To celebrate the start of the 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF) which runs from September 26 – October 12, we thought we’d bring you the Top Ten films to look out for…

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Birdman:

A one-time action hero tries to put on a play while contending with a scene-hogging narcissist, a vulnerable actress, an unhinged girlfriend, a resentful daughter, a manager who’s about to come undone… and his alter-ego Birdman. Stars: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts.

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Whiplash:

An eager jazz drummer at the prestigious New York music academy is under the command of a teacher whose method of terrorizing his students is beyond questionable, even when it gets results. Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons.

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Red Army:

The Soviet Union’s Red Army team was the most successful dynasty in sports history. Players, trained from a young age, were stronger and more skillful than any others in the world and were meant to show up the West at every opportunity. The Cold War on ice. Documentary.

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Maps to the Stars:

David Cronenberg takes Bruce Wagner’s script—a pitch-black Hollywood satire—chills it down, and gives it a near-tragic spin. The terrible loneliness of narcissism afflicts every character from the fading star Havana to the available-for-anything chauffeur, to the entire Weiss family. Stars: John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

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Two Days, One Night:

The employees in a small factory have been given a choice. They will each receive a bonus if they agree to one of them being laid off; if not, then no one gets the bonus. The chosen employee spends a weekend knocking on the doors of her co-workers and asking a simple but impossible question: will you give up the money to let me continue to earn my own living? Stars: Marion Cotillard.

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Saint Laurent:

Focusing on a dark, hedonistic, wildly creative decade (from 1967 to ’77) in Yves Saint Laurent’s life and career, considering the couturier as a myth, a brand, an avatar of his era. Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux and Helmut Berger.

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Inherent Vice:

Paul Thomas Anderson’s wild and entrancing new movie is a time machine, placing the viewer deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy L.A. dope culture of the early ’70s. Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reece Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro and Owen Wilson.

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Clouds of Sils Maria:

Maria Enders is a middle-aged actress who soared to stardom in her twenties in a play called Maloja Snake, in which she created the role of a ruthless young woman named Sigrid who engages in a power game with her older boss. Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.

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Mr. Turner:

A portrait of artist J.M.W. Turner after the death of his beloved father. Turner creates his own form of claustrophobic domestic comfort with a cheerful widow and his undemonstrative and ever-compliant maid Hannah. Stars: Timothy Spall, Marion Bailey, Dorothy Atkinson, and Dick Pope.

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Pasolini:

We are with Pasolini during the last hours of his life, as he talks with his beloved family and friends, writes, gives a brutally honest interview, shares a meal with Ninetto Davoli and cruises for the roughest rough trade in his gun-metal gray Alfa Romeo. Stars: Willem Dafoe.