Quality action movies in October
THE MARTIAN (OCTOBER 1)
In a Ridley Scott action, sci-fi, drama, Matt Damon leads a stellar cast which also includes Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig and Sean Bean.
On a manned mission to Mars, astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a severe storm on the planet and is left behind by the crew. He manages to send a message to them so they can return and rescue him. The story tells of his survival and terrifying ordeal of being left alone on the forbidden planet.
The movie is based on the bestselling novel of the same name and helmed by master scifi director, Ridley Scott ( Alien, Alien 2, Prometheus).
‘‘While The Martian will appeal to sci-fi fans, it will attract a much bigger audience, especially those who enjoy Ridley Scott’s direction,’’ says Paul Wood, CEO of Downtown Cinemas.
PAN (OCTOBER 1)
Hugh Jackman leads a great cast in this movie retelling of the famous Peter Pan story about an orphan who’s spirited away in Never Land. In the movie he finds fun and danger and ultimately discovers his destiny to become the hero who’ll forever be known as Peter Pan.
‘‘This is a great family movie for the school holidays,’’ Paul Wood says.
BLACK MASS (OCTOBER 8)
This R18 movie stars Johnny Depp in a role that critics predict will be an Oscar nomination. He stars as Whitey Bulger, an Irish crime lord who based his operations in South Boston.
It’s set in the 1970s where FBI agent, John Connelly (Joel Edgerton) persuades the mobster to collaborate with the FBI to eliminate a common enemy, the Italian mob.
Black Mass also stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Whitey’s brother, William Bulger. ‘‘This movie, although very violent, promises to deliver a gripping story of a real life criminal,’’ Paul says.
CRIMSON PEAK (OCTOBER 15)
From the mind of director Guillermo del Toro, comes this supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.
While her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood red clay.
Between desire and darkness, mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
Paul predicts the movie will appeal to a wide audience who enjoy this director’s movies.
LEGEND (OCTOBER 15)
Legend is the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray.
Both are played by Tom Hardy is an incredible performance.
Legend, from Academy Award winning director, Brian Helgeland, is a classic, violent crime thriller which takes its audience into the secret history of 1960s London and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.
‘‘Expect an R18 restriction for this classy mobster movie,’’ Paul says.
‘‘It’s my pick of the month.’’
BRIDGE OF SPIES (OCTOBER 22)
Tom Hanks stars as an American attorney tasked with negotiating the release of a U2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia at the height of the Cold War in this historical drama from the DreamWorks studio.
Steven Spielberg directs this riveting thriller which takes the audience through the story of the biographical drama based on the book of the same name.
BURNT (OCTOBER 22)
A line-up of Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson star in Burnt, a movie about a chef called Adam Jones who ‘‘had it all and lost it.’’
Jones is a 2 star Michelin rock star with bad habits to match in the Paris restaurant scene. To land his own kitchen and the third Michelin star, he’ll need the best of the best on his side.
‘‘ Burnt is a remarkable funny and emotional story about the love between two people, the love of food and the power of second chances,’’ Paul Wood says.
ROCK THE KASBAH (OCTOBER 29)
The movie is the story of Richie Vance, a has been rock manager, who takes his remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. It stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel.
When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice. He then manages her to success in Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. Paul Wood describes Rock the
Kasbah as an unusual but humorous movie will appeal to the 30 plus age group.
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