Films coming to cinemas this October

Your monthly round up of the latest blockbusters coming out in cinemas this October….

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THE GREAT ESCAPER

Fri 6 Oct

Michael Caine and the late, great Glenda Jackson take on an astonishing true-life story. Director Oliver Parker (Dad’s Army, Dorian Gray) recounts the unlikely story of Bernard Jordan. He is an 89-year-old British World War II veteran, who broke out of his nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in France. 

It was a story capturing the imaginations of the world. Bernie embodied a defiant, ‘can-do’ spirit that was fast disappearing. Against this escapade’s backdrop is one man’s need to come to terms with the lasting trauma of war and the many lessons we should learn from the Greatest Generation.

ORDINARY ANGELS

Fri 13 Oct

Based on a remarkable true story, the brilliant Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry) stars as Sharon. She is a fierce but struggling hairdresser in a small-town in rural Kentucky. It’s a quiet and unassuming existence. Then she discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed (Reacher’s Alan Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. 

When she discovers one of her new friend’s daughter is still waiting for an expensive liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family -and will move mountains to do so. What unfolds is an inspiring tale of faith, filled with everyday miracles and ordinary angels.

SILVER DOLLAR ROAD

Fri 13 Oct

From Academy-Award Nominee Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro, The Young Karl Marx), this Amazon documentary follows the story of the Reels family. It is told by the matriarch Mamie Reels Ellison and her niece Kim Renee Duhon. These two fierce women are fighting to protect their ancestor’s land. Their brothers and uncles were incarcerated for eight years for refusing to leave their homes; becoming two of the longest serving inmates for civil contempt in the country.

Based on a 2019 ProPublica article, this startling film highlights the ways the legal system is exploited to limit land ownership in the Black community and further contributes to the racial wealth gap.

THE EXORCIST: BELIEVER

Fri 13 Oct

The iconic American supernatural horror franchise gets another instalment. This time, David Gordon Green (Halloween Kills, Pineapple Express) at the helm. Originally planned to be a reboot , it’s now been reworked into a direct sequal, with another in the pipeline.

When his daughter, Angela, and her friend Katherine, show signs of demonic possession, single father Victor Fielding is forced to confront the horrifying depths of true evil. As an increasingly terrifying chain of events are unleashed, he is forced to take extreme measures. Desperate for an end to the hauntings, he sets out to find Chris MacNeil. He is the only person left alive who’s witnessed anything like it before.

THE MIRACLE CLUB

Fri 13 Oct

Directed by the Emmy-nominated Thaddeus O’Sullivan, this heartwarming Irish drama brings together the inestimable talents of Laura Linney, Kathy Bates, Maggie Smith and Stephen Rea.

Set in 1967, three generations of close friends live in Ballygar, a hard-knocks community. These brilliant, funny and flawed working-class women have never left their homes in the suburbs of Dublin. With a small bit of benevolent interference from their well-meaning local priest, they suddenly find a way to escape their daily struggles. By some miracle, they win a church talent competition. They get the prize of a lifetime and set off on a pilgrimage to the French town of Lourdes. Cinema

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

Fri 20 Oct

The legendary Martin Scorsese directs and produces this epic Western. The film is cantered around a series of brutal murders in Oklahoma’s Osage Nation during the 20s. They were crimes committed after oil was discovered on tribal land.

It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone. Plus, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow, and Brendan Fraser in support. The atrocities  against the Native American tribe happened under mysterious circumstances. It sparked a major Bureau of Investigation operation – headed by the 29-year-old J. Edgar Hoover and former Texas Ranger, and old-style lawman, Tom White. What they uncover is a dark world of greed, corruption and complicity, as the trail leads to some unexpected places. 

TROLLS BAND TOGETHER

Fri 20 Oct

DreamWorks unleash another instillment in their hugely popular fantasy animation series. Co-directed by Walt Dohrn (SpongeBob SquarePants, Dexter’s Laboratory) and Tim Heitz, it gathers vocal performances from Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Kid Cudi, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Icona Pop, Kunal Nayyar, Amy Schumer and RuPaul.

Poppy and Branch are growing closer, but then she her love has a secret past. He was once part of her favourite boyband, BroZone! This family pop sensation disbanded when Branch was still a baby, and he hasn’t seen his brothers since. But when Branch’s bro Floyd is kidnapped by nefarious villains, the pair embark on a harrowing and emotional journey. Cinema

THE HOLDOVERS

Fri 27 Oct

Starring Paul Giamatti (Downton Abbey, Straight Outta Compton), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Only Murders in the Building, The Idol), and Dominic Sessa, and directed by Alexander Payne, this thoughtfully-acted and perfectly-paced American comedy-drama returns us to the 70s.

We follow Paul Hunham, a disliked teacher at Barton Academy, who’s responsible for supervising students who are unable to return home for the Christmas holidays. During this process, Paul is forced to deal with one particularly rebellious but troubled student, Angus, who is grieving the loss of his father. What we get is an exercise in restrained filmmaking, in a sleeper hit which might just become a festive favourite.

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