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Look for Tom Hanks, Rachel Weisz and more in fall movie lineup

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks, right, and Aaron Eckhart in a scene from "Sully."
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks, right, and Aaron Eckhart in a scene from "Sully." AP

The big screen is about to heat up with a marquee-worthy fall line-up. Get ready for whiz-bang flights of fancy, heroic true tales, big-buzz adaptations of best sellers and plenty of thrills, chills and adventures.

Star power is amplified as Tom Hanks, Amy Adams and Aaron Eckhart return with two movies while Oscar winner Rachel Weisz has three. Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, and a slew of Oscar winners have prestige projects to premiere.

Bridget Jones is back, so is Billy Bob Thornton’s naughty Santa Claus, Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher, and sequels to “Blair Witch” and “The Ring,” just in time for Halloween.

Christopher Guest reprises his Corky St. Clair character from the cult classic “Waiting for Guffman,” only this time he’s coaching team mascots, not directing a town pageant. He’s rounded up the usual suspects, too.

The following list of films are scheduled to be released from the weekend after Labor Day to Thanksgiving. The release dates are the most current available, but are subject to change.


“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

Who: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Tim Burton (“Beetlejuice”).

What: The residents of this magical place have special powers, and powerful enemies.

When: Sept. 30

“Doctor Strange”

Who: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelson, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetol Ejiofor and Benjamin Bratt, directed by Scott Derrickson.

What: After a car accident, neurosurgeon Stephen Strange learns the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Now he’s an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, protecting the Marvel universe.

When: Nov. 4


Who: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg, directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”).

What: A linguist is part of an elite team dispatched to figure out if the aliens who just landed on earth mean harm or come in peace.

When: Nov. 11

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Who: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston and Ezra Miller, directed by David Yates (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”).

What: J.K. Rowling adapted her own work about writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards.

When: Nov. 18



Who: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney, directed by Clint Eastwood.

What: Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed a plane, disabled by a bird strike, on the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, saving all 155 lives on board. Dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson,” this heroic true tale delves into the investigation that questioned his actions.

When: Sept. 9


Who: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, Shailene Woodley and Nicolas Cage, directed by Oliver Stone (“JFK”).

What: How Edward Snowden went from National Security Administration golden boy to whistleblower.

When: Sept. 16

“Queen of Katwe”

Who: Lupita N’yongo, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga, directed by Mira Nair (“Vanity Fair”).

What: The true story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi.

When: Sept. 23

“Deepwater Horizon”

Who: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, and Kate Hudson, directed by Peter Berg.

What: When the oil rig exploded in 2010, BP caused one of the biggest environmental disasters in history. This is the story of the rig workers’ courage and sacrifice.

When: Sept. 30

“The Birth of a Nation”

Who: Nate Parker, Armie Hamm, Gabrielle Union, Colman Domingo and Jackie Earle Haley, directed by Nate Parker.

What: The slave uprising led by Nat Turner in 1831 antebellum South. The title is an intentional reference to D.W. Griffith’s 1918 silent film.

When: Oct. 7

“Bleed for This”

Who: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal, directed by Ben Younger.

What: The inspiring story of World Champion boxer Vinnie Pazienza, who made a tremendous sports comeback after a near-fatal car accident.

When: Nov. 4


Who: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, and Will Dalton, directed by Jeff Nichols (“Mud”).

What: Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

When: Nov. 4

“Rules Don’t Apply”

Who: Warren Beatty, Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen and Martin Sheen, directed by Warren Beatty.

What: Hollywood 1958 — aspiring actress falls in love with her driver, and they both work for billionaire Howard Hughes.

When: Nov. 23


“The Magnificent Seven”

Who: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard, directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”).

What: Remake of the 1960 western that starred Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner.

When: Sept. 23

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”

Who: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Robert Knepper, directed by Edward Zwick (“Glory”).

What: Novelist Lee Child’s title character is a fugitive on the run after uncovering a government conspiracy.

When: Oct. 21


Who: Tom Hanks, Ben Foster and Felicity Jones, directed by Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”).

What: Another Dan Brown film adaptation, a sequel to “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons.”

When: Oct. 28


“American Pastoral”

Who: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, directed by Ewan McGregor.

What: Adapted from Philip Roth’s novel, this is a story of a daughter’s political rebellion and how it affects the family.

When: Oct. 21

“Manchester By the Sea”

Who: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges, directed by Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count on Me”).

What: An uncle is forced to take care of his nephew after a family tragedy.

When: Nov. 18

“The Edge of Seventeen”

Who: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner and Kyra Sedgwick, directed by Kelly Freemon Craig.

What: A high school girl’s life is made even more unbearable when her brother starts dating her best friend.

When: Nov. 18


“Hacksaw Ridge”

Who: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer and Luke Bracey, directed by Mel Gibson (“Braveheart.”)

What: During World War II, Army Medic Desmond Doss becomes the first Conscientious Objecter in history to win the Medal of Honor.

When: Nov. 4

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”

Who: Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin and Joe Alwyn, directed by Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”).

What: After a harrowing Iraqi battle, Billy Lynn, 19, is sent on a victory tour. America’s perceptions of war are different from the realities. What really happened to his squad is shown in flashbacks.

When: Nov. 11

“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”

Who: Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane, directed by Mario Van Peebles (“New Jack City”).

What: The ship is stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days while carrying the atomic weapons that eventually ended World War II.

When: Nov. 11


Who: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Lizzy Caplan, directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”).

What: An intelligence officer in North Africa meets a French Resistance fighter in 1942. Reconnected in London, their relationship is tested by the war.

When: Nov. 23


“Bridget Jones’s Baby”

Who: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey and Emma Thompson, directed by Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary.”)

What: Guess who’s pregnant? And just who is the father? The continuing adventures of strong-willed British single woman Bridget Jones.

When: Sept. 16


Who: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Owen Wilson, directed by Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”).

What: A night guard for an armored car company organizes one of the biggest bank heists in U.S. history.

When: Sept. 30


Who: Jane Lynch, Zach Woods, Fred Willard, John Michael Higgins, Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge, Oscar Nunez and Harry Shearer, directed by Christopher Guest.

What: You know those folks that don over-sized team mascot costumes? They get ready for their annual awards, The Golden Fluffy. And Corky St. Clair (“Waiting for Guffman”) coaches them for the contest.

When: Oct. 13

“Keeping Up with the Joneses”

Who: Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot, directed by Greg Mottola (“Superbad”).

What: A suburban couple gets tangled in an international espionage plot when they discover their new neighbors are government spies.

When: Oct. 21

“Almost Christmas”

Who: Danny Glover, Mo ‘Nique, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, J.B. Smoove and Kimberly Elise, directed by David E. Talbert (“Baggage Claim”).

What: A family gathering at the first Thanksgiving after the mom passes is anything but traditional.

When: Nov. 18

“Bad Santa 2”

Who: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Tony Cox, directed by Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”).

What: The surly ne’er-do-well Kris Kringle teams up with his sidekick Marcus to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

When: Nov. 23


“Complete Unknown”

Who: Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Danny Glover and Kathy Bates, directed by Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”).

What: Woman who fakes identities shows up in an old boyfriend’s life.

When: Sept. 9

“Blair Witch”

Who: James Allen McCune, Wes Robinson and Corbin Reid, directed by Adam Wingard (“V/H/S”).

What: In this sequel, the brother of one of the original victims returns to those demon woods.

When: Sept. 16

“The Girl on the Train”

Who: Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson and Edgar Ramirez, directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”).

What: Highly anticipated big-screen version of Paula Hawkins’ bestseller about a divorced woman who wakes up one day and knows something really bad happened, but can’t remember.

When: Oct. 7

“The Accountant”

Who: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow and Jon Bernthal, directed by Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior.”)

What: Math savant is a brilliant CPA with a side job cooking the books for shady people. He takes on a new client, and things go from bad to worse.

When: Oct. 14


Who: Bonnie Morgan, Aimee Teegarden and Laura Wiggins, directed by Javier Gutierrez (“Before the Fall”).

What: That creepy curse rears its ugly head again in another sequel.

When: Oct. 28

“Shut In”

Who: Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay and Charlie Heaton, directed by Farren Blackburn (“Daredevil”).

What: A widowed psychologist in rural New England must rescue a young boy during a snowstorm.

When: Nov. 11


“Storks” – Sept. 23

“Trolls” – Nov. 4

“Moana” – Nov. 23