Top Films to Watch in October: A Selection of Cinematic Gems

Top Films to Watch in October: A Selection of Cinematic Gems

October’s Film Extravaganza

With the London Film Festival taking center stage, it’s important not to miss the extensive coverage and reviews in the Evening Standard.

But let’s not forget that October brings with it a collection of exceptional films for general release. As we step into this cinematic month, here are eight outstanding films to look out for.

The Great Escaper

This film delves into the remarkable true story of 89-year-old D-Day veteran Bernie Jordan.

In 2014, Bernie made headlines when, unable to secure a ticket for a Normandy trip, he embarked on a solo journey for the 70th D-Day anniversary.

The silver screen brings Bernie’s spirited escapade to life with the masterful Michael Caine, while the late Glenda Jackson delivers a memorable performance as his wife Irene.

A heartwarming tribute to love and memory, this film promises to be a touching masterpiece. (Release Date: October 6)


For those who vividly remember the BlackBerry era, this film humorously traces the rise and fall of the once-ubiquitous device.

Matt Johnson’s entertaining narrative captures the bumpy journey of tech geniuses Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin.

A standout performance by Glenn Howerton as Jim Balsillie adds a layer of chaos to this corporate calamity tale, making it a must-see for those seeking an amusing take on a tech phenomenon. (Release Date: October 6)

The Exorcist: Believer

Returning to the iconic horror franchise, this sequel features Ellen Burstyn reprising her role from 50 years ago. She plays Chris MacNeil, who is asked to help two possessed young girls.

While it’s a tall order to match the original’s brilliance, this film aims to deliver a spine-tingling experience that horror enthusiasts won’t want to miss. (Release Date: October 6)


Helen Mirren takes on the role of Israeli prime minister Golda Meir during a pivotal three-week period in her premiership.

Focusing on the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the film presents a tense war room scenario as Meir grapples with decisions that could alter history.

Despite the remarkable makeup transformation, this film aims to reveal the inner struggles of Golda Meir. (Release Date: October 6)

Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese’s highly-anticipated period drama brings a riveting tale to the big screen.

Set in the Osage Nation, the film features Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in a story of greed, power, and Native American heritage.

The trailer promises cinematic beauty in this epic, making it a film that cinephiles have eagerly awaited. (Release Date: October 20)

It Lives Inside

For horror enthusiasts, here’s a fantastic and creepy debut from Bishal Dutta. The film explores the shifting dynamics between friends as they encounter supernatural forces.

Amidst themes of cultural identity, loss, and belonging, this film offers a compelling narrative and a dose of impending dread. (Release Date: October 20)

Our River… Our Sky

Set in Baghdad during the turmoil of 2006, this film provides a unique perspective on the lives of ordinary Iraqis. Amidst bombings and violence, the story follows individuals trying to navigate their lives. It’s a tale of resilience, love for their homeland, and the enduring spirit of humanity in the face of adversity. (Release Date: October 20)

Beyond Utopia

In this powerful documentary, Madeleine Gavin captures the harrowing journey of North Koreans attempting to escape abroad.

Shot predominantly with hidden cameras, the film follows South Korean pastor Kim Seungeun’s mission to assist escapees in the face of Kim Jong-un’s regime.

A story of compassion and endurance in the midst of brutal odds, this documentary offers a glimpse into the remarkable human spirit. (Release Date: October 27)

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