Over here at Cultured Vultures, we love October, because that means we get to dance with horror all month long. There’s Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series, with four new horror movies released over October. Netflix and Disney have also joined in the fun, with offerings like Night Teeth and Under Wraps respectively.
Non-horror lovers, don’t despair. There are plenty of other options available, like Army of Thieves on Netflix (which is more rom-com than it is action) and The Guilty with Jake Gyllenhaal (though the original Danish film is still better), and definitely some blockbusters worth checking out as well. Here are the 5 biggest new movies of October 2021.
1. No Time To Die | September 30th, 2021
As of now, I’m sure that everyone is privy to the information that this is Daniel Craig’s last movie as Bond, which has all of us rooting for this movie to succeed. We want him to go out on a blaze of glory, and not whatever the hell Spectre was – I jest, it wasn’t all bad.
Looking at the reviews that have been released thus far, it appears that the film has done its job, with a certified fresh score of 82%. Even though the film’s runtime will have us praying our bladders hold up through the entire thing, it’s the kind of movie to make the trip to the cinema for – how else will you enjoy all that action-packed goodness?
In No Time To Die Streaming 2021, Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica until his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission? Rescue a kidnapped scientist. But of course, things turn out to be more dangerous than expected, leading Bond to collide with the film’s villain Safin, played by Rami Malek.
2. The Last Duel | October 14th, 2021
While all of Haddonfield duels Michael, we have another duel happening here in Ridley Scott land. The director is back with his medieval offering The Last Duel, which boasts a whole cast of talented actors, like Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, Matt Damon and Jodie Comer. The reception of the film is quite mixed at the moment, at a lackluster 67% on Rotten Tomatoes. This number might perk up on release, but a good critical score hasn’t been a constant thing for Scott in recent years. Just like all good directors, there are some home runs, and other films that feel a little underwhelming.
But one thing all the critics have been praising is Comer’s performance, so it’s great to see her slay the big screen after the tremendous work she did in Killing Eve. The Last Duel 2021 Stream
Based on actual events, the film traverses into France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), two friends turned bitter rivals. When Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite (Jodie Comer), is viciously assaulted by Le Gris, a charge he denies, she refuses to stay silent, stepping forward to accuse her attacker, an act of bravery and defiance that puts her life in jeopardy. All this culminates in a trial by combat, with the three leaving their fates up to God.
3. The Ice Road | October 14th, 2021
If you enjoyed the reality series “Ice Road Truckers” but thought it could use some frantic gunfire, mechanical sabotages, and intentional avalanches to heighten the degree of difficulty, you’re in luck. Now there’s “The Ice Road,” but it’s a thoroughly middling Liam Neeson actioner that’s not nearly as exciting as the above description makes it sound. The Ice Road 2021 stream
You may be wondering, as I did: “Two Liam Neeson movies in under six months? In this economy?” Yes, the grizzled star is indeed back after January’s “The Marksman.” Both require him to brandish his particular set of skills to rescue folks in danger and vanquish bad guys, but the skills aren’t nearly so sophisticated or complex anymore, and neither film comes close to the visceral thrills of a “Taken” or “The Grey.”
4. Supernova | October 14th, 2021
For those keeping count, Supernova is the third time Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci have worked together. After 2001’s World War II drama Conspiracy and 2012’s Coen Brothers-scripted caper Gambit, this time the pair have struck gold. An affecting depiction of how a long-term couple negotiate the inexorable effects of dementia, actor-turned-writer-director Harry Macqueen’s second feature (following 2014’s micro-budget Hinterland) relies heavily on the comfortable chemistry between the two actors, long-time friends off-screen, to bring its central relationship to life. The result is talky and could easily be reimagined for the stage, but it is beautifully modulated drama that is unforced and naturalistic, perfectly played by two actors working at the peak of their charm and powers. Supernova 2021 stream
5. Resistance | October 14th, 2021
At the time of his death in 2007, Marcel Marceau was the world’s most famous mime. But in 1938-’39, when World War II rescue drama “Resistance” takes place, Jewish-born Marcel Mangel was just 15 years old (two decades younger than actor Jesse Eisenberg, who plays him here) and had not yet adopted his stage name, much less the stage. As it happens, this would be the most exciting chapter of his life — and one about which the tight-lipped performer seldom spoke — making for a fresh entry point to an otherwise familiar if ever relevant subject. Resistance 2021 stream
Drawn from research and firsthand interviews with Marceau’s cousin, Jewish Boy Scouts leader Georges Loinger, the historical thriller tells of Marceau’s heroic efforts to save hundreds of orphans from the Holocaust. It’s an ambitious project for “Secuestro Express” director Jonathan Jakubowicz, and his approach feels more in line with Roberto Benigni’s “Life Is Beautiful” — whose clownish protagonist sought to distract his son from Nazi atrocities while never diminishing the real-world impact of those events to viewers — than last year’s more subversive “Jojo Rabbit,” which used satire as a tool to combat anti-Semitism and hate.