Fall Movie Preview: October 2016

Let’s pretend like I didn’t forget to do this last month!

October 7

American Honey

Limited

British director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) tackles young Americans selling magazines door-to-door and their hard-partying vagabond ways. The film has been divisive, with some calling it a Spring Breakers wannabe and others praising it as a Millennial On the Waterfront. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Also this is the movie where Shia LaBeouf grew that gross rat tail.

The Birth of a Nation

Nate Parker’s besieged biopic of Nat Turner, leader of an infamous slave rebellion in 1831. All the sturm und drang over Parker’s past is eclipsing the fact this is an okay movie with some pretty typical faults common to first time actor-directors. It has its moments, but overall it falls short of Nat Turner’s incredible story.

Blue Jay

Limited/VOD

Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass star in a black and white movie about middle-aged white people who broke up in high school. Alternate titles include Sad White People and Depression: The Movie.

Denial

Rachel Weisz baits Oscar in a movie about Holocaust deniers. Important subject, mediocre looking movie.

The Girl on the Train

You liked Amazing Amy, right? Well here’s THREE Amazing Amys!

The Greasy Strangler

Limited/VOD

O…kay…

October 14

The Accountant

Ben Affleck is…MATH-MAN.

Certain Women

Limited

I’m glad this movie exists, but I appreciate it more than I actually like it. Full review here.

Desierto

Jonas Cuaron, son of Alfonso, co-wrote and directs this movie about a group of illegal immigrants targeted by a self-appointed vigilante border guard as they try and cross the desert into the US. Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star, and while there is room for sociopolitical commentary, this mostly looks like a B-grade thriller with topical gloss.

Mascots

Netflix

Christopher Guest returns with a new mockumentary about the high pressure world of competitive mascotry. I feel like we’re two years away from a full-blown Furry mockumentary.

Max Steel

At one point this was going to star Taylor Lautner and now it’s this instead and I guess that’s a win for Taylor Lautner and no one else.

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

VOD

This is a helluva story, but this movie looks ridiculous.

October 21

31

Limited/VOD

Rob Zombie’s latest is basically like Saw with clowns.

American Pastoral

Limited

Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut can’t get through Phillip Roth’s dense novel. Full review here.

The Handmaiden

Limited

Park Chan-wook’s latest is an erotic thriller about a maid defrauding her heiress boss. I’m a HUGE fan of Park (Oldboy, Sympathy for Vengeance, Stoker), so I’m excited for this one.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Don’t cross Jack Reacher, or he will hit you with his tiny baby fists.

Keeping Up with the Joneses

I always like to see Isla Fisher in things, I just wish they were consistently better things. Oh well. At least she has Nocturnal Animals next month.

Boo! A Madea Halloween

Part of me really admires what Tyler Perry has accomplished in building his own production empire, but most of me just wishes he’d make better movies.

Moonlight

Limited

An emotional and fraught coming of age story about a gay black man in the inner city of Miami. Full review here.

Ouija: Origin of Evil

Somehow this actually looks better than the first Ouija movie, but that might just be my incredibly low expectations talking.

October 28

American Pastoral

Wide release

Inferno

They’re still making these?!

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