It’s October, which means that autumn has finally hit us. The leaves are turning golden brown, the evenings are getting cooler and there are a lot of exciting new movies heading to cinemas near you. Looking for the perfect movie to enjoy on a cozy Autumn evening? Read on to find out about some of October’s cinema highlights.
October’s Top Pick
Gone Girl (Dir. David Fincher) – Released 3 October
David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s hit 2012 novel Gone Girl is one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the year. This dark, domestic thriller stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, a man accused of killing his missing wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). Psychologically intense and packed with twists and turns, the novel seems perfectly suited for cinematic treatment.
Fans of the book should note that Flynn has written the screenplay and has promised the film will more than satisfy fans of the novel, despite having structural and plot differences. The trailer is as enigmatic as one would expect, promising magnetic performances from its two leads, as well as striking cinematography that perfectly establishes the murky ambiance of uncertainty.
Crowd-pleasers & Comedies
Summer might be over but the last of the summer blockbusters is still to be released: on 17 October Transformers director Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finally gets its UK release. Whilst the film was met with a mostly negative critical response upon its US release, the turtles’ return to cinemas will surely delight fans and the movie’s release date conveniently coincides with October Half Term.
Young British actor Sam Claflin is due to reprise his starring role as Finnick in November’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, but in the meantime Hunger Games fans should check out Claflin alongside Lily Collins in British rom-com Love, Rosie. Based on the 2004 novel Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern, the movie follows the fortunes of Alex and Rosie, best friends since childhood and would-be lovers, as they navigate the rocky transition from their carefree teenage years to adulthood. Love, Rosie has been running a winning marketing campaign for several months, playing on the universality of awkward teenage romance and its charismatic and likable leads. Fans of romantic comedies should definitely watch out for this adaptation, which hits cinemas on 22 October.
A more unusual take on the rom-com genre is Life After Beth (1 October), in which Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza leads an all-star comedic cast as Beth, the recently deceased girlfriend of Zach (Kill Your Darlings star Dane DeHaan) whose unexpected return to life causes chaos and several unpleasant surprises. Plaza’s quirky, deadpan brand of humour seems perfectly suited to this role, whilst DeHaan established himself as a charismatic actor to watch out for in Chronicle and Kill Your Darlings. A zombie movie with twist, this could be the perfect Halloween movie for cinemagoers who don’t normally enjoy horror movies.
58th BFI London Film Festival
From 8-19 October the BFI London Film Festival will take over the capital, as hundreds of filmmakers, Hollywood stars and movie critics flock to London to showcase and promote their newest projects. Several Oscar hopefuls will premiere at the Festival, including the highly anticipated Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead.
Another movie to watch out for is Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, starring up-and-comer Miles Teller as a talented jazz drummer mentored by his intense teacher, played by J.K. Simmons. Whiplash won two major awards at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year.
The Festival will also showcase Sophie Barthes adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s groundbreaking novel Madame Bovary, with Jane Eyre actress Mia Wasikowska as the eponymous lead. It will be exciting to see how Barthes brings this timeless classic to the screen; certainly with Wasikowska leading a cast that also includes Ezra Miller, of We Need to Talk About Kevin fame, Paul Giamatti and Rhys Ifans, this movie is definitely one to look out for.