redmayne. "There were moments when you'd look down onset and see thousands of extras dressed up and so many of these extraordinary cars, and you feel immersed in it. That's when you get goosebumps."
In theaters: Nov. 4
Virginia, the slogan goes, is for lovers. This fall Oscar should develop a crush on a painterly romance set there. Loving tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Australian import Joel Edgerton and Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga), regular folks who became unlikely civil rights heroes when their quest to wed led to Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court decision that struck down laws banning mixed-race marriage. After last year's Academy Awards was slammed for its lack of diversity, the movie, directed by Jeff Nichols, will likely be one of several more representative contenders this time around. But Negga points out that Loving is really about something truly universal. "I was so struck by this couple," she says. "Their love for each other was such a beautiful, delicate, rare thing."
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
In theaters: Sept. 23
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt gallop into their first western with a remake of the venerable 1960 classic (itself a do-over of Akira Kurosawa's influential 1954 Seven Samurai), injecting new blood into the tale about gunslingers protecting a town from marauders.
In theaters: Nov. 11
As aliens arrive on earth, a team including a linguist (Amy Adams), mathematician (Jeremy Renner) and U.S. Army colonel (Forest Whitaker) is assembled to mediate.
In theaters: Nov. 4
The so-ugly-they're-cute dolls get their own movie, starring cheerful troll Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and cranky troll Branch (Justin Timberlake).