It’s a niche-heavy month this October, with the widespread release of many indies and smaller studio movies hitting our screens.
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22 Sep 2014 - 12:15 PM  UPDATED 24 Feb 2015 - 10:29 AM

Out October 2

Gone Girl

(USA, drama/mystery)

Director: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
What's it about?
A man's wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. Under mounting pressure from the police and tabloid reporters, his account of their seemingly blissful union soon unravels.

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Haider

(India, drama/romance)

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Starring: Tabu, Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor
What's it about?
An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in Kashmir in the mid-'90s. After Haider’s father dies, the young man returns home to find that his mother has married his uncle.

 

Bang Bang

(India, action/romance)

Director: Siddharth Anand
Starring: Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Ron Smoorenburg
What's it about?
A bank receptionist meets a charming spy by chance, and the two embark on an action-filled adventure.

 

Out October 9

Tusk

(USA, comedy/horror)

Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment
What's it about?
A podcaster travelling to an isolated part of Canada for an interview is sequestrated and tortured by a retired seaman. His best friend and girlfriend go looking for him with the help of an ex-cop.

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Obvious Child

(Comedy, USA)

Director: Gillian Robespierre
Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann
What's it about?
When a twenty-something aspiring comedian loses her job, is dumped by her boyfriend and finds herself unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she suddenly has to face the realities of adulthood and embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

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The Judge

(USA, drama)

Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
What's it about?
A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.

 

Siddharth

(Canada/India, drama)

Director: Richie Mehta
Starring: Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora
What's it about?
When a father learns that his 12-year-old son has been kidnapped by child traffickers, he sets out on a desperate search across India to bring him home safe.

 

Out October 16

Son of a Gun

(Australia, action/crime)

Director: Julius Avery
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander
What's it about?
When a 19-year-old goes to jail for a minor crime, he quickly faces the harsh realities of prison life. He soon finds protection with Australia's most notorious criminal. However, he will have to pay a high price for it.

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Force Majeure

(Sweden/Denmark/Norway, drama)

Director: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren
What's it about?
While holidaying in the Alps, a Swedish family becomes engulfed by an avalanche, but manage to survive. The father's cowardice in reaction to the tragedy ends up haunting his wife.

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Before I Go to Sleep

(UK/France/Sweden, mystery/thriller)

Director: Rowan Joffe
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
What's it about?
Following a traumatic accident, a woman wakes up every morning without remembering anything. One day, a new revelation leads her to doubt everyone around her, including her husband and her doctor.

 

A Walk Among the Tombstones

(USA, crime/mystery)

Director: Scott Frank
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour
What's it about?
An ex-cop, who now works as a private investigator, is hired by a drug lord to track down the men responsible for the brutal murder of his wife.

 

Tammy

(USA, comedy)

Director: Ben Falcone
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates
What's it about?
When a fast food employee gets fired from her job and catches her husband cheating on her, she embarks on a road trip with her foul-mouthed grandmother.

 

John Doe: Vigilante

(Australia, crime/thriller)

Director: Kelly Dolen
Starring: Jamie Bamber, Daniel Lissing, Lachy Hulme
What's it about?
An ordinary man takes the law into his own hands after becoming frustrated with a failing legal system that allows violent criminals to go free, and starts to do justice himself, by killing one criminal at a time.

 

Out October 23

Whiplash

(USA, drama/music)

Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
What's it about?
A young musician, who aspires to become a top jazz drummer, is pushed to his limits by a ruthless teacher.

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Fury

(UK/USA/China, action/war)

Director: David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
What's it about?
In April, 1945, as the Allies make their way to Europe to fight the Germans, an army sergeant leads a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

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This is Where I Leave You

(USA, comedy/drama)

Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda
What's it about?
Four siblings are brought together by the death of their father and have to live in their childhood home for a week with their unrestrained mother.

 

Decoding Annie Parker

(USA, drama)

Director: Steven Bernstein
Starring: Aaron Paul, Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton
What's it about?
The true story of cancer survivor Annie Parker and geneticist Mary-Claire King, who made ground-breaking discoveries on the hereditary aspect of breast cancer in the 1990s.

 

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

(Spain, drama)

Director: David Trueba
Starring: Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
What's it about?
In Spain, in 1966, an English teacher drives to Almeria in the company of two hitch-hikers, in the hopes of meeting his hero John Lennon, who is supposed to be there to shoot a movie.

 

Happy New Year

(India, action/comedy)

Director: Farah Khan
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan
What's it about?
In this musical extravaganza, six 'losers' embark on a mission to perform an ambitious diamond heist.

 

Out October 30

Kill the Messenger

(USA, crime/drama/biography)

Director: Michael Cuesta
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen
What's it about?
The true story of a journalist who, after exposing the CIA’s part in the import of cocaine into the US to finance the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, becomes a target for harassment and scare tactics.

 

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

(France/USA/Canada, adventure/drama)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis
What's it about?
A gifted young boy leaves the family ranch to secretly go cross-country to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute for his invention of a perpetual motion machine.

 

Pride

(UK, drama/comedy/history)

Director: Matthew Warchus
Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West
What's it about?
The true story of gay activists who joined miners on their lengthy strike in 1984 to protest against Margaret Thatcher's reforms, and helped them raise money for their cause.

 

Get On Up

(USA, music/drama/biography)

Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd
What's it about?
A biopic dedicated to James Brown's life and music, from his childhood spent in extreme poverty to his rise as the Godfather of Soul. 

 

John Wick

(China/Canada/USA, action/thriller)

Director: Chad Stahelski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
An ex-hitman hunts down the men who took away the only thing that helped him mourn the death of his wife.

 

Kung Fu Jungle

(China/Hong Kong, action/thriller)

Director: Teddy Chan
Starring: Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Charlie Yeung
What's it about?
A martial arts instructor, jailed for accidentally killing a man, negotiates his release with the police in exchange of his help catching a killer who has been attacking martial art masters.