We know not everyone has time for every major release or big movie, so instead of featuring 10 great films a month, these are four films that cannot be missed in October. They’ll either be films coming out in theaters or something on Netflix I think that’s worth the watch. Also, don’t forget that you don’t necessarily have to watch whatever film I choose. Watch whatever you want! I’m just throwing in my 2 cents of what should be watched! It’s a pretty cool mixture of genres! A lot of the films this month are films that’ll definitely be in the hunt for awards come awards season. Check out my article for what films should of been watched back in September.

 

Gravity

It stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris and is directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Out in theaters now, this film is definitely a front runner to grab a few awards this upcoming awards season. It looks like quite a phenomenal film and you can check out our review of it here.

Synopsis:

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

 

Captain Phillips

 

Captain Philips

It stars Tom Hanks, Max Martini, Catherine Keener, and is directed by Paul Greengrass. Out in theaters October 11th, this is another film that’ll surely have some buzz come awards season. It definitely looks very intense and great.

Synopsis:

‘Captain Phillips’ is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

 

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12 Years a Slave

It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Quvenzhané Wallis, Michael K. Williams, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Lupita Nyong’o and is directed by Steve McQueen. In theaters October 18th, this film is shaping out to be the top awards buzz getting film so far this year. It has a brilliant cast. Also, Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently the front runner for Best Actor come awards season.

Synopsis:

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man in 1800s New York State, who was kidnapped and forced into slavery on a plantation near New Orleans, and his subsequent fight for freedom with the help of a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt). Steve McQueen (Hunger) directed from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part on Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star.

 

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The Fifth Estate

It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Carice van Houten, Anthony Mackie, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci and is directed by Bill Condon. In theaters October 18th, this promises to elevate Benedict Cumberbatch into more stardom. He’s been having quite a year!! Also, it’ll be interesting to see this story of everything Julian Assange did.

Synopsis:

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, ‘The Fifth Estate’ reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them?

 

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