previews... - September 25, 2019

Best Movies of October 2019: previews the top 10...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Movies of October 2019: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in October...



(In Cinemas October 4th)


Joaquin Phoenix inhabits Batman's greatest foe in this radical new take on the character. 

The film sees Phoenix working with The Hangover director Todd Phillips on the project, which will serve as an origin movie for the character. 

Phillips and 8 Mile screenwriter Scott Silver have provided the script. 

Joker follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian in Gotham City, who is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos...

Co-starring alongside Phoenix are Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham.



Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

(In Cinemas October 18th)


Four years after Maleficent debuted, a sequel arrived.

The original took over $750 million at the box office upon release in 2014, is a live-action fantasy prequel to the 1959 Disney animation based on the classic fairytale.

Angelina Jolie returns as the title character, an evil fairy who cursed an infant princess to eternal sleep, only then to realise the young girl was the only one who could save the kingdom from its dangerous ruler.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is set several years after the original and will follow Maleficent and Elle Fanning's Aurora as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures who live there...

As well as Jolie and Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville also return to reprise their roles. 

Ed Skrein will play the film's villain, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Harris Dickenson, Jenn Murray, David Gyasi, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Robert Lindsay also new additions for the sequel.

For the sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Joachim Ronning will direct, with Jez Butterworth and original writer Linda Woolverton providing the script.  



Doctor Sleep

(In Cinemas October 31st)


29 years after the release of The Shining, a sequel arrives at the end of next month. 

Ewan McGregor stars in the movie, acting alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay and Bruce Greenwood. 

McGregor plays Danny Torrance, who appears as a child in The Shining. Now, Torrance is an adult, but remains psychologically traumatised by the events of The Shining

Despite a lingering rage and an alcohol problem that dulls his pain as well as his supernatural shining powers, Torrance is forced to use his gifts again after he comes across a cult that feeds on the steam of children who have the same psychic powers as he does. 

Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil director Mike Flanagan will take charge of this movie, both adapting the book and directing. 




(In Cinemas October 4th)


Renee Zellweger transforms in this hugely-anticipated biopic of Judy Garland. 

The film finds Garland, best known for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, arriving in London in 1969 for a five-week run of sellout concerts. 

As she prepares for the shows, she battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, all the while her personal life and her fifth marriage are falling apart...

Renee Zellweger plays Garland, with Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley and Bella Ramsey in supporting roles. 

Rupert Goold, largely known for his theatre work as well as 2015 drama True Story, directs. He works from a script from Tom Edge



American Woman

(In Cinemas October 11th)


Sienna Miller tops the bill in this hard-hitting mystery drama. 

Miller plays Debra Callahan, a single mother who is faced with raising her grandson after her daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances... 

Starring alongside her are Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Will Sasso, Pat Healy and Amy Madigan. 

Jake Scott, son of Ridley Scott, directs this one. 



Official Secrets

(In Cinemas October 18th)


Keira Knightley and Matt Smith come together for this new thriller. 

Set in 2003 in the lead up to the Iraq war, the movie follows Knightley's Katharine Gun, a GCHQ translator who decides to leaks a classified e-mail that urges spying on members of the UN Security Council to force through the resolution to go to war.

Charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act, and facing imprisonment, Katharine and her lawyers set out to defend her actions...

Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri, Indira Varma, Tamsin Greig and Ralph Fiennes co-star alongside Knightley and Smith.

Gavin Hood, director of Eye In The Sky, is in charge, working from a script from Gregory and Sara Bernstein. 



Gemini Man

(In Cinemas October 11th)


Will Smith faces down...Will Smith in this long-gestating sci-fi action saga. 

Set in the future, the film follows Smith's Henry Brogen, an ageing assassin seeking to exit his career. As he approaches the end, he finds himself going against a younger clone of himself who can predict his every move.

Starring alongside Smith are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benedict Wong, Clive Owen and Linda Emond.

Ang Lee directs, working from a script from Game Of Thrones key man David Benioff as well as Billy Ray and Darren Lemke.

The film has been in development since 1997, with Harrison Ford, Chris O'Donnell, Mel Gibson, Jon Voight, Nicolas Cage, Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery all attached to star at one time or another.



Zombieland: Double Tap

(In Cinemas October 18th)


10 years after the release of much-loved Zombieland, a sequel finally arrives. 

Zombieland starred Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, took over $102.4 million at the box office when it was released in 2009.

It told the story of an unlikely foursome, a shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park, travelling across America, an America which is now overrun by zombies. 

For the sequel, Harrelson, Eisenberg, Stone and Breslin all return, with Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, Luke Wilson and Dan Aykroyd joining the cast.

Set a decade after the original, the sequel takes the mismatched crew from the White House and through the heartland of America.

Along the way, the four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies as well as some new human survivors

Ruben Fleischer, who oversaw the Venom reboot, is in charge. Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick provide the screenplay. 



Terminator: Dark Fate

(In Cinemas October 23rd)


After the aborted reboot of Terminator: Genisys, James Cameron returns to steward a brand new take on Terminator. 

The film is a direct sequel to Terminator 2 and is set 27 years after the events of the film. 

In this movie, a new, modified liquid metal Terminator is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate a young woman Dani Ramos.

To stop him, a hybrid cyborg human and her friends team up with both Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger's original Terminator. 

Linda Hamilton, Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta and Edward Furlong star, working for Deadpool director Tim Miller. 

Cameron is producing the film and has also co-written the story outline for the new film alongside Batman Begins screenwriter David S. Goyer, with Justin Rhodes and The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray handling the screenplay.





The Day Shall Come

(In Cinemas October 11th)


Controversial writer and director Chris Morris finally returns next month with a new film, which is sure to divide opinion, in the same way the rest of his work has. 

Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Kayvan Novak, Denis O'Hare and Jim Gaffigan all star in this new comedy. 

Morris directs, working from a script he has co-written with Jesse Armstrong.

The film follows Davis's Moses, an impoverished leader of a small religious commune in Miami, who is offered cash to save his family from eviction. 

Sadly, he has no idea his sponsor works for FBI agent Kendra Glack, who plans to turn him into a criminal by fuelling his madcap revolutionary dreams. 


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