Now at last we have a big-screen Dune that may actually do justice to Frank Herbert's science-fiction novel. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival), this is a sombre, sweeping epic which runs for 155 minutes and still only covers the first half of the book. The budget is colossal, the crew is top-notch, and the cast is packed with big names, including Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Dave Bautista. As space operas about psychic-powered young heroes on desert planets go, it may never be as popular as Star Wars, but, says Clarisse Loughrey in the Independent, "It is a film of such literal and emotional largeness that it overwhelms the senses [and] of such intimidating grandeur that it's hard to believe it even exists in the first place."
Released on 21 October in the UK and Ireland, and 22 October in the US and Canada
The French Dispatch《法兰西特派》
Wes Anderson fans rejoice: the writer-director's 10th film is his most Wes Anderson-ish ever. In The French Dispatch, he takes his meticulous style to new extremes, so barely a frame goes by that isn't ornamented with a split screen, a freeze frame, a sans serif caption, a florid voiceover, or a switch between monochrome and garish colour. Beneath all these elaborate quirks is an anthology of three whimsical short stories set in the fictional French town of Ennui-sur-Blasé, and supposedly drawn from the pages of a New Yorker-style magazine in the mid-20th Century. Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro and Léa Seydoux star alongside such Anderson regulars as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman.
Released on 22 October in the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada
For only the second time in its history, and for only the first time since 1993, the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival was won by a film directed by a woman. Even if it hadn't received one of cinema's top prizes, though, Julia Ducournau's Titane would be a must-see. The film is a gory, blackly-comic shocker about a serial killer (Agathe Rousselle) who has sex with a car and then hides from the authorities by disguising herself as the missing son of a fire chief (Vincent Lindon). But even that summary doesn't convey just how feverish Titane is.
Released on 1 October in the US, 7 October in Germany and 8 October in Spain and Sweden
Ron's Gone Wrong《天赐灵机》
The first feature-length cartoon from a new British studio, Locksmith Animation, Ron's Gone Wrong is a family comedy about the differences between social media and physical interaction. Its schoolboy hero, Barney (Jack Dylan Grazer), is given what seems to be the ideal toy, a shiny robot which is programmed to be his friend – assuming it works properly. The snag is that this particular robot, Ron (Zach Galifianakis), barely works at all. "Children want someone who agrees with them, who wants to play the same games as them… and that's the type of dream the technology world offers you," the film's co-writer and co-director, Sarah Smith, said. "And in our movie, Barney ends up with Ron, who's completely dysfunctional and broken, who doesn't agree with him and doesn't know anything about him, and they have to build this relationship from that point."
Released on 15 October in the UK and Ireland and 22 October in the US and Canada
In the latest horror-drama to be produced by Guillermo del Toro, a school teacher (Keri Russell) and a sheriff (Jesse Plemons) suspect that a supernatural creature is lurking near their small Oregon town. Not that Antlers is a straightforward monster movie. The story is rooted in Native American tales of the Wendigo, so the director, Scott Cooper (Hostiles), consulted Professor Grace L Dillon, "the country's foremost authority" on the subject. She "really educated me that for Native Americans, First Nations, it's not folklore, it's not a myth," Cooper told Indiewire. "They truly, truly believe in it, because it represents greed and colonialism when we first came to the shores of what is now America, and pillaged all of their resources and forced them [into] cannibalism... out of that rose the Wendigo."
Released on 28 October in Australia and New Zealand, and 29 October in the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada