October is finally here. What would usually be the start of awards season will feel a little different this year, with the unconventional road to the Oscars brought on by COVID-19. Still, there’s some really exciting content coming to streaming AND theaters this month, including a Netflix documentary about David Attenborough that drops October 2. Here’s four more offerings we think are definitely worth checking out this month.
On the Rocks | Apple TV+
Release: October 2
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Rashida Jones, Billy Murray, Marlon Wayans
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray re-team for the first time since the former won an Oscar for 2003’s Lost in Translation. This time, Murray takes a backseat to Rashida Jones, playing a woman who asks her father (Murray) for help to tail her husband (Wayans), who she suspects is cheating on her. Early reviews are strong, and it’s an A24 product, so that should guarantee some baseline level of quality (Hereditary notwithstanding).
The Trial of the Chicago 7 | Netflix
Release: October 16
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton
Aaron Sorkin’s second directorial outing (following 2017’s Molly’s Game) is the hotly anticipated dramatization of the Chicago 7 trial. The true-life incident was sparked by anti-Vietnam protests that made their way through Chicago in an alleged effort to disrupt the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which was being held in the city. Given current events and the fact that Sorkin wanted the movie out before the election, this is going to be one of the most politically charged and talked-about movies of the year, even if there had been a more traditionally full slate. The cast is dynamite and Sorkin is a good director (though an even better writer). Look for this one to make a splash.
Rebecca | Netflix
Release: October 21
Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas
So many questions. Do we need a remake of Rebecca, the Alfred Hitchcock-directed 1940 film that won Best Picture? Fine, do we need a re-adaptation of the book? (Hey, I loved Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo, so I shouldn’t talk.) Are we still trying to make Armie Hammer a leading man? (Seriously, who else has gotten this many chances?) Is Lily James the right actress to play the part of a woman that a rich, debonair man can fall hopelessly in love with? (I don’t mind her, I just don’t get that vibe from her… it’s a tricky part.) Ben Wheatley is an exciting director for this type of project, though. It’s cool to see him move towards the mainstream, with his next movie being the Tomb Raider sequel. Nothing can replace the Hitchcock version, but there’s nothing wrong with being cautiously optimistic that this Rebecca will be a pleasant diversion.
Synchronic | ONLY IN THEATERS
Release: October 23
Director: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan
Sychronic debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year to some noteworthy buzz. Now it’s getting a theatrical release courtesy of Well Go USA. Starring two solid actors and sporting a crazy premise — according to IMDb, “Two New Orleans paramedics’ lives are ripped apart after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects” — Synchronic promises to be an unforgettable trippy thriller.
What are you looking forward to checking out in October? Are you going to be heading into the theaters? Or is there something on Netflix you’re excited for? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.