The 2014 Film Release Calendar: October

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. Not all of them do, of course, and it gets a bit crazy every year in terms of changes, but basically the point of it all is to know what’s coming out, know what to get excited for, know what to start bracing myself for, and, selfishly, guess what I’m going to think about all the movies to see how accurate I was at the end of the year. And also see which movies surprised me, for better and for worse.

It’s gotten to be a whole great thing. Since at first it was just what Wikipedia’s year in film article said, plus a few others that weren’t scheduled that I just knew about. And then the year after that it was a few more films. And last year it was like, 200 or something. And now, it’s probably like 200 or something, plus all the ones from last year that I’m continuing to track. Eventually it’ll be to the point where really the only ones I haven’t heard about or previewed at some point are either foreign films, documentaries, and like 5% of those movies that just come out of nowhere.

What I’m doing is going over everything as it’s currently scheduled. I’m doing the first six months now, then taking a ten day break in between to go over some other stuff (Oscar nominations are going to be announced, the Golden Globes will happen — big stuff), plus allow for the later months of the year to maybe become more solidified, and maybe let a few changes happen, since I’ve discovered that a lot of things do get moved this time of year, often right as I’m putting the articles together. So it works twofold. I get to talk about other stuff and let the dust settle as much as possible so as not to make everything that much crazier come December.

Here’s October:

October

Gone Girl

A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Based on the novel, “Gone Girl.”

It’s David Fincher.

That alone means blanket 4 stars.

I’m not even gonna waste time talking about it. He’s good for 4 every time. So bring it on.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life— – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’ is not alone when his brother, sister, mom, and dad all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

I’ve seen one picture from this film.

Looks broad.

Also — co-starring Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner.

3 stars. Really expecting 2.5, though.

The Interview

An attractive talk show host and his producer unwittingly get caught up in an international assassination plot.

Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Starring Franco, Rogen, and Lizzy Caplan, who is awesome.

I’ve learned not to sleep on Rogen anymore when he’s in control of writing and directing the movies.

That said — 3 stars.

Comedies get lowballed now, so I don’t get too eager and am more likely to enjoy them.

The Judge

A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, David Krumholtz, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard, and Grace Zabriskie.

Jesus.

Directed by the guy who made Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus and The Change-Up.

Jesus.

But apparently it’s not a comedy?

Or maybe it’s more serious and not going for laughs.

Which I can go with.

But honestly, I have no idea what to make of this, so I have to stick with 3 stars until I find out more.

And also apparently they got the King’s Speech writer to work on this in some capacity? What the hell IS this movie?

Scratch that. It’s 3.5 stars now. Apparently this isn’t a comedy at all.

So let’s bump it up a bit. Why the hell not?

The Best of Me

A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.

So apparently this is coming out and it hasn’t even started filming yet?

Sure.

But I guess 3 stars, just in case. American Hustle didn’t start filming when I previewed it in January, and somehow that got done. And I worked for a movie that came together within a year of its release date. So it’s not impossible. I’m just saying — they haven’t shot yet. So I’d expect to see this bumped to 2014.

Book of Life

An animated movie described as a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration.

Also —

The film is described as the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds, where he must face his greatest fears.

Fox is putting this out.

In October of all places, too.

Starring Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo, Placido Domingo, Gabriel Iglesias, Danny Trejo… what the hell is this?

Uhh.. 3 stars? I have no idea what to expect here.

This is all over the place. But the premise actually makes it sound kind of grounded. So I really don’t know what I’m getting here.

Dracula Untold

Vampire mythology combined with the true history of Prince Vlad tell the origin of Dracula.

All right.

Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks.

What am I getting here?

2.5 stars.

Honestly, again, don’t know what to make of this.

Business or Pleasure

No idea what this is about, but the principles of detection inform me that this will be about some sort of business trip.

Written by the guy who wrote The Weather Man (love), The Pursuit of Happyness (good, but pandering as shit), The Promotion (decent enough), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (props). Directed by the guy who just did Delivery Man (which, as of this posting, I’ve yet to see. Still).

Starring Vince Vaughn, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Dave Franco, Nick Frost and Tom Wilkinson.

Looks like it’ll be a mix of comedy and drama.

So let’s go 3 stars and wait til we hear more.

Paranormal Activity 5

Two of these in a year.

…and two skips.

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Tomorrow is November.

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