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.)

Opening on the week of 1 October

Rogue (1 Oct)

Director: M.J. Bassett (“Solomon Kane”)

Cast: Megan Fox, Philip Winchester

Genre: Action

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.

Pinocchio (1 Oct)

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

The War with Grandpa (8 Oct)

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

The Song of Names (15 Oct)

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

Honest Thief (22 Oct)

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.

The Empty Man (22 Oct)

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.

The Sunlit Night (22 Oct)

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

The Craft: Legacy (29 Oct)

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.

The Silencing (29 Oct)

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.

Ghosts of War (29 Oct)

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.

Blood Vessel (29 Oct)

Director: Justin Dix (“Crawlspace”)

Cast: Alyssa Sutherland, Robert Taylor, Nathan Phillips, Christopher Kirby, John Lloyd Fillingham, Alex Cooke

Genre: Horror

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.

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