Fall Arts Preview: Top 10 Films

St. Vincent

Not that you need a reason to see a movie starring Bill Murray, but here’s one you might not expect: his 11-year-old co-star, Jaeden Lieberher, might be even funnier than he is. Mr. Murray plays an outer-borough deadbeat who babysits Mr. Lieberher, taking him to the racetrack and strip clubs, after the boy and his single mom (Melissa McCarthy) move next door. Opens October 24.

Swim Little Fish Swim

Sometimes you need a beautiful, artistic Frenchwoman to waltz into your life and remind you you’re alive and living in New York City. At least that seems to be the case for Leeward, a married, New York-based musician and father of two played by Dustin Guy Defa. After meeting Lilas (Lola Bessis), an experimental video artist whose visa is about to expire, he invites her to stay in his home with his family. Opens September 19.

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God Help the Girl

Imagine if Juno and High School Musical had a baby (in a less terrible way than that probably sounds), make it Wes Anderson-y and give it a Belle and Sebastian-esque soundtrack. O.K., the result, God Help the Girl, is not NOT hipster-y, but don’t let that deter you. The movie brims with warmth, and if that doesn’t entice you, perhaps the fact that it’s directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian will. Opens September 5.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Car chases, explosions and heavy-duty one-liners: it’s Liam Neeson’s latest movie since he turned into Charles Bronson. Opens September 19.


Keep On Keepin’ On

Jazz legend Clark Terry stars in this documentary about his relationship with Justin Kauflin, a blind prodigy. Opens October 3.


Not for the timid, this French indie follows a hypersexual misfit whose love of dirt, germs and all things filthy lands her in the hospital, where she meets a male nurse just as out-there as she is. Debuts September 5.

The Theory of Everything

Based on the life of Stephen Hawking, the film tells the story of a brilliant young grad student who falls in love and is diagnosed shortly afterward with usually-fatal ALS, then goes on to make the most significant advances in physics since Einstein, marry and father three children. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Opens November 7.

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Things are about to go bad for the Emoji family- they just don't know it yet. (Photo: Screenshot)

A Merry Friggin Christmas

On Christmas Eve, Boyd Mitchler (played by Joel McHale) realizes he forgot to pack the Christmas presents on a family trip and winds up on an eight-hour quest for replacements. Starring Robin Williams in what will be one of the late comedian’s four posthumous films. Opens November 7.

This is Where I Leave You

A dysfunctional Jewish family sits shiva in this dramedy based on Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling novel. Recently divorced Judd (Jason Bateman) not only loses his father and wife (to douchey boss Dax Shepard), he now finds himself stuck at home with his oversexed mother (Jane Fonda) and damaged siblings. Opens September 19.

The Two Faces of January

For the first time in decades, a film crew was given access to shoot in the Acropolis, and the result is a breathtaking story of a con artist on the run. Shot in the Parthenon and Turkish ruins as well, the thriller stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. Out now.

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