Fancy a tough drama for your next cinema visit? October offers ten new releases in drama category starring Evan McGregor, Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Christian Slater, Ethan Hawke, Kristen Stewart and many other outstanding actors. Including Nate Parker who also directed his The Birth Of A Nation about Nat Turner's slave insurrection in the summer of 1831.
Take a look at all ten new dramas and choose the ones for your October movie nights:
THE BIRTH OF A NATION
Director: Nate Parker
Written by: Nate Parker
Starring: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Aja Naomi King, Colman Domingo, Penelope Ann Miller, Mark Boone Junior, Gabrielle Union, Roger Guenveur Smith
Plot Synopsis: Set in the 19th-century Southern United States before the Civil War, this story follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom.
THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS
Director: Stephen Herek
Written by: Katherine Paterson, David Paterson
Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, Clare Foley, Zachary Hernandez
Plot Synopsis: The hilarious and big-hearted story about a headstrong girl who wants to find a place to call home. Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nelisse) is the meanest girl in town: she has a birth mother she has never seen and has moved from one foster home to another. Learning that she will be sent to a new home, she wastes no time stirring up trouble. Then she meets a woman named Trotter (Kathy Bates) , who wants to be the mother Gilly needs. With Gilly posing a challenge, Trotter must prove a good relationship will benefit both of them.
THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE
Director: Richie Smyth
Written by: Kevin Brodbin, Declan Power
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Jason Omara, Mikael Persbrandt, Guillaume Canet, Michael McElhatton, Amy Louise Wilson
Plot Synopsis: Set in 1961, during the Congo crisis, Jadotville follows Irish general Pat Quinlan (portrayed by Jamie Dornan) and his 150 troops, whom Hammarskjold (Mikael Persbrandt) and the UN had sent to protect the city after Katanga.
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Written by: Kelly Reichardt, Maile Meloy
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Jared Harris
Plot Synopsis: A stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (radiant newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.
Director: Antonio Campos
Written by: Craig Shilowich
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, Timothy Simons
Plot Synopsis: The story of a woman who finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis. Christine, always the smartest person in the room at her local Sarasota, Florida news station, feels like she is destined for bigger things and is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position in a larger market. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings. Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine's diminishing hope begins to rise when an on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark and surprising turn.
COMING THROUGH THE RYE
Director: James Steven Sadwith
Written by: James Steven Sadwith
Starring: Alex Wolff, Stefania Owen, Chris Cooper, Adrian Pasdar
Plot Synopsis: Based on the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker's own true story, 16-year-old Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff) wants desperately to be a worldly adolescent. Unhappy at his all-boys boarding school, his life raft is the belief that he will someday play Holden Caulfield — the complex and alienated main character from the iconic novel The Catcher in the Rye — on Broadway and in the movies. He adapts the novel as a play and runs away to the mountains of New Hampshire to search for the book's reclusive author, JD Salinger (Chris Cooper). Along the way he is picked up by a local girl, DeeDee Gorlin (Stefania Owen). Their odyssey and the events that follow are a journey into the meanings of friendship, sex, love and loss.
IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE
Director: Ti West
Written by: Ti West
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta
Plot Synopsis: A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog Abbie (Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey they cut through the center of a large valley – landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton – a place now dubbed by locals as a ‘valley of violence’. The once popular mining town is nearly abandoned, and controlled by a brash group of misfits and nitwits – chief among them, the seemingly untouchable, Gilly (James Ransone) who is the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving Marshal (John Travolta). As tensions rise between Paul and Gilly, Denton’s remaining residents bear witness to an inevitable act of violence that starts a disastrous chain reaction, infecting the petty lives of all involved and quickly drags the whole town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Mary-Anne (Taissa Farmiga) and Ellen (Karen Gillan), two bickering sisters who run the town’s only hotel, try to find the good in both men, while desperately searching for their own salvation. Only the world-weary Marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul’s past… there is no stopping the escalation.
Director: Justin Kelly
Written by: Justin Kelly
Starring: James Franco, Christian Slater, Garett Clayton
Plot Synopsis: Stephen (Christian Slater), an adult-entertainment producer who discovers the next big star Brent Corrigan (Garett Clayton), finds himself the target of Joe, a rival producer and former male escort (James Franco) with a bad temper and a burning desire to become a movie kingpin, who'll stop at nothing to steal his rival's star.
THE WHOLE TRUTH
Director: Courtney Hunt
Written by: Nicholas Kazan
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gabriel Basso, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Renee Zellweger, Jim Belushi
Plot Synopsis: Defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves), works on a tough case to defend a seventeen-year old Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso), who is a murder suspect of his wealthy father (Jim Belushi). Ramsay enlists the help of a young lawyer Janelle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who determined to find out the truth about what happened that day.
Director: Ewan McGregor
Written by: John Romano, Philip Roth
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn
Plot Synopsis: Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour, a hardworking man, who's been a staple in his quaint community for years, watches his seemingly perfect middle class life fall apart as his daughter's new radical political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.