Every outdoor surface is covered in rain (and a few indoors if you're really unlucky), the afternoons are getting shorter and nights longer, you are wearing a woolly jumper and trying not to think about the number of standing between you and Christmas. Snuggling up with great entertainment just got even more delicious. Here is my pick of the films to watch this autumn.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones reunite – that alone will be enough to entice some of you. The story, if you still need persuading, is about a pioneering Victorian air balloon journey about to go tragically wrong. Felicity Jones is the pilot Amelia Wren, and Eddie Redmayne the scientist, James Glaisher, who accompanies her above the clouds. The film, written and directed by Tom Harper, is ‘inspired by true events’, but the UK’s national Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, has voiced its discontent with the telling: Glaisher’s real-life counterpart, Henry Coxwell, is not portrayed, in favour of the fictional Wren.
UK release date: 8 November 2019. Rated: PG
In an interesting career turn for director Bill Condon, (Beauty and the Beast, The Twilight Saga and Dreamgirls), this is a thriller based on the novel by Nicholas Searle, The Good Liar stars Ian McKellan as a career con-man who meets a wealthy widow online. Helen Mirren plays his romantic interest/adversary in a twisty and dark story.
UK release date: 10 November 2019. Rated: 15
A film in three words: Men and cars. How about another three? Ford versus Ferrari. If you’re still reading, here are four more: Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The film, based on real events, was in development as far back as 2009, when Michael Mann was on board to direct. At one point, Brad Pitt was being touted to star alongside Tom Cruise as car designer Carrol Shelby, the role Damon now fills. James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line, Girl, Interrupted) directs.
UK release date: 15 November 2019. Rated: TBC
The most innocent snowman ever created, Olaf, is back. Take my money, Disney. Some six years after Frozen, sisters Anna and Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, (just need to mention it again) and Sven are back. A kingdom under threat sounds like a familiar premise, but I think we can trust the Frozen cast and direction to deliver something fabulous. The soundtrack is by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the same husband-and-wife composing duo that was behind Frozen.
UK release date: 22 November 2019. Rated: PG
An Australian revenge drama with rich visuals and some dark comedy, Judy (Mia Wasikowska) turns the tables on her violent, drunk partner Punch. Yes, there are puppets. An offbeat and theatrical approach should ensure it entertains, despite the black premise.
Premieres at the London Film Festival on 12 October and is released nationally on 15 November. Rated: 15
Edward Norton writes, directs and stars as Lionel, a private detective trying to solve the murder of his friend and mentor Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Set in 1950s New York, this neo-noir has at least one striking difference – Lionel has Tourette’s Syndrome. The screenplay is based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem, which won the 2000 Gold Dagger award for crime fiction. Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star.
UK release date: 29 November 2019. Rated: 15
In a selection short on romance, this British-Irish film may be a welcome relief, but if you are a sensitive soul, keep the tissues ready. Ordinary Love follows Joan (Lesley Manville) and Tom (Liam Neeson) as she confronts a diagnosis of breast cancer, in what promises to be a relatable and moving story. Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn co-direct their second feature film.
UK release date: 6 December 2019. Rated: 12A
Photo credit: Clem Onojeghuo