Has September felt like a fairly dull month for movies? Have no fear! We have some promising movies coming in the second half of the month and we have them in a convenient list for your consumption. What will you be watching in September?
- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language.
Starring Dylan O’Brien and Aidan Gillen. After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Rated PG-13.
I watched the first Maze Runner film, but I’m not invested in the series, by any means. On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is “Don’t Care” and 10 is “Can’t Wait,” I’m at a solid 2.
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse.
Though this has the potential to be another cheesy Christian movie, Mara and Oyelowo’s attachment involvement gives the film a sense of validity. These powerhouse actors could bring this film, with its faith-based premise, to a new level. On a scale of 1-10, my anticipation for this movie is at a 7.
- Black Mass
Rated R for brutal violence, language throughout, some sexual references and brief drug use.
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. Rated R.
Speaking of talent, Black Mass is loaded with it. Johnny Depp is always putting on tons of makeup to play deranged characters, but this movie could be his first, legit performance in years. From 1-10, I’d have to go with a 9!
Rated PG-13 for intense peril and disturbing images.
Starring Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal. A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm. Rated PG-13.
Some directors bring a level of authenticity to a film and that is brought in Everest. Add talented actors like Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, and Josh Brolin, and you’ve sold me. Solid 8!
Rated R for strong violence, grisly images, and language.
Starring Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin. An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Rated R.
The trailers sold me on the premise of the film, but I’m not sure why my anticipation levels aren’t that high? All else aside, I expect great things from Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro. I’ll rate Sicario a 6.
- Pawn Sacrifice
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and historical smoking.
This seems like a slow-burn, thrilling tale of wits, and that interests me. Pawn Sacrifice may be a film that is better saved to watch at home, but I’m looking forward to it. It gets a 6.
- About Ray
This film is not yet rated.
Starring Elle Fanning and Naomi Watts. After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.
With the recent changes in the American political and social landscape, About Ray comes at a very important time. This will probably be a feelings movie that makes you feel (thanks Mark), but I may save this movie to watch at home. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give this movie a 5.
- 99 Homes
Rated R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image.
Starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. Rated R.
The tension and chemistry between Garfield and Shannon in the trailer sold me almost instantly. 99 Homes looks like Andrew Garfield wants to distinguish himself from the Spider-Man franchise and he may just do it. 6.
- Hotel Transylvania 2
Rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor.
Starring Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez. Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Rated PG.
I won’t lie: I laughed during this trailer. However, that wasn’t enough to make me decide to watch this movie. I didn’t even realize there was a first Hotel Transylvania? Oops. 2.
- The Intern
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief strong language.
Starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. Rated PG-13.
This seems like the quirky comedy that may appeal to some, but not really me. The cast is full of talent, but I won’t be catching this one. The Intern is a solid 3 on my biased Anticipation Meter.
- The Green Inferno
Rated R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use.
Starring Aaron Burns and Ariel Levy. A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished. Rated R.
I was so creeped out by the trailer in the best way possible. Maybe it’s my recent cannibal binge (Hannibal), but I’m excited for this horror film, which I can’t say often. The Green Inferno gets a 7.
- The Walk
Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking.
Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ben Kingsley. The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Rated PG.
Levitt’s weird French accent may be a deal breaker, but The Walk could prove to be an IMAX spectacle. The Walk gets a 6 on my Anticipation Meter.