September Movie Preview

September is upon us, and while there aren’t as many films being released, you can tell that it’s getting a little closer to awards season.  I’ve got a really good feeling about this Riddick movie.  


Release Date: September 6th

Synopsis: Betrayed by the Necromongers and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.  Directed by David Twohy and starring Vin Diesel.  Both having done the previous 2 feature films in the series.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: Pitch Black was better than expected, but unfortunately it gave us Vin Diesel.
Chronicles was… I don’t think I ever saw that movie completely because it was boring, barely had a plot, and Vin Diesel was overacting

Rob: Giving us Vin Diesel… isn’t that bad a thing? We’ve pretty well managed to contain him to Fast and Furious movies and these Riddick sequels which apparently are low budget enough to turn a profit…

Dammit! I jinxed things. –

Jennie: While I probably will not be seeing this movie, I do appreciate that they are going back to the R rating category for this film. The first one was R and was reasonably successful. The second one they made PG-13 in hopes to widen the audience (which I get, but abhor for movies that really should be rated R) and it was, all things considered, a flop. This type of movie is supposed to be scary, violent, gory, and not appropriate for young teenagers.

Dave: For the life of me I will never understand why people go see Vin Diesel movies…It just hurts my brain to think about. He’s so awful. I just looked up his filmography…it hurts my head. He’s such a terrible actor and yet he is probably doing backstrokes through olympic-sized pools full of money in his mansion as I type this.

In case that was unclear: I’m going to skip this one.

Felix: But he was the bomb in Iron Giant!

Rob: No, he was the robot.

Felix: Yes but the robot was a giant bomb, hence, he was the bomb

Insidious: Chapter 2

Release Date: September 13th

Synopsis: The Lambert family are happily reunited after Josh went into the Further to get his son Dalton back. However, the paranormal events continue to occur, which become more and more terrifying. When the family begins to notice strange behavior from the father, they start to wonder; Is it really Josh that came back from the Further?  James Wan who directed the first one is back as are the lead characters played by Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Ty Simpkins

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I was pretty impressed by The Conjuring, I might have to go back and check out the first Insidious.



Rob: Anybody else? Bueller?… Bueller?… *sigh* You people and your irrational fear of really, really scary movies… They’re just giant 30 foot monsters that will keep you from sleeping for a month! Pansies…

The Family

Release Date: September 13th

Synopsis: A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Giovanni Manzoni (Robert DeNiro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo) cannot help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the “family” way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: Put this under “eh” for me.

Jennie: I don’t necessarily have high hopes for this, but perhaps with Martin Scorsese as producer, it may not be half bad

Rob: As good an actor as DeNiro is, he’s got a horrible batting average lately. Luc Besson directing gives me some hope though.

Jennie: With Besson’s writing track record, I look forward to ” The Family III: The Search for Vito”

Felix: Luc Benson can be good but chooses not to. His concepts are good (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, The Professional) but his delivery is a little, well, French

Rob: He at least seems to attempt more complex films, which would be a nice improvement over most of DeNiro’s recent movies. (SLP excluded.)

Jennie: The interactions between Jones, DeNiro, and Pfeiffer looks amusing enough.

Dave: There are few things I like more in this world than a good gangster film. I’m going to have to see this movie, but I’m really hoping it turns out more like “Goodfellas: The Retirement Years” than “Analyze This: The Retirement Years”…sadly i think it may be more like the latter. DeNiro makes me sad lately.

Felix: Analyze That sad or Meet the Fockers sad?

Rob: Little Fockers sad.

Felix: Wow that’s like Rocky and Bullwinkle sad

Dave: Ugggh…don’t go back and look at DeNiro’s filmography. It’s really sad. It all went downhill in 1999 “Analyze This” when he decided it was a good career choice to only do parodies of himself. Pre-1999 = Goodfellas, Godfather, and Raging Bull. Post-1999 = Rocky & Bullwinkle, Showtime, and Stardust.

Rob: Whoa, let’s not start bashing Stardust.

Felix: Stardust was awesome! In Spite of DeNiro’s Shakespeare


Release Date: September 20th

Synopsis: After his six-year-old daughter and her best friend are kidnapped on Thanksgiving, small town carpenter Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) butts heads with young, brash detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) in charge of the investigation. After searching, Dover’s son mentions an old RV, owned by Alex Jones (Paul Dano). Feeling failed by the law, Dover captures Jones, the man he believes responsible, holding him captive in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he is convinced are still alive. But the further he goes to get the man to confess, the closer he comes to losing his soul.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: This looks like it could be a great thriller. It seems to be well acted, but I’m afraid it too closely resembles the underrated, a barely watched Under Suspicion

Rob: This could be really great, but it could also get real depressing real fast…

Jennie: I’m already depressed and it’s not even out yet. That could just be from seeing Paul Dano though…

I am really looking forward to the performances from Viola Davis, Gyllenhaal, and Jackman though

Dave: The more I think about this movie the more excited I get for it. It’s a great opportunity to get some really great performances from some really great actors. Yeah, it will probably be depressing, but really good depressing.

Jennie: I guess it depends how it ends. I’m all for movies that don’t have happy endings, but if this movie ends with the girls never being found, Bello leaving Jackman, an then Jackman killing Dano I may need to sneak into an animated movie afterwards.

Dave: I think you get put on a special list for sneaking into a kids movie after watching a movie about kidnapping small children.

Jennie: Fair enough, perhaps The World’s End then

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Release Date: September 20th

Synopsis: A romantic comedy that follows the lives of three friends who meet while attending 12-step meetings to help treat their addiction to sex.  Directed by Stuart Blumberg and starring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson, and Alecia Moore (more commonly known as Pink).

Our Thoughts:

Rob: It’s not going to be big at the box office, but it looks interesting to me. *This is probably where somebody’s supposed to jump in and complain about how much they hate Josh Gad*

Jennie: Who hates Josh Gad?

Rob: A surprising number of people.

Jennie: Apparently not as much as they hate Ben Affleck since that’s all I’ve been hearing folks complain about

Rob: If you thought the Affleck uproar was bad, just imagine the uproar if Josh Gad were playing Batman!

Jennie: I’m looking forward to this film. Hopefully it can find a good balance between the funny and heavy moments.

Rob: And I generally like Paltrow when she’s not bragging about how great a housewife and mother she is, or naming her kids after Appletinis.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Release Date: September 27th

Synopsis: After the disastrous food storm in the first film caused by his machine, Flint Lockwood and his friends are forced to leave the town of Swallow Falls. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind and planet Earth. Upon arriving back at Swallow Falls, Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodile supremes, shrimpanzees, and apple pie-thons. It is up to Flint and his friends to put a stop to the machine once and for all before this new form of foody life breaks from the island and invades the planet.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: I was a fan of the first movie, because of how over the top it was. I’m worried this will be “Cloudy with a chance of money grab”.

However, that leek joke gets me every time.

Rob: The first wasn’t bad, but I don’t think it qualified as “good” either. But maybe I’m just too attached to the source material

Jennie: I feel like a broken record on these animated films. I apparently never get around to seeing the first one before the sequel is released. This looks amusing, but I’ll need to track down the first one before I head to the theater.

Dave: Yeah…Let’s be honest. I’m never going to see this movie. I don’t know. It could be good, it’s just not my thing. I don’t have time to see all the real movies I want to see let alone unnecessary sequels to animated movies that were probably unnecessary to begin with.

Felix: Jennie, the only thing you need to know about the original is that it made trucks load of money and one of those was parked in front of the actors’ house.


Release Date: September 27th

Synopsis: A biography of Austrian Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his British rival, James Hunt.  Directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, and Olivia Wilde.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: This looks like a well made film about the exciting sport of Formula 1 racing. Growing up outside the US, I was aware of Niki Lauda, so I am really looking forward to seeing this film.

Jennie: I like car racing but I’m not sure about this. Maybe it’s just the lighting and Thor that are throwing me off though

Rob: I have faith in Ron Howard, but it looks like he’s gone through a great deal of effort to make the entire movie as washed out and colorless as possible, which is a tough challenge for a decade as flamboyant as the 70s.

Jennie: Also, I get the feeling this story should be more about Lauda (Brühl) but the trailer is very Hemsworth centric

Dave: This looks like a well made film… about a sport that very few people in the US knows anything about. I suppose it’s kind of like Invictus in that regard. It was a good movie, but I had no idea what was going on whenever Morgan Freeman wasn’t on the screen. I guess I trust Ron Howard, but seriously, who cares at all about Formula 1 Racing? I feel like they should have also filmed a US release version of this movie that was NASCAR based…oh wait they did…it was called Talladega Nights. Think about it… There are similarities… Ricky Bobby is on top of the world. He gets in an accident. Sacha Baron Cohen inspires Ricky Bobby to make his triumphant comeback. That’s right…I just blew your minds.

Felix: But Tallageda Nights was a rip off of Days of Thunder which was loosely based on these characters. Holy storyline wormholes batman! Tom Cruise is a monkey!!!

Baggage Claim

Release Date: September 27th

Synopsis: Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé.  Starring Paula PattonAdam BrodyDjimon HounsouTaye DiggsChristina Milian and Derek Luke.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: I’m so excited to see this when it comes to internet streaming. I am a fan of Paula Patton, and hopefully this will do well enough that she can start becoming a leading actor in better films.

Also, it has Taye Diggs’ abs!

Rob: How are you a Paula Patton fan? This is the first time I’ve even heard of her.

Jennie: She’s Robin Thicke’s wife… and also was in the Mission Impossible movie(s?)

Rob: Checking IMDB I see that she was in Hitch, which actually matches the vibe I was getting from this trailer…

Felix: She was in Deja Vu and in Precious. But the Robin Thicke thing makes me like her a lot less

Rob: Deja Vu was a movie?

Felix: Terry Rossio is a writer damn it!!!

Rob: The Lone Ranger and the last few Pirates of the Caribbean movies beg to differ.

Felix: He wrote a Shrek draft!!!

Rob: Yes, he does seem to be at his best when the best parts of the animated movie are improv’d by the voice talent…

Felix: The first Pirates was solid!!! Yes he is no William Goldman but still he made Shrek and Pirates and Little Monsters

Rob: You’re going to go with Little Monsters here?!

Felix: Yes. Howie Mandel’s best! And it had Fred Savage!

Rob: No, Howie Mandel’s best was Bobby’s World. Followed by Muppet Babies and Gremlins. “Bwight Light!”

Jennie: Anyway…
This could be fun. For folks that travel a lot, I’m guessing the airport and plane parts will be particularly funny. The trailer kind of suggests that this was going to be a Christmas time movie though. I wonder if it was moved up for some reason.

Don Jon

Release Date: September 27th

Synopsis: Jon Martello is a modern day Don Juan who objectifies everything in his life, especially women. His friends call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull “10s” every weekend without fail. But his addiction to porn has made him dissatisfied with life and he sets out on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life. He ends up seeing the bigger picture and learning more about life and love through two different women. This is the first full length film to be written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He also stars in it along with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: I really want to see this film. I’ve been a fan of JG-L since Brick and all his follow up movies have been great to watch (50/50 being one the most underrated movies).

Also, it reunites him with Tony Danza! I want to know how many times they flapped their arms during the filming.

Rob: I like JGL and Johansson, but they’re going to have to walk a fine line with that main character, he could get annoying real fast.

Dave: I’m not going to be pretentious and call him JGL, but I am pretty excited to see what Joseph Gordon-Levitt can do when he writes, directs and stars in his own movie. This latest trailer makes this movie look a lot less serious than I thought it would be, which is probably a good thing. The Jersey Shore impressions do seem like they could get old quick (especially Scarlett Johansson’s) but that could just be because of my general disdain for that show.

Jennie: You all know that there are people that aren’t on “The Jersey Shore” that talk that way right?

Dave: That doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Jennie: Personally, I can’t wait for this one!

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