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25 films to see this fall


Cinematic sourpuss extraordinaire Lars von Trier ups the heaviness ante by tackling—no shock here—the end of the world via planetary collision. Surprisingly, the apocalypse actually brings out a life-affirmative streak in Von Trier; it’s the Danish enfant terrible’s most emotionally nuanced melodrama, with Cannes award winner Kirsten Dunst giving her best performance in eons.—DF (Nov 11)

The Descendants
Alexander Payne (Sideways) and George Clooney (him again!) team up for this dramedy about a business mogul reaching out to his daughters after a tragedy. We predict pathos, handsomeness, hugs, witty dialogue and, undoubtedly, beaucoup Oscar nominations.—DF (Nov 23)

Martin Scorsese makes one for the kid in us all with this 3-D period fantasy, about 12-year-old boy who lives in the walls of a Parisian train station. The trailer promises plenty of stereoscopic wonder and Sacha Baron Cohen pratfalls. Does that amuse us? You bet it does.—KU (Nov 23)

The Muppets
Great to have you back, guys. Kermit, Piggy and the rest of the gang have to put on a show to save their digs from the wrecking ball. Have they tried Hare Krishna? Prepare for numerous celebrity cameos and musical numbers amid the hilarity-infused Muppetry.—KU (Nov 23)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
John le Carré’s landmark spy novel gets a high-toned cinematic airbrushing, via Let the Right One In’s director, Tomas Alfredson, and a cast of British acting giants to kill for: Gary Oldman, John Hurt and Tom Hardy. Oh, and Colin Firth, too.—JR (Dec 9)


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