October 2016 Movie and Home Video Release Calendar

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Fall fun fills the home video and theater schedules this October as summer blockbusters and quality mature material are released. Note: all release dates are subject to change any time.

The streaming service Netflix will offer Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Patton, Titanic, and Unforgiven on Saturday October 1.

On Tuesday, October 4, home video releases will include Meg Ryan’s directorial debut Ithaca, based on William Saroyan’s novel, a PG-rated war drama about a young man named Homer Macauley and his dream to be a bike messenger during the summer of 1942. Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater, Alex Neustaedter, Tom Hanks and Ryan star.

The blockbuster Marvel mutant movie X-Men: Apocalypse, the third installment in the modern reboot trilogy, will also release along with the unique survival drama Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano (Prisoners, Love & Mercy) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter films) and the futuristic fantasy The Purge: Election Year.

Superhero fans will enjoy Netflix’s releases of the second season of The Flash then the fourth season of Arrow on Wednesday October 5.

Theatrical releases on Friday October 7 will include the thriller The Girl on the Train, based on the recent best-selling book, and a limited release of the slave drama The Birth of a Nation.

All age releases will include the PG-rated comedy Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, based on the best-selling book by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts and family drama-comedy The Great Gilly Hopkins starring Sohpie Nélisse (The Book Thief, Mama), Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, and Julia Stiles (Jason Bourne).

On Tuesday October 11, the Japanese action thriller Shin Godzilla will get a limited release in theaters while home video releases will be the political documentary Hilary’s America, sci-fi action-comedy Ghostbusters, animated sequel Ice Age: Collision Course, crime drama The Infiltrator and action adventure The Legend of Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz.

On Wednesday October 12, Netflix will release the Las Vegas concert performance Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, which was the final stop of Timberlake’s world tour directed by Jonathan Demme.

Netflix will release more superhero fare on October 13 with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1.

October 14 theatre releases will feature the sci-fi adventure Max Steel and thriller The Accountant starring Ben Affleck as a mysterious and incredibly intelligent forensic accountant. Gavin O’ Connor (Warrior) directs and Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow, and Jeffrey Tambor co-star.

On Tuesday October 18, home video releases will include Woody Allen’s Café Society, the fantasy sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, and sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence.

The sequels continue in theaters on October 21 with Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders (Marvel’s Avengers) in the action thriller Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, based on the Lee Child book series, and the Tyler Perry’s comedy Boo! A Madea Halloween.

Other releases will include biographical drama I’m Not Ashamed focusing on the dairies of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the tragic Columbine high school shootings.

New neighbors played by Jon Hamm (TV’s Mad Men) and Gal Gadot (upcoming Wonder Woman) have plenty of action packed surprises for Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis in Keeping Up With Joneses.

The visually striking drama A Monster Calls stars rising young star Lewis MacDougall (Pan) as a boy coping with the illness of his mother, played by Felicity Jones (upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell also star along with the voice talents of Liam Neeson.

On October 25th, Finding Dory fans can get the early Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere home video release before the actual physical copies releases on November 15.

Regular home movie releases will include the family drama Captain Fantastic, Jackie Chan action feature Skiptrace (Jue di tao wang) and the urban thriller Nerve starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco (Now You See Me 2).

After a limited theatrical release, Eddie Murphy’s latest film Mr. Church will release. Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) and Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show) co-star with the legendary comedian who portrays a talented cook who grows close to the family who initially hired him for only six months.

On Wednesday October 26, Netflix will have the animated adventure Kung Fu Panda 3.

This month’s movie releases end on Friday October 28 as Tom Hanks reteams with director Ron Howard for Inferno, the next feature film installment based on the Dan Brown novels. This thriller will also be playing in IMAX theaters and co-stars Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World) and Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past).

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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