Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to October

“Bridge of Spies”

Who: Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda and Mark Rylance
What: An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.
When: October 16th
Why: It’s incredible to think that Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have only made three films together, because they’re such a great team that it feels like much more. The self-proclaimed history buffs reunite for their fourth collaboration with this period drama about the nervy relationship between the U.S. and Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, and though it doesn’t sound like the kind of movie that will have a fighting chance at next year’s Academy Awards, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more Oscar-friendly duo than Spielberg and Hanks, who always seem to be at the top of their game, especially when working together.

“Crimson Peak”

Who: Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam
What: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider.
When: October 16th
Why: Guillermo Del Toro has had his share of hits and misses throughout his career, but judging from the trailers for “Crimson Peak,” fans of the director are going to be very happy. In fact, despite my disinterest in most things horror, this has become one of my most anticipated films of the year. You couldn’t ask for a better group of actors, and the costume and production design looks absolutely incredible. While some have expressed their concern over the use of CG for the ghost effects, the movie appears decidedly old school in almost every other aspect, and you wouldn’t expect any less from Del Toro.

“Burnt”

Who: Bradley Cooper, Alicia Vikander, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl and Lily James
What: After destroying his career with drugs and diva behavior, chef Adam Jones cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself.
When: October 23rd
Why: This isn’t the first time that Bradley Cooper has played a talented chef trying to revive his once-promising career (before he was a big movie star, the actor headlined the short-lived TV series, “Kitchen Confidential,” loosely based on Anthony Bourdain’s memoir of the same name), so “Burnt” represents a bit of unfinished business for him. Though movies about the culinary industry have a habit of overdramatizing the day-to-day lives of chefs, as long as the film can balance those moments of hyperbole with a compelling story and actual character development (see: last year’s delightful “Chef”), this could be one of the surprise hits of the season.

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