10 Must Watch Movies This October!

500 Days Of Film Reviews The Films To See In October 2018

I had to buy some wrapping paper last week and was shocked to find the shop full of Christmas cards… seriously who buys Christmas cards in September? Plus, wasn’t it January like two weeks ago? 


One thing is for certain, 2018 is flying by. The good news is that we still have lots and lots of movies to look forward to watching. But first, how was your September? What did you see? What do you wish that you hadn’t watched?


Do let me know (there’s a comments section below).


My favourite film of September was American Animals. I just loved the way Bart Layton told this true story and how his film explored uncomfortable issues of privilege and entitlement in today’s society.  


I also enjoyed Searching, A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians and The Little Stranger. I did not, however, like The Nun. Really, how can a film about a demon nun in a creepy abbey in Transylvania be so dull?


Moving swiftly on, let’s take a look at what movies are in store in October!


A Star Is Born 

Director: Bradley Cooper 

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott

I cannot wait to see A Star Is Born. There is much (Oscar) buzz surrounding Bradley Cooper’s movie - and about Lady Gaga’s performance in particular.  



Director: Ruben Fleischer 

Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Reid Scott

Okay, so the trailers have not sold Venom as a must watch movie and Upgrade may have stolen its thunder. However, look at that cast - surely enough to grant Ruben Fleischer’s film an open-minded watch.




Director: Kogonada 

Starring: John Cho, Hayley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey 

Released in the US in January 2017 (nope that’s not a typo, 2017!), Columbus is a film that I have been wanting to see for months and months. It is about a Korean man who finds himself in Columbus, Indiana where his father is in a coma. By all accounts this is an architecturally beautiful movie with a stunning performance from Haley Lu Richardson.



Bad Times At The El Royale 

Director: Drew Goddard 

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth 

As soon as I watched its trailer, I knew that I just had to see Bad Times At The El Royale. The film features such a impressive cast and looks like the twisty fun we have come to expect from director Drew Goddard.


First Man 

Director: Damien Chazelle 

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Patrick Fugit, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Corey Stoll, Pablo Schreiber

How do you follow a film like La La Land? With a trip to the moon, of course. In First Man, Damien Chazelle teams up with Ryan Gosling once again to tell the story of astronaut and first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.



Director: Panos Cosmatos 

Starring: Nicholas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Bill Duke

Mandy looks bonkers with another classic, crazed performance from Nicholas Cage. Therefore, it is an absolute must-see in my book.




Director: David Gordon Green 

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, Omar J. Dorsey

We thought he was dead, but Michael Myers is back and ready to torment (we thought she was dead) Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode once again. However, this time she’s prepared for his arrival. Bring it on... 



The Hate You Give 

Director: George Tillman Jr 

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, with Common and Anthony Mackie

I really enjoyed Angie Thomas’s book, The Hate U Give. As a result, I am looking forward to watching George Tillman Jr’s adaptation of this story about race and violence, love and acceptance. 



Bohemian Rhapsody 

Director: Bryan Singer 

Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Joe Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Allen Leach, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers

Bohemian Rhapsody has had a troubled journey to our screens. Late in the day, director Bryan Singer was fired - reportedly for being absent from set and for clashing with both cast and crew. Dexter Fletcher was then brought in to finish the movie. It is hard for me to believe that anyone (even someone as talented as Rami Malek) could replicate the magic of Freddie Mercury but I will still watch this with a hopeful, open mind.



Don’t Worry, He Won’t Go Far On Foot 

Director: Gus Van Sant 

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

I am intrigued by Gus Van Sant’s new movie. It looks to be heartbreaking and darkly funny and features an amazing cast. You had me at Joaquin Phoenix. 


What do you think?

What movies are you most looking forward to watching in October?


Let me know :) 


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