Summer movies are big blockbusters with big stars and even bigger budgets. When fall rolls around, however, theaters become very different places.
Fall movie season starts the beginning of Oscar buzz and features smaller, independent films that’ll make you reflect on your own life. There are a few we definitely suggest seeing in the next few months.
Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who famously landed a plane on the Hudson River saving all of its passengers. The film highlights Sully’s life after his heroic feat and how the nation’s attention affected him.
2. The Girl On the Train
Based on the wildly popular best-seller, The Girl On the Train follows Emily Blunt as she sees something mysterious on her way to work one day and eventually becomes obsessed with figuring out what happened to a missing woman. The answer could test everything she believes about herself and what she’s capable of.
3. The Birth of a Nation
This film follows the true story of the life of Nat Turner, a slave who eventually led a rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831. The film is written and directed by Nate Parker, who also stars as Turner. It already set a record at Sundance for a $17.5 million distribution deal, so we can expect big things from this movie.
4. The Light Between Oceans
This adaption from the book of the same name follows a young couple who mysteriously find a baby that washes up from the ocean in a rowboat. They do not know who she belongs to so they decide to raise her on their own, but their happiness is tested when the new parents realize they may have accidentally found her real mother.
5. Bridget Jones’s Baby
Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones character is at it again, only this time she’s having a baby and doesn’t know who the father is. She’ll have to make a decision between Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey this time around. Yep, Bridget’s still got her pick of good-looking men.
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Peculiar Children celebrates individuality, as main character Jacob discovers the mysterious Miss Peregrine and her island where orphaned children with magical powers live. When trouble comes to their door, he promises to protect them. There’s just one problem—he doesn’t know what his power is yet.
7. The Accountant
Ben Affleck stars as a forensic accountant Chris Wolff who doubles as a sleeper agent for criminal organizations. When Chris discovers that the newest client he’s taken on may be in over his head, he’ll have to solve their financial problems before lives are put in danger.
Director Ron Howard teams up with Tom Hanks again for the third installment of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books. This time Langdon is out to solve a mystery involving Dante only after he discovers he’s the subject of another manhunt. The problem—he’s woken up in an Italian hospital with no memory of the events that got him there.
9. Bleed For This
Another classic underdog boxing story, Bleed For This tells the tale of former World Champion Boxer Vinny Paz. He’s almost forced to give up boxing when a near-fatal car accident severes his spine. He’ll work on a comeback with the help of Kevin Rooney, a trainer played by Aaron Eckhart.
10. Why Him?
James Franco is at his best when he’s being funny. This father-versus-daughter’s-boyfriend comedy finds Franco as a goofy Internet billionaire who has to try and impress Bryan Cranston, a dad just looking out for his daughter. But that’s easier said than done, as Franco’s character does one bizarre thing after the other.