As an extension of our recent fall movie preview, Indiewire is offering the second of four monthly fall "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making over the next 31 days as easy as possible.
From Charlotte Bronte and Zac Efron to a sex surrogate and a truly terrifying VHS tape, check out Indiewire's picks for October's 10 best options, and then check out the full October calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list.
Director: Ben Lewin
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Why is it a "Must See"? The film formerly known as "The Surrogate" is the second half of Fox Searchlight's impressive duo of Sundance pickups (the first being summer release "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which has clearly worked out for them).
The newly named "Sessions" comes out this month, offering audiences the real-ife story of Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), a poet and journalist with an iron lung who contacts a professional sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him lose his virginity. Remarkably heartfelt and built to please crowds (it won the audience award at Sundance), Oscar noms for Hawkes, Hunt and William H. Macy (as O'Brien's priest) are surely -- and reasonably -- on Fox Searchlight's mind.
WATCH: Here's the Oscar-winning short about Mark O'Brien, "Breathing Lessons"
Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Waits, Kevin Corrigan
Distributor: CBS Films
Why is it a "Must See"? "One Shih Tzu.. Seven Psychopaths." That's the tagline for Martin McDonagh's follow-up to "In Bruges," a black comedy coming out of Toronto with rave reviews (and the audience award for the festival's "Midnight Madness" section). McDonagh's "Bruges" star Colin Farrell headlines as a struggling screenwriter who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) kidnap a beloved Shih Tzu belonging to an insane gangster (Woody Harrelson).
Check out the trailer below:
Directors: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence
Cast: Joe Swanberg, Calvin Reeder, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil
Distributor: Magnolia Films
Why is it a "Must See"? Forget "Paranormal Activity 4." The season's most worthwhile horror film is this POV, found footage flick from the perspective of some of America's top genre filmmakers.
Collectively directed by David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Ti West and the online filmmaking collective known as Radio Silence, the anthology film follows a group of misfits hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, until, of course, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
READ MORE: SUNDANCE REVIEW: "V/H/S" Breathes New Life (And Death) Into Found-Footage Horror
Check out the red band trailer below: