From Blade Runner to Halloween horror: The top 7 films to look out for this October
From Ryan Gosling’s Blade Runner 2049 to Jackie Chan and Adam Sandler reinventing their image - this October has something for everyone.Updated: Oct 02, 2017 13:42 IST
After August 2017 became the worst August in 20 years at the box office, September picked up the pace thanks mostly to the record-breaking performance of Stephen King’s It. As the horror adaptation inches closer to $600 million worldwide, let’s take a look at what October has in store.
Traditionally, this is when the Oscar season begins. We’ll be seeing the first crop of awards hopefuls after screenings at the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals. But in addition to prestige dramas, we’ve also got a couple of big blockbusters vying for your attention.
Blade Runner 2049 (October 6)
Coming off a string of phenomenal reviews, director Denis Villeneuve’s long-in-gestation sci-fi sequel reaches Indian shores in the month’s first weekend. While the 163-minute run time has raised a few eyebrows, the buzz around Blade Runner 2049 is similar to what surrounds a new Christopher Nolan movie.
Victoria & Abdul (October 6)
Every year, it seems, brings an Oscar-hopeful film with an Indian connect. In 2016, it was the fantastic Lion, and this year, it’s the remarkable true story of Queen Victoria’s unlikely friendship with an Indian aide. Judi Dench and director Stephen Frears bring the necessary Oscars heft, while most of the local attention will go to Ali Fazal.
The Foreigner (October 13)
After a string of loud action comedies, Jackie Chan is stepping into Liam Neeson territory with Casino Royale director Martin Campell’s revenge thriller. While few other than Neeson have found success with this new genre - including The Foreigner co-star Pierce Brosnan - Jackie Chan’s status as an action hero in Hong Kong and China should work well.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) - October 13
Jackie Chan isn’t the only star deviating from the norm this month. Netflix brings auteur Noah Baumbach’s new dramedy to the widest audience he’s probably ever seen. Early buzz is singling out Adam Sandler’s performance as one of his best, and before you stop reading - it’s not one of his usual cringeworthy ones.
The Snowman (October 20)
Scandi-crime isn’t as popular as it used to be about a decade ago, but the pedigree surrounding this Jo Nesbo adaptation is noteworthy. The cast is led by Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, while Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson helms.
Leatherface and Jigsaw (October 20, 27)
In a strange coincidence, this year’s Halloween attractions seem to have been cut from the same cloth. They’re both rather uninspiring, but for their audiences, should be interesting returns to successful horror franchises. Leatherface is a prequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, while Jigsaw will chart the origins of Saw’s famous killer.
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First Published: Oct 02, 2017 13:41 IST