Fall Movies 2018: Dive Into an Ocean’s Worth of Offerings

A BREAD FACTORY Patrick Wang, whose self-distributed debut feature, “In the Family,” appeared as an out-of-nowhere wonder in 2011, directs what sounds like a crazily ambitious project — actually two films, each two hours, that’s said to be part drama, part comedy and part musical. The bread factory of the title is an arts space whose financing comes under threat. With an expansive scope, the film depicts the reaction of the town. (An earlier feature from Mr. Wang, “The Grief of Others,” opens the next week.)

BURNING At Cannes, one of the metrics of buzz is Screen International magazine’s “jury grid,” with critics contributing daily ratings. The South Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s film broke the record for the highest score in the grid’s yearslong history. His ecstatically reviewed adaptation of a Haruki Murakami story concerns an aimless young man (Yoo Ah-in); the mysterious young woman (Jun Jong-seo) with whom becomes involved; and the wealth-flaunting charmer (Steven Yeun) who comes between them.

HUNTER KILLER It was probably only a matter of time until Gerard Butler played a submarine captain. In this case, it’s an American sub whose crew endeavors to rescue the Russian president from a kidnapping plot. Gary Oldman, Common and Linda Cardellini are involved.

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN Summoning his inner Inspector Clouseau, Rowan Atkinson returns as the bumbling secret agent Johnny English (a.k.a. the character of his who’s not Mr. Bean). Olga Kurylenko and Emma Thompson are embroiled in the antics.

MONROVIA, INDIANA Some of Frederick Wiseman’s greatest films (“Aspen,” “In Jackson Heights”) are portraits of towns or neighborhoods, and this look at a farming community about a half-hour from Indianapolis is sure to brim with complexity and challenge prejudices.

1985 Over the holidays, a young man sweats over coming out to his family, which is conservative and, he presumes, won’t react well to the news. Yen Tan directed. Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis star.

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