Though Summer may be winding down to a close, there is still a relentless supply of films coming in the next month. Here is a short list of thirteen films that may provide the cinematic experience you desire. Action? Drama? Romance? Comedy? Exploration of madness? Yes, there’s something for everyone in the month of September.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers
Director: Jay Baruchel
Cast: Seann William Scott, Live Schreiber, Wyatt Russell, T.J. Miller, Alison Pill, Elisha Cuthbert, Kim Coates, and Jay Baruchel.
Sidelined after one too many hits and now married with a baby on the way, Doug “The Thug” Glatt is hanging up his skates. But when his nemesis is made captain of the Highlanders, Doug is compelled back into action. (Summary courtesy of the official trailer.)
Director: Eli Craig
Cast: Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Clancy Brown, Tyler Labine, Donald Faison, Chris D’Elia, Bridget Everett, and Kyle Bornheimer.
Gary (Adam Scott) recently married the lovely Samantha (Evangeline Lilly) and finds himself struggling to bond with his new stepson Lucas (Owen Atlas). What he first thinks is fairly standard new family integration issues may actually be much, much worse as the signs begin to suggest that Lucas is the Antichrist.
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Chosen Jacobs.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest dears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. (Summary courtesy of the official website.)
Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Lake Bell, Michael Sheen, and Candice Bergen.
HOME AGAIN stars Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies,” Wild, Walk The Line, Sweet Home Alabama) as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice’s unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. HOME AGAIN is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners. (Summary courtesy of the official website.)
Director: Mike White
Cast: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Jemaine Clement, and Luke Wilson.
When Brad (Stiller) takes his son Troy (Abrams) to look at colleges on the East Coast, he finds himself questioning his lives choices and wondering if any of it will somehow sour his son’s future.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence, in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice. (Summary courtesy of the official Facebook page.)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne More, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, and Jeff Bridges.
Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy… (Summary courtesy of the official Kingsman website.)
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Director: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan
Cast: Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, and Abbi Jacobson.
In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. (Summary courtesy of the YouTube page.)
Battle of the Sexes
Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Eric Christian Olsen, Natalie Morales, Austin Stowell, Wallace Langham, Jessica McNamee, Mickey Sumner, and Bill Pullman.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today. (Summary courtesy of the official website.)
Victoria & Abdul
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, and Fenella Woolgar.
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. (Summary courtesy of the official Facebook page.)
Director: Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, and Pilou Asbaek.
The exquisite feature film debut of visionary fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavey (Rodarte), Woodshock is a hypnotic exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief that exists in a dream-world all its own. Kirsten Dunst stars as Theresa, a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent cannabinoid drug. Immersive, spellbinding, and sublime, Woodshock transcends genre to become a singularly thrilling cinematic experience that marks the arrival of the Mulleavy siblings as a major new voice in film. (Summary courtesy of the A24 official website.)
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, E. Roger Mitchell, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke, Alejandro Edda, Benito Martinez, Caleb Landry Jones and Jayma Mays.
n Universal Pictures’ American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. (Summary courtesy of the official trailer.)
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Cast: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons.
In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side. (Summary courtesy of the official trailer.)