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September and October Movie Guide

Early Fall Movie Guide by Guy S. Malone, Researcher

The first two-thirds of the year mete out enough good movies to see us through, along with a few dry spells and a lot of mediocrity.  The last third gives us a glut of films, more than we can see, in fact, with the quality building to a crescendo, like the end of a fireworks display.

We thought about posting the fall and winter film offerings in one fell swoop, but reconsidered for several reasons:
1 - For just the first two months, we feature 30 movies, enough to boggle anyone's mind;
2 - The picture of worthwhile awards contenders (and their release dates) will become more clear by the end of October, so we will publish he Holiday Film Guide then;
3 - We aren't exactly sure what a fell swoop is, so it would be irresponsible to post a film guide in one.

So, below please find our movie guide for September and October.  As usual, we acted out our petty prejudices, refusing to bring the movies of Nicolas Cage and Chloe Sevigny to these parts.  Still and all, there will be enough trash to sift through before you find the gems, but recognizing that one person's Adam Sandler bobble-head is another person's Oscar, we tried to be comprehensive.



07 The Nun - Horror
The Vatican thinks it's a good idea to send a priest (Demian Bechir) with a checkered past and a novice nun (Taissa Farmiga) to investigate the apparent suicide of a young nun.  In Romania.  Ah jeez, I guess the Church has made worse decisions.

07 Peppermint - Action
Jennifer Garner dips her toes in revenge-porn as a mom who loses everything and comes back to take everything away from the bad guys.  John Ortiz

14 A Simple Favor - Thriller
Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks) directs this story of a mother and blogger (Anna Kendrick) who follows a twisty mystery of her best friend's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance.  Linda Cardellini, Henry Golding

14 Bel Canto - Romantic Thriller
Ann Patchett's best-seller about a world renowned opera singer (Julianne Moore) invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist (Ken Watanabe) at a South American estate.  A pleasant evening becomes a nightmare when the people in the house are taken as political hostages.

14 Operation Finale - Historical Bio-Drama  
In 1960, Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) leads a team team of Mossad operatives to track down and arrest Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), a major architect of the Holocaust.

14 The Predator - Sci Fi Horror
Writer-Director Shane Black returns to his 1987 creature when a boy (Jacob Tremblay) unwittingly causes the hunter's return, and only a crew of crusty mercenaries and a science teacher (Yvonne Strahovski) can save Earth.  Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn

14 White Boy Rick - Crime Drama
In the 1980s, a teen (Richie Merritt) becomes an underground drug informant, assisted by a strong supporting cast. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie

21 Colette - Historical Bio-Drama
Based on the life of the French novelist (Keira Knightly), who begins writing under her husband's (Dominic West) name, and then must fight her way out from under his shadow.  Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw

21 The House with a Clock in its Walls - Fantasy
Young, recently orphaned Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his uncle (Jack Black), a warlock, in his house of magic. They, along with Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), must foil an evil wizard's (Kyle MacLachlan) plan to bring about the Apocalypse via a ticking-down clock.

21 Life Itself - Romantic Drama
Dan Fogelman (This is Us) wrote and directed this examination of the drama of the lives of a college romance (Olivia Wilde & Oscar Isaac) that follows through to parenthood.  Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Mandy Patinkin, Jean Smart

21 Love, Gilda - Documentary
Archival footage and a slew of Saturday Night Live veterans pay homage to the sweet and inspirational funny woman who died way too young.

21 Quincy - Documentary
Chronicle of the life of Quincy Jones, musical icon whose impact on popular culture has spanned 70 years.  Rashida Jones,

21 The Sisters Brothers - Western
Amid personal crises, two bounty-hunter brothers (John C. Reilly & Joaquin Phoenix) track down a prospector (Riz Ahmed) at the height of the 1850s Gold Rush.  Jake Gyllenhaal

21 Tea with the Dames - Documentary
Dames Eileen Atkins, Judy Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith quaff tea and discuss life and films.  This might not even make it outside major cities, but it looks like eventual must-see TV.   

28 Night School - Comedy
Dysfunctional adults returning to school to attain GEDs is the backdrop of comedy for the likes of Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Mary Lynn Rajskub.

28 The Old Man and the Gun - Crime Bio/Drama/Comedy 
A 70-year old (Robert Redford) breaks out of San Quentin and goes on a crime spree that baffles the cops but enchants the public.  Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover

28 Smallfoot - Animated
A Yeti begins to believe that humans exist.  Voice talents of Zendaya, Channing Tatum, James Corden, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Common, LeBron James


05 A Star is Born - Musical Drama
Re-re-re-make of a classic--say it all together: A famous musician (Bradley Cooper) helps a rising star (Lady Gaga), and as her career takes off, his fades.  Sam Elliott, Dave Chapelle, Cooper also directs.

05 Venom - Sci Fi/Horror
Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) acquires the powers of a symbiote, and his alter ego threatens alternately to save and destroy him.  Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed

10 The Happy Prince - Bio-Drama
Rupert Everatt wrote, directed, and stars in this labor of love depicting the last days of Oscar Wilde, who fended off his sad end with wry humor.  Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson

12 Bad Times at the El Royale - Crime thriller
A group of strangers meet at the El Royale, a disreputable Tahoe hotel.  Each individual with secrets, each wanting something, but maybe not the craziness they find.  Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, John Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Offerman

12 Beautiful Boy - Drama
Fact-based (on father-son memoirs) chronicling a young man's (Timothee Chalamet) drug addiction, his cycling recoveries and relapses, and the tests it places on his parents (Steve Carell & Maura Tierney).

12 First Man - Historical drama
A look at America's ambitious and dangerous mission to put a man on the Moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), the first man to set foot on the lunar surface on July 20, 1979. Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler

12 The Kindergarten Teacher - Drama
The eponymous pedagogue (Maggie Gyllenhaal) becomes obsessed with nurturing a child she deems to be a prodigy (Parker Sevak). Gael Garcia Bernal

19 Can You Ever Forgive Me - Bio/Comedy/Drama
A celebrity biographer resorts to stretches and fabrications to sell her memoirs.  Based on a memoir (are we to believe it)?  Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin

19 The Hate U Give - Crime Drama
Starr (Amandla Stenberg) straddles two worlds: her poor Black neighborhood and her White prep school.  Both worlds crash down when she witnesses a White cop shoot her best friend, and she must stand up for what is right.  Anthony Mackie, Regina Hall, Common

19 Halloween - Horror
Laurie Strode's (Jamie Leigh Curtis) last (yeah, right) confrontation with Michael Myers (Nick Castle).  Judy Greer, Will Patton

19 What They Had - Drama
As a woman (Blythe Danner) fades into Alzheimer's, her son (Michael Shannon) summons his sister (Hilary Swank) to cope with grief and the determination of their father (Robert Forster) to keep his wife near.

19 Wildlife - Drama
Paul Dano directed and adapted (along with Zoe Kazan) the Richard Ford story of a boy (Ed Oxenbould) witnessing his parents' (Carey Mulligan & Jake Gyllenhaal) marriage disintegrate when his mother finds another man (Bill Camp).

31 Slaughterhouse Rulez - Comedy, Horror
Teachers at a British boarding school discover, much to their dismay, that nearby fracking near has opened a sinkhole to Hell.  Expect Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to revive their Shaun of the Dead and The World's End sensibilities.  Michael Sheen, Asa Butterfield


Unknown said...

Looking forward to viewing the list.

Unknown said...

Can’t wait to watch some of these John!!

John DeFrank said...

Thanks! I hope the list gives you the information you want. There are some good movies coming up.

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