An astronaut (Matt Damon) finds himself stranded on Mars after a human mission goes awry and he is left behind by his crew. He fights for survival as scientists all around the world collaborate in an effort to bring him home.
Boasting of an impressive ensemble cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, and Kate Mara, The Martian marks an impressive return to form for director Ridley Scott. The film premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival, raking in positive reviews from critics, who deemed it “smart, thrilling, and surprisingly funny.”
The Martian opens in the U.S. on October 2.
The Final Girls
What would October be without a good slasher flick? Capitalizing on the resurgence of the horror comedy genre, The Final Girls follows a group of high schoolers who find themselves mysteriously transported into a 1980s horror film. Featuring fresh young Hollywood starlets Taissa Farmiga, Nina Dobrev, and Alia Shawkat, The Final Girls is a creative, self-mocking homage to classic slasher movies.
The Final Girls opens in limited release on October 9.
A Gothic-era romantic horror film set in 19th-century Northern England, Crimson Peak follows young author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) as she slowly discovers that her dashing new husband (Tom Hiddleston) is not all he appears to be.
Helmed by master auteur Guillermo del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak has been described by critics as a “blood-soaked Age of Innocence,” with horror pioneer Stephen King calling it “gorgeous and just fucking terrifying.”
Releasing nationwide on October 16, Crimson Peak will deliver thrills and screams just in time for Halloween. Watch if you dare!
Danny Boyle’s much-awaited biopic on Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs will finally arrive in theaters nationwide on October 23. Written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender in the titular role, the story unfolds in three 30-minute scenes that span 16 years of Jobs’ life.
Certified fresh with a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Steve Jobs is the second major biopic to be released since the tech legend’s death in 2011.
If you want to round out your October with some filmy feminism, check out Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette. Starring powerhouse performers Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, and Helena Bonham Carter, the film centers on the early members of the British women’s suffrage movement.
Suffragette is the first film in history to be shot in the Houses of Parliament. Another fun fact: Helena Bonham Carter, who plays feminist icon Edith Ellyn in the film, is the real life great-granddaughter of British Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, an opponent of the women’s suffrage movement during is prime years. Talk about coming full circle!
Suffragette is set for a limited theatrical release on October 23.