It’s finally cooling down, the trees are starting to turn, and everywhere you look there is pumpkin-flavored everything springing up on shelves. The change in weather also means that we’re heading into award season, and the movies that will be contenders for the next Oscars are starting to hit the big screens. Take a look at what’s coming up, and keep your eyes open for your new favorite.
Blade Runner 2049
Thirty years after the events of the first film, new blade runner Officer K (Ryan Gosling) discovers a secret that was buried long ago and has the potential to throw what’s left of the world into complete chaos. He sets off to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years, to help him save the world as they know it. Sci-Fi, Thriller. Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity, and language. 2 hours and 43 minutes. My First Opinion: Holy cow that’s a long movie! Granted, The Dark Knight (2008) is longer, but still!
The Mountain Between Us
Doctor Ben Bass (Idris Elba) and journalist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) are two strangers who have almost nothing in common except for their need to fly to Boston as soon as possible. They decide to book a small chartered flight together, but the plane crashes in the mountains. When they realize that no help is coming for them, the two strangers must work together to survive the journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness. Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, peril, injury images, and brief strong language. 1 hour and 43 minutes. My First Opinion: It does look good, and it’s very hard for me to turn down Idris Elba.
Better Watch Out
Babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) and her charge Luke (Levi Miller) find their holiday evening in the suburbs turning into a fight for survival when dangerous intruders stage a home invasion with a much more sinister purpose than anyone realizes. Horror, Thriller. No Rating Available. 1 hour and 25 minutes. My First Opinion: It’s like The Nightmare Before Christmas, I can’t tell if I’m annoyed a Christmas movie is out this early or if I’m happy because because it’s a Christmas movie with scary stuff.
My Little Pony: The Movie
When Tempest Shadow (Emily Blunt) comes to Ponyville to rob the Ponys of their magic, the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – must travel beyond Equestrian to meet new friends to help them use their magic to save their home. Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical. Rated PG for mild action. 1 hour and 39 minutes. My First Opinion: I’ve never been interested in the My Little Pony franchise, but they’ve named-dropped a bunch of people I know into this – Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Michael Peña, Live Schreiber – and that does intrigue me a little bit.
David (Josh Wiggins) is a normal urban teenager who travels to Montana in order to hunt big game (and bond) with his off-the-grid father Cal (Matt Bomer). A brutal encounter as they struggle to connect leaves them both injured and unable to rely on anyone but each other to survive. Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for bloody injury images, some thematic elements, and brief strong language. 1 hour and 35 minutes. Based on the short story by David Quammen. My First Opinion: I’m sensing a very snowy and survival story trend this October. Interesting.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman
Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Marston (Luke Evans) lives a rather unconventional life, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and former student Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote) often is very complicated. The key to this relationship? The creation of Wonder Woman, with Elizabeth and Olive’s feminist ideals engrained into her character, and the controversy that follows. Biography. Rated R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language. 1 hour and 48 minutes. My First Opinion: Look at that, just in time for us to have re-watched our recently purchased Blu-Rays of Wonder Woman (2017).
Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana (Claire Foy) Cavendish are an adventurous young couple living the golden years of their lives when Robin is struck down by polio at age 28. He is given only a few months to live, but with the help of Diana’s brothers and inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), the Cavendish’s break free of the hospital ward to live full lives and raise their son, giving hope and inspiration to fellow patients. Biography, Drama, Romance. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, including some bloody medical images. 1 hour and 57 minutes. Based on a true story. My First Opinion: I am getting very strong flashbacks of The Theory of Everything (2014). That means it’s almost guaranteed at least one Oscar nomination.
A humble London businessman named Quan (Jackie Chan) calls his long-buried past to the surface when his teenage daughter is killed in an act of political terrorism. Quan begins a relentless search of the terrorists responsible and must also stalk British government official Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan), whose history may hold clues to the identity of the killers. Action, Thriller. Rated R for violence, language, and some sexual material. 1 hour and 54 minutes. My First Opinion: I’m actually kind of excited to see this Jackie Chan kicking some ass.
Happy Death Day
College student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is just trying to enjoy her birthday and live her life when she is murdered. When she wakes up at the beginning of her birthday again, she realizes that she must relive her death day over and over again until she can discover who killed her. Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material, and partial nudity. My First Opinion: Living every day to die again sounds extremely exhausting, I wonder how many times that is possible. You know, theoretically speaking.
A young rock band composed of members from England and America drop out of college to chase their dreams. They live in a van, relying on their passion and talent to survive, and end up caught in a deal that threatens to steal their destiny from their hands, even as their music begins influencing society in ways they never imagined. Drama, Music, Thriller. Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, drug use throughout, pervasive language, and some violence. My First Opinion: It’s very hard to take a metal band seriously when one of their members is Samwell Tarly being…Well, Samwell Tarly with eyeliner.
Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, but before he decided Brown vs. The Board of Education, he was an attorney who represented clients unfairly accused because of their race. Biography, Drama. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence, and some strong language. 1 hour and 58 minutes. My First Opinion: I wonder if Chadwick Boseman’s resume says his specialty is biopics.
The Secret Scripture
Roseanne McNulty (Rooney Mara) has been living at a mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland for over years. When it is slated to be torn down, Dr. William Grene (Eric Bana) is called in to assess her condition and determine whether or not she must be moved to a new location or let out into the world. This delves into her history as a charismatic woman and tells the story of her tics, rituals, and attachment to her Bible. Drama. Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, some sexuality, and language. 1 hour and 48 minutes. My First Opinion: I haven’t heard someone say “Rose!” so many times since Leo DiCaprio was accused of stealing a blue diamond.
6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain
Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett), an adrenaline-seeking snowboarder, finds himself lost in a enormous winter storm in the High Sierra back country. He is pushed to the limits of his endurance and must battle his own personal demons if he hopes to survive until rescue can find him. Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including drug addiction, some disturbing images, and brief partial nudity. 1 hour and 38 minutes. My First Opinion: This almost feels like a religious movie, like Heaven is For Real (2014), but doesn’t mention religion at any point in the trailer, so…
Cole (Judah Lewis) is madly in love with his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving). He decides to stay up past his bedtime one night to watch her, and he discovers that she is actually a killer who is in league with the Devil. Now he must spend the night avoiding her band of killers who would do anything to keep their secret hidden. Horror. No Rating Available. Netflix film. My First Opinion: That’s another babysitter movie too, there are a few trends happening this month.
A group of friends hire a guide to search for an Indian village hidden in the Bolivian jungle, only to discover that the jungle is a difficult place to survive. Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller. Rated R for language and some drug use. 1 hour and 55 minutes. Based on a true story. My First Opinion: Daniel Radcliffe is really doing his best to keep us from remembering he’s Harry Potter, isn’t he?
When detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf was wrapped around a snowman, he begins to worry that a serial killer who has eluded his team before may be active again. With the help of a new recruit, he must connect several cold cases to the new disappearance if he hopes to stop the killer before the next snowfall. Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller. No Rating Available. 2 hours and 5 minutes. My First Opinion: Seriously, everyone is ready for snow already apparently!
The origins of Leatherface are revealed as the teenager escapes from a mental institution with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse in the process and taking her on the road trip to hell while being pursued by the law. Horror, Thriller. Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language, and some sexuality/nudity. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: Supposedly Leatherface was based off of a real killer, right? Does that mean this is a “true story” too?
In order to combat the climate change endangering Earth, world governments unite to create the Dutch Boy: a program of satellites surrounding the planet that use geo-enineering technology to end natural disasters before they begin. After two years of success, the satellites begin to malfunction, and a race begins to fix the problem before they create a geostorm that can destroy the planet. Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for destruction, action, and violence. 1 hour and 49 minutes. My First Opinion: Now I have seen two very different trailers that have told me this movie has two different tones. Depending on which one is correct, I will either like this movie or hate it. The one above is the one that looks like it might actually be good.
Only the Brave
An elite crew of firemen from Prescott, Arizona, battles a wildfire in the heat of Yarnell Arizona in June of 2013, losing several of their team in the process. Biography, Drama. Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language, and drug material. Based on a true story. My First Opinion: Very patriotic, perfect for when you need your faith restored in something. Which we all could probably use right about now.
A young boy in the Midwest and a young girl in New York fifty years earlier seek the same connection across time. Drama, Family, Mystery. Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking. 1 hour and 57 minutes. Based on the novel by Brian Selznick. My First Opinion: I am still not entirely sure what this movie is, in all honesty.
A Silent Voice
Nishymiya Shoko (Saori Hayami), a grade school student with impaired hearing, transfers to a new school where she finds herself bullied by her classmates to the point where she moves away. As a result, her bully Ishida Shouya (Miyu Irino), finds himself ostracized and bullied, with no friends and no future, and years later he puts himself on the path to redemption. Animation, Drama, Romance. Not Rated. 2 hours and 10 minutes. My First Opinion: These always look really sweet, but they’re never anywhere near me.
Two girls who are obsessed with death use their online show about true tragedies to cement their legacy as modern horror legends. Comedy, Horror. Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, and language including sexual references. 1 hour and 30 minutes. My First Opinion: This does look very fun, don’t get me wrong, but someone reviewed it with “So Fetch!” So fetch. I can’t even right now.
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Madea (Tyler Perry), Bam (Cassi Davis), and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) travel to a haunted campground in order to get people away from the horror movie waiting to happen, but when monsters, goblins and the boogeyman are unleashed, they aren’t about to stick around! Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sexual references, drug content, language, and some horror images. My First Opinion: Generally speaking, I don’t find these all that funny.
Same Kind of Different as Me
International art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) who turns out to be very dangerous in order to save his struggling marriage. His wife (Renée Zellweger) and her dreams end up leading all three on a journey they will never forget. Drama. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some violence and language. My First Opinion: I really love Djimon Hounsou’s voice.
A child who wants to become a singer lives her life in service to that dream. Drama, Music. Not Rated. My First Opinion: It’s always nice to hear singing that isn’t auto tuned, but I’m not sure I’m going to see this one.
Bodies are turning up all over the city after meeting a gruesome demise, and all of the evidence points to John Kramer (Tobin Bell) being their killer. Investigators struggle to understand how this can be true, since Kramer has been dead for over ten years. Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and for language. 1 hour and 31 minutes. My First Opinion: I would ask if it’s really that hard to come up with new material for horror movies, but I’ve seen some of the new material they’ve had recently, so…I think I already know the answer.
A home invasion rattles a small family town to its very core. Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery. Rated R for violence, language, and some sexuality. 1 hour and 44 minutes. My First Opinion: What…is this…What even is this?!
God’s Own Country
A young farmer named Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) choses to numb his daily frustrations with drinking and sex, until a migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) comes for lambing season. An intense relationship is formed that causes Johnny to question all he ever believed in. Drama, Romance. No Rating Available. 1 hour and 44 minutes. My First Opinion: You know how with some trailers, you feel like you’ve already watched the movie? This is the exact opposite of that.
All I See is You
A blind woman (Blake Lively) and her relationship with her husband (Jason Clarke) are forever changed when her sight returns and they are forced to discover some disturbing secrets about themselves. Drama, Thriller. Rated R for strong sexual content/nudity, and some language. 1 hour and 50 minutes. My First Opinion: Something happened in the middle of this trailer, and I’m not entirely sure what it was.
Thank You for Your Service
A group of U.S. soldiers return from Iraq to find it is difficult for them to fall back into family and civilian life while living with the memory of a war that still threatens to destroy them. Biography, Drama, War. Rated R for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material, and brief nudity. My First Opinion: Lone Survivor (2013) and American Sniper (2014)? You can probably guess what kind of movie this will be.
Hopeless romantic Stensland (Domhnall Gleeson) thinks that he has found true love with an older woman (Christina Applegate). When he discovers that she has married and their connection was just for revenge against a neglectful husband (Thomas Haden Church), the husband takes pity on Stensland and decides that the best revenge on his wife is for them to move in together. Comedy. Rated R for strong crude sexual content, language, some nudity, drug use, and alcohol abuse. My First Opinion: This actually looks pretty funny, it’s an interesting idea.
And there you have it, your lineup for October. A few horror choices for those who are ready for Halloween, and plenty of options for anyone who just wants to take their pumpkin spice latte into a dark room and relax for an hour or two.