the 12 biggest films of Autumn 2019

Our critics pick the essential new films of the season, from Brad Pitt’s new sci-fi epic to Shaun the Sheep

It: Chapter Two

The saga adapted from Stephen King’s horror doorstop concludes, reuniting the survivors of childhood trauma to combat the evil clown once and for all. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and an outstanding Bill Hader star. 15 cert, 169 min. In cinemas from Sept 11.

Downton Abbey

Four years is a long time to wait between Dowager Countess zingers, so expect an extra-tart new batch in this feature-length adjunct, in which the Crawleys are honoured with a royal visit. PG cert, 122 min. In cinemas from Sept 13.

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