Fall Movie Preview: October 2017

October 6

Blade Runner 2049

A sequel to the sci-fi classic that looks gorgeous but may prove as polarizing as the original. Super into the combo of Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, though.

The Florida Project

Sean Baker, who shot Tangerine on an iPhone, returns with The Florida Project, set in the Other Orlando that exists outside Disney World’s gates and socio-economic influence. This has been a festival hit all year, and while it stars Willem Defoe, it also includes Baker’s typical casting of non-professionals, which gives his films their realist touch.

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The Mountain Between Us

The ads for this movie really want us to know that the dog doesn’t die.

My Little Pony: The Movie

The show is adorable but does anyone other than Bronies want a full-fledged movie?

Una

A stark and emotionally tough movie about a young woman confronting the man who molested her as a child. It’s adapted from a play, and you can certainly tell.

Full review here.

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October 13

The Foreigner

Jackie Chan stars as a grieving dad going after a politician who may be complicit in his daughter’s death. Looks sort of like John Wick with higher stakes. Into it.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Get. Ready. To. CRY.

Happy Death Day

I swear I just saw this movie.

Marshall

Chadwick Boseman stars as Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court Justice, in his early, pre-SCOTUS years. Boseman has the focused intensity to play a good lawyer, but I don’t quite understand what Josh Gad is doing here.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

The biopic about the creator of Wonder Woman—and his kinky polyamorous loves—could not have picked a better time for release if it tried, given the success of Wonder Woman earlier this year.

October 20

Geostorm

Obviously, I’m very excited for this super trashy movie, although admittedly, the timing has turned out to be TERRIBLE.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos follows up The Lobster with a much darker, emotionally surreal thriller about the horrors of parenting, among other things. Lanthimos films have to be seen to be believed.

Full review here.

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Only The Brave

Based on a true story about “hotshots”, the firefighters who specialize in wildfires. They only make movies about people like this when bad sh*t happens, so brace yourself for some bad sh*t to happen.

The Snowman

Michael Fassbender hunts a serial killer in this Swedish thriller, which means it will be super dark and pretty fucked up.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween Story

Please…please don’t.

(The actual note I wrote to my editor at LaineyGossip, begging not to be assigned this review.)

Wonderstruck

I can’t keep all these “Wonder” movies straight. This is the time-traveling kids one.

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October 27

Jigsaw

A prequel about the serial killer in the Saw movies. Who asked for this?

Suburbicon

George Clooney directs a script the Coen Brothers didn’t care about. This trailer is misleading—it’s not really about the mob, it’s a fictionalized take on the race riot that broke out in proto-suburb Levittown, Pennsylvania when a black family moved in. This did not fare well on the fall festival tour.

Thank You For Your Service

This doesn’t look bad, but man, war movies aren’t doing well right now, so the timing really sucks.

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3 thoughts on “Fall Movie Preview: October 2017

  1. Emily D Yunker

    Re: Marshall. Josh Gad is really good in this. His natural bluster is underplayed for the most part.

    Of course, the film isn’t really worthy of the three main performances. Boseman, Gad, and Brown play their roles really well, and Kate Hudson has her moments. But my screening included a lot of unintentional laughs – particularly in the flashbacks, which needed to be serious but felt stilted and awkward – that were mostly due to directing choices. Having just looked up the director’s credits, it makes total sense that he’s mostly done sitcoms for the last 15-ish years. The rhythm was all off. In different hands (Ava Duvernay, in particular; anyone else with a connection to the history, in general) this might have been phenomenal.

      1. I liked what he did in the courtroom scenes. It was suitably theatrical, and definitely wasn’t Olaf, for which we are all grateful. And compared to Dan Stevens, who I was pretty sure was 5 seconds from dropping a “well ya’ see here, toots” to either of the women, or a “well I never” to Marshall…

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