No time to die, Dune, the Green Knight among October’s must-see movies
Although Auckland cinemas are still closed, there is a wide range of options for moviegoers across the rest of the country this month.
Some of the titles hitting the big screen in the next four weeks include the drama Kiwi Juniper (October 28), French comedy The rose maker (October 7) and Icelandic cooler Lamb (October 14). Horror fans are well served, with the return of Michael Myers in Halloween kills and the creature feature starring Keri Russell Drink (both October 28).
For those who prefer the comforts of home, Netflix’s lineup includes star Mary J. Blige Body Cam (October 12) and psychological thriller Hypnotic (October 27), Amazon Prime Video Presents Justin Bieber Documentary Our world (October 8) and the highly anticipated three-way romantic drama After we fell (October 22), while Sky TV’s MTV hosts Madonna Madame X (October 8).
Fingers crossed that the New Zealand International Film Festival can also kick off in Auckland (October 28) and Christchurch (October 29) at the end of the month.
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However, after going through the timetables, Things to watch made a list of the dozen movies we can’t wait to see before Halloween dares to darken our door.
L’Alpiniste (October 14, Cinemas)
Marc-André Leclerc is the last extreme climber to have received documentary processing. The young Canadian leads a nomadic, almost off-grid lifestyle, while attempting some of the world’s toughest vertical climbs.
“It’s a fascinating glimpse into a particular type of obsessive drive and the portrayal of a man who, as one of his contemporaries remarked, feels almost too comfortable on the flank of a mountain ” wrote that of the observer Wendy Ide.
Army of Thieves (October 29, Netflix)
A prequel to Zac Snyder’s zombies-in-Vegas movie Army of the dead, it follows the fortune of German cracker Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) after he was recruited by a mysterious woman to participate in a series of heists across Europe.
Schweighöfer doubles as director, while the cast also includes the current Taskmaster United Kingdom competitor Guz Khan, F9 Nathalie Emmanuel and Miss Scarlet and the Duke Stuart Martin.
Dune (October 21, cinemas)
Thanks to the Warners / HBO Max deal, fans of this highly anticipated title only had to wait an additional 10 months from its initial release date.
Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival Director Denis Villeneuve is the latest to attempt to tackle Frank Herbert’s 1965 space opera.
Planned as a two-film venture, this adventure on the desert planet Arrakis will be populated by Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa and Zendaya.
The Green Knight (October 28, Amazon Prime Video)
A ghost story and Pete’s dragon Director David Lowery’s latest effort is a fantastic retelling of the medieval history of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The impressive cast of actors includes Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie.
“A visual feast that lasts long after the end credits”, wrote Little white lies’ Hannah strong.
Into Earth (October 27, Neon)
Ben Wheatley’s New Zealand Film Festival favorite (Visitors, high rise, Free fire) the last genre photo takes place in the middle of a pandemic.
As a deadly virus spreads across the world, Dr. Martin Lowert’s mission is to reach a research center deep in the forest. However, his progress is hampered by an encounter with a man living off the grid.
Julia (October 21, cinemas)
Documentary duo Julie Cohen and Betsy West continue their excellent RBG with a look at the woman who revolutionized American cuisine.
Through her cookbooks and TV shows, Julia Child introduced housewives to the joy of French cooking, breaking down complicated recipes into easy-to-follow building blocks.
This endearing and enlightening tale beautifully captures the essence of a truly larger-than-life character.
The last duel (October 21, cinemas)
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon co-wrote (with Nicole Holofcener) the screenplay for this historical drama based on Eric Jager’s 2004 book.
Directed by Sir Ridley Scott, it sees Damon playing Jean de Carrouges, a knight who challenges his friend and squire Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) to a duel after Carrouges ‘wife, Marguerite (Jodie Comer), accuses Le Gris de l’ having raped.
No time to die (October 7, cinemas)
Originally slated for April 9 of last year, Daniel Craig’s fifth outing – and apparently the last – as 007 opens with Bond having left active duty, but persuaded to help find a scientist. faded away.
Joining the regular cast are Knives Out Ana de Armas and Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek, while Real detectives original director Cary Fukunaga is the man directing the shots.
Ron’s Gone Wrong (October 28, theaters)
Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, and Jack Dylan Grazer are just a few of the vocal talents on display in this animated adventure about a goofy tween and his new walking, talking, and digitally connected device.
Supposed to be his “out-of-the-box best friend,” Barney discovers that “Ron” has more than a few quirks that mean he never quite performs the way he’s supposed to.
The Journey (October 15, Netflix)
The girl with the dragon tattoo Noomi Rapace and Head hunters Aksel Hennie goes head-to-head in this Norwegian action thriller about a dysfunctional couple who make their way to a secluded cabin “to connect” while plotting to jostle each other. However, their respective plans are interrupted by unexpected visitors.
“A tumultuous and ridiculous ride from a movie with a lot of twists and turns [and poop] to start,” wrote Bloody disgusting Trace Thurman.
The Velvet Underground (October 15, Apple TV +)
Amazed, I am not here and Golden velvet Director Todd Haynes directs this deep dive into the life and times of the seminal New York rock group.
Led by Lou Reed, they were a major force in music for nearly a decade from the mid-1960s onwards, before going their separate ways and attempting various comebacks in the early 1990s.
“A brilliantly told story that makes hearts rise and break in equal measure. Haynes’ remembrance of the group, and the weather is crisp and loving. If you love music then you will love this movie ”, wrote Hi guys’ Jo-anne titmarsh.
Woodstock 99 (October 11, SoHo)
This HBO documentary explores the chaos of the three-day music festival that was designed to echo the unity and counter-culture idealism of the original 1969 concert, but instead turned into riots, looting and sexual assault.
“This hard-hitting doc is like Summer of the soul upside down – instead of a musical celebration of well-being, it’s a long day of travel in ‘Break Stuff’ ”, wrote Rolling stones Rob sheffield.
The doco will also be available to stream on Neon from October 15.