17 movies you have to see this Autumn

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Now that blockbuster season is over, it’s time for compelling dramas, tense thrillers and hair-raising horrors to take over on the big screen – though a few huge epics still await.

There are plenty of big-name biopics and festival favourites afoot. Mark Butler picks out 17 great-looking movies hitting cinemas this Autumn.

The Guest

Who’s in it?

Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Lance Reddick

When’s it out?

September 5

What should we expect?

An intriguing thriller with suspense, twists and action-packed outbursts galore.

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Fast-rising horror whizz Adam Wingard directs this story about a strange man welcomed in by a family, when he claims to be a former comrade of their dead soldier son.

It’ll be good then?

Wingard and writer Simon Barrett landed a real cult hit with previous collaboration You’re Next, and the critics love this new effort. At the time of writing, it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

A Most Wanted Man

Who’s in it?

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel Bruhl, Rachel McAdams

When’s it out?

September 12

What should we expect?

An engaging spy saga with heavyweight acting, contemporary themes and an intricate plot.

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Adapted from the John le Carre novel and set in Germany, it’s a murky drama revolving around a suspected Islamic terrorist and the security services’ attempts to corner him.

It’ll be good then?

Le Carre’s novel provides rich source material, and it seems beautifully acted and shot. Fans of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy may well approve.

The Riot Club

Who’s in it?

Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer

When’s it out?

September 19

What should we expect?

A scathing satire on posh boy cliques and their shameless behaviour. Cameron and BoJo beware.

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Based on Laura Wade’s notorious play, this follows a fictional Bullingdon Club-esque drinking society at Oxford University into dark, uncomfortable territory.

It’ll be good then?

Star Max Irons – son of Jeremy – seems like a riveting chip off the old block, while director Lone Scherfig has form in tackling complex British character drama - in the shape of Oscar-nominated flick An Education.

Maps To The Stars

Who’s in it?

Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack

When’s it out?

September 26

What should we expect?

A deliciously dark and shocking send-up of Hollywood from one of modern film’s most uncompromising auteurs.

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Moore stars as a furious, fading actress at the centre of a fractious tinsel-town dynasty. David Cronenberg directs: so naturally explicit erotic scenes and surreal character conflicts abound.

It’ll be good then?

Moore scooped Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie was widely praised. Cronenberg is due a resurgence following an uncharacteristic dip in quality – and it looks like he may well have found it.

Gone Girl

Who’s in it?

Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

When’s it out?

October 3

What should we expect?

Complex and compelling mystery drama from the man who brought you Fight Club, Se7en and The Social Network.

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Adapted from a hugely popular best-selling novel, David Fincher directs a tale of trial-by-media as an ordinary man falls under suspicion when his wife goes missing.

It’ll be good then?

Splicing a classic whodunnit set-up with a timely look at media morality, the cast look on-song and Fincher has hardly ever put a foot wrong. Could be tremendous.

The Maze Runner

Who’s in it?

Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter

When’s it out?

October 10

What should we expect?

The Hunger Games meets Cube.

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A bunch of baffled young things wake up in a strange park-like environment surrounded by a giant labyrinth. And something very nasty is lurking within.

It’ll be good then?

The trailer has great atmosphere, and it’s a nifty concept. The book it’s based on certainly spawned a successful series – but the jury’s still out on whether this can be the next blockbuster ‘young adult’ franchise.

The Judge

Who’s in it?

Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga

When’s it out?

October 17

What should we expect?

Legal drama meets family crisis movie, complete with courtroom showdowns and emotional revelations.

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It’s the whole slick city kid returns to his small hometown shtick, only this time the kid is a top lawyer and his dad is a local judge being tried for murder. Guess who’s going to defend him?

It’ll be good then?

You couldn’t really ask for a better cast, especially given Billy Bob Thornton is also along for the ride. Interestingly though, director David Dobkin’s background is in goofy comedy (Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus) – so it’ll be fascinating to see how he makes the transition.

The Babadook

Who’s in it?

Essie Davis, Noah Wieseman, Daniel Henshall

When’s it out?

October 24

What should we expect?

Soiled trousers.

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It’s Insidious done Down Under, in the shape of an Australian supernatural horror revolving around a single mum – and the terrifying creature her son says is coming to get them.

It’ll be good then?

Extremely well received on the festival circuit, there’s a feeling that The Babadook is one of the finest chillers in years. And it’s out just in time for Halloween, too.

Jimi: All Is By My Side

Who’s in it?

Andre 3000, Imogen Poots, Hayley Atwell

When’s it out?

October 24

What should we expect?

Ultra-cool outfits, rock-outs and ’60s excess, as Hendrix gets the biopic treatment.

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Charting the guitar icon’s extraordinary, eventful time in the UK, All Is By My Side sets out to explore both the charisma and the chaos of the music legend’s life.

It’ll be good then?

Casting the bloke from Outkast as Jimi is a surprising move – but he looks to have nailed it. Oh, and director John Ridley wrote 12 Years A Slave, so he’s hardly a stranger to captivating real-life drama.

Horns

Who’s in it?

Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham

When’s it out?

October 29

What should we expect?

The devilish reinvention of Daniel Radcliffe, complete with rock star look, whisky-soaked voice and a whole heap of carnage.

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Humour and violence look to collide in this highly off-the-wall dark fantasy flick. When his girlfriend is killed, the vengeful protagonist inexplicably spouts horns and acquires formidable new powers.

It’ll be good then?

The trailers certainly piqued our attention. It’s aesthetically rich, tonally compelling, and Radcliffe’s performance looks to be a revelation.

Mr Turner

Who’s in it?

Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Lesley Manville

When’s it out?

October 31

What should we expect?

An intelligent insight into the life and times of celebrated English painter JMW Turner.

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Mike Leigh reunites with one of his favourite actors to create a vivid (ahem) portrait of the great, eccentric landscape artist.

It’ll be good then?

You’re damn right it will. We awarded it a glowing 5-star review at Cannes this year – calling it “quite simply brilliant” – and praised Spall’s performance as “mind-blowing”.

Interstellar

Who’s in it?

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine

When’s it out?

November 7

What should we expect?

Extraordinary cerebral sci-fi from the man who brought you Inception.

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Christopher Nolan’s space voyage epic sees a family man leave his kids – and a resource-low future Earth – in search of salvation among the stars.

It’ll be good then?

Er…yeah. We reckon so. The McConaissance is in full swing, Nolan looks to have combined intimate, emotional drama with spectacle akin to a modern-day 2001, and the ensemble cast is absolutely insane.

The Imitation Game

Who’s in it?

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

When’s it out?

November 14

What should we expect?

World War II codebreaking drama meets powerful and poignant biopic.

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It’s the story of brilliant yet cruelly wronged mathematician Alan Turing, who broke the Nazi enigma code – but was persecuted for his sexuality.

It’ll be good then?

Cumberbatch is consistently impressive these days and the supporting cast is solid to say the least. The previews practically scream BAFTAs.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Who’s in it?

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

When’s it out?

November 21

What should we expect?

An explosive new instalment in the successful dystopian deathmatch saga.

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This time, it’s war. The rebellion against President Snow’s tyrannical regime is underway, and Katniss must fight for higher stakes than ever before.

It’ll be good then?

Quite probably. The first two movies were, and Lawrence is arguably the finest young leading actress in Hollywood. With a loftier scale and grander conflict this time out, prepare for big screen sparks to fly.

Get On Up

Who’s in it?

Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis

When’s it out?

November 21

What should we expect?

Sex, drugs, and the hippest rock n roll in history, courtesy of a warts-and-all look at the Godfather of funk.

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James Brown finally gets the biopic treatment, chronicling his rise from impoverished child to global superstar.

It’ll be good then?

We’re tapping our feet already. The live scenes look electric, and given the ups and downs of the singer’s life and tempestuous character, it should be rich pickings for director Tate Taylor.

What We Do In The Shadows

Who’s in it?

Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh

When’s it out?

November 21

What should we expect?

Preposterous set-ups and laughs aplenty, as disgruntled vampires do the hoovering in mid-air and struggle to get into nightclubs.

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Flight Of The Conchords man Clement stars in and co-writes/directs this delicious comedy concept: a mockumentary following the lives of modern-day bloodsuckers.

It’ll be good then?

Initial buzz has been overwhelmingly positive, with critics and fans alike singing its praises. The trailer alone is hilarious.

Paddington

Who’s in it?

Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville

When’s it out?

November 28

What should we expect?

Family fun and hi-jinks, courtesy of the world’s most famous Peruvian bear.

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Paddington gets a CGI makeover for this live-action romp, which sees him all fish-out-of-water when he travels from his South American home to London.

It’ll be good then?

Potentially adorable. Whishaw is an inspired choice after Colin Firth did a runner – and the film gets bonus points for having a taxidermist villain played by Kidman.

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Mark is the content manager for WOW247 in Leeds. When he isn't waxing lyrical about Ben Wheatley and Caravan Palace, he's landing news, assembling guides and penning features.

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