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15 Films to See in October

Written by on October 4, 2017 

10. God’s Own Country (Francis Lee; Oct. 25)

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Synopsis: Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

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Why You Should See It:  One of our favorite debuts of the year so far is Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, a gay romance set in the harsh countryside in the Yorkshire Moors of northern England. “British filmmakers have a recent habit of bringing about canonical additions to UK queer cinema with their debuts. Andrew Haigh’s heartbreaking romance Weekend and Hong Khaou’s moving Lilting are now joined by Francis Lee’s gay romance God’s Own Country, a bold and brilliant drama rightfully garnering Brokeback Mountain comparisons out of its Sundance Film Festival berth,” we said in our review.

9. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Noah Baumbach; Oct. 13)

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Synopsis: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

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Why You Should See It: With the perfect casting of Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller as brothers, not to mention Dustin Hoffman as their father, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is one of the director’s easiest-to-swallow concoctions. Feeling like a spiritual sequel to The Squid and the Whale mixed with the screwball fun of Mistress America, as well an ensemble of recognizable faces from previous Baumbach films, it feels like the director enters new territory here while still retaining his singular insight. Read our full review from Cannes.

8. The Snowman (Tomas Alfredson; Oct. 20)

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Synopsis: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

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Why You Should See It: After Let the Right One In led to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson could have easily continued down a trajectory that saw him take on more prestigious awards season fare. Thankfully, he seems to be defiantly bypassing that entirely with The Snowman, which looks to be a shlocky, rancorous crime drama. Starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson as their characters uncover clues leading them to a serial killer, hopefully Alfredson’s distinctive formal style is on full display for this grim-looking procedural.

7. The Square (Ruben Östlund; Oct. 27)

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Synopsis: A poignant satirical drama reflecting our times – about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

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Why You Should See It: Following up the stellar Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning The Square doesn’t have the same cohesiveness, but on a scene-by-scene basis there’s a great amount to treasure, and get uncomfortable over. It’s “an acerbic, sphincter-tightening dark comedy that works as a sort of drawn-out spiritual castration for its über chic Stockholm art curator protagonist,” we said in our full review.

6. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo; Oct. 20)

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Synopsis: 120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.

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Why You Should See It: One of the most heart-stirring, transportive cinematic experience you can find this year is in France’s Oscar entry. “Sometimes a movie doesn’t need much character development to make an impact. The ensemble cast that comprise Robin Campillo’s AIDS activists in (BPM) Beats Per Minute all work together to be the same voice. Through this group, the director captures a force that resonates more in message than in any of the conventional, dramatic sparks you might find in a Hollywood version of this story,” we said in our review.

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