What's On At The Cinema In October?


Autumn is the best time of year for the cinema (e.g. cold and miserable outside), so it’s a good job that there’s a ton of movies coming our way…. 

Here’s our pick of what’s getting released in October:

Blade Runner 2049 (06/10) 

What’s it about? A sequel to the 1982 classic, this sees a young blade runner attempt to track down the legendary Rick Deckard (who has been missing for 30 years) after he stumbles across a terrible secret.

Who’s in it? Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), Ana de Armas (War Dogs) and Robin Wright (Wonder Woman).

Why should I watch it? The trailer looks nothing less than incredible, and it’s directed by Denis Villeneuve, who did Arrival, Prisoners and Sicario. We have really high hopes for this one…

The Glass Castle (06/10)

What’s it about? Based on the memoir by author Jeannette Wallis, this charts the childhood and then early adulthood of a woman who grows up as part of a nonconformist nomad family, living off the grid. It’s a powerful family drama.

Who’s in it? Brie Larson (Room), Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Max Greenfield (New Girl).

Why should I watch it? Brie Larson is one of the best actresses working at the moment, and this movie has been praised for its “emotional authenticity.” 

The Mountain Between Us (08/10)

What’s it about? Two strangers survive a plane crash, and are stranded in the wilderness together. They quickly realise that help isn’t coming, and so have to learn to trust each other as they struggle to survive.

Who’s in it? Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.

Why should I watch it? Because Idris Elba is great.

The Lego Ninjago Movie (13/10)

What’s it about? Teenagers by day and secret ninja warriors by night, Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya have to defend their island home from a myriad of monsters and villains.

Who’s in it? Jackie Chan, Dave Franco (Nerve), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) and Michael Pena.

Why should I watch it? The Lego movies have, on the whole, been very good, and we’re fairly confident that Ninjago will follow the pattern.

The Ritual (13/10)

What’s it about? A horror movie, The Ritual sees a load of college friends reunite for a walking holiday in Sweden. They quickly realise, however, that they aren’t alone in the isolated woods, and something very evil – be it supernatural or human – is stalking them…

Who’s in it? Rafe Spall (Black Mirror, Hot Fuzz), Robert James Collier (Downton Abbey), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, The Missing) and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood).

Why should I watch it? It looks kind of like Blair Witch, only even more terrifying…

The Snowman (13/10) 

What’s it about? Detectives investigate a relentless serial killer who builds a snowman at the scene of his crimes. Based on the bestselling crime novel by Jo Nesbo.

Who’s in it? Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson (The Girl on the Train), Val Kilmer, Chloe Sevigny (American Horror Story), J.K. Simmons and David Dencik (Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy).

Why should I watch it? Crime adaptations (such as The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl) have been increasingly popular, and all indications point to The Snowman being the next big hit.

Geostorm (20/10)

What’s it about? When an intricate network of climate-controlling satellites decides to turn against humanity, wiping populations out with extreme weather, a satellite designer becomes the only hope for global salvation.

Who’s in it? Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Abbie Cornish (Limitless) and Ed Harris (Westworld).

Why should I watch it? It looks very trashy, but tremendous fun. And on a cold October evening, that’s often what you want…

Happy Death Day (20/10) 

What’s it about? Another trashy one, this is kind of a horror version of Groundhog Day. It sees a girl called Tree forced to relive the day that she’s brutally murdered, until she can figure out the culprit and save her own life.

Who’s in it? Jessica Rothe (La La Land), Ruby Modine (Shameless) and Israel Broussard (The Bling Ring).

Why should I watch it? If you want to watch something scary, but a little bit silly at the same time.

The Death of Stalin (20/10)

What’s it about? A comedy, this looks at Stalin’s last days, and the chaos that erupted in the days following his death.

Who’s in it? Jason Isaacs, Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Nocturnal Animals), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Rupert Friend (Homeland), and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development)

Why should I watch it? It’s got incredible reviews, and looks set to make a splash at next year’s Oscars. It’s written and directed by Armando Iannucci (Veep, The Thick of It, Alan Partridge) and is apparently a hilarious satire.

Thor: Ragnarok (24/10)

What’s it about? Thor is imprisoned, and pitted in a gladiatorial contest in which he must fight the Hulk – his former friend and ally. He also has to escape, and get across the universe in time to stop new villain Hela from destroying Asgardian civilisation.

Who’s in it? Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Sam Neill and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Why should I watch it? Marvel are on fire at the moment, very rarely releasing a miss. We’re especially excited about Ragnarok, given that it’s directed by Taika Waititi, who did the excellent Hunt For The Wilderpeople (it’s on Netflix, do yourself a favour and watch it now).

Breathe (27/10)

What’s it about? Another Oscar contender, Breathe is a true story about a couple whose love was tested by disease and disability.

Who’s in it? Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), Claire Foy (The Crown), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey).

Why should I watch it? While the reviews have been lukewarm, it’s clearly trying to be this year’s Oscar-worthy biopic (think The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game and The Danish Girl). If you like to cry and feel uplifted, then you should enjoy.

Jigsaw (27/10)

What’s it about? Years after the infamous serial killer Jigsaw succumbed to his terminal cancer, mutilated bodies begin to show up, all bearing his signature. Police are perplexed. Is this a copycat, or is there something more sinister at play?

Who’s in it? Tobin Bell (Saw), Laura Vandervoort (Ted) and Callum Keith Rennie (Californication).

Why should I watch it? If you love gory horror movies, and are thrilled at the prospect of an eighth Saw movie…

What will you be going to see? Let us know in the comments! 

Images via Warner Bros. 

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