The 20 New Movies Worth Checking Out in October
Already in Theaters:
A cops-and-robbers flick set in Boston. Great performances from Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, John Hamm, and Rebecca Hall, but things get a little too ridiculous during the biggest heists. Still, a fun two hours.
This doc*mentary is about a guy who goes on a road trip with two of his buddies to visit a girl he met on Facebook. The last 40 minutes are supposed to be insane (no spoilers in the comments please) — presumably something goes awry when they get to her house — and it's all supposed to be true.
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“Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps”
We actually haven't heard great things from those who saw it, but for Gordon Gekko diehards, it's a must-see.
Ryan Reynolds is trapped in a b coffin with a cellphone, a lighter, and only 90 minutes to live. Cool concept. Just don't go if you're claustrophobic.
“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”
Woody Allen's latest, starring Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Anthony Hopkins, and Josh Brolin. Only for Woody fans.
“Waiting for 'Superman'”
A doc*mentary about America's failing school system. A must-see if you're feeling socially conscious, though we also highly recommend “The Lottery” by our friends director Madeleine Sackler and producer James Lawler. It's out on DVD and on demand now.
Friday, October 1
“The Social Network”
The early front-runner for Best Picture has received an obscene amount of buzz, especially for Aaron Sorkin's script and Justin Timberlake's performance (does it strike anyone else odd that JT has been making the promotional rounds but Jesse Eisenberg, who actually plays Mark Zuckerberg, hasn't been?). It will be curious to see if despite the rave reviews our generation — i.e. the Facebook generation — actually turns out for this thing.
“Let Me In”
This is a remake of a famous Swedish vampire movie, and it's supposed to live up to its predecessor and then some. The highlight for us will be star Chloe Moretz, who we raved about as Hit Girl in “Kick Ass.” She's one of the best child actors around. If “Social Network” is sold out at the theaters this weekend and you've already seen “The Town” or “Wall Street 2,” definitely give this one a shot.
Friday, October 8
Edward Norton is Stone, a convict up for parole. Robert De Niro is his retiring parole officer… who's banging his wife, played by Milla Jovovich.
“It's Kind of a Funny Story”
Set in a mental hospital with crazy man Zach Galifianakis looking out for the new kid on the ward, this is the quirky teenager romantic comedy that might emerge as a crowd favorite (think “Juno”). Emma Roberts and Zoe Kravitz co-star, though ultimately, this one's all about Galifianakis for us.
This was great the first time we saw it when it was called “Seabiscuit.” Still, how bad can a flick about the greatest race horse ever be, even if it is produced by Disney? Expect good performances from Diane Lane, John Malkovich, and presumably the horse.
“Life as We Know It”
Other than “Knocked Up,” we usually steer clear of Katherine Heigl romantic comedies. As in 100 miles clear. But Josh Duhamel and Josh Lucas, her co-stars, are pretty cool, so we won't cross this one off of the “date-night movie if we must” list until the reviews come out.
John Lennon as a teenager. For those still enthralled by Beatlemania.
Friday, October 15
We've never been big “Jackass” fans, but the bit in the commercials and trailer where the guy gets nailed by the giant high-five hand is pretty damn funny. Not sure how much the 3-D will help things — we don't feel like paying the extra $5.
Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren are former CIA agents who are “Retired and Extremely Dangerous” (get it?) and are lured back into action after being framed for an assassination. Helen Mirren shoots an Uzi. How bad can it be?
Hillary Swank goes for another Academy Award as she tries to get her older brother Sam Rockwell, wrongly accused for murder, out of prison. It takes only 18 years.
Friday, October 22
“Paranormal Activity 2”
The surprise hit horror flick from 2007 gets the sequel treatment. Will those two kids ever get out of that hotel room?
Clint Eastwood's last two films — “Invictus” and “Gran Torino” — both came up short in our book, but the prospect of Matt Damon as a retired psychic who can still communicate with the dead has us intrigued.
“The Company Men”
We feel like the trailer gives away the entire movie — Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper lose their slick corporate jobs, get stuck doing real men's work (with Kevin Costner, no less), and somehow become better husbands/fathers/men because of it. But we also hear great early buzz about the performances. Expect at least one of these guys to get serious award consideration.
Friday, October 29
If your big Halloween party this weekend is Saturday or Sunday night, here's the perfect opportunity to get the shit scared out of you Friday night.
Looking ahead into the first week of November, we've got our eye on “127 Hours” — the biopic about the rock climber who got his arm stuck under a boulder out West and amputated his own arm. It stars James Franco and a friend who saw it at the Toronto Film Festival earlier in September said it was the best thing he saw at the festival. Nov. 5 also sees the opening of “Due Date,” the road trip movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifianikis; “Fair Game,” with Naomi Watts as real-life ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame and Sean Penn as her husband, Joe Wilson; and “Megamind,” an animated 3D flick with the voices of Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt.