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25 films to see this fall


Sleeping Beauty
A college student played by Sucker Punch’s Emily Browning becomes a hot commodity as a high-class escort. Director Julia Leigh’s feature debut caused quite a stir at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, inviting both vociferous boos and impassioned comparisons to Stanley Kubrick.—KU (Oct 28)

Tarsem Singh (The Fall) brings his visually expressive sensibility to this action-packed tale of the warrior Theseus (Henry Cavill, soon to be the Man of Steel) and the imprisoned Greek gods he must release to fight the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). It has to be better than that other titans-clashing flick.—KU (Nov 4)

Puss in Boots
If Shrek were to spin off any of its supporting cast into movies, this would’ve been the one we’d pick: the furry lothario (voiced by Antonio Banderas) who loves the felines and bowls of cream. Cat lovers, prepare to be vigorously stroked.—JR (Nov 4)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Our favorite White Castle–scarfing stoners are back to raise some holiday hell. After destroying a prize Christmas tree, the boys traipse through Manhattan in search of a replacement evergreen. Neil Patrick Harris, of course, acts as their spirit guide.—KU (Nov 4)

J. Edgar
Hoover, that is, the feared and revered FBI director who probably had more impact on American policy than most Presidents and senators. Clint Eastwood directs the ever-deepening Leonardo DiCaprio; the script (by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black) explores the subject’s closeted sex life.—JR (Nov 9)