October films: Three to watch

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There are some great, big-hitting movies out this month, and a really good small one. Here's our suggestion of the three that are well worth your ticket money.

 

THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX

1.The Fantastic Mr Fox (out on 23 October)

We were slightly cautious about Wes Anderson's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr Fox, just because it was such an important book for us in our short-trousered days. So it is with both elation and a sigh of relief that we can report — he totally nails it. The premise is familiar: the effortlessly charming Mr Fox, voiced by George Clooney (who else?) pits his wits against chicken farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who are doing their best to put an end to the vulpine antics. But it is in the details that Anderson really succeeds — the quietly humorous voice work by Angelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray and the completely stunning stop-frame animation (they even do fur, which is notoriously tricky). Even the director's distinctive sense of whimsy, which has teetered on cloying in his other films, is somehow super-delightful when applied to animated woodland creatures. It's fantastic by name, fantastic by nature, and a complete and utter delight.

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2. Le Donk And Scor-Zay-Zee (out today)

In Warp Films' new series, 5 Day Features,  film-makers will only have — you guessed it — five days to shoot their pictures. A tough task, but if the efforts of Shane Meadows, the first director to step up, are anything to go by, we're in for some treats. Le Donk And Scor-Zay-Zee, which Meadows co-devised with its star, the actor Paddy Considine, is a frequently hilarious improvised mockumentary about a hopeless but well-meaning roadie, Le Donk (a cuter take on Steve Coogan's Tommy Saxondale) who has to wrestle the dual responsibilities of a heavily pregnant ex-girlfriend (Olivia Coleman) and the opportunity to get his protogee, real-life Nottingham rapper Scor-Zay-Zee, on-stage with the Arctic Monkeys. It's a bit like watching a group of mates having a laugh, but you'll be more than happy to laugh along with them.

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3. The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (out on 16 October)

Terry Gilliam's latest film — and Heath Ledger's last — is likely to split the critics. In the current issue of Esquire, our film columnist Richard T Kelly writes brilliantly about how excited he was by the prospect of "an immortal showman/shaman, a troupe of players in a horse-drawn wagon, a magical mirror, and teenage siren Lily Cole dancing the tango with a chain-smoking Mephistopheles play by Tom Waits"; and then about how disappointed he was by the finished film, wondering if Gilliam's love of spectacle may cause smaller concerns — such as character and story — to fall by the wayside. Still, Gilliam's film is an admirably singular vision and a triumph of the imagination, so worth seeing for the trippy, transportative journey. Oh, and it may change your mind about Colin Farrell too.