The Month in Films: October 2017

With the cooler weather moving in, we no longer have to feel guilty about spending time inside on a sunny day, so if you fancy a trip to the cinema, take a look at some new releases for October.

Blade Runner 2049

The highly anticipated sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner sees a star-studded cast including Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Harrison Ford grace our screens in this dystopian thriller. Just as the 1980s film played on contemporary fears, Blade Runner 2049 deals with today’s anxieties surrounding artificial intelligence and social relations in the digital age. The protagonist, K, has only one companion, a holographic girlfriend named Joi with whom he has an extremely sincere relationship. In this dystopian world, the distinction between human and mechanical is blurred, leading us to question whether our society is in danger of losing its grasp on reality.

Release Date: 6th October


Filming problems have meant that the release of this big-budget disaster movie has been put back by a whole year, but the wait is soon to be over. The film is set in the future, at a point when humans have built satellites that can control the weather, however when these start to turn against Earth and humanity, chaos and destruction ensues. This movie looks to be a CGI filled potential epic but could equally prove to be another misstep in the career of Gerard Butler.

Release Date: 20th October

The Death of Stalin

Armando Ianucci’s latest film is a dark satirical comedy that imagines the days following Stalin’s death in 1953. It has already been acclaimed for its impressive cast and witty take on the political manoeuvrings of the Communist Party. However it has come under scrutiny from the Russian Government, who are considering banning it within their country over fears that it represents a Western attempt to destabilise Russia as it could lead to violent protests.

Release Date: 20th October

The Mountain Between Us

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba play two strangers who end up fighting for survival on a snowy mountain range at sub-zero temperatures following a plane crash. In their isolation, a love story emerges between the pair, who are accompanied only by the cheerful dog belonging to their dead pilot.

Release Date: 6th October

The Snowman

Tomas Alfredson’s  The Snowman, which is being released in good time for Halloween, looks to be a chillingly terrifying watch. Starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role, he, alongside Rebecca Ferguson, investigate the return of the elusive snowman killer, so called because he leaves a snowman at his crime scenes.

Release Date: 13th October

Thor Rangorak

Chris Hemsworth is reprising his title role for the third Thor film, which follows his race to return to Asgard from the other side of the universe, where he is imprisoned, to stop the destruction of his home world. There has been much excitement about the fact that this film will see Marvel’s first female villain, Hela the Goddess of Death, who is being played by Cate Blanchett. Marvel studios are also continuing their STEM challenge with this film, which is competition designed to encourage girls to participate in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
With a cameo from Dr Strange and an intense battle with the Hulk teased in the trailer, this film looks sure to delight Marvel fans with plenty of action. The UK release date is a whole 10 days before the international one, so we’ll be the first to experience the thrills of Marvel’s latest creation.

Release Date: 24th October

Words by Ella Khalek 

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