Don’t miss out on the must-see movies of September
September is the month right after the end of the summer movies and just before the Oscar season. With that said, it shouldn’t be a big surprise that September movies aren’t usually that great. Studios usually release their better movies while still in summer or keep their best movies for the Oscar season. However, this September we have The Lights Between Oceans which is supposed to kick start the Oscar season. We have Sully yet another that looks to be an Oscar worthy contender. We also have Blair Witch and Demon who are looking to keep the horror relevant as many horror movies have this year. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Kids is Tim Burtons new movie which is based on the popular book of the same name and is looking to dazzle fans of the series. Last but not least we have The Magnificent Seven, a western crime action movie. Antoine Fuqua is directing and is looking to break his streak of decent but not really good movies, Southpaw (61%), Olympus Has Fallen (48%) and The Equalizer (60%). Where do they all stack up? Let’s rank which movies not to miss this September.
5. The Magnificent Seven
In theaters September 23rd
With a lot of known actors on board, on the surface, it doesn’t look too bad. Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, and Ethan Hawke are front and center. Another thing though is front and center here and that’s director Antoine Fuqua’s so-so streak. Only scoring from 60% to 40% on the Rotten Tomatoes’s Tomatometer, Fuqua needs this latest movie to shine. However, his movies have been doing very good at the box office and this may be his last grip if The Magnificent Seven is not critically acclaimed.
Rotten Tomato Prediction: 65%
4. The Lights Between Oceans
In theaters September 2nd
Alicia Vikander and Micheal Fassbender looks to leave the audience in awe with their World War II love and loss story. By the trailer, the movie looks incredibly well shot and that should come to no surprise because Derek Cianfrance is behind the camera. With his hits like Blue Valentine (88%) and The Place Beyond The Pines (80%), Cianfrance is looking to continue his terrific trend. Whispers are around that this could begin the Oscar campaign for all movies the fall. However, other whispers suggest that the movie dives into some Nicolas Sparks territory and that should be the last place where love stories want to end up in.
Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 71%
3. Blair Witch
In theaters September 16th
Formerly known as The Woods, this Blair Witch sequel came as a surprise to horror fans. After the fans of the original were left in despair following the terrible Blair Witch 2: The Book of Shadows, it took 16 years for Blair Witch to get another sequel. This time around Adam Wingard, director of You’re Next (75%) and The Guest (90%), is trying to revisit the famous witch while trying to please fans of the franchise. The trailer looks to acknowledge the first but still find a way to get inspired by the original. What the director will be looking to avoid is the Paranormal Activity franchise which may have dug the found-footage style horror too deep to dig out.
Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 78%
In theaters September 9th
Clint Eastwood directs this popular real life event turned into a best-selling book. After his Oscar-nominated movie, American Sniper (75%), some people felt Eastwood could have done better than that. Some people didn’t think American Sniper even deserved an Oscar nomination in the first place. However, Eastwood is looking to solidify his directing career with Sully and even maybe another Oscar nomination. Yes, indeed, Sully is looking like more and more of an Oscar movie with only one thing holding it back. After Clint and Scott Eastwood made headlines spouting they’re controversial support for Donald Trump, Eastwood can only hope the audience will separate his art from his political views.
Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 88%
In limited theaters September 9th
At first glance, the movie looks like a dark ghost tale. However, on closer inspection, it’s much more than that. As the trailer unfolds a sense of creepy atmosphere is revealed and some really good performances are giving. Not only is it sinister within the trailer it is also sinister beyond it. First-time director, Marcin Wrona, was revealed to have killed himself right after the movie was made. A shock for all involved in the film as no one would have believed that this movie would have been his debut and his swan song altogether. While Demon has been released a year ago in Poland, it is finally getting a limited release in September. Early reviews have this movie being a very good psychological horror. Another horror that is similar to Demon was this year’s The Witch, which did very good at the box office. Demon will look to make a similar impact while trying to appeal to the same audience as Robert Eggers’ debut.
Rotten Tomatoes Prediction: 90%