Blade Runner 2049, BPM, and 24 other movies to see this October

Blade Runner 2049, BPM, and 24 other movies to see this October

october 2017 Blade Runner 2049, BPM, and 24 other movies to see this October

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With the lackluster summer stretch behind us, the fall movie season ahead shows great promise thanks to big-budget blockbusters (Blade Runner 2049, Geostorm) and awards-bound prestige titles (Novitiate, BPM [Beats Per Minute], The Square) alike. Here’s every movie that should be on your radar this October.

Blade Runner 2049

Thirty-five years after Ridley Scott introduced the world to Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, the acting veteran — alongside Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright — is stepping back into the iconic role with Oscar-nominated Arrival and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve at the helm. “I’m lucky for many reasons that this was my big-budget film, but one of them is that you could see where the money was going,” Gosling previously told. “The sets were so beautiful, and every aesthetic choice was for the cleanest, most efficient, elegant way to communicate story. When [cinematographer] Roger Deakins creates a frame, half your job is done for you.”

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Wide

The Mountain Between Us 

Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, and an adorable pooch are stranded together amid the frosty wilderness of snow-capped mountain peaks in this disaster-romance from director Hany Abu-Assad.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Wide

My Little Pony

The classic children’s toy line gets the big screen treatment with a little help from Emily Blunt, Liev Schreiber, Uzo Aduba, Kristin Chenoweth, Zoe Saldana, and Sia in this animated family flick.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Wide

The Florida Project

For his sixth feature, Tangerine filmmaker Sean Baker graduates from the gritty streets of Los Angeles to the sun-kissed stretches of central Florida’s tourist traps, which serve as the backdrop for an emotional gut-punch of a movie about a young girl (Brooklynn Prince) living in a motel with her destitute mother (Bria Vinaite) under the watchful eye of their all-seeing property manager, played by Willem Dafoe, whom has received a healthy amount of Oscar buzz for his supporting performance since the film’s debut in Cannes earlier this year.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Limited

Una

Rooney Mara tackles her most complex role yet as a woman staging an icy reunion with an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) she previously formed a sexual bond with as a teenager in first-time director Benedict Andrews’ pitch-perfect adaptation of David Harrower’s stage play Blackbird.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Limited

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Oscar-nominated documentarian David France probes the mysterious death of gay icon Marsha P. Johnson who, alongside Sylvia Rivera, founded the trans activist group Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.) in New York City’s Greenwich Village before her body was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992.

Release date: Oct. 6
Release type: Netflix streaming

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Noah Baumbach’s latest assembles a prestigious cast (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson) for this dramedy about a fractured family that comes together in celebration of their patriarch. Critics particularly tipped Sandler’s performance as one of the best of his career when the film world-premiered in competition at Cannes in May.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Netflix streaming

The Foreigner

Jackie Chan fronts a riveting action-thriller about a businessman grappling with the death of his daughter at the hands of terrorists — all while playing a cat-and-mouse game with a government official who may know more about her murder than he’s letting on.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Wide

Happy Death Day

Some moments we want to live over and over: a particularly joyous Christmas morning, a wild night with friends — unfortunately for Happy Death Day‘s Tree Gelbman (Mary + Jane‘s Jessica Rothe), she’s trapped in a seemingly never-ending cycle of reliving her own death-by-serial-killer in Disturbia writer Christopher Landon’s comedy-slasher hybrid (which also boasts one of the most amusing trailers of the year).

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Wide

Marshall

Chadwick Boseman stars in this tense biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, who fights through a career-defining case before making U.S. government history. Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens, and Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown costar.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Wide

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

After seven decades without a standalone movie, Wonder Woman blazed a trail for female-fronted superhero stories at the summer box office this year. Now, director Angela Robinson lays the foundation for Diana Prince’s legacy in this tale of psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the iconic character while balancing complex relationships with the women (Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote) in his own life.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Wide

Breathe

Based on the true story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), this biographical drama directed by Andy Serkis follows the disability rights activist throughout his twenties, at the tail end of which he was diagnosed with and subsequently paralyzed by polio, after beginning a romantic relationship with Diana Blacker (Claire Foy), his supportive wife. The film, which premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, was written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (Gladiator) and framed by three-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (Hugo, The Aviator, JFK).

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Limited

Goodbye Christopher Robin

The work of A.A. Milne has reached countless readers over the years, and this light biopic (costarring Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald) dramatizes the writer’s (Domnhall Gleeson) life as his son inspires the creation of one of the most famous literary characters of all time: Winnie the Pooh.

Release date: Oct. 13
Release type: Limited

Geostorm

Gerard Butler. Catastrophic weather events (Giant tornados! Icicle meteors!) threatening all of humanity. Lots of impressive CGI. Need we say more?

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

Only the Brave

An ensemble cast (Taylor Kitsch, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Andie MacDowell, Josh Brolin) populates a film inspired by real-life firefighters in Prescott, Arizona who battled a June 2013 wildfire, which ultimately took the lives of 19 of its members.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

Same Kind of Different as Me

An international art dealer (Greg Kinnear) is forced to make nice with a vagrant to save his marriage to a woman (Renée Zellweger) whose lofty ambitions reroute the course of the trio’s lives.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

The Snowman

Adapted from Jo Nesbø’s novel of the same name, this icy thriller stars Michael Fassbender as a detective investigating the grim circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a victim upon winter’s first snowfall — which prompts him to speculate the return of the titular, menacing serial killer. “I guess it’s the same thing as with clowns,” Fassbender told us of the project’s premise. “Something that is supposed to bring joy becomes very creepy.”

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Twelve years after he first brought Madea to the big screen, the drag-tastic character is still going strong in this satirical sequel to last year’s season hit.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Wide

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Robin Campillo directs a hauntingly gorgeous dramatization of events surrounding the AIDS epidemic in 1990s Paris, where a team of activists known as ACT UP fight for equality and access to medical care during the height of the HIV crisis. The film premiered in competition at Cannes, where it was touted as one of the best films of the festival by film critics.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Limited

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Alicia Silverstone walk into a Yorgos Lanthimos movie… and the results are stunning. With shades of Greek tragedy and the filmmaker’s 2009 drama Dogtooth, The Killing of a Sacred Deer paints a disturbing picture about vitality lost in this haunting meditation on the destruction of the nuclear family, following a surgeon who forms a bond with the son of one of his ill-fated patients, though the boy seemingly plagues the healthy family with a (literally) paralyzing curse.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Limited

Wonderstruck

From the glam-rocking age of 1970s Britain in Velvet Goldmine to the snow-swept city streets of the 1950s-set romance Carol, director Todd Haynes typically shuttles audiences back in time to memorable periods throughout history, and his Cannes competition title Wonderstruck takes his signature affinity for the past to a new level. Seamlessly flitting through multiple periods, the story following a young runaway, Rose (newcomer Millicent Simmonds), who seeks the attention of a beloved idol (longtime Haynes collaborator Julianne Moore) in 1927, while simultaneously chronicling the journey of a boy (Oakes Fegley) searching for his father against the backdrop of 1977 New York City.

Release date: Oct. 20
Release type: Limited

All I See Is You

Blake Lively is a blind woman who regains her sight — to somewhat disastrous results after learning secret truths about her life and family — in this love story directed by World War Z filmmaker Marc Forster.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Wide

Jigsaw

The Saw franchise just won’t die, rearing its head yet again in this torture porn genre flick set 10 years after the death of the titular murderous mastermind, in an age where a new killer takes lives of unsuspecting victims using inspiration from Jigsaw’s past crimes.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Wide

Thank You For Your Service

Miles Teller fronts a band of soldiers returning from Iraq, attempting to reintegrate into normal civilian life. Amy Schumer, Haley Bennett, and Keisha Castle-Hughes also star.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Wide

Novitiate

Melissa Leo and Margaret Qualley give arresting performances in Maggie Betts’ Novitiate, a coming-of-age drama set in the 1960s amid the Catholic Church’s Vatican II reformations, when a young postulant questions her faith while enduring the strict rule of her convent’s ruthless Reverend Mother.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Limited

The Square

Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning sendup of highbrow art culture finally hits domestic screens with stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Claes Bang, and Terry Notary in tow.

Release date: Oct. 27
Release type: Limited