This month in mildly interesting movies I won't be seeing...
Sept. 6th; R
Vin Diesel is back as Riddick in the third film of this horror/sci-fi franchise. I don't really have much interest in this, but I imagine it'll be a big hit amongst fans of the genre and franchise. The trailer looks slick and stylish and scary and epic... but it's missing one thing. Karl Urban. He's the only thing that keeps me interested and the only reason I caught and enjoyed Chronicles of Riddick one day on the television. So where is he? He gets second billing to Diesel, but doesn't even make an appearance in the trailer. I'm confused. Oh well. That's all.
Sept. 20th; R
After his young daughter is kidnapped, everyman Hugh Jackman goes all "Taken" and sets out to get her back. This does look a bit like "Taken", except more serious, with more drama, less unrealistic action, more violence, and less chance of a happy ending. What does that say for it's success? Who knows. My interest comes from Hugh Jackman, who will, of course, be amazing as usual, and from Paul Dano, one of my favorite underused actors, who may or may not be playing the kidnapper. And Jake Gyllenhaal's character's name is Loki? Okay... hey, maybe he's the bad guy.
A Single Shot
Sept. 20th, Limited; R
The sensational Sam Rockwell stars as a hunter who accidentally kills a girl instead of a deer, finds loads of cash on with her, decides to keep it, and of course ends up in a heap of trouble. Think "No Country for Old Men" set in the town of "Winter's Bone." Sounds promising. Kelly Reilly also stars, but Rockwell holds all the draw for this movie. (But really, all this movie does is make me want to see him in "The Way, Way Back" even more. How sad is it that I still haven't seen that?)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Sept. 27th; PG
Ah, this months' animated sequel. I can't decide if I'm adverse to animated movie sequels because they actually are bad ideas, or if I'm just tired of them being made. Anyway, somehow, our hero Flint's machine from the last movie that transforms water into food had survived being destroyed. Now the food it makes is... wait for it.... ALIVE! The first one wasn't bad, the monkey Steve, and some successful humor helped me enjoy it, and the trailer looks promising, in fact I might say it looks better than the first one. (Adventure always makes weird fantasy easier to swallow.) But unless this actually is better than the original I won't even think of bothering with it. Still, kudos to it for being the only mildly interesting movie this month with a decent rating.
Sept. 27th; R
Ron Howard directed and based on a true story of warring race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, played respectively by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, and Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer also star. I predict this will be the most critically successful movie of the month. It has a great director and a talented cast, and looks like it's been immaculately crafted, but the plot doesn't really interest me. So I'm not too disappointed in the R rating. For now.
Have any of these, of other upcoming releases caught your fancy this month?