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The best films to see this autumn

Get your calendars ready for some movie magic this autumn

By Time Out Film
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As the nights get longer and the temperature drops, what better way to spend your autumn months than with (multiple) trips to the cinema. Luckily, the rest of the year has got you covered: there are enough movies coming out to fill an extra-large popcorn, plus a drink on the side.

Fan of superhero flicks? Joaquin Phoenix’s hotly-anticipated ‘Joker’ hits screens in October, while kids will be donning their blue dresses and begging to build a snowman thanks to the return of Elsa and the gang in ‘Frozen 2’. There are loads more, too – here are just eight of our picks for the best films hitting cinemas this autumn. 

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Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker
Warner Bros.

Joker

Film Action and adventure

Aren’t you always curious about the supervillain’s backstory? Us neither, but the operatic ‘Joker’ trailer has haunted us all summer, and Joaquin Phoenix has been on fire lately in brooding character studies like ‘You Were Never Really Here’. If anyone has a chance of eclipsing Heath Ledger’s award-winning turn, it’s him.

Opens Oct 4. 

Gemini Man

Film Science fiction

Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move.

Opens Oct 11. 

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Zombieland: Double Tap
Zombieland: Double Tap
Jessica Miglio

Zombieland 2: Double Tap

Film Comedy

Ten years on from ‘Zombieland’, the sequel lurches on to our screens, craving more braaains. Bill Murray is rumoured to be back for a second cameo and Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin also return.

Opens Oct 18. 

Doctor Sleep

Film Horror

Famously, Stephen King hated Kubrick’s movie version of ‘The Shining’. He’s fully behind this, though, an adaptation of his 2013 sequel novel that picks up with an adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), who is drawn reluctantly back into the occult world. The still-traumatised Danny has to face off against the evil Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers.

Opens Oct 31. 

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Sorry We Missed You

Film Drama

Ken Loach turns his compassionate eye to the thorny subject of zero-hours contracts in this gripping indictment of the modern gig economy. It follows the struggles of a delivery driver (Kris Hitchen) and his family to make ends meet. If you loved ‘I, Daniel Blake’, definitely don’t miss this.

Opens Nov 1. 

The Aeronauts

Film Action and adventure

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are hot air balloon pioneers on a historical adventure, when their scientific expedition turns life-threatening. Director Tom Harper did terrific work with ‘Wild Rose’, and the central pair have proven their chemistry previously in ‘The Theory of Everything’. This is high-flying stuff.

Opens Nov 8. 

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Photo: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

Le Mans '66

Film Action and adventure

Christian Bale plays irascible racing legend Ken Miles who, in the mid 1960s, teamed up with car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) to take on the Italians of Ferrari at France’s Le Mans. In the US, the movie is even named ‘Ford v Ferrari’. ‘Logan’ writer-director James Mangold is one of the few filmmakers on the planet who can turn circuit-lapping into something profound.

Opens Nov 15. 

Frozen 2
Frozen 2
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Frozen 2

Film Animation

If you’ve got kids, you won’t need reminding that the ‘Frozen’ sequel is quickly skating your way. The release date is probably written on your walls in felt tip. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and co are back for another wintry adventure in Arendelle. This time, they’re on a mission to find the origin of Elsa’s powers. Expect songs; expect spectacle; expect to be watching it 400 times.

Opens Nov 22. 

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