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The Must-See Films of October 2019

The Must-See Movies of October 2019

The Must-See Films of October 2019

(09/30/2019)

If you’re looking for a change of scenery this fall, there are plenty of new movies to choose from. This October brings an assortment of cinematic goods, whether you’re in the mood for spooky fun (THE ADDAMS FAMILY), iconic villains (JOKER and MALEFICENT), sci-fi drama (LUCY IN THE SKY), or sci-fi action, courtesy of Will Smith (GEMINI MAN).

Here are all the big movies coming to Cinemark in October.

October 4

Joker

Joker

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]


The Story: In JOKER, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a failed comedian who can’t seem to catch a break. Rejected by society, beat up by thugs, and mocked by a late-night talk show host (Robert De Niro), Arthur is pushed past the point of madness, and he develops a violent new persona which captures the imagination of Gotham City.

Why We're Excited: One of our greatest working actors takes on one of pop culture’s greatest villains, as Joaquin Phoenix undergoes a startling transformation into Batman’s arch-nemesis, the Joker. The gritty origin story, which pays tribute to Martin Scorsese classics like TAXI DRIVER and THE KING OF COMEDY, comes from a rather surprising director: Todd Phillips, whose credits include THE HANGOVER trilogy and OLD SCHOOL.

Lucy in the Sky

Lucy in the Sky

[Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]


The Story: Astronaut Lucy (Natalie Portman) returns from an awe-inspiring mission in space only to realize that her life on Earth pales in comparison. As Lucy loses her grip on reality, she embarks on an affair with a fellow astronaut (Jon Hamm) that sends her spiraling out of control.

Why We're Excited: “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley is one of the most exciting and interesting pop culture storytellers currently working. With LUCY IN THE SKY, Hawley takes a sensational tabloid headline and turns it into a very human sci-fi story with the help of Dan Stevens (who also stars on Hawley’s “Legion” series) and Zazie Beetz (DEADPOOL 2).

October 11

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

[Image Credit: MGM]


The Story: They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky – you know how it goes, they’re the Addams family! After 25 years, they’re finally returning to the big screen this fall in their very first animated film. Parents Gomez and Morticia, their mischievous children Wednesday and Pugsley, and all their memorable friends and relatives are back — and kookier than ever.

Why We're Excited: THE ADDAMS FAMILY comes from the makers of SAUSAGE PARTY, so you know it’s going to be a hilarious and macabre experience. And the voice cast is absolutely stacked with stars, including Charlize Theron as Morticia, Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, and more.

Gemini Man

Gemini Man

[Image Credit: Paramount Pictures]


The Story: Will Smith stars as Henry Brogan, a highly-skilled assassin who’s hoping to retire and leave his dangerous career behind. Unfortunately, someone has other ideas: A younger clone (also Will Smith) is sent to kill Henry, leading him on a wild, action-packed journey to confront his former mentor (Clive Owen).

Why We're Excited: We get to see Will Smith versus Will Smith, and it doesn’t get much better than that. With advanced special effects never before used in film, director Ang Lee (LIFE OF PI) created an actual digital clone of Smith to perform opposite the actor in this mind-blowing action sci-fi epic.

Jexi

Jexi

[Image Credit: CBS Films / Lionsgate]


The Story: Like most of us, Phil (Adam Devine, PITCH PERFECT) can’t seem to put his phone down, especially after he purchases the latest smartphone with advanced artificial intelligence. But Phil’s in for a rude awakening when he discovers his phone has a mind of its own… and she’s dangerously obsessed with him.

Why We're Excited: JEXI is like the comedy version of HER, the 2013 drama about a man who develops a romantic relationship with an artificial intelligence. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (BAD MOMS), JEXI explores a simple concept, our obsession with technology, in a clever new way.

October 18

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

[Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]


The Story: In this long-awaited sequel to 2014’s MALEFICENT, the fate of the classic SLEEPING BEAUTY villain (Angelina Jolie) remains entwined with that of her goddaughter, Aurora (Elle Fanning). Now, the pair contend with an upcoming marriage, and new friends and foes.

Why We're Excited: Angelina Jolie was an absolute delight in the first MALEFICENT. She turned a cartoon villain into a fascinating and complex character. She’s joined in Disney’s latest live-action adventure by the great Michelle Pfeiffer, and their two characters engage in an epic battle of wills.

Parasite

Parasite

[Image Credit: NEON]


The Story: After teen Ki-woo accepts work as a tutor for the daughter of the very wealthy Park family, his lower-class family members become obsessed with how the other half lives. Soon, each member finds an increasingly absurd way to con themselves out of their crummy life and into the Park household.

Why We're Excited: PARASITE took home the most prestigious award at the Cannes film festival, which might lead you to believe that it’s more of an awards-season drama. But the latest movie from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (SNOWPIERCER) is actually a dark, thought-provoking comedy about class differences, featuring a great cast and many unforgettable moments.

Zombieland: Double Tap

Zombieland: Double Tap

[Image Credit: Sony Pictures]


The Story: 10 years after the first ZOMBIELAND brought them together, DOUBLE TAP reunites Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). They face off with the undead once again, as they struggle to make a new life for themselves in what’s left of America.

Why We're Excited: The whole gang is back in this long-awaited sequel to one of the best horror comedies of all time, and they’re meeting some exciting new friends along the way. New cast members include Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, and Thomas Middleditch. It’ll be hard to top that amazing Bill Murray cameo from the first movie, but we’re excited to see how they pull it off.

October 25

Black and Blue

Black and Blue

[Image Credit: Sony Pictures]


The Story: After capturing the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam, a rookie police officer (Naomie Harris) is forced to go on the run from the corrupt cops who want to silence her and the criminals who want revenge.

Why We're Excited: In the intense drama of BLACK AND BLUE, Naomie Harris is joined by a cast that includes Tyrese Gibson (FAST & FURIOUS), Frank Grillo (THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR), and Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”). Deon Taylor, the filmmaker who did the effective thriller, THE INTRUDER, directs.

Countdown

Countdown

[Image Credit: STX Films]


The Story: When Quinn downloads a new app that claims to predict exactly when a user will die, she discovers that she only has three days to live. As the app continues its foreboding countdown and a mysterious figure haunts her, Quinn embarks on a pulse-pounding race against the clock.

Why We're Excited: Elizabeth Lail was excellent on the Netflix thriller series “You,” and in COUNTDOWN it sounds like she’s facing another twist-laded mystery. The film is the feature directorial debut from Justin Dec, who previously worked on shows like “Dexter” and “Burn Notice,” and we’re eager to see what this newcomer has to offer. This is part of the Fall Film Challenge — click here for more details!

The Current War

The Current War

[Image Credit: 101 Studios]


The Story: This 19th century historical drama recounts the riveting battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. The genius inventors engaged in a public war to determine whose electrical system would be presented at the Chicago World’s Fair, and therefore which would go on to power the world.

Why We're Excited: THE CURRENT WAR reunites Marvel Cinematic Universe pals Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland, and co-stars Michael Shannon (THE SHAPE OF WATER) and Katherine Waterston (FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM). It’s also directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who previously delivered a knockout with ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL.



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