Film Digest: October


Alex Hahn

With temperatures dropping and the election heating up, if one needs to escape  the cruel cold world, the Oracle gives you a guide to taking a blissful two hours off of reality this October. Here are five forthcoming films.

5) The Accountant

Ben Affleck is the best thing about Batman V Superman. That is accepted by critics and fans alike, and the Accountant feels like an off key Batman film. Headlining Affleck and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash” “Juno” “Zootopia”), “The Accountant” seems to be packing in actors who bring intensity, building it up to be a true thriller about a math savant who tries to go legitimate after being an accountant for several powerful crime rings.

“The Accountant” is Rated R and will be released on October 14.

4) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Regardless of your thoughts about his acting ability and offset behavior, Tom Cruise is a good action hero. Taking a break from “Mission Impossible”, Cruise takes a shot at being a grittier action spy film star in,  “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”. Based on the series of books, this sequel to an earlier adaptation aims to pack in the same level of action as the books and first film.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” will be relased on October 21st.

3) Keeping Up with the Joneses

Film at it’s best inspires thought and emotion, yet sometimes one needs to stop thinking and just enjoy. This film provides a chance to do just that with a decent cast pulling together in an attempt to just have fun following the antics of couple tied into an international spy plot with their secret agent neighbors.

“Keeping Up with the Joneses” is rated PG-13 and will be released on October 21.

2) The Girl on the Train

Films based on books have a bad reputation, but on the heels of last year’s “Room”, and “Carol” one should have hope that books turned into film turn out well. This mystery thriller was a New York Times bestseller, and the film is hotly anticipated.

“The Girl on the Train” is rated R and will be released October 6.

1) Birth of a Nation:

To truly appreciate this film it takes a bit of history. “The Birth of a Nation” was the title of a film in 1915, and that film was groundbreakingly innovative, and heartbreakingly racist.

Featuring a majority African American cast, and telling the story of a slave rebellion writer, director, producer, and star Nate Parker attempts to capitalize on that irony with a beautifully crafted film that lacks the blight of the film that shares its name.

“The Birth of a Nation” is rated R and will be released October 1.