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15 Films to See in September

Written by on September 4, 2018 

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If you’ve already perused our massive fall preview, you’ll be familair with more than a handful of titles as we look deeper into this September’s film offerings. Alongside festival favorites from earlier this year (and beyond) all the way up to films just debuting at Telluride, Venice, and TIFF, it’s a strong start to a promising season for movie-going.

Matinees to See: Science Fair (9/14), A Simple Favor (9/14), White Boy Rick (9/14), I Think We’re Alone Now (9/14), A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (9/14), Fahrenheit 11/9 (9/21), Love, Gilda (9/21), Monsters and Men (9/28)

15. Museo (Alonso Ruizpalacios; Sept. 15)

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After his break-out film Güeros, Alonso Ruizpalacios premiered his latest film at Berlinale this year and now it finally arrives in theaters. Rory O’Connor said in his review, “It is the latest work of Alonso Ruizpalacios, an obliquely political filmmaker with an eye for cinematic homage. His latest is essentially a heist movie, but it’s one that utilizes those strengths in order to subvert the conventions of an overly familiar genre. In doing so, however, it forgoes a little bit of what provides that type of filmmaking with such narrative élan.”

14. Five Fingers for Marseilles (Michael Matthews; Sept. 7)

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In a fall festival dominated by westerns, from the Coens to Jacques Audiard, one of last year’s TIFF hits–which imagines the genre in South Africa–will be coming to theaters. Jared Mobarak said in his review, “Director Michael Matthews and writer Sean Drummond were drawn to the landscapes of South Africa’s Eastern Cape while traveling their homeland, especially the echoes of classic cinematic western environments. Learning about how its current towns arose — from the ashes of Apartheid-era cities mimicking European capitals by name — only cemented the comparison, each a product of the locals taking control once their oppressors left after their government changed hands and the train lines shutdown. This new frontier became the pair’s setting, their story gelling after seven years of research and development to do right by the inhabitants’ history and struggles. Sprinkle in a bit of legend and lore to create an antihero hidden beneath rage and Five Fingers for Marseilles was born.”

13. Hal (Amy Scott; Sept. 14)

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There aren’t many American directors working today with the patience and warmth of Hal Ashby (except perhaps one) and he’s now getting an appreciation in the form on a new documentary. The director behind Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Being There, and more is the subject of Hal, which premiered at Sundance and arrives this month. Featuring the likes of Lee Grant, Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Louis Gossett Jr, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Payne, Judd Apatow, Lisa Cholodenko, David O. Russell, Norman Jewison, Robert Towne, Haskell Wexler, and Pablo Ferro, the film takes an in-depth look at his approach to filmmaking and his enormous impact.

12. Lizzie (Craig William Macneill; Sept. 14)

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Following the true story of a woman who committed ax-wielding murders in Massachusetts in the late 1800s, Lizzie has got quite the hook. With Chloë Sevigny taking the lead role and Kristen Stewart playing her live-in maid, the response was divisive upon its Sundance premiere for the film’s tonal shifts, but we’re still curious about this drama-turned-shocker, which arrives next week.

11. The Predator (Shane Black; Sept. 14)

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Due to it underperforming at the box office, unfortunately, Shane Black isn’t just directing sequels to The Nice Guys for the rest of his career, Avatar-style. Rather, for his next project, he’s attempting to resuscitate a franchise with The Predator. Last appearing on screen in 2010 with Nimród Antal’s iteration, this film actually takes place prior to that, after Predator 2. Led by Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, and Yvonne Strahovski, the film seems to be arriving with not quite as much buzz as we’d hope, but hopefully a distinct blockbuster is in store.

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