5 Movies To See In October

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October is here, fall is in full swing, and most importantly, the main string of weekends with award-contending films has finally begun. Between the excellent horror that comes naturally with Halloween’s looming presence and the awards races that are beginning to take form, October is always a great time for movies, and this year doesn’t look like it’ll be any different.

With that said, it probably isn’t realistic for you to spend every day at your local theater watching every single release in hopes of finding the winners. You likely have a job, and other life commitments besides movies, so you’re faced with the daunting task of deciding which films are worth your time and money this month.

In order to help you make up your mind, I’ve put together this list of 5 must-see films releasing over the course of October. There are certainly some other quality films hitting theaters, but these are the 5 that you need to make sure that you don’t miss.

So without any further ado, read on for our list of 5 movies to see in October.

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Gravity

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If Gravity isn’t at the top of everyone’s list for this month, then there’s something seriously wrong. Either that, or those who aren’t excited for this movie have been stuck floating around space for the last year and a half.

Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant about Gravity at one point, merely because the film was delayed almost a full year. Usually when something is delayed it’s because there’s some sort of problem with production or things aren’t quite working out as they were supposed to. Well, if that’s the case for Gravity, I would love to see what director Alfonso Cuaron had originally planned.

Almost every review for the film so far has been glowing, including those from non-critics. Furthermore, countless directors and actors have taken to Twitter proclaiming that it’s one of the best films they’ve ever seen. Our very own review from TIFF is just as positive, giving the film 5 stars. Everyone knew Gravity was going to be good, but I don’t know that anyone knew it was going to be quite as good as it actually is.

How can a film involving two people floating in space be so intense? Well, first of all, if just the idea of that doesn’t terrify you, then you’re much tougher than I am. But seriously, just watch the extended trailer for the film. The music is nothing short of mesmerizing, and every second of the footage is completely mind-blowing. I’ve never been so terrified and so absorbed by a preview – and if the preview has that power, think about what the entire film will do.

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Runner Runner

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Most people have been too absorbed talking about Ben Affleck as Batman to leave any time to discuss his upcoming villainous role, but I’ve hardly even been able to think about Batman due to my excitement for Runner Runner. Full disclosure: I’m a huge Affleck fan. I loved him in the ’90s, and even in crummier films, I’ve still enjoyed watching him. We’ve never really had the opportunity to see him play a full-blown villain, at least not the kind who feeds people to alligators, so Runner Runner should be a treat. Judging by the trailers, Affleck seems to pull off the role.

Fuller disclosure: I’m a huge Justin Timberlake fan. I’ve loved him in almost every role he’s been in, and I’m especially a fan of the action chops he showed off throughout In Time. I know people were mixed on the movie, but it had an excellent premise, and Timberlake did just about everything right in the role. I doubt this movie will be quite as action-centric, or involve quite as many 50-year-olds who look like Olivia Wilde, but it still should have some great action for Timberlake to further prove himself with.

I realize this is the film on this list that has the best chance of being negatively recieved by critics, but from the looks of it, it’s the sort of film that’s fun to watch and won’t weigh on you too much afterward. No matter what anyone tells you, going to the movies should be fun, at least some of the time. I know that the early reviews haven’t been that positive, but I’ll still say Runner Runner is as a good of a bet as anything for a fun time at the movies this month.

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Carrie

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I’m a huge Stephen King fan and one of the most entertaining films to be adapted from one of his novels is Carrie, which tells the story of a high school girl who finds out she has telekinetic powers that are incredibly devastating. Now the original film is being re-made, and it looks to be another strong entry for the genre.

I was sold on this remake from the instant Chloe Grace Moretz signed on. Usually I’m not a fan of a film getting remade if I enjoy the original. After all, remaking a movie just for the sake of cashing in on the name of the original is not a good thing. I’d much rather see fresh ideas than mediocre re-hashings of movies I love – but if Moretz is involved, well that’s a horse of a different color. She’s a top-notch actress, shining in everything she does. She’s almost past being a child actor, but I’ll still say there’s no child working today who has more potential for a unforgettable career than she does. I’m thrilled to see what she can do as Carrie.

There’s also Julianne Moore, who looks just about perfect playing the mother who cares a little too much about keeping her powerful daughter under control. If you’ve somehow missed all the promotion, check out the trailer, and then get ready to start your October off with some awesome, bloody horror.

Kill Your Darlings

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Dane DeHaan is well on his way to proving that he’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood, despite only really being relevant for a little over a year. His break-out role in Chronicle showed just what he is capable of, and in every film since he’s been excellent. In The Place Beyond The Pines he completely stole the show, turning in an awe-inspiring performance that should be remembered by audiences for a long, long time. This month, the actor has two films coming out, but the one I’m most excited for is Kill Your Darlings.

Daniel Radcliffe co-stars and is once again showing that he’s much more than a Wizard who saves all of humanity. He’s capable of playing diverse, and dark roles, and this portrayal of Allen Ginsberg should certainly further that.

The trailers don’t show a ton, but from what I can tell, it looks like a quality period piece telling a story that anyone interested in writing or storytelling in general should enjoy.

We had the chance to catch the movie at TIFF, so if you want more of a reason why this one is worth your time, be sure to check out that review.

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The Counselor

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Ridley Scott. Cormac McCarthy. Brad Pitt. Michael Fassbender. Javier Bardem. Penelope Cruz. Cameron Diaz. Do I even need to write any more?

Okay, fine, I will. I’ve been thrilled for The Counselor since the moment it was announced that Cormac McCarthy would be writing the script. While this is technically his first screenplay that’s being turned into a film, he originally wrote The Road and No Country For Old Men as screenplays and then adapted them into novels. This guy knows his way around writing a movie.

The trailers for The Counselor all look phenomenal so far, especially with Brad Pitt back in his trademark bad-boy role. As great as films like Moneyball are, Pitt’s always more fun to watch in something a bit more rugged.

Then there’s Mr. Fassbender, who is without a doubt one of the most exciting actors currently working in Hollywood. With him at the lead role, there should be little hesitation about whether or not this is worth your time. I could definitely see the nominations rolling in for this one, and possibly a golden statue or two headed its way. You’re not going to want to be the one to miss it on the big screen.

Those are our picks for movies to see in October. Which ones will you be checking out? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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