This October, look for the return of Batman’s nemesis, the idiotic leader of the Third Reich, the creepy and kooky ghouls next door, Sleeping Beauty’s cursed evil fairy and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. Ultimately, who do YOU want to spend time with at the multiplex this Fall?
JOKER – October 4
Joaquin Phoenix is truly one of the most versatile performers working in movies today. He first came to our attention in 1995 when he portrayed a sweet doofus involved in a murder-for-hire plot in To Die For. What followed was a string of remarkable, transformative turns, several of which brought him to the awards podium: Gladiator, Her, Walk The Line, The Master, You Were Never Really Here. With Joker, we see Phoenix coming unhinged as a failed comic who turns to a life of crime. He’s already earned raves for this performance and the film is being called a Martin Scorsese-like tale of big city grime and crime. Frequent Scorsese collaborator, and even more frequent Trump-basher (yay!), Robert DeNiro co-stars.
PAIN AND GLORY – October 4
Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical remembrance drama stars Penelope Cruz and Best Actor winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Antonio Banderas. Banderas portrays an ailing filmmaker who reflects back on pivotal moments from his life: addictions, career highs and lows, his first gay crush and his beloved mother (Cruz). This is Pedro’s 21st feature film and Spain’s official Oscar entry.
LUCY IN THE SKY – October 4
Natalie Portman proves the adage “you can never go home again” as an astronaut who has lots of trouble adjusting to life back on Earth. The fantastic supporting cast includes Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens, and Ellen fuckin’ Burstyn. Loosely based on the kray-kray-but-true story of astronaut Lisa Nowak.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY – October 11
The latest adaptation of Charles Addams’ cartoon series about a ghoulish family features a star-studded line-up of vocal talent: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bette Midler, Alison Janney and Snoop Dogg! This iteration doesn’t look like a classic, but we have such goodwill for the 1960s tv series and the 1990s films, we’re willing to take a chance. Boo!
PARASITE – October 11
This pitch-black comic fairytale of class struggle between two families was a surprise, unanimous Palme d’Or winner at Cannes. We are huge fans of earlier films from writer/director Bong Joon-ho, The Host and Snowpiercer among them, and are very excited for this one.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – October 18
An evil fairy and more evil queen battle for the soul of a younger person. No, this is not another Saturday night at the local gay club. Angelina Jolie is back as the titular anti-hero and Michelle Pfeiffer joins the proceedings as Queen Ingrith, mother of Prince Phillip, who is now betrothed to Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty). Which queen will reign supreme? We don’t care. The opportunity to see Pfeiffer again on the big screen is enough for us.
JOJO RABBIT – October 18
This film won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International FIlm Festival last month, usually an accurate precursor to multiple Oscar nods. Billed as an “anti-hate satire,” this WWII-era satire follows the misadventures of a young boy and his imaginary friend, Hitler (played by director/writer Taika Waititi). Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson and Sam Rockwell co-star.
THE LIGHTHOUSE – October 18
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe star in the new film from the director of the supernatural horror masterpiece The Witch. The duo portray lighthouse keepers on a mysterious New England island who lose their marbles and become threatened by paranoia and nightmares. The atmospheric cinematography, powerhouse performances and brilliant direction are all being praised. And we didn’t even make a joke about lusty seamen.
In November, we’re looking forward to The Irishman, Scorsese’s long-awaited Jimmy Hoffa crime drama, starring DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci and the return of Linda Hamilton as ass-kicker Sarah Connor in Terminator: Dark Fate.