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The 10 Movies We’re Most Excited About This Fall

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Dir. by James Gray (Sept. 20)

As our review on Pg. 29 attests, this deep-space mystery thriller starring Brad Pitt is one of the year’s boldest and most spectacular films. Pitt is an astronaut on a secret mission to find his long-lost father (Tommy Lee Jones) in the outer reaches of the solar system. Director James Gray (The Lost City of Z) does for the colonization of space what Francis Ford Coppola and Apocalypse Now did for the war in Vietnam: chronicles the breadth of its everyday horrors. The grim near-future landscapes are as richly rendered as the emotional tumult of these questing, questioning explorers. Also starring Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland and Liv Tyler.


Dir. by Todd Phillips (Oct. 4)

Despite our general antipathy toward whatever we’re supposed to be calling the D.C. Cinematic Universe — Remember Batman V Superman? Remember Suicide Squad? Yuck! — we’re holding out hope for the Joker origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beets. Phoenix’s interpretation is bound to be more watchable than the neon psychotics of Jared Leto. And the New York City streetscape, we’re pleased to note, recalls the muted retro palette of Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? In the hands of Phillips (The Hangover), it’ll be interesting to see how Joker’s messaging critiques or extrapolates upon the current U.S. culture of toxic masculinity.

The Lighthouse

Dir. by Robert Eggers (Oct. 18)

A black-and-white period piece starring Robert Pattinson and Willem DaFoe, directed by Eggers, who exploded onto the scene with the 2015 throwback horror, The Witch? Yes, please. Who knows what this is about, beyond the two fine actors and the setting — a lighthouse in the 1890s? But who cares? Eggers’ atmospherics will carry the day. Also, we’ll admit it. We’re suckers for lighthouse movies. The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender and

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