Box Office Weekend: October 2021

Your October trailers are live. Stay tuned, as they said, for your streaming trailers, which much like these films, are coming soon.

New in theaters Friday, October 8, 2021

No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond film, finally sees its theatrical release. Daniel Craig is James Bond, and Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, and Ralph Fiennes all star.

South of Heaven stars man-of-the-hour Jason Sudeikis, Evangeline Lilly, and Mike Colter.

Lamb is a Nordic thriller starring Noomi Rapace as a childless farmer who raises a lamb-human son. I have a lot of questions, and mostly it’s variations on: Did her husband fuck a sheep? (Regardless I’m going to watch the hell out of this.)

The Rescue is a documentary about the 2018 recuse of twelve boys and their coach from a cave in Thailand.

Mass stars Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, and Breeda Wool. The parents of a victim of a school shooting meet with the parents of the perpetrator. The film is directed and written by Fran Kranz.

New in theaters Friday, October 9

Coronavirus Conspiracy, a comedy-horror inspired by the pandemic we’re still living in, which has killed over 700,000 Americans, is the only movie out next weekend.

New in theaters Friday, October 15

Halloween Kills, directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teem, is a sequel to Green’s 2018 Halloween. This is the twelfth Halloween film and it stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle. The film will also stream on Peacock’s paid tiers.

Monster Family 2, a sequel to the 2017 film, finds the Wishbone Family transforming once more to free Baba Yaga. I don’t know. I’m usually pro-witch, but I’m not pro-Baba Yaga, as much as I want to live in the woods in a house with chicken legs and eat children, or whatever..

Hard Luck Love Song is “a gritty love story about a charismatic but down-on-his-luck troubadour.” It stars Michael Dorman and Sophia Bush.

Bergman Island is directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and stars Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, and Mia Wasikowska. Two American filmmakers, who adore Berman, “escape” to Fårö island for the summer. “Lines between reality and function progressively blur” and “tear our couple apart.”  I’m not dead inside; I don’t blame them. Take me with you!

The Last Duel is a historical drama directed by Ridley Scott. An adaptation of The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France by Eric Jager, it is about the last sanctioned duel in France. The plot makes me deeply uncomfortable: set in 1386, Matt Damon’s Jean de Carrouges charges Adam Driver’s Jacques Le Gris to a duel, as he believe Le Gris had raped his wife (Jodie Comer) and that the king has unfairly taken the side of Le Gris. As a nun in the trailer says, “the truth doesn’t matter,” because if Le Gris wins the duel (he doesn’t), Comer’s Marguerite de Carrouges will be burned at the stake for lying. Oh my god, I hate this so much, I can’t believe this is a film and I hate that allegedly this is a spirited debate in France to this day. Oh, and Ben Affleck is in this movie, too.

New in theaters Friday, October 22

Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the beloved science fiction novel will also stream on HBOMax. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, and Jason Momoa. (I’ve read that Zendaya is barely in it.) Of course, go with trepidation, since the film is alternately called Dune: Part One, which seems overly confident since David Lynch’s 1984 film isn’t considered successful (what is success, anyway?), and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1970s attempt is a legendary failure.

The Laws of the Universe – The Age of Elohim is a Japanese animated film set 150 million years ago when aliens ruled the Earth.

Minyan is a coming-of-age drama based on the short story by David Bezmozgis. The 1980s-set, coming-of-age, film is about a gay, Russian-Jewish teenager.

Becoming Cousteau, a documentary directed and produced by Liz Garbus, “follows the life and career of Jacques Cousteau, who tried to warn the world for decades about climate change.”

The French Dispatch, the latest from problematic director Wes Anderson, is a black-and-white comedy about a American journalists in a fictional French city in the 19th century. Heavily inspired by The New Yorker, Anderson describes it as “a love letter to journalists,” which I find hard to resist, I do. The film stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.

Ron’s Gone Wrong is an animated film featuring the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Ricardo Hurtado, Marcus Scribner, Thomas Barbusca. A young boy is given a best friend robot and things…go wrong. (Sorry.) It’s like no one saw Chucky.

New in theaters Friday, October 29:

A Mouthful of Air, written, directed, and produced by Amy Koppelman, stars Amanda Seyfried as a celebrated author forced to confront her traumatic past. 

Antlers, produced by Guillermo del Toro (directed by Scott Cooper and based on a short story by Nick Antosca), follows a small boy in an Oregon town who is keeping a monster in his attic, and the attempt to provide aid by his teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother, the town sheriff (Jesse Plemmons). 

Last Night in Soho, a thriller starring Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, and Terence Stamp, is a thriller co-written and directed by Scholars favorite Edgar Wright. McKenzie is an aspiring fashion designer who finds herself mysteriously transported to 1960s London.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, the third feature-length My Hero Academia film, finds the U. A. Academy students aiding Pro-Heroes around the world save humanity from an evil group called Humarize.

Cicada doesn’t appear to have a lot of info available at press time, so here’s what I do have: “A young man is forced to face past traumas when he embarks on a new relationship, in this remarkable feature debut.”

Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story is a documentary about everly Glenn-Copeland, a black transgender septuagenarian who wrote, recorded, and self-released several experimental albums. Keyboard Fantasies, recorded in 1986 using only a Yamaha DX7 and Roland TR-707 drum machine, is embedded below.

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