The 2020 Film Release Calendar: October

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Anyway, here’s October:



On a post-apocalyptic earth, a robot, built to protect the life of his dying creator’s beloved dog, learns about life, love, friendship and what it means to be human.

Tom Hanks is in this. I’m guessing he’s the dying creator.

The director is the Game of Thrones guy who specialized in all the giant battle episodes. And it’s Amblin, which gives me a little bit of hope. I like that Hanks has been branching out for material lately. It’s cool to see.

3.5 stars. I hope this is solid.

Venom 2

The first one made a shit ton of money, so they’re doing it again. And in a way, I’m more intrigued about this one than I was that first one. Because the first one was a disaster, however there were some interesting elements. And I have to think, based on the response, that people heard what they were.

Plus, I think Tom Hardy is gonna have a bit more say as to the proceedings here, since I’m sure they want to keep him happy. And Andy Serkis came on board, which should lead to some interesting stuff.

I should know better than to do this, but I’m going 3.5 stars. I really want to see what comes of this, and I think there’s a chance this could be really solid.

If not, it’ll be 3 stars and I’ll be railing about how they’ll never make a good Venom movie.


A married man is tricked into a murder scheme by a female police detective.

Mostly black cast, with Hilary Swank as the detective.

The director typically makes generic thrillers, so it’s either gonna be 2.5 stars or 3 stars.

So let’s say 2.5 stars and let it earn its keep.

The Witches

It’s based on the Roald Dahl book, which they made already in 1990 with Anjelica Huston. So kids my age… yes, you’ve seen this before.

Robert Zemeckis is directing, which is interesting, but also concerns me, just because what kind of weird CGI shit is he gonna use with this? Because you know he is, somewhere.

Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Octavia Spencer and Chris Rock star. And there’s a bunch of kids too, of course.

It’s a kids movie with some darkness to it. So Zemeckis is kinda perfect, going for that Amblin tone. This is the kind of stuff he would excel at. And it takes place in 1967, so he can get that greatest hits soundtrack in there!

I gotta say 3.5 stars. Zemeckis generally makes worthwhile movies, but I’m also not sure just how much I’m gonna care about this one. Were it not him, I’d say 3 straight up. So 3.5 feels like the proper amount of respect for him.

Death on the Nile

While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.

Dope. Another one.

Kenneth Branagh is back behind the camera and as Poirot. Who’s in this? Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey (in the Mia Farrow role), Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo. Okay, then.

I really liked the first one a lot. The question is, do I think I’m gonna like this one as much. I’m gonna say no, and I’m gonna say that first one was a bit of an aberration.

So we’ll go 3.5 stars and hope we can get up to 4 like the last one was for me.

Halloween Kills

Oh boy, another one. They shot two back to back. So I’m not really sure how this is gonna be much different than the first one or make me interested in a third one? What, is this Empire? Is Laurie gonna lose a hand and Michael is… oh, wait, they already revealed that they’re related! I mean, they retconned that out, but still.

This first one barely got by for me, and feels much worse the more distance I have from it. So I’m not assuming anything out of this.

3 stars, because of David Gordon Green, but that’s it. How are they suddenly gonna improve on what we already saw?

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie

Feature film adaptation of the musical about a teenager from Sheffield, England who wants to be a drag queen.

It’s a musical. That’s interesting.

I have to say 3 stars, but I kinda want this to go higher. I’m always intrigued whenever they make a musical. So hopefully this is a worthwhile one.

Snake Eyes

It’s a G.I. Joe spinoff centered around Snake Eyes, aka the only real G.I. Joe anyone gives a shit about.

Writer and director are pretty standard-fare action people. Henry Golding (aka the dude from Last Christmas who is dead the whole time) is Snake Eyes and Samara Weaving is Scarlett. Which is cool.

There’s nothing in this world that can get me to guess any higher than 3 stars on this. This looks like a generic action movie all the way through and through.

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