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2015 Fall Guide

Cooler weather is finally here. So, what are you going to do — sit in the house and couch surf the season away? Hell no! You're gonna get out there and check out all of the amazing stuff your city has to offer. From the season's first games by the Panthers, Hornets and Checkers to concerts by Chvrches and Stevie Wonder, from art exhibit openings to ridiculous races, from cooking classes to the primary election, we're sure there's something for everyone regardless of attitude or interest. Who says there's nothing to do in Charlotte?

For more, see the links at the bottom of this page.

SEPTEMBER

SEPT. 25-OCT. 3 — The Charlotte Film Festival is comprised of narrative and documentary features and shorts that will screen at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14 and Carolina Cinemas throughout the week-long run. Be on the lookout for local and regional filmmakers who have contributed to the mix. Also, lookout for actor Tobin Bell (Think: "The Jigsaw Killer" in the Saw series) who stars in the flick, Manson Family Vacation. For schedule details and a full list of the roundup, visit Charlotte Film Festival's website. Prices vary. charlottefilmfestival.org

OCTOBER

OCT. 2 — Find out if Matt Damon can get back to Earth when he is left behind during a mission to Mars in the Ridley Scott-directed movie The Martian.

OCT. 11 — It's the 10th year of the 15 Short Film Festival, started by film buffs Antonio Diaz, Keith Whatley and Ryan Walker in 2005. This year's festivities include 20 short films from from 15 countries. Categories include narrative, comedy, documentary, animation and a new category called "a little something different." The screenings go down during the course of a long evening/night, but you'll leave happy you went. $7-$10. 15shortfilmfestival.com

OCT. 16 — The latest from the Coen brothers, Bridge of Spies finds Tom Hanks in the role of a lawyer thrust into the heart of the Cold War to negotiate the release of a downed pilot in this biographical thriller. bridgeofspies.com

OCT. 21 — We'd be lying if we said the plotline of Deathgasm didn't immediately make us think of cult classic Evil Dead. But despite the similarities this 2015 New Zealand film, which premiered earlier this year at South By Southwest, has a life of its own. It follows two teenage boys — both heavy metal fans — that regretfully summon an evil spirit after playing with black magic. If you like gore and demon flicks, this Back Alley Film Series pick is right up your alley. backalleyfilmseries.com

NOVEMBER

NOV. 6-7 — Imagine making a film, but only having 100 words to get your story and message across. That's what filmmakers who submitted flicks for this 100 Words Film Festival have done. It's all about concise word play and cinematic creativity — 'nuff said. blumenthalarts.org

click to enlarge Spectre
  • Spectre

NOV. 6 — Bond, James Bond returns in Spectre. www.007.com

NOV. 20 — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the fourth and final installment in The Hunger Games series is released. So soak up all of the Katniss Everdeen excitement while you still can. thehungergames.movie

NOV. 25 — The Good Dinosaur, the latest from Pixar, aims to find out what would have happened if that pesky asteroid never caused our prehistoric friends to go extinct. movies.disney.com/the-good-dinosaur

NOV. 25 — We're not sure if it's good or bad that this isn't titled Rocky VII. Regardless, Creed is the latest movie in the franchise — a spin-off of sorts that focuses on the son of Apollo Creed. Yes, Sylvester Stallone is in it, too. creedthemovie.com

DECEMBER

click to enlarge Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens

DEC. 18 — It's an uninspired title, but we're expecting plenty of laughs from Sisters, a comedy featuring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The two star as, you guessed it, sisters who return to their family home to throw one last party before their parents sell it. sistersfilm.com

DEC. 18 — Holy fuckin' shit! It's a new Star Wars movie! Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is in theaters and... seriously, can this day just get here already?!? www.starwars.com

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