Theaters will be packed with new releases this weekend. Starting Oct. 7, several films will be premiering, and based on the wide range of genres, there will be something for everyone to see. Check out trailers and summaries for six of this week’s new releases below.
“The Girl on the Train” (Rated R)
Based off Paul Hawkin’s best-selling novel of the same name, the thriller follows Rachel (Emily Blunt), a troubled divorcee who becomes a suspect in a her ex’s baby-sitter’s murder. Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Laura Prepon and Luke Evans also star. Watch the trailer above!
“The Birth of a Nation” (Rated R)
Nate Parker stars and directs this biographical drama about Nat Turner, a slave turned preacher who leads an uprising. Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union and Aunjanue Ellis round out the cast. The film was a big hit at Sundance and has been getting more award season buzz since the trailer premiered at CinemaCon.
“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” (Rated PG)
Those looking for a family friendly movie will enjoy this re-telling of James Patterson’s novel. When artist Rafe Katchadorian (Griffin Gluck) finds himself at odds with his rule-loving middle school principal (who opposes creativity), he and his schoolmates find fun ways to fight against the establishment. Lauren Graham and Rob Riggle also star.
“Blue Jay” (Unrated)
Sarah Paulson’s fans can watch her fall in love with her high-school sweetheart all over again in this limited release, black-and-white drama, which officially debuts Oct. 11. Amanda (Paulson), a married woman, runs into her ex Jim (Mark Duplass), who is married to his job, in their hometown where they reflect on their past.
“The Greasy Strangler” (Unrated)
This limited release fits into several genres: comedy, horror and thriller. When Brayden (Sky Elobar) and his father Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) find themselves pining after the same woman he begins to question if his dad could be The Greasy Strangler. You can watch the red band trailer here but be warned, it’s definitely not safe for work.
“The Battle of Algiers” (Unrated)
If none of the new movies are speaking to you, consider checking the re-release of this 1966 war drama in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The film follows the people of Algiers as they fight for their independence from the French government. The black-and-white picture was previously nominated for three Academy Awards.