The Complete Guide to Hollywood Movies Opening in October 2020
Once again, we’re left quite sparse this month, due to the uncertain recovery of the box office. Black Widow (29 Oct) is likely to be delayed again. I doubt Death on the Nile (22 Oct) will stay too, if Black Widow moves. (Updated on 7 Oct: Yup, like predicted, they moved.)
Movies coming out in October 2020
(Click on the movie titles in the bullets to jump to that section if you don’t want to scroll through the entire list. You can also click on each movie’s heading to go to their IMDb pages. Release dates below are for Singapore, but if you’re outside Singapore, IMDb can tell you fairly accurately what’s the release date in your country.)
- Rogue (1 Oct)
- Pinocchio (1 Oct)
- The War with Grandpa (8 Oct)
- The Song of Names (15 Oct)
- Honest Thief (22 Oct)
- The Empty Man (22 Oct)
- The Sunlit Night (22 Oct)
- The Craft: Legacy (29 Oct)
- The Silencing (29 Oct)
- Ghosts of War (29 Oct)
- Blood Vessel (29 Oct)
Opening on the week of 1 October
Director: M.J. Bassett (“Solomon Kane”)
Cast: Megan Fox, Philip Winchester
Synopsis: Megan Fox (Transformers franchise) tackles a thrilling new role as a battle-hardened mercenary in this explosive action saga. As team leader O’Hara, she leads a lively squad of soldiers on a daring mission: rescue hostages from their captors in remote Africa. But as the mission goes awry and the team is stranded, O’Hara’s squad must face a bloody, brutal encounter with a gang of rebels — and the horde of ravenous, enraged lions they encounter.
Director: Matteo Garrone (“Tale of Tales”, “Gomorra”, “Dogman”)
Cast: Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Gigi Proietti
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Synopsis: In this live-action adaptation of the beloved fairytale, old woodcarver Gepetto (Roberto Benigni), fashions a wooden puppet, Pinocchio (Federico Ielapi), who magically comes to life. Pinocchio longs for adventure and is easily led astray, encountering magical beasts, fantastical spectacles, while making friends and foes along his journey. However his dream is to become a real boy, which can only come true if he finally changes his ways.
Opening on the week of 8 October
Director: Tim Hill (“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”, “Alvin and the Chipmunks”)
Cast: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano, Oakes Fegly
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Synopsis: Peter and his grandpa used to be very close, but when Grandpa Jack moves in with the family, Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession: his bedroom. Peter will stop at nothing to get his room back, scheming with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out. However, grandpa doesn’t give up easily, and it turns into an all-out war between the two.
Opening on the week of 15 October
Director: François Girard (“Boychoir”, “Silk”, “The Red Violin”)
Cast: Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Jonah Hauer-King
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery
Synopsis: Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left.
Opening on the week of 22 October
Director: Mark Williams (“A Family Man”)
Cast: Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Jeffrey Donovan, Anthony Ramos, Robert Patrick
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Synopsis: Wanting to lead an honest life, a notorious bank robber (Liam Neeson) turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.
Director: David Prior (debut feature)
Cast: James Badge Dale, Stephen Root, Joel Courtney, Rasneet Kaur
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Synopsis: After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers a secretive group and their attempts to summon a horrific, mystical entity, and soon his life—and the lives of those close to him—are in grave danger.
Director: David Wnendt (“Er ist wieder da”)
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, Alex Sharp
Genre: Drama, Romance
Synopsis: THE SUNLIT NIGHT follows an aspiring painter (Jenny Slate) from New York City to the farthest reaches of Arctic Norway for an assignment she hopes will invigorate her work and expand her horizons. In a remote village, among the locals, she meets a fellow New Yorker (Alex Sharp), who has come in search of a proper Viking funeral only to find that the Chief (Zach Galifianakis) is but a re-enactor from Cincinnati. The eclectic crew ranges from “home” to “lost,” within the extreme and dazzling landscape of the Far North. Under a sun that never quite sets, and the high standards of an unforgiving mentor, Frances must navigate between ambition, desire, obligation, and risk in order to find a way forward.
Opening on the week of 29 October
Director: Zoe Lister-Jones (“Band Aid”)
Cast: Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan, David Duchovny
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Synopsis: In Blumhouse’s continuation of the cult hit The Craft, an eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers.
Director: Robin Pront (“D’Ardennen”)
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Annabelle Wallis, Zahn McClarnon, Hero Fiennes Tiffin
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Synopsis: A reformed hunter living in isolation on a wildlife sanctuary becomes involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse when he and the local Sheriff set out to track a vicious killer who may have kidnapped his daughter years ago.
Director: Eric Bress (“The Butterfly Effect”)
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi, Kyle Gallner, Skylar Astin & Alan Ritchson, Billy Zane, Shaun Toub
Genre: Horror, Thriller, War
Synopsis: Follows five battle-hardened American soldiers assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this unexpected respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.
Director: Justin Dix (“Crawlspace”)
Cast: Alyssa Sutherland, Robert Taylor, Nathan Phillips, Christopher Kirby, John Lloyd Fillingham, Alex Cooke
Synopsis: Somewhere in the North Atlantic, late 1945. A life raft adrift at sea, and in it, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship. With no food, water, or shelter, all seems lost — until an abandoned German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival.