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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 9; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 9; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, October 9. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Levi Miller, Cara Delevingne, Paul Kaye, Emerald Fennell
Synopsis: “The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.”


Big Stone Gap

Director: Adriana Trigiani
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jasmine Guy, Chris Sarandon, Anthony LaPaglia, John Benjamin Hickey, Judith Ivey, James Hampton, Mary Pat Gleason, Bridget Gabbe, Joe Inscoe, Angelina Fiordellisi, Mary Testa
Synopsis: “Ave Maria Mulligan has lived her whole life in tiny Big Stone Gap, a picturesque coal-mining town nestled in the hollers of southwestern Virginia. When she’s not making deliveries from her family’s pharmacy to far-flung neighbors, Ave Maria directs the annual outdoor drama festival, keeps chaste company with her longtime beau, Theodore, and exchanges good-natured barbs with local hunk Jack MacChesney. Just as Ave Maria has resigned herself to life as a self-proclaimed ‘old maid,’ she is caught off guard by a family secret, an unexpected marriage proposal and a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Big Stone Gap by movie legend Elizabeth Taylor. With everything she knows changing before her eyes, Ave Maria plans the adventure of a lifetime in Big Stone Gap, a homespun romantic comedy about small-town life, working people and the triumph of love.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego)

Breaking Through

Director: John Swetnam
Cast: Sophie Aguiar, Jay Ellis, Marissa Heart, Bruna Marquezine, Taeko McCarroll, Jordan Rodrigues, Robert Roldan, Julie Warner
Synopsis: “When Casey, a dancer who is discovered on YouTube, gets thrust into the modern world of internet celebrity and culture, she must find a way to balance her true identity with her online persona, or risk losing everything she cares about.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


Director: Afia Nathaniel
Cast: Samiya Mumtaz, Mohib Mirza, Saleha Aref
Synopsis: “Fleeing with her 10-year-old daughter after the girl is promised in marriage as part of a peace treaty, the wife of a tribal chieftain is pursued through the mountains by both her husband and the intended groom’s henchmen.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

A Faster Horse

Director: David Gelb
Synopsis: “A venerable, beloved, and long-standing institution: the Mustang, crown jewel of the Ford fleet. Only this institution is in turmoil. As the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang approaches and the car industry struggles through the deepest trough of the financial crisis, Ford launches a redesign. Now the jobs of workers at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant, the expectations of the thousands of Mustang devotees, and the livelihood of the city of Detroit are all placed squarely on the shoulders of Dave Pericak. As chief program engineer, he will guide the 2015 Mustang from assembly floor to showroom—if only he can get that vibration out of the steering wheel.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento and Tampa

The Final Girls

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Alexander Ludwig, Alia Shawkat, Adam DeVine, Chloe Bridges, Thomas Middleditch
Synopsis: “An unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle and Tuscon)

The Forbidden Room

Director: Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson
Cast: Roy Dupuis, Géraldine Chaplin, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Caroline Dhavernas, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Mathieu Amalric, Karine Vanasse, Amira Casar, Karine Vanasse, Jacques Nolot
Synopsis: “As potbellied, satin robe-clad Marv opens The Forbidden Room, he instructs us on the history and significance of bathing. One might never guess what’s in store from Canadian auteur’s Guy Maddin’s ode to the lost movies of the silent era, honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy. Bursting with playful cacophony, Maddin’s opus takes us high into the air, under the sea, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception, and murder.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (16 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Colin Healey
Cast: Rachel McKeon, Jack Culbertson, Molly Carlisle, Dan Derks, Sheila McKenna, Harry O’Toole, Matt Bryan, Luke Johanson
Synopsis: “The tale of one chaotic punk singer, Irene McCabey who moves from Austin to Pittsburgh to claim her inheritance – her grandfather’s dilapidated house – and finds herself conflicted when her drunken binges and fits of destruction clash with her urge to settle down and make the home her own.”
Theatrical Release: Chicago

In My Father’s House

Director: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
Synopsis: “After moving into his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side, Grammy Award–winning rapper Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith hesitantly sets out to reconnect with his estranged father, the man who abandoned him over twenty years ago.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Just Let Go

Director: Patrick Henry Parker & C. S. Clark
Cast: Henry Ian Cusick, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Sorbo, Jacob Buster, Darin Southam, Renny Grames, Sewell Whitney
Synopsis: “After surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to ‘just let go’ and forgive the young man who caused it.”
Theatrical Release: Utah

Knock Knock

Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Ignacia Allamand, Colleen Camp, Aaron Burns
Synopsis: “Evan Webber is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife, his two wonderful kids, and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, Evan doesn’t even mind spending Father’s Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there’s a knock on the door. The two young women standing on Evan’s doorstep are where Evan’s dream takes a nightmarish turn.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Portland 


Director: Joe Menendez
Cast: Fernando Colunga, Eduardo Yáñez, Miguel Varoni, Jessica Lindsey, Frank Perozo, Oscar Torre, Evelyna Rodríguez, Cristina Rodlo, Nashla Bogaert
Synopsis: “In the first film, legendary thieves Alejandro Toledo and Emilio Sánchez, took down an infomercial guru who was taking advantage of Latino immigrants. Following that successful heist, the modern day Robin Hoods left their lives of crime for a more civilian life. Sanchez joined the FBI and Toledo is a businessman. ‘Ladrones’ sees Toledo return to his do-gooder robbing roots, and although Sanchez can’t quite commit to helping out, he introduces Toledo to the hilariously skilled Santiago Guzmán to help him with the mission of a lifetime. Their goal? The two must work to reclaim land stolen from a hard working community by a ruthless family of crooks led by a beautiful but lethal diva.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, DC)


Director: Jose Nestor Marquez
Cast: Aja Naomi King, Gary Dourdan, Jeanette Samano, David Clennon, Amanda Plummer, Colm Feore
Synopsis: “Sophie Clé is a delighted user of the Oubli, a wisp of high-tech jewelry that wraps behind the ear and uses neuroscience to help its users experience their most joyful memories as if they were happening for the first time. In addition to being the head of marketing for the company that makes this revolutionary memory-enhancing wearable device, she is also the daughter of its inventor, Jack Clé. Sophie’s most joyful memory is the last day she saw her mother alive, fifteen years earlier. But on the eve of the Oubli’s worldwide launch, a stranger named Isa kidnaps Sophie, setting off a chain of events that remind us all, you can’t escape what you can’t forget.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago

Short Skin
Director: Duccio Chiarini
Cast: Matteo Creatini, Francesca Agostini, Nicola Nocchi, Bianca Nappi
Synopsis: “Edoardo is a 17-year-old virgin. This summer, he and his best friend vow to lose their virginity. There’s just one problem: Edoardo is suffering from a disorder called phimosis – a painful condition in which the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back. Edoardo is also secretly dealing with the antics of his crazy friends and family–bickering parents with their own sexual issues, a sister obsessed with her dog’s sexuality, his leering best friend Arturo, his pink haired alt neighbor Elisabetta, and his dream girl Bianca, who has decided to move to Paris.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Steve Jobs

Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Makenzie Moss, Sarah Snook, Adam Shapiro, John Ortiz, Perla Haney-Jardine, Steven Wiig
Synopsis: “Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.”
Criticwire Grade AverageB (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (opens nationwide on October 23rd)

Director: Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe
Synopsis: “A real-life thriller, ‘(T)ERROR’ is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during a live FBI counterterrorism sting operation. With unprecedented access to an active informant – Saeed ‘Shariff’ Torres, a 63-year-old former Black Panther – viewers get an unfettered glimpse of the government’s counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them. ‘(T)ERROR’ illuminates the fragile relationships between individual and surveillance state in modern America, and asks – Who is watching the watchers?”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York


Director: Sebastian Schipper
Cast: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff, André M. Hennicke, Anna Lena Klenke, Eike Schulz
Synopsis: “Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four locals outside a Berlin nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads are in hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria’s flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. And later, when things become more ominous and possibly deadly for Sonne, she insists on coming along. What started out as a good time spirals out of control and as dawn approaches it’s all or nothing for Victoria and Sonne: they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping race into the depths of hell.” [LA Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands across the nation through the middle of November)

Western Religion

Director: James O’Brien
Cast: Claude Duhamel, Peter Shinkoda, Merik Tadros, Miles Szanto, Sean Joyce, Gary Douglas Kohn, James Anthony Cotton, Tony Herbert, Peter Sherayko, Holiday Hadley, Sam Bearpaw, Scott Donovan, Melissa Strom, Vivian Lamoli, Louie Sabatasso
Synopsis: “The year is 1879. Gunfighters and cardsharps from the far reaches of the globe descend on the mining town of Religion, Arizona to compete in a poker tournament for a solid gold cross worth its weight in publicity for the township’s ambitious founders.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Director: Evgeny Afineevsky
Synopsis: “Chronicling events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, ‘Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom’ witnesses the formation of a new civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation’s president. The film captures the remarkable mobilization of nearly a million citizens from across the country protesting the corrupt political regime that utilized extreme force against its own people to suppress their demands and freedom of expression.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (also available on Netflix)

Yakuza Apocalypse

Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Hayato Ichihara, Yayan Ruhian
Synopsis: “Yakuza boss Kamiura is a legend. Rumored to be unkillable, the truth is he is a vampire – a vampire yakuza boss! Among Kamiura’s gang is the loyal Kageyama. However, the young Kageyama is looked down on by the other yakuzas due to the sensitive skin that prevents him from being tattooed.One day, men arrive from abroad and deliver Kamiura an ultimatum : return to the syndicate he left years ago or die. Kamiura refuses and, during a fierce battle, is torn limb from limb. With his dying breath, Kamiura passes on his powers to Kageyama. As his newfound abilities awaken, Kageyama’s desire to avenge his boss sets him on a violent confrontation with the seemingly unstoppable foreign syndicate.” [Cannes – Directors’ Fortnight]
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC

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