“The Florida Project,” Dir. Sean Baker (October 6, A24)
The “Tangerine” director returns with a moving portrait of poor families living on the margins, starring two-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe and a pair of newbie stars that garnered heavy acclaim when it bowed at Cannes.
“Breathe,” Dir. Andy Serkis (October 13, Bleecker Street)
Serkis leaves Caesar behind with his directing debut, a romance in which Claire Foy (“The Crown”) plays a woman in love with a man with polio (Andrew Garfield) who helps him to lead a full life. The heart-tugger opens the London Film Festival October 4.
“Wonderstruck,” Dir. Todd Haynes (October 20, Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions)
Haynes’ follow-up to “Carol,” cinematic tour-de-force “Wonderstruck” starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore, bowed at Cannes and is already set as the centerpiece gala at the New York Film Festival.
“The Square,” Dir. Ruben Östlund (October 27, Magnolia Pictures)
The hilarious Palme d’Or winner is an art-world satire shot in Swedish and English. It stars breakout Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West. Look for it to be the Swedish entry at this year’s Oscars.
“Novitiate,” Dir. Margaret Betts (October 27, SPC)
SPC picked up Betts’ ‘60s nun drama out of Sundance, where the star-studded feature bowed to acclaim. Betts’ debut boasts Oscar winner Melissa Leo in a chilling supporting role, along with a breakout turn from Margaret Qualley.
“Suburbicon,” Dir. George Clooney (November 3, Paramount)
Clooney is expected to show up in Venice with his latest directing effort, a comedy written with the Coen brothers and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac.
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos (November 3, A24)
The dark comedy made a splash at Cannes, thanks to fearless turns from Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and co-star Colin Farrell, along with a chilling breakout from Barry Keoghan.
“Roman Israel, Esq.”, Dir. Dan Gilroy (November 3, Sony)
Gilroy’s follow-up to “Nightcrawler” stars Oscar winner Denzel Washington as a ‘70s lawyer facing an ethical crisis. “Nightcrawler” premiered at TIFF in 2014; last year, Washington took “The Magnificent Seven” to the festival.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Dir. Martin McDonagh (November 10, Fox Searchlight)
Oscar winner Frances McDormand plays an angry rebel who displays her grievances in a big way. Another twisted comedy from McDonagh, who brought “Seven Psychopaths” to TIFF in 2014 and “In Bruges” to Sundance in 2008. Expect to see in Venice.
“Last Flag Flying,” Dir. Richard Linklater (November 17, Amazon Studios)
Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne star as ex-soldier buddies in this sequel to “The Last Detail” — which, like the original, was adapted from Darryl Ponicsan’s novel. (Linklater and Ponicsan adapted the screenplay). The comedy opens the New York Film Festival September 28.
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