It’s not your typical month of releases this month with only one scary movie coming out. October used to be stereotypically a big month for Oscar movies and this is no exception. There is between five and seven movies that might be able to make it to Oscar season. And unlike a lot of movies that have been at the Oscars, most of these movies actually look interesting.
This month there are 12 movies set to come out, a big month for movies, one of the largest for releases of the year.
Here is the list of movies coming out this month:
October 4 – Runner, Runner
Starring: Ben Affleck (Argo), Justin Timberlake (Trouble with the Curve), Gemma Gaterton (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters)
Summary (Imdb.com): When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
This movie looks to be filled with drama and action. We get to see Ben Affleck be the bad guy, which he doesn’t normally do. It’s going to be fun watching as he goes against good guy Justin Timberlake and the fact that it circles around gambling, makes it all that more intriguing.
October 4 – Gravity
Starring: Sandra Bullock (The Heat), George Clooney (The Descendants), Ed Harris (Pain and Gain)
Summary (Imdb.com): A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
This movie is sure to make its way to Oscar night. With proven veterans such as Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in the movie, it’s impossible not to. It deals with the question of: what would you do if you got stuck in space? The fear of no control is something that I think we all have and this movie just shows you the anxiety and panic that goes with it.
October 11 – Captain Phillips
Starring: Tom Hanks (Cloud Atlas), Catherine Keener (The Croods)
Summary (Imdb.com): The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Another movie that should find its way to Oscar night, especially with Tom Hanks as its star. The fact that it’s based on a true story makes it all that more interesting. We’ve all seen movies about pirate were they are glorified (ie Pirates of the Caribbean), but this movie shows what today pirates are like and the dangers that our captains have to deal with when sailing across the seas.
October 11 – Machete Kills
Starring: Danny Trejo (Machete), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids series), Mel Gibson (The Beaver)
Summary (Imdb.com): The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.
Not really my kind of movie, but I would expect fans of action and fighting to check out this movie. Robert Rodriguez is at the helm so I would expect a lot of action, fighting, with just the right amount of sarcasm mixed in. But like many other sequels, I’m not sure that this one will find the same amount of success that the first one did.
October 11 – The Fifth Estate
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’), Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Bastards), Carice van Houten (TV’s ‘Game of Thrones’)
Summary (Imdb.com): A dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.
This movie has been getting some buzz about its controversial subject, which of course, is going to make more people go and see it. The strong cast, led by Benedict Cumberbatch, will help get this movie some views and if done correctly some good reviews.
October 11 – Romeo and Juliet
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Douglas Booth (LOL), Ed Westwick (TV’s ‘Gossip Girl’)
Summary (Imdb.com): When the star-crossed lovers of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.
A modern story of a classic tale by William Shakespeare. This story has been done so many times, it’s becoming a bit redundant. BUT, I will still be going to see it. What this story has that the last one didn’t (starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio) is that it focuses more on the drama of the play, rather than the romance. Yes, the love story between Romeo and Juliet is essential, but there are so many other elements that play into the story that often times get ignored.
October 18 – Carrie
Starring: Chloe Grace-Moretz (Kick-Ass 2), Julianne Moore (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Ansel Elgort
Summary (Imdb.com): A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom
Yet another remake of a classic movie. What is going to help this movie at the box office is that it’s essential the only scary movie coming out this month. Movie wise though, I don’t think it will measure up to the original. I have a feeling they will try and go over the top as a lot of horror remakes have done and it will just be too much of a put off to enjoy the movie.
October 18 – All is Lost
Starring: Robert Redford (The Company You Keep)
Summary (Imdb.com): After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face
A story much like Gravity, but this time Robert Redford is lost at sea. To me, this is just like Castaway and I would expect everyone to be comparing the two. Not sure he will be able to pull off the movie like Tom Hanks did and the trailer certainly didn’t make it look all that interesting.
October 18 – Escape Plan
Starring: Sylvestor Stallone (Expendables 2), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Expendables 2), Jim Caviezel (TV’s ‘Person of Interest’)
Summary (Imdb.com): When a structural-security authority finds himself incarcerated in a prison he designed, he has to put his skills to escape and find out who framed him.
Essentially a ‘male’ movie as it stars two heavy weights. I would expect a lot of action and fighting and not enough story line to allow this movie to be any kind of interesting.
October 18 – Kill Your Darlings
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe (Woman in Black), Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines), Michael C. Hall (TV’s ‘Dexter’)
Summary (Imdb.com): A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
The movie is going to be show a different side of Daniel Radcliffe which is something that he’s been working on doing since he left Harry Potter. It looks like a very intriguing and interesting movie and perhaps might be the dark horse movie of the month.
October 25 – The Counselor
Starring: Brad Pitt (World War Z), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Penelope Cruz (To Rome With Love)
Summary (Imdb.com): A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
With an all-star cast, I’d expect this to be one of the top movies of the month. The trailer shows how interesting the story line is going to be and with Michael Fassbender leading the charge, it’s going to be hard to find anything wrong with it.
October 25 – Bad Grandpa
Starring: Johnny Knoxville
Summary (Imdb.com): 86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy.
The movie will no doubt be filled with all the antics that you would expect in a Jackass movie. If you like that kind of movie, then you will like this. To me it’s just stupid.