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Last month, I finally got round to watching Captain America: Civil War. I’d been putting it off because I, like any moderately intelligent adult, can no longer stomach superhero films, and I no longer give the tiniest particle of airborne faecal matter what happens in the increasingly ludicrous Marvel universe (with the exception of Deadpool and Jessica Jones, of course). Nevertheless, watch it I did, and I can happily report that sitting through CA:CW is like being in a room full of costumed dogs that yap at each other while their owners throw happy-meal toys at you.

Te reason I mention this is that I had been equally reluctant to wade my way through X-Men: Apocalypse, which I

was required to do this month. I’ve long held the opinion that the X-Men films are the cooler, older brother of the Avengers films. Tey’re generally emotionally deeper, more character driven, better acted, rely less on interminable and ultimately pointless fist-fights, and feel less like toy adverts.

Happily for me, this is certainly the case for X-Men: Apocalypse, which sees our plucky weirdos saving the world again, this time from Oscar Isaacs in blackface (black everything, actually) as Apocalypse, the first mutant, who’s been stuck under a pyramid for a couple of thousand years. X-Men: Apocalypse is not exactly a great film - it’s bloated and the dialogue is very silly in places - but it succeeds where CA:CW doesn’t by virtue of its cast, and the fact that its epic effect sequences augment the film rather than constitute it.

Oh, and it doesn’t have fucking Spiderman in it.


October FILM RELEASES 01 October Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenEva Green (Casino Royale) stars as the titular Miss Peregrine in Tim Burton’s latest gothy-quirk-of-art kids’ movie. Adapted from the novel for the big screen by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass). Dark, mysterious, and non-condescendingly spooky, this looks like a great choice for the whole family this Halloween.

14 October Inferno Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon in the third Da Vinci Code movie. Tis time he wakes up with amnesia, and has to try to remember what’s happened in order to stop a plague. Don’t worry Hanks, I’ve also forgotten what happened previously. Just not enough to sit through another shitty Dan Brown story.

21 OctoberTrollsRemember those fluffy haired Troll dolls that were massive years ago? Well, someone at Dreamworks found one down a sofa, and now this is fucking happening. And it’s starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Trousersnake, and James Corden. Next month: Weebles Vs Predator.

28 OctoberDoctor StrangeOctober wouldn’t be complete without a superhero movie, and so the Marvel machine continues as Bimblebox Clapmahands (Sherlock) stars as the dimension hopping surgical sorcerer. Mads Mikkelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also in it like rabbits in a hat, so can the Doc bring a bit of magic back to the Marvel cinematic universe, or has he got nothing up his sleeve? SMILEY

October DVD RELEASES 03 October Alice Trough the Looking GlassTe only reason that this film is less disappointing than the first is that no-one expected the first to be as bad as it was, while everyone was expecting this to be shite. As it happens, it’s technically proficient shite with some spirited performances, but it’s shite nonetheless.

10 October Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle: Series 4 Lee’s exemplary stand-up is brave, deft, multi-layered, and very very funny. If you need any convincing, take a look at this latest, and apparently last, series of his multi-award-winning BBC show. Alternatively, the film version of Warcraft is released on the same day, you know, for kids.

17 October Preacher: Season 1To my mind, one of the most criminally under-watched and overlooked TV shows of the past year (along with Te Leftovers). Writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon’s cult comic book series is faithfully and affectionately realized on the small screen through pitch-perfect performances and extraordinary cinematography. It’s an absolute hoot, too.

31 October Te Neon DemonNicolas Winding Refn’s dazzling/baffling, brilliant/pretentious, and disturbing/disgusting modern fairytale divided critics, but we here at Outline Towers thoroughly enjoyed it. Part-David Lynch, part-David Cronenberg, and utterly - if oddly - compelling. Contains probably the best lesbian necrophilia scene I’ve ever watched, too. JAY FREEMAN

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