What to watch in October: Catherine Called Birdy, “Halloween Ends,” Sinead O’Connor’s Doc
if you want To be spooky this Halloween season, you don’t have to stray far from the movie theaters — or even leave the house, if you don’t feel like it. October brings two vampire sequels, several horror films, and Key and Peele reunited as demons.
But if you don’t want to be intimidated, you also have options. The end of the month brings the second season of white lotus (Which will no doubt be scary in its own way) And in theaters you can find an already acclaimed performance from Cate Blanchett and other promising titles. But first, did we mention vampires?
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Interview with the vampire (AMC, Oct. 2)
October traditionally brings an abundance of horror from both movies and TV, and this year is no exception. The month begins with a new take on one of the most famous vampire stories of all time, a new adaptation of the 1976 novel that made Anne Rice famous (and spawned 12 series collectively known as Vampire Chronicles). Jacob Anderson (Game of thrones) plays Louis, a vampire who spills his centuries-old guts and his love/hate relationship with Lestat (Sam Reid). (Not literally. Vampires mostly scavenge other people’s guts.) Watch on AMC Online with Sling TV here.
Nothing compares (Showtime, Oct. 2)
It is rarely possible to point to a single moment that turned the course of an artist’s career, but Irish singer Sinead O’Connor experienced such a moment in 1992 when she shocked an audience Saturday Night Live By tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II in protest of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandals. This new documentary from Catherine Ferguson revisits that moment but also what happened before and after via archive footage and interviews with O’Connor herself. Watch on Showtime with Sling TV here.
Mr. Harrigan’s phone (Netflix, October 5)
Cell phones seem to scare Stephen King. In the 2006 novel, cellthey helped usher in the zombie apocalypse and in the 2020 novel Mr. Harrigan’s phone They serve as a conduit for a vengeful spirit. In this adaptation directed by John Lee Hancock (little things), Donald Sutherland plays Mr. Harrigan, an elderly man who is gifted a cell phone by a friendly kid (Jaeden Martell). But after Harrigan’s death, the phone apparently became a conduit to reach beyond. Watch on Netflix.com.
Amsterdam (Theaters, Oct. 7)
It almost seems easier to list the stars who are no She appeared in the latest David O. Russell is one of those to deliver thanks to a cast that includes Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Taylor Swift…the list goes on and on. Not many details of the plot were revealed afterward: it was set in the 1930s and involved a murder.
Katherine’s name is Birdie (Prime Video, Oct. 7)
Lena Dunham returned to filmmaking in two parts this year starting with the dark comedy for adults sharp stick Continuing with this adaptation of the classic 1994 children’s novel by Karen Cushman. Bella Ramsey stars as a young woman trying to find her place in the world of 13th century England. Watch a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial here.
tar (Theaters, Oct. 7)
Todd Field’s first film since young children This 2006 movie stars Cate Blanchett as a famous conductor and composer on the verge of an artistic breakthrough — if she doesn’t fall apart in the process. The film was a huge success at the Venice Film Festival, with Blanchett taking home the Best Actress award. This may not be the last award you win for the movie, either.
Sadness triangle (Theaters, Oct. 7)
He is best known for cutting (and often hilarious) satires like Square And the force majeureSwedish director Robin Ostlund heads to international waters with his latest film, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes on a luxury yacht captained by Woody Harrelson.
Midnight Club (Netflix, October 7)
Adaptation of the 1994 novel by YA favorite Christopher Pike, the latest miniseries from Mike Flanagan (Midnight Mass) in a teen home where patients gather every night to tell scary stories. Before long, they find themselves in a spooky story of their own. (In an elegant part of the diction, A Nightmare on Elm Street Star Heather Langenkamp plays a doctor at the facility) Watch on Netflix here.
Let the right one (Showtime, Oct. 9)
Anne Rice’s vampires aren’t the only ones coming to TV this month. Swedish author Jon Agvide Lindqvist’s 2004 novel about a young man (or at least a young vampire) searching for friendship had already been adapted into two films and two plays, so perhaps a TV series was inevitable. Here Demián Bichir plays a father trying to take care of, and possibly cure, his vampire daughter (Madison Taylor Baez). Watch on Showtime with Sling TV here.
The end of Halloween (Theatres/Peacock, Oct. 14)
Third Halloween The David Gordon Green-directed film finds Jamie Lee Curtis once again reprising her role as tormented Laurie Strode, a woman forever plagued by masked killer Michael Myers. after last year Halloween killsHowever, this is described as Michael and Laurie’s (possible) final confrontation Halloween movie ever (don’t believe it). Watch with a free trial at PeacockTV.com here.
Decision to leave (Theaters, Oct. 14)
The latest movie from Park Chan-wook (stokerAnd the the maid) has a classic noir set: a cop (Park Hae-il) falls in love with a woman (Tang Wei) with all the makings of a femme fatale. But being one of Park Chan-Wook’s films, expect plenty of intense and unpredictable twists and turns no matter how familiar the premise seems.
until (Theaters, Oct. 14)
The 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black Chicago native who was murdered by racists while visiting cousins in Mississippi, was a shocking crime that became a dramatic incident in the civil rights struggle. in follow-up to MercyChinonye Chukwu tells the story of Emmett and his mother, Mamie Till (Danielle Deadwyler), who spent the decades after her son’s death as a tireless activist.
Documentary Now! (International Finance Corporation, October 19).
The joint work of Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas returns with another batch of specific, hilarious (and simply hilarious) submissions for the world of documentaries. This season’s guests are Alexander Skarsgard, Cate Blanchett, and Tom Jones (!) In films based on the works of Werner Herzog, Agnes Varda, and others. Watch on IFC with Sling TV here.
The School of Good and Evil (Netflix, Oct. 19)
Paul Feig adapts the first of Suman Chenani’s series of YA novels, which, as the title suggests, is about the school of good and evil. And “and” is the key word: It’s a place where kids are trained to be fairytale heroes and villains. They are directed by an all-star cast that includes Charlize Theron, Rachel Bloom, Laurence Fishburne, and many more. Watch on Netflix here.
Black Adam (Theaters, Oct. 21)
It’s crazy that Dwayne Johnson, an actor who looks like he was drawn by comic book artists, hasn’t taken part in the superhero movie boom of the past two decades (except for animation) DC League of Super Pets). Until now. Here Johnson plays Teth-Adam, an ancient being with a morally questionable superpower who makes a dramatic return after spending 5,000 years in prison (and presumably getting angrier with each passing year). Watch Black Adam In theaters, then shop the opposite Black Adam x Under Armor Collection, available online now.
Anisherin from Inisherin (Theaters, Oct. 21)
Martin McDonagh’s latest filmThree billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) is kind of a double homecoming. It is the first film the writer-director has directed in his native Ireland and brings together the stars of his first feature film, in Bruges. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson co-star as old pals in 1920s Ireland, and their friendship comes to an abrupt end. It’s already won huge acclaim for its co-stars’ performances, so expect this show to be talked about for a while.
surround (Prime Video, Oct. 21)
Based on the novel by William Gibson, this new series of westworldJonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy is set in rural America in the near future that has been radically reshaped by new technology. But is it our near future? Is it even the only possible future that lies ahead? Gibson’s novel is a mind-boggling detective story that seems a perfect fit for this team. Star Chloe Grace Moretz. Watch a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial here.
All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix, October 28)
Erich Maria Remarque’s classic anti-war novel about young men lost to the German war machine in World War I has been adapted before, and is remembered as a devastating 1930 film. This first German adaptation comes from Edvard Berger and stars a cast of recent newcomers. The Faces and Daniel Brühl (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) as German politician Matthias Erzberger. Watch on Netflix here.
Armageddon timing (Theaters, Oct. 28)
After movies set in the Amazon (The lost city of Z) and space (Ad Astra), director James Gray returns to New York with his latest film, a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up in 1980s New York. Newcomer Banks-Ribetta plays Paul, a kid forced to question his values when he gets separated from his best black friend (Jaylen Webb). Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, and Anthony Hopkins co-star as members of the Paul family, who respond in different ways to the dawn of the Reagan era.
Wendell & Wild (Netflix, October 28)
Stop-Motion Master Henry Selick’s first movie since Coraline 2009 marks a return to the creepy terrain of this movie and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key reunited. The two provide the voices of demons trying to help a teenage girl. Watch on Netflix here.
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