Autumn is to film buffs what the Vogue September issue is to fashion. Officially, it’s the kick-off to awards season, and a time filled with festivals showcasing new talent. But the brisk drop in temperature is also the perfect excuse to ditch all your friends and hide out in a dark room, ready to be transported to a new place, exposed to different ideas, or just emote without having to answer questions.
The films on the lineup this year promise to do all that and more: from biopics about tragically talented icons (Judy); to Pulitzer Prize-winning literary adaptations (The Goldfinch); to true stories about strippers living their best, most crime-filled, lives (Hustlers); to sequels about horrifying, demented clowns (It: Chapter Two); and let’s not forget the adventures of Brad Pitt in space (Ad Astra). There’s something here for every kind of fan — all with stacked casts.
Some titles on this list may already be familiar. Some are hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The good news is, autumn blends into winter, so you’ll have more than enough time to get through them before we all settle in to watch the potentially host-less Oscars in February.