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October movie preview: SheKnows picks the flicks

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Pig’s-blood bath

Just in time for Halloween, a remake of Stephen King’s classic horror tale Carrie opens this month, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. Being a teenage girl has never been so gruesome! Not a horror fan? No problem — there are several other October films opening that are destined to be Oscar contenders.
1

Gravity

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play astronauts who push the limit of space exploration when a routine spacewalk goes horribly wrong. Showing in Imax 3-D, critics are claiming this is one of the most startling and stunningly beautiful films this fall. Gravity takes ground Oct. 4 with some limited early shows on Thursday, Oct. 3.

2

Romeo and Juliet

We all know the story of these young star-crossed lovers. Each generation has its movie version. The last was Baz Luhrmann's take in 1996, starring Claire Danes and a young Leo DiCaprio. But do Hailee Steinfeld and British actor Douglas Booth have the acting chops and sexual chemistry to make this romantic tragedy sizzle? We'll find out on Oct. 11.


3

Captain Phillips

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks has earned his pick of dramatic roles in Hollywood. The fact that he picked the role of Captain Phillips bodes well for this modern-day pirate movie. But don't expect any peg-legged men with sassy parrots spouting "Arrrrr." These Somali pirates expect a hefty ransom in exchange for the lives of their hostages. Captain Philips sets sail Oct. 11.

4

Carrie

Poor little Carrie. It's not her fault the teen can move objects with her mind. If only her ultra-religious single mom could be a bit more open-minded, things might not end so badly. But they do end badly and we love watching it all shake down with fire, pig's blood and freaky car crashes. Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore star as the cursed mother and daughter duo who just can't seem to work things out. Carrie freaks out in theaters Oct. 18.

5

12 Years a Slave

This film was all the rage at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, having won the People's Choice Award, and it's easy to see why. Though far from the fantastical, bloody revenge film that was Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, this movie takes an unflinching look at the reality of slavery in pre-Civil War America. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped and forced into slavery, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Fassbender as slave owners, this film opens Oct. 18.

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Photos from Carrie courtesy of Sony
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