The Sporting Life:
October Movie Edition

The Martian

Matt Damon stars in The Martian

This weekend, TSU and the Titans have the week off as far as football is concerned, so take advantage of this and go to a local Carmike Cinema. There are a few great choices for you in theatres now and in the very near future.

Donald Glover stars as Rich Purnell in The-Martian

Donald Glover stars as Rich Purnell in The Martian

Opening This Friday, October 2, THE MARTIAN, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, features an extraordinary ensemble cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Kate Mara and Sebastian Stan, Jeff Daniels and others. The film is an epic, 2 hours and 20 minutes, but it is well worth the length. It never drags, and has some amazing cinematographic vistas of the Martian terrain, and the space ships are super cool. I loved Donald Glover’s character and his contribution to the story line is really spectacular. There are some highly nerd-tastic elements of the story that will keep geeks giggling in their seats, but the story and the spectacle are readily accessible to any viewer. Take the kids, but warn them that there is adult language used frequently in context.

Sicario

Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt in Sicario

SICARIO opens Oct. 2 also, and stars Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. At the border between the United States and Mexico, idealistic FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Teams agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by a government official to aid in a joint task force tracking down an anonymous drug lord. Sicario has received critical acclaim from critics. Rotten Tomatoes,approval says,”Led by outstanding work from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, SICARIO is a taut, tightly wound thriller with much more on its mind than attention-getting set pieces.” Dan Jolin from Empire gave the film 5 stars, calling it “a beautifully murky, hard-edged thriller. Quite simply, one of the best films of the year.”

Philippe Petite (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in TriStar Pictures' The Walk

Philippe Petite (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in TriStar Pictures’ The Walk

THE WALK, was released in IMAX ® 3D theaters nationwide on Wednesday, September 30th and expands to 3D and 2D theaters everywhere on Friday, October 9th. Robert Zemeckis, the master director of such marvels as “Forrest Gump”, “Cast Away”, “Back to the Future” and “Flight”, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story about the only man who has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and James Badge Dale star in the PG film that is an entertaining story for audiences of all ages.

PanPAN opens in theaters nationwide Friday, October 9. From director Joe Wright comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in Crimson-Peak

Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak

Universal Pictures opens the supernatural mystery, CRIMSON PEAK on Friday, October 16. When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star in The Intern

Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star in The Intern

Still in theaters is THE INTERN, with Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) as a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).