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15 Films to See in October

Written by on October 4, 2017 

5. Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve; Oct. 6)


Synopsis: A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.


Why You Should See It: I’m still waiting for Denis Villeneuve to reach the heights of his formally-slick, intriguing enigma Enemy, but hopefully his Blade Runner sequel is the answer. “The makers of Blade Runner 2049 tricked a clutch of production companies into giving them nearly $200 million to make a languidly paced, ponderous, deliberately action-reticent blockbuster. That on its own would be impressive, but all the better, the result is the best cyberpunk film since the original Matrix, and the best big-budget American science fiction film in years,” we said in our review.

4. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler; Oct. 6)


Synopsis: A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.


Why You Should See It:  A horror western that also found room to carve out characters with depth and personality, Bone Tomahak was among the best debuts of the past few years. Thankfully it took little time for director S. Craig Zahler to return for his follow-up. Led by Vince Vaughn as an inmate who must deal with the deadly arena of prison, Brawl in Cell Block 99 was one of our favorite films of TIFF.

3. The Florida Project (Sean Baker; Oct. 6)


Synopsis: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.


Why You Should See It: With its bat-out-of-hell cinematography and attractive DIY-style approach, not to mention stellar performances, Tangerine was one of the break-out features of 2015. While it attracted attention due to being shot entirely on an iPhone, its recognition went beyond its aesthetic to signal a strong directorial voice. Director Sean Baker is now back with The Florida Project, which is a vibrant ode to the unbridled energy of childhood and an ending that will surely be discussed all year.

2. Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes; Oct. 20)


Synopsis: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.


Why You Should See It: Returning just two years after his masterpiece Carol, Todd Haynes’ latest is another period piece, as he is wont to do. In fact, it’s a double period piece, capturing both the 1920s and 1970s as he playfully — with a deep emotional punch — bounces between both in a narrative that’s both bold, but ultimately cheerful simplistic in its clear-eyed heart.

1. Faces Places (Agnès Varda and JR; Oct. 6)


Synopsis: Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.


Why You Should See It: In a year of moral downfall in government and an overwhelming sense of despondency when looking at the dregs of humanity, leave it to Agnès Varda and JR to bring an abundance sense of free-wheeling freedom and joy to the world. Delightful in its quaint simplicity, Faces Places captures their journey through French villages and their community building experiments with photography. Come for this jubilation and stay for a tender reflection of a life’s journey. Check out our full review.

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