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13 Must-See Fall Movies

Top buzz-worthy film fest fare and more

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    ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (Sept. 18)

    Boomers will recall that tense 1972 world championship chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber). But more illuminating is Fischer’s fragile state of mind. Peter Sarsgaard plays Fischer’s priestly confidant.

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  • Claire Folger/Warner Bros.

    ‘Black Mass’ (Sept. 18)

    Johnny Depp is South Boston’s most infamous mobster, Whitey Bulger, who becomes an FBI informant and works to expose a Mafia family that has invaded his turf. The true story also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton and Kevin Bacon.

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    ‘The Intern’ (Sept. 25)

    This super feel-good comedy is perfect for grownup moviegoers and stars Robert De Niro as a 70-year-old intern at a fashion website run by Anne Hathaway. De Niro proves that old dogs can both learn and teach new tricks, as he wins the hearts of his colleagues and boss.

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  • Philippe Bosse/Roadside Attractions

    ‘Stonewall’ (Sept. 25)

    This historical drama is set during the June 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, a watershed moment in the history of LGBT rights. It stars Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse).

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  • Aidan Monaghan/Twentieth Century Fox

    ‘The Martian’ (Oct. 2)

    In this sci-fi thriller, Jeff Daniels, a previous Movies for Grownups award winner for TV’s The Newsroom, is the guy who makes the tough decision to leave Matt Damon on Mars. Damon plays astronaut Mark Watney, who is abandoned by his crew on the Red Planet during a violent dust storm.

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    ‘Freeheld’ (Oct. 2)

    Another MFG award winner (for last year’s Still Alice), Julianne Moore is a New Jersey police lieutenant who fights to transfer her pension benefits to her partner (Ellen Page) after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Steve Carell also stars in this drama that’s based on the 2007 Oscar-winning documentary short film of the same name.

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  • Courtesy of Universal

    ‘Steve Jobs’ (Oct. 9)

    The life and legacy of the late Apple cofounder and CEO, among the genius pioneers of the digital age, comes to the big screen. Michael Fassbender plays Jobs, and Jeff Daniels (again!) plays John Sculley, who fired Jobs from his own company.

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  • Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures

    ‘Bridge of Spies’ (Oct. 16)

    Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg team up for their ninth project together. Bridge of Spies tells the story of a lawyer (Hanks) who works to negotiate the release of an American pilot whose plane was captured by the Soviet Union. Alan Alda and Sebastian Koch also appear in the suspenseful thriller set during the Cold War.

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  • Courtesy of A24 Films

    ‘Room’ (Oct. 16)

    This best-selling book club favorite comes to life on the screen with William H. Macy, Brie Larson and Joan Allen. Based on author Emma Donoghue’s riveting tale, the movie highlights the bond between mother and child.

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    ‘Burnt’ (Oct. 23)

    Bradley Coopers stars as Adam Jones, a chef whose career was wrecked by drug use and self-destructive behavior. But he proves it’s never too late to reinvent oneself by cleaning up his act and opening a top London restaurant.

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    ‘Suffragette’ (Oct. 23)

    Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter give inspiring performances in this historical film based on the British women’s rights movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Increasingly frustrated by their failures, the women turn to violence, with Streep playing one of the group’s most wanted leaders.

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    ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ (Oct. 30)

    Based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in this film about American political campaign strategies used in South America during the 2002 Bolivian presidential elections.

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