If August is the worst month for movies, then September can
only be an improvement right?
Thankfully, that’s true.
Traditionally, September is known as the month that kicks
off award season contenders.
It’s also the month where horror makes its return -- just in time for Halloween.
While this September’s offerings aren’t exactly perfect –
they’re definitely a step up from the doldrums of August.
So, what’s premiering this month?
Resident Evil: Retribution: I have a weird thing for the ‘Resident
Evil’ movies. I don’t think they’re ever going to win any awards and they’re
not really scary – so even I can’t explain it. I think I just like Alice as a
heroine. She’s badass and she’s empathetic. That’s rare in a genre like this. This
installment sees a lot of fallen heroes from the franchise return – including Michelle
Rodriguez’s Rain (who died in the first film) and Oded Fehr’s Carlos (who died
in the third film). The film opens Sept. 14.
The Master: The always reliable Philip Seymour Hoffman stars
as a 1950s veteran who is inspired to return home and start a religion when he
returns from World War II. The premise sounds interesting, and it co-stars
Joaquin Phoenix – a talented but troubled actor that has had his share of
problems of late. Opens Sept. 14.
Stolen: The latest in the Nicholas Cage needs to eat
genre. Opens Sept. 14.
Richard Gere stars as a troubled hedge fund
magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire. He makes an error
– that I’m sure will lead to some serious drama. The always solid Tim Roth and Susan
Sarandon also star. Opens Sept. 14.
10 Years: This follows a group of friends on the night of
their high school reunion. It stars Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Rosario
Dawson, Justin Long and Kate Mara. This could be a solid ensemble – and Tatum
has proven he can open a movie. Opens Sept. 14.
Trouble With the Curve: Clint Eastwood is getting more press
for talking to a chair right now, but this film looks both poignant and funny.
It revolves around a baseball scout that is finding age starting to catch up
with him. It also stars Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. Eastwood
said he was retiring from acting a few years ago – I guess that means unless he
thinks he can get an award for the film. Still, this looks entertaining. Opens
The Perks of Being a Walflower: A coming of age story
starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Mae Whitman and Kate Walsh. The casting is
compelling. Opens Sept. 21.
House at the End of the Street: This is one of the few
horror movies that looks mildly interesting this season. It stars the always
awesome Jennifer Lawrence in another haunted house movie. Maybe I’m only hoping
it looks scary. Lawrence gives it some heft, though. Opens Sept. 21.
End of Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Kendrick star in this
cop drama about a pair of young police officers patrolling the mean streets of
Los Angeles. Opens Sept. 21.
Hotel Transylvania: This animated tale features the voices
of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade and Cee Lo Green.
Looks like a fun Halloween outing for kids. Opens Sept. 28.
Looper: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt
star in this time travel story which is supposed to feature a phenomenal
transformation on Gordon-Levitt’s part. Opens Sept. 28.
Won't Back Down: Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal star as
mothers struggling to save their children’s inner-city school. Given the
financial times – and the status of Detroit Public Schools – this one could
resonate in the area. Opens Sept. 28.
What do you think? What movies are you looking forward to in