Fall movies 2016: 'Bad Santa 2,' 'The Girl on the Train' and more must-see films

This fall is the season for biopics.

They’re everywhere, telling tales of the life a heroic pilot, the orchestrator of a slave rebellion and a surprising chess master. But there’s also lots for people looking for magical tales in the realm of “Harry Potter” or the Marvel Universe, or a classic Western reborn.

Here are 35 films you need to know about this season.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Princess & the Frog") and featuring newcomer Auli'I Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. 'Moana' (Nov. 23)

‘The Light Between Oceans’ (Sept. 2)

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender play a couple living in Western Australia who raise a baby they find in a rowboat. Also starring Rachel Weisz.

‘Yoga Hosers’ (Sept. 2)

Writer-director Kevin Smith continues his Canadian film trilogy -- after "Tusk" and before the announced "Moose Jaws" -- with this action-horror-comedy about two teens from Winnipeg, Manitoba, played by Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp -- the respective daughters of director Smith and actor Johnny Depp -- who fight Nazi bratwurst. Not a joke.


‘Sully’ (Sept. 9)

"Sully," "Bad Santa 2" and "The Girl on the Train" are just a few must-see movies hitting theaters this fall.

‘Blair Witch’ (Sept. 16)

This horror sequel takes you back to the Black Hills Forest in Maryland for some more chills and thrills and such.

‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ (Sept. 16)

Renee Zellweger returns to her iconic character, who gets pregnant but, surprise, doesn't know if the father is new beau Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey) or old beau Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).

‘Snowden’ (Sept. 16)

Director Oliver Stone and controversial NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seem like a perfect match. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, as well as Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson.

‘Queen of Katwe’ (Sept. 23)

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o stars in this biopic about Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a young Ugandan girl who becomes a world-class chess player. Directed by Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding").

‘The Magnificent Seven’ (Sept. 23)

The classic Western is remade with an all-star cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio. From "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua.

‘Storks’ (Sept. 23)

Written and co-directed by Nicholas Stoller ("Neighbors" and the sequel), this animated film follows the title birds, who have ditched delivering babies to deliver packages. But uh-oh, there's another baby that shows up. Featuring the voices of Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell and more.

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (Sept. 30)

Tim Burton directs this adaptation of the popular gothic Ransom Riggs novel - with a screenplay by "Kingsman: The Secret Service" writer Jane Goldman. It's kind of like a take on the X-Men, with a school for children with peculiar abilities. Starring Asa Butterfield, Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson.

‘Deepwater Horizon’ (Sept. 30)

This Peter Berg film dramatizes the devastating 2010 oil spill on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Dylan O'Brien.

‘Masterminds’ (Sept. 30)

Zach Galifianakis headlines an impressive cast, including Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and a "Ghostbusters" reunion with Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones, for this Southern heist comedy.

‘Denial’ (Sept. 30)

Based on a true story, Rachel Weisz plays historian Deborah E. Lipstadt who after being sued for libel by Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) is forced to prove that the Holocaust occurred.

‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life’ (Oct. 7)

A new kid (Griffin Gluck) rebels against his ultra-strict principal (Andy Daly) in this kiddie comedy based on a novel series co-written by James Patterson.

‘The Girl on the Train’ (Oct. 7)

The hit 2015 thriller novel by Paula Hawkins is quickly adapted in this film about a divorced woman who -- and this plot is complicated to say the least -- gets embroiled in a missing persons case of someone who she observed from a train. It's vastly more complicated than that. Starring Emily Blunt and directed by Tate Taylor ("The Help").

‘The Birth of a Nation’ (Oct. 7)

This Antebellum-era biopic, a hit at Sundance, tells the story of slave Nat Turner (Nate Parker), who orchestrated a slave rebellion in 1831. Parker also directs and wrote the screenplay; Gabrielle Union and Armie Hammer co-star.

‘The Accountant’ (Oct. 14)

Ben Affleck plays a master accountant with a genius-level intellect, who prepares the books for illicit clients. Things go south for him when he's targeted by the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division. Also starring Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor.

‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ (Oct. 21)

Tom Cruise does indeed "Go Back" to playing the Lee Child anti-hero in this sequel. Also starring Cobie Smulders, and directed by Edward Zwick, who worked with Cruise in 2003's "The Last Samurai."

‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ (Oct. 21)

A couple discover that their neighbors are spies in this comedy from "Superbad" director Greg Mottola. Starring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot.

‘A Monster Calls’ (Oct. 21)

A boy turns to a tree monster -- he am not Groot -- to help deal with his sick mother. Starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell.

‘American Pastoral’ (Oct. 21)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel comes to the big screen from director and star Ewan McGregor. It follows a man dealing with his daughter, who gets caught up in some radical political turmoil. Also starring Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.

‘Inferno’ (Oct. 28)

Tom Hanks takes his third turn as Dan Brown's Robert Langdon where he has to, surprise surprise, stop a dangerous plot built around Dante's "Inferno." Ron Howard is back for the third time, too.

‘Loving’ (Nov. 4)

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton play the real-life interracial couple, Mildred and Richard Loving, who were imprisoned in 1958 for getting married, and are at the center of a landmark Supreme Court case. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols ("Mud," "Midnight Special").

‘Trolls’ (Nov. 4)

These hairy troll dolls get an animated movie musical starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stafani and James Corden.

‘Doctor Strange’ (Nov. 4)

The new Marvel movie goes supernatural as Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of the Sorcerer Supreme in this thriller set in New York City. Also starring Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Directed by Scott Derrickson ("Sinister").

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (Nov. 4)

Mel Gibson directs this biopic about Medal of Honor winner Desmond T. Doss, a U.S. Army medic in World War II who was the first person to be a conscientious objector as his religion (he was Seventh-day Adventist), wouldn't allow him to kill or even hold a gun. Starring Andrew Garfield.

‘Arrival’ (Nov. 11)

"Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve helms this sci-fi film - based on a short story by acclaimed writer Ted Chiang - about aliens coming to earth and the linguists who are brought in to determine their motive. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

‘Almost Christmas’ (Nov. 11)

Writer/director David E. Talbert ("Baggage Claim") helms this new dysfunctional family holiday comedy about a Thanksgiving reunion after the family matriarch died. Starring Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover and JB Smoove.

‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ (Nov. 11)

A new Ang Lee film is always worth our attention. Here he chronicles a young soldier's celebrated return from Iraq with his story from the frontlines told through harrowing flashbacks. Starring Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

‘Manchester By the Sea’ (Nov. 18)

The emotional new film from Kenneth Lonergan ("You Can Count on Me") follows an uncle who has to take care of his nephew after his father passes away. Starring Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams and Matthew Broderick. This was a critically acclaimed darling at Sundance.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (Nov. 18)

Welcome back to the world of "Harry Potter" with this new adventure set in America many years before the Boy Who Lived lived, and built around Newt Scamander (Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne), the author of the title textbook. David Yates, who helmed the final four "Potter" films, directs and J.K. Rowling herself wrote the screenplay.

‘Bad Santa 2’ (Nov. 23)

Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and Marcus (Tony Cox) are back for more yule time hijinks as they look to bilk a charity on Christmas Eve. Also starring Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks.

‘Moana’ (Nov. 23)

The title young woman (voiced by newcomer Auli'I Cravalho) and a demigod (Dwayne Johnson) team up for an adventure. From the directors of "Aladdin" and the production house that's turned out a lot of Disney's recent animated hits like "Frozen," "Big Hero 6" and "Zootopia."

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ (Nov. 23)

Warren Beatty stars, writes and directs in this new comic romance about Howard Hughes (Beatty), his driver (new Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich) and a young actress (Lily Collins).

‘Allied’ (Nov. 23)

A British intelligence officer gets word that his wife, a French agent, could be a Nazi spy in this drama from director Robert Zemeckis, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.