October has rolled on up as awards season build up gets into gear and we reach the tail end of the year, with a few prominent films set to come out in the next 4 weeks, here are some notable releases (US release dates by default).
The Martian – released on the 2nd of October, (30th of September in UK)
Based on a best selling novel of the same name, the story is set in the near future and follows astronaut Marc Watney as he attempts to survive alone on Mars after an accident which forced his teammates to abandon a mission, not knowing they left him behind. Directed by Ridley Scott, starring – Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover.
The Walk – released on the 2nd of October
Biographical drama based on the real life French tight rope walker Phillipe Petit, his motivations and what drove him to walked between the Twin Towers on a tightrope in New York in 1974, yes he actually did that. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring – Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon.
The Final Girls – released on the 9th of October
Self aware horror parody as high schooler Max Cartwright is transported into one of her late mothers (a former scream queens) famous films and re-united with her, having to play out the story with her friends, fighting the films characters and clichés as they try and find away out of the film and home. Directed by Todd Strauss-Scholson, Starring – Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch.
Knock Knock – released on the 9th of October
Happily married man Evan Webber opens his house to two women one night and discovers they may have sinister intentions for him. Directed by Eli Roth, starring Keanu Reeves, Lorena Izzo, Ana de Armas.
Pan – released on the 9th of October
You know the story of Peter Pan but do you know how he became the iconic character? Prequel Pan strives to answer this 12 year old Peter gets taken to Neverland and discovers wonders, dangers and a path which will lead him to become Peter Pan. Directed by Joe Wright, starring Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garett Hedlund, Levi Miller, Amanda Seyfried.
Steve Jobs – released on the 9th of October
Biographical drama based on the late Steven Jobs and his life as an inventor and the creator of Apple along with the highs and lows he encountered. Directed by Danny Boyle, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels.
Bridge of Spies – released on the 16th of October
Based on a book of the same name and the real life events during the cold war as an American lawyer is recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of a US U-2 plane pilot who got shot down over the Soviet Union. Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ran, Alan Alda.
Crimson Peak – released on the 16th of October
Period drama set in the late 19th century in a dilapidated Gothic mansion as a writer falls in love and moves in to live with her husband, who she discovers may have shocking secrets of his own along with his sister who also lives with him. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddlestone, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam.
Room – released on the 16th of October
A mother and her 5 year old son struggle to adapt to the outside world, escaping after being trapped in a single, featureless room for 7 years. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H Macy.
Burnt – released on the 23rd of October
Drama based on a chef trying to redeem himself and his name, returning to work in London to build up a restaurant to excellent quality so it can get 3 Michelin stars, Directed by John Wells, starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Emma Thompson.
The Last Witch Hunter – released on the 23rd of October
Fantasy action film centred on the last witch hunter, an immortal fighter standing as a force of good against evil witches in modern day New York City. Directed by Breck Eisner, starring Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine.
Suffragette – released on the 23rd of October (30th in UK)
Drama based on real life events and the suffrage movement in the early 20th century as women fought for equal rights, battling with the state as they did so and facing the consequences of their beliefs. Directed by Sarah Gavron, starring Carrey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson.
Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse – released on the 30th of October
Horror comedy set during a zombie outbreak as group of friends who are also boy scouts try to survive and save their town. Directed by Christopher Landon, starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Halston Sage, Tye Sheridan.