Entertainment Big new movies to see this fall: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' 'The Martian' and more By RAFER GUZMAN Updated November 2, 2015 5:25 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email As the fall movie season begins, conflict and controversy are the order of the day. Name an issue, and Hollywood is probably trying to tackle it. We'll see two films about people changing gender, "The Danish Girl," starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, and "About Ray," starring Elle Fanning, both of which have already drawn criticism for casting non-transgender leads. "Truth," with Robert Redford as Dan Rather, may reignite old arguments about politics and the media, while "Spotlight," starring Mark Ruffalo as a Boston Globe reporter, will surely open old wounds about the Catholic Church scandal. Things could heat up even further in December, when the football drama "Concussion" and Oliver Stone's "Snowden" are released. It's enough to make a movie like "Black Mass," about murderous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), sound almost tame. Hollywood has always loved a story ripped from the headlines -- especially during awards season -- but this year seems jam-packed with them. It could be a response to the popularity of television, which is becoming increasingly topical with shows like "Transparent," "Homeland" and "Mr. Robot." Of course, this fall features some purely escapist entertainment, too, including the latest James Bond film, "Spectre," and the final entry in the "Hunger Games" series. Here are 30 of the fall's biggest films. About Ray Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company Elle Fanning plays a teenage girl who needs her father's permission to become a boy. With Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon. Out Sept. 18. Black Mass Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures. The story of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, played by a nearly unrecognizable Johnny Depp. Directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart"). Out Sept. 18. Everest Photo Credit: TNS / Universal Pictures An IMAX-size adventure film about mountain climbers battered by a massive snowstorm in 1996. Filmed partly on location. With Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson. Out Sept. 18. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Photo Credit: TNS / 20th Century Fox In the second chapter of the sci-fi franchise, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) navigates a desolate new landscape. Wes Ball returns to direct. Out Sept. 18. Hotel Transylvania 2 Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures An animated comedy with Adam Sandler returning as the voice of Vlad, the hotel-managing vampire. Out Sept. 25. The Walk Photo Credit: TriStar Pictures The story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who in 1974 performed a high-wire walk between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. In IMAX 3-D. Directed by Robert Zemeckis ("Flight"). Out Sept. 30. Freeheld Photo Credit: Lionsgate / Phil Caruso In the years before gay marriage, an ailing New Jersey cop (Julianne Moore) attempts to leave her pension to her partner (Ellen Page). Based on Cynthia Wade's short documentary. Out Oct. 2. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox / Aidan Monaghan Matt Damon stars as an astronaut deserted on Mars in Ridley Scott's "The Martian," in theaters Oct. 2. Legend Photo Credit: Universal Pictures Tom Hardy does double duty as Reggie and Ronnie Kray, the infamous twin gangsters who cast dark shadows over Swinging London. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland ("42"). Out Oct. 2. Pan Photo Credit: TNS / Warner Bros. Entertainment A live-action Peter Pan story. With Hugh Jackman as the pirate Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as a friendly Hook. Out Oct. 9. Steve Jobs Photo Credit: TNS / Universal Pictures Michael Fassbender plays the co-founder of Apple Inc. Written by Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network") and directed by Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). With Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen. Out Oct. 9. Bridge of Spies Photo Credit: DreamWorks II / Jaap Buitendijk Director Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks ("Saving Private Ryan") reteam for a Cold War drama about a lawyer negotiating the release of an American captured by Russians. Co- written by the Coen brothers. Out Oct. 16. Crimson Peak Photo Credit: Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures A lovesick woman enters a house full of secrets in the latest from Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"). With Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain. Out Oct. 16. Goosebumps Photo Credit: Hopper Stone, SMPSP A teenager (Dylan Minnette) unwittingly moves in next door to young-adult horror writer R.L. Stine (Jack Black). Out Oct. 16. Truth Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics Robert Redford plays Dan Rather, the legendary newsman brought down by a botched investigation into the military records of George W. Bush. Out Oct. 16. Burnt Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company / Alex Bailey Bad-boy chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) decides he wants his Michelin stars back. With Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman. Out Oct. 23. Suffragette Photo Credit: TNS Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep are fighters in Britain's radical women's suffrage movement. Directed by Sarah Gavron. Out Oct. 23. Our Brand Is Crisis Photo Credit: Patti Perret Two political strategists (Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton) do battle during a Bolivian election. Inspired by Rachael Boynton's 2005 documentary. Out Oct. 30. The Peanuts Movie Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox & Peanuts Worldwide The first theatrical "Peanuts" film in 35 years will use state-of-the-art 3-D animation. Out Nov. 6. Spectre Photo Credit: TNS Daniel Craig returns as James Bond; Sam Mendes ("Skyfall") returns to direct. With Léa Seydoux ("Blue Is the Warmest Color"), Monica Bellucci, a villainous Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes replacing Judi Dench as M. Out Nov. 6. Spotlight Photo Credit: Open Road Films / Kerry Hayes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams star in a drama about The Boston Globe's investigation into the Catholic Church's child-sex scandal. Out Nov. 6. The 33 Photo Credit: TNS / Beatrice Aguirre The story of the Chilean miners who spent 69 days trapped underground. With Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche. Out Nov. 13. By the Sea Photo Credit: Universal Pictures In the 1970s, an American writer and his wife (Brad Pitt and writer-director Angelina Jolie Pitt) face a personal crisis while staying in a French seaside resort. Out Nov. 13. Carol Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company / Wilson Webb Two women (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) fall in love in 1950s New York. Directed by Todd Haynes ("Happiness"). Out Nov. 20. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2 Photo Credit: Lionsgate / Murray Close Jennifer Lawrence takes her final bow as dystopian rebel Katniss Everdeen. With Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Out Nov. 20. Creed Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) begins training Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), son of the late Apollo Creed. Directed by Ryan Coogler. Out Nov. 25. The Good Dinosaur Photo Credit: Pixar A Disney-Pixar film about Arlo the Apatosaurus and his unlikely human friend. Out Nov. 25. The Night Before Photo Credit: Sarah Shatz A holiday comedy from the team that made "50/50." Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen play guys who party hard each Christmas Eve. Jonathan Levine directs. Out Nov. 20. The Danish Girl Photo Credit: Focus Features The story of Einar Wegener, a male artist who in 1930 became Lili Elbe, one of the first cases of sex-reassignment surgery. With Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Directed by Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"). Out Nov. 27. I Saw the Light Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics / Sam Emerson A biopic about country music legend Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston). Based on Colin Escott's book. Out Nov. 27. Sisters Photo Credit: Universal Studios / K. C. Bailey Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are siblings whose childhood home is being sold. Filmed partly on Long Island. Out Dec. 18. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Photo Credit: AP / Film Frame Place your bets now on how quickly this movie will outgross "Avatar." Out Dec. 18. The Hateful Eight Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company / Andrew Cooper A Quentin Tarantino Western starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Out Dec. 25. Joy Photo Credit: AP / Merie Weismiller Wallace Jennifer Lawrence plays Long Island entrepreneur Joy Mangano. Out Dec. 25. Snowden Photo Credit: Open Road Films Writer-director Oliver Stone tackles the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). 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