This autumn is throwing up a multitude of quality films. Here’s our pick of the best, from Kingsman: The Golden Circle to tennis biopic Borg vs McEnroe and science fiction sequel Blade Runner 2049
Autumn is often the season when studios unleash many of their big hitters and indeed it’s not for nothing that it’s often the movies released during this time that end up on the Oscars radar. The coming months offer up everything from action-packed spy flicks to ego-driven tennis matches to the return of a sci-fi favourite.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service was a nostalgia-fuelled return to the kind of escapist spy fare of the old-time James Bond films.
Starring Taron Egerton as a down-at-heel teen trained up to become a gentleman spy by the dapper Colin Firth, it took the spirit of the Roger Moore Bond movies and gave it a 21st-century makeover. Now, the Kingsmen are back and this time they’re working with their American cousins, the Statesmen, played by, among others, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum.
The big question though is: after being shot by Samuel L Jackson at the end of the first movie, how is Colin Firth’s Harry Hart still alive? Hold onto your brolly, as we’ll find out later this month.When’s it out? 20 September
Borg Vs McEnroe
Even if you weren’t a tennis fan in the early 1980s, chances are you’d have known who Björn Borg and John McEnroe were. Their fame transcended their own sport as they seized headlines and captured the public’s imagination. Long-time rivals, this thoughtful drama focuses on the two players at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships, culminating in their legendary encounter in the men’s singles final.
Starring Shia LaBeouf as the bad boy of tennis, John “you cannot be serious!” McEnroe and Swedish star Sverrir Gudnason as the handsome Björn Borg, this looks to be a compelling drama about two of sport’s most charismatic figures.When’s it out? 22 September
Blade Runner 2049
Thirty-five years ago, Harrison Ford starred in his OTHER great sci-fi role, as Replicant hunter Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s noir classic Blade Runner. It’s a movie that’s ballooned in stature over the years, and now Ford is back, with Scott as producer, in this highly anticipated sequel that we hope will finally answer the question: is Deckard himself a Replicant?
Joining Ford is Ryan Gosling as a modern-day blade runner on a mission to track down the long-missing Deckard, with Oscar-winner Jared Leto as shady Replicant manufacturer Niander Wallace and a returning Edward James Olmos as the origami-obsessed Gaff.
When’s it out? 6 October
The Death of Stalin
A comedy about the 1953 death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin? It doesn’t seem like an obvious subject for an uproarious time at the cinema, but when you know that the man behind the movie is The Thick of It creator
Armando Iannucci, that should give you an idea of what to expect.
The movie focuses on the furious political manoeuvrings that transpired in the aftermath of Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953. Starring Adrian McLoughlin as the titular Stalin, plus Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Jeffrey Tambor as Stalin’s heir apparent Georgy Malenkov as well as Michael Palin, Jason Isaacs, Paul Whitehouse and Rupert Friend, it’s the first movie Iannucci has directed since 2009’s The Thick of It offshoot, In the Loop.
When’s it out? 20 October
Murder on the Orient Express
There hasn’t been a movie version of what is probably Agatha Christie’s most famous novel in over 40 years, but with interest in the mistress of crime at an all-time high, this is a timely return for the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as the perfectly moustachioed detective, alongside one of the starriest casts we’ve seen in a long time. Among the names along for the ride are Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Olivia Colman and Sir Derek Jacobi. And you know the likelihood is that the one of them did it. But which one?
When’s it out? 3 November
A Bad Moms Christmas
2016’s Bad Moms was the surprise hit comedy of 2016 where three overworked and under-appreciated moms decide to ditch their responsibilities for a binge weekend of wild self-indulgence. Well, this time, the MOMS’ moms are visiting for Christmas and – what do you know? They’re just as badly behaved as their daughters…
If wholesome Christmas movies are your thing, best give this one a wide berth. But if you like your Crimbo flicks with a side order of naughtiness, A Bad Moms Christmas will start getting you in the mood for the festive season.
When’s it out? 3 November
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