This month’s edition of ‘In Theatres’ features October’s best new releases including exciting book-to-film adaptations, remakes, heart-pounding thrillers, and long awaited sequels. As usual I have featured the films I am most eager to go and see this month, as well as a bunch of extras if my picks aren’t your style.
1) The Girl on the Train – Friday October 7th
The Girl on the Train is a mystery drama film that is based on the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins. The story follows Emily Blunt in the lead role of Rachel Watson who is an alcoholic that is picking up the pieces of her life after she divorces her husband for cheating on her. Each day she commutes to New York and watches the lives of the members of her old neighbourhood from the train. One day she witnesses something that flaws her fantasy, which leads to her an alcoholic black out causing her to lose her memory of the night’s events. She then finds out that a woman from the neighbourhood has gone missing, and she begins to relentlessly try to put back the pieces.
If Emily Blunt is a favourite of actress of yours, check out this previous CCC blog post that features her exceptional performance in Sicario as well as several other impressive roles.
2) The Accountant – Friday October 14th
The Accountant is an action thriller film that features Ben Affleck in the lead role of Christian “Chris” Wolff. The story follows Wolff, a public accountant from a small town, as he secretly cooks the books for massive criminal organizations. I am excited to see Affleck in such a calculated and methodical role, while I’m also eager to see how J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick perform in their supporting roles.
3) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Friday October 21st
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is an action thriller film that is the sequel to the 2012 film Jack Reacher featuring Tom Cruise in the lead role. The story picks up four years after the first film and follows Reacher as he returns to his old military unit’s HQ. Upon arrival he is accused of a decade old murder and consequently must investigate the crime in order to clear his name. I’m excited to see Cruise reprise his role as badass Jack Reacher, and I’m interested to see what Cobie Smulders will bring to the table as they work together to uncover what is sure to be a multi-layered conspiracy!
- The Birth of a Nation (In Theatres – Fri Oct 7): is a period drama film that follows an enslaved man named Nat Turner (Nate Parker) who leads a rebellion in 1830s Virginia. The story follows Turner from childhood as he learns to read and preach, in order to eventually convince his fellow slaves that they deserve more.
- Kevin Hart: What Now? (In Theatres – Fri Oct 14): is a stand-up comedy documentary film featuring Kevin Hart performing in front of a large Philadelphia crowd. Hart is sure to be his hilarious self as usual, but also will be accompanied by stars Halle Berry and Don Cheadle.
- Keeping Up with the Joneses (In Theatres – Fri Oct 21): is an action comedy film starring Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis as the Gaffneys, a suburban couple that gets wrapped up in an international spy plot. Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot are the couple’s new neighbours who seem to be the perfect pair, but are actually government agents on a secret mission.
- Ouija: Original of Evil (In Theatres – Fri Oct 21): is a supernatural horror film that is the prequel to the 2014 film Ouija, and is set roughly 50 years prior in 1967 Los Angeles. The story follows a widowed mother and her family as an innocent game of Ouija takes a turn for the worst.
- Inferno (In Theatres – Fri Oct 28): is a mystery thriller film that is the third instalment of The Da Vinci Code series featuring Tom Hanks reprising the lead role of Robert Langdon. The story follows Langdon after he wakes up in a hospital room with no memory of the previous few days, and his journey to solve another potential world-ending mystery.
- American Pastoral (In Theatres – Fri Oct 28): is a crime drama film based on the 1997 novel of the same name by Philip Roth. The story is set during post-war America and follows a picture-perfect family as it begins to unravel once the daughter’s political choices threaten the family’s belief system. The film includes an exceptional cast of Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning.