October 2022 Film Preview | Women and Hollywood

October will mark the discharge of numerous buzzy movies that we’ve been monitoring on the competition circuit, beginning with “Tr” (October 7), a drama a few world-famous conductor that’s poised to land star Cate Blanchett her eighth Oscar nod. This month may even see the launch of “Call Jane” (October 28) from director Phyllis Nagy, the screenwriter behind 2015 Blanchett-starrer “Carol.” Based on true occasions, the movie is about in 1968 Chicago and tells the story of an underground collective devoted to offering abortions to these in want. “Aftersun” (October 21), Charlotte Wells’ first function, may even transport audiences again in time, bringing them alongside to a seaside trip a divorced dad takes his pre-teen daughter on within the ’90s. After making its world premiere on the New York Film Festival, “Till,” Chinonye Chukwu’s biopic of Mamie Till Mobley, Emmett Till’s mom, will hit theaters October 14. It explores how Till Mobley sought justice for her son following his lynching.

Another title exploring a brutal chapter in American historical past is “Descendant” (October 21), Margaret Brown’s doc concerning the seek for the final identified ship to reach within the U.S. illegally carrying enslaved Africans. Other noteworthy docs being launched this month embrace “Sell/Buy/Date” (October 14), Tony winner Sarah Jones’ examination of the intercourse trade, and “Brainwashed (October 21), Nina Menkes’ exploration of the male gaze in cinema.

Thankfully, there are additionally loads of style choices to look ahead to this October. You can begin making ready for Halloween with Carlota Pereda’s “Piggy” (October 7), a horror story a few bullied teen woman, and Nyla Innuksuk’s “Slash/Back” (October 21), an alien invasion pic that’s set in a distant Canadian neighborhood. The last installment of the “Halloween” franchise can also be set to drop. Jamie Lee Curtis will face Michael Myers one final time in “Halloween Ends” (October 14).

These are the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written movies set to debut in October. All descriptions are from press supplies until in any other case famous.

October 4

Acid Test Written and Directed by Jenny Waldo (Available on VOD)

“Acid Test”

Set in 1992, a Latina teen (Juliana DeStefano) enters her senior 12 months with life-long plans to attend Harvard. On an evening out together with her finest good friend, she discovers Riot Grrrl, an aggressive feminist punk music, and impulsively drops acid. As she drifts farther and farther from the plan, she dives into new experiences, exploring her Mexican heritage, defining herself on her personal phrases, and rebelling in opposition to her fathers management.

October 6

Bonnie (Documentary) (In Theaters)

A portrait of legendary casting director Bonnie Timmermann. An homage to the craft of performing.

October 7

Piggy Written and Directed by Carlota Pereda (In Theaters; Available on VOD October 14)


Sarah (Laura Galn), a youngster whose extra weight makes her the goal of incessant bullying, flees a clique of capricious women who torment her on the city pool, solely to come across them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police start asking questions, Sara retains quiet. Intrigued by the stranger, she’s torn between revealing the reality and defending the person who saved her.

“Tr”(In Theaters)


“Tr stars Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tr, the groundbreaking conductor of a significant German Orchestra. We meet Tr on the peak of her profession, as she’s making ready each a e-book launch and much-anticipated reside efficiency of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Over the following weeks her life begins to unravel in a singularly trendy manner.

Battleground (Documentary) Directed by Cynthia Lowen; Written by Cynthia Lowen and Nancy Novack (In Theaters; Available on VOD October 14)


Three girls lead the cost of their single-minded quest to overturn Roe v. Wade, as they face down forces equally decided to safeguard girls’s entry to protected and authorized abortions.

Losing Ground (4K Restoration) Written and Directed by Kathleen Collins (In Theaters)

In celebration of the movies fortieth anniversary, the 4K restoration of Losing Ground tells the story of two outstanding folks, married and hurtling towards a crossroads of their lives: Sara Rogers (Seret Scott), a Black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an mental quest simply as her painter husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), units off on an exploration of pleasure. Victor decides to hire a rustic home away from the town, however the {couples} summer time idyll turns into difficult by his involvement with a youthful mannequin.

Last Flight Home (Documentary) Written and Directed by Ondi Timoner (In Theaters)

Behind a white picket fence, on an unremarkable suburban avenue, we uncover Eli Timoner, who based Air Florida, the quickest rising airline on this planet within the 1970’s. During his last days, we uncover his extraordinary life crammed with unbelievable success and devastating setbacks, and most significantly, an innate goodness which gained him the enduring love and help of his household.

When the Music Changes Written and Directed by Lakshmi Devy (In Theaters)

“When the Music Changes”

A younger stunning Indian American girl (Lakshmi Devy) finds happiness via her work as a documentarian and spending time with buddies in her hometown in India. Trapped in an abusive relationship together with her lover, albeit extra emotionally than bodily, she finds it tough to just accept that it’s abuse. An unlucky incident shakes her to the core, making her take into consideration the connection and lastly take a name concerning her self-respect.

Pretty Problems Directed by Kestrin Pantera; Written by Britt Rentschler, Charlotte Ubben, and Michael Tennant (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

Low money circulate + Plan B jobs + a Snooze Alarm Sex Life: Lindsey (Britt Rentschler) and Jack Simpson (Michael Tennant) are formally caught. But once they get invited to a Sonoma Chateau by prosperous strangers, they find yourself on essentially the most unhinged weekend of their lives.

Stay the Night Written and Directed by Renuka Jeyapalan (In Theaters)

A failed work alternative prompts chronically single Grace (Andrea Bang) to pursue a one night time stand with a stranger (Joe Scarpellino). Turns out he’s an on-the-outs skilled athlete on the town with an issue of his personal. Maybe they may help one another.

Our American Family (Documentary) Directed by Hallee Adelman and Sean King O’Grady (Available on AMC+; Available on Sundance TV October 23)

“Our American Family”

Our American Family supplies an trustworthy, unfiltered take a look at a close-knit Philadelphia household coping with generational substance abuse. Captured at a pivotal nothing to lose second, for over the course of a 12 months, 5 relations uninterested in life with habit on middle stage, every struggling to transcend their crippling histories.

To Leslie (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

“To Leslie”

Leslie (Andrea Riseborough) is a single mom struggling to offer for her son (Owen Teague) wins the lottery, however just a few brief years later the cash is gone. Unwelcome and undesirable by these she wronged, it’s a lonely motel clerk named Sweeney (Marc Maron) who takes an opportunity when nobody else will. With his help, Leslie comes nose to nose with the implications of her actions, a lifetime of remorse, and a second probability to make a great life for her and her son.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Written by Gabrielle Zevin (In Theaters)

Bookstore proprietor A.J. Fikry’s (Kunal Nayyar) life is just not turning out as he anticipated. As he tries to maintain his retailer afloat, he drinks his sorrows away, finally hitting all-time low when his most prized possession, a collection of Edgar Allen Poe poems, are stolen. But when a mysterious package deal seems on the bookstore, the surprising arrival offers Fikry a brand new lease on life, and love, which are better than he ever imagined.

Luckiest Girl Alive Written by Jessica Knoll (Available on Netflix)

A author’s (Mila Kunis) completely crafted New York City life begins to unravel when a true-crime documentary forces her to confront her harrowing highschool historical past.

October 14

Halloween Ends (In Theaters)

“Halloween Ends”

This is Laurie Strode’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) final stand. After 45 years, essentially the most acclaimed, revered horror franchise in movie historical past reaches its epic, terrifying conclusion as Laurie Strode faces off for the final time in opposition to the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers, in a last confrontation in contrast to any captured on-screen earlier than. Only one in all them will survive.

Till Directed by Chinonye Chukwu; Written by Chinonye Chukwu, Keith Beauchamp, and Michael Reilly (In Theaters)


“Till” is a profoundly emotional and cinematic movie concerning the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s (Danielle Deadwyler) relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 12 months outdated son, Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall), who, in 1955, was brutally lynched whereas visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to motion, we see the common energy of a mom’s means to alter the world.

Sell/Buy/Date (Documentary) Written and Directed by Sarah Jones (In Theaters; Available on VOD November 8)


As a mixed-race Black girl in America, Tony profitable performer and comic Sarah Jones explores her personal private relationship to one of the vital misunderstood points in our present tradition: the intercourse trade, and the surprisingly various vary of individuals whose lives it touches. Through interviews and even superstar cameos, this movie poses the query: how can we as a society have a wholesome relationship to intercourse, energy, race and our economic system, with out exploitation or stigma?

Stars at Noon Directed by Claire Denis; Written by Claire Denis, La Mysius, and Andrew Litvack (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

A younger American journalist (Margaret Qualley) stranded in 1948 Nicaragua falls in love with an elusive Englishman (Joe Alwyn) who seems to be her solely manner out. However, they turn into entangled in a hazardous net of lies and intrigues, forcing them to flee the nation.

Cat Daddies (Documentary) Directed by Mye Hoang (In Theaters)

A heartwarming and tender portrait of a various group of males whose lives have been without end modified by their love of cats, Cat Daddies takes us on an inspiring journey all throughout the United States in the course of the difficult early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when folks desperately wanted hope and companionship. A refreshing and well timed exploration of recent masculinity, Cat Daddies reveals us how being a cat particular person has no gender, and that the unlikely bond between man and cat is right here to remain.

The Other Tom Written and Directed by Laura Santullo and Rodrigo Pl (In Theaters)

“The Other Tom”

Elena (Julia Chvez) is a single mom whose son Tom (Israel Rodrguez) has behavioral points and is stigmatized at college as an issue little one. An absent father additional complicates their tough relationship. Tom is identified with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and prescribed psychiatric treatment, however a wierd accident alerts his mom as to its negative effects. When Elena refuses to proceed administering the medication to Tom, Social Services threaten to take away him from her custody.

Rosaline Directed by Karen Maine – October 14 (Available on Hulu)


“Rosaline” is a contemporary and comedic twist on Shakespeare’s basic love story “Romeo & Juliet,” advised from the attitude of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline (Kaitlyn Dever), who additionally occurs to be Romeo’s current love curiosity. Heartbroken when Romeo (Kyle Allen) meets Juliet (Isabela Merced) and begins to pursue her, Rosaline schemes to foil the well-known romance and win again her man.

Game of Love Directed by Elisa Amoruso; Written by Elisa Amoruso, Anita Rivaroli, and Marco Borromei (Available on VOD)

Game of Love follows Vivien (Bella Thorne) and Roy (Benjamin Mascolo) as their love story continues and leads them to Roy’s childhood residence in Sicily to organize for the sale of the household property. During the go to, a mysterious girl arrives and befriends Vivien, a lot to Roys displeasure. Tensions construct and strains are crossed as secrets and techniques from Roys previous pressure the couple to face elements of their relationship they didn’t know existed.

The Accursed (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

Elly (Sarah Grey) is requested by a household good friend to spend just a few days taking care of an aged girl (Meg Foster) residing in a distant cabin. The cabin seems to be something however enjoyable as Elly begins hallucinating in ways in which blur actuality together with her desires. As the visions take over, Elly realizes that she was lured there by a demonic presence hiding within the girl simply ready to interrupt free.

Decision to Leave Written by Seo-kyeong Jeong and Park Chan-wook (In Theaters)

A detective (Park Hae-il) investigating a person’s loss of life within the mountains meets the lifeless man’s mysterious spouse (Tang Wei) in the middle of his dogged sleuthing.

October 16

“Scrap” (Documentary) Directed by Stacey Tenenbaum (In Theaters)

“Scrap” is a love letter to the issues we use in our day by day lives. This cinematic documentary tells the story of people that every have a deep connection to things which have reached their “end of life.” Together these tales convey a deeper environmental and human message about our relationship to issues, the unhappiness we really feel at their eventual loss, and the enjoyment that we will discover in giving them a brand new goal. By displaying discarded items in a brand new and partaking manner, the movie raises consciousness concerning the destiny of the issues we use and explores how artists, and different inventive thinkers, will be a part of discovering usefulness within the issues we discard.

October 18

Three Wishes for Cinderella Directed by Cecilie A. Mosli; Written by Anna Bache-Wiig, Kamilla Krogsveen, Karsten Fullu, and Siv Rajendram Eliassen (Available on VOD)

In this retelling of the basic fairy story, an outdoor-loving Cinderella (Astrid S) catches the attention of a beloved prince (Cengiz Al) however human nature retains them aside.

October 19

The Good Nurse Written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (In Theaters; Available on Netflix October 26)

“The Good Nurse”

Suspicious that her colleague is liable for a collection of mysterious affected person deaths, a nurse (Jessica Chastain) dangers her personal life to uncover the reality on this gripping thriller based mostly on true occasions.

The School for Good and Evil (Available on Netflix)

“The School for Good and Evil”

Best buddies Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) and Agatha (Sofia Wylie) discover their bond put to the take a look at once they’re whisked away to a magical college for future fairy-tale heroes and villains.

October 20

V/H/S/99 (Anthology) Directed by Maggie Levin, Vanessa Winter, Joseph Winter, Johannes Roberts, Flying Lotus, and Tyler MacIntyre (Available on Shudder)

V/H/S/99 harkens again to the ultimate punk rock analog days of VHS, whereas taking one big leap ahead into the hellish new millennium. In V/H/S/99, a thirsty teenager’s residence video results in a collection of horrifying revelations.

October 21

The Return of Tanya Tucker Featuring Brandi Carlile (Documentary) Written and Directed by Kathlyn Horan (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

“The Return of Tanya Tucker Featuring Brandi Carlile”

The Return of Tanya Tucker follows Tanyas richly inventive, totally charming, bumpy journey again to the highest as Brandi Carlile encourages her to push previous her fears to create a brand new sound and attain a brand new viewers. The writing, the experimenting, and refining of this new music mixes with all that got here earlier than utilizing uncommon archival footage and images to delve into Tanyas historical past, starting in a single extensive trailer in Seminole, Texas.

Aftersun Written and Directed by Charlotte Wells (In Theaters)

Sophie (Frankie Corio) displays on the shared pleasure and personal melancholy of a vacation she took together with her father 20 years earlier. Memories actual and imagined fill the gaps between miniDV footage as she tries to reconcile the daddy she knew with the person she didn’t.

Descendant (Documentary) Directed by Margaret Brown; Written by Margaret Brown and Kern Jackson (In Theaters and Available on Netflix)


Documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown (“The Order of Myths”, “The Great Invisible”) returns to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama to doc the seek for and historic discovery of The Clotilda, the final identified ship to reach within the United States, illegally carrying enslaved Africans. After a century of secrecy and hypothesis, the 2019 discovery of the ship turns consideration towards the descendant neighborhood of Africatown and presents a transferring portrait of a neighborhood actively grappling with and preventing to protect their heritage whereas inspecting what justice appears to be like like at this time.

Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (Documentary) Directed by Nina Menkes (In Theaters)

Brainwashed is predicated on director Nina Menkes’s cinematic presentation, Sex and Power, the Visual Language of Cinema, that makes use of movie clips by A-list administrators from the Forties via to the current, to point out how the visible grammar of cinema contributes to situations that create discriminatory hiring apply, pay inequity and a pervasive setting of sexual harassment within the movie trade and past.

“Slash/Back” Directed by Nyla Innuksuk; Written by Nyla Innuksuk and Ryan Cavan (In Theaters and Available on VOD)


Set in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a sleepy hamlet nestled within the majestic mountains of Baffin Island within the Arctic Ocean, “Slash/Back” opens because the village wakes as much as a typical summer time day. No School, no cool boys (properly, besides one), and 24-hour daylight. But for Maika (Tasiana Shirley) and her ragtag buddies, the standard summer time is abruptly not within the playing cards once they uncover an alien invasion threatening their hometown. These youngsters have been underestimated their complete lives however, utilizing makeshift weapons and their horror film information, they present the aliens you don’t f*** with the ladies from Pang.

Voodoo Macbeth Directed by Hannah Bang, Tiffany Kontoyiannis-Guillen, Zo Alyce Salnave, Sabina Vajraca, Dagmawi Abebe, Vctor Alonso-Berbel, Roy Arwas, Christopher Beaton, Agazi Desta, and Ernesto Sandoval; Written by Jennifer Frazin, Morgan Milender, Molly Miller, Erica Sutherlin, Agazi Desta, Amri Rigby, Joel David Santner, and Chris Tarricone (In Theaters)

With FDR’s New Deal offering funding for the Federal Theatre Project’s Negro Unit, director Rose McClendon (Inger Tudor) convinces co-director John Houseman (Daniel Kuhlman) to assist her convey Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to the Harlem neighborhood on the Lafayette Theater with an all-Black solid. They select for his or her groundbreaking manufacturing a gifted however untested 21-year-old director by the identify of Orson Welles (Jewell Wilson Bridges), whose reimagined Haitian imaginative and prescient for the Scottish play is as daring and contemporary because the solid and crew themselves.

The Fire That Took Her (Documentary) Directed by Patricia E. Gillespie (In Theaters)

Mother-of-two Judy Malinowski was doused in gasoline and set on hearth by her crazed ex-boyfriend. She would go on to turn into the primary particular person to testify on the trial for her personal homicide. “The Fire That Took Her” goes contained in the landmark case to ask a well timed query: How a lot should girls endure in an effort to be believed?

The Pez Outlaw (Documentary) Directed by Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

“The Pez Outlaw”

Steve Glew, a small-town Michigan man, boards a aircraft for Eastern Europe quickly after the autumn of the Berlin Wall. His mission is to find a secret manufacturing unit that holds the important thing to essentially the most desired and helpful Pez dispensers. Steve turns into the hero of his personal journey, smuggling the rarest of products into the U.S. and making tens of millions within the course of. It was all magical, till his arch-nemesis, The Pezident determined to destroy him.

Sinphony (Anthology) Directed by Haley Bishop, Kimberley Elizabeth, Nichole Carlson, Steven Keller, Jason Wilkinson, Michael Galvan, Mark Pritchard, Sebastien Bazile, Wes Driver, Baraka Noel, and Jason Ragosta; Written by Haley Bishop, Kimberley Elizabeth, Nichole Carlson, Wes Driver, Sebastien Bazile, Greg Greene, Steven Keller, Baraka Noel, Jason Ragosta (In Theaters and Available on VOD)

International filmmakers every discover a personality coping with tragedy attributable to a supernatural entity.

October 28

Call Jane Directed by Phyllis Nagy; Written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi (In Theaters)

Chicago, 1968. When Joy’s (Elizabeth Banks) being pregnant results in a life-threatening coronary heart situation, she should navigate an all-male medical institution unwilling to terminate her being pregnant in an effort to save her life. Her journey for an answer leads her to Virginia (Sigourney Weaver), an impartial visionary fiercely dedicated to girls’s well being, and Gwen (Wunmi Mosaku), an activist who desires of a day when all girls could have entry to abortion, no matter their means to pay.

Peaceful Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot; Written by Emmanuelle Bercot and Marcia Romano (In Theaters)


Benot Magimel is Benjamin, a passionate theater trainer in his late thirties who simply came upon he has terminal most cancers. Reluctantly leaning on the help of his loving mom Crystal (Catherine Deneuve) and his compassionate physician (Gabriel Sara), he slowly learns to just accept the inevitable journey of loss of life.

Run Sweetheart Run Directed by Shana Feste; Written by Shana Feste, Kellee Terrell, and Keith Josef Adkins (Available on Prime Video)

After what begins as dinner with a consumer, a single mother (Ella Balinska) finds herself hunted by a monstrous and seemingly unstoppable assailant (Pilou Asbk) on this terrifying darkish thriller.

All Quiet on the Western Front Written by Lesley Paterson, Ian Stokell, and Edward Berger (Available on Netflix)

When 17-year-old Paul (Felix Kammerer) joins the Western Front in World War I, his preliminary pleasure is quickly shattered by the grim actuality of life within the trenches.

Prey for the Devil (In Theaters)

“Prey for the Devil”

A nun (Virginia Madsen) prepares to carry out an exorcism and comes nose to nose with a demonic pressure with mysterious ties to her previous.

October 30

Appetite for Sin (Available on VOD)

Appetite For Sin is a horror function movie concerning the story of ladies vampires strolling among the many residing in Los Angeles. The lead Vampire Sarah Hase (Missy Sahagun), is looking for Vampire Killer Jeffery Nelson (Ricky Herrera). Sarah, who can also be an undercover FBI agent, desires to catch him within the act and have him rot in a cell for eternity.


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