The full and proper name is The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival and it opens on October 14 with Fantastic Mr Fox. As that's only one of three films featuring a certain American charmer in the lineup announced today (out of a total 191 feature films and 113 shorts), the Times' Ben Hoyle is running with the "triple dose of George Clooney" angle. The Guardian's Xan Brooks isn't selling the festival quite as hard (then again, his paper's not a sponsor), but he's still enthusiastic: "From inside the industry goldfish bowl, the London film festival is going to look like a second tier festival." But "if many of these delicacies have already been nibbled elsewhere, where's the problem? The vast bulk of the people who take their seats for next month's screenings will not have seen the likes of A Prophet or The White Ribbon. Many will not even have been aware of their existence. All, I suspect, will have a treat in store. So bring on the re-runs, those sloppy seconds. They are only re-runs to the industry snobs."
Explore scores of films slated for this year's LFF right here. We're also highlighting some of the festival's best selections from past editions - now playing on The Auteurs in the UK are films by Arnaud Desplechin, the Dardenne brothers, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Marco Bellocchio, and many more.