By Jarett Theberge
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe has cooled down after the massive event that was “Avengers: Endgame” and prepares for its next phase of films, DC Films steps up.
The long-awaited “Joker” origin film comes to Camana Bay Cinema starting on 4 October as Joaquin Phoenix cuts his teeth as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime. Be assured that his performance will be compared endlessly to Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal of the character in 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”
For one night on 9 October, acclaimed metal band Metallica teams up with their hometown San Francisco Symphony once again in “Metallica S&M2,” a fusion of classical and heavy sounds sure to have you humming and thumping at the same time.
Before we know more about Disney’s proposed live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” enjoy the original animated fairy tale on 5 October.
Ariel is the daughter of the king of the seas, Triton, but wants no part of the underwater kingdom. Her need for adventure above the surface leads Ariel to make a deal with a witch who has nefarious motives, all the while falling in love with a marooned prince.
For adventures above the water, take the kids to catch “Lilo and Stitch” on 19 October. Energetic and sassy Lilo finally gets her wish as her guardian older sister lets her adopt a dog. There’s only one caveat — the dog is a four-armed blue alien created for destruction by a mad scientist light years away. Lilo names him Stitch and they learn the meaning of family, perhaps just in time to save their home.
Hollywood has been kind to the month of October as there is never a shortage of scary flicks to put you in the mood for Halloween.
In addition to new releases opening on 18 October, like the dark fantasy “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” the 3-D computer-animated comedy horror “The Addams Family,” and the comedy horror “Zombieland 2: Double Tap,” the Classics at the Cinema this month features some old-school, scream-out-loud horror films.
Steve King’s “Pet Sematary” (1989) will creep its way into Camana Bay Cinema and your psyche for one night on 15 October. A father discovers an ancient burial ground with powers to resurrect the dead after a tragedy in the family. After meddling with such power, we find some discoveries might be better off left alone.
On 22 October, we are entertained by king of scream Wes Craven and his cult classic, “Scream.” A group of high schoolers are on high alert after a string of murders in their town as they try to figure out why they are being targeted and the identity of the masked killer.
This article originally appeared in the October 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the title “Joker is wild in October.”