October film highlights 2012

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The top five films you need to see this month

Daniel Craig’s 007 comeback, a genius indie romcom and all the mysteries behind ‘The Shining’ unravelled. Here’s our pick of October’s movie highlights.


  • 1

    Ruby Sparks

    In a sentence:
    The husband and wife team behind ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ are back after six years with a smarter-than-average indie romcom.

    Why we’re excited:
    If you’ve ever felt irritated by the quirky-cute female love interests in indie films, this might be up your street. The script is by 29-year-old actress Zoe Kazan, who also stars with her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano. He plays a novelist who writes a story about his dream girl – who miraculously walks into his life. The trouble with a living-breathing dream girl, however, is that she might have ideas of her own.

    When’s it out?
    October 12

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  • 2

    Frankenweenie

    In a sentence:
    Tim Burton gives us one of his best film in years, a stop-motion animation about a boy who – like a mini-me Dr Frankenstein – brings his dead dog back to life.

    Why we’re excited:
    He’s alive! Tim Burton is back on form with this spooky-sweet charmingly macabre animation. It’s a remake of one of Burton’s own early short films, in which little Victor Frankenstein resurrects Sparky the dog. The original was a live-action short, but the new film is a black-and-white animation and 3D.

    When’s it out?
    October 17, after opening the London Film Festival on October 10

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  • 3

    Beasts of the Southern Wild

    In a sentence:
    Everywhere this tiny American film goes, from Sundance to Cannes, it leaves audiences and critics melted in a puddle.

    Why we’re excited:
    Well here’s Rolling Stone magazine’s critic: ‘“Beasts of the Southern Wild”’ is a game-changer that gets you excited about movies again.’ If that doesn’t whet your appetite, nothing will. The film is the directing debut of Benh Zeitlin and is set in a close-knit poor community where a little girl, Hush Puppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), lives with her dad. Think back to the way people were talking about ‘The Artist’ last year, and this film is looking like this year’s equivalent. There’s even talk of a Best Actress Oscar nomination for eight-year-old Wallis.

    When’s it out?
    October 19

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  • 4

    Skyfall

    In a sentence:
    Bond is back.

    Why we’re excited:
    Didn’t you hear? Bond is back. This time Sam Mendes is in the directing chair. Javier Bardem as 007’s nemesis, meanwhile, is trying to top his own worst haircut (see ‘No Country for Old Men’). You’ll also spot what looks like a blinder of an action sequence on the London Underground in the trailer, which should raise the stakes in the action department.

    When it’s out?
    October 26

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  • 5

    Room 237

    In a sentence:
    Here’s Johnny!

    Why we’re excited:
    The Shining’ is having a moment. Stephen King’s sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ is out next September. In November, a 20-minute longer cut of the 1980 film (the American version) hits cinemas. This doc explores the hidden meanings that Stanley Kubrick-nuts have found in the film.

    When’s it out?
    October 26

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Matthew Griffiths
Matthew Griffiths

"The Shining",whilst one of Kubricks best adaptions is a heavy film to sit through on your own."Skyfall" was great,I wandered where they put the buskers in Embankment Ill go and see it again when family members are better