These are my picks (complete with the reason for my choice) for the movies coming to theaters in September, but feel free to check out all of September's releases by visiting the Internet Movie Database's Coming Soon page.
week of September 4
Director: Camille Delamarre
Stars: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson, Lenn Kudrjawizki
Why? When I first heard that they were doing a new Transporter movie without Jason Statham, I wasn't sure I'd be interested. Then I saw the most recent trailer. Pretty impressive. Didn't hurt at all that the trailer includes a song from the newest album by The Prodigy either.
week of September 11
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Why? Say what you will, but I'm a fan of Shyamalan's work. It's impressive to me that he consistently writes and directs his own stuff. And if anyone can make nice old people seem creepy, it's this guy.
Director: Leslye Headland
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Scott
Why? Absolutely love the cast, and I think this will make for a nice Sunday afternoon movie.
week of September 18
Director: Scott Cooper
Why? Johnny Depp.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin
Why? We've seen this cast in action movies before, and this does not look like it will disappoint.
week of September 25
Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Nat Wolff, Rene Russo
Why? I honestly don't have high expectations for this, but I like both De Niro and Hathaway.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Kate Bosworth, Scottie Thompson, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok
Why? The idea of a child's dreams and nightmares coming to life uncontrollably when he sleeps seems pretty intriguing and original to me.
Director: Eli Roth
Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton
Why? I'm a sucker for Eli Roth movies, and I'm also a sucker for controversial/banned movies. This movie is inspired by Roth's love of Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and uses Cannibal Holocaust's working title as its title. I'll let these trivia snippets speak for themselves.
The Green Inferno trivia: When Eli Roth and his crew approached villagers to be extras in the film, he soon realized that they had never seen a movie and had no concept of what one was. To demonstrate what a movie was, Eli brought a TV and a copy of Cannibal Holocaust(1980) and had a screening for everyone. The villagers loved it and gladly acted in the film.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) trivia: Ten days after its premiere in Milan, the film was seized by the Italian courts, and director Ruggero Deodato was arrested and charged with obscenity. He was later charged with murdering several actors on camera, and faced life in prison. The cast had signed contracts requiring them to disappear for a year after shooting, to maintain the illusion that they'd died. Deodato contacted Luca Barbareschi and told him to contact the three other actors who played the missing film team. When the actors appeared in court, alive and well, the murder charges were dropped.
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