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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 2; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 2; What Will You See?

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The Martian
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Peña, Aksel Hennie, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, Naomi Scott, Lili Bordan, Gruffudd Glyn
Synopsis: “During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (20 reviews)


The Walk

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz, James Badge Dale, Steve Valentine, Mark Camacho, Sergio Di Zio, Clément Sibony, Kwasi Songui, Melantha Blackthorne, Benedict Samuel, Jason Blicker, Larry Day, Karl Graboshas
Synopsis: “As a boy, Philippe Petit dreams of performing daring feats for dazzled crowds. As an adult, his life’s ambition comes true when he becomes a high-wire artist who stares death in the face with every step. Under the guidance of mentor Papa Rudy, the daredevil devises a plan to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. With help from his team and against all odds, Petit attempts the seemingly impossible stunt on Aug. 7, 1974.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: IMAX Screens

Limited

Addicted to Fresno
Director: Jamie Babbit
Cast: Judy Greer, Aubrey Plaza, Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Ron Livingston, Allison Tolman, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jessica St. Clair, Malcolm Barrett, Michael Hitchcock
Synopsis: “A comedy about co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno, CA. Shannon is fresh out of sex rehab when her younger, overly optimistic lesbian sister Martha lands her a job as a maid at Fresno Suites, the local hotel. When Shannon jeopardizes her fresh start by accidentally killing a hotel guest after a post-rehab relapse, Martha goes to great lengths to help her sister cover up the crime. Shannon finally learns to take responsibility for her actions, and the sisters begin to resolve their tortured relationship.” [SXSW Film Festival] 
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC


A Christmas Horror Story
Directors: Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban & Brett Sullivan
Cast: William Shatner, George Buza, Percy Hynes White
Synopsis: “Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus – the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children – is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets


The Creeping Garden
Director: Tim Grabham & Jasper Sharp
Synopsis: “A feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, working in the UK, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould. The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film will also travel out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat with dedicated amateurs and experts alike.”
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to fourteen additional markets through the end of November)


Deathgasm
Director: Jason Lei Howden
Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley, Delaney Tabron, Stephen Ure
Synopsis: “New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis)


Freeheld
Director: Peter Sollett
Cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell, Josh Charles, Luke Grimes, Mary Birdsong, Dennis Boutsikaris, Skipp Sudduth, Jeannine Kaspar, Tom McGowan, Kevin O’Rourke
Synopsis: “New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, San Antonio, San Francisco and Seattle)


Godspeed: The Story of Page Jones

Director: Luann Barry
Synopsis: “A journey into the racing dynasty of the Jones family. Parnelli Jones, winner of the 1963 Indy 500 and a legendary figure in the motor sports racing world, paves the way for his sons, Page and PJ, to follow in his footsteps. Then, during one fateful race young Page suffers a life-threatening traumatic brain injury (TBI). ‘Godspeed’ chronicles 21 years of Page’s recovery. In devoting themselves to Page’s rehabilitation, the Jones Family redefines victory and their own legacy.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


Gravy
Director: James Roday
Cast: Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, Sutton Foster, Lily Cole, Molly Ephraim, Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Silverman, Paul Rodriguez, Gabriel Luna
Synopsis: “On Halloween night, a trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and force the staff to engage in a late night of gluttony. The only caveat is what’s on the menu…and who will survive ’til morning!”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles


He Named Me Malala

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Cast: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toorpekai Yousafzai, Khushal Yousafzai, Atal Yousafzai
Synopsis: “A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide throughout October)


Hell & Back

Director: Tom Gianas & Ross Shuman
Cast: Mila Kunis, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Coolidge, Danny McBride, Michael Peña, Rob Riggle, Nick Swardson, Kumail Nanjiani, David Koechner, Paul Scheer, Brian Posehn, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Dana Snyder, Maria Bamford, Lance Bass, John Farley, Seth Morris, Greg Proops, Jay Johnston, Kyle Kinane, JB Smoove
Synopsis: “Three friends embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own. While navigating their escape, they provoke a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy angel, infamous Greek legends, and the Devil himself; Hell has never been hotter!”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets


Labyrinth of Lies

Director: Giulio Ricciarelli
Cast: Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski, Friederike Becht, Gert Voss
Synopsis: “‘Labyrinth of Lies’ illuminates an often-forgotten yet key historical period in post WW2, and casts light on how, despite the infamy of the Nuremberg trials, much of post-war Germany denied its war crimes. Starting in 1958, it is the tale of a young principled prosecutor, Johann Radmann who investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of ‘very normal Germans’ who had actively facilitated the Final Solution at Auschwitz, but remained unpunished, and ignored, long after the war ended. Prompted by a tip from a reporter, he discovers that certain prominent institutions and branches of government are entangled in a conspiracy to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II. The five-year investigation led to the 1963-1965 Frankfurt Auschwitz trial.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities)


Manhattan Romance

Director: Tom O’Brien
Cast: Tom O’Brien, Katherine Waterston, Caitlin FitzGerald, Gaby Hoffmann, Zach Grenier
Synopsis: “Danny, a commercial editor and documentary filmmaker attempts to finish his film, a study on relationship while navigating the relationships in his own life. Will he continue to chase the unattainable Theresa a hippy new age dancer or will he finally admit he’s in love with his best friend Carla who is in an unfulfilling relationship with a political strategist?”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco


Narcopolis

Director: Justin Trefgarne
Cast: Elliot Cowan, Elodie Yung, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Bathurst, James Callis, Cosima Shaw, Molly Gaisford, Louis Trefgarne, Gethin Anthony, Harry Lloyd, Josef Altin
Synopsis: “In the near future, Frank Grieves is a new breed of police officer working in a city where all recreational drugs are legal. When he is taken off a case involving an unidentified corpse, he discovers that legalization has come at a price.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


Partisan

Director: Ariel Kleiman
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel, Florence Mezzara
Synopsis: “The charismatic Gregori saunters into a hospital maternity ward and charms new mother Susanna. Eleven years later, she and her son Alexander live in Gregori’s closed community, sheltering vulnerable women and their brood in a haven isolated from the outside world. Alexander is Gregori’s prize pupil, eldest son, and star employee in the cottage industry—in which the kids are trained to run dangerous errands to provide for the group—but Gregori feels threatened by the boy’s inquisitive nature, struck by the fear that his child might not love him anymore. Meanwhile, Alexander begins to think for himself.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle)


Pink and Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer

Director: Alan M. Blassberg
Synopsis: “An emotional journey that takes us through the lives of women —and men — who are dealing with genetic mutations (BRCA 1 and 2) and their related hereditary cancers. We meet the doctors and their patients who make the tough decisions on whether to have preventative surgeries or not.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


Shanghai

Director: Mikael Håfström
Cast: John Cusack, Gong Li, Ken Watanabe, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Synopsis: “Nothing is what it seems in this Casablanca-style international thriller set in the ancient Chinese city a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. Secret Agent Paul Soames has just arrived to investigate the murder of his best friend, only to become quickly immersed in a web of conspiracy and lies that beset the city. Shadowed by a Japanese intelligence officer Tanaka, Soames’ investigation quickly centers on a charismatic local gangster, Anthony Lanting – and Lanting’s beautiful wife, Anna. Before long, Soames and Anna are involved in an affair that will put everything they have at stake. As national loyalties are traded fast-and-loose for those of the heart, Soames and Anna must race to solve the mystery and make it out of occupied China before the city’s collapse.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets


Shark Lake

Director: Jerry Dugan
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, James Chalke, Sara Malakul Lane, Michael Aaron Milligan, Ibrahim Renno Jr., Miles Doleac, Melissa Bolona, Lance E. Nichols, Ted Ferguson, Kelsey Deanne, John Ceallach, Carol Ann Scruggs, Kim Baptiste, Ele Bardha
Synopsis: “Meredith Hendricks happens to be the best cop in her quiet town on Lake Tahoe. When a black-market exotic species dealer named Clint is paroled from prison, something he let loose begins to make its presence known. Swimmers and land-lovers alike begin to become part of the food chain at an unbelievable rate. Meredith and her team discover that they’re not just hunting one eating machine, but a whole family of them. Not everyone will make it out alive, but those who do will never forget this summer at Shark Lake.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Miami


Sherpa

Director: Jennifer Peedom
Synopsis: “Mount Everest inspires numerous stories putting foreign climbers at the peak of attention. ‘Sherpa’ shifts the focus to the Himalayan locals who do most of the heavy lifting on the mountain they call Chomolungma. Veteran director Jennifer Peedom follows an expedition with Phurba Tashi Sherpa, preparing for his world record-setting 22nd ascent as a guide. Shot in 2014, the film also documents unprecedented upheaval as an avalanche kills sixteen Sherpas and the tragedy incites others to challenge the status quo.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles


Shout Gladi Gladi

Director: Adam Friedman & Iain Kennedy
Synopsis: “Narrated by Academy Award® winning actress Meryl Streep, ‘Shout Gladi Gladi’ celebrates the extraordinary people who rescue African women and girls from obstetric fistula, a medical condition that can turn them into reviled outcasts. Directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy, and filmed in Malawi and Sierra Leone, the film spotlights the quest of Ann Gloag, the indefatigable philanthropist and former nurse who drives the movement to save these vulnerable women, and presents the patients as they tell stirring tales of their struggles and triumphs.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (opens in San Francisco on October 9th)


Taxi

Director: Jafar Panahi
Synopsis: “A yellow cab is driving through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran. Very diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio captures the spirit of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive.” [Berlin International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on October 9th, expands to various cities through the end of November)


This is Happening

Director: Ryan Jaffe
Cast: Cloris Leachman, Mickey Sumner, James Wolk, Judd Nelson
Synopsis: “The story of an estranged brother and sister forced to go on the road together to track down their fugitive grandmother. What begins as a comedic tale of a broken family forced to come together under the pressures of an absentee father evolves into a journey about learning to find your family in order to find yourself.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


Vegas Vikings

Director: Christian Schoyen
Synopsis: “For the over 15 million children in low-income USA the future is discouraging according to sociologist Karl Alexander at Johns Hopkins University. His team followed close to 800 children in low-income West Baltimore for over 25 years with the conclusion that where you start in life is where you end up in life. The findings revealed that it is close to impossible to escape your socio-economic status. It was on the basis of the bleak situation for children in low-income communities Christian Schoyen, an advocate for helping underprivileged children, decided to create a replicable universal 21-day challenge that could be implemented in any struggling high crime community. He next traveled to Las Vegas to put his program and social experiment to test in Sierra Oeste, the most dangerous neighborhood of Las Vegas to prove that the impossible is possible.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


The Visit

Director: Michael Madsen
Synopsis: “Ever since the invention of radio and television, humans have been sending signals into outer space, announcing their existence to other civilizations. ‘The Visit’ documents an event that has never taken place: humans’ first encounter with intelligent life from another world.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


We Weren’t Just Bicycle Thieves: The Neorealism

Director: Gianni Bozzacchi
Synopsis: “A celebration of this era taking us deep into the ‘neorealism’ period in Italian cinema that influenced world cinema from the early 1940s to the 1960s. Director and producer Gianni Bozzacchi chronicles this amazing time in film through this new documentary featuring clips from the classic neorealisim films and interviews with the era’s great directors including De Santis, Rossellini, Visconti, De Sica, Fellini, Germi and many more.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on October 9th)


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