10 films to catch in Atlanta this fall

From unforgettable classics to the latest releases, The Alexander Report picks the best films on local screens this season

by Andrew Alexander

Featured image: Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig star in Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad. A screening of a new digital restoration of the 1962 classic is on our list of top films this fall.

What’s coming to the screen this fall? Some pretty interesting films, old and new. Here are the 10 that The Alexander Report is anticipating most:

El Norte.
On the 35th anniversary of its release, movie theaters across the country screen a new restoration of Gregory Nava’s Oscar-nominated 1983 classic El Norte about a brother and sister who flee Guatemala and journey to the United States. The beautiful film was something of a sleeper when it was released, but its story of state violence, immigration, and family bonds resonates now more than ever. Screens September 15 at 2 p.m. Area theaters.

Last Year at Marienbad.
If you must be paralyzed by ennui, existential confusion, and alienation, why not do it dressed head to toe in Chanel? Director Alain Resnais’ elegant, dreamlike puzzle box of a film has Giorgio Albertazzi trying to persuade a disbelieving Delphine Seyrig, in couture by Coco Chanel, that they’ve met before. The Landmark screens the 1962 existential classic in a new 4K digital restoration. September 17 at 7:30 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Double Indemnity.
Emory Cinematheque’s fall screening series focuses on the films of Billy Wilder. Highlights include Greta Garbo’s comic turn in Ninotchka, Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, and Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina. But we’re especially looking forward to Billy Wilder’s unforgettable 1944 film noir, Double Indemnity, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a femme fatale convincing insurance salesman Fred MacMurray to kill his wife and collect on the insurance in a script by Raymond Chandler. September 18 at 7:30 p.m. Emory White Hall 208.

Pain and Glory.
In Pedro Almadovar’s latest film, Pain and Glory, Antonio Banderas stars as a Spanish film director entering his decline, encountering people from his past, and recalling better and more productive times. Releases October 4. Area theaters.

Renée Zellweger stars as Judy Garland towards the end of her life in 1969 as she arrives in London for a run of sell-out concerts at the Talk of the Town. Releases September 27. Area theaters.

Ryan and Rob Robertson. Photo courtesy of the Robertson Family.

For They Know Not What They Do
Out on Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival, opens with a new documentary from Daniel Karslake. Following up on his acclaimed For the Bible Tells Me So, the director’s new film charts the story of four religious families with LGBTQ children – including Pulse survivor Vico Baez Fabo and transgender activist Sarah McBride – amidst the backlash from the religious right that followed the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage. September 26 at 7 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Psycho in Concert.
Bernard Herrmann’s terrifying score is as much a star of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho as Anthony Perkins or Janet Leigh. There’s no better opportunity to hear it than with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing the music live alongside a screening of the film at Symphony Hall. October 12 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.

Doctor Sleep.
Whatever happened to Baby Danny? You know, Danny, the little kid from The Shining? He grew up to be Ewan MacGregor apparently. MacGregor stars as a grownup Danny Torrance whose adulthood does not look so shiny. A lot can go wrong with these sorts of reboots (looking at you, Halloween (hated it)), but the trailer does suggest an intriguing premise and a spooky return to the creepy, haunting world of The Shining. Releases November 8. Area theaters.

The Good Liar.
Sir Ian MacKellan and Dame Helen Mirren have never made a film together. This fall fixes that. MacKellan stars as a seasoned conman who finds himself growing to care for Mirren as the woman he orchestrated his latest scheme against after meeting her online. The premise sounds so-so, but we’re still pretty much there. Releases November 15. Area theaters.

The Irishman.
Martin Scorsese’s new  film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, Jimmy Hoffa, and Russell Bufalino, respectively. Using new technology to make the actors look younger for early scenes, the film follows Sheeran as he recounts all his alleged jobs as a hitman throughout his life for the Bufalino crime family. Releases November 27. Area theaters.

Andrew Alexander is an Atlanta-based writer and founder of The Alexander Report.

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