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Eight films to watch in October 2013

  • Like Father, Like Son

    This Japanese family drama won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, it stars Masaharu Fukuyama as Ryota Nonomiya, a successful architect who learns that his biological son was switched with another child at birth. The film follows the two families as they struggle to cope with the meanings of this revelation and has won plaudits for its playful, naturalistic study of fatherhood and family life. Released 18 October in the UK, 24 October in Singapore and 31 October in Hong Kong.

  • Filth

    It was described as an un-filmable novel, but 15 years after it was written, Filth has finally made it to the silver screen. From the pen of Trainspotting author, Irvine Welsh, expect another violently scabrous tale of Scottish life. Directed and adapted by Jon S Baird, it stars James McAvoy as hard-drinking, drug-taking, racist and corrupt cop, Bruce, who is investigating a murder in Edinburgh. Filth also features Jamie Bell and rising star, Imogen Poots. Released 4 October in UK and Ireland, 17 October in Germany and 16 November in Japan.

  • God Loves Uganda

    The documentary had its premiere in official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Roger Ross Williams, it follows a group of Mid-Western missionaries on an evangelical campaign in Uganda as they attempt to convert the locals to their fundamentalist biblical values. The film explores the violent tension between two cultures as the missionaries fight to eradicate what they call ‘sexual sin’. Released 11 October in the US.

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers has been adapted many times for the screen, including Zeffirelli’s classic 1960s version, and Baz Luhrmann’s modern update, Romeo +Juliet. This year sees yet another adaptation, this time with a screenplay by costume drama stalwart, Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey). It stars Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth as the doomed pair, with Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti among the ensemble. Don’t expect a radical revision à la Luhrmann, though − this looks more like a traditional remake for the Twilight generation. Released 11 October in the US and UK.

  • Dracula 3D

    Italian director Dario Argento’s ‘giallo’ pictures – a distinctive blend of horror, mystery and eroticism – are some of the most original and inventive genre movies ever made. In his first ever 3D outing, Argento has produced a free fantasia on Bram Stoker’s novel. It’s a truly pan-European production, starring German actor Thomas Kretschmann, Italy’s Marta Gastini, Rutger Hauer of the Netherlands and the director’s own daughter, Asia Argento. Released 4 October in the US and 18 October in Brazil.

  • Carrie

    A re-imagining of Stephen King’s novel rather than a remake of Brian De Palma’s chilling 1976 movie, Carrie stars Chloë Grace Morris in the title role and Julianne Moore as her fanatically religious mother. The film’s director, Kimberley Peirce – best known for her bleak 1999 story of a transgender man, Boys Don’t Cry – is sure to bring a fresh perspective to a well-known tale. Released 18 October in the US, 24 October in Singapore and 1 November in Finland.

  • Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

    The Slovene philosopher, psychoanalyst and Marxist provocateur Slavoj Žižek follows up his 2006 documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema with a new investigation into "the mechanisms that shape what we believe and how we behave". Mixing deadpan narration with a kaleidoscope of movie clips, Žižek draws on films from Taxi Driver and Full Metal Jacket to Titanic and The Sound of Music to illustrate his theories – a cinema buff’s delight. Released 4 October in the UK, 1 November in the US and 29 November in Poland.

  • Gravity

    Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón's techno-thriller played to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival and is now poised for further critical and commercial success. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock play two astronauts stranded in space without radio contact or hope of rescue. Drifting in weightless in the galaxy's terrifying expanse, the two must work together to survive. Released 3 October in the US, 4 October in India and 10 October in Israel.