Nocturnal Animals (dir. Tom Ford)

Conspicuously silent since 2009's visually stunning and emotionally potent A Single Man, Tom Ford is back at it with a divisive psychological thriller starring Amy Adams as a woman who receives a harrowing manuscript from her estranged ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). The book comes to life vividly in her mind's eye, forcing her to stand trial for her behavior in the relationship via its disturbing narrative about bloodthirsty revenge. Ford blurs the lines between past and present, and love and cruelty, in this stylish genre-bender. "I'm gonna live to regret this," says Adams' character in the trailer, a line that seems to reflect the movie's core. Release Date: November 23, 2016 via Focus Features

Into the Inferno (dir. Werner Herzog )

We interviewed Werner Herzog at TIFF 2016 about his new masterpiece, Into the Inferno, in which he travels the world in search of its most dangerous volcanoes and the compelling mythology that surrounds them. Alternating between wonder, scientific rigor, absurdity (they travel to North Korea, for one), and the director's particular brand of humor, this documentary is one of his best. And though it will be streaming on Netflix, it's worth seeing on the big screen for its awe-inspiring volcanic imagery. Our favorite Herzog-ism from the interview? "The harder you look, the bigger the pile of the unknown becomes." Release Date: October 28, 2016 via Netflix 

Barry (dir. Vikram Gandhi)

This summer, a rom-com about Barack and Michelle Obama's self-assured courtship, Southside with You, hit theaters. Barry, a biopic chronicling young Barack's years at Columbia in the early '80s, is a film of a different kind. Shot in a muted palette that recalls the era, Barry is a serious drama that revels in the young man's struggle to find himself amidst blurred racial lines. His identity crisis ultimately begins to resemble that of America itself, but at this point we get to see him as "just an ordinary guy" with hints of what will become an extraordinary future. Release Date: December 16, 2016 via Netflix 

Always Shine (dir. Sophia Takal)

Otherwise known as the darling of the 2016 Tribeca Film FestivalAlways Shine is low-budget director Sophia Takal's sophomore feature, and it delves into similar thematic material to that of its predecessor, 2011's Green. Like that film, the Hitchcockian Always Shine deals in the vagaries of jealousy and envy as it explores what's supposed to be a peaceful weekend in Big Sur between two best friends and actresses, one who has encountered newfound success (Mackenzie Davis) and the other struggling (Caitlin Fitzgerald). Their intimacy quickly devolves into spats of bickering, and as they launch vitriol at one another, the misogynistic and destructive nature of Hollywood emerges. The film deconstructs both of these young women's identities, leaving the characters—and the audience—with a lingering paranoia. Release Date: December 2, 2016 via Oscilloscope Laboratories 

All These Sleepless Nights (dir. Michal Marczak)

Michal Marczak's All These Sleepless Nights won the directing award in World Cinema—Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival, but the impressionistic film is not entirely a documentary. Following a group of youth's hedonistic adventures through pre-dawn Warsaw, the film stars actors who play themselves in scenes both staged and scripted. It flows with a dreamlike logic and an exhilaration that seems to know nothing of the city's complicated history. Release Date: Early 2017, via the Orchard

Incarnate (dir. Brad Peyton)

Blumhouse, founded by horror magnate Jason Blum, is famous for churning out low-budget horror flicks in an assembly line-like fashion in hopes of striking box office gold. The latest, directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas), stars Aaron Eckhart as an "incarnate," or a man gifted with the ability to enter the minds of the possessed and exorcise their demons. Everything changes, however, when he discovers a demon inside himself. The film began production three years ago and was inexplicably tabled until now. Release Date: December 2, 2016 via Universal Pictures