16 Movies to Catch in Theaters This October

October brings a diverse mix of action-packed thrillers, romantic dramas, and potential awards season contenders to theaters. Here are 16 movies to check out this month.

Men, Women, and Children – October 1

This ensemble dramedy from director Jason Reitman is based on Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name and features a large cast that includes Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, and Dean Norris. The film chronicles how the modern Internet age has not only affected everyone’s ability to communicate offline but also changed the nature of relationships between friends and couples both young and old. The movie premieres in limited release on October 1 before expanding nationwide on October 17.


Annabelle – October 3

The horror flick, directed by John Leonetti, stars Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Tony Amendola, and Alfre Woodard. It follows the story of a husband who buys what he thinks is the perfect gift for his expectant wife — a rare vintage doll in all white named Annabelle. But what started off as a well-intentioned present turns into something much more terrifying when the seemingly innocent, pigtailed doll becomes possessed by a demon and starts threatening the young couple, as well as their newborn baby.


Gone Girl – October 3

The highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling book stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, a husband who becomes the prime suspect in the high-profile case of his missing wife, Amy (played by Rosamund Pike). Though the two seemed like the perfect couple prior to her disappearance, the investigation reveals that their marriage isn’t as happy as it seems. Neil Patrick Harris co-stars as Desi, one of Amy’s ex-boyfriends who seems to display all too much interest in the case. Directed by David Fincher, the movie is already getting widely positive reviews.


The Hero of Color City – October 3

The animated flick chronicles the adventure of a diverse group of crayons that come alive in a little boy’s room when he drifts off to sleep. But the group is forced to protect their home of Color City after Yellow, one of the most timid and fearful crayons, accidentally awakens two unfinished drawings that terrorize the town. In order help protect her home, Yellow becomes friends with the drawing of Ricky the Dragon. Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, Craig Ferguson, Owen Wilson, and Arsenio Hall lend their voices to the film.


Left Behind – October 3

The upcoming apocalyptic thriller is based on the series of novels of the same name written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Starring Nicolas Cage, Cassi Thomson, Chad Michael Murray, Nicky Whelan, and Jordin Sparks, the movie follows a small group of survivors — including a pilot, his daughter, and a world-renowned journalist — who are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish, leaving the world in a state of chaos and destruction. The film is a reboot of the 2005 Christian-based Kirk Cameron film of the same name.


Addicted – October 10

Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, and William Levy star in this upcoming movie about a woman who puts both her career and seemingly perfect life with her husband and kids in serious jeopardy after she gives into her own temptations and becomes embroiled in numerous affairs with other men, including one with a sexy artist (Levy). The affairs put her on a dangerous path that could cost her both her marriage and her own life. The movie is based on author Zane’s bestselling 2001 erotic thriller novel.


Dracula Untold – October 10

This flick follows the origin story of Vlad Tepes, the man who eventually goes on to become Dracula. Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Tepes tries to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces without becoming one himself, but it’s only a matter of time before he goes over to the dark side, as well. The movie stars Luke Evans in the lead role, with Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, and Charles Dance as co-stars.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – October 10

Directed by Miguel Arteta and based on Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book of the same name, the movie follows Alexander on the eve of his birthday as he wishes his family would have a similar experience to his own slew of really bad days. Ed Oxenbould stars in the lead role of the unlucky Alexander, while Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play his parents, who must try to survive their own terrible day as his wish comes to fruition.


The Judge – October 10

Robert Downey Jr. gets serious in this upcoming movie, in which he plays city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home after his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. In order to clear his father’s name, Hank launches his own investigation to uncover the truth. Along the way, he reconnects with the family he has been estranged from for years. The movie stars Robert Duvall as Hank’s accused father, as well as Vera Farmiga.


One Chance – October 10

This movie follows the true story of Paul Potts, who is a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. His life changes forever after he is chosen to compete on the reality show Britain’s Got Talent, eventually going on to beat out all the other participants, win the show, and become an overnight sensation. James Corden stars in the film as Paul alongside co-stars Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, and Colm Meaney.


The Best of Me – October 17

The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, based on the bestselling 2011 novel of the same name, features Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after they return to their small town for the funeral of a mutual friend. It’s the first time they’ve seen each other in 20 years, and the reunion quickly ignites the former spark between them, but the same forces that once drove them apart may prove to be a problem the second time around, as well.


Fury – October 17

Brad Pitt stars alongside Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf in this film, set in April 1945, as the Allies make their final push in the European theater. Pitt plays a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy, who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. With not enough weapons or soldiers on their side, Wardaddy and his men must fight against all odds in a heroic attempt to strike at the driving forces in Nazi Germany.


The Book of Life – October 17

Voiced by stars like Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, and Zoe Saldana, the upcoming 3-D computer-animated adventure comedy follows the story of Manolo, a young man torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his own heart. Eventually, the dreamer decides to embark on a life-changing adventure, one that spans three different magic and mythical worlds, during which he must face his greatest fears in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.


John Wick – October 24

The upcoming action thriller follows an ex-hitman in New York City who tries to cope with his wife’s death by finding companionship in a puppy she left behind. When a Russian crime lord murders the beloved dog — one of the last ties he had to his wife — John Wick comes out of retirement for one last time in order to get his revenge. As the reformed killer gradually gets to his target, he takes down anyone standing in his way. The movie stars Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, and Willem Dafoe.


Ouija – October 24

After a girl is mysteriously killed while recording herself playing with an old Ouija board, a close group of friends decides to investigate the board. Once they awaken the dark powers of the ancient spirit, the group is forced to confront their most terrifying fears. Directed by Stiles White and co-written with Juliet Snowden, the supernatural film marks the first horror film from Hasbro properties and stars Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Olivia Cook, Ana Coto, Bianco. A Santos, Erin Moriarty, and Vivis Colombetti.


Nightcrawler – October 31

Jake Gyllenhaal takes a seriously dark turn in this much-discussed crime thriller. Marking Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, the movie stars Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the fast-paced world of crime journalism in the underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who document crashes, fires, and murder, Lou muscles his way into the cutthroat and sometimes dangerous realm of nightcrawling, and with the help of a local TV news reporter (Rene Russo), even begins thriving in the field. But his reckless search for footage eventually turns him into the star of his own story.

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