Friday, August 30, 2019

Top 20 Movies to Look Out For In September (2019)

According to: Cat

20 – K-12 (9/6)

Production/Distribution: Abramorama, Atlantic Records
Director: Melanie Martinez
Writer: Melanie Martinez
Actors: Melanie Martinez, Emma Harvey, Zión Moreno, Megan Gage, Zinnett Hendrix, Jesy McKinney, Marsalis Steven Wilson,Maggie Budzyna, Quei Tann, Vilmos Heim, Scott Alexander Young, Anne Wittman, Genesis Ilada, Natalia Toth
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Musical
Rated: Unrated
Length: 96 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A brave-hearted girl and her charming best friend make a bewitching pair as they embark on a mission to take down the oppressive schooling system of K-12.

This month seems to be a little odd for movies. There just aren’t that many releasing in September. I have a suspicion that there will be a few hidden gems that will pop up, but we can only consider those that have had advance press and trailers.

Right in theme with the quirky month of movies, K-12 stands out as something rare and interesting. Melanie Martinez (Melanie Martinez: Mad Hatter, Melanie Martinez:Pacify Her, Melanie Martinez: Dollhouse) is an American musical artist that came to the public’s attention through participation on The Voice (2011-). She has since released an album and is known for writing and directing her own music videos.

K-12 is Martinez’s second album offering, and to mark the occasion of its release and the launch of her tour she has created a special one-day-only event with the limited cinematic release of this film. She has described it as a surrealist dark comedy; and, after watching the trailer, I can attest that it looks to be bonkers, interesting, and entertaining. It seems to be something along the lines of a cinematic treatment of the album, itself – as if it were one giant music video that connects all the individual songs.

While this isn’t a revolutionary idea, it’s not done often. I have hope that it will be successful.

19 – Satanic Panic (9/6)

Production/Distribution: Aperture Entertainment, Fangoria Films, Cinestate, RLJE Films
Director: Chelsea Stardust
Writers: Ted Geoghegan, Grady Hendrix
Actors: Ruby Modine, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell, Jordan Ladd, Whitney Moore, Arden Myrin, Michael Polish, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Hayley Griffith, Whitney Moore, Jeff Daniel Phillips
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Rated: R
Length: 85 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life - and her tips - when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice.

I have been dying to see this movie since I first saw the trailer. It looks absolutely hilarious. It’s really a bonus that Jerry O'Connell (Piranha 3D, Veronica Mars, Wish Upon) and his wife, Rebecca Romijn (The Con Artist, Phantom Halo, The Librarians), get a rare opportunity to share the screen together.

Of course, given the “religious” aspect of this story, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. For those that don’t mind taking all of that with a grain of salt, it looks like quite the entertaining romp. I expect some camp and eye-rolling moments just as much as amusement as a totally insane scenario plays out.

If the summer heat has you down, a frosty air-conditioned movie theater just might be the ticket to shake off sweaty misery.

18 – Depraved (9/13)

Production/Distribution: Glass Eye Pix, Forager Films, IFC Midnight
Director: Larry Fessenden
Writer: Larry Fessenden
Actors: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux, Ana Kayne, Maria Dizzia, Chloe Levine, Owen Campbell, Addison Timlin
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Rated: Unrated
Length: 114 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft.

You’ll find a lot of horror movies on my list this month. This is largely as a result of the overall pool of movies we had available to choose from, but it’s also fun to start getting into that spooky fall spirit. Halloween is next month, after all.

What better way to kick off the season than a modern re-imagining of the Frankenstein tale?

17 – 3 From Hell (9/16)

Production/Distribution: Capital Arts Entertainment, Spookshow International, Lionsgate, Saban Films
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Actors: Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Emilio Rivera, Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Richard Brake, Daniel Roebuck, Dee Wallace, Chaz Bono, Matthew Willig
Genre: Horror
Rated: R
Length: 111 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Sequel to The Devil's Rejects.

The mind of Rob Zombie (Halloween, The Lords of Salem, 31) is a scary place. My summary of watching the first two movies in this trilogy can be described with one word: disturbing. This third installment promises to be no different. That’s really the only reason this film is placed here on my list this month. I am likely going to be waiting ‘til I can stream this one just so I can pause and walk away if I need to.

I have no doubt that this movie will showcase Zombie’s masterful gift for the twisted. Insanity and violence to the soundtrack of Baby Firefly’s cackle will certainly fill a horror enthusiast’s gore quota.

16 – Hustlers (9/13)

Production/Distribution: Gloria Sanchez Productions, STX Films, Annapurna Pictures
Director: Lorene Scafaria           
Writers: Lorene Scafaria, Jessica Pressler
Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B , Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, Mercedes Ruehl, Mette Towley, Lizzo, Madeline Brewer, Usher Raymond
Genre: Comedy, Crime Drama
Rated: R
Length: 110 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

When this movie’s trailer dropped, I can imagine all the squees of …excitement… to see Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door, Shades of Blue, Second Act) pole dancing. Tsk tsk. Kidding. There’s no doubt that she’s a gifted performer – both vocally and in dance. Her movies can be a little hit and miss sometimes – but, honestly, I think she’s been honing her acting craft rather well in recent years.

Of course, there’s more that draws me to this movie than the obvious. I like the fact that the ‘dancing’ isn’t the sole focus of the film. At its core, Hustlers seems to be a comedic crime drama. The rest is just the icing and decorations on the cake. I’m curious, also, how some other music artists among the cast do in their feature film debut.

15 – Running With the Devil (9/13)

Production/Distribution: Patriot Pictures, Jaguar Bite, Quiver Distribution
Director: Jason Cabell
Writer: Jason Cabell
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Natalia Reyes, Laurence Fishburne, Leslie Bibb, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Cole Hauser, Clifton Collins Jr., Peter Facinelli
Genre: Crime Drama, Action, Thriller
Rated: R
Length: 100 minutes

IMDb Blurb: The CEO of an International conglomerate sends two of his most regarded executives to investigate why shipments of cocaine are being hijacked and over cut somewhere on the supply chain.

Speaking of hit or miss, one of our favorite crazy guys is back on the big screen this month with Running With the Devil. The trailer leads me to believe that Nicolas Cage (The Humanity Bureau, 211, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) is in his comfort zone with this movie. There’s going to be plenty of action and tension. It was hard to tell what ‘side of the fence’ he was really on, and that might be a really interesting component to see play out.

My teen daughter recently wanted to watch the Matrix (1999) trilogy. That’s only relevant here because I saw Laurence Fishbourne (Last Flag Flying, Black-ish, Where'd You Go, Bernadette) in the trailer and got this familiar warm and fuzzy feeling. I am excited to see him in this role, as it seems to be a departure from the typical persona he’s portrayed in movies and television. Of course, it’s not something alien to his repertoire – it’s just been a bit since we’ve gotten to see this side.

14 – Corporate Animals (9/20)

Production/Distribution: Snoot Entertainment, Protagonist Pictures, Pacific Electric Picture Company, Screen Media Films
Director: Patrick Brice
Writer: Sam Bain
Actors: Demi Moore, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Martha Kelly, Dan Bakkedahl, Calum Worthy, Jennifer Kim, Nassim Pedrad, Frank Bond, Wendy Meredith, Britney Spears
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Rated: R
Length: 86 minutes

Moviefone Blurb: An egotistical megalomaniac CEO leads her staff on a corporate team-building trip that involves a weekend of caving in New Mexico. When they become trapped underground after a cave-in, the group must pull together to survive.

If you thought team-building meetings and activities at work were scary, this takes the corporate retreat to a whole new nightmare level. It’s the concept that’s terrifying, really. I don’t think that the movie will really deliver many chills and thrills. If the trailer is an accurate representation, it looks to be leaning more towards over-the-top dark comedy rather than horror.

The cast looks amazing, though, and I was already giggling a little with that short peek into the film. I’d say it’s worth a watch – even if you wait to catch it on Red Box or a streaming service.

13 – The Pretenders (9/27)

Production/Distribution: SSS Entertainment, Rabbit Bandini Films, Yale Productions, Cleopatra Entertainment
Director: James Franco
Writer: Josh Boone
Actors: Dennis Quaid, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy, Juno Temple, Brian Cox, Shameik Moore, Mustafa Shakir
Genre: Drama
Rated: Unrated
Length: 95 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A love triangle involving a photographer, a director and an actress.

The relationships in this film are likely going to be a complicated mess. That’s what you get with a love triangle in a pure drama movie. While it felt a little dark and odd at times, there seems to be something hinting at a deeper story than is portrayed in the trailers. This might be an option for someone who’s not quite ready for the horror-fest that is the fall movie lineup, and tired of the summer action blitz.

12 – Dauntless (9/1)

Production/Distribution: Bayou Pictures, Gypsy Lane Films
Director: Mike Phillips
Writer: Adam Klein
Actors: C. Thomas Howell, Judd Nelson, James Austin Kerr, Aidan Bristow, Will Ropp, Louie Chapman, Drew Garrett, Miles Tagtmeyer, Chris Roark, John Enick, Will Jorgenson, Troy Musil, Byrne Offutt, Adam Peltier, David Snyder, Demetris Hartman, Wyatt Derman, Mendel Fogelman, Christopher Lee Page, Jade Willey, Jack Malykin, Jerry Buteyn, Paul Kennedy Jr.
Genre: Action, War, Drama
Rated: Unrated
Length: Unknown

IMDb Blurb: By June 1942, the Japanese Navy has swept across the Pacific. In an effort to change the course of the war, a United States carrier group is positioned off the coast of Midway, tasked with springing a trap on the enemy. During this pivotal battle, the two-man crew of a U.S. Navy dive bomber is forced to ditch in the sea. Set adrift, the men look towards their comrades for rescue; namely, the ragtag crew of a PBY Catalina, who are sent to search for survivors. Amid the vast openness of the Pacific, with days passing and the chance of rescue fading, the men are forced to face their own mortality.

This movie has bobbled up and down on my list a bit. While taking place from a different perspective of the Battle of Midway to refresh the events for a new generation, the trailer gave the impression that it will be somewhat stylized to fit in with the older and similar war movies.

WWII films are a bit maudlin for me right out of the gate, because they remind me of my grandfathers’ service and how much I miss them both. Neither of them was in this particular battle, to my knowledge. All the same, it’s hard to separate my thoughts and feelings from the topic.

For those that enjoy a good historical movie or war drama, this should be right up your alley, however.

11 – Zeroville (9/6)

Production/Distribution: RabbitBandini Productions, Patriot Pictures, myCinema
Director: James Franco
Writers: Steve Erickson, Paul Felten, Ian Olds
Actors: James Franco, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Jacki Weaver, Cynthia Murell, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Horatio Sanz, Mia Serafino
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rated: R
Length: 96 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A young actor arrives in Hollywood in 1969 during a transitional time in the Industry.

“This is a very weird movie” is a line actually heard during the trailer. I am guessing that it’s attributed to Megan Fox’s (Jennifer's Body, The Dictator, Above the Shadows) character. By that point, I wholeheartedly agreed with her statement – whether she meant it for the movie-within-the-movie or not.

This is an interesting take on 70s Hollywood. James Franco’s (Burn Country, Why Him?, The Deuce) character seems a little strange (which may be the point), but I am highly intrigued to see how all of this seemingly random information we’re given fits together. This is also one of the handful of recent movies where he’s been able to share the screen with his brother, Dave Franco (Warm Bodies, Nerve, The Disaster Artist).

Aside from the aforementioned cast members, this film seems to be jam-packed with the who’s who of irreverent comedy. This is one of those that my curiosity is dragging me towards, to be honest.

10 – Strange But True (9/6)

Production/Distribution: Automatik, First Generation Films, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology, GEM Entertainment, CBS Films, Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Director: Rowan Athale
Writers: Eric Garcia, John Searles
Actors: Margaret Qualley, Mena Massoud, Brian Cox, Nick Robinson, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Blythe Danner,Connor Jessup, Tennille Read, Janaya Stephens, Vanessa Burns
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Length: 96 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A woman surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she's pregnant with his child.

I am wondering if there’s something dark and sinister lingering under the guise of this ‘medical miracle’ of a ‘years later’ conception. On the surface, there’s the sweet story of brothers, friendship, and romance. The trailer alludes to something else going on in the wings – aside from the natural reaction that the girl is either lying or crazy.

My curiosity is piqued. The story grabbed me effectively and between that and the draw of the excellent cast, I will be watching this as soon as I can.

9– Can You Keep a Secret? (9/13)

Production/Distribution: BCDF Pictures, Big Indie Pictures, Vertical Entertainment
Director: Elise Duran
Writers: Peter Hutchings, Sophie Kinsella
Actors: Alexandra Daddario, Tyler Hoechlin, Sunita Mani, Laverne Cox, Kimiko Glenn, Judah Friedlander, Kate Easton, Sam Asgharil, Ashlyn Alessi, Courtney Gonzalez, Bobby Tisdale, David Ebert
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: Unrated
Length: 94 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Thinking they're about to crash, Emma spills her secrets to a stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger...Until she later meets Jack, her company's young CEO, who now knows every humiliating detail about her. Based on the blockbuster NYT bestseller.

If you’re looking a break from heavier topics, like world news or deep-thinking dramas; or you’re just ready to disconnect and want some cute entertainment, this might be the movie for you.

Of course, a good rom-com is great for a date movie, too.

Either way, it feels refreshingly original for its genre, and it might just be my guilty pleasure of the month!

8 – Downton Abbey (9/20)

Production/Distribution: Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures, Carnival Film & Television, Universal Pictures International
Director: Michael Engler
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Actors: Matthew Goode, Maggie Smith,  Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Michael Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Tuppence Middleton, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leach, Imelda Staunton, Sophie McShera, Kate Phillips, Geraldine James, Simon Jones
Genre: Drama
Rated: PG
Length: 122 minutes

IMDb Blurb: The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

I have been dying to get into the TV Series of Downton Abbey, but it is among a very long list of shows I need to get around to watching. I was fairly giddy when they announced the upcoming movie. This should be a fairly good litmus test for anyone wanting to test the waters to see if the Brit drama is to their liking or not. Of course, it helps if you’re a fan of the genre already. I’m looking forward to some subtle, dry British humor and gorgeous set pieces. I really am a sucker for period pieces.

7 – The Day Shall Come (9/27)

Production/Distribution: See-Saw Films, Archer Gray, BFI Film Fund, Film4, Riverstone Pictures, IFC Films
Director: Christopher Morris
Writers: Jesse Armstrong, Sean Gray, Tony Roche, Christopher Morris
Actors: Anna Kendrick, Jim Gaffigan, Kayvan Novak, Danielle Brooks, Denis O'Hare, Miles Robbins, Pej Vahdat, Adam David Thompson, Drew Gehling, Mousa Kraish, James Adomian, Malcolm M. Mays, Marchánt Davis, Andrew James Bleidner, Curtiss Cook Jr., Michael Braun, Isaiah Stratton, Stephany Liriano, Rodney Richardson, Calah Lane, Andrel McPherson, Michael Reagan
Genre: Comedy
Rated: Unrated
Length: 87 minutes

IMDb Blurb: An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams.

Somehow I feel like this is something that could actually happen. It doesn’t even have to be an actual preacher. Anyone can get ordained on the internet these days. Hell, someone find that guy that held a political office and wore a boot for a hat. I digress…

The big sell with this film for me is really that Anna Kendrick (The Accountant, Table 19, A Simple Favor) is a part of it. The trailer had me laughing and scratching my head. I want to see how this all plays out and think there’ll be some good entertainment along the way.

6 – The Goldfinch (9/13)

Production/Distribution: Kaap Holland Film, Color Force, Warner Bros. Pictures, Amazon Studios
Director: John Crowley
Writers: Peter Straughan, Donna Tartt
Actors: Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald
Genre: Drama
Rated: R
Length: 149 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We transition from something lighthearted to a film that feels like it will be decidedly heavy. I mean seriously, there might be tears involved. It’s hard to imagine not when faced with a boy orphaned by a bombing.

There are some big names with amazing talent attached to this movie, and the trailer did not disappoint. I want to know where the story is going and how the titular goldfinch ties in and brings the narrative full circle, as the trailer alludes.

5 – Rambo: Last Blood (9/20)

Production/Distribution: Millennium Films, Lionsgate, Campbell Grobman Films, Balboa Productions, Dadi Film Group, NYLA Media Group, Templeton Media
Director: Adrian Grunberg
Writers: Matthew Cirulnick, Sylvester Stallone, David Morrell
Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adriana Barraza, Yvette Monreal, Genie Kim, Joaquín Cosio, Óscar Jaenada, Jessica Madsen
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rated: R
Length: 100 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, but it bears repeating – I’m an 80s baby. Sylvester Stallone (Bullet to the Head, The Expendables, Ratchet & Clank) was just part of the cultural landscape as I was growing up. Rambo with his long hair and headband was an icon of the era, and even the very first R rated movie I saw (sneaking in) as a kid was Rocky IV (1985).

Aside from the trailer giving a glimpse of a kick-ass action movie, I get this warm fuzzy nostalgic feeling. I am intrigued at the decision to crop John Rambo’s long locks, but I suppose it fits with the theme. Those were staples of early Rambo from the likes of First Blood (1982) even up to the last film. This new John Rambo is a man pushed too far when perhaps he’d rather be living the retired life. I think it’ll have something for fans of the franchise and regular action fans alike.

4 – Night Hunter (9/6)

Production/Distribution: Arcola Entertainment, Arise Pictures, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Fortitude International, PalmStar Media, Saban Films
Director: David Raymond
Writer: David Raymond
Actors: Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, Minka Kelly, Stanley Tucci, Ben Kingsley, Nathan Fillion, Eliana Jones, Sara Thompson, Brendan Fletcher, Emma Tremblay, Carlyn Burchell, Mpho Koaho, Daniela Lavender, Kristen Harris, Jason Tremblay, Stephanie Sy, Annika Elyse Irving
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rated: R
Length: 98 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A weathered Lieutenant, his police force, and a local vigilante are all caught up in a dangerous scheme involving a recently arrested, troubled man who's linked to years of female abductions and murders.

I am prepared to be on the edge of my seat with this movie. I will admit that the cast got my attention first, and then the plot sucked me in so far that I think I’m going to go a bit bonkers if I don’t actually get to watch this film sometime soon to find out what happens.

I did mention the cast, right? Not only is it led by none other than Henry Cavill (Stardust, Sand Castle, Mission Impossible: Fallout) and the iconic Sir Ben Kingsley (The Jungle Book, The Ottoman Lieutenant, War Machine), but we find Alexandra Daddario (Burying the Ex, San Andreas, The Layover) in a strong role, as well. This cast is on fire right now. Daddario even finds herself in multiple films hitting the screen this month.

I’m so glad that Cavill hasn’t let himself get pigeon-holed into the clean-cut hero that becoming the Man of Steel (2013) could have triggered. His roles outside of that franchise have been more action-oriented, but also a bit cheekier in some cases and definitely grittier. This looks like it will definitely be a solid film to tide me over as I wait on pins and needles for Netflix to get on with releasing the upcoming The Witcher series. Of course, the two concepts are nothing alike. One is high fantasy, while this movie is rooted in grimy reality.

Brendan Fletcher (The Revenant, Braven, Siren) gave me a really eerie chill from the snippets of his performance in the trailer. He does crazy rather well. I am really hoping I get a chance to see this one in the theater.

3 – Abominable (9/27)

Production/Distribution: DreamWorks Animation, Pearl Studio, Universal Pictures
Directors: Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman
Writer: Jill Culton
Actors: Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Michelle Wong
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Rated: PG
Length: 92 minutes

IMDb Blurb: A magical Yeti must return to his family.

Here, we have the best of what September has to offer for kids movies. It helps that the film looks absolutely adorable.

If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat with the family, this might be a good call. Imagine yourself in the snowy mountains or up among the clouds as this intrepid little girl helps her yeti friend find his way home.

There’s a bonus in this one for me, as well. I love it when movies like this one incorporate kids playing musical instruments. The film’s heroine plays the violin and something truly magical seems to happen. I’ve always seen music as a form of real magic. It’s sound that can alter our moods and fuel our imaginations. In any case, I’m hoping that there might be some inspiration here for kids to create magical music of their own.

2 – Ad Astra (9/20)

Production/Distribution: Bona Film Group, Plan B Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, New Regency Pictures, RT Features, Keep Your Head, MadRiver Pictures
Director: James Gray
Writers: James Gray, Ethan Gross
Actors: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, John Ortiz, John Finn, Loren Dean
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG-13
Length: 124 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

I’m super excited about this movie’s release. I love space movies and sci-fi in general. This film has reportedly taken care to be as realistic as possible with the concepts of space travel and how things work. I have much respect for productions that actually take such things into account.

Aside from the superstar cast and attention to detail, the story is intriguing. Just from watching the various trailers, I have some burning questions. If nothing else, this movie is set to be quite the visual feast. I have serious doubts that it will let us down on the plot, however.

1It Chapter Two (9/6)

Production/Distribution: Rideback, Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Toma 78, Lin Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment, KatzSmith Productions
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Writers: Gary Dauberman, Stephen King
Actors: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Bill Skarsgard, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Teach Grant, Nicholas Hamilton, Stephen King, Joan Gregson
Genre: Horror
Rated: R
Length: 169 minutes

IMDb Blurb: Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Have I mentioned before that I’m a die-hard Stephen King (The Stand, Pet Sematary, The Mist) fan?  I haven’t his newest work, but I have pored over many a volume of ‘classic King.’ IT is one of those stories that sticks with you – whether your first introduction to it was the book, or one of the cinematic treatments its been given. I actually saw the original It (1990) before I read the book. Clowns are creepy, ok?

I had been somewhat skeptical but cautiously optimistic about the 2017 remake with chapter 1 of this story in 2 parts.

You know that something has struck a serious chord when something as simple and innocent as a red balloon instills a deep sense of dread that tempts you to shout at the screen during an entirely different movie ‘stay away from the balloon you silly bear, don’t you know it’s attached to an evil clown?!’  Needless to say, all doubts were soundly tossed to the wind. It was terrifyingly good. I can’t wait to watch the final installment as soon as possible. Just be cautioned that it will stick with you.

Movies to Look out For
According to: Selina

Can You Keep A Secret? .20
Dauntless .19
 Malibu Road .18
Strange But True .17
Hustlers .16
Zeroville .15
Walk to Vegas .14
The Goldfinch .13
Downton Abbey .12
3 From Hell .11
Running With the Devil .10
K-12 .9
The Day Shall Come .8
Judy .7
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! .6
Abominable .5
Night Hunter .4
It: Chapter Two .3
Rambo: Last Blood .2
Ad Astra .1