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2015 Fall Entertainment Preview: Movies 

click to enlarge “In The Heart of The Sea” comes to theaters on Dec 11.

“In The Heart of The Sea” comes to theaters on Dec 11.

Release dates are national. Movies may open later at local cinemas.

Sept. 25
99 Homes
In this New Orleans-shot drama, a man (former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home and becomes embroiled with a corrupt real estate broker (Michael Shannon).

Hotel Transylvania 2
Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half-human, half-vampire grandson in the sequel to the 2012 animated hit.

The Intern
A 70-year-old widower (Robert De Niro) accepts an internship at an online fashion company and bonds with his young boss (Anne Hathaway).

Mississippi Grind
In dire financial straits, Gerry (Bloodline's Ben Mendelsohn) teams up with a charismatic poker player (Ryan Reynolds) in an attempt to change his luck.

A dramatization of the 1969 Stonewall riots — the beginning of the modern gay rights movement — from the director of Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow.

Oct. 2

New Jersey cop Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Identical twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy) reign over an organized crime syndicate in London's East End at the height of the 1960s. It also screens at the New Orleans Film Festival.

The Martian
Matt Damon stars as an American astronaut stranded on Mars in Ridley Scott's science fiction epic.

Oct. 9

Peter Pan and Captain Hook get the origin-story treatment, starring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Amanda Seyfried.

Steve Jobs
Michael Fassbender stars in unconventional biopic of the Apple co-founder, adapted from New Orleans native Walter Isaacson's biography.

Oct. 16

Beasts of No Nation
An African warlord (Idris Elba) takes a child soldier under his wing in this drama from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga.

Bridge of Spies
Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller, based on a true story, stars Tom Hanks as a lawyer recruited by the CIA to secure the release of an American pilot shot down over the Soviet Union.

Crimson Peak
Author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) moves into the mysterious English mansion of her new husband (Tom Hiddelston) and his sister (Jessica Chastain) in Guillermo del Toro's period horror film.

Ma (Brie Larson) and her son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), find themselves trapped in this adaptation of Emma Donoghue's chilling 2010 novel.

Oct. 23

After losing his restaurant, bad-boy chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) attempts to revive his career and earn an elusive third Michelin star.

Jem and the Holograms
Live-action adaptation of the 1980s animated TV series features a girl group determined to achieve musical stardom.

The Last Witch Hunter
An immortal witch hunter (Vin Diesel) tries to prevent an alliance of covens from unleashing a plague that would wipe out the human race.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
The sixth entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise follows a California family after they discover a strange camera and a box of videotapes in their new home's garage.

Rock the Kasbah
A washed-up manager (Bill Murray) discovers an extraordinary new talent in Kabul, Afghanistan, and coaches her through that country's version of American Idol.

Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter star in this portrayal of British women fighting for the right to vote in the early 20th century.

Oct. 30

Our Brand is Crisis
Sandra Bullock plays American political consultant "Calamity" Jane Bodine, contracted by an unpopular Bolivian president to help him win re-election in David Gordon Green's New Orleans-shot dramedy.

Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
A trio of Boy Scouts faces a zombie invasion of their small town.

Nov. 6

Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) must choose between two countries and two men, in this 1950s-set romance. It also screens at the New Orleans Film Festival.

The Peanuts Movie
Snoopy chases longtime nemesis the Red Baron, and Charlie Brown welcomes the Little Red-Haired Girl to the neighborhood in the first feature film in 35 years to be based on the characters of Charles M. Schulz's comic strip.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) pursues the shadowy criminal organization SPECTRE.

Investigative reporters and editors at the Boston Globe expose widespread child molestation — and the cover-up thereof — in the Catholic Church.

Bryan Cranston plays Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, blacklisted after refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s.

Nov. 13

The 33
The story of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days after the collapse of a copper and gold mine in 2010.

By the Sea
Vanessa (writer/director Angelina Jolie Pitt), a former dancer, and her writer husband Roland (Brad Pitt) attempt to rekindle their marriage in a seaside town in 1970s France.

Thirteen years after the events of The Ring, Samara and her cursed videotape return for the third installment of the Japanese-inspired horror series.

Nov. 20

In Todd Haynes' highly anticipated adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price of Salt, a department store clerk (Rooney Mara) and an older, married woman (Cate Blanchett) begin an unlikely romance. It also screens at the New Orleans Film Festival.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
In the conclusion of the dystopian saga, "Mockingjay" Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leads District 13 in rebellion against the Capitol.

Secret in Their Eyes
The lives of two FBI investigators (Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts) and their supervisor (Nicole Kidman) are turned upside down when one of their children is murdered.

Nov. 25

Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of former Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) opponent Apollo Creed, travels to Philadelphia to train with the boxing legend of the Rocky series.

The Good Dinosaur
In Pixar's 16th animated feature, set in a world in which dinosaurs never became extinct, an Apatosaurus named Arlo befriends a caveboy named Spot.

The Night Before
Three lifelong friends (Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie) observe their annual Christmas Eve tradition: a wild night in New York City.

Victor Frankenstein
A loyal assistant (Daniel Radcliffe) comes to the aid of his mentor, Dr. Frankenstein (James McAvoy), in this origin story of Mary Shelley's mad scientist.

Nov. 27

The Danish Girl
Director Tom Hooper's biopic follows artists Einar (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) through 1920s Copenhagen as the former seeks the first-ever male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery.

Dec. 4

In this Christmas-themed horror comedy, starring Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), a dysfunctional family unites to fight the titular mischief-maker of lore.

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard play the murderous Scottish general and his ambitious wife in Justin Kurzel's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy.

In Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino's (The Great Beauty) film, a retired composer (Michael Caine) reflects on his life while visiting an Alpine resort with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and his closest friend (Harvey Keitel). It also screens at the New Orleans Film Festival.

Dec. 11

In the Heart of the Sea
In 1820, the crew of the whaler Essex is stranded at sea for 90 days after the ship is rammed by a sperm whale.

Dec. 18

Former Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" co-anchors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite as adult sisters who throw one last house party before their parents sell the family home.

Star Wars Episode VII — The Force Awakens
Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, newcomers Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver join the aged Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in J.J. Abrams' continuation of the space franchise.

Son of Saul
Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes' Cannes Film Festival prize-winner follows an Auschwitz prisoner and laborer (Geza Rohrig) as he finds what he believes is his son's corpse and attempts to give him a proper burial in October 1944.

Dec. 23

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Alvin, Simon and Theodore embark on an epic road trip to stop their adoptive human father, Dave, from proposing to his girlfriend in New York.

Dec. 25

Forensic pathologist and whistleblower Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of two NFL players and confronts one of the world' s most powerful sporting organizations.

The Hateful Eight
In Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature, a group of dangerous figures (Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern) seek shelter during a blizzard in Wyoming following the Civil War.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in her third collaboration with writer/director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), this time as an inventor and family woman who creates a business empire.

Point Break
Inspired by Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves vehicle, the film follows an FBI agent as he infiltrates a team of extreme sports enthusiasts he suspects of a series of corporate heists.

In Oliver Stone's latest biopic, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays government whistleblower Edward Snowden as he leaks classified information to a British newspaper in 2013.

The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu team up for this ambitious Western epic about a fur trapper mauled by a bear and left for dead by his companions in the Dakota Territory in the 1820s.

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