30 Films To Watch In Autumn 2016

As summer draws to a close, it is time to look ahead at what cinematic delights await us this Autumn.


Here is a list of 30 unmissable films that are due to be released during September, November and December this year. Take a look and tell me what you are looking forward to watching!



Don't Breathe

A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong. Starring Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Stephen Lang and Daniel Zovatto, Don't Breathe, from Evil Dead director, Fede Alvarez has already had some pretty positive buzz. 


Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen stars as a father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids. Captain Fantastic follows his struggle as he tries to assimilate back into society.


Kubo And The Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is an animated action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town.


However, his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. 


Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.


Hell Or High Water

Hell Or High Water sees two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), go on a calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with a West Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) who is determined to take them down.


Blair Witch

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. 


At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by (of course) a menacing presence.  


Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.


Bridget Jones' Baby

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget Jones' (Renée Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Forty-something and single again, she decides to focus on her job as a top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new.


For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?


Well, after meeting a dashing American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey) Bridget finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch… she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.


Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Starring Sam Neill and directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows), Hunt For The Wilderpeople tells the story of a young misfit called Ricky and his grumpy foster uncle Hec (Neill). The unlikely duo evade child services and the law by going "bush".


The Girl With All The Gifts

In this zombie movie based on the novel by M.R. Carey, a little girl called Melanie (Sennia Nanua) could hold the cure to a fungal outbreak that turns normal humans into "hungries".  The film also stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.


The Magnificent Seven

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Magnificent Seven sees the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard).


Desperate, the townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier).


As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton flexes his imaginative muscles via his adaptation of Ransom Riggs' book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.


The story tells the tale of Jacob (Asa Butterfield) who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. He can barely believe his eyes when he meets the residents and learns about their special powers.


Deepwater Horizon

Starring Gina Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Dylan O'Brien, Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson, Peter Berg's film tells the story of the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, which exploded in April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in US history.



The Girl On The Train

Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, Emily Blunt stars as post-divorce alcoholic, Rachel, who sees something shocking on the train to work. Rachel then finds herself in the middle of a missing persons case - desperately trying to unlock her memories in order to discover what happened to Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett) and what role she might have had in her disappearance.


American Honey

From acclaimed director, Andrea Arnold, comes a new story about a teenage girl who, after joining a traveling magazine sales crew, finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love.


I, Daniel Blake

Director Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year. His film follows Daniel Blake, a man who has worked as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle.


For the first time, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.


Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught in a nightmare of welfare bureaucracy.


The Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe is the true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.


As a result of the support she receives from her family and community, she is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. 


Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo star in this Disney film directed by Mira Nair.


Doctor Strange

A neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) whose career has been destroyed sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats.


This much anticipated latest addition to Marvel's universe also stars Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen.



The Accountant

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations.


With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars.


But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.


Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford returns to direct another highly anticipated movie - this time starring Amy Adams, Isla Fisher and Jake Gyllenhaal. 


Nocturnal Animals tells the story of an art gallery owner (Adams) who is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.


The Light Between Oceans

Another film based on a best-selling novel (this time by M. L. Stedman), The Light Between Oceans is set on a remote Australian island in the years following World War One.


Lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander), discover a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a two-month old baby.


Rescuing the infant, they make the decision to raise her as their own. However, the consequences of their choice prove to be devastating. 


American Pastoral

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil.


Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen.


When his beloved daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him.



In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa (played by Brad Pitt) encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.


Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this film also stars Lizzy Caplan and Marion Cotillard. 


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Director, David Yates, returns to the world of magic in this tale about the adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is set in New York within the secret community of witches and wizards and takes place seventy years before Harry Potter reads Scamander's book at Hogwarts.



Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the same name.


Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, he writes poetry into a notebook; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura´s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily.


Jim Jarmusch's latest film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.


A United Kingdom

Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike and directed by Amma Asante, A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana) and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from both their families and the British and South African governments. 




Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks as Captain “Sully” Sullenberger. On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Sully glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.


However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.


Bleed For This

Miles Teller stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza in Ben Younger's true story about one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history.


Pazienza is a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a severed spine, he is told he may never walk again.


Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.



Disney's animated feature film, Moana, tells the story of an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.


This much anticipated film, directed by Gareth Edwards, stars Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen.


Collateral Beauty

Will Smith heads up an interesting cast (including Kate Winslet, Edward Norton,

Naomie Harris and Helen Mirren) in this film about a tragic event that sends a New York ad man on a downward spiral.



In Morten Tyldum's science fiction romance, a spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers (Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) are awakened 60 years early.  


What Film Are You Most Looking Forward To?

I don't know about you, but I am feeling pretty excited for Autumn 2016 now! It (almost) makes the end of summer bearable doesn't it?


Do let me know what you think of the films on this list. What are your unmissable films? What movies would you actually prefer to miss? 


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