Summer is officially over, but Hollywood is still churning out enough remakes (Footloose, The Thing), tech-savvy adventures (Real Steel) and physics-defying thrillers (In Time) to make the adjustment that much smoother. With the first weekend of October about to begin, let's take a look at what the month has to offer.
Real Steel (Oct. 7)
The fighters: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie
Calling the shots: Shawn Levy
Most of the praise for Paranormal Activity seems centered on director Oren Peli’s achievement in making an effective thriller on an infinitesimal budget – $15,000, to be precise, though I doubt that includes whatever Paramount paid for its brilliant marketing campaign.
It’s a wonderful story, encouraging to indie filmmakers hoping for their own big break – Paranormal was stuck in cinematic purgatory until a print arrived at the desk of DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg – but it speaks only in passing to the strength of the movie itself, which deserves a more muted celebration.