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Best Movies in Theaters in October 2018 – Top Movie Releases This Month
October is pumped full of high-level films like A Star Is Born and First Man that will be gunning for an Oscar nomination, but let’s get one thing straight: October belongs to Jamie Lee Curtis, who is back for the 40th anniversary Halloween sequel/reboot, and she’s going to kick somebody’s ass. Of course, that’s just one in a long slate of movies that have the potential to evoke every emotion you can think of: fear, happiness, anxiety. You name it, and there’s a movie for it in October. So lock your doors, stay away from all ballerinas, and just for insurance… maybe don’t stay at any motels on the state borderline.
A Star Is Born (October 5)
If earlier predictions are any indication, this movie is worth seeing for Gaga alone. In this, the third remake of the 1937 film, Gaga plays a young ingenue getting her start in the music business while Bradley Cooper plays her gruff, older, and more experienced mentor-turned-lover. Fun fact: the past iterations of this movie have all landed Oscar noms, so it’s practically a given for the musical-drama.
Venom (October 5)
Kicking off the first film in Sony’s Marvel Universe, Tom Hardy stars as Venom: the superhero who comes to be after becoming a host to an alien parasite. Casual. Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed join Hardy, who has been sorely missed in the superhero world since giving us the best damn Bane that we can think of.
First Man (October 12)
Starring Ryan Gosling, First Man follows that first, fateful trip to the moon over 40 years ago. Flanked by the likes of Kyle Chandler and Claire Foy, this is sure to be an award contender. Gosling’s Neil Armstrong is already getting rave reviews, and even though the big finish is obvious (unless you’re that kind of conspiracy theorist), it’s a reminder of how incredible that first successful mission was.
Bad Times at the El Royale (October 12)
In one of the most random and exciting ensemble casts of the year, Bad Times at El Royale stars Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, and Jeff Bridges as motel guests who all have come to the El Royale seeking something they need to find. What erupts is a lot of drama and insanity, and it’s not certain who (if any) will make it out alive.
The Oath (October 12)
Have you ever wanted to physically fight your family for their politics? Boom. Try this. The Oath stars Tiffany Haddish and John Cho in a Thanksgiving political face-off. There are tasers. Multiple butterfly bandages. A gun(?!). And enough people saying the word “triggered” that you’ll wish the word never existed to begin with.
Beautiful Boy (October 12)
Based on the book of the same name, Beautiful Boy stars Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet in a complicated story about a father shaken by his son’s addiction. Both Carrell and Chalamet are already rumored to be nominated during awards season, which is no surprise—the topic is a touchy one that hits real deep.
Halloween (October 19)
Jamie Lee Curtis is back and she wants none of your shit. Forty years ago, Michael Myers terrorized a town and killed teens. Worst of all, he ruined stripes for good-natured people who don’t want to kill anyone. Four decades later, Laurie Strode is going to put an end to it. After a prison bus crashes, Michael is back in the wild, and the only thing scarier than his release is the hell Laurie has planned for his return.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (October 19)
Melissa McCarthy stars as real-life writer, Lee Israel. After her works stop paying the bills, Israel finds a new way to make ends meet: forging letters from literary legends. Her descent as a thief and forger only escalates until it all starts catching up to her.
Serenity (October 19)
Serenity is still a bit of a wild card because the trailer gives very little to go off of, but if McConaughey and Hathaway are any indication, it’s going to be a spectacular film, set mostly at sea, with a thirst for blood that hasn’t been seen on the ocean since Jaws went around giving people permanent hickeys.
The Hate U Give (October 19)
The Hate U Give, based off the book of the same name, hits close to home. Amandla Stenebrg stars as Starr Carter, a high schooler who is on the fast track to college until her childhood best friend is gunned down by the police. Starr faces the hardest balancing act between the predominantly black neighborhood she grew up in and the prep school, white-washed world she’s come to know.
Suprisia (October 26)
If Halloween isn’t enough to scare the living shit out of you, try this little number from Amazon Studios. Starring Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Tilda Swinton, Suprisia is one of those unnerving films that asks just what you’re willing to do for success. In this case, it might just mean getting possessed by spirits that don’t care about your plié all that much.