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Jordan Canning picks her favourites from the upcoming, new fall film schedule.

There’s no denying that summer is over, but autumn in St. John’s is something to be embraced. Don’t think of it as the days getting shorter, think of it as the nights getting longer. This is the perfect time of year to hunker down and get reacquainted with a wonderful indoor activity that may have taken a backseat while you were out soaking up the sunshine in August: watching movies.

What better way to spend a cool October evening than watching one of the many new flicks Fall has to offer? The MUN Cinema Series is back, the new Classic Movie Mondays is on the go, and the Women’s Film Festival is just around the corner. But not only that­—there are a slew of Oscar-vying gems that will be rolling into town… big, shiny movies, fresh off the festival circuit and headed our way.

So smuggle your popcorn into the theatre, snuggle up with that special someone, and settle in for a season’s worth of great films.

Here’s what we’ve got…

Key:
* = Definitely worth seeing.
% = With luck, it’ll make it here.

OCTOBER

INTO THE WILD * %
Starring Emilie Hirsh, Marcia Gay Harden
Written and directed by Sean Penn, the film tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who abandons his middle class existence to hitchhike his way towards adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. (Drama)

MICHAEL CLAYTON
Starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton
An elite New York attorney with a talent for cleaning up his high-profile clients’ messy personal problems faces the greatest challenge of his career when a crucial case is sabotaged by a co-worker. (Drama)

ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE
Starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Samantha Morton
The story of one woman’s crusade to control love, crush enemies and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world. (Drama)

WE OWN THE NIGHT *
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall
An emotional crime drama about a New York nightclub manager trying to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men. (Drama)

DAN IN REAL LIFE
Starring Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche
A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother’s girlfriend. (Comedy)

RENDITION
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin
A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US. (Thriller)

THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE
Starring Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, Alison Lohman, David Duchovny
A recent widow invites her husband’s troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss. (Drama)

NOVEMBER

AMERICAN GANGSTER
Starring Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan who is smuggling the drug into the country in the coffins of soldiers returning from the Vietnam War. (Drama)

FUGITIVE PIECES % *
Starring Stephen Dillane, Rade Sherbedgia, Rosamund Pike, Ayelet Zurer, Robbie Kay, Nina Dobrev
A child escapes from Poland during World War II and first heads to Greece before coming of age in Canada. (Drama)

THE KITE RUNNER *
Starring Khalid Abdalla, Homayon Ershadi
An epic tale of fathers, sons, friendship and betrayal, that takes us from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the Taliban reign. (Drama)

LIONS FOR LAMBS %
Starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise
Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor. (Drama)

MR. MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman
When Mr. Magorium, the 243 year-old eccentric owner of a magical toy store, bequeaths the store to the insecure manager, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium. (Family)

AUGUST RUSH
Starring Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore, Kerri Russell, Terrence Howard
An orphaned musical prodigy uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Drama)

DECEMBER

THE GOLDEN COMPASS
Starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig
In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization. (Family)

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING *
Starring Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. The storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets. (Comedy/Drama)