Now that summer has faded, and the cooler weather of fall is upon us, a new batch of films awaits moviegoers.
There are potential hits, including 007 and a few familiar faces from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away.
Here’s a breakdown of some of what to expect. Nationwide release dates are noted.
“The Martian” – Ridley Scott directs Matt Damon in this adaptation of the Andy Weir novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig co-star. (Oct. 2)
“Spectre” – Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, battling a mysterious organization with a link to his past. Christoph Waltz provides the villainy. (Nov. 6)
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” – Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) leads arevolution in the latest installment in the series. (Nov. 20)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Maybe you’ve heard of this one. Mark Hamill,Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reprise their iconic roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, alongside newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver. J.J. Abrams directs. (Dec. 18)
“Black Mass” – After having ups (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and downs (“The Lone Ranger”) in popular entertainments, Johnny Depp gets serious as Boston mobster-turned informant Whitey Bulger. Benedict Cumberbatch co-stars as Bulger’s brother (Sept. 18)
“Steve Jobs” – Michael Fassbender plays the visionary Apple founder in this biopic, helmed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”). Kate Winslet and Jeff Daniels co-star. (Oct. 9)
“Bridge of Spies” – Tom Hanks teams with director Steven Spielberg in this tale of a lawyer spurred by the CIA to help rescue a pilot detained in the Cold War Soviet Union. (Oct. 16)
“Spotlight” – Story of the Boston Globe’s breaking of allegations of child abuse within the Catholic Church. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams lead the ensemble cast. (Nov. 6 limited; expanding late 2015/early 2016)
“The Danish Girl” – Last year’s Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne has drawn early buzz for his role as transgender artist Lili Elbe. Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard co-star, with Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables,” “The King’s Speech”) directing. (Nov. 27 limited; expanding late 2015/early 2016)
“Joy” – David O’ Russell brings back his “Silver Linings Playbook” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in a story of a family business dynasty and the woman who takes its lead. (Dec. 25)
“Snowden” – Oliver Stone courts controversy again with the story of Edward Snowden, the man behind the leaks of classified CIA materials. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the title role. (Dec. 25)
“The Hateful Eight”– Quentin Tarentino’s Western tale of a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell), the woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) he’s taking to the hangman, and the six other nefarious characters stranded with them in a snowstorm. Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern also star. (Dec. 25, expanding late 2015/early 2016)
“The Green Inferno” – Director Eli Roth’s long-delayed, ultra gory tribute to the Italian cannibals films of the late 1970s features a group of youths looking to save the South American rain forest, but instead encounter a hungry cannibalistic tribe. (Sept. 25)
“Crimson Peak” – Director Guillermo del Toro crafts this tale of a haunted house (Oct. 16).
“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” – Latest installment in the found-footage series (Oct. 25).
“Victor Frankenstein” – James McAvoy plays the title role in this look at the scientist’s ghoulish exploits, told from the perspective of his a assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). (Nov. 25)
For the children
“Hotel Transylvania 2” – Dracula and friends try to keep the monstrous hotel in order. (Sept. 25)
“Pan” – A young man is spirited away to Neverland, discovering his destiny as Peter Pan. Levi Miller tackles the title role, with Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. (Oct. 9)
“Goosebumps” – The young-adult horror works of R.L. Stine, which were big sellers in the 1990s, come to life, incorporating Stine himself (played by Jack Black) into the story. (Oct. 16)