After five movies where covered in part one of October’s movie guide – here’s three major releases to mark on your calendar for the end of this month...
Released: October 24
Brad Pitt hopes to replicate the success he had with World War Z – with World War II in tank-drama Fury.
He stars as battle-hardened army sergeant Wardaddy, commanding a five-man crew in a Sherman tank on a deadly mission into the heart of Nazi Germany, as the war comes to a close in April of 1945.
His crew includes weary veteran soldiers like Boyd Swan, played by Transformers star Shia ‘I’m not Famous Anymore’ LeBeouf – who is trying to rebuild his career after several public meltdowns – and Logan Lerman’s (Percy Jackson) rookie newcomer Norman Ellison, as they attempt to overcome insurmountable odds, despite being completely outnumbered and outgunned.
Acclaimed End of Watch writer/director David Ayer is on the same duties again as this undoubtedly hopes for Oscar recognition . . .
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Released: October 17
Love him or hate him, Michael Bay seems to know his way round a blockbuster.
Early projections indicated this reboot of the TMNT franchise would fail, but it has gone on to be the massive surprise hit of the summer in States – notching more than $180m despite mixed reviews.
This time Bay is on production duties, and he has kissed and made-up with his Transformers star Megan Fox – who he had a heated public spat with after Revenge of the Fallen – as she plays the part of famous reporter April O’Neil.
Shredder is again the villain of the piece as impressive computer-generated visuals bring the pizza-loving, ninja-trained turtles Leonardo (voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and their mentor Splinter, alive on the big screen.
THE BOOK OF LIFE
Released: October 24
Acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro – Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy – produces this vibrant animated fantasy-adventure with more than a hint of Latin spirit.
It tells the legend of conflicted hero Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), who sets off on an epic quest through three magically mythical worlds in order to rescue his one true love Maria (Guardian of the Galaxy’s Zoe Saldana) – who is also being courted by Channing Tatum’s Joaquin – after the spirits bet on who will win her affections.
Unfortunately the spirit Xibalba (Ron ‘Hellboy’ Perlman) doesn’t want to lose the bet and sends a snake to kill Manolo – which sends the young man on a journey where he must face his greatest fears.