October is definitely a great time of year to go to the cinema, as critically acclaimed films needing to make the deadline for awards season release now and, of course, there are plenty of horror films – with the major one this year being the final instalment of the rebooted Halloween series.

There are also quirky period dramas, superhero films, and a singing crocodile – read on for more.

Emily

One for literature fans, Emily tells the story of the brief life of writer Emily Brontë, whose sole work Wuthering Heights became a classic of English literature. Her life before she wrote the defining novel is dramatised in this film, featuring Emily struggling to find her voice and wanting desperately to write, alongside her sisters Charlotte and Anne. Directed by Frances O’Connor, the film stars Emma Mackey as Emily, with Alexandra Dowling and Amelia Gething as her sisters. It also features Fionn Whitehead, Adrian Dunbar and Gemma Jones. It’s not meant to be super historically accurate, but rather a fun imagining of Brontë’s formative years and desire to be an artist.

Release date: 14.10.22
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Halloween Ends

Halloween Ends is the third and – as the title implies – final instalment of the rebooted Halloween series, which saw Jamie Lee Curtis return to her iconic role of Laurie Strode in the 1978 original. Laurie is dealing with the PTSD of her various encounters with killer Michael Myers over the decades, though he hasn’t been seen in four years. She’s living with her granddaughter and writing her memoir – but things are upended when a young man is accused of killing a boy, and her life once again is caught in a cascade of violence. It remains to be seen if it’ll truly be the last Halloween film – but Curtis has confirmed she won’t be returning for any more after it.

Release date: 14.10.22
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The Woman King

Viola Davis stars in this film set in the 1800s, which sees a tribe of all female warriors protect the West African kingdom of Dahomey. As the the kingdom is repeatedly faced with new threats, General Nanisca (Davis) decides to train up a new generation of warriors to fight them.

The film in some ways is a throwback to films like Braveheart and Gladiator – an historical epic with plenty of fighting. It also stars Bond star Lashana Lynch and Star Wars star John Boyega, as well as Thuso Mbedu, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Arienne Warren.

Release date: 4.10.22
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Amsterdam

Margot Robbie, Christian Bale and John David Washington lead this comedy thriller film from director David O. Russell. Set in the 1930s, it sees a trio of friends who become tangled up in the mysterious murder case of a US senator and is based on a real life political conspiracy. It also stars Chris Rock, Anya Taylor Joy, Zoe Saldana, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro and Taylor Swift. Read more about the film here.

Release date: 7.10.22
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The Banshees of Inisherin

Directed by British-Irish director Martin McDonagh, who directed In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Banshees of Inisherin is a black comedy film starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson (who both starred in In Bruges).

Two friends fall into conflict on a remote island off the coast of Ireland when one of them ends their friendship abruptly. Padriac (Farrell) sets himself on repairing the broken friendship, but things only get more difficult as Colm (Gleeson) becomes more stubborn. The film also stars Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan and Pat Shortt in supporting roles.

Release date: 21.10.22
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Black Adam

A new entry into the D.C. cinematic universe, Black Adam sees Dwayne Johnson step into the role of the eponymous antihero. Serving as a spin-off to Shazam!, the film focuses on Black Adam’s exploits in the modern world, having been imprisoned for 5000 years. His brutish way of doing things attracts the attention of the Justice Society of America, who set out to teach him how to change his ways and become more of a hero, as well as face off against an even more powerful threat. Co-starring alongside The Rock are Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Sarah Shahi as Isis, Marwan Kenzari as Sabbac and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate.

Release date: 21.10.22
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Lyle, Lyle Crocodile

If you feel like your life is missing a singing crocodile, then Disney’s new kids film Lyle, Lyle Crocodile is for you. With music from the songwriters of The Greatest Showman, the film features Shawn Mendes as the titular Lyle, a singing crocodile discovered living in a bathtub by a family when they move into their new house. While the family is initially (understandably) freaked out, they learn to love and accept Lyle as one of their own. The film also stars Javier Bardem, Constance Wu, Scoot McNairy, Brett German and Winslow Fegley, and is based on the kids book of the same name, and it’s prequel The House on East 88th Street.

Release date: 14.10.22
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