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Finally! Those end-of-summer explosion/superhero movies are over, and we’re ready to get back into serious cinema season. (And by that we mean we plan to see at least one flick that makes us cry and teaches us about humanity.)

This fall’s crop features squabbling siblings, a British mathematician, a plucky divorcée and, oh yeah, Gone Girl.

Check out our list of ten movies to get on your radar.


The Skeleton Twins

(September 12)

Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) may be twins, but they haven’t talked in years and really have nothing in common--until they both weirdly face near-death experiences on the same day. We’re pumped to see two veteran comedians take on meatier, more serious roles. Plus, the trailer implies heavy rotation of the Mannequin theme song, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”


The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

(September 12)

As everyone who’s ever experienced a breakup knows, there are always two sides to the story: his and hers. This Jessica Chastain/James McAvoy tearjerker takes the dichotomy literally; it was originally filmed as two separate movies, one from each character’s perspective.


This Is Where I Leave You

(September 19)

How great does this sound? Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll (Russo on House of Cards) star as disgruntled siblings brought together to sit shiva after their father’s death. Oh, and Jane Fonda is their mom, NBD.


Gone Girl

(October 3)

David Fincher. Ben Affleck. Neil Patrick Harris. The last time we were this excited, it involved the release of a glow-in-the-dark Barbie.


Dear White People

(October 17)

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival award for Breakthrough Talent, Justin Simien’s debut about a group of black students at a predominantly white university looks smart and irreverent (two of our favorite qualities in a movie).


St. Vincent

(October 24)

Bill Murray as a broke, sarcastic sad sack? You don’t say. Throw in Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts (as a Russian stripper), a really cute little kid and a plot about redemption and reinvention and you’ve got a Thanksgiving movie for the whole family.


The Theory of Everything

(November 7)

Yes, there’s a movie about Stephen Hawking, and yes, it’s a romantic drama. Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn), this biopic (which has Oscar written all over it) follows the famous physicist as he falls in love with his wife-to-be in the late 1950s--and learns of his debilitating disease.



(November 14)

With Capote and Moneyball under his belt, writer/director Bennett Miller has an impressive résumé. His latest pulled-from-the-headlines drama stars Steve Carell as a paranoid schizophrenic who becomes bizarrely and tragically intertwined with Olympic wrestling stars Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo).


The Imitation Game

(November 21)

Benedict Cumberbatch is our official crush of 2014 (we mean, did you see his ice-bucket challenge?), so we’ve got high hopes for his portrayal of Alan Turing, the British mathematician and scientist who cracked German military codes during World War II.



(December 5)

Back in 2012 when we first read Cheryl Strayed’s Eat Pray Love-esque memoir about hiking the Pacific Northwest trail, we were all, “Wow, this would make a really good movie.” Turns out Reese Witherspoon agreed. Watch for the film adaptation (which Reese produced and stars in) in early December. BYO gorp.

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