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On the screen: Great films hitting cinemas in October 2014

Whether you’re hoping to catch a mushy romance film for date night, or something that will get you on the edge of your seat, here’s our picks of this month’s happenings on the big screen.



A Walk Among the Tombstones
Based on the bestselling series of mystery novels by the same name, A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, a former New York Police Department detective working as an unlicensed private investigator, and operating just outside the law. When Matt agrees to help a drug kingpin track down the men who kidnapped and brutally murdered his wife, he goes on a hunt through the backstreets of Manhattan to find the killers before they strike again. Blurring the lines between right and wrong in his search for the monsters responsible, he is in danger of becoming a monster himself. Opened 18 September at Cathay Cineplexes.

The Judge 
Starring Robert Downey Jr and Oscar winner Robert Duvall, this drama tells the story of Hank Palmer, a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home, where his estranged father – the town’s judge – is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. The all-star cast also features Vera Farmiga, Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and Melissa Leo, and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, among others. Opens 16 October at Golden Village cinemas.



The Best of Me  
Based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), former high school sweethearts who are reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites their love, but the very forces that initially drove them apart pose even more serious threats than before. Opens 6 November at Golden Village cinemas.



The Good Lie  
Based on the true story of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” – the 26,000 young men who fled to refugee camps during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983 to 2005) – this drama stars Reese Witherspoon as Carrie, a no-nonsense woman who agrees to open her home to four Sudanese refugees and help them start over in the United States. The film, which is already getting some Oscar buzz, recalls the largest resettlement of its kind in American history, when, in 2001, the US resettled close to 4,000 “lost boys” in America. Opens 23 October at Cathay Cineplexes.



Good People  
This thriller follows Tom (James Franco) and Anna (Kate Hudson), who, after falling into severe debt, discover that their murdered neighbour has left behind a stash of cash – $400,000 worth – and decide to take the money to pay off their debts. However, they soon find themselves the target of a deadly enemy, and that’s when very bad things start happening to good people. Opens 9 October at Cathay Cineplexes.