There’s something truly special about going to the movies. The big screen, the comfy seats, the smell of fresh popcorn and a chance to escape from the real world for a couple of hours – what more could you want?
We get it, life gets in the way, and a trip to the cinema seems like the last thing on your priority list. But you know what? You deserve a night out. And if you’ve been holding out for a killer flick to hit the box office, you’re in luck – October is absolutely bursting with blockbusters.
Check out our top picks for this month, and be sure to read till the end to find out how you can save big on your next movie!
1. A Star Is Born
Lady Gaga. Bradley Cooper. Need we say more? A Star Is Born may be the third remake of the iconic 1937 film of the same name, but it certainly won’t leave you with that “ugh, enough already!” feeling that comes with most remakes. The movie, which opened to rave reviews and is already considered a serious Oscar contender, follows an alcoholic musician (played by Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young, up-and-coming singer (Gaga). And while the story itself is enough to draw us in, it’s the music and incredible chemistry between our two leads that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
2. Bad Times at the El Royale
With a cast including Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm and our very own Chris Hemsworth, Bad Times is worth a watch for the star power alone. Luckily though, the film itself is just as stellar. It follows seven strangers staying at the shady, rundown El Royale hotel on the border of California and Nevada, each with a secret to hide and each presented with one last shot at redemption. It’s funny, thrilling, twisty, and will delight fans of Pulp Fiction.
Generations have been captivated by the legend of the Yeti, but what if generations of Yeti have been captivated by the legend of humans? That’s the premise of the hilarious (and adorable) animated flick Smallfoot, starring the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Danny DeVito and more. Migo the Yeti – and all of his kind – have lived for millennia thinking humans (“smallfoots”) were just myths. That is, until he accidentally stumbles upon one himself. The problem? No one believes him. So Migo and a group of believers set out to prove the existence of humans once and for all, risking the exposure of his own kind.
4. First Man
Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling and The Crown‘s Claire Foy star in this biographical drama which follows the life of the first man on the moon, the legendary Neil Armstrong (in particular, the years leading up to the iconic 1969 moon landing). Critics have praised the film for its authenticity, and Gosling has been tipped to win the Oscar for Best Actor for the second year running. Watch this space!
5. A Simple Favour
If you liked Gone Girl (let’s face it, who didn’t?), you’re going to love A Simple Favour. This twist-filled flick stars Anna Kendrick as a widowed mummy vlogger who turns investigator after her mysterious and wealthy bestie (Blake Lively) suddenly disappears. Slowly, she begins to learn her friend isn’t the person she thought she knew, and the ending will leave you with your jaw on the floor. It’s been a hit with critics and audiences alike, some of whom say it’s even better than the book from which it’s adapted.
6. The Hate U Give
Adapted from the acclaimed young adult novel of the same name, The Hate U Give is a smart, thought-provoking commentary on police brutality and racism in America. Amandla Stenberg plays Starr, a young black girl whose life changes dramatically after her childhood best friend, Khalil, is shot and killed right in front of her by a white police officer during a routine traffic stop. When she sees the media portraying Khalil as a drug-dealing gang member who got what was coming to him, Starr learns to find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
What would October be without a slasher film to scare us into sleeping with the lights on? Halloween is the 11th instalment of the series, and we reckon it’s the best since the original. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, who narrowly escaped the psychotic killer Michael Myers as a teenage babysitter. 40 years on from that fateful night, Laurie is determined to face Myers once more – but now a grandmother, she has more to lose than ever before.
Well, we promised you a great deal, and we always deliver on our promises! Right now, you can see any of these amazing movies (and more) for just $13.50 per ticket thanks to our friends at Event Cinemas. No, this is not a drill. Head on over to Scoopon now to grab this offer before it sells out!