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New York Film Festival 2015: Best movies, from 'The Walk' to 'Carol'

The New York Film Festival has come to symbolize curated excellence during the course of its 53 years, offering film buffs a chance to see the best and brightest from the international film festival circuit, along with splashy world premieres.

The 2015 edition, with opening night delayed until Saturday due to Pope Francis' visit to the city, offers more of the same.

These are some of the most notable movies unspooling at the Film Society of Lincoln Center between this weekend and Oct. 11, and the nine to definitely catch.

'The Walk' (Sept. 26)

The festival's opening-night selection is Robert Zemeckis' dramatization
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The festival's opening-night selection is Robert Zemeckis' dramatization of the story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his high-wire walk across the Twin Towers in 1974. With Ben Kingsley (6, 6:30, 6:45, 9, 9:45 p.m.)

'The Lobster' (Sept. 27-28)

Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell headline one of
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Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell headline one of the year's buzziest movies -- about a world in which single people are forced to couple up or face being turned into animals. (6 p.m. Sept. 27, 9 p.m. Sept. 28)

'Cemetery of Splendour' (Sept. 30 - Oct. 1)

The Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns with a
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The Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul returns with a film set in a hospital ward comprised of comatose soldiers. (9 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1)

'Steve Jobs' (Oct. 3)

One of the most eagerly anticipated films of
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One of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year finds Michael Fassbender playing the late Apple icon, in a picture scripted by Aaron Sorkin. (6 p.m.)

'Bridge of Spies' (Oct. 4-5)

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg: It's a powerful
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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg: It's a powerful and high-profile combo, the sort that wins awards. This film's a Cold War-set drama about the 1962 prisoner swap for U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. (6 p.m. Oct. 4, 9 p.m. Oct. 5)

'Maggie's Plan' (Oct. 4-5)

Rebecca Miller, accomplished filmmaker and daughter of Arthur,
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Rebecca Miller, accomplished filmmaker and daughter of Arthur, comes out with an NYC-set romantic comedy starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore. (9:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 6 p.m. Oct. 5)

'Carol' (Oct. 9-10)

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play women who
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Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play women who fall in love in this 1950s-set drama from Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven"). (6 p.m. Oct 9, 2 p.m. Oct. 10)

'Brooklyn' (Oct. 7-8)

Saoirse Ronan stars as an Irish immigrant to
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Saoirse Ronan stars as an Irish immigrant to the eponymous borough in this drama that premiered to acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. (9 p.m. Oct. 7, 6 p.m. Oct. 8.)

'Miles Ahead' (Oct. 10)

Don Cheadle directs and stars in this biopic
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Don Cheadle directs and stars in this biopic about the legendary Miles Davis. (6, 6:15 and 10 p.m. Oct. 10)

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