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14 Must-See Fall 2015 Movies

Pivotal sequels, blockbuster biopics, nostalgia reboots that actually look great, Brad and Angie's big reunion—we've got you covered

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'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'

We've let you know which toursalbums and breakout artists to look for this autumn—now it's time to scope out the most exciting films on the horizon, including Steve Jobs, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Jem and the Holograms, Goosebumps and more.

Release Date: September 18

Why It's a Must-See: Maze Runner was an unexpected critical and commercial success, earning better reviews than most young adult film adaptations and grossing more than $102 million domestically (and nearly $341 million worldwide). The next step in the series looks even more intense as Thomas and his band of followers find out why they were maze runners in the first place. The trailer indicates it's going to be creepy, deadly and zombie-filled. Count us in. —Jeff Benjamin

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'The Walk'

Release Date: October 2

Why It's a Must-See: Joseph Gordon-Levitt tells the true-life story of Philippe Petit, the man who attempted an illegal tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers—a tale told in the scintillating 2008 documentary Man on Wire. The trailer for Robert Zemeckis' latest—only his second live-action feature since 2000's Castaway—shows there’s going to be a big emphasis on how illegal and dangerous the stunt was. The cinematography filming the actual walk looks absolutely intense and breathtaking, making it the non-horror fall film that'll have you shuddering and shrieking out loud in the theater. —Jeff Benjamin

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'Steve Jobs'

Release Date: October 9

Why It's a Must-See: Michael Fassbender may not have been the most obvious choice to play the Apple icon—not after names like Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio were bandied about—but we're about to learn once and for all that Michael Fassbender is right for everything. With a script by Aaron Sorkin—who gave us the Mark Zuckerberg story in The Social Network just five years ago—and Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), this one can't fail. Oscars await. —Zach Dionne

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'Goosebumps'

Release Date: October 16

Why It's a Must-See: If your love for Goosebumps stems from the '90s TV show rather than the masterfully maniacal novels R.L. Stine churned out at an ungodly pace year after year—that's a bummer. But the Goosebumps movie, finally earthbound after years in development hell, looks like a real chance for the series to get some live-action justice. Jack Black plays Stine, a central character in a third-wall-breaking narrative about all the creatures and creations from the Goosebumps novels coming to life. —Zach Dionne

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'Room'

Release Date: October 16

Why It's a Must-See: Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel—the one you've either read and recommended or had recommended to you at least three times—worked so magnificently because of its narrator. The story of a woman held prisoner in a cramped mini-bunker and raped year after year was made bearable and even hopeful courtesy of Jack, the son who was born in the room and has spent his entire life there. He opens the book:

Today I'm five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I'm changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero.

Jack's heartbreaking and inspiring beam of innocence cuts through the impenetrable gloom and pitch-black trauma of Room. Whether actress Brie Larson, director Lenny Abrahamson, and the young Jacob Tremblay can manage this tightrope walk in movie form remains to be seen—but we'll be in the theater to find out. —Zach Dionne

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'Crimson Peak'

Release Date: October 16

Why It's a Must-See: You trust Guillermo del Toro, the guy who gave you Pan's Labyrinth/eyeball hands, with a haunted house movie? Cool, it's your funeral. And ours, too, since we wouldn't ever miss something guaranteed to be so frightening and disturbing. —Zach Dionne

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'Jem and the Holograms'

Release Date: Oct 23

Why It's a Must-See: Jem and the Holograms touches on an iconic brand. You grew up with the show, and now it's real. This movie is the classic story in the modern day; it's gearing up to become a cult hit, like Josie and the Pussycats for modern girls. —Maria Sherman

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'Burnt'

Release Date: October 23

Why It's a Must-See: Hunky Bradley Cooper transforms into a Parisian chef who, after losing control of his life and restaurant, heads to London for a fresh start. Can he get it together and earn the elusive third Michelin star? Burnt looks really good—as in, all that food looks really, really good. —Tina Xu

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'The Peanuts Movie'

Release Date: November 6

Why It's a Must-See: For modern day Hollywood, the greatest thing you can do is exist in the space between nostalgia and invention. It's what makes the appeal of films span demographics while feeling familiar, friendly. The Peanuts Movie should manage to do that with little effort—parents will enjoy their beloved comic come to life, and kids will be into it because, well, the Peanuts gang rules. Few things are so universal. —Maria Sherman

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'By the Sea'

Release Date: November 13

Why It's a Must-See: It's Mr. and Mrs. Smith all over again, but this time Brad and Angie are actually married. By the Sea reunites the couple onscreen for the first time in 10 years, and it's not a whimsical, action-comedy about two spies. From what we can tell, the flick looks to be a dramatic, heartbreaking tale of a strained couple faced with all the inner frustration and aggravations that come to the surface during a vacation.

Even better: Jolie directed and wrote this, which we think will lead to even more intense scenes and chemistry between the real-life couple. —Jeff Benjamin

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'The Lady in the Van'

Release Date: November 13

Why It's a Must-See: If you want to watch Professor McGonagall live in somebody's driveway, this film seems like a winner. Goddess Maggie Smith plays Mary Shepherd in this true story about a woman who lived in a battered van for 15 years. Think quirky and sarcastic. —Tina Xu

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'Secret in Their Eyes'

Release Date: November 20

Why It's a Must-See: In her first film in nearly two years, Julia Roberts joins a star-studded cast that includes Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor in this thriller based on El Secreto de Sus Ojos, a novel by Argentina's Eduardo Sacheri. Playing an investigator whose daughter is brutally raped and murdered, Roberts delivers what appears to be her most vulnerable and heavy performance yet. —Tina Xu

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'The Good Dinosaur'

Release Date: November 25

Why It's a Must-See: By any metric, two Pixar movies in one year is bound to be heaven. And Pixar knows it can't follow up its masterful Inside Out (among the very best of the studio's 20-year oeuvre) with a dud, and even without all the context, The Good Dinosaur looks adorable and bankable. —Zach Dionne

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2'

Release Date: November 30

Why It's a Must-See: One of the biggest and best franchises of recent years is back for a final installment. We can't wait to follow Katniss on her next ass-kicking adventure, and by the look of the trailer, it might be the greatest of the bunch—and it arrives just in time for the holiday season. —Maria Sherman

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