Box Office Weekend: October 2022

Welcome back to another month of movie trailers! Being that it’s October, we have plenty of thrills and chills (and there’s a 25th-anniversary re-release of Scream 2 on October 9). Thankfully, for those of us already scared, there’s plenty more to see, too. As for rehash, Netflix is streaming the TMNT movies, while Hulu has The Age of Innocence

Streaming now on Netflix:

Jumping From High Places follows an anxious teen as she tries to fulfill her bff’s last wish.

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is a coming-of-age horror from Blumhouse, Ryan Murphy, and Stephen King. Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell star; Martell is able to connect with his dead neighbor through a phone.

The Trapped 13: How We Survived the Thai Cave is a documentary about the survivors of the 2018 Tham Luang Cave rescue.

Togo is a thriller. A car attendant defends his neighbors and neighborhood. An English-language trailer was not available at press time.

Streaming Thursday:

The Joys and Sorrows of Young Yuguo, a documentary, follows a teenager who travels to Romania to study its culture and literature. 

New in Theaters Friday, October 7

Pretty Problems is a dark comedy about a couple who join their affluent friends for the weekend. Maybe he’s right, maybe they all get murdered! Looks fun, though.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry stars Kunal Nayyar, Lucy Hale, Christina Hendricks, Blaire Brown, Lauren Stamile, David Arquette, and Scott Foley. It is an adaptation of the 2014 novel of the same name. Hale and Nayyar are two book lovers (sort of) who fall in love.

Amsterdam is a comedy by David O. Russell who is (finally?) in hot water. It looks terrible, too. The film stars Chris Rock, Christian Bale, Margo Robbie, Taylor Swift, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro, and John David Washington.

The Swimmer is an Israeli drama about a young man in a toxic camp and destined for athletic greatness. 

Tár stars Cate Blanchett as a renowned conductor. It is a psychological drama, and has received good reviews, but I worry the lesson will be that women can’t be trusted to have power.

When the Music Changes is a documentary by Lakshmi Devy. Initially a film about India, it explores her abusive relationship.

To Leslie is a drama about a woman who must go home and confront her past after she spends all of her lottery winnings.

Dark Glasses is an Italian horror film by Dario Argento. A sex worker is attacked, blinded, and stalked by a serial killer.

Last Flight Home is a documentary about Eli Timoner’s last days.

Project Wolf Hunting, directed by Kim Hong-sun, is a Korean sci-fi-slash-thriller. Chaos ensues on a cargo ship used to transport dangerous criminals from Manila to Busan. This is maybe too violent for where I am in my life right now, but I’m recommending it to my dad, anyway. 

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is a live-action adaptation of the celebrated children’s book. Lyle is voiced by Shawn Mendes for some reason. I hate it here.

Signs of Love is a “nuanced crime thriller” about a young man who falls in love with a deaf woman. The film is written and directed by Clarence Fuller.

That day on Hulu:

Hellraiser, a “reinvention” of the franchise, 35 years after its debut. Based on Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart, a woman comes to possess an ancient puzzle box, which summons supernatural sadistic beings. Jamie Clayton will portray the Hell Priest (we may know her as Pinhead), which is traditionally played by men. Odessa A’zion stars as the woman who accidentally releases the Cenobites.

That day on Netflix:

Doll House is a heartfelt Filipino drama about a man who sets out to have a relationship with the daughter he abandoned.

Luckiest Girl Alive, adapted from the bestselling novel, stars Mila Kunis as a woman who “has it all” and is forced to confront her past as she prepares to start her dream job and get married. 

Old People is a German horror film. A woman must defend her family against the elderly–who are on a killing spree. A trailer was not available at press time.

The Redeem Team is a documentary about “one of the greatest comebacks in sports history,” the 2008 US men’s Olympics basketball team, which included Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James.

And on Monday, a “creature feature” on Hulu, Grimcutty:

New in Theaters Friday, October 14 

Cat Daddies is a documentary about men who love their cats. I’ve always been mystified about this topic because every man who has cats loves his cats? This documentary promises that it’s heartwarming.

Till is an autobiographical drama about activist Mamie Till, whose son Emmett was lynched in 1955. Mamie is portrayed by Danielle Deadwyler. Frankie Faison and Whoopi Goldberg also star. Wikipedia promises that while the film discusses Emmett’s murder, it is not shown.

Halloween Ends is the (allegedly) final film in the “H40” trilogy and sequel to Halloween Kills. Set four years after the last film, Laurie sets out to find and kill Michael.

Streaming on Hulu that day:

Rosaline, a comedy, stars Kaitlyn Dever as Juliet Capulet’s cousin, who schemes to break up, well, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. You know, I’m rooting for her.

And that day on Netflix:

The Curse of Bridge Hollow stars Marlon Wayans as a serious dad who doesn’t like Halloween. And must confront it, I guess, when he moves his family from New York City (BOO!) to a small town. Priah Ferguson, Kelly Rowland, Rob Riggle, John Michael Higgins, and Lauren Lapkus also star. This would make a nice double feature with Hubie Halloween.

Streaming October 18:

LiSA Another Great Day, a documentary, follows Japan’s “Rock Heroine,” LiSA, as she reflects on the first decade of her career.

Streaming October 19:

The School for Good and Evil is a teen fantasy, adapted from Soman Chainani’s series of the same name. Directed and co-written by Paul Feig, the film stars Sofia Wylie, Sophia Anne Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Cate Blanchett, Ben Kingsley, Patti LuPone, Rob Delaney, and Rachel Bloom.

The Stranger stars Joel Edgerton as a detective who goes too deep in an effort to get a criminal to confess. Looks bad!

New in Theaters Friday, October 21

The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile is a concert film and documentary about Tanya Tucker. 

Paul’s Promise is your court-mandated religious movie of the month.

Ticket to Paradise stars Julia Roberts and George Clooney as a divorced couple trying to stop their daughter’s marriage. I kind of want to see this?

The Banshees of Inisherin reunites Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and director Martin McDonagh. “Alarming consequences” follow the dissolution of a friendship. 

Black Adam stars Dwayne Johnson as the DC Superhero. Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui, and Pierce Brosnan also star.

Rimini stars Michael Thomas as a fading pop star. His world “collapses” when his estranged daughter visits.

Streaming that day on Hulu
Matriarch, a thriller, follows a woman who finds herself afflicted in more ways than one when she returns home after surviving an overdose.

And that day on Netflix:

Descendant is a documentary about the descendants of the enslaved people aboard Clotida, which arrived in Alabama in 1859-1860; Congress had banned the trade of human beings in 1807. The survivors founded Africatown, a historic community near Mobile, where many of the descendants currently live.

Streaming October 24:

The Chalk Line is a mystery. Additional information was unavailable at press time.

Streaming October 26:

Fugitive: The Curious Case of Carlos Ghosn, which lacks a trailer, is a documentary about international fugitive Carlos Ghosn.

The Good Nurse stars Jessica Chastain as a woman who “risks it all” to uncover the truth behind her colleague (Eddie Redmaybe) poisoning dozens of patients.

Hellhole had no verifiable information at presstime. YouTube had several horrifying videos about people in small spaces. No, thank you!

Robbing Mussolini is an Italian action film about a “a ragtag group of resistance fighters” who plan an “impossible heist” at the end of WWII. I’m campaigning for a Robbing Hitler, Robbing Hirohito, Robbing Hitler, and of course, Robbing Stalin.

Streaming October 27:

Cici is a Turkish drama about a family that confronts its past when they return to their hometown after 30 years. An English-language trailer was not available at presstime. 

New in Theaters Friday, October 28:

A Chance Encounter is a romance about a smug poet who falls in love with a songwriter while on vacation.

Call Jane stars Elizabeth Banks as a woman who relies on an underground network, the Jane Collective, to get an abortion in the 1960s, and later joins the group herself. I hate how timely this is. Sigourney Weaver, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, and Wunmi Mosaku also star.

Prey for the Devil stars Virginia Madsen. A young nun is trained in exorcisms. Tis the season!

Armageddon Time, “coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American dream,” starring Banks Repeta, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Anthony Hopkins, Jaylin Webb, and Jessica Chastain. Written and directed by James Gray, the film is about a teen in the 1980s, but in the not-fun way. 

Streaming that day on Netflix:

All Quiet on the Western Front, Netflix’s German-language adaptation of the 1929 novel and 1930 (American) film follows a young man who finds the horrors of war in the German trenches during WWI.

Wendell & Wild is a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele voice two demonic brothers who enlist the help of a teenage girl, voiced by Lyric Moss.

Wild is the Wind is a South African drama. A trailer was not available at press time. 

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