Autumn movies you won’t want to miss
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We’re not quite into Oscar season yet, but the Autumn’s cinematic schedule is still an embarrassment of riches

From alternative offbeat dramas to eye-popping blockbusters and everything inbetween, here are the movies you definitely won’t want to miss over the coming weeks and months.

Cafe Society

When’s it out? September 2

Who’s in it? Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively

What’s it about? Desperate for an exciting career, a young man moves from the Bronx to Hollywood, and back to New York City in 1930s America, getting his first taste of city nightclub life and falling madly in love in the process.

Why should I see it? It’s Woody Allen’s latest, and he’s the king of offbeat rom-coms. Jesse Eisenberg also has fantastic chemistry with Kristen Stewart – ingredients that could result in a delightful film.

Things to Come (L’Avenir)

When’s it out? September 2

Who’s in it? Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob

What’s it about? A philosophy student tries to recover from the death of her mother, while the rest of her life falls apart around her.

Why should I see it? While it may not sound a fun night at the pictures, this poignant portrait of human resilience is actually more upbeat than you may think, and competed for the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival this year.

Morgan

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When’s it out? September 2

Who’s in it? Anna Taylor-Joy, Kate Mara, Toby Jones

What’s it about? A risk management consultant is tasked with deciding whether or not to terminate the life of an AI teenager – who is showing disturbing signs of violence and manipulation.

Why should I see it? Imagine Ex Machina spliced with Species, and you’ll know why genre fans can’t miss this. Luke Scott, the son of Ridley, makes his directorial debut here.

Anthropoid

When’s it out? September 9

Who’s in it? Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones

What’s it about? A two-man 1941 paratrooper mission, led by Josef Gabcik (Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Dornan), to assassinate a major Nazi official.

Why should I see it? This World War II thriller looks genuinely gripping, and Murphy is one of the most magnetically underrated lead actors working right now.

Captain Fantastic

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When’s it out? September 9

Who’s in it? Viggo Mortensen, Steve Zahn, Trin Miller

What’s it about? A doting dad is forced to leave his life of backwater seclusion to introduce his six children to the outside world for the first time, after the sudden death of his wife.

Why should I see it? The phrase ‘just the right amount of sad’ has been used to describe this movie, so expect to be saddened, cheered up, then saddened again at any point throughout the film. Hailed as charming, witty and thought-provoking, it’s this year’s darling of the indie comedy-drama crop.

Hell or High Water

When’s it out? September 9

Who’s in it? Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

What’s it about? Faced with the closure of their family farm, two brothers turn to extreme measures to save their legacy.

Why should I see it? The latest in an impressive line of neo-Western thrillers, the central cast are winning great praise for their performances, the script by Taylor Sheridan turned copious heads in Hollywood, and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis provide a typically beautiful yet haunting score.

Kubo and the Two Strings

When’s it out? September 9

Who’s in it? Charlize Theron, Ralph Finnes, Matthew McConaughey

What’s it about? Armed with his magic Shamisen, Kubo must embark on a terrifying and treacherous journey with his friends to save his family, in this colourful animated adventure.

Why should I see it? While it’s ostensibly a ‘children’s film’ (if there is such a thing anymore), all signs point towards Kubo quietly becoming a cult classic.

Blair Witch

When’s it out? September 15

Who’s in it? Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry

What’s it about? After someone goes missing in the woods, a three-person party sets out to discover what happened.

Why should I see it? A sequel/reboot to the most famous found-footage film of all time, this iteration of the Blair Witch story promises plenty of psychological toying, but the fact that it comes from the writer/director team behind You’re Next and The Guest suggests it could have some interesting tricks up its sleeve.

Bridget Jones’ Baby

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When’s it out? September 16

Who’s in it? Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, Colin Firth

What’s it about? Bridget’s breakup with Mark Darcy is made infinitely more complicated when she discovers that she is pregnant – and she’s not seeing the funny side of it.

Why should I see it? It’s been a while since we saw Zellweger as Jones, and nobody quite does the quirky, down-to-earth single act quite like her.

The Magnificent Seven

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When’s it out? September 23

Who’s in it? Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke

What’s it about? Seven skilled gunslingers join forces to protect a small village in the Wild West against a band of marauding thieves.

Why should I see it? A remake of the original classic may seem like sacrilege, but with a cast this strong and charismatic, it stands a chance of pulling it off.

Swiss Army Man

When’s it out? September 30

Who’s in it? Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

What’s it about? One man embarks on a surreal journey with his dead companion after they’re stranded on a desert island together.

Why should I see it? Honestly? It sounds ridiculously strange on paper, and is actually even weirder in reality, but somehow the result is surprisingly captivating. Not to mention funny.

Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon

When’s it out? September 30

Who’s in it? Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell

What’s it about? A drama about an oil rig explosion in 2010 that caused the biggest oil spill in the history of the United States.

Why should I see it? While it may sound exploitative, this movie looks loaded with heartfelt tragedy; blending its disaster tale with a very human story.

The Girl on the Train

When’s it out? October 5

Who’s in it? Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans

What’s it about? A divorced woman spots something shocking while on her commute to work – which soon spirals into a dangerous obsession.

Why should I see it? Believable mystery thrillers are very difficult to pull off, but the hit original novel definitely captured a feeling of plausible everyday suspense. And this movie adaptation might just have nailed it too.

Blood Father

When’s it out? October 7

Who’s in it? Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, William H, Macy

What’s it about? John Link returns to his criminal ways when his estranged daughter comes to him from help – fleeing from drug dealers determined to do her harm.

Why should I see it? It’s been a while since Gibson took the anchor of a top action movie, but he hasn’t lost his touch. An engaging plot doesn’t hurt matters either.

I, Daniel Blake

I Daniel Blake

When’s it out? October 21

Who’s in it? Dave Johns, Mickey McGregor, Julie Nicholson

What’s it about? A man dependant on state funding after his injury at work finds solace in the limited company he manages to keep.

Why should I see it? Ken Loach’s movies tell torrid tales of class injustice, but in such a beautiful way that it makes the sadness worth it.

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

When’s it out? October 28

Who’s in it? Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen

What’s it about? A different kind of Marvel superhero, Strange wields the power of his mind to ward off threats from other dimensions.

Why should I see it? Everything Cumberbatch does turns to gold right now, but even if that wasn’t the case, we’d still say casting him as Strange was inspired. This looks audaciously exciting.

The Accountant

When’s it out? November 4

Who’s in it? Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons

What’s it about? A freelance accountant dabbles in danger working for underworld crooks. Cue puns about the ‘heavy price to pay’.

Why should I see it? Intriguing for sure, this thriller appears to find unexpected suspense and surprises in the life of a leading number cruncher.

The Innocents

The Innocents

When’s it out? November 11

Who’s in it? Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Joanna Kulig

What’s it about? During a 1945 visit to a convent, a Red Cross doctor discovers multiple pregnant nuns.

Why should I see it? This one could well be up for a couple of Oscars come February next year, as it’s already received plenty of attention at Sundance. Philosophical dramas do tend to impress, don’t they?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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When’s it out? November 18

Who’s in it? Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton

What’s it about? Newt Scamander’s whimsical adventures – exploring the wildlife of J.K. Rowling’s extended universe.

Why should I see it? Because the Harry Potter movies were great, Eddie Redmayne is charming, and any chance to tip back into that magical wizarding world at the cinema should be embraced.

A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

When’s it out? November 25

Who’s in it? Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton

What’s it about? The marriage of Prince Seretse of Botswana to an ordinary London woman, viewed against the backdrop of the prejudiced society in which they live.

Why should I see it? It’s a love story with real weight behind it, and a lot to say about discrimination.

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