October Picks: Editors' Picks

by IMDb-Editors | created - 14 Sep 2016 | updated - 29 Sep 2016 | Public

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1. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton

Votes: 342,753

Inspired by the 1973 film, HBO's "Westworld" (created and written by Jonathan Nolan) looks to flip the focus of the original by focusing on the fates and experiences of the robots who inhabit a world where humans are promised "no judgments, no questions" and "complete discretion." This is a theme that has been explored deftly and thoughtfully on-screen in Ex Machina, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, "Humans," and many others, and I can't wait to see what "Westworld" brings to the table. — Vanessa

Premieres Sunday, Oct. 2, on HBO

2. Conviction (I) (2016–2017)

42 min | Drama

A brilliant attorney and former First Daughter is blackmailed to heading a unit that investigates cases of wrongful conviction.

Stars: Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey

Votes: 6,627

"Law & Order" meets "Making a Murderer" in this new ABC legal drama. If you liked either of these shows, you are sure to like this new series about a young attorney who heads up NYC's new Conviction Integrity Unit. The newly formed unit investigates cases where people may have been wrongly convicted — a topic that is certainly timely. I suspect there will be some "ripped from the headlines" episodes in this first season. — Shara

Premieres Monday, Oct. 3, on ABC

3. The Flash (2014– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes

Votes: 275,927

Barry Allen is finally getting everything he always wanted, or is he? One of my favorite things about "The Flash" is seeing the alt-versions of the characters, from the Earth Two versions of the Flash gang, to the subtle shifts that happen when Barry tweaks the timeline. But this season we get to see what happens when Barry completely ignores all of the "You really shouldn't be changing history" warnings and reboots his life and the lives of everyone around him. This won't end badly, will it? #flashpoint — Vanessa

Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4, on the CW

4. The Girl on the Train (2016)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

48 Metascore

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux

Votes: 150,312 | Gross: $75.40M

I have honestly been counting down the days until The Girl on the Train hits theaters. The story revolves around Rachel, played by Emily Blunt, as she becomes involved in a missing persons investigation. If the film is anything like the novel, you won't blink for 112 minutes. Seriously! — Akimi

In U.S. theaters starting Friday, Oct. 7

5. Insecure (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

Stars: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Lisa Joyce

Votes: 9,014

HBO just might have another hit on its hands! Issa Rae ("Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" web series) and Larry Wilmore ("The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore") co-created the network's newest comedy series, "Insecure." The show looks hilarious, thoughtful, sexy, and super-relatable — and its star is definitely as girl crush-worthy as they come.

Rae sums up the show perfectly on her Twitter account: "I wanted to center a show around, like, weak black women and the uncertainty they feel on that journey to get to greatness. It's like the prequel to #BlackGirlMagic." — Chako

"Insecure" premieres Sunday, Oct. 9, on HBO and HBO NOW

6. Divorce (2016– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A couple goes through a long, drawn-out divorce.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Sterling Jerins, Molly Shannon

Votes: 5,245

I'm a huge "Sex and the City" fan. So, I'm thrilled that Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO in another relationship-oriented comedy. As the title suggests, "Divorce" is about a couple going through a prolonged divorce. The trailer includes plenty of The War of the Roses-style nastiness, but there are also moments that suggest ending their marriage may save their relationship. The series is created by Sharon Horgan, who also co-created the hilarious romantic comedy "Catastrophe." I'm hoping that it will have as much to say about breaking up as "Sex and the City" did about falling in love. — Sara

Premieres Sunday, Oct. 9, on HBO

7. The Accountant (2016)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 232,332 | Gross: $86.26M

One thing to love about The Accountant's promotional campaign: You still can't tell exactly how everything is going to unfurl in what looks to be Ben Affleck's best role of the year (no disrespect to his two appearances as Batman). It's also a rebound opportunity for director Gavin O'Connor, who most recently took on the troubled Jane Got a Gun. — Arno

In U.S. theaters starting Friday, Oct. 14

8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

A straitlaced, square couple, seeking shelter from a storm, find themselves in the castle of a transgender alien mad scientist intent on creating a buff bodybuilder.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Ivy Levan, Victoria Justice, Staz Nair, Christina Milian

Votes: 6,217

Given all the reboots and live musicals on network TV these days, it should come as no surprise that the powers that be at FOX decided to dish up another serving of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' especially just in time for Halloween. Interestingly enough, a remake had been in the plans at the network since the early 2000s. Diehards of the original should take heart: Director Kenny Ortega has promised to remain faithful to the text and the score, and Tim Curry has joined the cast, though not as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The enticingly engimatic talent portraying the lead character this time around? None other than Laverne Cox, who will have no problem filling some mighty considerable (high-heeled) shoes. — Bret

Premieres Thursday, Oct. 20, on FOX

9. Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business by inviting an evil presence into their home, not realizing how dangerous it is.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas

Votes: 46,881 | Gross: $34.90M

This movie looks like it is going to give me nightmares. I have very vivid and specific memories about playing a Ouija board with my friends during a sleepover and being so scared that my mom had to come get me. It was frightening and embarrassing all at the same time. I would look at my ability to sit through this movie without calling my mom as a solid victory in my adult life. — Lance

In U.S. theaters starting Friday, Oct. 21

10. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 226,721 | Gross: $27.85M

Years ago I fished Medicine for Melancholy out of a pile of indie movie screeners and was pulled into an alternate take on life in San Francisco from writer/director Barry Jenkins. Eight years later, Jenkins has returned with Moonlight, a character piece that has received raves for its nuanced take on the subject of gay masculinity. — Arno

In U.S. theaters starting Friday, Oct. 21

11. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 314,578

It has been more than three years since the last series of "Black Mirror," Charlie Brooker’s incredibly original, thought-provoking, and dark look at where technology could take us. So my anticipation is through the roof when you look at the pedigree of talent involved with its six new episodes from directors Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), Joe Wright (Hanna) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black) to actors including Bryce Dallas Howard, "House of Cards" star Michael Kelly, and Kelly Macdonald from "Boardwalk Empire." — Mike

Premieres Friday, Oct. 21, on Netflix

12. The Walking Dead (2010– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan

Votes: 785,306

You can count me as one of the overly anxious fans who's spent the last few months trying to determine who Negan's victim might be. When the Comic-Con trailer for "The Walking Dead" was released, I got so worked up my coworker said, "Pull it together!" I watched the Season 6 marathon searching for clues despite the fact that showrunner Scott M. Gimple said the show hadn't determined who would be killed at that time (and for the record, I don't believe him). No matter who meets their fate, I'm looking forward to this season, which I hope will take the show to a new level. #IfDarylDiesWeRiot! — Michelle

Premieres Sunday, Oct. 23, on AMC

13. Doctor Strange (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

72 Metascore

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong

Votes: 510,946 | Gross: $232.64M

While my U.S. colleagues won’t get to see Marvel’s dimension-bending superhero movie until Nov. 4, here in the U.K. (and across much of Europe) we’ll get to see Benedict Cumberbatch take his first steps as the Sorcerer Supreme from Oct. 25. It is said to be Marvel’s first psychedelic movie, and if that’s anything like the taste we were given near the end of Ant-Man (when Scott Lang went subatomic), it promises to be quite the trip. — Mike

In U.K. theaters beginning Tuesday, Oct. 25

14. Good Girls Revolt (2015– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

A look at the personal and professional lives of employees at an American news magazine in the late 1960s.

Stars: Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Darke, Hunter Parrish

Votes: 4,501

As a recovering journalist who minored in history, this show really piques my interest. In my opinion, historical figures are too often talked about in a vacuum. In fact, history is a trail blazed by real people with real lives. This show seeks to tell the tale of pioneering women who have inspired generations of female journalists who came after them. Can't wait to see it. Truth be told, I’m into this one for the ‘60s fashion as much as I am for the fierce female characters. — Lance

Premieres Friday, Oct. 28, on Amazon Video

15. Inferno (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

42 Metascore

When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster

Votes: 138,505 | Gross: $34.34M

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, and one of mine, I admit, is a good old Dan Brown/Robert Langdon caper, where past and present intermingle to provide entertainingly plausible conspiracy theories for what lurks just beneath the day-to-day. Tom Hanks returns as Harvard symbologist Langdon, in this latest edition joined by Felicity Jones, as the pair traverse Italy in an attempt to stop a madman's plot to unleash a devastating virus upon the globe. With Ron Howard at the helm, Florence in the background, and a little Dante to boot, I'm expecting a fast-paced, visually stunning escape. — Bret

In U.S. theaters starting Friday, Oct. 28

16. Falling Water (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An intersection between reality and unconscious thought, follow three strangers who slowly realize that they are dreaming parts of a bigger, more sinister tragedy.

Stars: David Ajala, Lizzie Brocheré, Will Yun Lee, Kai Lennox

Votes: 2,727

The elevator pitch for this series is Inception meets "Lost." Three strangers are haunted by their dreams, which, over the course of the pilot episode, are revealed to be connected. The structurally complex script kept me questioning which scenes were real and which were fantasy. The performances were excellent, with David Ajala a standout as the suave Burton. The first episode poses a lot of questions. I'm going to keep watching because I want to know the answers. — Sara

Premieres Thursday, Oct. 13, on USA. The pilot is streaming now on USA's website.

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