Monthly Movie Preview: September 2014

August, and with it the summer, is coming to an end, and it looks like the blockbusters are gone with it. September is all about love stories, family fun and thrillers. There are many films we want to see this month, and there’s something for everybody; check out what we have to say about September’s films:

September 5 – Forrest Gump (20th Year Anniversary)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field, Gary Sinise

“I may not be a smart man, but I do know what love is.” Get ready for Forrest, Forrest Gump as he makes his return to the big screen for ONE WEEK ONLY to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary. It shouldn’t be worth mentioning that Forrest Gump is one of the greatest American films ever made, but I will do so anyway. Decades later, the pop culture references and historical relevance is even more fascinating. I would go so far as to say that not celebrating this re-release, whether at home or on iMAX, is completely un-American. So get your Southern drawl on, select your favorite kind of shrimp dish and come enjoy one hell of a movie. – Sherif

September 5 – The Longest Week

Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup, Jenny Slate

First and foremost, my wife is the female lead in The Longest Week.  That’s right, you had me at “Olivia Wilde.”  Besides the most beautiful woman in show biz, The Longest Week features the always funny Jason Bateman as Conrad Valmont, a rich New York man who lives off his parents money.  He also falls for his best friends girl, played by Wilde.  While the plot would not usually strike me as intriguing, there are glimmers of laughter throughout the preview, but the cast alone will send me to the theater for this indie dramedy. – Adrian

September 12 – No Good Deed

Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson

I’ll admit, I am terrified that I will end up in a situation like Taraji P. Henson is in in the new thriller No Good Deed.  Also starring Idris Elba, No Good Deed is about a stay-at-home mom who lets a stranger use the phone.  Then he terrorizes her for the next two hours (at least two screen time hours).  I was excited to see the movie after hearing who starred in it, but I am equally excited to see how the situation pans out, particularly for Henson’s character.  This is probably a movie I’ll watch during the day because every bump in my house will scare the bejeezus out of me otherwise.  – Adrian

September 12 – The Drop

Starring: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini (RIP), Noomi Rapace

There are quite a few thrillers out this month, but none as interesting to me as The Drop. The premise of the movie is this: Gandolfini’s character, Marv, used to be the big cheese in town, until the mob forced him into retirement. He now owns a bar that he and Tom Hardy’s character, Bob, tend to – a bar that is the drop spot for all the organized crime activity in the neighborhood. Then said bank gets robbed. After Inception, I’ve pretty much become a Tom Hardy fan for life, so to see him and the legendary Tony Soprano go to war with the mob is an instant sell. The story seems unimpressive, but if the actors behind the story pique your interest enough, I would go see The Drop.

September 12 – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Viola Davis, William Hurt

Fellas, if your ladies are looking to see a nice romantic flick, steer them towards The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. This film star’s Professor X himself, James McAvoy, and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain. Originally released as three separate films (HimHer and Them), the film follows the romantic life of Eleanor and Connor as their relationship builds and ultimately dissolves. What makes the movie unique is that multiple events are replayed with varying tones and language depending on whose point of view it is being told from. There’s a very Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind vibe going on here, which I love. Surprise the lady and take her to this chick flick you might enjoy, too. – Sherif

September 19 – A Walk Among the Tombstones

Starring: Liam Neeson, a whole bunch of soon-to-be dead people

I really thought A Walk Among the Tombstones was going to be a form of Taken.  Let me tell you, if you haven’t watched the preview above, and you have only seen the previews on TV, take the time to watch the preview we provided.  Based on the 10th book about Matt Scudder by Lawrence Block, Liam Neeson plays Scudder, a former detective looking into the kidnapping and murder of a drug dealer in New York City.  The movie looks absolutely chilling, but I am sure that Liam Neeson is the hero we need on the big screen.  – Adrian

September 19 – The Maze Runner

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter

It seems like all movies come from books or comic books lately, or at least all the good ones do. The Maze Runner based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner, is about Thomas who is thrown into a community of boys trapped within a maze. Amnesiac and determined to understand what is happening, Thomas does what any hero of a dystopian novel does: he breaks the rules and he runs like hell. If you haven’t read the novel yet, run out to your nearest bookstore and devour that baby soon because the movie comes out September 19th. – Charlotte

September 19 – The Skeleton Twins

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

Here’s another heart-warming comedy starring two all-stars from Saturday Night Live‘s graduates, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Fate brings these two twins together after years of being estranged, and two explore why their lives are so dysfunctional. It’s a tired concept that’s been done often, but the chemistry between the two will make all the difference. Hopefully there is something substantial to take away from the movie, because these two are great on film together. – Sherif

September 19 – The Zero Theorem

Starring: Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton

Oh Terry Gilliam and your crazy style, you sure know how to suck me in despite not knowing what the hell is going on in the trailer for The Zero Theorem. This is the third film of Gilliam’s taking place in a dystopian society and is among Brazil, and 12 Monkeys which are both great films. This focuses on a computer hacker who is tasked at figuring out why humans exist and the management sends a teenage girl down to distract him from his work, which creates a whole hullaballoo and sends us on a crazy fantasy adventure. If you are one for visual films this is one for you as well and deep and well written stories as Gilliam always choses the best stories for his films despite whether they are popular or well liked. – Jacob

September 19 – This Is Where I Leave You

Starring: Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll & Jane Fonda

Let it be known that September is the month of Jason Bateman.  And I’m O.K. with that.  This Is Where I Leave You is about four adult siblings who return home when their father passes away.  It sounds like August: Osage County, but with Tina Fey in the lead female role and Adam Driver as one of the brothers, this movie is sure to be… funny.  I expect This Is Where I Leave You to make me laugh, cry, and hopefully make me feel pretty good by the time I walk out of the theater.  -Adrian

September 19 – Tusk

Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, Harley Quinn Smith & Lily-Rose Depp

Kevin Smith sure has had a weird couple of years as far as retiring, revoking that retirement, making a very anti religious horror film with Red State. He went a more comedic and weird turn with Tusk. Making it based off of an idea on one of his multitude of podcasts, Kevin Smith took a small ridiculous idea and is lucky enough to be able to make it into a major film. The film is about a podcaster who goes to interviewing a mysterious man causing a search for him only to find out he is being tortured and slowly being turned into a walrus by the man. Although it is reminiscent of the horrible Human Centipede series, having Kevin Smith behind it make me realize it will likely be much better and on top of my favorite comedic horror films. This may be one to miss if you don’t like horror or Kevin Smith but if you like either it will likely be one not to miss. – Jacob

SHERIF – September 19 – The Scribbler

Starring: Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Eliza Dushku, Michelle Trachtenberg

In wake of the awful Sin City sequel, it’s time for something new and exciting, but still with a hint of the gratuitous violence that we so crave. Enlisting Buffy alumnae Eliza Dushku and Michelle Trachtenberg is a great start. The kick-ass girl power movie is about Yang (Cassidy), a girl with multiple personalities who undergoes an experiment to get rid of them. The only problem is, the most prominent personality becomes a sociopathic murdered. Great. Wash out the bad taste in your mouth that A Dame to Kill For left with this story based off Daniel Schaffer’s 2006 original graphic novel. – Sherif

September 24 – Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Starring: Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Jean Rochefort

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart looks like an adorable animation drama.  I loved the preview when I watched it, but in my research for the movie, I found out some really interesting facts about it.  Originally a French animation, it is based off not only an animated novel titled La Mécanique de Cœur (translated to Mechanic’s Heart) by the same man who wrote the movie, Mathias Malzieu, but it also based off of a concept album by Malzieu’s band Dionysos.  Fascinatingly enough, the album is a sequel to another album of Dionysos’, Monsters in Love.  I am so intrigued with all this, I must leave writing this preview to listen to their albums and learn French all at the same time.  À la prochaine! – Adrian

September 26 – Jimi: All Is By My Side

Starring: André 3000, Hayley Atwell, Burn Gorman

Much in the same way that August’s Get On Up spread the word about James Brown’s life, I will look to Jimi to show us the side of Jimi Hendrix we have not seen before – especially considering that I really don’t know a whole lot about Hendrix to begin with. Andre 3000, who was remarkable in Outkast’s Idlewild, takes center stage as Jimi. Jimi has already had critical acclaim as it’s made its way around film festivals throughout the world, despite personal friends of Jimi detesting a lot of the events that occurred – but hey, it’s Hollywood. – Sherif

September 26 – The Equalizer

Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, a whole bunch of soon-to-be dead people

The the Hollywood Gods: Denzel Washington is back.  The Equalizer is an adaption of the 1980’s TV series of the same name.  Robert McCall is a former member of the Black Ops.  He is a man who believes in justice and will do anything to protect those around him, including Chloë Grace Moretz, even if it is against the Russian Mob.  What else can I say about The Equalizer?  It sells itself with Denzel being a bad-ass.  ‘Nuff said.  – Adrian

September 26 – The Boxtrolls

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Nick Frost & Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan

The Boxtrolls looks simply adorable.  Based off the 2005 children’s book Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is about a boy, Eggs, who is raised by garbage trolls underground.  When they are threatened to be exterminated by Ben Kingsley’s Archibald Snatcher, Eggs must figure out how to save his family.  The Boxtrolls is sure to make all ages laugh and probably feel like we are all kids again. Before you go to the theaters, go to the IMDB page and learn all about the movie, book, and different Trolls. – Adrian

September 26 – Laggies

Starring: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell

Honestly, I wasn’t so sure about Laggies when I heard about it.  After watching the preview, I am all about it.  This could be a resurgence for Keira Knightley.  The beautiful Brit is known for her looks, the Pirates franchise, and her adaptations of classic British novels.  It will be very refreshing to see her in a comedy and one she stars in.  Along side Sam Rockwell and Hollywood’s favorite teen actress Chloë Grace Moretz, Knightley plays Megan, a woman in her 20’s dealing with growing up but not very gracefully.  She decides to take a break from life and hang out with a 16 year-old she met at a liquor store and the teen’s father.  The story is female driven, a rarity in movies, and something I will gladly watch. – Adrian

September 26 – Good People

Starring: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Omar Sy, Tom Wilkinson

Rounding out the September movie previews is yet another thriller, but the preview does not disappoint.  Based off a novel by the same name, Good People stars James Franco and Kate Hudson.  I like them both, but I haven’t thought of either of them in the “thriller” genre.  Say what you will about Franco and his antics, but he is a fantastic actor.  And after seeing Wish I Was Here, I will always love Kate Hudson.  Plus the plot line is something most of us have thought about: taking money you find and paying your debt with it.  Except Good People will explore what the true consequences of that action are, and it seems really terrifying. – Adrian