September is usually the first month of the Oscar movies. This month there are a few good movies coming out, but nothing really ‘Oscar’ worthy. In fact, there are really only two good movies coming out this month, so overall it’s a pretty slow month.
The best movie to see this month is the thriller Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal leading the movie of a story of a man determined to find his missing daughter. Though The Family with Robert De Niro might be worth the watch.
September 6 – Riddick
Starring: Vin Diesel (Fast and the Furious 6), Karl Urban (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists)
Summary (by IMDb): Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.
The second movie of the series looks to have all the same elements of the first movie. But like the first one, it’s gonna be a love it or hate it sort of movie. The fans of the first one will probably like the second one, but I don’t think it will attract any new fans.
September 13 – Insidious Chapter 2
Starring: Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), Rose Byrne (The Internship), Barbara Hershey (TV’s ‘Once Upon a Time’), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3)
Summary (by IMDb): The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
The first movie was a surprise hit and of course what Hollywood likes to do is make sequels out of every good idea. This is another case where they should have left the first one alone. I doubt this one will be as good as the first one. The only thing that might help is that it’s coming out relatively closer to Halloween.
September 13 – The Family
Starring: Robert De Niro (The Big Wedding), Dianna Agron (TV’s ‘Glee’), Michele Pfeiffer (People Like Us)
Summary (by IMDb): The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
It is nice to see Robert De Niro return to gangster movies and this one looks interesting enough. It’s a different idea as usually mafia movies are about the actual mafia but they’ve never really done one like this when a someone betrays the mafia. De Niro is a great cast for this one because he’s proven himself as a true gangster so has credibility and it’s going to be interesting to see how this one plays out.
September 20 – Prisoners
Starring: Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine), Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch), Paul Dano (Ruby Sparks), Viola Davis (Beautiful Creatures), Maria Bello (Grown Ups 2), Terrance Howard (Movie 43)
Summary (by IMDb): A Boston man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend.
This movie is probably the best movie of the month. It’s got an all-star cast and a very intriguing storyline. The fact that it takes place in Boston, one of my favorite places in the world, is just a bonus. Hugh Jackman shows that he is more then just the man with the claws as he delivers what looks a-mazing in the trailer and it’s nice to see Jake Gyllenhaal continue with his good movie choices as he plays the cop in the movie.
September 27 – Rush
Starring: Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Olivia Wilde (The Wonderful Burt Wonderstone), Natalie Dormer (TV’s ‘Elementary’)
Summary (by IMDb): A biography of Austrian Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his British rival, James Hunt.
What first attracted me to this movie is the cast, but after watching the trailer I just felt very…eh about it. Racing movies can be very good if done well but I don’t think this one looks at all interesting. Perhaps people who are fans of Niki Lauda might like it, but I don’t think it will attract the kind of attention it wants.
September 27 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Starring: Anna Faris (Movie 43), Neil Patrick Harris (The Smurfs 2), Bill Hader (TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’)
Summary (by IMDb): Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
The first movie came out of nowhere and surprised everyone by how well that it did at the box office. So obviously a sequel would be coming out. A lot of the same cast came back to the movie so it might be ok to see, especially since it’s the only kid movie of the month. But they have a lot of pressure. The last few kids movies have bombed at the box office.
September 27 – Don Jon
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Scarlett Johansson (Hitchcock), Julianne Moore (Game Change)
Summary (by IMDb): A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.
It’s the first movie that Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote and directed. The trailer looks like it has a lot of sarcastic moments and it’s a somewhat interesting storyline, just the main idea has kind of been done before. What might help the movie is the cast but I’m not sure it’s enough to help it’s box office.