October means it’s acceptable to begin talking about Hollywood award season, even if you’re currently more focused on scoring enough Halloween candy to hold you over until 2014. Festival hits are finally making their way to your local theater, carrying with them the praise of many respected critics. If there’s one trend among the biggest fall releases it’s this: these movies are going to stress you out.
Movies are supposed to be fun, so why do so many fall films have us digging our nails into the theater’s uncomfortable seats? Below, check out our helpful guide to what’s playing in the coming weeks, including which films you should avoid, depending on your medical history.
The long-awaited film from master Alfonso Cuarón has not disappointed since its release last week–unless you go by the name of Neil deGrasse Tyson. The scariest Oscar contender of the year is just as terrifying as the trailer suggests, and strikes fear with just one word: detached. Falling from her home base, Dr. Stone (Sandra Bullock) is left to emote, emote, emote, showcasing all of the thoughts that go through one’s head when on the precipice of death.
Beware if: You have a fear of heights or irrational hatred for Sandra Bullock (it’s ALL her).
Gravity is in theaters now.