'Joker', and 7 more manic must-watch movies in October

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  • Tuesday, 01 Oct 2019


Another month, another sinister clown hogging the headlines. In many ways, however, Joker (Oct 3) is far scarier than It Chapter Two's Pennywise, in that he doesn't need to lurk around sewers or terrorise children to be scary. All he needs is real life.

Joker aside, there are more returning movie icons this month than you can shake a Batarang at, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton's Sarah ConnorÂ

in Terminator: Dark Fate (Oct 24), Angelina Jolie in Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (Oct 17), the original monster family, The Addams Family (Oct 31), Japanese horror icon Sadako (Oct 17) and the zombie-hunting gang in Zombieland: Double Tap (Oct 31). Oh, and you'll also be getting a double dose of Will Smith in Ang Lee's Gemini Man (Oct 10).

The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) 2019 also happens this month, from Oct 17-27 at GSC Mid Valley, GSC Pavilion KL and GSC 1 Utama, and Oct 31 - Nov 6 at GSC Gurney Plaza. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in Malaysia, this year's festival features 19 critically acclaimed films from across Europe, which showcase the dynamism, breadth and innovation of the European cinema, as well as the cultural diversity of Europe, with 19 critically-acclaimed films from across Europe. For more information and screening times, visit the GSC Website.

Joker (Oct 3)

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy

Director: Todd Phillips

The origin story of Batman's arch-nemesis, The Joker, this is the tale of how a failed comedian and clown named Arthur FleckÂ

slowly descends into insanity and ultimately becomes the Clown Prince of Crime.

Why you should watch it:

Can a movie about Batman's arch-enemy make it without Batman? Apparently it can, as Joker won the Grand Prize in the prestigious Venice Film Festival, and Joaquin Phoenix has earned rave reviews for his performance. There's even talk about an Oscar nomination for both the movie and lead actor. Not bad for a 'superhero' movie, eh?

Also read our review: Hypnotic ‘Joker’ dares us to feel empathy for the devil

The Captain (Oct 3)

Cast: Zhang Hanyu, Du Jiang, Yuan Quan

Director: Andrew Lau

Based on a real-life 2018 incident where an aircraft's cockpit windshield shattered mid-flight, leaving the titular Captain Liu Chuanjian to ensure the safety of the more than 100 passengers and crew members and pull off one of the most miraculous emergency landings in the history of Chinese aviation.

Why you should watch it:

The premise alone is already an intriguing prospect, and with Andrew Lau's direction, this looks like a real nail-biting thriller in the air.

Gemini Man (Oct 10)

Cast: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong

Director: Ang Lee

Will Smith plays an ageing, retiring assassin who is hunted by another assassin, who turns out to be a clone - a younger version of himself.

Why you should watch it:

Can you have too much Will Smith? Well, this movie threatens to test that theory, though with the intensity both the older and younger Will Smiths show in this trailer, it might be a good thing. Besides, it's a movie where Will Smith beats himself up, so it's a win-win either way.

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (Oct 17)

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville

Director: Joachim Rønning

Set five years after the events in 2014's Maleficent, Princess Aurora is getting ready to marry Prince Philip, much to Maleficent's chagrin. Phillip's mother, Queen Ingrith, plans to use the wedding to divide humans and fairies forever, which leaves Maleficent and Aurora on opposite sides of an impending war.

Why you should watch it:

As far as Disney's live-action remakes go, Maleficent scores high on our (make-believe) chart because it at least tries to do something different, rather than copy the animated versions shot for shot (cough Lion King cough). Whether it warranted a sequel is beside the point - we're looking forward to this just to see Angelina Jolie hamming it up as the horned queen of evil.


Cast: Himeka Himejima, Elaiza Ikeda, Ren Kiriyama

Director: Hideo Nakata

A psychology counsellor named Mayu begins caring for a girl with amnesia who is kept under police guard, for reasons nobody seems to know. Meanwhile, Mayu's brother, Kazuma, a videographer, goes poking around a crime scene where he unwittingly awakens an ancient curse involving a certain long haired woman...

Why you should watch it:

Well, it is the Halloween month, and Sadako does revolve around a quite famous horror icon. And frankly speaking, no one does Sadako like the Japanese do, so this should at least be worth a few scares, at least.

Terminator: Dark Fate (Oct 24)

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta

Director: Tim Miller

27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a new, modified liquid metal Terminator is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate Dani Ramos, a hybrid cyborg human, and her friends. Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original Terminator, for a fight for the future.

Why you should watch it:

He did say he'll be back, didn't he? What we didn't expect is Linda Hamilton to return as well, reprising her role as the one and truly original Sarah Connor (Sorry, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey). We're excited for this just to see them both sparring, but therest of the movie looks equally action-packed too.

The Addams Family (Oct 31)

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney

Director: Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan

The strange, ghoulish family called The Addams Family move to New Jersey, where they have to integrate themselves into modern life while fending off the attacks from TV reality TV host Margaux Needler. At the same time, the family also have to prepare for a major family reunion.

Why you should watch it:

We're big fans of the original Addams Family, so naturally, we're looking forward to this. Also, wWe can't get the theme song out of our head, and we suspect that will be the case after we watch the movie as well. Da da da dum, *snap snap*. Da da da dum, *snap snap*....

Zombieland: Double Tap (Oct 31)

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock move to the American heartland, where they have to face new threats - evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and.... Wichita's new boyfriend.

Why you should watch it:

Way back before The Walking Dead, when people actually liked Jesse Eisenberg (you know, before Man Of Steel and The Social Network), there was this little movie about zombies which was a whole lot of fun. The trailer makes the sequel look like a whole lot of fun as well, so we'll definitely be shuffling to the cinema to watch this.

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