30 movies to see this fall

Say hello to a much cooler film season—here are 30 picks to set your cinema-lovin’ heart ablaze this fall

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Force Majeure

It doesn’t sound funny—a family man on a ski vacation suffers a meltdown after an avalanche shakes his poise—but Ruben Östlund’s psychological drama builds, subtly, to a hilarious takedown of masculinity. This is pure filmmaking, controlled and acute, and a real conversation-starter. (Oct 24)

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(L-R) BILL MURRAY and JAEDEN LIEBERHER star in ST. VINCENT

St. Vincent

Oh, Bill Murray, how we love your bachelor-party–crashing ways and rumpled off-camera charm. Of course, when you do act, that’s funny, too—and this comedy, about a soused veteran who forms an uneasy bond with a new neighbor kid—sounds delightfully Rushmore-ish. Please don’t let us be wrong. (Oct 24)

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White Bird in a Blizzard

Set in an atmospherically evoked 1988, this missing-mother psychodrama, starring Shailene Woodley as an intrepid teen, is a return to Mysterious Skin territory for Sundance vet Gregg Araki. As ever, Eva Green steals the show, playing a parent gone over the edge. (Oct 24)

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Horns

Daniel Radcliffe embraces the demon inside in Alexandre Aja’s horror movie, in which the former Harry Potter plays a young man who sprouts a pair of devil horns after he’s accused of murdering his girlfriend. His grief quickly gives way to glee when he discovers he enjoys being bad; somebody clearly took lessons from Lord Voldemort. (Oct 31)

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Interstellar

The ominous trailer is freaking us out, and we’ll follow Matthew McConaughey wherever he goes. Little is known about Christopher Nolan’s ultrasecret sci-fi thinker, apart from the bare minimum: Earth is dying, and we need to send astronauts out to find a nonterrestrial solution. So in other words, get ready for a laugh riot. (Nov 7) 

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The Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking: genius, cosmos-cracker, symbol of resilience…romantic fool? Directed by Man on Wire’s James Marsh, this biopic tells a more personal story, set during the astrophysicist’s Cambridge years before his calamitous physical decline. Eddie Redmayne dons the Coke-bottle glasses; Felicity Jones charms his heart. (Nov 7)

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Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To

Has it really been 20 years since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels first hit the road in 1994’s celebration of all things stoopid? We’re happy to welcome the idiotic duo back into our lives—and even more excited to check in with the writing-directing Farrelly brothers, a pair of consistently crazy talents. (Nov 14)

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Foxcatcher

Some will be lining up just to see Channing Tatum rolling around with dudes in a wrestling singlet. But this sports drama has a serious pedigree: It’s directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and explores the sacrifices made by young athletes who want to go all the way. Adding to the buzz is a potentially Oscar-bound Steve Carell, unrecognizable as a ruthless sponsor. (Nov 14)

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1

Of course, it’s only the first half; we’ll have to wait until next November to see how the postapocalyptic saga concludes. But there’s real reason to be excited: Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen is as tough and complex as any of the actor’s awarded turns. Go for her—along with another bitter taste of Philip Seymour Hoffman. (Nov 21)





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