Below is a list of movies I've compiled that are to be released this month. Some have impressive casts or big budgets, but most are independent films that struggle for attention.
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October 3 - In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of E.T. and release on Blu-ray for the first time on October 9th, the film will be in theaters for one day only at select theaters nationwide for “TCM Presents E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 30th Anniversary Event."
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- Frankenweenie - Cinemit Screenings! <-----
Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short, Directed by Tim Burton
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
- Pitch Perfect - screened for Cinemit members
Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
- Taken 2 - Cinemit Screenings! <-----
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace
In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
- Butter - also available On Demand - iTunes, Amazon, Vudu
Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman
In small-town Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest.
- *Decoding Deepak - also available On Demand
Deepak Chopra's son, Gotham, spends a year traveling with this father in an attempt to resolve the spiritual icon he is to the world with the man known to his family.
- Fat Kid Rules the World - NY release
Directed by Matthew Lillard
A drop out comes to the aid of a chubby and suicidal high-school kid by recruiting him as the drummer for his upstart punk-rock band.
- The House I Live In
Documentary directed by Eugene Jarecki
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
- Liberal Arts - screened for Cinemit members!
Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen and Zac Efron
When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.
- The Oranges - check Showtimes in your area
The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.
- The Paperboy - selection of the New York Film Festival
Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and John Cusack
A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.
- Sinister - Cinemit Screenings! <-----
Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone
Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
- Sister (L'enfant d'en haut) - NYC - check for showtimes
A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.
- Argo - Cinemit Screenings! <-----
Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
- Here Comes the Boom - Cinemit Screenings! <-----
Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler
A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.
- Seven Psychopaths - Cinemit Screenings! <-----
Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
- 3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom - available to rent on iTunes
Charlie Hunnam, Lizzy Caplan and Whitney Cummings
Frank Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed, and humiliated by his brother Bruce -- usually on film -- his entire life. Now that Bruce is finally off drugs and has turned his life around, things should be different. They are not.
- Atlas Shrugged: Part II
Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe and Esai Morales
With the global economy on the brink of collapse, Dagny Taggart discovers what might be the answer to a mounting energy crisis and races against the clock to prevent the motor of the World from being stopped for good.
- Excuse Me for Living - available On Demand same day
Tom Pelphrey, Christopher Lloyd and Robert Vaughn
A charming, suicidal druggie must obey his rehab-clinic's demand to lead a seniors men's group or face incarceration and lose the love of his psychiatrist's daughter.
- Grave Encounters 2
A film student who is obsessed with the movie Grave Encounters sets out with his friends to visit the psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film.
- The Iran Job - Now playing in L.A. - opens in NYC - IFC Center
A documentary that follows one year in the life of American pro basketball player Kevin Sheppard, who signed on to play for the upstart Iranian Super League team A.S. Shiraz.
- Middle of Nowhere - winner of directing award at Sundance Film Festival
When her husband is sentenced to 8 years in prison, Rudy drops out of med school in order to focus on her husband's well being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
- Photographic Memory - NYC-IFC Center
A meditation on the passing of time, the praxis of photography and film, and the digital versus analog divide.
- Simon & the Oaks - NYC - The Paris Theater, opens in L.A. Oct 19
Two boys come of age in Sweden during World War II.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer
A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.
- Special Forces - Cinemit Screenings! <-----
Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoît Magimel
A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.
- The Thieves - NYC (Empire 25/RIDGEFIELD PARK 12/BAY TERRACE 6), L.A. (CGV CINEMAS/Atlantic Times 14) and Toronto, Seattle, San Diego, San Franciscio, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and more to follow
In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job
- War of the Buttons
In occupied France, Lebrac leads a play war between two rival kid gangs, but his feelings for Violette, a Jewish girl in danger of being discovered by the Nazis, encourage Lebrac to face the reality of what's happening around him.
- Alex Cross
Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox and Rachel Nichols
A detective is told that a member of his family has been murdered. He vows to track down the killer.
- Paranormal Activity 4
- All Together (Et si on vivait tous ensemble?)
Five old friends decide to move in together as an alternate to living in a retirement home; joining them is an ethnology student whose thesis is on the aging population.
- Bestiaire - featured at Toronto International Film Festival & Sundance Film Festival
Visionary filmmaker Denis Côté (Curling) offers a strikingly beautiful contemplation of the caged denizens of a zoo in this intriguing cinematic inquiry into the mysterious rapport and insuperable gulf between animals and humans.
- Brooklyn Castle
Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.
- The First Time
A romantic comedy centered on the first weekend of a fledgling romance between two high school kids.
- The Flat
What begins with the emptying out of a flat develops into a riveting adventure, involving unexpected national interests, a friendship that crosses enemy lines, and deeply repressed family emotions.
- My Worst Nightmare
Agathe lives with her husband and son in a posh apartment in front of the Parc du Luxembourg. Patrick lives with his son in the back of a van.
- Nobody Walks - NYC-Landmark Sunshine Cinema
Olivia Thirlby, John Krasinski and Jane Levy
A family takes in a young artist into their home.
- The Sessions - Cinemit Screenings! <-----
John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.
Yoga was brought to the west from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there's a generation of women who are leading the way and they're radically changing people's lives.
- Chasing Mavericks
Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler and Elisabeth Shue
When young Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.
- Cloud Atlas
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
- Fun Size
Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville and Chelsea Handler
Wren's plan to attend a huge Halloween party thrown by the guy she likes goes awry when she's put in charge of her oddball little brother, who quickly wanders off on his own.
- Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell and Carrie-Anne Moss
When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.
- The Loneliest Planet (NYC - IFC Center)
A local guide takes a young couple through a twisted backpacking trip across the Georgian wilderness.
- *Long Shot (NYC-Quad Cinema)
Hoop Dreams meets Murderball in the uplifting documentary, Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story. A serendipitous meeting at an AAU event with opposing coach and filmmaker, Franklin Martin, led to the inception of this documentary.
In London, a drug pusher's life spins out of control over the course of one week.
What are you looking forward to?