Big action franchises lead the October 2017 Movies on Demand premieres. See below for the exciting slate of major studio and indie new releases making their television premieres via Movies on Demand (MOD) on cable’s VOD platform.
The world has seen Spider-Man in many forms, but Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first in the Marvel series, starring Tom Holland, who begins to navigate his new identity as the web-slinging super hero under the watchful eye of his mentor Tony Stark. In Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back and being pursued by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his ghoulish crew who escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…notably Jack.
Garnering 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, War for the Planet of the Apes is the last in the rebooted trilogy, starring Andy Serkis as the leader of the apes, who are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Called breathtaking and powerful, the characters on both sides are so well crafted that it is hard to decide who to root for. Good things come in threes and Annabelle: Creation is also the third in a series, which is also a spinoff of the Conjuring franchise.
Baby Driver also clocked in with 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Kevin Spacey plays a crime mastermind and Ansel Elgort is his reluctant young getaway driver, who uses his personal rock and pop soundtrack to fuel a doomed heist that threatens his life, love & freedom. In Girls Trip, a strong cast (Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah) drives this wild and outrageously raunchy comedy about four college friends who reunite at the Essence Festival in New Orleans to test and cement their sisterhood.
October 2017 Movies on Demand on Cable Major Studio Premieres*:
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – 10/3 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Adventure, Drama; Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem
The House – 10/10 – (same day as DVD); R; Comedy; Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler
Baby Driver/ Baby Driver With Stunt Driving Featurette – 10/10 – (same day as DVD); R/TV-MA; Action, Comedy; Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey
Wish Upon/Wish Upon (Unrated) – 10/10 – (same day as DVD); PG-13/TV-MA; Horror; Joey King, Ryan Phillippe
Spider-Man: Homecoming – 10/17 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Action, Drama; Tom Holland, Michael Keaton
Girls Trip – 10/17 – (same day as DVD); R; Comedy; Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish
The Emoji Movie/The Emoji Movie With Bonus Featurette – 10/24 – (same day as DVD); PG/TV-PG; Comedy, Family; T.J. Miller, James Corden
War for the Planet of the Apes – 10/24 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Action, Sci-fi; Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis
Annabelle: Creation – 10/24 – (same day as DVD); R; Horror, Thriller; Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman
Kidnap – 10/31 – (same day as DVD); R; Action, Thriller; Halle Berry, Sage Correa
The Dark Tower/The Dark Tower: Good Vs. Evil Edition – 10/31 – (same day as DVD); PG-13/TV-14; Horror; Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey
October indie premieres on MOD*
A wide range of imaginative and award-winning indie films fill out the MOD premiere slate for October.
Writer/director Sofia Coppola won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for The Beguiled, the story of a wounded Civil War solider taken in at a girls’ boarding school. This is a reimagining of the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie, this time from the women’s perspective, starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Bringing in 92% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and a Sundance Festival nomination, is the melancholy and moving A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck as a deceased husband who comes back as a ghost to console his bereft wife Rooney Mara.
Florence Pugh gives a tour de force performance where lust, power and murder collide in the psychological tragedy, Lady Macbeth, the critically-acclaimed winner of 12 film festival awards. Also coming in with multiple film festival wins is Maudie, based on the true story of arthritic Nova Scotia folk artist Maud (Sally Hawkins) and the unlikely romance between her and a hardened reclusive bachelor (Ethan Hawke).
Menashe, with 96% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes is a glimpse into a notoriously secret ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, when a loving young widower father fights against tradition in order to keep custody of his only son. In Churchill, Brian Cox (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), plays British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the tense days leading up to the infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944.
Two Notable Documentaries:
Step chronicles the senior year in a girls’ high school step dance team and their passion and drive to win a championship and secure their futures in college. This powerful film embodies the true meaning of sisterhood, set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s inner city. Finally, an Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is the riveting climate change follow-up to Vice President Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
October INDIE premieres on MOD*
Marjorie Prime – 10/2 – (weeks before DVD); TV-14; Sci-fi, Drama; Jon Hamm, Lois Smith
A Ghost Story – 10/3 – (same day as DVD); R; Romance, Drama; Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Planetarium – 10/3 – (same day as DVD); TV-MA; Drama, Mystery; Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp
Churchill – 10/3 – (same day as DVD); PG; War, Drama; Brian Cox, John Slattery
The Book Of Henry – 10/3 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama; Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher
Super Dark Times – 10/3 – (weeks before DVD); TV-MA; Drama, Thriller; Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan
Architects of Denial – 10/6 – (same day as theatrical); TV-14; Docu; Julian Assange, George Clooney
Abundant Acreage Available – 10/6 – (same day as DVD); TV-MA; Drama, Comedy; Amy Ryan, Steve Coulter
Overdrive – 10/6 – (same day as theatrical); PG-13; Action, Crime, Drama; Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp
Heartstone – 10/10 – (same day as DVD); TV-14; Drama, Romance; Baldur Einarsson, Blaer Hinriksson
Maudie – 10/10 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins
The Beguiled – 10/10 – (same day as DVD); R; Drama, Thriller; Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman
The Secret Scripture – 10/13 – (same day as theatrical); PG-13; Drama; Rooney Mara, Eric Bana
Blood Money – 10/13 – (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Drama; Klariza Clayton, Ollie Barbieri
6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain – 10/13 – (same day as theatrical); PG-13; Drama, Thriller
Brawn in Cell Block 99 – 10/13 – (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Action, Drama; Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter
78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene – 10/13 – (same day as theatrical); TV-14; Docu; Guillermo del Toro, Peter Bogdanovich
Lady Macbeth – 10/17 – (same day as DVD); R; Drama, Romance; Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis
Menashe – 10/17 – PG; Drama; Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski
Step – 10/17 – (same day as DVD); PG; Docu; Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger
The Midwife – 10/17 – (same day as DVD); TV-14; Drama; Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot
The Bachelors – 10/20 – (same day as theatrical); TV-14; Drama; J.K. Simmons, Josh Wiggins
Never Here – 10/20 – (same day as theatrical); R; Drama, Thriller; Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard
Jungle – 10/20 – (same day as theatrical); R; Action, Adventure; Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann
Dealt – 10/20 – (same day as theatrical); TV-14; Docu; Richard Turner
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – 10/24 – (same day as DVD); PG; Docu; Al Gore
Acts of Vengeance – 10/27 – (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Drama; Antonio Banderas, Cristina Serafini
The Truth About Lies – 10/27 – (weeks before DVD); TV-14; Romance, Comedy; Odette Annable, Fran Kranz
*MOD schedule is subject to change. Titles, dates and availability may vary by system. HD and 3D not available in all systems.
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