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Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

October: Oscar race heats up

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut in Whip It, Leonardo DiCaprio reunites with Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers' latest film arrives, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau find comedic paradise in Couples Retreat -- it must be October in Hollywood.

October: Oscar race heats upSheKnows takes a look at the films of fall that hit the ground in October.

October 2

Shutter Island

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams

What it’s about: Shutter Island is Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest tandem with director Martin Scorsese.

Judging by their last collaboration’s Oscar winning ways (The Departed), count on Oscar buzz to hit fever pitch when Shutter Island kicks off “Oscar” October.

SheKnows movie fact: Shutter Island is based on the 2003 book by Daniel Lehane. The author behind previous page-to-screen successes Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone) has a handle on serious drama that translates well on screen.

In the hands of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, the team also behind The Aviator and Gangs of New York, will deliver a knockout punch guaranteed to stay with you long after exiting the theater.

Whip It

Stars: Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Eve, Juliette Lewis

October: Oscar race heats upWhat it’s about: Yup, you guessed it. Roller Derby rocks in Barrymore’s picture that shows that professional female athletes are not all three-point drainers and softball players (sorry soccer – we miss you!). Page is a high school girl who escapes from her drab public school life as a hard-hitting Roller Derby Diva.

SheKnows movie fact: Whip It is Barrymore’s first directorial feature. After decades in the business, we could not be more excited to witness the magic she creates wielding a camera. What will also be a curious sight is how recently fired SNL star Kristen Wiig does making the jump the screen. Normally, the move is made voluntarily by a Will Ferrell. Again…we’re pulling for her!


Stars: Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin…but seriously, this is all Woody’s show!

What it’s about: Woody kills zombies and surprisingly, he’s good at it and funny in the process.

SheKnows movie fact: With the pop culture world overtaken by vampires who have been culled so many times over in Hollywood history, could zombies be next for a comeback?

A Serious Man

Stars: The real stars are its directors and creators, Joel and Ethan Coen. After earning Oscar glory with No Country for Old Men, the brilliant storytellers return to the simple storytelling roots with relatively unknown stars.

What it’s about: Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a 1967 professor who finds himself heading down a road that may not end very well for our professorial hero. Come on – this is a Coen Brothers' movie after all. It can’t end too happily if they’re going dark, and A Serious Man is hardly comedic.

October: Oscar race heats upSheKnows movie fact: Theater veteran Michael Stuhlbarg has the film role of a lifetime. In the 14th film by the brothers Coen, Stuhlbarg could about to enjoy a Kathy Bates ala Misery Oscar-winning moment!

Toy Story and Toy Story 2

The classic Pixar films come back to the big screen in a double feature that SheKnows takes an inside look at in our Fall Family Film Guide.

More than a Game

Stars: LeBron James and his high school basketball team, coach and community

What it’s about: Think Hoop Dreams with a happy ending!

SheKnows movie fact: It’s incredible that filmmaker Kristopher Belman became embedded with a high school basketball team that possessed a player that would jump to the NBA and become it’s best player (there…I said it!). The magic of this film is observing how this man, who is truly a gentleman, with the help of an incredibly supportive mother and coach, found his way through the maze of modern inner city temptations to NBA glory.

October 9

Couples Retreat

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Malin Akerman

What it’s about: Four couples head to paradise to work on their marriage as a favor to one of the couples. Upon arrival, the three other couples discover they are indebted to the Zen Master of “Couplesville” to participate in couple building exercises. Considering Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn believe they are heading to jet skis and spas -- plenty of laugh-out-loud hi-jinks ensue.

SheKnows movie fact: We screened the film in Hollywood and believe it is delightful fun. SheKnows cannot say anymore until our review is published October 9, but here’s a sneak peak: prepare to laugh hard.

October: Oscar race heats up

Stay tuned to SheKnows for our interviews with the Couples Retreat cast!

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