From meeting year-end goals at work to securing travel plans and anticipating holiday shopping, the fall season is sure to find you in a frenzy. That being said, it’s always a keen idea to take time for yourself—even if it’s just a few hours in a movie theater. And you’re in luck, because the landscape of cinematic gems on the horizon is beyond promising! Today, we suggest eight films across all genres that are sure to thrill, chill and delight you. Now, go forth to acquire the chunkiest, coziest sweater you can find, then duck into a dark theater (with an extra-large bag of popcorn), stat. We promise by the moment the credits are rolling, you’ll feel renewed to tackle whatever stresses autumn throws your way.
Treat Yourself To A Cinematic Escape
1. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
This fierce follow-up to Maze Runner promises added adrenaline, twists and turns—and finds our favorite character Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) with more screen time. Girl power!
Release date: In theaters now
2. The Intern
Let's be honest: We'd see a Nancy Meyers movie for the set design alone. The laughter and tears that are sure to ensue in The Intern, when widower Ben Whittaker (Robert DeNiro) begins working for fashion retailer CEO Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), are just a bonus.
Release date: September 25th
3. The Walk
You had us at Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but the true story of high-wire stuntman Philippe Petit (who walked between the Twin Towers in 1974) told with 3-D effects will lure us to the theater opening day.
Release date: September 30th
Allison Williams left some big shoes to fill in her fabulous Peter Pan Live! performance last year, but we're hopeful that Joe Wright's star-studded Pan (Rooney Mara, Cara Delevingne) will be just as magical.
Release date: October 9th
5. Steve Jobs
Though others have tried, we may finally have a winning Steve Jobs biopic thanks to writer-director dream team Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle, and an award-worthy cast including Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen.
Release date: October 9th
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Room will find you at the edge of your seat as a mother (Brie Larson) and her young son plot to escape from years of confinement.
Release date: October 16th
7. Rock The Kasbah
We never met a Bill Murray movie we didn't love, so we can't wait to see him as tired rock manager Richie Lanz, who must navigate Afghanistan terrain after getting deserted by his star client (Zooey Deschanel).
Release date: October 23rd
8. Our Brand Is Crisis
Inspired by true events, this political satire is already generating Oscar buzz for Sandra Bullock, who portrays Jane Bodine, a determined campaign strategist out to take down her number-one nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton).
Release date: October 30th