IMDb Picks: October Editors' Picks

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IMDb Picks: October Editors' Picks

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Mary Steenburgen, Kristen Schaal, Kristen Wiig, and Cleopatra Coleman in The Last Man on Earth (2015)

"The Last Man on Earth"

For three seasons, this post-apocalyptic comedy has remained funny, inventive, and moving. So, I'm already looking forward to seeing what lies in store for Season 4. Initially, it will be interesting to see what comes of guest star Kristen Wiig, who has joined Tandy (Will Forte) and the gang after years of solitude in a bunker. When the show returns, we'll see the group set sail for Mexico, avoiding the apocalyptic nuclear fallout in the U.S., but face an immediate challenge when they realize none of them knows how to actually navigate a yacht. "Oh, farts." — Michael

"The Last Man on Earth" returns Sunday, Oct. 1, on FOX

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Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049

I'm desperate to see Blade Runner 2049 for a second time. I'm thinking it might be a masterpiece but I'm a little too moony about it all a week after my initial viewing. Denis Villenueve might be the best director working today when it comes to visual storytelling, and while nothing poked out from all of the beautiful frames he assembled, I want to focus on the story itself with a second sit. Either way, it's easily one of the year's finest achievements and something much more than a mere sequel. — Arno

Opens in theaters Friday, Oct. 6

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Julia Campanelli in Dementia 13 (2017)

Dementia 13

Back in the early days (1963), when Francis Ford Coppola was a fledgling director and Roger Corman was churning out movies by the dozens for the drive-ins of America, Corman gave Coppola his first big break with Dementia 13. A haunted house movie replete gothic atmosphere, this low-budget thriller was a stepping stone for one of the great directors of the 20th century.

Fast forward to 2017, and this low-budget thriller is getting a hefty remake. While the poster art of the new version lacks the pizzazz of the original, the trailer suggests that it's chock-full of the chills and thrills we got from the original. If only we could go see it at the drive-in! — Michael

Opens in theaters Friday, Oct. 6

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Grant Gustin in The Flash (2014)

"The Flash"

"The Flash" is back for Season 4 and things are not well in Central City. At the end of Season 3, the repercussions of Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) inability to stop meddling with the timeline finally came to fruition: Barry was trapped in the Speed Force, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) had left the team to deal with her unwanted evil side, and the remainder of Team Flash was now tasked to protect the city minus their key players.

Season 4 looks to mix things up again, introducing iconic DC comics characters: The Thinker and The Elongated Man and (of course) the return of Barry Allen, changed from his time spent in a prison of time. How will Team Flash respond to this new Barry? Will Caitlin finally control her abilities? Will we see a new incarnation of Harrison Wells? Will we get another musical episode? These are the questions I want answered, but mainly I just want to jump back in and ride along with my favorite team in CW's superhero lineup. — Vanessa

"The Flash " returns Tuesday, Oct. 10, on CW

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Jessica Rothe in Happy Death Day (2017)

Happy Death Day

Count me among those who like a some style and smarts with their slasher films. Which is why I'm eager to watch this latest horror offering from Blumhouse Productions, the folks who brought us Get Out. In this movie, whose trailer is undeniably entertaining, a hyper self-aware college student (Jessica Rothe) is forced to relive the day of her own death, which happens to be her birthday, until she can figure out her killer. It's like Groundhog Day meets Scream ... all in time for Halloween. Getcha popcorn ready. — Bret

Opens in theaters Friday, Oct. 13

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Jonathan Groff and Cameron Britton in Mindhunter (2017)

"Mindhunter"

Thank you, David Fincher, for getting back into Zodiac mode and making Netflix a late-night destination again. I might savor your new serial-killer series until "Stranger Things" is back and get extra wigged-out between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m. Also, kudos to Jonathan Groff for landing this lead role. I tried to love you in "Looking," but your character was too virginal and buttoned-up to be my kind of man. — Arno

Series Premiere: Friday, Oct. 13 on Netflix

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Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

A bearded Dustin Hoffman and Ben Stiller star in this comedy-drama, which has generated strong buzz since it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The story revolves around an estranged family that gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father (Hoffman). The film also stars Adam Sandler, who puts in a performance considered his best since Punch-Drunk Love and may well draw awards attention. He will be in good company as his canine co-star Einstein already won the Palm Dog in Cannes. — Michael

Opens in New York/Los Angeles theaters Friday, Oct. 13

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Tiya Sircar and Taylor Gray in Star Wars: Rebels (2014)

"Star Wars Rebels"

Ever since showrunner Dave Filoni announced at Star Wars Celebration that Season 4 would be the last for "Star Wars Rebels," fans of the animated series have been looking forward to this month's premiere date with a mix of anticipation and wistfulness. There is no doubt that "Rebels" has cultivated a passionate following all its own largely because of Filoni's insistence on crafting storylines and characters that connect what were once considered disparate threads of the expanded Star Wars universe. Last we left things in Season 3, the Rebel Alliance was reeling. And Season 4 will highlight the Ghost crew's ultimate battles with Grand Admiral Thrawn. Keep an eye out for more references to A New Hope and Rogue One, in addition to more insight into Sabine's involvement with a secret super weapon. — Bret

Premieres Monday, Oct. 16, on Disney XD

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Michael Fassbender in The Snowman (2017)

The Snowman

When I first saw the chilling trailer for The Snowman, the dark vibe reminded me so much of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and I was equally intrigued and a bit creeped out. I was excited to learn this is the latest film from Tomas Alfredson, director of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and one of my personal favorite films, Let the Right One In. Plus, the stunning cast, including Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and Chloë Sevigny is a bonus. I will definitely check this one out. — Michelle

Opens in theaters Friday, Oct. 20

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Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan in The Walking Dead (2010)

"The Walking Dead"

It feels like forever since the enthralling Season 7 finale, but the action picks right back up in the ongoing war with Negan. After rewatching the Comic-Con trailer multiple times, I have so many questions and am a bit nervous for Rick and the gang — especially poor Gabriel, who seems to constantly be the bait. But I am most curious about the shot of an older Rick in bed. Is it a time jump, or a dream? Could this be the end of this chapter? I can't wait to find out! — Michelle

Premieres on Sunday, Oct. 22, on AMC

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Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things (2016)

"Stranger Things"

"Stranger Things" took me, and just about everyone who owns a TV by surprise last July, this quirky genre-breaking show that seemed like a contemporary of Stand by Me and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and soon became the most talked about TV show of the summer.

I've been counting down the days for the much needed Season 2, and the chance to get all of my lingering/burning questions answered: How will Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) make it back from the Upside-Down? How and why is Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) still stuck between worlds? What lengths will kick-ass mom Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) go to in order to save her son once more? How will our favorite Dungeons & Dragons crew and new girl Max (Sadie Sink) save the world (and from what?) My biggest challenge for Oct. 27 will be not binge-watching all nine (we get an extra episode this season!) episodes in one sitting. I'll definitely be finished come Sunday. Thank you Duffer Brothers. — Vanessa

"Stranger Things " returns Friday, Oct. 27, on Netflix

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Matt Damon in Suburbicon (2017)

Suburbicon

With Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, George Clooney made a promising transition from superstar actor to auteur director, and his 2005 Best Picture nominee Good Night, and Good Luck. earned him a best director nod. Not bad! Clooney’s latest film, Suburbicon, takes viewers on a darkly comedic ride through the underbelly of an idyllic suburban community in 1959. The film boasts an all-star cast, including Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Issac, though the real draw for me will be seeing the Coen brothers’ long-gestating screenplay finally rendered on the big screen. — Matt

Opens in theaters on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017