Films to watch in October

Blade Runner returns and Stalin kicks the bucket

Blade Runner 2049 (15)

The initial reviews have been astonishingly good for the long-anticipated Blade Runner sequel. From October 6, cinema-goers can decide for themselves whether the wait has been worth it. Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard, with Ryan Gosling co-starring and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve running the show. Released on October 6

The Death of Stalin (15)

Armando Iannucci’s new film, which tells the story of Stalin’s death and the chaotic power struggle that followed it, will surely rank as one of the films of the year. It manages to be both hilarious, packed with trademark zingy dialogue and physical comedy, and genuinely horrific, as mass murder is conducted with a chilling and bureaucratic efficiency. The stellar cast, including Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale and Michael Palin, rise to the occasion brilliantly. Released on October 20

Loving Vincent (12)

This is the world’s first ‘oil painted film’ – an animated movie about the life of Vincent van Gogh. The images have been painted in the style of the great artist and Loving Vincent, at the very least, will look like nothing else you see this year. Released on October 13

Thor: Ragnarok (12A)


The third instalment in Marvel’s Thor saga sees Chris Hemsworth return as the hammer-swinging hero and Tom Hiddlestone back as his arch-enemy, Loki. The film also pits Thor against the Incredible Hulk and Hela, a ‘Goddess of death’ played by Cate Blanchett. Not exactly a walk in park, in other words. Released on October 27

Breathe (12A)


The Crown’s Claire Foy devotes herself to paralysed husband Andrew Garfield in this true life tale which sees Lord of the Rings’ Andy Serkis make his directorial debut. Frustrated by being stuck in hospital on a respirator, Robin urges Diana to look after him at home, which she does, despite warnings to the contrary from his doctors. What follows is an upbeat triumph amid tragedy story that just about avoids drifting into into mawkishness thanks to Serkis’s breezy handling of the material and fine performances from the leads and a supporting cast that includes Diana Rigg, Tom Hollander (playing a set of identical twins) and Hugh Bonneville. Released on October 27


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