10 Movie and TV Picks for Octoberby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 1 month ago
Ten outstanding October titles, as selected by the IMDb editors.
A Star Is Born | In U.S. theaters on Friday, Oct. 5
This time of year is traditionally when we start to see awards contenders released in theaters and this October is no exception. First Man, Beautiful Boy, and Can You Ever Forgive Me? are all set for release on a wave of awards buzz. But the one currently leading the pack is A Star Is Born and, after an early look, it is clear to see why. An inspirational and heartbreaking story, it features powerhouse performances from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (who also directed). Catch this one now because you'll be hearing more about it in the run-up to the Oscars. — Michael
"Doctor Who " | Premieres, Sunday, Oct. 7 on BBC America
"Doctor Who" begins anew this month as Steven Moffat passes the showrunning torch to Chris Chibnall, the TV writer who brought us the harrowing "Broadchurch," the ended-too-soon "Camelot," eight episodes of "Torchwood," and the Season 7 "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" episode of "Doctor Who." Season 11 also kicks off Jodie Whittaker’s history-making run as the first female Doctor and introduces three new companions which will give the show more of an ensemble feel than the previous Doctor/Companion combination of the past few years. Admittedly I’m not quite over Peter Capaldi’s stint as the Doctor, but I’m ready for a new favorite and I’m hoping the 13th is the one. — Vanessa
Beautiful Boy | In U.S. theaters on Friday, Oct. 12
How do I motivate myself to see a film that's probably going to leave me emotionally drained and sobbing in my seat? In the case of Beautiful Boy, I think about the acting chops of Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name). I think about the source material: powerful memoirs written by father and son David and Nic Sheff. And I think about the people I know and love whose lives have been affected by addiction, and how important it has become to engage in dialogue. If a movie can promote that conversation while telling a great story, what other motivation do I need? — James G.
Mid90s | In U.S. theaters on Wednesday, Oct. 19
Back in my baggy pants days, I was obsessed with skateboarding. It hardly mattered that I could barely stand on a board; not when Spike Jonze was breaking boundaries with Video Days, Big Brother magazine was laying the foundation for "Jackass," and Larry Clark and Harmony Korine were terrifying parents with Kids. It was the era when skating started trends and spawned great art, and with its fisheye lenses and dingy, DIY aesthetic, Jonah Hill's Mid90s is giving me serious flashbacks. Maybe I'll even wear my JNCOs to the theater. — James M
"Daredevil" | Premieres on Netflix Friday, Oct. 19
The devil of Hell's Kitchen is coming back, and from the looks of it, going to the dark side. Ever since Netflix announced the release date I've been counting down the days to "Daredevil’s" return. I maintain that the first season is still the best of all the Netflix Marvel shows, and based on the newest teaser, it looks like my favorite part of that season, Wilson Fisk (the always amazing Vincent D’Onofrio) is back in the game. Between that, and what looks like a very angsty Matt Murdock, Season 3 could be the best one yet. — Kelsey
Halloween | In U.S. theaters on Friday, Oct. 19
Fans of the original Halloween have put up with a lot from the franchise over the years: mediocre sequels, non-sequels, reboots, sequels to reboots, etc. ... Blumhouse Productions has has wisely chosen to let director David Gordon Green (and co-screenwriter Danny McBride) wipe the slate clean by ignoring everything but the original 1978 film. The 2018 Halloween picks up 40 years after the events of the original, with Jamie Lee Curtis in Sarah Connor-mode, prepped and ready to do battle with Michael Myers. Blumhouse Productions has been killing it for the better part of a decade (see The Purge, Insidious, Get Out) and it's hard to imagine this not being a huge success. Bring on the Shape! — James G.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? | In U.S. theaters on Wednesday, Oct. 19
Yes, I want to see Melissa McCarthy in a non-comedic role, but its her co-star, the inimitable Richard E. Grant, who will always have my attention. Together the duo brings to the screen the story of journalist and author Lee Israel, whose fabricated autobiography precipitated a personal and professional decline. Grant portrays Jack Hock, Israel's confidant/devil on her shoulder. I'm sure McCarthy will be on the awards circuit this season, but it would be a true victory to see Grant at her side. — Arno
"Bodyguard" | Premieres on Netflix Wednesday, Oct. 24
A reliable Irishman who alerts me to the best of the BBC just informed me about this crime thriller that is coming to the US courtesy of fine-goods importer Netflix. Former King in the North Richard Madden stars as a war vet who takes an assignment as the Specialist Protection Officer for Home Secretary Julia Montague, played by seasoned TV star Keeley Hawes. In the UK, some 11 million people just watched the 6-episode series wrap up, and I love the fact that the show's fantastically named creator, Jed Mercurio, isn't 100% sold on the idea of a second season. — Arno
"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" | Premieres on Netflix Friday, Oct. 26
Another Archie Comics title gets the "Riverdale" treatment, trading in "Aw, shucks" for "Oh, sh-t!" ... and I'm here for it. Always a fan of Kiernan Shipka's remarkable work on "Mad Men," I'm anxious to see how she reinvents the role of Sabrina Spellman, the titular teenage witch. "Riverdale" executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is on board, and describes the series as being similar to Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist. Couple that with the decidedly dark trailer, and I'm ready to be bewitched. — James M
"WWE Evolution" | Streaming on WWE Network, Sunday, Oct. 28
Professional wrestling — er, "sports entertainment," to use Vince McMahon's preferred nomenclature — is always thrilling and occasionally ridiculous, but rarely historic. That changes with "WWE Evolution," the company's first all-female pay-per-view event (it'll also stream live on the WWE Network). Powered by an influx of new stars like Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, and no small amount of social-media activism, "Evolution" is the culmination of the company's three-year reboot of its formerly maligned "Divas" division, and marks a milestone not only for women's wrestling, but gender equality, too. And you can't fake that. — James M