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The Best Things Coming to (and Leaving) Hulu in October

Don’t miss a thing with our critics’ must-watch list

Kaitlyn Dever and Minnie Driver star in Rosaline

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Kaitlyn Dever and Minnie Driver in "Rosaline."

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The third most popular streaming service for viewers over 50 (after Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video) offers a rich crop of new shows and movies, including a passel of spook-tacular titles to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Coming Oct. 1

Huluween Dragstravaganza (2022)

A variety show hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Monét X Change and Ginger Minj.

A River Runs Through It (1992)

Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt are brilliant as a troubled Montana fly-fishing father and son in the adaptation of Norman Maclean’s autobiographical first book, published at age 74.

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The Abyss (1989)

Long before Titanic, director James Cameron won fame for this sci-fi classic about missing nukes and watery alien visitors. It won the Oscar for special effects.

The Age of Innocence (1993)

You thought Martin Scorsese’s gangster characters were ruthless? Try the cream of 1870s New York society in a superb adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Mel Brooks displays impeccable bad taste in his parody of Westerns. The beans-around-the-campfire scene lingers in cinematic memory.

Casino (1995)

Sharon Stone is at least as great as Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in a gangster story by Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese and writer Nicholas Pileggi.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Michelle Yeoh rose to stardom in this ethereal aerial ballet of a martial-arts movie, the first foreign film to gross over $100 million in the U.S. and earn 10 Oscar nominations.

The Fugitive (1993)

Tommy Lee Jones relentlessly hunts falsely accused Harrison Ford in a thriller even better than the classic TV show that inspired it. (Fun fact: The grandson of The Fugitive’s creator started Amazon’s Prime Video service.)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The U.S. remake of the gripping 2009 Swedish murder mystery. This one, starring Daniel Craig as a journalist sleuth and Rooney Mara as a vengeful cyberpunk genius, is almost as fabulous as the original.

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Feel like celebrating Halloween with a tall, handsome monster, but don’t care for his costar Mechagodzilla? Hulu also offers Godzilla’s showdowns with Destoroyah, SpaceGodzilla, Mothra, Megaguirus, and King Ghidorah.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

Ice-blue-eyed Rebecca De Mornay is utterly terrifying as a nanny planning fatal misfortune for her Seattle employer, a new mom (Annabella Sciorra) she blames for her own husband’s suicide.

It Might Get Loud (2008)

Genius guitarists (U2’s Edge, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Jack White) explain their art in a film that demands being turned up to 11.

Looper (2012)

This clever, original film about a time-traveling assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) stars Bruce Willis in his last masterpiece performance before illness began to still his gift.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

The Creature (Robert De Niro) seeks revenge on his maker, Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh, who also directed).

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

In a Coen brothers film as gorgeously tuneful as it is funny and dramatic, George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson and John Turturro play convicts who escape chain gangs and prison because “we felt that the institution no longer had anything to offer us.”

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Mad scientist Dr. Frank-n-Furter (Tim Curry) beguiles his guest (Susan Sarandon) in a musical that will make you want to do the Time Warp again.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Child shrink Bruce Willis counsels a boy (a haunted Haley Joel Osment) who sees dead people all the time in the first, greatest hit by horror auteur M. Knight Shyamalan.

Twister (1996)

A must-see disaster epic about tornado chasers (Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton) by Jurassic Park writer Michael Crichton and Die Hard director Jan de Bont.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Pedro Almodóvar shot to stardom with this gloriously gaudy takeoff on a 1930 Jean Cocteau play.

Coming Oct. 3

Schitt’s Creek: Complete Series

If you haven’t watched this Emmy-gobbling comedy about a video store owner and a washed-up soap opera star (Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara) forced to relocate to a tiny Ontario town they bought before they went broke — do it now!

Coming Oct. 7

Hellraiser (2022) (Hulu Original)

Critics say this update of Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic bears comparison with the illustrious original.

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 19 Premiere (ABC)

In the new season of the madly popular doctor show, star Ellen Pompeo gradually yields the spotlight to some new faces.

Coming Oct. 14

Rosaline (2022) (Hulu Original)

Before Romeo met Juliet, he was mad about Juliet’s cousin Rosaline (Justified’s Kaitlyn Dever) — who schemes to thwart their star-crossed romance.

Coming Oct. 25

The French Dispatch (2021)

Wes Anderson’s fantasy about a New Yorker-like magazine in Paris founded by Arthur Howitzer Jr. (Bill Murray) is as wildly whimsical as it wants to be.

Coming Oct. 31

Crimes of the Future (2022)

David Cronenberg fans will savor this horrific tale of a performance artist (Viggo Mortensen) whose specialty is growing new organs, which he removes onstage. (But Dead Ringers and A Dangerous Method are way better.)

Leaving Hulu in October

Leaving Oct. 30

The Social Network (2010)

A terrific biopic about the rise of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg, never more brilliant).

Leaving Oct. 31

Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman whirls up a horrific storm in this over-the-top fable of a mad ballerina performing in Swan Lake. Barbara Hershey is scary as her ex-ballerina mom.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

One of the best and wittiest stop-motion animation movies ever made, about a fox who raids a human neighbor’s farm, with voices by George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.

Ghostbusters (1984)

In the action comedy that ruled 1984, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray try to save New York (and make some dough) by busting ghosts and demons like Sigourney Weaver.

Meet the Parents (2000)

Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner prove their comic genius as the parents of the girlfriend of Greg Focker (Ben Stiller), who urgently wishes he’d never met them.

Moneyball (2011)

Brad Pitt is great as a baseball general manager who hires a computer whiz (Jonah Hill) to save his team, in Aaron Sorkin’s smart adaptation of Michael Lewis’ unbelievably smart nonfiction book.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

A love letter to Greek-American culture that became the top-grossing romantic comedy ever, about the nuptials of a Greek-American gal (Nia Vardalos, who wrote the film) and a non-Greek hunk (Northern Exposure’s John Corbett). “The man may be the head of the household. But the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head whichever way she pleases!”

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are winsome in Nora and Delia Ephron’s update of Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940 rom-com The Shop Around the Corner.

Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.