Bros, Amsterdam, Don’t Worry Honey, Black Adam

Watch out for the October ides. The Romans were worried about the days in the middle of the month and October does not have a good reputation, especially in the financial markets. Things get complicated in October.

The movies are going the same way this month: The lineup is decidedly wackier as Jamie Lee Curtis takes on Michael Myers for the seventh and supposedly last time (at least for her). Also for teenagers looking for cries, Barbaric looks like the real deal with an Airbnb from hell.

Dwayne Johnson stars as a supernatural warrior in black adam and Viola Davis is a leather-clad warrior in 19th century Africa in The female king.

Things clear up towards the end of the month with wellness capers Mrs. Harris goes to Paris and Brothersa gay comedy that has generated quite a bit of interest.

But first there’s the trip fiasco don’t worry darling, a film more famous for its off-screen shenanigans than its on-screen attractions. No matter how good feel social media.

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don’t worry darling

Olivia Wilde is directing her second film after the success of Library. This one takes place in a wealthy and comfortable desert community similar to Palm Springs where the women cook dinner no questions asked and the men work for a mysterious and controlling corporation. The controversy began during production when Wilde allegedly fired Shia LaBeouf and got into a shouting match with his star Florence Pugh. The headlines continued last month after a viral video sparked heated debate over whether Harry Styles spat on co-star Chris Pine at the film’s Venice premiere. Reviews have been mixed, but the film does at least have an interesting visual style. Opening on October 6.

amsterdam

A plot to replace the president with a fascist dictator? Does he live in Florida? In fact, the film is set in the 1930s, when three friends – Margo Robbie, Christian Bale and John David Washington – stumble upon a murder. The ‘business plot’ around which David O. Russell (three kings, american hustle) weaves its story was a real thing, though historians differ on how serious the plot actually was. Expect a heady mix of styles – comedy, politics, intrigue – and a great cast. Robert De Niro makes an appearance. Opening on October 6.

Halloween ends

Is that the case ? After 12 films and a successful reboot in 2018, this is supposed to be the last film in the new trilogy and the last to feature Jamie Lee Curtis, who has appeared in six other editions to battle the masked Michael Myers. Set four years later halloween kills (2021), in which she lost her daughter, Laurie Strode has undergone therapy and is now ready for the final battle. The reboot series is directed by David Gordon Green, who collaborated with Danny McBride on the scripts. They caught Curtis with a more psychologically nuanced characterization of how a woman copes with physical trauma. Opening October 13.

Muru

Now for a different Curtis. New Zealand veteran Cliff Curtis plays a school bus driver who returns to his small Maori community in the Bay of Plenty to care for an aging father. The film is based on a true story: In 2007, anti-terror cops raided the Ngai Tuhoe community of Ruatoki, claiming that a militant was training young men to kill the prime minister. Director Tearepa Kahi made his first film, Mount Zionin 2013. It seems like strong drama and Curtis is still reliable. Opening October 13.

Barbaric

Even the trailer for this one scared your correspondent. Somewhere in a bad neighborhood near Detroit, a young woman arrives at a house she has booked for the night, only to find another man already there. They are about to have a very difficult few days together – a dark thing is hiding under the house and she is hungry. The plot promises plenty of dark twists in creepy tunnels and a rape and incest backstory. Maybe not a date movie, but it looks genuinely scary. Opening October 20.

black adam

Just when you thought the superhero strand might be over, along comes Dwayne Johnson in a shiny suit, flying around like Superman with a bad attitude. black adam first appeared in a DC Comic in late 1945 and has always been a sworn enemy of Captain Marvel. Here he emerges from 5000 years of imprisonment to battle the many good guys of the Justice League of America. Pierce Brosnan grows wings to play Dr. Fate. If the former James Bond can appear in one of those bloated, noisy, pointless, drawn-out movie series, anything can happen – except termination. Opening October 20.

Decision to leave

It is the latest film by innovative Korean director Park Chan-wook who directed the landmark 2003 film Old boy. More recently, he directed in English, with the 2013 thriller Driver and John Le Carr√©’s television series The little thresher girl. In Decision to leave, a detective comes to question the widow of a man who was found lying at the foot of a large rocky promontory, having apparently jumped off. The woman is mysterious and captivating; the detective falls in love with her as he investigates. It looks like it was shot beautifully. Expect good characterization and minimal tension. Opening October 20.

Brothers

Billy Eichner’s film claims to be the first gay romantic comedy from a major studio. The multi-talented writer, actor and comedian plays a 40-year-old man with no boyfriend, until he meets Aaron (Luke Macfarlane) at a New York nightclub. Eichner co-wrote the story with Nicholas Stoller, who is an experienced hand in on-screen comedy after Forget Sarah Marshall, Take it to the Greek, bad neighbors. With Judd Apatow as producer, it’s more of an A-list Hollywood effort than an indie upstart. He looks slick, clumsy and very funny. Opening October 27.

Mrs. Harris goes to Paris

Paul Gallico’s short story Mrs. ‘Arris goes to Paris was a best-seller when it was first published in 1958. It will be interesting to see how the film deals with changing class politics in the six decades that followed. Lesley Manville plays a London housekeeper who is still grieving the loss of her husband during the war. A lady of the world shows her a Christian Dior evening dress. She determines that she will have such a dress, even if it costs ¬£500 and takes her a lifetime. Director Anthony Fabian has assembled a solid cast with Isabelle Huppert and Lambert Wilson on the French side, Jason Isaacs and Anna Chancellor on the British side. Quite obviously an attempt at a feel-good comedy, and just might succeed. Opening October 27.

The female king

From the 17th to the 19th century, the West African kingdom of Dahomey was partly protected by an all-female fighting unit, the Agojie. Now imagine Viola Davis tied up in a leather bodice, her hair shaved down the sides and a large scimitar in one hand. Would that be enough to scare away those pesky British and Portuguese colonists whose ships threaten the kingdom? It might be a silly mess, but early reviews from Toronto are encouraging. The combat and action scenes are considered superb, the talking scenes are less so. The director is Gina Prince-Bythewood, who made love and basketball and The old guard. Much of the creative team is female, including producers Maria Bello and Cathy Schulman and writer Dana Stevens. Bello initiated the project after a trip to Benin in 2015 to search for Agojie. Opening October 27.

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