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Ten October film releases you need to know about

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  • Fury

    Why we’re excited
    It’s Brad Pitt in a tank! What, you need more? Okay, this hefty, old-school WWII flick from David Ayer, writer of ‘Training Day’, looks like the kind of action movie you’d take your dad to. In a really good way.

    What could go wrong?
    Ayer’s other films as a director, including ‘End of Watch’ and ‘Sabotage’, were meaty and entertaining, but they had a certain something missing – call it heart. Still, Brad Pitt in a tank!

    ‘Fury’ is out on October 24.

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    Fury
  • Mr Turner

    Why we’re excited
    October is jam-packed with five-star brilliant films. Here’s another, Mike Leigh’s astonishing biopic of the nineteenth-century painter JMW Turner in his later years. Timothy Spall plays Turner in a career-high performance described elegantly by Time Out’s film editor Dave Calhoun as ‘like a bronchial, cantankerous, randy old toad’.

    What could go wrong?
    If this was your average biopic of an artist, quite a lot really. Here, absolutely nothing.

    ‘Mr Turner’ is out on October 3.

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    Mr Turner
  • The Judge

    Why we’re excited
    Robert Downey Jr slips out of his clunky metal Iron Man suit and goes back to ‘proper’ acting in this courtroom drama about a high-flying lawyer defending his own dad from a murder charge.

    What could go wrong?
    This all looks pretty old-fashioned, in a mid-’90s, John Grisham-ish, everyone yells ‘objection’ sort of way. But if that’s your bag (and it’s kind of ours) then this should push all the right buttons.

    ‘The Judge’ is out on October 17.

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    The Judge
  • Serena

    Why we’re excited
    Because BFFs (best film friends) Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper make exceedingly good movies together (see ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle’). They reunite for this Depression-era drama about a timber baron and his wife.

    What could go wrong?
    Well, since you ask, this film has been a bit of a saga. It was shot two-and-half years ago, but the release has dragged on. You can read all about it on the Hollywood Reporter's website, which quotes one film insider calling the film's performances ‘uneven, particularly Lawrence’s [descent into madness]’.

    ‘Serena’ is out on October 24.

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    Serena
  • Gone Girl

    Why we’re excited
    Because we’ve seen ‘Gone Girl’, and David Fincher’s film of Gillian Flynn’s dazzlingly dark bestseller is a winner. Like the book, it takes us inside the toxic marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne.

    What could go wrong?
    Nothing. The casting is perfect. Rosamund Pike gives a career-making performance as Amy, who goes missing on their fifth anniversary. Ben Affleck gets it just right as her husband – and prime suspect number one – Nick. If you haven’t read the book, don’t. Watch the mother of all twists unfold on screen.

    ‘Gone Girl’ is out on October 3.

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    Gone Girl
  • Nightcrawler

    Why we’re excited
    This hard-hitting drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as an unscrupulous freelance cameraman cruising the streets of LA in search of newsworthy footage bagged a five-star review from Time Out’s Joshua Rothkopf, who called it ‘viciously funny… as entertaining as it is nauseating.’

    What could go wrong?
    First-time director Dan Gilroy’s screenwriting CV includes tame blockbusters like ‘Real Steel’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy’. Can he pull off something that’s dark and emotional as well as crowd-pleasing?

    ‘Nightcrawler’ is out on October 31.

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    Nightcrawler
  • The Babadook

    Why we’re excited
    If you believe the hype, this old-school haunted house spooker – about a hyperactive six-year-old and a creepy kids’ book – might well be the horror film of the year. It gets the five-star treatment from us.

    What could go wrong?
    Some people have jokingly called it ‘a nightmare on Ramsay St’, which isn’t the most mouth-watering description we could imagine.

    ‘The Babadook’ is out on October 24.

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    The Babadook
  • ’71

    Why we’re excited
    ‘Gripping’, ‘a perfect thriller’, ‘fascinating’ – that’s just a taste of the praise being heaped on this Belfast-set drama with on-the-rise actor Jack O’Connell (star of Angelina Jolie’s forthcoming WWII drama ‘Unbroken’) as a young British soldier trapped behind enemy lines in 1971.

    What could go wrong?
    Well, not all the critics are on board. In a three-star review, Time Out’s Dave Calhoun praises first-time director Yann Demange as ‘a strong storyteller’ but argues he ‘piles on the atmosphere at the expense of characterisation’.

    ‘’71’ is out on October 10.

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    ’71
  • Effie Gray

    Why we’re excited
    Because this has all the hallmarks of a classy British period drama. Emma Thompson wrote the script, based on the real events surrounding a famous Victorian love triangle. Greg Wise (Thompson’s husband) is the artist and thinker John Ruskin. Dakota Fanning is Effie, his much younger wife, and Tom Sturridge plays her suitor, the painter John Everett Millais.

    What could go wrong?
    Well, Effie Gray set about getting her marriage annulled for non-consummation. So this could all go a bit rustling petticoats and heaving corsets.

    ‘Effie Gray’ is is out on October 10.

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    Effie Gray
  • Gone Too Far!

    Why we’re excited
    We’ve seen this Peckham-set comedy directed by Destiny Ekharaga, about a British-Nigerian teenager who’s mortified when his brother moves over from Nigeria. It’s a wise and witty look at race in London.

    What could go wrong?
    Not enough people could see it! This is the sort of film that sneaks out under the radar. Seek it out.

    ‘Gone Too Far!’ is out on October 10.

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    Gone Too Far!

Fury

Why we’re excited
It’s Brad Pitt in a tank! What, you need more? Okay, this hefty, old-school WWII flick from David Ayer, writer of ‘Training Day’, looks like the kind of action movie you’d take your dad to. In a really good way.

What could go wrong?
Ayer’s other films as a director, including ‘End of Watch’ and ‘Sabotage’, were meaty and entertaining, but they had a certain something missing – call it heart. Still, Brad Pitt in a tank!

‘Fury’ is out on October 24.

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Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .

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