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2015 New York Film Festival Has JGL On A Tightrope And The Latest Spielberg Movie

"Miles Ahead," "The Walk" and "Bridge of Spies" are premiering.

The New York Film Festival is one of the last major festivals that thrusts us into Oscar season. Kicking off Friday and running through Oct. 11, this year's NYFF will serve up the first screenings of "The Walk" and "Bridge of Spies," both of which could shift the Oscar race. In between, look for a heap of celebrated foreign titles and remnants of the year's other big festivals. Here are 13 movies we're excited to see.

  • "The Walk" (Opening Night • World Premiere)
    Directed by Robert Zemeckis &bull; Written by&nbsp;Christopher Browne&nbsp;and&nbsp;Robert Zemeckis<br><br>Starring Joseph Go
    Sony Pictures
    Directed by Robert Zemeckis • Written by Christopher Browne and Robert Zemeckis

    Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Schwartz

    What to expect: JGL had two potential Oscar bids this year, until "Snowden" was delayed to 2016. Now he'll have to coast on his stint as French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who tightroped his was between the Twin Towers in 1974. It's "Man on Wire" in the form of a 3-D spectacle, thanks to the director of "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump."
  • "Steve Jobs" (Centerpiece)
    Directed by Danny Boyle &bull; Written by&nbsp;Aaron Sorkin<br><br>Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jef
    Universal
    Directed by Danny Boyle • Written by Aaron Sorkin

    Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg

    What to expect: Critics who caught "Steve Jobs" at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this month raved about it. Just don't be confused with the dismal biopic that starred Ashton Kutcher a couple of years ago -- this one is based on Walter Isaacson's biography and will probably walk away with a pile of Oscar nominations.
  • "Miles Ahead" (Closing Night • World Premiere)
    Directed by Don Cheadle &bull; Written by&nbsp;Steven Baigelman,&nbsp;Don Cheadle, Stephen J. Rivele and&nbsp;Christopher Wil
    NYFF
    Directed by Don Cheadle • Written by Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle, Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson

    Starring Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Stuhlbarg, Keith Stanfield and Austin Lyon

    What to expect: "Miles Ahead" doesn't have a release date, but Don Cheadle is firing up his jazz horns to play Miles Davis at NYFF anyway. It'll be tough to find a slot for this biopic on the crowded fall movie calendar, especially if Cheadle wants a leg up in the Best Actor and Best Director races. 
  • "Bridge of Spies" (World Premiere)
    Directed by Steven Spielberg &bull; Written by Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen<br><br>Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance
    DreamWorks
    Directed by Steven Spielberg • Written by Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

    Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda and Austin Stowell

    What to expect: One of the few major Oscar contenders that has yet to hit the festival circuit, "Bridge of Spies" marks Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's fourth film collaboration after "Saving Private Ryan," "Catch Me If You Can" and "The Terminal." It's about the lawyer who was recruited to defend an American pilot imprisoned in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
  • "Carol"
    Directed by Todd Haynes &bull; Written by Phyllis Nagy&nbsp;<br><br>Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sara
    TWC
    Directed by Todd Haynes • Written by Phyllis Nagy 

    Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson and Jake Lacy

    What to expect: A favorite at the Cannes Film Festival, "Carol" is destined to appear on ample best-of lists this year. It's the moving, delicate tale of a young retail clerk and an older, married woman who begin a clandestine relationship in 1950s New York. Prepare to be stunned by this movie.
  • "The Assassin" (U.S. Premiere)
    Directed by&nbsp;Hou Hsiao-Hsien &bull; Written by&nbsp;Hou Hsiao-Hsien,&nbsp;Chu Tien-wen,&nbsp;Hsieh Hai-Meng and Zhong Ach
    NYFF
    Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien • Written by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Chu Tien-wen, Hsieh Hai-Meng and Zhong Acheng 

    Starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun and Satoshi Tsumabuki

    What to expect: Hou Hsiao-Hsien won the Cannes Film Festival's directing prize in May, and earlier this month it was announced that "The Assassin" will be Taiwan's submission for 2016's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The martial-arts tale focuses on a political rivalry in the ninth century's Tang dynasty.
  • "Maggie's Plan" (U.S. Premiere)
    Written and directed by Rebecca Miller<br><br>Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph an
    NYFF
    Written and directed by Rebecca Miller

    Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Travis Fimmel

    What to expect: "Maggie's Plan" left the Toronto Film Festival with decent reviews but no distribution deal. That changed on Thursday when Sony Pictures Classics snatched it up, and rightfully so. We saw it at Toronto and are of the mind that Julianne Moore's performance as an arrogant academic Dane is worth a hefty sum. In truth, the Baumbach-esque comedy belongs to Greta Gerwig, whose title character falls for a married writer while on the path to becoming pregnant via a donor.
  • "The Lobster"
    Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos &bull; Written by&nbsp;by&nbsp;Efthimis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos<br><br>Starring Colin Farr
    NYFF
    Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos • Written by by Efthimis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos

    Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Ashley Jensen

    What to expect: "Dogtooth" is one of the most divinely bizarre movies of the past decade, and the same director has made one of this year's most divinely bizarre movies. "The Lobster" peeks in on a near-future dystopia in which single people are transformed into animals. We saw it at the Toronto Film Festival and thought it was thrilling.
  • "Son of Saul"
    Directed by&nbsp;L&aacute;szl&oacute; Nemes &bull; Written by&nbsp;L&aacute;szl&oacute; Nemes and&nbsp;Clara Royer<br><br>Sta
    NYFF
    Directed by László Nemes • Written by László Nemes and Clara Royer

    Starring Géza Röhrig, Urs Rechn, Levente Molnár and Sándor Zsótér

    What to expect: This grisly portrait of the Holocaust has been called "visceral" and "gripping and grueling." Tracing an Auschwitz prisoner forced to escort his fellow Jews to the gas chambers, "Son of Saul" could slip into this year's Oscar conversation.
  • "Everything Is Copy" (World Premiere)
    Directed by&nbsp;Jacob Bernstein and&nbsp;Nick Hooker<br><br><strong>What to expect:&nbsp;</strong>Nora Ephron gave us some o
    NYFF
    Directed by Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker

    What to expect: Nora Ephron gave us some of film's most beloved romances, and now there is a love letter in her honor in the form of "Everything Is Copy." The documentary, co-directed by the "When Harry Met Sally" scribe's son, traces Ephron's career from journalist to filmmaker. It will air on HBO at a later date.
  • "Where to Invade Next" (U.S. Premiere)
    Written and directed by Michael Moore<br><br><strong>What to expect:&nbsp;</strong>Michael Moore's newest documentary&nbsp;wa
    NYFF
    Written and directed by Michael Moore

    What to expect: Michael Moore's newest documentary was a secret until it appeared on the Toronto Film Festival lineup in July. It's billed as a diatribe about America's penchant for invading other countries, but the movie may be Moore's least partisan outing yet. He visits other nations to poach ideas that would make America a fairer place, and the results are equal parts witty and damning.
  • "De Palma" (North American Premiere)
    Directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow<br><br><strong>What to expect:&nbsp;</strong>Film buffs can rely on NYFF to delive
    NYFF
    Directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow

    What to expect: Film buffs can rely on NYFF to deliver documentaries and special events that highlight cinema's history. In keeping, this film pulls back the curtain on Brian De Palma, who is best known as the director of "Carrie" and "Mission: Impossible." 
  • "No Home Movie" (U.S. Premiere)
    Directed by Chantal Akerman<br><strong><br>What to expect:&nbsp;</strong>Chantal Akerman's 1975 drama "Jeanne Dielman, 23 qua
    NYFF
    Directed by Chantal Akerman

    What to expect: 
    Chantal Akerman's 1975 drama "Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxellesis considered a feminist masterpiece. Her body of work in subsequent years has been expansive, but "No Home Movie" may be her most intimate. It's a documentary that chronicles Akerman's mother in the final years of her life.
  • "Junun" (World Premiere)
    Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson<br><br><strong>What to expect:&nbsp;</strong>Paul Thomas Anderson recruited Jonny Greenwood
    NYFF
    Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

    What to expect: Paul Thomas Anderson recruited Jonny Greenwood to score "There Will Be Blood," "The Master" and "Inherent Vice." Now he's following the Radiohead guitarist to India to record an album with a slew of musicians.
  • "Microbe & Gasoline" (U.S. Premiere)
    <strong></strong>Written and directed by Michel Gondry<br><br>Starring&nbsp;Th&eacute;ophile Baquet,&nbsp;Ange Dargent and Au
    NYFF
    Written and directed by Michel Gondry

    Starring Théophile Baquet, Ange Dargent and Audrey Tautou 

    What to expect: Something trippy, as this is the newest comedy from the director of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "The Science of Sleep." The movie, which revolves around two young boys who build their own vehicle for a road trip, opened to positive reviews in France over the summer before hitting the American festival scene.
  • "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
    Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen<br><br>Starring George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson, John Turturro, John Goodman and
    NYFF
    Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

    Starring George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson, John Turturro, John Goodman and Holly Hunter

    What to expect: This Odyssey update is turning 15, so the Coen brothers will gather with a few cast members to commemorate the men of constant sorrow.

 

 

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