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5 must-watch October movies: 'Skyfall', 'Taken 2', 'Frankenweenie'

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Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie': Young Viktor still

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October sees a pair of full-blooded action movies in the form of Skyfall and Taken 2, alongside a pair of eagerly-awaited dramas from Harry Potter's Emma Watson and Twilight's Kristen Stewart. Tim Burton fans are also in for a treat, as the heralded director makes a return to animation with Frankenweenie.

Digital Spy previews the five must-see movies for October below:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Release Date: October 3
Why you should see it: Emma Watson steps outside of the Harry Potter series to play her own Manic Pixie Dream girl for Stephen Chbosky's screen adaptation of his own novel. Like a John Hughes movie with an added streak of darkness, this is a funny, moving and superbly-acted teen flick.


Taken 2
Release Date: October 4
Why you should see it: Liam Neeson evolved into a full-fledged action hero with 2009's cult hit Taken. This time he and his wife (Fanke Janssen) find themselves kidnapped in Istanbul, but there's still plenty of room for Neeson's Bryan Mills to punch and shoot his way through an assortment of Euro terrorists.


On the Road
Release Date: October 12
Why you should see it: Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat novel has long attracted the attention of Hollywood directors (including Francis Ford Coppola), but it's Motorcycle Diaries helmer Walter Salles who brings the book to the screen with Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund leading the improbably attractive cast.


Frankenweenie
Release Date: October 17
Why you should see it: This year's opener for the BFI London Film Festival, Frankenweenie sees Tim Burton return to his stop-motion animation roots with a remake of his '80s short film. Each black-and-white frame of this film looks absolutely beautiful, and despite its sly nods to classic horror this is great fun for all the family.


Skyfall
Release Date: October 26
Why you should see it: James Bond celebrates 50 years on the big screen with the release of the 23rd instalment. 007 producers won't let this momentous anniversary go by without a bang, and with Daniel Craig back as Bond, Sam Mendes behind the camera and Adele belting out the theme we've got high hopes for Skyfall.


Which movies are you looking forward to seeing in October? Should we have included Pusher, Paranormal Activity 4 or Madagascar 3? Leave your comments below.

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