Lighten up your life with these events in Jupiter!

As if the Jupiter Lighthouse isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, this iconic 1860 structure is hosting several activities and programs for adults and the entire family.

“Our award-winning staff and volunteers provide tours, visitor services, programming and educational experiences to over 75,000 annual visitors,”according to The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse website.

See for yourself, why so many tourists visit this beauty by checking out our gallery and by attending following events:

TWILIGHT YOGA AT THE LIGHT

Floor mat, check.
Water bottle, check.
Flashlight, check.
Elasticity…. Don’t worry, this is an all-level yoga class! Beginners encouraged.

Submitted by Mike Morrill
Submitted by Mike Morrill

Relax and enjoy a yoga experience on the lighthouse deck at sunset and resuming once it’s dark out.

When: Every Monday: 6 to 7 p.m.
Oct. 17, 24 and 31.
Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Where: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: Donation.

Contact: 561-747-8380 X101. or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website.

Note: Meet at the museum 10 minutes prior to start time, the class is weather dependent, please check the website for updates and future start times.

LIGHTHOUSE SUNSET TOUR

This tower reaches a height of 105 feet above the water, and you get to climb as you learn its history. Once you’ve made it to the top, you’ll reward yourself with beautiful sunsets from this amazing landmark. Bring your camera!

Submitted by Christopher Lopez I've been doing night security at Utiki Beach for nearly 2 years now and there really isn't much to photograph that doesn't in some way have the lighthouse involved. I took this photograph a couple weeks ago and the lightning flashed perfectly. I used a Canon 7D MarkII with a 50mm lens on a tripod. 20 second exposure at f/7.1 ISO 100. I have tons of varying pictures of the light house involving anything from lightning to sunrises.
Submitted by Christopher Lopez

Sunday, August 7, is National Lighthouse Day. The Jupiter Lighthouse celebrated with special admission fees. Visitors from Russia, Italy, Mexico and Argentina were among the approximately 263 visitors climbing the 105 steps to the top of lighthouse on Sunday. Kelly Foote, visiting from Holland Patent, New York is helped down the steps by her 5 year old daughter Corinne. "I was a little scared," said Foote, "I had to conquer my fear of heights." (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)
The Jupiter Lighthouse. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post)

Opens: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, beginning with an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watch room. The tours are 75 minutes long.

WhenOct. 19, Nov. 2 & 30, and Dec. 14 & 28.  6 to7:15 pm.

Where: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: $15 Members, $20 non-members. RSVP required.

Contact: 561-747-8380 X101 or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website.

Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.

LIGHTHOUSE STORY TIME & CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Hey parents: It’s picnic time for you and the little ones! This 45-minute program includes craft activities and story time about the Lighthouse Keepers, Florida history, people, local plants and animals. Bring your sandwiches, floor mat and juice boxes to start your day under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut. Oh, and don’t forget your kids.

He's got the lighthouse in his hands! Kevin Brown, 14, of Jupiter, was waiting in the parking lot of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, waiting for the rest of the Boy Scouts from Troop 132 of Palm Beach Gardens to arrive for the lighthouse tour. He got creative for dad Mitchell Brown's camera. Contributed
Kevin Brown of Jupiter. (Contributed)

When: Nov 1, Dec 6. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

WhereJupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: Free Program, RSVP required Friday before the program date.

Contact: 561-747-8380 X101 or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website

Note:  Ideal for kids ages 8 and under.

HIKE THROUGH HISTORY

Put on your hiking gear, pack lots of water and splash some sunscreen. Get on your best Indiana Jones attitude and get ready to discover the topography and natural history of Jupiter’s 120-acre conservation lands. This two-mile excursion passes through several historic points around the lighthouse.

Glenn Salts III was raised in Jupiter and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens. He's had the Jupiter Lighthouse tattoo on his back for five years. Why? "It's one of my favorite places in the world!" Contributed
Glenn Salts III was raised in Jupiter and now lives in Palm Beach Gardens. He’s had the Jupiter Lighthouse tattoo on his back for five years. Why? “It’s one of my favorite places in the world!” (Contributed)

When: Nov 5, Dec 3. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter. The hike departs from the flag pole at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.

Cost: Admission is free but space is limited; rsvp required.

Contact: 561-747-8380 X101 or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website.

Note: The minimum age for children is 5.  Ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.

LIGHTHOUSE MOONRISE TOUR

Sunrises and sunsets always get the credit, yet moonrises are just as amazing. We’re lucky to live by the east coast because we can see the moon rising from the Atlantic! Sometimes the moon puts on a bright silver costume but when she’s feeling frisky, she turns bright red.

Submitted by Jeffrey Bundonis-Tequesta,Fl. April 2016 full moon rise taken from the north side of the bridge.
April 2016 full moon rise taken from the north side of the bridge. (Submitted by Jeffrey Bundonis-Tequesta)

When:  Nov. 14, and Dec. 13. 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: $15 Members, $20 non-members, rsvp required.

Contact:  561-747-8380 X101 or visit the Jupiter Lighthouse website.

Note: Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.

Lighthouse River Rendezvous

This is the Cadillac of all of these events. A must-attend social gathering that celebrates the history of the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and its photographers who have captured the landmark at its very best.

Submitted by J Michael Carlisle, Tequesta, Florida This photograph was taken at dawn from the soccer field adjacent to the Jupiter Lighthouse during the holiday season (notice the decoration around the top of the lighthouse) . I used a Nikon D300 camera. The exposure was 1 sec at f5.6 with a Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens. Editing was done with Photoshop. This was the best of approximately 300 exposures.
“This photograph was taken at dawn from the soccer field adjacent to the Jupiter Lighthouse during the holiday season.” (Submitted by J Michael Carlisle, Tequesta)

Enjoy a live music, hors d’oeuvres from Jupiter’s top restaurants, choose among fine beers and wines and participate in the magical silent auction. You’ll take home a limited edition 2017 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Calendar and meet and greet the photographers of social media who made it possible.

When: Nov, 19, 2016, 6 to 9:00 p.m.

WhereJupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter

Cost: Limited tickets: $75 per person

Contact:  Call 561-747-8380 x101 for tickets.

Note:  All tickets are non-refundable. Each ticket will include a copy of the 2017 Lighthouse Photography Calendar being launched at the event.

The Mystery of Love and Sex: If the title’s not enough to make you see this show, we don’t know what is.

Bring your own, well, anything to the Stuart & Shelby Theater at Arts Garage this month where you will laugh at scenes from The Mystery of Love and Sex, a romantic comedy about sexual and emotional protocol according to two couples.

By BYOA, they really do mean, ANYTHING: you own alcohol, food, cutlery, cups, the whole nine.

The play is inviting to the young and old with characters like Charlotte, a Jewish college student who falls in love with her childhood best friend, Johnny, a black man. And Charlotte’s traditional parents, who scramble to keep up as their daughter’s sexual desires begin to complicate their own relationship.

We haven’t seen the show yet but have a feeling it’ll be compelling to watch an interracial couple open up about their sex lives to a parochial set of parents who realize they may need to revisit the fundamentals of their own relationship and sex life.

In fact, the New York Times called it “a perfectly wonderful new play…a tender and funny exploration of the lives of two couples from two generations….like a chart depicting the sexual and emotional anatomy of us all.”

General admission tickets will cost you $30, but you can save $5 on a preview showing on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. If you decide to bring your own booze, wine or food, you can purchase reserved or premium table seating for $40 or $45. (Don’t forget cutlery!) 

Get tickets and list of show times here. 


The Deets:

What: The Mystery of Love and Sex

When: Opening night is October 13th and runs through October 30th.

Where: The Stuart and Shelby Theater at Arts Garage, Delray Beach

Cost: $30 for general admission

One, Two, Drink up! Don’t miss the Hilton’s Oktoberfest Sunday

We may not be crunching leaves or catching a chill in South Florida, but fall is here and that means the pumpkin picking, football watching and school shopping is in full effect. It means we can also look forward to Oktoberfest, which happens all over the world during this time, every year.

On Sunday, October 16th, you can enjoy an evening of beer tasting, dining, lawn games and live music at the Hilton in West Palm Beach.

The 42nd Annual American-German Club Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Florida on October 10, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
The 42nd Annual American-German Club Oktoberfest in Lake Worth, Florida on October 10, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Yes, there will be lots of beer, but it’s still a family-friendly event and everyone gets free access. However, if you want to celebrate Oktoberfest in true style, you can register and pay $30 for unlimited beer tasting from Funky Buddha, Due South, Twisted Trunk and Inlet Brewery. 

As for food, you can look forward to a variety of bratwurst served with grilled peppers and onions on a hoagie bun. And of course there will be potato salad and creamy sauerkraut. The kids will love Munich’s giant pretzel — just hold the beer cheese and beer mustard for yourself.

(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post): Boynton Beach: Due South Brewing Company sampler Tuesday in Boynton Beach.
Due South Brewing Company sampler Tuesday in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

The Deets:Oktoberfest at The Hilton West Palm Beach

What: Oktoberfest

When: October 16, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Cost: FREE and $30 if you want unlimited beer tastings

 

Got a thing for monsters? This West Palm art show is for you.

Monster Madness, a haunted art show where the dead and the living collide opens on Saturday, October 15 in West Palm Beach at Slushbox Gallery.

As the SlushBox Gallery story says on Facebook: “You can be sure to find the best Lowbrow and Outsider art in Florida and around the country” in this very cool space behind Ink & Pistons Tattoo shop (one of West Palm’s best kept secrets, for sure)
Related: Best spooktacular Halloween events in Palm Beach County

Be freaked out, in awe or maybe a little bit of both because the featured artists are super talented. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see:

This freaky little beauty right here…

 

And this gator of guy too.

 

This group art exhibit at SlushBox Gallery features as many as 25 different artists. See which of your friends are already going by visiting the Facebook event. Oh, and follow the gallery on Instagram for more sneak peeks, and shoot, just to spice up your Instagram feed.

Want to get ideas for Halloween costumes? Check out these creepy makeup tutorials on YouTube.

It’s that time of the year again, where the dead crawl back to life and the living yearn to cross to the other side. Enjoy!


The Deets:

What: Monster Madness

When: Opening night Saturday, October 15. Shows until November 19

Where: SlushBox Gallery 2716 South Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Contact: 561-832-4655

Car enthusiasts, this beach was made for your ride.

Vroom, vroom! Get ready to hear and see a variety of muscle machines at the Horsepower at the Beach car show on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex in Lake Worth.

You can either check out the exhibition for free or register your vehicle for a chance to win some awards. This is an opportunity to admire some of the coolest rides in town, check out the engines, the upgrades and take a peek at their stylish interiors.

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(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

If you think your car has what it takes to win, you can pay $15 to be included in the lineup and receive up-front, VIP beachfront parking. To register, contact lbennett@lakeworth.org or 561-533-7395.

Otherwise, just come out, enjoy the show, eat some food and listen to great music outside.

What: Horsepower at the Beach car show

When: Thursday, Oct. 13. 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Lake Worth Casino building and Beach complex in Lake Worth, FL.

Must watch: Britney Spears unofficial ‘Do You Wanna Come Over’ lyric video

Britney Spears is as horny and digital as they come in the music video that’s stopping the Internet in it’s tracks.

Digital-Britney is calling for womanizers over and over in a new, Grindr-esque, unofficial lyric video created by Peruvian digital designer, Luigi Luciano for her song “Do You Wanna Come Over” off her latest album, Glory.

https://vimeo.com/185340191

Can’t see the video? Click here for the goods.

If you let the Internet tell it, the blonde Lolita hasn’t pleased her fans with a decent music video since Work Bitch, but this one right here, this one puts Britney back on top… even though she had nothing to do with it.

“I told myself, I need to do this video because the [Britney Spears] team doesn’t do much to make iconic videos anymore,” Luciano said to The Palm Beach Post via Facebook Messenger on October 4th.

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The clip portrays a sexy Britney Spears searching for men in a hook-up app. While she’s unsuccessful at first, America’s sweetheart ends up with a TDH, green-eyed stud who she seduces with her curves before finally reaching the glory she’s been looking for.

The dance moves, the fire in her eyes, and the story plot will take you back to the days when the Britney Spears’s money-making brand actually cared to put out good music videos.

Luigi Luciano’s work brings back that nostalgia that reminds us why we love Britney Spears and why she’ll continue being the Princess of Pop.

Glory had a rough start with a highly-teased music video for its first single “Make Me” ft. G-Easy. The video was straight up trashed, unreleased and then substituted with what fans think was an obviously rushed and boring video.

Fans were not having at all! Check some tweets:

https://twitter.com/jrnascimento_o/status/778635923659558912

However, Glory managed to debut at #3 on the Top Album Billboard chart earlier this year with an amazing overall album, one rank above her previous Will.i.am. produced album “Britney Jean.” Neither lives up to the fan-favorite Blackout. 

Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

For more pop culture, follow @juliopoletti on Twitter and Instagram.

Which movie did late director Curtis Hanson make in Palm Beach County?

Curtis Hanson (Associated Press)
Curtis Hanson (Associated Press)

Film lovers are mourning today the death of Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning director who made such movies as “L.A. Confidential,” “Eight Mile,” “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” and “Wonder Boys.”

An underrated gem on his resume is “In Her Shoes,” a 2005 mother-daughter comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine that brought Hanson to Palm Beach County. He filmed scenes for the movie in Briny Breezes and around Delray Beach.

Band leader Billy Duke took part in the filming, and told the Palm Beach Post in 2004 that Hanson surprised him: “I thought the director would be yelling and screaming, but he was really quiet.”

Here are pictures we shot of star Shirley MacLaine during the filming in Briny Breezes:

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Palm Beach yacht wreck brings back memories of beached freighter

Socialite Mollie Wilmot stands near the 197-foot freighter that ran aground on her beachfront home in November, 1984. (Post file photo)
Socialite Mollie Wilmot stands near the 197-foot freighter, Mercedes, that ran aground at her oceanfront home in November, 1984.
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The 72-foot yacht, Time Out, beached on the sand just south of the Palm Beach Inlet on September 7, 2016. (Post photo/Lannis Waters)
The 72-foot yacht, Time Out, beached on the sand just south of the Palm Beach Inlet on September 7, 2016. (Post photo/Lannis Waters)

The 72-foot yacht that ran aground on Palm Beach last week brought back memories of the time a storm drove a far-larger freighter into a socialite’s seawall for an uninvited three-month stay.

On Wednesday, yacht owner Thomas Henry Baker’s boat, the Time Out, ended up on the beach just south of the Palm Beach Inlet as he returned from a trip to the Bahamas.  Baker, who police say admitted drinking Long Island iced teas on board, blamed his GPS for directing him to shallow waters near the beach.  He was charged with boating under the influence, his second such arrest in the last month.

Back in 1984, Mollie Wilmot’s maid awakened her the day after Thanksgiving, saying the society hostess had guests at her oceanfront mansion, one door south of what was then still the Kennedy estate.

Wilmot expected it was the photographer scheduled to shoot her house for Town & Country magazine that day.

Instead, it was the captain and 10-member crew of a 197-foot Venezuelan freighter now towering over her pool cabana as the derelict rust bucket pounded her seawall into concrete chips.

Ever the hostess, Wilmot served the crew finger sandwiches, caviar and coffee in her gazebo, becoming the glamorous star of a reality show playing out on her beach.

I was working for a Miami TV station at the time and was among the gaggle of reporters and photographers who showed up later that day.

Reporter Barbara Marshall (at left) worked for a Miami TV station while covering the beaching of the Mercedes. (Post file photo.)
Reporter Barbara Marshall (at left) worked for a Miami TV station while covering the beaching of the Mercedes. (Post file photo.)

To us, Wilmot offered hot cocoa on cold mornings and icy martinis at cocktail hour almost every evening.  (I recall the network correspondents who didn’t have a story on the air that night indulging.  The rest of us were always on deadline or preparing for live shots.)

A Venezuelan freighter named Mercedes was an uninvited guest at socialite Mollie Wilmot's seawall, Thanksgiving weekend of 1984. (Post file photo)
A Venezuelan freighter named Mercedes was an uninvited guest at socialite Mollie Wilmot’s pool pavilion on Thanksgiving weekend of 1984. (Post file photo)

In her big white sunglasses, Wilmot, a horse breeder and department store heiress who died in 2002, became a national figure as she tottered around her pool patio, always wearing white while carrying her dog, a white fur ball named “Fluff.”

While various agencies debated how best to get the freighter afloat and reporters made bets on when it would be hauled out to sea, the droll Wilmot gathered her Palm Beach friends to sip cocktails and watch the news unfold live from her back yard.

After overstaying its welcome by 105 days, the Mercedes was finally hauled away to become an artificial reef off the Broward County coast.

Disney studios hoped to turn the saga into a movie called “Palm Beached,” but Wilmot balked at the choice of Bette Midler playing her as well as a plot line that had her cavorting with the ship’s captain.

Wilmot’s house was sold and demolished after her death.  A new house on the property sold for $23 million in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melania Trump: Has she disappeared from the campaign trail?

Melania and Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago.
Melania and Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago.

Melania Trump made one of her first appearances since the Republican National Convention at Wednesday night’s Commander-In-Chief Forum, the Washington Post noted. While daughter Ivanka has been seen frequently on the campaign trail, Melania has been mostly mum since July.

The woman who may become First Lady is extremely private, as The Palm Beach Post’s Barbara Marshall reported. “It’s hard not to feel sorry for Melania Trump,” she wrote.

Read more:

What you don’t know about Melania Trump, the Potential First Lady.

Our complete coverage of Donald Trump’s candidacy.

 

 

 

Fall movies 2016: Twenty ‘must see’ films

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1) Southside With You

What is it about: The film is set in the summer of 1989 in Chicago and tells the story (with some cinematic liberties) of the first date between future President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Parker Sawyers plays the President with Tika Sumpter taking on the role of Michelle.

Why we should be excited: While the concept of the Obamas first date seems like a stretch, it has to be better than the last time they made a movie about a President while he was in office (looking at you Oliver Stone’s “W”). The trailer sells the romance pretty well with both leads really leaning into the roles without doing impressions of these very identifiable personalities. Also, they sit and discuss Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” which should be ticket price worthy enough.

“Southside with You” opens on August 26.

 

2) Hands of Stone

What is it about: The film tells the story of boxer Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) and his rise to the top alongside the legendary trainer, Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro), including a fight between him and Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond).

Why we should be excited: It is always kind of cool to see DeNiro return to the ring and do a boxing movie even when he isn’t putting on the gloves. It seems like he is pretty hit-or-miss with most roles these days and this seems like one shepherded to pulling out a classic and great performance from the legendary actor. Ramirez has silently been rising up the ranks lately and this could be his big Oscar-caliber role even if it doesn’t seem to have the punch that “Creed” had last year.

“Hands of Stone” opens on August 26.

 

3) The Light Between Oceans

What is it about: Based on the novel by M.L. Stedman, the story follows a lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander), who are living off the coast of Western Australia when they find a baby that washes ashore. They decide to raise it, but the situation becomes more complicated when a woman (Rachel Weisz) comes to town and may be the birth mother.

Why we should be excited: Not only does this star two immensely talented actors, but it also stars two beautiful people who are (might be) dating! Vikander just took home an Oscar for Best Actress in “The Danish Girl” while Fassbender has consistently been one of the better actors in the industry over the past few years. The trailers are promising a tear-jerker so get ready to ball your eyes out.

“The Light Between Oceans” opens on September 2.

 

4) Sully

What is it about: From director Clint Eastwood, the film stars Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who became a hero when he glided his plane along the Hudson River in 2009, which saved the 155 crew members and passengers. The movie also stars Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn, Laura Linney, and Jerry Ferrara.

Why we should be excited: Eastwood has been hit-or-miss lately (as one of the people not completely in love with “American Sniper”), but he is still a name to take notice of whenever a new project is coming out. It is hard to believe that this is his first time working with Hanks and this seems like a role tailor made for the actor as he plays an American hero dealing with the pitfalls of fame and scrutiny.

“Sully” opens on September 9.

 

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5) Bridget Jones’ Baby

What is it about: The film picks up where the last one in the series, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” left off in 2004 with Bridget (Renee Zellweger) still single and barely making it through life until she runs into the complication of having a baby with two possible dads, played by Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey.

Why we should be excited: I guess if you like the previous two movies, it will be nice to return to the world of neurotic British people having problems. Zellweger hasn’t been in too many projects lately so she is a welcome presence back on screen and this is Firth’s first time returning to the role as an Oscar winner. Also, I don’t think Patrick Dempsey ages and that is frustrating.

“Bridget Jones’ Baby” opens on September 16.

 

6) Blair Witch

What is it about: Coming out of nowhere after a surprise announcement at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, the film is a sequel to the out-of-nowhere hit from 1999, “The Blair Witch Project.” In this version, the brother of one of the main characters from the first movie discovers video showing what he believes to be recordings of his sister in the woods of the Blair Witch so naturally, he sets out with some friends to find his lost sibling. The film is directed by horror aficionado, Adam Wingard, who also helmed “You’re Next” and “The Guest.”

Why we should be excited: I don’t find “The Blair Witch Project” to be a good movie in any respects with the only impressive thing about it being how well they marketed that film. This one has caught my attention due to Wingard being attached to it with his film, “The Guest,” being an exercise is chilling horror and stylish action directing. Much like the original, this is a cast of unknowns, but it will surely keep you frightened.

“Blair Witch” opens on September 16.

 

7) Snowden

What is it about: Director Oliver Stone takes us into the story of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and how the former NSA employee leaked thousands of classified documents to the press in 2013. The movie also features Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Scott Eastwood, and Nicolas Cage.

Why we should be excited: Stone has been in a rut lately and the trailer for this film doesn’t inspire much confidence that this was a temporary thing. For those who have seen “Citizen Four” on HBO, there really isn’t much incentive to seek out this version when the documentary, which won an Oscar, is as chilling and informative as anything Stone could come up with. Also, what accent is Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing? Stop, please.

“Snowden” opens on September 16.

 

8) The Magnificent Seven

What is it about: This remake of a remake is directed by “Training Day” and “White House Down” director Antoine Fuqua and stars both Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke from that first movie with other members of the cast including Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Matt Bomer. The film follows seven gunmen in the Old West, who have to come together and help a poor village, which is being pillaged by thieves.

Why we should be excited: The cast should earn your ticket dollars alone because what better experience at the movies will you be getting this year than Denzel, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke gun-slinging and taking down bad guys in the West. Fuqua knows action well and the trailers have been selling this movie as a fun blockbuster with a talented cast.

“The Magnificent Seven” opens on September 23.

 

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9) Deepwater Horizon

What is it about: Peter Berg of “Lone Survivor” fame directs this movie starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez, and John Malkovich. The movie follows the story of a team on an offshore drilling rig, which exploded in April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Why we should be excited: Berg and Wahlberg struck gold with “Lone Survivor” and this seems to be carrying that patriotic, heroism vibe to it. The trailers promise massive explosions and lots of yelling and reaching from Wahlberg with the cast giving us what should be a very engaging and thrilling blockbuster drama.

“Deepwater Horizon” opens on September 30.

 

10) The Girl on the Train

What is it about: Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, the story follows Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) as she takes the train to work each day in London and passes by her old house. One day, as they’re passing the house, she sees something shocking and wakes up the next day with the sneaking suspicion that something bad has happened. The film is directed by Tate Taylor, who is known for “The Help” and “Get On Up,” with a cast that also includes Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Haley Bennett, Laura Prepon, and Rebecca Ferguson.

Why we should be excited: This book has been heralded the sequel to “Gone Girl” in terms of tone and the movie is definitely trying to sell us on that. The first trailer has threads of the David Fincher-directed thriller mixed with the sexuality of “Fifty Shades of Grey” with Blunt’s character being in the middle of it. She is a talented actress and it seems like she is being given a big stage to work on, but I’m not sold on Taylor being the right director to sell the intrigue like Fincher could.

“The Girl on the Train” opens on October 7.

 

11) The Birth of a Nation

What is it about: The film is written and directed by the first-time director Nate Parker, who took home the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his work on this project. The movie follows Nat Turner (Parker), as he rises from child to adult and uses his knowledge of the Bible to be a preacher to the other slaves. As he works, he notices the scope of slavery and decides to become a different leader for them. The rest of the cast includes Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, and Gabrielle Union.

Why we should be excited: People were raving about the film after Sundance and how well Parker was at directing it, and the first trailer seemed to verify that. It plays so evocatively and at times, in a very visceral way. Parker seems to try to sway it from previous stories of slavery such as “12 Years a Slave” and tell a different story in a different light and this instantly looks to be a major Oscar contender both for him and his cast.

“The Birth of a Nation” opens on October 7.

 

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12) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

What is it about: The sequel to the 2012 action film, “Jack Reacher,” finds Tom Cruise once again in the title role and on the run. Not much is known about the plot, but it seems to center around Reacher teaming up with military specialist Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) to take down a plot from the inside. The movie is directed by Cruise’s director from “The Last Samurai,” Edward Zwick, and also stars Aldis Hodge, Robert Knepper, and Danika Yarosh.

Why should we be excited: Watching Tom Cruise beat people up is just fun. That’s really the only reason. The first “Jack Reacher” movie was solid and while these don’t have the world-travelling fun that ensues in “Mission: Impossible,” there is something nice about the small-level action and more hand-to-hand moments that this series offers. Smulders is also a very lively actress to fans of the Marvel movies and her role as Maria Hill.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” opens on October 21.
13) A Monster Calls

What is it about: From director J.A. Bayona, who will be taking over the “Jurassic Park” franchise soon, the film follows a boy seeks help from a tree monster as he tries to cope with his mother’s terminal illness. Felicity Jones stars as the mother with newcomer Lewis MacDouglass playing the boy and Liam Neeson voicing the tree monster. Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver, and Geraldine Chaplin also star.

Why we should be excited: The trailer made it seem like a more exotic version of Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG” from earlier this year with stunning visuals and a much more dramatic plot. Bayona earned enough credit for this movie and “The Impossible” to be picked to take over for Colin Trevorrow with “Jurassic World 2” so it may be worth seeing this one to see if he can pull it off. Judging from the trailer, he may be perfect.

“A Monster Calls” opens on October 21.

14) Inferno

What is it about: Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon in the third movie in the “Da Vinci Code” series by director Ron Howard. This time, Langdon wakes up in Italy with amnesia and has to team-up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to uncover what he is forgetting and foil a global plot of destruction. The film also stars Ben Foster, Omar Sy, and Irrfan Khan.

Why we should be excited: The movies in this series have been popular even if the last one, “Angels and Demons,” was not as critically well-received. It seems odd to take 10 years to return to this franchise, but it seems like Howard and Hanks have a story they want to tell and the biblical history has always been a fascinating point.

“Inferno” opens on October 28.

 

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15) Doctor Strange

What is it about: The latest entry from Marvel stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Steven Strange, a surgeon who is forced to re-examine his life after his career is destroyed and a sorcerer (Tilda Swinton) takes him under her wing and trains him to hone his magical gifts to rid the world of evil. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson with a cast that also includes Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong, and Benjamin Bratt.

Why we should be excited: This looks like it may be Marvel’s most different and weird movie yet and I say that will the utmost excitement. They have teased a movie that will include mind-bending visuals and the trailers for this movie seem to promise that with moments that could put “Inception” to shame. Cumberbatch has been waiting for the blockbuster property to work on and he selected this one with the hopes it will churn out Marvel gold like the other entries. The biggest hurdle will be whether or not audiences will buy the eccentricities of this new hero.

“Doctor Strange” opens on November 4.

16) Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

What is it about: Leaving the more modern setting of “Harry Potter,” this spin-off takes us to the 1920s in New York City where recent Hogwarts castout, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), is interacting with the wizarding world of the United States and collecting information for his study in the magical creatures of the area. The film is directed by previous “Potter” director David Yates from a script by J.K. Rowling with Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, and Jon Voight rounding out the cast.

Why we should be excited: I doubt this needs to be hyped up anymore, but any new “Harry Potter” adventures are always exciting. Redmayne is one of the hot ticket actors right now and is hoping to make this “his series.” The biggest question facing this proposed trilogy is how it will separate itself from the “Potter” movies. Having some similarities is fine, but completely retreading what they did before will get redundant and boring very quickly.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” opens on November 18

17) Moana

What is it about: The latest Disney Animation movie follows a young woman named Moana (voiced by Auli’l Cravalho), who uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled land and is joined by the legendary demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson). The movie is directed by “Great Mouse Detective” and “Lilo & Stitch” directors Ron Clements and John Musker with songs by “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda and a cast that also includes Alan Tudyk and Jemaine Clement.

Why we should be excited: The trailers for this already look utterly charming and the fact that names such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Taika Waititi (who wrote the script), and Dwayne Johnson are involved should get people stoked. Disney has been doing great work in the animation department lately and already have a bonafide hit this year with “Zootopia.” I assume they’ll have another with this one.

“Moana” opens on November 23.

 

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18) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

What is it about: The first “Star Wars” spin-off or anthology movie will be taking place before the events of the original trilogy with a band of rebels being sent on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards helms the film with a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, and James Earl Jones returning as the voice of Darth Vader.

Why we should be excited: It’s “Star Wars.” I don’t need to pump you up anymore for this. The most exciting quality is the concept, which sounds like it will explore new avenues in the “Star Wars” universe while also playing with some of the lore we recognize from the previous movies. This looks like a lot of fun and the cast is absolutely stellar.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens on December 16.

 

19) Passengers

What is it about: This science fiction movie comes from “The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as passengers on a spacecraft that is taking thousands of sleeping people to a planet to colonize. Lawrence and Pratt’s characters wake up 60 years too early and are stuck on this ship together for that span of time.

Why we should be excited: Other than the fact that Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are together? The concept sounds very similar to something like “Moon” or “Gravity,” but with a more romantic angle. Plus you have two of the most charismatic actors working today stuck on a spaceship together. What could go wrong?

“Passengers” opens on December 21.

 

20) Assassin’s Creed

What is it about: Based on the popular video game series, “Assassin’s Creed” stars Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, who is taken to a secret facility and put into a machine known as the Animus, which allows him to travel back in time and re-enact the life of his ancestor, Aguilar, who lived during the Spanish Inquisition. The movie is directed by Fassbender’s “Macbeth” director, Justin Kurzel, and features a cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Ariane Labed.

Why we should be excited: The game’s concept has always begged to be put on the big screen and the first trailer for this seems to live up to that scope. While video game movies have tended to be flops, this one is hoping to buck the trend and possibly re-invent the genre. Will it succeed? Who knows. Will we get to stare at a shirtless Michael Fassbender? Absolutely.

“Assassin’s Creed” opens on December 21.

Time for you to weigh in! Which movie do you want to see?