“Jay And Silent Bob Reboot,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Parasite,” And “Western Stars”: Films To See In October


Welcome to October! Yes, we’ve reached the tenth month of the year already. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well, this month is going to be one of the most stacked in some time, as Academy Award contenders of all shapes and sizes are hitting screens. By the end of this month, we’ll know a lot more about this Oscar race, that’s for sure. I’ve seen a handful of these titles already, so can vouch for the quality on hand. This may well be the best month of 2019, and it might not be even close, either. Read on to see what I mean…

Here now are the best cinematic bets for the month of October:

10. Gemini Man – Ang Lee and new technology is always an event, even when the final product is somewhat lacking. Here, some groundbreaking CGI helps render a younger version of Will Smith to fight his older self. The early word is mixed, though this sort of event movie should still do decent business.

9. The Lighthouse – I saw this odd duck a few weeks ago and have been mulling it over since. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are great, though the flick itself is rather confounding. Leave it to Robert Eggers to somehow have his follow up to The Witch make that outing relatively mainstream by comparison…

8. Pain and Glory – I’ve also seen this latest work from Pedro Almodovar, and Antonio Banderas is as good as advertised. I’ll have more to say this week in a full review, but if you’re a fan of this filmmaker, he’s playing to all of his strengths, with a Best International Feature nomination sure to follow (and Banderas is knee deep in the Best Actor race as well) Sit tight for more very soon on this one!

7. Zombieland 2: Double Tap – The sequel finally arrives! The question is, will it be too late for audiences to care? That remains to be seen, but I know I’m actually looking forward to it. Bringing back the entire cast was certainly a coup. If nothing else, this is the sort of project that has the capacity to surprise. Anything is possible, right?

6. Dolemite Is My Name – Netflix launches this biopic into theaters this month, before it finds a home on the streaming service. I saw it last week and can vouch for it being a blast, with a top notch Eddie Murphy performance. The streaming service definitely has a crowd pleaser on their hands. More on this one in a day or two when I put a review up, so stay tuned!

5. Western Stars – Last month I saw this concert film, and you’ve already seen my rave review. Bruce Springsteen plays a live version of his latest album Western Stars, while also ruminating on his life. Springsteen co-directs, which is of extra interest for many. Plus, as good as the album is, his encore, featuring a cover of Rhinestone Cowboy, is just the best. This is a must see for any fan of The Boss, plain and simple.

4. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot – It’s no secret I’m a huge Kevin Smith fan. So, this sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back decidedly has my attention. Smith was able to get just about everyone he’s ever worked with back for this one, including Ben Affleck, so the cameo count should be stunning. Expect more on this one once I see it…

3. Jojo Rabbit – The frontrunner for Best Picture? That remains to be seen, but the Academy seems poised to embrace Taika Waititi’s satire in a big way. One thing is for sure, voters are going to pay attention to this one. I see it next week, so expect a full write up then. In the meantime, speculate away about its awards prospects!

2. Joker – I’m about to see this controversial new look at a classic villain (possibly as you’re reading this), and I’m utterly fascinated. A full fledged review, potentially as early as tomorrow, will get into it, but right now, it seems like Joaquin Phoenix is a threat to win the Oscar in Best Actor for this turn. More on the movie shortly…

1. Parasite – Believe every bit of the hype. Not only is this a big time Academy Award contender and a legitimate threat in Best Picture, it’s simply one of the best films of 2019, bar none. Bong Joon Ho firmly establishes himself as a cinematic master, perfectly controlling this tricky material. Expect a rave next week as well, since this is one of the year’s crowning achievements.

Honorable Mentions: The Addams Family, Along Came the Devil 2, The Current War, Frankie, Jexi, The Kill Team, The King, The Laundromat, Little Monsters, Lucy in the Sky, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Memory: The Origins of Alien, Mister America, Semper Fi, and Synonyms

Be sure to check out these various films all throughout the month of October!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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