Today is September 6th. Thus a new month is upon us and if you’re a movie fan (which I could only assume if you’re reading this article) then you must be looking forward to what is coming out this month. So let’s take a look at what is coming to theaters this month. Now of course we can’t talk about every single new release (that are far many releases then people realize) but we’ll try to hit some of the biggest ones of the month.
September 4th – (In Theaters Now) The Transporter Refueled
Stars- Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson
What is it? “The Transporter Refueled” is the fourth entry in the “Transporter” franchise. Moving onto a new star in the series Ed Skrein, the film sees main character Frank Martin bringing his courier skills to a bank heist perpetrated by two mysterious blondes, earning him the attention of a mysterious adversary.
My Take- The “Transporter” films haven’t exactly been my personal cup of tea. Never the less it has its audience (seeing as we have four of these films now). “Brick Mansions” director, Camille Delamarre doesn’t inspire much confidence in me either. I’m not sure how fans will embrace the new main star as oppose to the veteran action talent Jason Statham. The reviews have been mostly negative so far but then again I don’t expect this series to have widespread acclaim either.
September 11th– The Visit
Stars- Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
What is it?- “The Visit” is the latest film from famed director M. Night Shyamalan, a director that has fallen from grace in recent years. “The Visit” that follows a pair of children whose lives are changed drastically when their mother takes them to visit their grandparents. After seeing their grandparents they soon begin to realize they are endangered.
My Take– Let’s face it Shyamalan has seen better days. At one point he was looking poised to become the next master of suspense with hits like “The Sixth Sense”, “Unbreakable”, and “Signs”. With films like this under his belt it hard to argue that he doesn’t have some measure of talent. But after disaster after disaster, with films like “The Lady in the Water”, “The Last Airbender”, “The Happening”, and “After Earth” it’s not hard to see why it’s difficult to get excited for Shyamalan’s next project. While the trailer is decent I can’t help but be fatigued of the found footage format. However all that being said with Shyamalan taking a step back from his large budget blockbusters and making this small low budget horror film under master horror producer Jason Blum and his production company, Blumhouse, Shyamalan could very well have a comeback with this small little horror film.
September 11th– The Perfect Guy
Stars- Michael Ealy,Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut
What is it? – “The Perfect Guy” is a romantic thriller that follows women that ends her blossoming relationship with a seemingly perfect young man. He increasingly becomes obsessed with her and then becomes increasingly enraged and dangerous.
My Take– Just like “Transporter”, “The Perfect Guy” isn’t my type of film. The trailer fails to show much promise and looks like another clone of films like “Obsessed” and “The Boy Next Door”. There is a section of bookstores filled with titles like this, and this movie seems aimed at that niched audience who will more than likely go out in droves to see it. If this is your type of film, more power to you, enjoy it.
September 11th– Sleeping with Other People
Stars- Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Jordan Carlos
What Is it?- “Sleeping with Other People” is romantic comedy about a young single women is living her boring life when she bumps into the guy who took her virginity.
My Take- The trailers have been interesting enough and do sport enough energy within them to make me confident in the film. The movie has been coming out of the festival circuits with both hate and praise. Some see some genius in it while others see it as another crude and humorless comedy. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see with this one.
September 18th– The Captive
Stars- Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mimi Rogers
What is it? – The film tells the true story of Ashley Smith. A single mother and recovering drug addict who was taken hostage in her own apartment by accused rapist Brian Nichols.
My Take- The movie looks like it’s made with good intensions and could be capable of a few surprises. The true story is interesting enough and with the addition of two talented leads in Kate Mara and David Oyelowo carrying the movie this has potential. Although the trailer looks far too sentimental for its own good and the director of “Airport 77” doesn’t inspire much confidence either.
September 18th– Black Mass
Stars- Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Juno Temple,Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Peter Sarsgaard
What is it?- Black Mass tells the true story of famed gangster Whitey Bulger. The fearsome mafia boss he was, Bulger played both sides of the law to assume his vast power in the city of Boston.
My Take- This film looks outstanding! The director of Academy Award winning film “Crazy Heart” and “Out of the Furnace” along with this talented cast and Johnny Depp in perhaps his most intriguing role in years. The trailers have impressed (with the teaser being one of the best in years). This is easily one of my anticipated films of the fall and one that could be up for some serious Oscar consideration.
September 18th– The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails
Stars- Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen
What is it?– “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails” is the second installment of the “Maze Runner” series. Based off the bestselling young adult novels, “The Scorch Trails” follows our maze running heroes from the maze into the dangerous world of the Scorch. Where characters face revelations about the world they had forgotten about and impossible challenges ahead of them.
My Take- The trailers have been pretty solid so far for the follow up to the only decent first installment of the franchise. While some may be a bit tired of the young adult franchises “Maze Runner” does have the benefit of being a bit different than the others on the map. Plus adding a ‘Game of Thrones” cast members helps appeal to me. This one has some potential and I think it could build off and improve what “Maze Runner” helped set up before it.
September 18th– Cooties
Stars- Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell
What is it?- “Cooties” is a comedy about an Elementary schools where all the students get “cooties” and become zombies. The students kill the teachers one by one and a pandemic starts arising throughout America. It’s up to these fourth grade teachers to survive the impending doom.
My Take-This could either be stupid clever fun or just plain stupid. From watching the trailer it really could go either way. It looks fun and shelf aware with a lot of clever twists but then again I could see this going horribly wrong. If gangsters or scorches or being a captive doesn’t interest you on September 18th this could be the right film for you. If anything this I could see this ending up becoming a cult hit.
September 18th– Everest
Stars- Josh Brolin,Jake Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Debicki, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Jason Clarke, Michael Kelly, Emily Watson
What is it?- “Everest” is a movie based off the incredible true story surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain that quickly turns dangerous when a terrible storm arrives.
My Take- Continuing the busy September 18th date is the limited release of “Everest”. Survival movies can be tricky. If the script isn’t strong enough then the movie only becomes about surviving and not about the characters who are trying to survive. “Everest” boasts an incredible cast and a fine looking trailer with beautiful looking cinematography and impressive effects. I am looking forward to the potentially thrilling but tragic story.
September 18th– Sicario
Stars- Emily Blunt, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro
What is it?- “Sicario” takes place In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, where an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs. The movie is being released limited September 18th and nationwide October 2nd.
My Take– Like “Black Mass” this could be looking at some serious Oscar consideration. It’s already getting acclaimed reviews out of Sundance and is the latest film from director Denis Villeneuve. Perhaps one of the best rising filmmakers in the business from “Incendies”, the Oscar snubbed film “Prisoners”, and the vastly overlooked small project “Enemy”, Villeneuve has established his place in the film world. “Sicario” has a riveting story to tell and an A-list cast to boot.
September 25th – 99 Holmes
Stars- Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
What is it?- 99 Holmes” is about a young father his son and his mother that are evicted from their home by a ruthless real estate broker after the when the bank forecloses on their mortgage. The young father later becomes employed by the broker. Soon he finds himself wrapped up in an illegal and dirty world as the broker’s apprentice.
My Take- When I first heard about the film I didn’t think much of it. Then I saw the trailer and I realize just how hard hitting, timely and potent this film could actually be. The movie is already facing huge critical buzz (with a whopping 95% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing this article). The premise is both poetic and ethically challenging. Andrew Garfield was robbed of both an Oscar nomination in “The Social Network” and also robbed of the “Spider-Man” role when Sony panicked. “99 Holmes” looks to make great usage of his talent and Michael Shannon looks like a cross of Gordon Gecko from “Wall Street” and a Tommy Lee Jones character. This is sure to be a great film. (Oh anyone else notice that Spider-Man is taking orders from General Zod?)
September 25th– Hotel Transylvania 2
Stars- Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Nick Offerman, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks
What is it?– “Hotel Transylvania 2” is the follow up to the surprise little hit of 2012. In “Hotel Transylvania 2” Dracula is trying to bring out the monster in his half human half vampire son so they can stay living in the Hotel.
My Take- I haven’t actually seen the first Hotel Transylvania. I will have to check it out before the sequel. The teaser for this follow up was cute enough and this perhaps the perfect family film to watch in the fall leading up to the Halloween season.
September 25th– The Intern
Stars- Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, Adam DeVine
What is it? – The Intern tells the story of a retired elderly man (played by Robert De Nero) jumping back into the modern work force as an Intern and starts to befriend the CEO (Ann Hathaway).
My Take- When I first heard about this, I thought to myself this is perhaps the most generic sounding film I have heard coming out this year. Yet I have to be honest the trailers have been charming and the performances look pretty solid as well. Robert De Nero looks like he is actually trying to act again. No doubt one of the greatest actors of our time, he (and his counterpart Al Pacino) have been mailing it in for the past few years. Yet recently De Nero has been turning in some impressive performances like the outstanding work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and the small part he had in “American Hustle”. Not that this look Oscar worthy but there looks to be some effort behind the project the movie as a whole just looks charming, I wouldn’t mind seeing it.
September 25th- Mississippi Grind
Stars- Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds
What is it?– Mississippi Grind tells the story of two losers trying to win big on a trip down the Mississippi. Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelson star in the Sundance festival hit.
My Take- The film has plenty of potential. Mendelson is an established actor and Ryan Reynolds has proven himself to be a great actor in his own right (no matter how many bad movies he appears in). I have a feeling this movie may be overlooked but then again this one could surprise us.
Stars- Ron Perlman,Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King
What is it?- “Stonewall” is about one man’s political awakening during the time of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York; one of the biggest moments in LGBT history moments.
My Take- There is no doubt that this is subject that needs to be told and an event that perhaps shouldn’t be forgotten in today’s political climate. The real reason I am very curious about the film (besides the historical subject matter) is it’s being directed by “Independence Day” director Roland Emmerich. The master of disaster himself (who is known for flooding the screen with huge amounts of CGI and destruction) is attempting to tell this real and grounded story. We’ve seen him do it before in the much underrated Mel Gibson film “The Patriot” and he attempted to tackle another historical story in “Anonymous” which does help show off his range. It’ll be interesting to see how he is able to tackle this.
September 25th– The Green Inferno
Stars- Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns
What is it?- The Green Inferno tells the story of a group of activists that head to a rain forest to help preserve it. When the plane they are flying in crashes in the middle of it where they are captured and taken prisoners by an unknown but savage native tribe.
My Take- Eli Roth is a big name in the world of horror and some may hate his work but there is no doubt that he has made an impact in the genre. This latest horror feature from Roth looks absolutely intense, gross, hideous, and disgusting. It’s the type of film that you know will upset you but you can’t help but watch it anyway just to see all of the brutal scenes of violence. Could it be this generation’s “Cannibal Holocaust”? That remains to be seen. But it will no doubt have the brutal nature of Roth’s previous works (like “Hostel”). This just feels like a movie that needs to be experienced on the big screen.
What are you looking forward to this month? Did I miss any films? Leave your thoughts and comments in the comment section below!