Monday, September 2, 2013

Upcoming Movie Roundup -- September

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?


  1. Ooo! I'd not heard of Prisoners but Taken is one of my very favorite action films. Will have to keep an eye out for this new flick. Thanks, Sarah! :)

    1. Yeah, I have no idea how similar it'll actually be to Taken, but you're welcome! :)

  2. But, but... Chris Hemsworth! Why does it have to be rated 'R,' I want to see him, no matter how uninterested I may be in the plot. ;)

    1. Calm down Lizzie, Thor 2 comes out in November. ;)

    2. Oh, thank goodness! What a relief.

  3. This is definitely a month where I will not going to the theaters, but that is to be expected in September. I agree with you about Rush, it looks great from a filmmaking standpoint and since Wilde and Hemsworth is in it, I am a lot more interested in it than I would be otherwise.


    1. Yeah I guess you're right, September is a slow month. Glad you agree, I do too, Hemsworth Wilde and the look of the film are the most interesting aspects.

  4. I'm so annoyed with Rush right now! I really wanted to see it, because I have yet to see a Ron Howard movie I didn't either like or love, and I want to see how Chris Hemsworth handles drama. But then I read an article about it in Entertainment Weekly a week or two ago that mentioned Hemsworth's character's "multiple" love interests and talked about filming love scenes and... and now I'm disgusted and don't want to go. I might see it on DVD, where I can fast-forward when I need to, but for now, I'm just mad at them for messing up what could have been a cool movie. Stupid Hollywood.

    I might go see Prisoners if I need a movie fix just cuz I do adore Hugh Jackman, and Terrence Howard is always intriguing. I don't care for Jake Gyllenhaal, but I could deal with him in the interest of seeing Hugh in a goatee. Maybe.

    Thanks for posting the trailers! I hadn't seen a couple of them.

    1. Yup. Yup, yup, yup. Since he's playing a real person who apparently was known for that kind of thing, I'm not really surprised with the route they took, but it definitely would have been nice if they hadn't.

      Haha, I'm not a fan of Gyllenhaal either. If you do see any of these, be sure to review them so I'll know what you thought! :)

    2. Yeeeeeeah. I'm inclined to trust Ron Howard, but the film's R rating specifically mentions nudity, and I love Chris Hemsworth too much to see him naked. Nope, just don't want to go there.

      But hey, another non-fan for Jake G! I'll definitely review Prisoners if I end up seeing it.