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Alt-Fall Movie Preview 2016: Docs, Horror Flicks and the Truly Demented

From stranger-than-fiction masterpieces and indie dramas to shock-cinema showstoppers, here’s what’s playing outside the multiplex this season

Alt-Fall Movie Preview 2016 Indies Documentaries

Welcome to the autumn months — the season where, per the pundits, "movies" turn into "films" and the studios start pumping out their somber dramas, oh-so-tony biopics and other please-sir-we'd-like-an-Oscar contenders. Sure, we're getting a new chapter in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe saga and a new Star Wars flick in the next few months, but for the most part, conventional wisdom dictates that when you go to the multiplex, you're going to get serious.

There is, of course, more to see over the remainder of 2016 than just the awards-circuit stuff — this is also the season when the remainder of the year's festival-circuit biggies start hitting the arthouses, as well as the documentaries, indies, foreign-language films of all stripes and other left-of-center treasures. We've out together a nice little "alt-fall" viewing guide for you; there are one or two oddball studio movies that didn't make it into our other fall preview list, but for the most part, the 30 entries here should be considered counter-programming must-sees. Need a break from the "and the winner is" wannabes? Start marking your calendars.

‘Paterson’ (December 28)

A humble bus driver named Paterson (Adam Driver) lives in Paterson, New Jersey. He does the same thing every day: kiss the wife (Golshifteh Farahani), straighten the mailbox, write a little poetry, head to work, grab a beer, call it a day. As he repeats this humdrum routine, director Jim Jarmusch adds little variations to each daily routine, eventually culminating in an unexpectedly touching climax. Unlike the filmmaker's other release this year — the Stooges doc Gimme Danger — the movie's beauty doesn't hit you straight on so much as quietly sneak up on you. CB

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