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10 Films to See In September

Written by on September 3, 2014 

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If one looks at our massive, 60-film fall preview then the titles we’re looking forward to over the next couple of months are apparent, but it’s time to zero in on September. With Venice already underway (see our coverage here) and TIFF and NYFF kicking off shortly, much of our focus over the next weeks  ill be on those festival premieres, but there’s still a great amount of theatrical releases to look forward to. Check out our rundown below, with a few already on VOD, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments.

Matinees to See: Wetlands (9/5), No No: A Dockumentary (9/5), Bird People (9/12), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (9/12), Honeymoon (9/12), The Drop (9/12), The Skeleton Twins (9/12), The Green Prince (9/12), Stop the Pounding Heart (9/19), Lilting (9/26), and Jimi: All Is by My Side (9/26)

10. The Two Faces of January (Hossein Amini; Sept. 26th)

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Synopsis: A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.

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Why You Should See It: Reteaming with Oscar Isaac after Drive, writer-turned-director Hossein Amini has crafted his helming debut with The Two Faces of January. Coming from a Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), reviews for the drama have been strong since its Berlin premiere earlier this year and while it might not be arriving with a great deal of buzz, we’re still looking forward to it. Also starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, it’s currently available on VOD ahead of a theatrical release later this month.

9. Tracks (John Curran; Sept. 19th)

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Synopsis: A young woman goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.

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Why You Should See It: Delayed at the last minute from a release earlier this summer, it seems like The Weinstein Company found it more fitting to release this Mia Wasikowska-led drama around a year after it premiered. Also starring Adam Driver, we believe it’s worth the wait, saying in our review, it’s “a stunningly beautiful film” that “traces the physical and psychological” journey of Robyn Davidson’s real-life trek.

8. The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam; Sept. 19th)

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Synopsis: computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

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Why You Should See It: Yes, he may be recycling some of the same themes and ideas, but there is still nothing like a Terry Gilliam experience. His latest work, featuring one of Christoph Waltz‘s better performances, is an occasionally middling, but ultimately engaging trip into a dystopian future as we follow a cog in a machine. Crafting top-notch atmosphere and an amusing central romance, the film is now on VOD and arrives in theaters later this month.

7. The Boxtrolls (Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable; Sept. 26th)

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Synopsis: A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.

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Why You Should See It: Just two years after their last feature (a fairly quick turnaround in the world of stop-motion animation), Laika have returned with their third film and while it’s not a knock-out, it’s well worth a watch. “Laika may not break any new storytelling boundaries with their latest feature, but their virtuous, universal message of fitting in regardless of circumstances and lavish, ornate design makes for an enlightening ride, “I said in my review. “Just like their peculiar title characters co-exist perfectly together, Laika’s fantastical worlds are an imperative component to the craft of animation.”

6. The Guest (Adam Wingard; Sept. 17th)

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Synopsis: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

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Why You Should See It: If one is looking for some fun thrills this month, Denzel Washington‘s The Equalizer clearly has the bigger marketing budget, but we imagine you might be more pleased with the latest work from You’re Next‘s Adam Wingard. We praised the lead performance from Dan Stevens in in our Sundance review, saying, “He owns the screen as David, finding the happy medium between charm and menace. Wingard makes good use of the man’s physicality, building clean, well-choreographed fight sequences that move quickly but never lose focus.”

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