7 “Real Steel” travels to the future, when robots take over the sport of boxing. Hugh Jackman teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the high-tech sport.
7 “Thunder Soul” reunites Houston’s legendary Kashmere High School Stage Band after more than 35 years to play a tribute concert for 92-year-old “Prof,” their bandleader, who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a funk powerhouse.
7 “Toast.” Young Nigel Slater loves his mother even though she is a hopeless cook, frequently making him a mere piece of toast. When she dies of asthma, he is whisked away to the countryside to live with his distant father and stepmother, Joan, who is a superb cook. Joan becomes Nigel’s rival in the kitchen as he takes up cooking class and competes to find the way to his father’s heart.
7 “Wanderlust” follows a city-dwelling couple (played by Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) as they venture out from their life and stumble on a hippie commune. Also starring Justin Theroux.
7 “Weekend” finds two young men enjoying one weekend of debauchery that leads them down a path of unfortunate life-changing consequences.
7 “The Way.” Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who arrives in France to collect the remains of his adult son (Emilio Estevez), killed in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. Tom decides to embark on the same journey to honor and remember his son, meeting people along the way.
13 The sixth annual “Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival” features more than 40 international films from the horror genre, including “Helldriver,” “The Afflicted” and the North American premiere of “Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical.” Through Oct. 16.
14 The D.C. Labor FilmFest boasts movies about work and workers that influenced culture and the global economy. Films include “All the President’s Men,” “Made in Dagenham” and “Moon.” Through Oct. 18.
14 “The Big Year.” Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson star as friendly rivals, each at a crossroads; one is experiencing a midlife crisis, another a late-life crisis and the third, a no-life crisis. Tired of status quo, the trio dedicate a year of their lives to a cross-country journey. Directed by David Frankel.
14 “Blackthorn.” Legend has it that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military. In this movie version, Cassidy (Sam Shepard) survives but is derailed from his journey home to the United States by an encounter with an ambitious criminal (Eduardo Noriega).