Whether you’re after ‘Solace’ with 007 or the antics of the Coen Brothers – October is jam-packed full of the best films. Movies.ie counts down the ten essential movies to see this October


1/ QUANTUM OF SOLACE

 

A devastating betrayal sends James Bond from Australia to Italy and South America on a mission of vengeance that pits the suave super-spy against a powerful businessman with diabolical intentions…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should see it…

You’ve figured out the title, you’ve heard the new 007 song, now you can finally see the follow up to excellent ‘Casino Royale’. Craig returns for his second stint as a younger, more thuggish 007 with a script written by Oscar winner Paul Haggis and directed this time by ‘Finding Neverland’ auteur Marc Forster.

When is it in cinemas?

October 31st, 2008

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2/ MIRRORS


What’s it about…

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Ben Carson, a disgraced former New York City cop who attempts to put his checkered past behind him by taking a job as a security guard. Carson is required to take the night shift in a department store in the city. The store closed down after a fire put an end to its business, and Carson soon discovers that malevolent spirits are lurking behind its walls. The spirits connect with the human world through the mirrors in the store, and when they discover Carson’s presence they go after his ex-wife and kids Carson must  figure out the meaning of a cryptic message carved into one of the mirrors in the hopes it will save his family and cut off contact with the malignant lurking presence…

 

 

Why you should see it…

French filmmaker Alexandre Aja is staying firmly grounded in horror with his latest pic – a reimagining of a Japanese horror film – ‘Mirrors’. Early reviews of the horror flick have been poor but with Aja giving us great scare fests like ‘High Tension’ and ‘The Hills have Eyes’, the man deserves the benefit of the doubt.

When is it in cinemas?

October 10th, 2008

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3/ GHOST TOWN


What’s it about…

Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy, who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen.

 

Why you should see it…

It may sound like the bastard (ghost) child  of ‘The Sixth Sense’ and Jenny Hewitt’s ‘Ghost Whisper’  but with Ricky Gervias starring in his first Hollywood lead role, we’re intrigued….

When is it in cinemas?

Cinema Release Date 24 Oct 2008

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4/ HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE


What’s it about…

Frequent ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ director Robert B. Weide makes his feature directorial debut with this screen adaptation of writer Toby Young’s comedic novel of the same name. When self-promoting scribe Sidney Young accepts a position as a contributing editor for iconic fashion magazine “Sharps,” his subsequent attempts to ingratiate himself with both his egotistical boss, Clayton Harding, and the superficial celebrities who populate the pages of the magazine prove disastrously hilarious…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should see it…

If the antics of  Simon Pegg aren’t enough to get you in the screen, the above picture of his hottie co-star Megan Fox should put the nail in the coffin!

When is it in cinemas?

October 10th, 2008

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5/ EAGLE EYE

 

What’s it about…

Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations–using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country’s most wanted fugitives, who must work together to discover what is really happening–and more importantly, why.

 

Why you should see it…

Shia LaBeouf re-teams with his ‘Disturbia’ director D.J. Caruso for this actioner that reads part ‘Phone Booth’ part ‘Mission Impossible’. What it’s missing in plot ‘Eagle Eye’ generously makes up for in intense action and a pace like no other Hollywood blockbuster.

When is it in cinemas?

October 17th, 2008

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6/ BURN AFTER READING

 

What’s it about…

This screwball comedy with a sharp, cutting edge includes: an ex-CIA analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich), who has just been fired; a couple of Washington D.C. gym trainers Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand); a womanizing Federal Marshall named Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney); and assorted other nutcases, who all collide when a lost computer disc with supposedly top secret material winds up in the wrong hands…

 

Why you should see it…

Bros Ethan and Joel Coen return with a screwball farce about stolen CIA documents swiped by a wacky haired Brad Pitt. And not only Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich and of course Coen regular Frances McDormand co-starring. If that’s not enough to get you in the door, remember ‘No Country For Old Men’ – ‘nough said.

 

When is it in cinemas?

October 17th, 2008

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7/ THE ROCKER

 

What’s it about…

“The Rocker,” aka Robert “Fish” Fishman, was the drummer for an ’80s hair band. He was living the rock ‘n’ roll dream until he was kicked out of the group. Twenty years later, the desperate rocker joins his nephew’s band, “A.D.D.,” finally reclaiming the rock-god throne he’s always thought he deserved–while taking his much younger band mates along for the ride of their lives.

 

Why you should see it…

‘School of Rock’ with a more curse words and ‘The Office’ star Rainn Wilson along for the ride – what’s not to love!

When is it in cinemas?

October 17th, 2008

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8/ IGOR

 

What’s it about…

A twist on the classic monster movie, this is the tale of one Igor who’s sick of being a lowly lab assistant with a “Yes Master’s” degree–and dreams of becoming a scientist. When his cruel master kicks the bucket a week before the annual Evil Science Fair, Igor finally gets his chance. With the help of two of his experimental creations- Igor embarks on building the most evil invention of all time, a huge, ferocious monster. Unfortunately, instead of turning out evil, the monster turns out as Eva, a giant aspiring actress who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Just when the load on his back can’t get any heavier, Igor and his band of monstrous misfits uncover an evil plot that threatens their world. Now, they must fight to save it and prove that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should see it…

Yes, Tim Burton has covered this milieu before in animated ‘toons like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, but there’s a certain hip-factor to this amusing flick set in the world of creepy science labs as an homage to the Frankenstein and Dracula films of the ’30s. It may not be on the level of a Wall E, but taken on its own terms, it’s a monstrously funny and cleverly animated delight that offers up genuine fun for the whole family.

When is it in cinemas?

October 17th, 2008

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9/ CITY OF EMBER

 

What’s it about…

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember’s once powerful generator is failing… and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city’s existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.

 

Why you should see it…

Jeanne DuPrau much beloved novel finally gets an adaptation from none other than ‘Monsters House’ director Gil Kenan. A worthy watch for its stunning visuals and all star cast (including irish gal Saoirse Ronan).

When is it in cinemas?

October 10th, 2008

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10/ HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 

 

What’s it about…

Seniors Troy and Gabriella face the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions to college. Joined by the rest of the Wildcats, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes and fears about their future. With incredible new music and exciting dance numbers designed to take maximum advantage of the big screen, this motion picture extravaganza delivers plenty of high-energy entertainment from East High’s talented ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should see it…

After two television movies and more tween pocket money than we can count, the House of Mouse has finally brought  High School musical to the big screen. If you’re after an all-singing, all-dancing, all-smiling teen romantic comedy – High School Musical is sure to entertain.

 

When is it in cinemas?

October 22nd, 2008

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