Friday, September 1, 2017

Top 20 Movies to Look Out For In September (2017)

According to: Selina

20 – Sky Sharks (9/1)

Tag Line: The sea is not enough.
Production Company: Fuse Box Films, Slice Production Studios
Director: Marc Fehse
Writer: Carsten Fehse, Marc Fehse, A.D. Morel
Actors: Naomi Grossman, Diana Prince, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tony Todd, Amanda Bearse, Dave Sheridan, Eva Habermann, Robert LaSardo, Barbara Nedeljakova, Lar Park-Lincoln, Asami, Lynn Lowry, Mick Garris, Nick Principe, Michaela Schaffrath, Charles Rettinghaus
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Rated: NR
Length: Unknown

IMDb Blurb: Deep in the ice of the Antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old Nazi laboratory still intact where dark experiments had occurred. In order to conquer the world, the Nazis created modified sharks who were able to fly and whose riders are genetically mutated, undead super-humans. A military task force called ‘Dead Flesh Four’ - reanimated US soldiers who fell in Vietnam - is put together to prevent world downfall.

This film is going to suck, a lot… but I bet it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch with a group of friends. At the very least, it’s kind of different – even if it does look like an Asylum-y film.

19 – Clowntergeist (9/12)

Tag Line: The reason you’re afraid of clowns.
Production Company: None Listed
Director: Aaron Mirtes
Writer: Brad Belemjian, Aaron Mirtes
Actors: Brittany Belland, Aaron Mirtes, Monica Baker, Burt Culver, Eric Corbin, Johnjay Fitih, Sean Patrick Murray, Tom Seidman
Genre: Horror
Rated: NR
Length: 82 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Emma, a college student with a crippling fear of clowns, must come face to face with her worst fear when an evil spirit in the body of a clown is summoned terrorizing the town she calls home.

I had so many issues deciding to add this film to my list. I mean, I wanted to. The trailer looks a lot better than you’d think… but the name. Oh, god… the name.

Why? Why would you name a film Clowntergeist?

I was almost certain, when I looked up the trailer, that this would be a bullshit New Horizons Picture for Syfy film along the lines of Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda (2014) or Piranhaconda (2012). And, yeah, some of the effects look really ridiculous in the trailer, it’s clearly not an A-list film… but it looks a hell of a lot better than anything New Horizons Picture cranks out for Syfy.

There’s a part in the trailer that even made me jump slightly.

But, why? Why would you take a decent looking film and name it Clowntergeist? Trust the Dice, as a whole, is face-palming. I just want you to know that.

.(but why gif)

18 – Battle of the Sexes (9/22)

Tag Line: He made a bet. She made history.
Production Company: Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Writer: Simon Beaufoy
Actors: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Bill Pullman, Andrea Riseborough, Alan Cumming, Chris Parnell, Martha MacIsaac, Eric Christian Olsen, Jessica McNamee, Natalie Morales, Austin Stowell, Wallace Langham, Mark Harelik
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Sport
Rated: PG-13
Length: 121 minutes

IMDb Blurb: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

I am a big fan of Emma Stone (Aloha, The Croods, Friends with Benefits) in general, so I was really interested in seeing a film that represented her in a way that I hadn’t seen before. Her character in this film is a little more on the serious side, even though it’s a comedy. Mostly I’m used to seeing Stone as a wacky, kind of awkward, cute girl. A movie with her starring in it would interest me the most now if she was portrayed as a villain or the way Battle of the Sexes does.

The movie’s got a great cast aside from her, and the story looks interested – even if it is tennis.

17 – Unlocked (9/1)

Tag Line: To stop the terror, they must fight the conspiracy.
Production Company: Bloom, Czech Anglo Productions, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Lipsync Productions, SRA Productions, Silver Reel, Unlocked Distribution
Director: Michael Apted
Writer: Peter O’Brien
Actors: Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Akshay Kumar, Aymen Hamdouchi, Adelayo Adedayo, Brian Caspe, Tosin Cole, Philip Brodie
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Rated: R
Length: 98 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A CIA interrogator is lured into a ruse that puts London at risk of a biological attack.

Female bad ass agent battling a biological terrorist attack. Sign me up.

16 – The Vault (9/1)

Tag Line: No one is safe.
Production Company: Redwire Pictures, Content Media, Culmination Productions, Casadelic Pictures, Jeff Rice Films, LB Entertainment, Imprint Entertainment, Psychopia Pictures
Director: Dan Bush
Writer: Dan Bush, Conal Byrne
Actors: James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood, Scott Haze, Q’orianka Kilcher, Jeff Gum, Clifton Collins Jr., Keith Loneker, Jill Jane Clements, Michael Milford, Aleksander Vayshelboym, Debbie Sherman, Lee Broda, Anthony DiRocco, Dmitry Paniotto
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: NR
Length: 91 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. But this is no ordinary bank.

This film reminds me, very mildly, of The Last Heist (2016).

I like films like this that start off in one genre, or with one expectation, and twists to become something else. It’s like someone sat down to write an action/thriller and let their imagination run so wild that they wound up on the sci-fi/horror spectrum.

Twists are good. Movies should be trying to pull the unexpected.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a place in our culture for the comfortable tropes we’ve grown to love… but we still need films to attempt to evolve or what’s the point of watching? Just watch your favorites on repeat.

15 – Anti Matter (9/8)

Tag Line: Science and hell have come together.
Production Company: The Cast Iron Picture Co.
Director: Keir Burrows
Writer: Keir Burrows
Actors: Yaiza Figueroa, Philippa Carson, Tom Barber-Duffy, Noah Maxwell Clarke, James Farrar, Yolanda Vazquez, Casey Lawler, Harrie Hayes, Holly Joyce, Julia Savill, Rachel Waring, Molly Bas,
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi
Rated: NR
Length: 109 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Anti Matter (AKA Worm) is a sci-fi noir take on the Alice in Wonderland tale. Ana, an Oxford PhD student, finds herself unable to build new memories following an experiment to generate and travel through a wormhole. The story follows her increasingly desperate efforts to understand what happened, and to find out who - or what - is behind the rising horror in her life.

The basic idea of this film stirs a curiosity in me. I have an interest in worm holes and string theory. Naturally, I don’t expect the film to be completely scientifically accurate, but it’s fun to fantasize.

Although the U.S. is getting September 8th release, the initial showing was in the U.K. in September of 2016. That means it already has an IMDb rating. I had this film lower on the list until I noted that the IMDb rating is 8.0 out of 512 reviewers. That’s no easy feat, and I simply couldn’t ignore it.

14 – First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (9/15)

Tag Line: None
Production Company: Netflix, Bophana Productions
Director: Angelina Jolie
Writer: Loung Ung, Angelina Jolie
Actors: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Tharoth Sam
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Rated: NR
Length: 136 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

This true story looks absolutely devastating. It tells the tale of a girl in Cambodia that loses everything during war. I’m not sure what language the majority of it will be in, but I hardly care. The trailer alone makes my chest hurt a bit.

It’s one of those films you watch for what it stands for more than entertainment.

13 – 9/11 (9/8)

Tag Line: The world watched it, they lived it.
Production Company: Black Bear Studios, The Film House, Sprockefeller Pictures, Sunset Pictures, Thunder Studios, Vitamin A Films
Director: Martin Guigui
Writer: Patrick James Carson, Steven James Golebiowski, Martin Guigui
Actors: Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Gina Gershon, Luis Guzman, Wood Harris, Olga Fonda, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Malone, Bruce Davison, Faune Chambers Watkins, Whitney Avalon, Dahlia Waingort, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer
Genre: Action, Drama
Rated: R
Length: 90 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center's North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.

There are a lot of films about 9/11, and there will likely be a lot more. It was a terrible and significant day in the history of the U.S. Being from New York, I remember exactly where I was that day. I remember walking to college, what class I was in when it happened; in fact, I even remember what I was wearing.

Not every movie about that horrible day, however, speaks to me. This one, from the viewpoint of inside the towers… does.

The trailer looks harrowing and honest.

12 – Little Evil (9/1)

Tag Line: Samantha is his dream. Lucas is his nightmare.
Production Company: Bluegrass Films, Mandalay Pictures
Director: Eli Craig
Writer: Eli Craig
Actors: Evangeline Lilly, Adam Scott, Clancy Brown, Bridget Everett, Tyler Labine, Donald Faison, Chris D’Elia, Kyle Bornheimer, Owen Atlas, Jami Kinton, Rick Applegate
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Rated: NR
Length: Unknown

IMDb Blurb: Gary who has just married Samantha the woman of his dreams, discovers that her six-year-old son may be the Antichrist.

This film looks pretty awesome, and the cast is top notch. Even if the one-liners they were throwing out during the trailer weren’t golden, I’d still be interested.

Besides, it looks like The Omen (1976), only funny. I’m cool with that.

11 – The LEGO Ninjago Movie (9/22)

Tag Line: Find your inner piece.
Production Company: LEGO System A/S, Lin Pictures, Lord Miller, Vertigo Entertainment, Warner Animation Group, Warner Bros. Animation
Director: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan
Writer: Bob Logan, Dan Hageman, Hilary Winston, Jared Stern, John Whittington, Kevin Hageman, Paul Fisher, Tom Wheeler, William Wheeler
Actors: Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Michael Pena, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Abbi Jacobson, Fred Armisen, Kaan Guldur
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family
Rated: PG
Length: Unknown

IMDb Blurb: 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.

I am a sucker for the Lego movies. I just am. They rarely ever look anything but awesome. Ninjago is no exception.

The trailer alone had me giggling.

10 – American Assassin (9/15)

Tag Line: Assassins aren’t born, they’re made.
Production Company: CBS Films, Lionsgate, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Nick Wechsler Productions
Director: Michael Cuesta
Writer: Vince Flynn, Stephen Schiff, Michael Finch, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitch
Actors: Dylan O’Brien, Taylor Kitsch, Michael Keaton, Scott Adkins, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, David Suchet, Kamil Lemieszewski, Sydney White, Charlotte Vega
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rated: NR
Length: 111 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.

This film marks the return of Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf, The Internship, The First Time). It’s his first action film since he was hurt on the set of Maze Runner: Death Cure (2018). He’s admitted that returning to action sequences was difficult and nerve-wracking for him. I have to respect that he did it anyway.

The best part is that I get to honestly say this film looks good. I mean, it’s a bit of a massive trope, but still looks exciting. Almost like Wanted (2008) without the camp.

At the very least, it should be a solid action film.

9 – Rememory (9/8)

Tag Line: We are nothing more than the memories we keep.
Production Company: First Point Entertainment, Scythia Films, Strophic Productions Limited
Director: Mark Palansky
Writer: Mark Palansky, Mike Vukadinovich
Actors: Peter Dinklage, Matt Ellis, Jordana Largy, Martin Donovan, Evelyne Brochu, Henry Ian Cusick, Anton Yelchin, Julia Ormond, Gracyn Shinyei, Colin Lawrence, Chad Krowchuk, Carrie Anne Fleming, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Maja Aro
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG-13
Length: 111 minutes

IMDb Blurb: The widow of a wise professor stumbles upon one of his inventions that's able to record and play a person's memory.

And now I’m sad.

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Beyond, Green Room, Odd Thomas) had a hell of a career in front of him. His death was tragic on so many levels. As a result, Rememory would have made this list whether or not it looked good.

However, it looks amazing, and he’s acting alongside Peter Dinklage (Penelope, Game of Thrones, Knights of Badassdom) and Mark Palansky (Penelope, Shutter, The Same), a director who knows how to utilize Dinklage’s talent properly.  

I have high expectations for this movie.

8 – Victoria and Abdul (9/22)

Tag Line: History’s most unlikely friendship.
Production Company: BBC Films, Cross Street Films, Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films
Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: Lee Hall, Shrabani Basu
Actors: Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard, Simon Callow, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Ali Fazal, Fenella Woolgar, Julian Wadham, Jonathan Harden, Robin Soans, Penny Ryder, Tim Bristow
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Rated: PG-13
Length: 112 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Dame Judi Dench (Tulip Fever, Philomena, Spectre) is absolutely remarkable in this trailer. It’s just a trailer and it feels a bit like I’ve watched a short film. Next to her, most other actors would be below notice, but Ali Fazal (Furious 7, Bang Baaja Baaraat, Xuan Zang) is right there along with her. It’s difficult to be eye-to-eye with an actor as amazing as Dench, and he manages.

I don’t normally go for just basic historical drama, but I cannot deny just how good this film looks.

7 – Rebel in the Rye (9/15)

Tag Line: Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
Production Company: Black Label Media, West Madison Entertainment
Director: Danny Strong
Writer: Danny Strong, Kenneth Slawenski
Actors: Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson, Kevin Spacey, Nicholas Hoult, Amy Rutberg, Lucy Boynton, Victor Garber, Hope Davis, James Urbaniak, Brian d’Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, Evan Hall, Adam Busch, Bernard White, David Berman
Genre: Biography, Drama
Rated: PG-13
Length: 106 minutes

IMDb Blurb: The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

I’m very curious about the life of J.D. Salinger (A Perfect Day for Bananafish, The Laughing Man, The Inverted Forest). I mean, who among us hasn’t read Catcher in the Rye – whether it was voluntary or forced, kicking and screaming?

Nicholas Hoult (Equals, Warm Bodies, X-Men: First Class) was a great choice to play him, and the trailer makes it look even more interesting.

6 – Flatliners (9/29)

Tag Line: Cross the line. Death will follow you back.
Production Company: Cross Creek Pictures, Furthur Films, Laurence Mark Productions, The Safran Company, Screen Gems
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Writer: Ben Ripley, Peter Filardi
Actors: Nina Dobrev, ElliotPage, Diego Luna, Kiefer Sutherland, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, Beau Mirchoff, Steve Byers, Tyler Hynes, Daniela Barbosa
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Rated: NR
Length: Unknown

IMDb Blurb: Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience - giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

I haven’t seen the original Flatliners (1990), so I can only judge this remake by its trailer, and its trailer looks pretty good.

Most people are concerned or interested in learning about what might happen to us after death. That makes this film very relatable… which is probably why it was popular enough to be remade in the first place.

I’ll be seeing the original before this one, it was always in the cards – I’ll just do it sooner now.

5 – It (9/8)

Tag Line: You’ll float too.
Production Company: New Line Cinema, KatzSmith Productions, Lin Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman, Stephen King
Actors: Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Javier Botet, Jaeden Liberher, Nicholas Hamilton, Megan Charpentier, Wyatt Oleff, Owen Teague, Jack Dylan Grazer, Steven  Williams, Tatum Lee, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jackson Robert Scott, Chosen Jacobs, Kelly Van der Burg, Pip Dwyer, David Katzenberg
Genre: Drama, Horror
Rated: R
Length: 135 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

The original It (1990) was not a movie, it was a mini-series. So, I’m both looking forward to the remake and worried about how they’re going to take all that information and condense it down into a single film.

Whatever the outcome, it should be interesting to watch.

4 – Animal Crackers (9/1)

Tag Line: Oh, crumbs.
Production Company: Beijing Wen Hua Dong Run Investment Co., China Film Co., Landmark International, Storyoscopic Films, Blue Dream Studios, Generalitat Valenciana, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA), May Day Movies
Director: Tony Bancroft, Scott Christian Sava, Jaime Maestro
Writer: Dean Lorey, Scott Christian Sava
Actors: Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, John Krasinski, Ian McKellen, Raven-Symone, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Warburton, Tara Strong, James Arnold Taylor, Lydia Rose Taylor, Wallace Shawn, Gilbert Gottfried, Harvey Fierstein, Kevin Grevioux
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Rated: NR
Length: 94 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A family must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle Horatio P. Huntington.

This film looks so incredibly adorable. The idea is relatively fresh and the animation style is different than most family films coming out. Just watch the trailer, it’s a lot of fun.

3 – Mother! (9/15)

Tag Line: Seeing is believing.
Production Company: Protozoa Pictures
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky
Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Stephen McHattie, Kristen Wiig, Stefan Simchowitz, Jovan Adepo, Robert Higden, Amanda Warren, Eric Davis
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Rated: NR
Length: 115 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

This movie is sure to be a great big mind fuck. I have absolutely no doubt about it. In fact, I don’t know what part I’m most looking forward to. The story and script certainly look like they are going to be worth the admission fee, but then you add a great cast and the phenomenal Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain) as writer/director.

Everything about the trailer, poster, and IMDb page looks enticing for Mother!.

2 – Kingsman: The Golden Circle (9/22)

Tag Line: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Marv Films, Shangri-La Entertainment, TSG Entertainment
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons
Actors: Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Sophie Cookson, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Colin Firth, Poppy Delevingne, Hanna Alstrom, Vinnie Jones, Edward Holcroft, Samantha Womack, Elton John, Lena Endre, Alexandra Ford
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Rated: R
Length: Unknown

IMDb Blurb: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

On ANY other month, this would have been number one on my list. Yes, even on a month with a Marvel Universe film coming out. It just so happens that this month, my number one slot is reserved for a movie that is completely different than anyone’s ever seen.

When I saw the first Kingsman (2014), I texted Cat that I wanted to marry that movie. It was just so amazingly perfect.

I’m more than well aware that early critics spat all over that film. I don’t know what the fuck their problem was, but later reviews and audience reviews are incredibly high – and that makes much more sense to me.

Now, The Golden Circle is a sequel. Needless to say, I don’t expect it to be as good as the original. Most sequels don’t quite live up to their predecessors. Still, I rate the original with a perfect score… so that leads me to believe it’s sequel will be amazing regardless.

If it’s half as good as the first Kingsman, it’ll still be better than 90% of the films I watch in a year.

1 – Loving Vincent (9/22)

Tag Line: The truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings.
Production Company: BreakThru Productions, Trademark Films, Silver Reel, Odra Film, Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Writer: Jacek Dehnel, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Jermone Flynn, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory, Eleanor Tomlinson, Chris O’Dowd, Douglas Booth, Holly Earl, Robert Gulaczyk, John Sessions, James Greene, Richard Banks, Bill Thomas, Martin Herdman, Josh Burdett, Robin Hodges
Genre: Animation, Biography, Crime
Rated: PG-13
Length: 95 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh.

Yes, the story looks good and I would love to learn about Vincent van Gogh’s life… but alone that wouldn’t have put this film at number one.

Effort deserves to be recognized.

Every single moment of this film was hand-painted on canvas. That’s right, it’s the world’s first entirely oil painted film. How the hell could I not recognize this film as the number one pick for this month? Approximately 125 artists had to work together to honor van Gogh in his own style. The respect is absolutely amazing to witness.

The creators behind this film took a story that could have been interesting and, instead of doing what the rest of Hollywood might have done, absolutely revolutionized it. They bet everything on reinventing the wheel.

It’s a risk I believe was worth taking. The trailer is phenomenal. I was transfixed… and I can’t wait to see the movie.

Movies to Look out For
According to: Cat

American Made .20
Dead Again in Tombstone.19
The Layover .18
Little Evil .17
Rebel in the Rye .16
Unlocked .15
In Search of Fellini .14
Victoria and Abdul .13
Battle of the Sexes .12
The Limehouse Golem .11
Stronger .10
Animal Crackers .9
Loving Vincent .8
Kingsman: The Golden Circle .7
Flatliners .6
Mother! .5
Rememory .4
American Assassin .3
The LEGO Ninjago Movie .2
It .1

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