The summer season of blockbusters is over, and now it’s festival season for cinema. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t many new films to watch. September is usually the time of the year where we see more smaller films getting released, but this September features some very notable films to be on the lookout for.
In total, there are 11 new wide-released films, along with three notable limited-released movies. Of the 11 new wide releases, four of them will be released in 3D.
Hit the break to see what’s coming up this month and which movie is my top pick.
Weekend of September 7th-9th
The Cold Light of Day
Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri
Stars: Bruce Willis, Henry Cavill, Sigourney Weaver
Plot Summary: A young wall street trader is confronted by intelligence agents searching for a briefcase after his family is kidnapped during a sailing trip in Spain.
Directed by: Brian Lugman & Lee Sternthal
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, John Hannah
Plot Summary: A writer discovers the price of stealing another man’s work when he reaches the pinnacle of success.
Weekend of September 14th-16th
Resident Evil: Retribution
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durant, Boris Kodjoe, Johann Urb, Oded Fehr, Shawn Roberts
Plot Summary: Alice continues her fight against the Umbrella corporation with enemies and allies new and old.
Finding Nemo 3D
Directed by: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
Plot Summary: A timid clown fish sets off for Sydney to rescue his son after he was captured in the Great Barrier reef.
Stolen - Limited Release
Directed by: Simon West
Stars: Nicholas Cage, Josh Lucas, Malin Akerman, Danny Huston
Plot Summary: A thief is given twelve hours to steal ten million dollars for his ex-partner after he kidnaps his daughter.
The Master - Limited Release, Expansion one week later
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
Plot Summary: A Naval man returns home with an uncertain future until he is tantalized by the charismatic leader of The Cause.
Weekend of September 21st-23rd
Directed by: Pete Travis
Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headley
Plot Summary: Two Judges become trapped in the apartment complex owned by the local drug queen and must fight their way out.
End of Watch
Directed by: David Ayer
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Cody Horn
Plot Summary: Two of the LAPD’s finest find themselves the subject of a hit by a cartel after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms during a routine traffic stop.
House at the End of the Street
Directed by: Mark Tonderai
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thierot
Plot Summary: A mother and daughter move to a new town where they discover that former owners of the home next door were murdered by their daughter. After the daughter befriends the surviving son, she soon discovers that the story isn’t over.
Trouble With the Curve
Directed by: Robert Lorenz
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Amy Addams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard
Plot Summary: A ailing and aging baseball scout takes his daughter along with him during one of his scouting trips.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Limited Release
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, Dylan McDermott, Mae Whitman
Plot Summary: An introverted freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Weekend of September 28th-30th
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano
Plot Summary: In a future where the mob controls time travel and hires guns called Loopers to dispose problems from the future, one such Looper named Joe discovers that the mob has sent his future self to be killed by none other than himself.
Directed by: Genndy Tarkatovsky
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Ceelo Green
Plot Summary: Dracula, who has created a resort for monsters away from the human world, becomes over protective of his daughter after a human boy finds himself at the resort.
Won’t Back Down
Directed by:Daniel Barnz
Stars:Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Ving Rhames, Oscar Isaac
Plot Summary:Two mothers risk everything to change the state of the inner city school their children attend, but face an uphill battle with an entrenched beauracracy.
Pick of the Month: Dredd 3D
My pick of the month goes to Dredd 3D. There’s been a lot of negative chatter about how this film’s premise is very much the same as The Raid: Redemption even though this project was in production long before The Raid. As this film was made by fans of the comic, it’ll be interesting to see if they were able to create something to wipe away the memories of Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd—even though I had fun watching how silly it was.