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With kids in school and schedules getting back to normal-ish, it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of being everywhere. But don’t forget to allocate time for yourself to see a movie or set aside family time to take in a movie together. It is, after all, one of those great ideas for family bonding.

The month of October seems to be split between horror (duh, it’s Halloween season) and historical dramas. There are some family, superhero and comedies in the mix, but this month seems to be one for bringing history to the big screen in some very powerful ways. Amsterdam is literally and figuratively on the top of our list, but there are several others that we’ll try to get to the theater to see as well. If any of these are on your viewing list, we’ve added a link to easily purchase tickets. Please note that we may receive a small commission should you opt to do that. Hopefully you’ll find something you want to watch!


Release Date: October 7, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Historical, Drama, Comedy
Cast: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Alessandro Nivola, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Zoe Saldaña, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro
Studio: 20th Century Studios
Official Website: Amsterdam movie
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“Amsterdam,” the latest film from acclaimed writer/director David O. Russell, is a fascinating and richly intricate tale that brilliantly weaves historical fact with fiction for a timely, cinematic experience. Amsterdam is 20th Century Studios’ and New Regency’s original crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history.


Release Date: October 7, 2022 (select theaters; everywhere October 28th) (Get Tickets)
Genre: Historical, Drama
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover,
Allan Corduner, and Mark Strong
Studio: Focus Features
Official Website: TÁR

From producer-writer-director Todd Field comes , starring Cate Blanchett as the iconic musician Lydia Tár. TÁR examines the changing nature of power, its impact and durability in our modern world.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Release Date: October 7, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Animated, Family, Musical, Comedy
Cast: Javier Bardem, Constance Wu, Winslow Fegley, Scoot McNairy, Brett Gelman, and Shawn Mendes
Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Official Website: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile movie
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When the Primm family (Wu, Scoot McNairy, Winslow Fegley) moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt to his new school and new friends. All of that changes when he discovers Lyle – a singing crocodile (Mendes) who loves baths, caviar and great music-living in the attic of his new home. The two become fast friends, but when Lyle’s existence is threatened by evil neighbor Mr. Grumps (Brett Gelman), the Primms must band together with Lyle’s charismatic owner, Hector P. Valenti (Bardem), to show the world that family can come from the most unexpected places and there’s nothing wrong with a big singing crocodile with an even bigger personality.

Halloween Ends

Release Date: October 14, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Will Patton, Rohan Campbell, Kyle Richards
Studio: Universal Pictures
Official Website: Halloween movie
Follow on Social: HalloweenEnds

Four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell; The Hardy Boys, Virgin River), is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all.

White Bird: A Wonder Story

Release Date: October 14, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren, Ariella Glaser, Orlando Schwerdt, and Bryce Gheisar
Studio: Lionsgate
Official Website: White Bird movie
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In White Bird: A Wonder Story, kindness even has the power to save lives, as Julian Albans, the bully who left Beecher Prep, is visited by his Grandmère from Paris and is transformed by her remarkable story of compassion and courage. As a girl in Nazi-occupied France, the young Grandmère goes into hiding with the help of a schoolmate, a young man who risks everything to give her the chance to survive. Together, they find beauty and love in the secret world of their own creation. From Marc Forster (director of Finding Neverland and Christopher Robin) and based on R.J. Palacio’s book, White Bird, like Wonder before it, is an emotional story about the ways that even in the most harrowing circumstances, empathy for others can make every difference in the world.

Black Adam

Release Date: October 21, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Superhero
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge , Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui, and Pierce Brosnan
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema
Official Website: Black Adam movie
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In ancient Kahndaq, Teth Adam was bestowed the almighty powers of the gods. After using these powers for vengeance, he was imprisoned, becoming Black Adam. Nearly 5,000 years have passed and Black Adam has gone from man, to myth, to legend. Now released, his unique form of justice, born out of rage, is challenged by modern day heroes who form the Justice Society: Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone.

Ticket to Paradise

Release Date: October 21, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: RomCom
Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts
Studio: Universal Pictures
Official Website: Ticket to Paradise movie
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Academy Award® winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen as exes who find themselves on a shared mission to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they once made. From Working Title, Smokehouse Pictures and Red Om Films, Ticket to Paradise is a romantic comedy about the sweet surprise of second chances.

The Banshees of Inishern

Release Date: October 21, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan
Studio: Searchlight Pictures
Official Website: The Banshees of Inisherin
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Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Pádraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences.


Release Date: October 28, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Historical, Drama
Cast: Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Kevin Carroll, Frankie Faison, Haley Bennett, Jayme Lawson, Tosin Cole, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Douglas Thompson, Roger Guenveur Smith, Whoopi Goldberg
Studio: MGM
Official Website: Till movie
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Till is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world.

Prey for the Devil

Release Date: October 28, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Cast: Jacqueline Byers, Colin Salmon, Christian Navarro, Nicholas Ralph, Ben Cross, and Virginia Madsen
Studio: Lionsgate
Official Website: Prey for the Devil movie
Follow on Social: #PreyForTheDevil

Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist… but who, or what, called her? In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, Ann seeks out a place at an exorcism school reopened by the Catholic Church. Until now these schools have only trained priests in the Rite of Exorcism – but a professor (Colin Salmon) recognizes Sister Ann’s gifts and agrees to train her. Thrust onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Father Dante (Christian Navarro), Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl, who Sister Ann believes is possessed by the same demon that tormented her own mother years ago. Determined to root out the evil, Ann soon realizes the Devil has her right where he wants her.

Armageddon Time

Release Date: October 28, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Banks Repeta, Jaylin Webb, Tovah Feldshuh, Ryan Sell, and Anthony Hopkins
Studio: Focus Features
Official Website: Armageddon Time
Follow on Social: #ArmageddonTime

From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, ARMAGEDDON TIME is a deeply personal story on the strength of family, the complexity of friendship and the generational pursuit of the American Dream.

Call Jane

Release Date: October 28, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Historical, Drama
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, Wunmi Mosaku, Cory Michael Smith
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Official Website: Call Jane movie
Follow on Social: #CallJane

Chicago, 1968. As the city and the nation are poised on the brink of political upheaval, suburban housewife Joy (Elizabeth Banks) leads an ordinary life with her husband and daughter. When Joy’s pregnancy leads to a life-threatening heart condition, she must navigate an all-male medical establishment unwilling to terminate her pregnancy in order to save her life. Her journey for a solution leads her to Virginia (Sigourney Weaver), an independent visionary fiercely committed to women’s health, and Gwen (Wunmi Mosaku), an activist who dreams of a day when all women will have access to abortion, regardless of their ability to pay. Joy is so inspired by their work, she decides to join forces with them, putting every aspect of her life on the line.

It may be the month to gear up for all-things-spooky, but this month will have you dividing your attention between that and historical dramas, it appears. There may be a few comedies and some others but, wow, what a month it will be for the big screen!

Will you seek out a horror film in advance of Halloween or did something else catch your eye?

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