Top 10 Fall 2015 Movies You Need to See

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Top 10 Fall 2015 Movies You need to See

Top 10 Fall 2015 Movies You Need to See:

From “Hunger Games” to a little movie called “Star Wars,” there is something literally for everyone at the multiplex this fall. Here are 10 movies you need to see.

‘BRIDGE OF SPIES’ (OCT. 16)

Anytime you get Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks together, attention must be paid. (Unless it’s “The Terminal”). The two team-up for this 1960s Cold War spy thriller, which centers on the true-life tale of an American U2 spy craft shot down over the Soviet Union. Hanks plays James B. Donovan, the lawyer struggling to negotiate with the Soviets for the release of the downed pilot. Among the scriptwriters are none other than Joel and Ethan Coen. Yep, a Coen brothers collaboration with Spielberg, which could either be a genius idea or a catastrophe. Either way, we’re ready to gaze upward in awe like a character in a Spielberg film.

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

‘BRIDGE OF SPIES’ (OCT. 16)

Anytime you get Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks together, attention must be paid. (Unless it’s “The Terminal”). The two team-up for this 1960s Cold War spy thriller, which centers on the true-life tale of an American U2 spy craft shot down over the Soviet Union. Hanks plays James B. Donovan, the lawyer struggling to negotiate with the Soviets for the release of the downed pilot. Among the scriptwriters are none other than Joel and Ethan Coen. Yep, a Coen brothers collaboration with Spielberg, which could either be a genius idea or a catastrophe. Either way, we’re ready to gaze upward in awe like a character in a Spielberg film.

‘THE LAST WITCH HUNTER’ (OCT. 23)

If you saw “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and thought: “What this movie really needs is some Vin Diesel, in badass, sorta-supernatural, full Riddick mode,” then this movie is for you. Diesel plays Kaulder, a witch hunter who’s so good at his job that a witch cursed him by making him immortal. Centuries later, his loved ones long gone, Kaulder is still out there hunting. He has some help, at least, from a pair of priests (Michael Caine and Elijah Wood) and a good witch, played by Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones”). Which is good, since the evil witches are bent on destroying the world. Breck Eisner (“The Crazies” remake) directs.

‘PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION’ (OCT. 23)

Fans of the ‘PA’ franchise have been waiting three years for this latest (and supposedly last) installment of the found-footage horror series. Producer Jason Blum has promised that this is the sequel that will answer all your burning questions about the series’ complicated mythology. Here, there’s a new family in a new home, but they come across an old videotape of young Katie and Kristi practicing their occult moves. The filmmakers have said this will be the only movie of the series to screen in 3D. Maybe that’ll make it worth the wait.

‘SPECTRE’ (NOV. 6)

Daniel Craig’s latest (and probably last) outing as James Bond sees the spy confronting the titular evil international organization, one that old-school Bond fans will recognize as 007’s nemesis in many of the Sean Connery installments of the franchise. This time, 007 has his work cut out for him as he battle the Big Bad played by the deliciously evil Christoph Waltz — who may (or may not) play the leader of SPECTRE, and Bond’s nemesis, Blofeld. (He’s totally Blofeld.) “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes is back, and so is Aston Martin as Bond’s official car. The automaker unveiled a new model, the DB10, which will get a night-time car chase on the streets of Rome in the film.

‘BY THE SEA’ (NOV. 13)

For the first time since 2005’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” Brangelina are back on screen together in this romantic drama set at a European resort. It’s the third directorial outing for the increasingly accomplished Angelina Jolie, after last year’s successful drama “Unbroken.” We don’t know a whole lot about the plot (did we mention that Jolie wrote the script, too?), which features the real-life Mr. and Mrs. Brad Pitt as a couple navigating stormy relationship waters. But we’ve seen the trailer, which shows the two thespians getting their Cassavetes on as the bitterly squabbling couple. Consider us intrigued.

​’THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2′ (NOV. 20)

In the final “Hunger Games” film, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss goes full Russell Crowe, graduating from gladiator to insurrectionist. She and her old District 13 pals are ready for a final showdown with President Snow (Donald Sutherland), but the rebellion will prove the deadliest test yet of Katniss’ famed survival skills. At least that scenario promises enough action for fans who felt that “Part 1” had too much talk, too little ass-kicking. By the way, Philip Seymour Hoffman fans will be relieved to know that, even though the actor died in 2014 with two scenes left to shoot, the filmmakers rewrote the scenes around his absence, so they didn’t have to digitally reanimate him. Also, this is the only “Hunger Games” movie being released worldwide in 3D, but fans will happily cough up a few extra bucks to watch the revolution play out.

‘THE GOOD DINOSAUR’ (NOV. 25)

2014 was the rare year without a Pixar movie, but 2015 is making up for it with two films from the studio. Just five months after summer smash “Inside Out,” we’re getting “The Good Dinosaur.” But we almost didn’t; the film’s troubled production history saw its director (who co-wrote the film) replaced, some famous voice actors (including John Lithgow and Neil Patrick Harris) replaced or cut from the movie, and late re-writes and re-casting to make the main character more boyish. Though he’s actually a young dinosaur, on an alternate Earth where the giant lizards never gave up dominion over the planet. Lost and separated from his family, young Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) befriends a human boy and makes the little cave-dwelling hominid his pet. The movie comes to theaters with a pre-feature cartoon short, “Sanjay’s Super Team.”

‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’ (DEC. 18)

Christmas comes early this year, with J.J. Abrams’ long-anticipated “Star Wars” film — which is set to kick off a new trilogy. This movie can’t get into our eyeballs fast enough.

‘THE HATEFUL EIGHT’ (DEC. 25)

Another Tarantino western? Yes, please. This time, the director of “Django Unchained” enlists an impressive ensemble that includes Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Dern to tell the tale of eight violent strangers trapped in one location during a blizzard — all shot in glorious 70mm.

​’THE REVENANT’ (DEC. 25)

How do you follow up Oscar wins for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director? If you’re “Birdman” filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu, you make “The Revenant,” starring “Inception” pals Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The Mexican writer/director has adapted Michael Punke’s 2003 novel about real-life 1820s fur trapper Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), who was mauled by a bear, robbed by his companions and left to die. Glass survived and embarked on a treacherous 200-mile journey in order to wreak vengeance upon his betrayers. Iñárritu likes to make movies about human beings pushed to the breaking point, which makes his films hard to watch but sometimes weirdly exhilarating. Sounds like this one would make a good double feature with “The Hateful Eight.”