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A romantic drama that was largely dismissed when it opened in 2020, I found Ammonite to have had quite a wide reception.
Writer-director Francis Lee created the incredible, iconic queer film God’s Own Country. While this one doesn’t reach the heights of its predecessor, it’s still a great companion.
Set in 1840s England, it follows the fossil hunter Mary and a woman sent to live near the sea. The two fall in love and the relationship changes them both.
What really makes this film worthwhile is the performances. Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan work wonders with the lead roles, adding emotional depth when the script feels a little stilted.
It’s not a perfect movie, but if you love these actresses, go see it.
This one totally surprised me. A mix of Mean Girls and Cruel Intentions, absolutely devilish.
It follows outcasts Drea and Eleanor as they decide to sabotage and systematically ruin each other’s goons. But eventually her conscience begins to hold her back.
Riverdale’s Camila Mendes is suitably wild in the lead, and Stranger Things star Maya Hawke gives us just one more reason to love her.
Austin Abrams – the adorable star of Dash & Lily and Euphoria – has a big part to play here, and to top it off is former teen icon Sarah Michelle Gellar.
It’s a hilarious camp film that I just couldn’t get enough of. You will absolutely love it.
I used to be famous
This is a little British indie that really surprised me. With no love interest to win, it was a bit purer than your normally light-hearted fare.
The Netflix Original follows a former boy band star who dreams of his big comeback day and night. When he meets Stevie – an autistic drummer of great talent – he sees an opportunity to work together.
But their business arrangement soon turns into a friendship and a beautiful bond.
This film is about following your dreams – but not losing sight of the relationships that really matter.
Ed Skrein – best known as the villain from the first Deadpool movie – proves he’s got what it takes and deserves more roles. Leo Long is fabulous here too, making the most of his debut role.
Co-writer and director Eddie Sternberg made this film from his original 2015 short film. While it drags on at some points, it’s a largely successful endeavor that’s packed with heart.
This movie is without a doubt one of the scariest and most difficult movies I have ever experienced.
Based on the incredible book by Cormac McCarthy, The Road is an intense film that you will never forget.
In a post-apocalyptic world, every corner you turn brings new dangers. A grieving father tries to protect his son as they head to the sea.
Director John Hillcoat – a consistently incredible director who also directed Lawless, The Proposition and Triple 9 – makes sure he makes an impact here.
Viggo Mortensen is fantastic, as is young Kodi Smit-McPhee in his first major role. They are joined by Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce.
Overall, it’s a somber but absolutely gorgeous effort and masterful filmmaking.
Saw (available Saturday)
One of the best modern horror movies, Saw is a genuinely spooky, twisted ride that still packs a ton of punch.
It follows two strangers who wake up chained in a room with no memory of how they ended up there.
With a dead man lying in the middle of the room, they soon realize they are being held captive by a serial killer who wants to ensnare them in their own game.
Director and co-writer James Wan – who went on to direct Insidious, The Conjuring and more – was introduced as a great horror writer because of his film.
It’s spawned a decade-long franchise, but this will always be the best. Starring Princess Bride alum Cary Elwes, co-writer Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover and Tobin Bell, it’s the perfect way to start October.