Buy, Rent, or Wait: October 2021

Theatrical releases are still a bit of a rarity due to the impact of the pandemic, which means that it can be difficult to learn which films are coming out soon as they’re now delivered through various different platforms. So we’re casting our eyes further afield than just your traditional cinema to find five upcoming new releases for the month. Some will still find their way to the silver screen, but others will be available from the comfort of your home. Our job will be to make wild guesses based on their synopsis and trailer as to whether they’ll worth your time, separating them into one of three categories:

Buy: This film is worth multiple viewings and maybe even a purchase of a hardcopy!

Rent: A movie in this category will be worth the cost of admission, whether that’s an actual ticket or a few dollars as a video on demand.

Wait: This means the film isn’t really worth any additional effort on your part. If you happen to catch it on broadcast television or on a streaming service you’re already paying, then maybe it’ll be worth your time. Or maybe not even that!

Last Month’s Results

Before we get to our film predictions, let us take a look at the outcome of our September predictions!

1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 92%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 98%

IMDB Score: 7.9

Box Office

Budget: $150-200 million.

Worldwide: $366 million

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a fun film that managed to feel genuine and poignant despite its formulaic Marvel roots.

Our review!

2. Cinderella

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 42%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: Not enough ratings.

IMDB Score: 4.2

“Bland”. “Asinine”. “Flat”. “Clunky”. Just some of the words critics have thrown at this unnecessary rendition of the Cinderella tale.

3. Malignant

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 76%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 52%

IMDB Score: 6.3

Box Office

Budget: $40 million.

Worldwide: $29 million

Malignant marked James Wan’s return to the horror genre, and many critics have remarked that his presence is very much welcome. This film took many risks—some were appreciated, some were not—which divided opinions, though all agree the ending was bonkers.

4. Cry Macho

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 58%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 63%

IMDB Score: 5.8

Box Office

Budget: $33 million.

Worldwide: $8 million.

Many felt that Clint Eastwood is way past his prime, making his role as the protagonist an ill casting choice. Yet Cry Macho still proved itself to be decently entertaining.

5. My Little Pony: A New Generation

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 89%

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 89%

IMDB Score: 7.2

My Little Pony: A New Generation managed to be bubbly, colorful and charming enough to entertain both adults and children alike, sending a sweet message as well.

And now for the films releasing this month!

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: Well it WAS going to be October 15 for one hot minute there, but apparently it’s out now. So, I guess, just check your local cinema!

Distribution: Theatrical release.

Synopsis: Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters. (IMDB).

Director: Andy Serkis.

Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams.

Juliana Purnell: If there was anything to remember about Venom it’s that it was rather overshadowed during its initial release. The MCU dominated cinema and Venom simply couldn’t compete in the market. Although the one thing it had going for it was its unusual horror vibe, which is a little more unique within comic book film adaptations. Since then it seems it has grown a weird following. Suddenly it’s theorized Life is a secret prequel whilst more than one blockbuster was at one point thought to be an undisclosed sequel. So Venom: Let There Be Carnage—the actual sequel—could technically be described as being long-awaited. Will it be any good? Nope. But B-grade Hollywood action flicks are just what people want to see right now. I think it’ll meet audiences’ expectations; it won’t be a masterpiece, but it’ll satisfy.

Juliana’s Prediction: Rent

Tyler Hummel: I still find myself confused by the 2018 Venom phenomena. As a critic, it’s easy for me to say “that movie was lame” but I can’t tell you how many friends and coworkers I’ve spoken to who all loved the film. I don’t know what to expect from the sequel other than the fact that it’s got Carnage in it; one of Spiderman’s most famous villains. My interest in the sequel is mostly that it’s being directed by Andy Serkis for some unfathomable reason. Why is the actor who did the motion capture work for Smeagle, Snoke, and Caesar the Ape directing movies now? I don’t know but I’m doing to see if he manages to make something that reconciles the conflicting audience/critic reactions to the first movie.  

Tyler’s Prediction: Rent

The Addams Family 2

Rating: PG

Release Date: October 1, 2021

Distribution: Theatrical release + VOD.

Synopsis: The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters. Sequel to the 2019 animated film, ‘The Addams Family’. (IMDB).

Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon.

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz.

Juliana Purnell: It’s October. Halloween’s coming up. Insert your standard spooky-themed movie aimed at children here. It seems the 2019 animated film version of the Addams Family made enough money to justify making a sequel (or the studio needs to make it so it can keep the rights). I’m not expecting anything special here, though to be fair, this franchise has a habit of producing stories that feature a heart-warming message at its core. I do have a young niece that is inextricably drawn to everything spooky and macabre (she had a Halloween-themed birthday party… in March) so she’s going to be a keen bean for this, and no doubt there will be many other children where this type of fare will be a drawcard. For adults, I suspect it’ll be mildly entertaining, but it’s not a must-see animated film by any stretch.

Juliana’s Prediction: Wait

Tyler Hummel: I don’t watch a lot of animated films anymore as a grumpy adult with too many books to read. Bias aside, I didn’t watch the first of the Addams Family reboot films. I couldn’t tell you if the first one was a hidden gem or a tedious watch. In that regard, the best I can say is that it’s not for me. 

Tyler’s Prediction: Wait

No Time to Die

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: October 8, 2021

Distribution: Theatrical release and eventually Paramount +.

Synopsis: James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.(IMDB).

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek.

Juliana Purnell: For the longest time I was able to say that I’d never seen a James Bond film, but then Casino Royale ended up in the IMDB Top 250 list so I felt compelled to watch it. I think my reluctance towards this franchise is due to the fact that it’s always admonished within writing circles. James Bond is always brought up as an example of a Gary Stu, while others have stated that he’s rarely considered the protagonist in his own films given the small amount of character growth he endures. The Daniel Craig movies have addressed some of the complaints over the years. They’re big-budget, solid spy movies that tend to be above average in quality, which is to be expected given how long this cinematic franchise has been running. It may not interest me still, but I have a number of friends that are itching to see this movie. There’s so much hype that this film is the true boogeyman in October’s line up—competing studios have intentionally ensured they aren’t releasing their new movies on the same date. Their fears may be realized as I predict No Time to Die will earn a lot at the box office. However, although it will make money, I don’t see this entry into the franchise as something spectacular.

Juliana’s Prediction: Rent

Tyler Hummel: I think it’s safe to say that the Daniel Craig era of James Bond has been schizophrenic. Since his breakout in 2006, the films have violently shifted in quality from masterpieces to complete failures. As such, I have no idea what to expect from the fifth film after six years of development, reshoots, fired directors, social media comment wars over the casting of a black female 007 agent, schemes to sell the film to multiple streaming services and a three-hour runtime. Every indication is that the film will be an embarrassing flop. That said, early reactions are coming back mixed to positive. As much as I can’t bring myself to hope that we’ll have another Casino Royale or Skyfall on our hands, I will at least hope this film does Craig a good job of saying goodbye to a character he’s played for fifteen years. 

Tyler’s Prediction: Rent

Halloween Kills

Rating: R

Release Date: October 15, 2021

Distribution: Peacock with simultaneous theatrical release.

Synopsis: The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series. (IMDB).

Director: David Gordon Green.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Judy Greer.

Juliana Purnell: I tend to find that if a franchise releases a sequel after many years of absence, it’s usually decent. That was the case with 2018’s Halloween. There was enough of a break for creative minds to really sit back and refine their ideas before committing it to film. The result was a story that ticked a few boxes for fans. Unfortunately they left a glimmer of hope for yet another sequel, and here we are, riding the manufactured gravy train where we’re straight back to watching mind-numbing films made purely to empty the pockets of audiences. Created simply because it could, I don’t see Halloween Kills offering anything new to the franchise.

Juliana’s Prediction: Wait

Tyler Hummel: Halloween 2018 is a weird sequel. On one hand, it’s one of the more sensitive sequels in a franchise that’s full of schlock and cheap violence and actually tries to tell a story about trauma, intergenerational relationships, and cycles of violence. It also mostly fails at those things and doesn’t accomplish much beyond putting something of a story cap on the franchise. That said, it’s VERY weird that the creators want to undo the story they accomplished for two more movies: Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. All I really expect out of this sequel is that it’s going to be big, dumb, and include a lot of gory and unnecessarily cool-looking death scenes where Michael Myers does his thing. Beyond that, I don’t have much hope that it’ll be an interesting story after the last film. 

Tyler’s Prediction: Rent

Dune

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: October 22, 2021

Distribution: HBO Max with simultaneous theatrical release.

Synopsis: Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. (IMDB).

Directors: Denis Villeneuve.

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya.

Juliana Purnell: I want Dune to succeed so badly, considering that science-fiction fantasy has been largely absent from cinema for far too long. It has every chance of success—Dune features an impressive cast and it’s helmed by Denis Villeneuve. Arrival was a masterpiece whilst Blade Runner 2049 was phenomenal, so Dune is in good hands. My fear is that this will be a film that will divide critics and general audiences, much like Villeneuve’s previous works. Given that Game of Thrones has opened the door for some audiences to explore other genres, I hope Dune continues to break boundaries so that we can see more of its ilk back on the silver screen.

Juliana’s Prediction: Buy

Tyler Hummel: I’ve been waiting for this film for a LONG TIME. I’m not the HUGEST fan of the Dune books in the world but that’s only because I’ve only read the first one. I completely respect Dune as a franchise though and rightly consider the books to be among the most important in the history of science fiction. Seeing them properly adapted to the big screen is also something I’ve wanted for years. Coming from the same creative team that gave us the masterpiece Blade Runner 2049, I’ve known for a while now that we’re in for some sort of miraculous feat. This film only marks the first part of a two-part first film and the director has also said that he could foresee adaptations of some of the Dune sequel books. For that reason alone, I am seeing it with the hopes that he can successfully launch a multi-part Dune franchise that adapts some of the more esoteric and strange books in addition to finishing the story of the first book! 

Tyler’s Prediction: Buy

Thanks for joining us for Buy, Rent, or Wait! Let us know your predictions in the comment section. Join us in November for our next edition!

Are you looking forward to any of these films? What are your predictions? What film are you looking forward to most in October?

Juliana Purnell

After obtaining a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts, Juliana Purnell has enjoyed a successful acting career, working within theme parks, businesses, and on film sets. She has also taken on crew roles, both in film and theatrical productions. When Juliana isn't working, she enjoys watching movies of all genres at the cinema, writing, and playing with Samson, her pomeranian.

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