Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about. Movie release dates are subject to change.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock kick the month into high stratosphere with the outer space thriller Gravity. Runner Runner sees Justin Timberlake take on gambling kingpin Ben Affleck. Parkland retells the story of John F Kennedy assassination with a host of talent that includes Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, and Paul Giamatti. Giamatti pulls double duty this week as he appears alongside Paul Rudd in the off-beat comedy All is Bright. Dario Argento does classic horror with Dracula 3-D with Rutger Hauer as Von Helsing. Adam Scott stars as an unwitting subject of study in children of divorce who is forced to confront his parent’s fifteen year battle in A.C.O.D. Bad Milo is a dark comedy/horror about a demon who lives in the intestines of a man in one of the weirdest movies you may likely see. Grace Unplugged has a young church performer (AJ Michalka) rebel against her reformed rock singer father to make her own way in the big wide world. Nothing Left to Fear is a atmospheric horror from new producer Slash (of Guns ‘n’ Roses fame). While Gravity certainly looks to be great, and will almost certainly rule the box office this week, Parkland is looking like a pretty compelling look into one of the darkest moments in modern American history. Check out the trailer for a closer look.
This week was the most release-heavy of October, including all of the limited release films. Starting things off, we have the sequel Machete Kills with Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Alexa Vega, Amber Heard, and many others. Robert Rodriguez writes and directs all of the mayhem. Captain Phillips tells the true story of a Somali pirate takeover of an American freighter with Tom Hanks starring and Paul Greengrass in the director’s seat. Romeo & Juliet is a classic re-telling of the Shakespearean tragedy, and also features the third movie this month starring Paul Giamatti. This guy is busy! Not to be outdone, by Amber Heard is also seen in two movie releases as her much delayed horror spin All the Boys Love Mandy Lane finally gets a release. Sweetwater is a frontier grudge match between a fanatical preacher, renegade sheriff, and a butt-kicking prostitute starring Ed Harris, January Jones, and Jason Isaacs. Brad Dourif plays the voice of the famous killer doll in Curse of Chucky (yes, it is Halloween people!). I Will Follow You Into the Dark continues our scary movie trend in time for the holiday and seems to be a more sophisticated ghost story starring Mischa Barton. CBGB tells the story of the rise of the famous New York City punk club with Alan Rickman and Malin Akerman. Zero Charisma seems to be Napolean Dynamite for fantasy game geeks. And Escape Plan is the Schwarzennegger/Stallone pairing in a prison action movie everyone demanded, right? Captain Phillips is looking like the clear winner here. Greengrass is best known for the Jason Bourne movies and his standout United 93, and this one looks to be of the same quality we have come to expect.
All is Lost is about a solitary man sailing solo across the ocean when disaster strikes, starring Robert Redford. Hellbenders with Clifton Collins Jr. is about a group of dysfunctional exorcists who take on the toughest jobs the Vatican is asked to handle. The Fifth Estate tells the story of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and his war on the establishment. Torn is a drama about two women who lose their sons in a mall explosion, only to find out that each of their departed is suspected of being the perpetrators of the crime. Stephen King’s Carrie gets the remake treatment, this time with Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz playing the role Sissy Spacek made famous. Ja Rule stars as a drug dealer who confronts his demons for a woman in I’m In Love with a Church Girl. Kill Your Darlings has Danielle Radcliffe shed his Harry Potter image as poet Allen Ginsberg. Ben Foster also stars. The Counselor stars Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Michael Fassbender in a Ridley Scott film about a lawyer who get in over his head with a drug dealer. Finally, Paradise gets the Russell Brand kiss of death in a “comedy” about a repressed church girl (Julianne Hough) who breaks loose in Sin City. Make it three for three in the serious drama category this week, as we hop aboard the SS Redford for his scary seafaring adventure. Check out the trailer for All is Lost below.
Ok, we promise not to pick another ocean drama for you folks who are subject to sea sickness this week. Bad Grandpa from the crew that brought you the Jackass movies is up first. Johnny Knoxville is out to shock you again with more crazy inappropriate antics as he dons the old man makeup and takes his 8 year old “grandson” out on a cross-country trip. Spinning Plates is a documentary about three incredible restaurants and the various forms of tragedy their proprietors meet, and how they move past it all. Blue is the Warmest Color is a foreign movie about a young girl who attempts to learn about love through a relationship with a blue-haired girl with a similarly unorthodox view of life. But what better way to celebrate Halloween than checking out the creepy Skinwalker Ranch, a found footage film that attempts to explain the legend of a rural Utah community with a potentially supernatural problem. Check out the trailer below.
And with that, Great Stories would like to ask what you are most looking forward to seeing at the movies?
Chris (for the Great Stories team)