New York Film Festival: 15 Must-See Films To Watch

The Playlist | 9/24/2018 | Martine Olivier
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The 56th Annual New York Film Festival is upon us once again, gifting the cinematic landscape with thrilling and compelling films carefully curated from all over the world. Last year’s favorites included “Call Me By Your Name” and “Lady Bird,” the latter of which went onto become A24’s highest grossing film and earn not one but five Academy Award nominations. This year is no different, the festival will unleash future classics like “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” directed by the Coen Brothers, the sweeping Mexican epic “ROMA,” the latest effort by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron. Paul Dano’s inaugural directorial effort “Wildlife” will also premiere, starring Carrie Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal both can be counted among the most brilliant actors working today. It’s a festival of riches and a great catch-up for all of us that weren’t able to make it to Cannes, Venice and Toronto (most of us). Without further ado, here are 15 films you need to watch and dozens of other, equally-worthwhile films to keep an eye on.


Synopsis - Story - Year - Life - Family

Synopsis: A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

What You Need To Know: Winner of the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Alfonso Cuarón won over the festival with his black and white masterwork “Roma.” Having directed such iconic films like the mind-blowing “Gravity,” the intensely compelling film “Children of Men,” or his spellbinding turn in JK Rowling’s sprawling adventure “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” “Roma” will undoubtedly be a cinematic experience unlike any other this year [our review from Venice].

Release - Date - Netflix - December - Theaters

Release Date: On Netflix December 14, but likely in theaters before that.

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Synopsis - Anthology - Storylines - Man - Buster

Synopsis: An anthology western following six different storylines centering on a man named Buster Scruggs.

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