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Halloween!

Halloween (Starring Jamie Lee Curtis) opens in theaters October 19th (Photo Ryan Green/Universal)

Halloween!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo By Ryan Green/Universal Pictures

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Fall foliage, pumpkin breads — and spiced lattes — and, of course, horror movies. It’s a very specific routine of celebrating. This year, however, it’s going to be a special one.

Halloween, in theaters this month, is the eleventh film in the classic horror film franchise and a direct sequel to the original 1978 film. Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode. For those of you who have no respect for the genre and don’t know the story, Laurie Strode and friends were stalked and killed one by one by the masked Michael Myers on Halloween night in 1978, with Laurie being the sole survivor (or Final Girl, which is a popular trope in the slasher subgenre). And so followed six sequels, a remake, and its sequel. Development issues for another sequel to the remake eventually led to what’s being released now, a classic part two.

Halloween ignores every sequel and remake in the franchise to deliver a fresh story (one that will probably rule out a major, major, plot point that’s essential to the Halloween lore. Its exploration of female trauma will definitely strike a chord in today’s political climate. The film was written by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness), Danny McBride (Vice Principals, Eastbound and Down), and Jeff Fradley, and directed by Green.

Halloween” opens October 19th.

First Man!

First Man (Starring Ryan Gosling) opens in theaters October 12th (Photo Daniel McFadden/Universal)

First Man!

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo By Daniel McFadden/Universal

That’s one small step for First Man, one giant step for filmmaking at its finest!

Hot off multiple Academy Award wins for La La Land, Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Blade Runner) and director Damien Chazelle team up again for First Man, story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon. Based on James R. Hansen’s book chronicling Neil Armstrong’s (Gosling) career from 1961-1969, the movie follows the Korean war aviator-turned-astronaut through the crucial years before he famously emerged from Apollo 11’s lunar module to take a humanity-defining “small step” on the moon. Claire Foy (The Crown) plays Armstrong’s wife. Kyle Chandler (Early Edition) plays Deke Slayton, the original Mercury 7 astronaut, and Jason Clarke (Chappaquiddick) rounds out the cast as Ed White, the first man to walk in space, who later died before Apollo’s first manned mission.

First Man has endured its share of controversy over the American Flag planting that is missing from the film. Director Damien Chazelle says, “The American Flag is shown standing on the lunar surface, but the flag being physically planted by Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (Corey Stoll – House of Cards) is one of several moments I chose not to focus on.” Support from both Armstrong and Aldrin’s families has been positive, stating that the film is not anti-American in the slightest. First Man explores the sacrifices and the cost, on Armstrong, his family, and the nation in carrying out one of the most dangerous space missions in history.

First Man” opens October 12th.

THE EL ROYALE!

Bad Times at the El Royale opens in theaters October 12th (Photo Kimberley French/20th Century Fox)

THE EL ROYALE!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of 20TH CENTURY FOX

The latest entry in the ensemble movie genre comes from writer and director Drew Goddard (The Good Place), who delivers everything from a sinister thriller to quite the rousing romp.

On a dark and stormy night, all roads lead seven misfits to the El Royale, a hotel that straddles the state line between California and Nevada. Hiding behind its kitschy decor of jukeboxes and Taxidermied bears are secret hallways and one-way mirrors where these guests are being watched. And each guest arrives with a backstory and a salacious secret that drives them to pick the locks, tear up the floorboards, and find themselves staring down the barrel of a gun. The action soars with a dash of flash and a hint of sleaze that stinks of booze, blood, cash, craps, good ol’ revenge, and a healthy dose of the naked barrel chest of one Chris Hemsworth, turning any bad time at the El Royale oh so good.

The film boasts a bevy of stars with Jeff Bridges (Only The Brave), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Nick Offerman (Nostalgia), Cynthia Erivo (Broad City), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Lewis Pullman (The Strangers: Prey at Night), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). In a hotel with a literal line drawn down its middle, whether it’s right or wrong, life or death, win or lose, this film is all about choosing sides.

Bad Times at the El Royale” hits theaters on October 12th.

Beautiful Boy!

Beautiful Boy (Starring Timothée Chalamet) open October 12th

Beautiful Boy!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Amazon Studios

From the Academy Award winning producers of 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight, comes the new heartfelt and soul-searching film, Beautiful Boy, about a father in crisis. David (Steve Carell who Life Magazine once called “America’s funniest man”) feels he is losing his teenage son Nic (Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet) to a parent’s worst nightmare – addiction, a bad group of friends, a life on the streets and possibly worse.

Set in LA in the 1990s, Beautiful Boy is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs by father David Sheff and son Nic Sheff as they explore from their own perspectives this charged, shared chapter in their lives. While Chalamet is already being talked about as a possible contender for an Oscar in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his performance, Carell’s name is gaining buzzing too. Since his Office days, Carell has been taking on more dynamic roles such as in Foxcatcher (2014) for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Coming off the backs of some major accolades at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, the film was described as emotional and immersive. “Your mind knows you’re acting,” said Chalamet in a recent interview. “But when you drop twenty pounds and you are under a rain machine for eight takes in a T-shirt, your body doesn’t know.” Whatever audience reactions are to this film, there will be little doubt of how much the leads put into it.

Beautiful Boy” opens on October 12th.

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