Although the output of Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse – Part One, already rescheduled for the first week of October, has been pushed back to June 2023, there are other new superhero movies coming out in October. Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, makes his b-cut superhero debut black adam (21st of October). Starring Viola Davis and Pierce Brosnan, this origin story sees Black Adam freed after nearly 5,000 years of imprisonment, ready to unleash his unique brand of justice on the modern world.
You’d be forgiven for thinking October is horror time, but according to the release calendar, this month is all about the musical. On one side of the spectrum, we have Javier Bardem starring in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (October 7), an adaptation of a popular children’s story combining live action and animation with music by Matthew Margeson and Shawn Mendes. For something a little more serious, the long-awaited Tar (Oct. 14) with Cate Blanchette, Nina Hoss, Mark Strong and Noémie Merlant, marks the return of director Todd Field, who hasn’t made a film since 2006 Small children. Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, widely regarded as one of the greatest living composer/conductors and the first-ever female conductor of a major German orchestra.
If you’re still looking for a horror kick, the Halloween Reboot Trilogy finale comes to an end on October 14 with the aptly named Halloween ends. While the middle movie in the trilogy opened to very lackluster reviews, this could very well be the last time you’ll see Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode.
As awards season heats up, critically acclaimed festival films and serious dramas are hitting theaters this month. Golden Palm triangle of sadness (October 7) is a stormy satire on the excesses of modern life from director Ruben Östlund, who directed The place and force majeure. Until (October 14) is told from the perspective of Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and depicts her relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, who was infamously lynched in 1955. For decades, Emmett Till’s family Till worked to bring this adaptation of his life to the big screen.
Two other author heavyweights are The Banshees of Inisherin (October 28) and Decision to leave (21st of October). Banshees is the latest film by Martin McDonagh (Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri) and stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell as two friends in the 1920s embroiled in a frivolous feud. Decision to leave is the latest from Park Chan-wook, a dark, romantic thriller about a detective who falls in love with the woman he’s investigating after her husband’s mysterious death.
For something a little lighter, Julia Roberts and George Clooney team up to save the romantic comedy with the delightful ticket to paradise (21st of October). They play divorced en route to a tropical paradise where their daughter is getting married. Although sworn enemies, they work together to sabotage her marriage and save her from a life of heartbreak.
For more dreamy arthouse films, from Quebec falcon lake (October 14) promises a thoughtful coming-of-age movie with ghost story undertones. After Sun (October 21), a film about memory and the relationship between a father and his daughter, is the latest from A24 and was critically acclaimed at its festival. ■
This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of Cult MTL. Consult the schedules of Montreal cinemas here.
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