At The Box Office| October 2017

Four films headed to theaters and video release this month

By James Fanizza, October 2017 Issue.

Fat Camp 

Now available on VOD | 86 minutes | Comedy

When Hutch (Chris Redd) is kicked out of the house by his  mom, and forced to work at his uncle’s fat camp, the 20-something freeloader finds himself supervising an offbeat group of husky boys who, ultimately, help him grow up.  Emmy-nominated LGBTQ filmmaker Jennifer Arnold’s directorial debut is a willfully offensive adult comedy with no manners and tons of heart, that also stars Anabelle Acosta, Michael Cienfuegos, Mel Rodriguez and Vivica A. Fox.

The Snowman 

In theaters Oct. 20 | Crime, Drama, Horror

When a boy finds his missing mother’s pink scarf wrapped around the neck of a sinister-looking snowman, Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is called in to investigate and begins to suspect it’s the work of a serial killer. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the detective must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, this thriller also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer and J. K. Simmons.

Tom of Finland 

In theaters Oct.13 | 115 minutes | Biography, Drama

Directed by Dome Karukoski and written by Aleksi Bardy, Tom of Finland follows a decorated officer who returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving Finland in World War II. Life after the war proves to be equally distressing as he finds peacetime Helsinki rampant with persecution of homosexuals, including gay men being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland (Pekka Strang) finds refuge in his liberating art, which focuses on homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

God’s Own Country

In theaters Oct. 26 | 104 minutes | Drama, Romance

God’s Own Country follows Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor), a young Yorkshire sheep farmer who is emotionally shut off and must keep his family’s farm from going after his father is partly paralyzed with a stroke. In order to help out at the farm, his father hires Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), a Romanian migrant worker whose arrival makes Johnny confront his feelings of love and being loved for the first time. This wonderfully performed and impressively unsentimental story of love and longing is the debut feature of Yorkshire-born actor and director Francis Lee, and is rightly being acclaimed as one of the best British films of the year.