Thinking of heading to the cinema? Or fancy a quiet night in on the sofa instead? Either way, grab the popcorn because we’ve got a stellar line-up of movies and shows coming our way this month.
Set at the height of the Cold War, this film follows American chess genius Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) as he takes on the might of the Soviet Union while struggling to keep in check his combined genius and madness. Directed by Oscar-winner Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight, the film also stars Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard. Opens at Golden Village cinemas.
The Green Inferno
When New York student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) becomes smitten with college activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy), she gets more than she’s bargained for in this adventure movie from acclaimed horror director Eli Roth. Despite his standoffishness, Justine joins Alejandro and other protesters on a trip to save the Amazon, only for their plane to crash in the Peruvian jungle. She and the rest of the group are then captured by a tribe of hungry cannibals, and Justine learns that the indigenous world can be far more dangerous and sinister than she ever thought possible. Opens at Cathay Cineplexes.
The Last Witch Hunter
For centuries, armies battled evil witches intent on spreading the Black Death – among them brave warrior Kaulder (Vin Diesel) who succeeded in slaying the all-powerful Queen Witch. Before she died, she cursed him with her own immortality and so prevented him from being reunited with his wife and daughter in the afterlife. He has hunted witches ever since, but now, unbeknown to him, The Queen has been resurrected, and an epic showdown is imminent. Co-starring Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine; directed by Brett Eisner. Opens 22 October at Cathay Cineplexes.
Teenager Zach Cooper is forced by his family to move from a big city to the small town of Greenland, Maryland, where he meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), who lives next door. Her father turns out to be R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. His strange behaviour is hiding the fact the monsters in his books are real and his readers are only protected as long as the creatures remain locked up in the books’ pages. When Zach accidentally releases the monsters, they wreak havoc across town; it’s up to Zach, Hannah and her father to put them back where they belong. Directed by Robert Letterman. Opens 29 October at Golden Village cinemas.
The Israel Film Festival (Singapore) returns for its 23rd annual instalment this month, and among the offerings is dark comedy Zero Motivation, which follows the lives of three female secretaries based on a remote army base in the Israeli desert. Directed by Tayla Lavie, who’ll be in Singapore to open the Festival in person, the film provides a tragi-comic glimpse into the real, surreal, sometimes gloomy and often humorous lives of three women in the military. This is Lavie’s first feature film, and it won six gongs at the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy. In all, six critically acclaimed films will be showcased at the Festival, including Gett – The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Next to Her, The Good Son, Bethlehem and Manpower. See them at Golden Village VivoCity, 21 to 27 October. facebook.com/IFFsingapore
Game of Thrones (Seasons 1-5)
Relive all the action this month in this epic five-season catch up of one of TV’s most successful series. Watch again as the violent struggles for control of the Iron Throne take over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in an epic story of nobility and treachery . All five series are now running on HBO On Demand (StarHub Channel 602) until 31 October.
Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch
Just in case you hadn’t seen enough of the Ramsay family, the 12-year-old daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay now hosts her very own cooking show, preparing American classics like LA hotdogs and burgers. Set in the summer while the family are back in Los Angeles, Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch gives us yet more insight into this food-crazy family. Premiered 14 October at 9pm on Asian Food Channel (StarHub TV Channel 435)
River Cottage Australia 3
With winter round the corner, chef-turned-farmer Paul West must deal with his growing smallholding of 18 piglets, eight goats, 50 chickens, dairy cattle, ducks and his naughty dog Digger. He’s got to make some tough decisions on how to manage them all to ensure River Cottage becomes a sustainable and profitable enterprise. With the help of his mentors and the local community, Paul will put all of his skills to the test in this popular eight-part series. Premiered 12 October at 12pm on Asian Food Channel (StarHub TV Channel 435).
One for kids: Dolphin Tale 2
It’s several years since Winter the dolphin was given a unique prosthetic tail to help save her life. Now the team at Clearwater Marine Aquarium faces a new hurdle: Winter’s surrogate dolphin mother has died, leaving her without a pool companion. Dolphins can’t be kept alone and, unless the team finds her a new playmate, Clearwater risks losing her to another aquarium. Dolphin Tale 2 stars Nathan Gamble, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr and Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman. Premieres Saturday, October 24 at 9pm on HBO (StarHub TV Ch 601).