A sequel to 1978’s original “Halloween” reboots the R-rated horror franchise and attempts to overtake current box office winners “Venom” and “A Star is Born,” while the stellar cast of family drama “What They Had” includes Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” places comedian Melissa McCarthy in a more serious role than usual, and actor Jonah Hill makes his directorial debut with skateboarding and coming of age pic “Mid90s.”
Select release dates: October 17 – Philippines; Oct 19 – Canada, Ireland, UK, USA; Oct 25 – Australia, Singapore; Oct 31 – South Korea; November 1 – Netherlands
Story: It might have been 40 years (and 10 franchise movies) since the first “Halloween” horror but there’s still time for original heroine Laurie Strode, now supremely well-prepared, to have a final reckoning with masked serial murderer Michael Myers in this sequel-reboot.
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween” (1978) “Scream Queens”), Judy Greer (“Ant-Man,” “Jurassic World”) and Andi Matichak (“Making It: The Series”) and directed by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” TV series “Eastbound & Down,” “Vice Principals”.)
What They Had (R)
Canada and USA release – October 19; UK – March 2019
Story: Bridget moves back home to help her cynical brother and optimistic father take care of her aging mother who is suffering from memory loss.
Starring Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby,” “The Homesman”), Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Blythe Danner (“Meet the Parents”) and Robert Forster (“Twin Peaks”) and directed by Elizabeth Chomko (directorial debut).
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (R)
Select release dates: October 19 – USA; November 2 – South Africa; February 2019 – UK, Netherlands
Story: Once-successful writer Lee Israel discovers that people will pay for letters from famous authors — and that she can turn underappreciated talents to the risky business of forging more.
Starring Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids,” “The Heat”) and Richard E Grant (“Gosford Park,” “Withnail & I”) and directed by Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”).
US release date: October 19
Story: Thirteen-year-old teenager Stevie finds an escape from an unpleasant home life when he makes friends with a bunch of older boys who are into skateboarding.
Starring Sunny Suljic (“The House with a Clock in Its Walls”), Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”), skateboarders Olan Prenatt and Na-kel Smith and directed by Jonah Hill (actor in “21 Jump Street,” TV series “Maniac”; directorial debut).