By Kristen Lopez | The Playlist October 2, 2013 at 12:25PM
Synopsis: Tormented teen, Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), discovers a new world after she unleashes a telekinetic power she never knew she possessed.
What You Need to Know: There’s already been two previous attempts to adapt author Stephen King’s tale of bullying and telekinesis. The 1976, Brian De Palma helmed, film is considered the definitive version, inspiring a fairly terrible quasi-sequel in 1999; there’s also a modernized television remake in 2002 that’s highlight is having Patricia Clarkson playing Carrie’s religious zealot mother. This upcoming remake is gaining fans with the casting of “It Girl” Chloe Grace Moretz as the teen terror, alongside Julianne Moore as her mother. You also have “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Pierce's long-awaited return behind the camera. Both she and Moretz have proclaimed this version to be a game changer; with an approach that will hopefully add some real depth to the characters. It’s also the only movie in the horror genre to come out around Halloween, so if you’re looking for a scare it’s your only option.
Release Date: October 18th.
“Kill Your Darlings”
Synopsis: Follows a young, pre-Beat, Allan Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) as he goes in search of himself. Along the way he meets the alluring Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan) who compels Ginsberg to enter dark territory that could prove dangerous.
What You Need to Know: It’s Harry Potter playing Allan Ginsburg and doing stuff you probably never wanted to witness Harry Potter doing. That’s the short version of “Kill Your Darlings.” The movie’s dark tones won’t appeal to everyone; in his review of the movie at Sundance, Rodrigo Perez called it “unsubtle” and “far from enlightening." Other reviews have praised it or castigated it, but the amount of talent on-the screen (the full trailer includes appearances by Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ben Foster), coupled with the provocative subject matter, should get a few of the art house fans to seek it out.
Release Date: October 18th in New York and Los Angeles with expansion from there.
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
Synopsis: Two women find love, anger, and frustration all within a relationship that spans several years. As each woman is faced with different career paths and life changes, they must decide whether their relationship is worth continuing.
What You Need to Know: In a month riddled with controversial films, “Blue is the Warmest Color” was one of the earliest. The three-hour lesbian drama has been called pornographic, explicit, and disturbing; and that’s from the cast and crew! Writer Jessica Kiang may have called the film “sublime” in her Cannes review, but since then the actresses, cast, and director have all competed for space to inject their own thoughts about the project into the universe. The actresses have already vowed never to work with the director; the crew has leveled cries of “bullying” against the production, and the film’s director -- Abdellatif Kechiche -- wants to prevent the movie’s release; all from a movie which snagged the coveted Palme d’Or! Sadly, the amount of people able to see this movie is already limited based on its NC-17 rating, and it won’t be considered for the Oscars. However, it's one you should make the time for.
Release Date: October 25th in limited release
Synopsis: A lawyer (Michael Fassbender) gets involved with a group of drug dealers, pushing him to break boundaries and test his limits in ways he never imagined.
What You Need to Know: Director Ridley Scott lost audiences with the divisive “Prometheus” last summer, but he’s primed to get them back with “The Counselor.” Everything about the movie screams “Must-See,” from the casting of Hollywood’s golden boy, Fassbender, to the script penned by author Cormac McCarthy. There’s even been talk that Cameron Diaz, downright terrifying in recent clips as the film’s villainess, could get a nomination for Best Supporting Actres.! The trailers have a strong blend of action, violence, and gravitas evocative of a McCarthy script, and hopefully it’ll return some goodwill to Scott as a director. Either way, it looks completely insane and a whole lot of fun.
Release Date: October 25th
Honorable Mentions: Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck knock heads in the online poker thriller (really) “Runner Runner” (October 4th); Adam Scott has to get his divorced parents together in “A.C.O.D.” (October 4th); "Putty Hill" director Matthew Porterfield returns with “I Used to Be Darker” (October 4th in New York) while Ken Marino has something awful coming out of his ass in the outrageous horror comedy “Bad Milo” (October 4th in limited release).