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Rocketman
Paramount Pictures

13 movies to see in autumn

Whether they're blockbuster sequels, high-profile remakes or even brand new stories, this season's new releases speak to our uneasy times

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All is not well in movie land; the workers in the dream factory are restive. Superheroes face a terrible future (Avengers: Endgame). True stories are preoccupied with terror, both from the fringe (Hotel Mumbai) and from within the state (Peterloo). Personal relationships are fraught with danger in movies like The Kindergarten Teacher, Destroyer and Burning, and even the kids' films are dark tales of exploitation and derision (Dumbo). And we haven't even started on the the horror movies... (Us, Pet Sematary). This is your moviegoing landscape in autumn, 2019 – but if you can make it through unscathed, your reward is a fantastical Elton John biopic (Rocketman). So say goodbye to that yellow brick road and strap yourself in for the ride.

Read reviews of movies in cinemas right now.

 

1. Captain Marvel

Film

Opens Mar 7

Brie Larson takes the title role in a new Marvel storyline as an Air Force pilot infused with alien DNA. Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn and Jude Law co-star. 

Hotel Mumbai
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2. Hotel Mumbai

Film Animation

Opens Mar 14

The devastating terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008 is the subject of Australian director Anthony Maras’ feature debut, with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer in the cast.

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Sometimes Always Never
Transmission Films

3. Sometimes, Always, Never

Film Drama

Opens Mar 14

The irresistible Bill Nighy stars as a Scrabble obsessive searching for his missing son in a witty UK drama about communication and game playing.

Destroyer: Ajuste de Contas (2018)
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4. Destroyer

Film Drama

Opens Mar 21

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

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5. Us

Film Horror

Opens Mar 28 

Jordan Peele won an Oscar for his creepy and satirical Get Out screenplay; now he returns with the horrific story of a family on vacation terrorised by their own doppelgangers. Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke (Black Panther) star.

Dumbo
Disney

6. Dumbo

Film Family

Opens Apr 4

The lovable flying elephant from Disney’s 1941 masterpiece gets the live-action treatment under the direction of Tim Burton.

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A zombie cat in Pet Sematary movie
Paramount Pictures

7. Pet Sematary

Film Horror

Opens Apr 4

Based on a horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. 

A Educadora de Infância (2018)
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8. The Kindergarten Teacher

Film Drama

Opens Apr 11

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a teacher who discovers that one of her five-year-old charges seems to have a preternatural talent for poetry and takes it upon herself to nurture his gift – but goes way too far.

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Burning (2019)
Photograph: Pine House Film/Thunderbird Releasing

9. Burning

Film Thriller

Opens Apr 18

The are echoes of Patricia Highsmith’s psychological thrillers in this slow-burning film from South Korea in which a young man in love with a free-spirited woman is consumed with jealousy when she introduces her wealthy new friend (The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun).

Robert Downey Jr in Avengers: Endgame
Disney

10. Avengers: Endgame

Film

Opens Apr 25

The surviving Avengers regroup for the continuation of the apocalyptic story begun in Avengers: Infinity War. Who’ll die this time?

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11. All Is True

Film Drama

Opens May 9

The year is 1613, and William Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Kenneth Branagh directs and plays Shakespeare in this biopic scripted by Ben Elton.

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12. Peterloo

Film Drama

Opens May 16

Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.

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Rocketman
Paramount Pictures

13. Rocketman

Film Drama

Hoping to match the runaway success of Bohemian Rhapsody is the dramatisation of the life of another great gay rock star, Elton John (Taron Egerton, singing his own versions of the songs). Dexter Fletcher, who co-directed Rhapsody, is also calling the shots on this one.

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