October 2013 Movies

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As we move closer to the end of the year, a few more Oscar bait movies are released with Gravity, Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave and All is Lost. Then, there is goofy and horror movies like Bad Grandpa, Machete Kills and the unnecessary remake of Carrie. Any of these movies look interesting to you that are coming out in October?

Gravity

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Release Date: October 4

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Astronauts try to get back to Earth after debris crashes into their shuttle and sets them loose in space.

My take: The trailer is super intense. I’m wondering if there is more to it than that, but then this is the director of Children of Men so I trust there is more to it.


 

The Counselor

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Release Date: October 25

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt
Director: Ridley Scott

A lawyer makes on illegal deal that ends up turning into a really bad situation.

My take: It has Michael Fassbender so of course, I want to watch it. Javier Bardem’s hair also looks amazing.


 

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

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Release Date: October 25

Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll
Director: Jeff Tremaine

Johnny Knoxville puts on old man makeup and goes on a road trip with his “grandson” for some hidden camera shenanigans.

My take: It shouldn’t be funny, but it looks really funny.


 

A.C.O.D.

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Release Date: October 4

Cast: Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch
Director: Stuart Zicherman

An adult child of divorce thinks he grew up well adjusted until he finds out he was part of a divorce study as a kid for someone to write a book and that messes with his mind and current relationships.

My take: I love the cast. It looks like it would be a cute and enjoyable, but not outstanding. I still want to watch it.


 

Machete Kills

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Release Date: October 11

Cast: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demián Bichir, Mel Gibson
Director: Robert Rodriguez

Sequel to the cult hit Machete, which came out of a fake trailer in Grindhouse. The plot is pretty much summed up in the movie title.

My take: It looks absolutely ridiculous and fun.


 

Bad Milo

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Release Date: October 4

Cast: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place, Stephen Root, Stephen Root, Peter Stormare, Peter Stormare
Director: Jacob Vaughan

A stressed out guy finds out he has a creature that lives in his butt that comes out and attacks the things that stress him.

My take: What is happening?!?


 

CBGB

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Release Date: October 11

Cast: Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Johnny Galecki, Ashley Greene, Rupert Grint, Taylor Hawkins, Stana Katic, Freddy Rodriguez, Mickey Sumner
Director: Randall Miller

Tells how the legendary rock club got its start in 1973.

My take: I always wished I could have gone there before it closed.


 

12 Years a Slave

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Release Date: October 18

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard
Director: Steve McQueen

Based on the memoir of a free black man in 1841 who is kidnapped in New York and sold into slavery in the south.

My take: This one is getting really good buzz at film festivals.


 

The Fifth Estate

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Release Date: October 18

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci,  Laura Linney
Director: Bill Condon

Biopic about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and his partner and friend Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

My take: I’m not sure what to think about Assange since I agree with some of the things he does, but also view him as an asshole. Since he is pissed about this movie, it makes me want to see it.


 

Kill Your Darlings

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Release Date: October 16

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Director: John Krokidas

Daniel Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg in 1940s New York City who meets William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac before getting involved with a murder.

My take: I wasn’t too sure about a Beat poet film, but the murder plot is intriguing.


 

All Is Lost

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Release Date: October 18

Cast: Robert Redford
Director: J.C. Chandor

A man is on a sinking sailboat in the Indian Ocean.

My take: I don’t know if I can handle that much tenseness for an entire movie.


 

Carrie

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Release Date: October 18

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort
Director: Kimberly Peirce

A remake of the Sissy Spacek horror film about a telepathic girl that is seen as a weird freak by the mean girls in school with updated teasing to include pictures on smartphones.

My take: I think most remakes are unnecessary, but this one does make me interested in seeing it.


 

Romeo and Juliet

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Release Date: October 11

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ed Westwick, Stellan Skarsgard, Paul Giamatti
Director: Carlo Carlei

Another movie version of Romeo & Juliet, this time brought to us by Julian Fellowes (Downtown Abbey).

My take: I don’t know if I need another version of this story, but the cast looks great.


 

Parkland

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Release Date: October 4

Cast: James Badge Dale, Zac Efron, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti
Director: Peter Landesman

It looks at the JFK assassination from the perspectives of other people like Zapruder, Oswald’s brother and the doctor at the hospital when JFK was brought in.

My take: Interesting perspective, but does it really say anything new?


 Blue is the Warmest Color

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Release Date: October 25

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Jérémie Laheurte
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

A love story that follows two girls over ten years starting when they are 15.

My take: Foreign films that are afraid to have subtitles in their trailers drive me crazy. I have no idea if I want to see it since they just looked at each other a lot over music.


 

Escape Plan

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Release Date: October 18

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones, Faran Tahir, Vincent D’Onofrio, Amy Ryan
Director: Mikael Hafstrom

A guy who tests prisons to make sure no one can break out agrees to one last job where he is tricked and actually locked up in it. That only leaves him to befriend Arnold Schwarzenegger to try to get out.

My take: I’d much rather watch the first season of Prison Break again.


 

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

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Release Date: October 11

Cast: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Michael Welch, Whitney Able, Edwin Hodge, Aaron Himelstein, Luke Grimes, Melissa Price, Adam Powell, Peyton Hayslip, Brooke Bloom, Robert Earl Keen
Director: Jonathan Levine

A girl that all the boys want, but she won’t let them have, decides to go to a weekend ranch party where people start dying.

My take: Is she killing them or is this just a standard slasher flick?


 

Runner Runner

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Release Date: October 4

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, Ben Affleck
Director: Brad Furman

A college student pays for school with online gambling until he finds out he was cheated out of winning and ends up in Costa Rica talking to a big gambler guy who shows him the rich side of life until the FBI catches up with them.

My take: The beginning sounded interesting and then when he is in Costa Rica, it looks like it wants to be one of the Fast & Furious movies without the racing and just the boring other stuff.


 

Captain Phillips

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Release Date: October 11

Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener
Director: Paul Greengrass

Based on the true story from April 2009 when Somali pirates hijacked a cargo ship for ransom that led to a standoff with the U.S. Navy.

My take: Tom Hanks’ accent is very distracting.

 

 

 

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