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Three newcomers kicked off the month of October vying for the box office win, with Universal's harrowing thriller The Girl On the Train squaring off against Fox Searchlight's indie sensation Birth of a Nation and Lionsgate's family comedy Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life. We predicted earlier this week that The Girl On the Train would win with $24.5 million, which turned out to be quite the accurate prediction. The Girl On the Train ended up winning with an estimated take of $24.6 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that The Girl On the Train pulled in an impressive $7,844 per-screen average from 3,144 theaters, easily overtaking last weekend's winner, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which dropped to second place with $15 million, followed by Deepwater Horizon with $11.7 million, The Magnificent Seven with $9.1 million and Storks rounding out the top 5 with $8.4 million. The week's other two new releases didn't fare nearly as well as predicted, »
Without fail, every single year there are Oscar hopefuls that fall victim to controversy. Some are well founded, some are pure smoke, and some are caught in between. This week, the year’s most controversy laden film hits theaters. In fact, it’s out today. The controversy isn’t due to the film’s content, but the past actions of its filmmaker. I won’t get into what Nate Parker and his co-writer Jean McGianni Celestin were accused of and the subsequent issues, but it’s clear that to some degree, it has affected the release. Back at the Sundance Film Festival, it was hailed as a potential Best Picture frontrunner. Now, it’s possibly an Oscar also-ran. What happened? Well, at least in my opinion, hype died down and it’s being seen for the flawed work that it truly is. Controversy aside, it’s just a mixed bag of a movie. »
- Joey Magidson
The Birth of a Nation, 2016.
Written and Directed by Nate Parker.
Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
Addressing the elephant in the room right off the bat, yes Nate Parker (producer, writer and director of The Birth of a Nation) did sexually take advantage of an inebriated college woman roughly over a decade ago who would go on to commit suicide in 2012. It is a horrible story (especially considering Nate Parker got off clean while only his friend that was also present received some punishment) and his actions should be condemned. I am not here to judge Nate Parker as a human being or state what should have been done, or even unfairly criticize his »
- Robert Kojder
The Birth of a Nation is so heart-wrenchingly moving. A biography of the emancipation movement that began with Nate Turner, slave and preacher, a character played brilliantly by writer/director Nate Parker. The story begins in the antebellum South in 1809. Nate as a very young man is thought to be a leader that will do great things, having some unique marks that was felt only a leader would have. Shortly into the story the despicable conditions a slave community would have to endure was deplorable. Nat’s father Isaac (Dwight Henry) set out one night to try and salvage some food for his family. He was caught by a group of runaway slave patrolmen without a pass. The very evil ring leader of the posse Raymond Cobb (Jackie Earle Haley) was horrifically confrontational, and the scene turned into a bloodbath, with Isaac narrowly escaping, returning to his family and quickly saying goodbye. »
- Betsy Johnson
October is upon us. The leaves are changing. Sweaters are becoming more abundant. Awards contenders are popping up in theaters nationwide. But those are far from the only films opening throughout the coming weeks. Below, you’ll find every planned theatrical release for the month of October, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Stay warm and happy watching!
Week of October 7 Wide
The Birth of a Nation
Director: Nate Parker
Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, “The Birth »
- Steve Greene and Zipporah Smith
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Another bad weekend where nothing really popped, which is bad news for a month at the box office where only Clint Eastwood’s Sully exceeded any expectations. Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out just below my predictions with $29 million, but the Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg disaster flick Deepwater Horizon was right around where I predicted with $20.2 million. The comedy Masterminds tanked with just $6.5 million for the weekend to end up in sixth place while Disney’s The Queen of Katwe did slightly better than predicted with $2.5 million.
The first full weekend in October has a good deal of competition from the release of the video game Mafia III to the »
- Edward Douglas
Last weekend's winner Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children helped bring the box office out of the September doldrums with an opening weekend victory of $28.8 million, besting another high-profile new release, the true story adaptation Deepwater Horizon, which opened in second place with $20.2 million. The first weekend in October brings three new releases to challenge Miss Peregrine, Universal's The Girl On the Train, Fox Searchlight's The Birth Of a Nation and Lionsgate's Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life. We're predicting that, despite some middling reviews, The Girl On the Train will take the top spot with $24.3 million.
The Girl On the Train is based on the wildly popular debut novel by Paula Hawkins, which became a publishing sensation when it debuted in January 2015. While some movie adaptations can take years to get production started, Tate Taylor signed on to direct in May 2015, with the cast coming together »
Here's a tough question: Do you judge Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation as a film, or put the man behind it on trial as a former student at Penn State in 1999 who was accused of raping an 18-year-old woman – a crime for which he was acquitted. I'll leave the playing God stuff to social media, where it thrives, and stick to what's onscreen which, by any standard, is a monumental achievement.
The Birth of a Nation is a passion project for Parker, who labored for seven years »
The Birth Of A Nation Fox Searchlight Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, CompuServe Film d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director: Nate Parker Written by: Nate Parker, story by Nate Parker & Jean McGianni Celestin Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aia Naomi King, Esther Scott Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 9/27/16 Opens: October 7, 2016 If you’re wondering how a filmmaker has the nerve to do a sequel to D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation,” also known as “The Clansman,” you need not fear. Nate Parker’s film is anything but an apologia for slavery. This “Birth” finds Parker as a [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union, Roger Guenveur Smith, Dwight Henry, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley, The Birth Of A Nation opens in St. Louis on October 7th.
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While a number of revered films have explored the contours of slavery, from 12 Years A Slave to Glory, »
- Movie Geeks
Fox Searchlight has teamed with several chains and independent theaters to launch a voter registration drive during screenings of their upcoming drama “The Birth of a Nation.”
The initiative supports Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day and will continue through the opening weekend of “The Birth of a Nation,” ending on Oct. 9.
Participating theaters, including Bow Tie Cinemas; Emagine Entertainment; Malco Theatres; Marcus Theatres; Wehrenberg Theatres; Amstar Cinemas; Movie Taverns; The Grand Theatres; Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, Pa; Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, Ks; Little Theatre, Rochester, NY; Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, Pa; Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland, Oh; Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland Heights, Oh; Cinema Arts Theatre, Fairfax, Va; Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Mi; The Neon, Dayton, Oh, will hold voter enrollment in their lobbies.
The specialty film company has also partnered with voting organizations The League of Women Voters; Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
In an epic casting coup that Last Man star/creator Will Forte miraculously managed to keep a lid on all summer (and that, yes, was the subject of a certain Blind Item), one of the two gun-toting, hazmat suit-wearing mystery men that stormed the Malibu compound alongside Pat (the returning Mark Boone Junior) was none other than… Jon freakin’ Hamm, aka January Jones’ onetime Mad Men co-star. (For the record, the other, »
One episode was provided prior to broadcast.
It’s been almost two years since we discovered that Phil Tandy Miller isn’t exactly The Last Man On Earth, and that the Fox sitcom which he anchors is both a giddy comedy with worthy characters and worthier jokes, and an interesting, how-long-can-they-keep-this-up-for episodic experiment. If not always consistent, the show has by-and-large done just that: in the face of insurmountable odds, Will Forte is still at the forefront of a show, script, and cast that might dip into uncouth silliness every now and again, but their goal of belly giggles delivers so abundantly that it’s easy to forget any other distracting negatives dotting its low points.
With the death of his brother, Mike (Jason Sudeikis) still hitting him hard, Tandy (Forte) has an entirely new problem, which came cruising up to the beach of the group’s lavish Malibu home »
- Mitchel Broussard
Who is targeting The Last Man on Earth? That nagging question serves as the framing device for the Fox comedy’s official Season 3 cast photo, exclusively obtained by TVLine and available for your viewing pleasure below.
VideosThe Last Man on Earth Cast Performs Season 3’s First Scene — Plus: Mad Men Creator’s Reaction to Their Homage
As you’ll recall, the Season 2 finale ended with our Malibu-based survivors, led by Will Forte’s Phil, discovering a boatload of heavily armed, hazmat suit-clad individuals speeding toward the shoreline. We know that one of them is Sons of Anarchy’s Mark Boone Junior (aka sailor Pat, »
There’s a lot more to Corey Asraf and John Swab‘s debut feature Let Me Make You a Martyr than meets the eye. It looks like your run-of-the-mill revenge thriller with its prodigal son (Niko Nicotera‘s Drew Glass) returning home after an extended stay away to right the wrongs of the past. His adoptive father Larry (Mark Boone Junior) is a drug supplier, sex trade entrepreneur, and who knows what other heinous crimes that set up whatever unknown incident happened to fracture their relationship—something neither can come back from without the other being dead. But before Drew can set things straight and escape this Oklahoma town for good, he must also find his adopted sister and one true love June (Sam Quartin). Without her the rest is meaningless.
We infer it was systemic abuse and exploitation that turned Drew against his father. Why else would a guy »
- Jared Mobarak
Let Me Make You A Martyr review
Let Me Make You A Martyr featured on our list of films we wanted to watch at this year’s Fantasia festival. We’ve finally seen it and can confirm it’s a strong entry in the line-up and did not disappoint.
Drew Glass (Niko Nicotera) returns to his home town after a period away to confront those that have wronged him. At the top of his list is adopted father figure Larry (Mark Boone Junior). He wants Larry out of the way so that he and his adopted sister June (Sam Quartin) can finally be together. However, what Drew doesn’t realise is that he himself is being hunted by the enigmatic Pope (Marilyn Manson).
Let Me Make You A Martyr review
Let Me Make You A Martyr has a very interesting story to tell. It’s a simple tale, boy wants »
- Kat Hughes
In 2015, Marilyn Manson was cast as a calculating hit man in the harrowing crime film Let Me Make You a Martyr. With the film set for its world premiere on July 22nd at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Rolling Stone has an exclusive clip from the upcoming film with Manson, rifle in hands, hard at work contract killing.
In the tense two-minute scene, Manson's menacing Pope has a standoff with one of his targets, with both men threatening each other from opposite sides of a bedroom door. "Look, you »
The image was first posted by Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service.
Parker produced and directed “Birth of a Nation” from his own script, which centers on the 1831 slave rebellion led by Turner. The previous poster also used an American flag with images of members of the revolt.
“Birth of a Nation” debuted at Sundance in January and sold for $17.5 million to Searchlight. It’s expected to be an awards-season contender with an Oct. 7 opening.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight
Justin Chang gave the film a rave in his review for Variety: “‘The Birth of a Nation’ exists to provoke a serious debate about the necessity and limitations of empathy, the morality of retaliatory violence, and the ongoing black struggle for justice and equality in this country. »
- Dave McNary
Sundance darling The Birth of a Nation has fast become one of the early dark horses going into this year’s awards circuit – and it’s little wonder why.
Set against the antebellum South, Nate Parker’s creative tour-de-force – Parker wrote, directed, produced and starred in the inspired race drama – revolves around the true story of one Nat Turner, the slave and preacher who famously staged one of the most important uprisings in American history in the Virginia of 1830.
Indeed, early buzz for The Birth of a Nation on the festival circuit ensured Parker’s passion project became the highest sale in Sundance history, and you can get a gist of the drama that awaits in October via the movie’s official synopsis. Taking point as Nat Turner, Parker leads the charge as a “literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat »
- Michael Briers
"To watch a strong man broken down is a terrible thing." Fox Searchlight has debuted the full theatrical trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, the award-winning film from Sundance this year about a slave uprising. The first trailer was powerful, but this one is even better. The cast includes Aunjanue Ellis, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Junior, Penelope Ann Miller and Aja Naomi King. I raved about this film at Sundance, and I'm waiting for it to connect with audiences worldwide when it opens. The song they're using for these trailers is lovely, and it adds an extra amount of emotional power. It's one of the best films this year and I recommend catching this in theaters. Here's the full theatrical trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, from Fox Searchlight's YouTube: Set against the antebellum South, The Birth »
- Alex Billington
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