Pick of the Litter – October 2018


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Venom

(Columbia) Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate. A photojournalist is infected with a malevolent alien symbiote whose moral compass doesn’t exactly point in the same direction as the host. However, the two will not only have to co-exist but the human half must allow the symbiote to take over so as to utilize the incredible powers it gives him if he is to stay alive.  October 5

INDEPENDENT PICKS

The Happy Prince

(Sony Classics) Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson. Everett (who also co-wrote and directed this film) stars as Oscar Wilde, one of the greatest English writers of all time and at one time, the toast of London. Known for his biting wit, Wilde ran afoul of the law due to his sexual predilections which in Victorian England were forbidden. This story is about the last days of his life as he views his failures and his troubles with humor and ironic detachment.  October 5

22 July

(Netflix) Thorbjørn Harr, Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Ølgarden, Jonas Strand Gravli. Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass returns with another true story-based film for the streaming giant. The narrative feature documents the terrorist attacks in Norway on July 22, 2011 when a deranged right wing terrorist detonated a bomb in the central government district in Oslo and followed up two hours later by attacking a summer camp run by the ruling party with rifles and handguns. All in all, 69 people (mainly teens and young people) were killed at the camp and an additional eight in the bombing. It was Norway’s deadliest day since World War II.. October 10

Beautiful Boy

(Amazon) Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan. Based on the memoirs of David and Nic Sheff, a loving father and son try to cope with addiction over the course of many years. Carell gives a performance that some are already touting for Oscar recognition. October 12

I Still See You

(Lionsgate) Bella Thorne, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Price-Francis, Richard Harmon. A massive event has caused the deaths of a vast percentage of the population; the dead however continue to be seen as ghosts who while visible cannot communicate or interact with the living. One young woman, struggling to study the phenomenon, becomes the target of a malevolent entity which may be able to reach out and touch the living and not in a good way. Chalk this one up to “an interesting premise.”. October 12

Liyana

(Abramorama) Gcina Mhlophe, Shofela Coker. A teacher in Swaziland assigns five children to write a story about a young girl their age on a quest that reflects their culture. Their story is captured in dazzling animation while the children’s lives are caught in live action documentary. This is a magical union between reality and imagination. October 12

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

(Fox Searchlight) Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone. Lee Israel is an author without an audience. Once a bestselling biographer of celebrities along the lines of Katherine Hepburn and Estee Lauder in the 70s and 80s, she has fallen out of step with public tastes. Desperate for income, she resorts to deception abetted by her loyal friend Jack. File this under “You Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up.” October 19

Mid90s

(A24) Sonny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Katherine Waterston, Na-Kel Smith. A 13-year old in L.A. during the 90s has to deal with a group of skater friends and a troubled home life. Directed by Jonah Hill, the movie has been getting quite a lot of buzz even before its debut at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival. October 19

 What We Had

(Bleecker Street) Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner. With four leads as good as any you’ll see in a single film this year, this Oscar contender stars Swank as a woman who gets an urgent phone all from her brother in the middle of the night. Her mother who has a degenerative Alzheimer’s-like disease is becoming too difficult to manage at home but her father stubbornly refuses to let go of the life they have together.. October 19

Border

(Neon) Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Viktor Åkerblom, Rakel Warmlander. A Swedish customs officer becomes fascinated with the subject she is investigating but the more she finds out about him, the more she realizes that the two of them are linked in a way she couldn’t prepare herself for. The winner of Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it is also Sweden’s official submission for the 2019 Foreign Film Oscar. October 26

The Dark

(Dark Sky) Nadia Alexander, Toby Nichols, Karl Marcovics, Margerete Tiesel. Look, it’s Halloween, right? You gotta have a horror film on this list and this film might just be the best  of the bunch. In a stretch of cursed woods, an undead teen girl meets a blind living boy. Both have been the victims of terrifying abuse. They find solace in each other but even in cursed woods the world won’t let them alone. There is some light at the end of the tunnel, but it might take a body count to get there. October 26

October 2018


Venom

OCTOBER 1, 2018

Queen of the World – HBO
Wunderland – Limited/VOD

OCTOBER 2, 2018

Afraid – Limited/VOD
Betrayed – VOD
Lake Fear 3 – VOD
Molly – VOD
Student Athlete – HBO

OCTOBER 3, 2018

Moynihan – Limited

OCTOBER 5, 2018

A Star is Born
Venom

A Crooked Somebody – Limited
Afsar – Limited
Await Further Instructions – Limited
Bayou Caviar – Limited
Bill Coors: The Will to Live – Limited
Chasing the Blues – Limited
The Church – Limited
The Great Buster – Limited
The Happy Prince – Limited
The Hate U Give – Limited
Heavy Trip – Limited
Knuckleball – Limited
Living in the Future’s Past – Limited
Love Yatri – Limited
Morning, Noon & Night – Limited
Over the Limit – Limited
Ride – Limited
The Samuel Project – Limited
Sanitatum – Limited
Shine – Limited
Private Life – Netflix
Studio 54 – Limited
Trouble – Limited
Viking Destiny – Limited

OCTOBER 6, 2018

Her Only Choice – BET

OCTOBER 10, 2018

22 July – Limited/Netflix
Liyana – Limited

OCTOBER 12, 2018

Bad Times at the El Royale
First Man
Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween

After Everything – Limited
All Square – Limited
Apostle – Netflix
Beautiful Boy – Limited
Better Start Running – Limited
Bigger – Limited
Bikini Moon – Limited
Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer – Limited
I Still See You – Limited/VOD
In Echo Park – Limited
The Kindergarten Teacher – Netflix
Kinky – Limited
Look Away – Limited
The Oath – Limited
Rusty Tulloch – Limited
Sadie – Limited
The Sentence – Limited
Stella’s Last Weekend – Limited
Thunder Road – Limited

OCTOBER 13, 2018

B&B – Limited

OCTOBER 15, 2018

The Sentence – Expands to HBO
The Amityville Murders – VOD/Limited
Zoe and the Astronaut – Limited

OCTOBER 16, 2018

Johnny Gruesome – VOD

OCTOBER 17, 2018

Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story – Limited
Project: Hey Arnold – VOD

OCTOBER 18, 2018

The Legend of Halowaiian – DirecTV/Limited

OCTOBER 19, 2018

Halloween
The Hate U Give – Expands Wide
The Old Man and the Gun – Expands Wide
The Sisters Brothers – Expands Wide
The Advocates – Limited
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn – Limited
Big Kill – Limited
Brampton’s Own – Limited
Brewmaster – Limited
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Limited
Caniba – Limited
Change in the Air – Limited/VOD
Charm City – Limited
Fail State – Los Angeles
Galveston – Limited
High Voltage – Limited
Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story – Limited
The Lost Village – Limited
Mid90s – Limited
Nigerian Prince – Limited
The Night Comes For Us – Netflix
Nowhere Mind – Limited
On Her Shoulders – New York City
Reach – Limited
Sharkwater Extinction – Limited
SOMM 3 – Limited
The Super – Limited
Transformer – Limited
Travel Ban: Make America Laugh Again – Limited
Viral Beauty – Limited
The Waldheim Waltz – Limited
What They Had – Limited
Wildlife – Limited

OCTOBER 22, 2018

Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram – HBO

OCTOBER 23, 2018

Hide in the Light – Limited
The Scorpion King: Book of Souls – VOD
Trauma – VOD

OCTOBER 24, 2018

On Her Shoulders – Expands to Los Angeles
Life & Nothing More – Limited

OCTOBER 26, 2018

Hunter Killer
Indivisible
Johnny English Strikes Again

Mid90s – Expands Wide
5 Weddings – Limited
1985 – Limited
3100: Run and Become – Limited
A Bread Factory, Part One – Limited
A Bread Factory, Part Two – Limited
Air Strike – Limited/VOD
American Exorcist – Limited
Been So Long – Netflix
Baazaar – Limited
Border – Limited
Burning – New York City
Dangerous Matrimony – Limited
The Dark – Limited
Don’t Go – Limited
Dovlatov – Netflix
The First Patient – Limited
Glass Jaw – Limited
Happy Tree Friends: The Movie – Los Angeles
The Health of Hope – Limited
Killer Kate! – Limited
London Fields – Limited
The Long Shadow – New York City
Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story – Limited
Monrovia, Indiana – Limited
Ranjha Refugee – Limited
Shirkers – Netflix
Silencio – Limited
Solis – Limited
Street Voices – Limited
Suspiria – Limited
Trust Machine – New York City
Viper Club – Limited
Weed the People – Limited

OCTOBER 27, 2018

Happy Tree Friends: The Movie – Expands to Arizona and Nevada

OCTOBER 28, 2018

Happy Tree Friends: The Movie – Expands to Limited Release

OCTOBER 31, 2018

Howlers – VOD
The Tempter – Limited