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New Orleans film guide for Fall 2016 

click to enlarge The Birth of a Nation chronicles the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.

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The Birth of a Nation chronicles the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.

Sept. 23

The Magnificent Seven Training Day director Antoine Fuqua's remake of John Sturges' 1960 Western stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio as members of the seven-man band hired to protect the town of Rose Krick from industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard).

Queen of Katwe Based on a true story, the first feature in four years from Monsoon Wedding's Mira Nair follows Uganda's Phiona Mutesi (newcomer Madina Nalwanga) as she prepares to compete in the World Chess Olympiads, guided by her coach (Selma's David Oyelowo) and her mother, Harriet (Oscar winner Lupita N'yongo).

Sept. 30

Deepwater Horizon Mark Wahlberg stars in this dramatization of the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 and set off one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history. The cast includes Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich.

Masterminds Delayed from 2015, the latest comedy from Napoleon Dynamite's Jared Hess features Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig as a couple that pulls off a $17 million heist and then sees their plan begin to fall apart. It also stars Owen Wilson and a raft of current and former Saturday Night Live cast members (Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones).

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Tim Burton returns with this adaptation of Ransom Riggs' best-selling young adult novel, starring Eva Green as the headmistress of a home for children with special powers and Samuel L. Jackson as the leader of a group determined to kill them.

Oct. 7

The Birth of a Nation Nate Parker wrote, directed and stars in this account of Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831, one of the largest slave uprisings in U.S. history. It won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Girl on the Train Tate Taylor (The Help) directs this adaptation of Paula Hawkins' novel, with Emily Blunt as a divorcee who becomes embroiled in the mystery of a missing woman after she sees something shocking on her morning commute.

Oct. 14

The Accountant When an investigator from the Treasury Department (J.K. Simmons) starts sniffing around accountant Christian Wolff's (Ben Affleck) work in the world of organized crime, Wolff joins forces with a clerk at a robotics company (Anna Kendrick) to evade both his employers and the feds.

Kevin Hart: What Now? The performer's follow-up to 2013's Let Me Explain is a stand-up comedy movie filmed before a crowd at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, mixed with a spy-movie spoof.

Oct. 21

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back In this sequel to 2012's Jack Reacher — shot in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and St. Francisville — Tom Cruise returns as the ex-military police officer to face allegations that he's the culprit in a 16-year-old homicide. Former Cruise collaborator Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) directs.

Keeping Up with the Joneses The action-comedy features Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher as an ordinary suburban couple who get more than they bargained for when a pair of beautiful, sophisticated spies (Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm) moves into the neighborhood.

Oct. 28

Inferno Following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard team up for another adaptation of one of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels. This time, Langdon (Hanks) comes to an Italian hospital with a case of amnesia, and he and Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) race to stop a deadly plot.

Rings More than a decade after The Ring became a box-office sensation, the third installment in the series — about a video that kills its viewers after seven days —focuses on the discovery of "a movie within the movie."

Nov. 4

Doctor Strange The latest entry in the Marvel movie universe, Doctor Strange is an origin story for the Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Cumberbatch), who acquires his powers after studying "the mystic arts" with The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star.

Hacksaw Ridge Director Mel Gibson's World War II drama tells the true story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a medic and conscientious objector awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman after saving the lives of 75 fellow Americans at the Battle of Okinawa.

Nov. 11

Arrival Denis Villeneuve's cerebral sci-fi epic imagines the first contact between a team of experts (including Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner) and an alien spacecraft that lands on Earth.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Based on Ben Fountain's award-winning novel, Ang Lee's first film since 2012's Life of Pi (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director) stars newcomer Joe Alwyn as Lynn, one of eight American soldiers lauded as war heroes on a "Victory Tour" before being redeployed to Iraq.

Rules Don't Apply In Warren Beatty's first turn as a director since 1998's Bulworth, the actor stars as eccentric studio head Howard Hughes, whose rules prevent a charming contract actress (Lily Collins) and her driver (Hail, Caesar! breakout Alden Ehrenreich) from pursuing a relationship. The cast includes Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Ed Harris and Martin Sheen.

Nov. 18

The Edge of Seventeen In this coming-of-age comedy, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) is Nadine Byrd, a high school junior navigating the awkwardness of adolescence. It also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine's mother, and Woody Harrelson as her history teacher and mentor.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling makes her screenwriting debut with this American-set spinoff, in which Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), author of the titular Hogwarts textbook, must recapture magical creatures that have escaped from his traveling menagerie.

Nov. 23

Allied Robert Zemeckis' World War II romance follows an American intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) and a member of the French resistance (Marion Cotillard) whose love is tested by the conflict.

Bad Santa 2 Thirteen years after the first Bad Santa, Billy Bob Thornton returns as hard-drinking, foul-mouthed thief/Santa Claus impersonator Willie T. Stokes. Hijinks ensue, with Kathy Bates as Willie's mother.

Moana Disney's animated musical, featuring songs from Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, introduces a new heroine to the studio's annals: Princess Moana (voiced by Auli'i Cravalho), the daughter of a Hawaiian chief, who sets off on an adventure with a demigod named Maui (Dwayne Johnson).

Dec. 2

La La Land Whiplash writer/director Damien Chazelle's dreamy Los Angeles musical relates the tumultuous love story of an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling).

Dec. 9

Office Christmas Party In the latest from Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory, The Switch), T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley) organizes an epic holiday shindig with a little help from Jason Bateman. The ensemble also features Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Rob Corddry, Courtney B. Vance and Vanessa Bayer.

Dec. 16

Collateral Beauty As a grief-stricken advertising executive approached by three mysterious figures, Will Smith anchors the all-star cast of director David Frankel's tearjerker, including Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and Edward Norton.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story The first spinoff in the Star Wars universe revived last year by The Force Awakens, Rogue One focuses on a group of Resistance fighters (led by Felicity Jones' Jyn Erso) on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and The Night Of breakout Riz Ahmed also star.

Dec. 21

Assassin's Creed In Justin Kurzel's adaptation of the popular video game series, Michael Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, a criminal forced to participate in a sinister project that allows him to experience life as his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha — an assassin in the Spanish Inquisition.

Passengers Morten Tyldum's first film since The Imitation Game is a love story set in deep space, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two colonists on the way to a new planet when hibernation chambers malfunction 90 years before they reach their destination.

Patriots Day Deepwater Horizon's Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg reunite for the first Hollywood treatment of the Boston Marathon bombing, which revisits the 2012 attack from the perspective of law enforcement officials. With John Goodman as Boston Police Department commissioner Ed Davis, Kevin Bacon as FBI agent Richard DesLauriers, and Melissa Benoist as Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow, Katherine Russell.

Sing In this animated film from the studio behind The Secret Life of Pets, Matthew McConaughey voices Buster Moon, a koala determined to revive his career with a singing competition that also features the talents of a stay-at-home pig (Reese Witherspoon), a streetwise gorilla (Taron Edgerton), a teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) and an alt-rocker porcupine (Scarlett Johansson).

The Space Between Us A reversal of the usual space-exploration narrative, The Space Between Us follows a boy born on Mars (Asa Butterfield) as he discovers Earth.

Dec. 25

Gold Matthew McConaughey stars in this live-action drama about balding Reno businessman Kenny Wells, who strikes gold in Indonesia and finds that wealth and success are not all they're cracked up to be.

Why Him? Bryan Cranston faces off against James Franco in this comedy about a buttoned-up man whose daughter is dating an over-the-top internet billionaire with no social graces, from Meet the Parents screenwriter John Hamburg.

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