October Drama Is All About True Stories
My seventy trees / Holding their gold-ruddy balls / In a thick gray death-soup, / Their million / Gold leaves metal and breathless. Verses by Sylvia Plath hit into the bulls-eye of the autumn mood, which intensifies with warm days coming to an end. Sadness, stiffness, inner hibernation... Or perhaps not, if you watch drama on the big screens this month. There's much more to feel than being blue and low.
Plot Synopsis: Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a country music star on the brink of decline, discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Lady Gaga). As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jackson coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as Ally's career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory.
Plot Synopsis: In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshiped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive and Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintance, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories - his incomparable wit still sharp.
Plot Synopsis: A powerful rags to riches story about international icons Joe and Ben Weider, who created the sport of modern body building as we know it today. They founded the Mr. Olympia competition and discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger along the way. They forever changed the way people viewed the human body and went on to build a business empire founded on fitness.
Plot Synopsis: The riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost - on Armstrong and on the nation - of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Plot Synopsis: Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a Staten Island teacher who is unusually devoted to her students. When she discovers one of her five-year-olds is a prodigy, she becomes fascinated with the boy, ultimately risking her family and freedom to nurture his talent.
Plot Synopsis: The film centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her mother's (Blythe Danner) Alzheimer's and her father's (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.
Plot Synopsis: The true story of bestselling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), who made her living in the 1970s and '80s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.
Plot Synopsis: Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil (Algee Smith) at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.