This month's notable theatrical releases
Below, our editors have selected 10 interesting films debuting this month, listed in alphabetical order.
Black Mass Watch trailer(s)
R Drama | September 18 | Directed by Scott Cooper
The latest from director Scott Cooper stars Johnny Depp in an attention-grabbing (in a good way) performance as Whitey Bulger, who re-entered the news cycle when he was arrested in 2011 in Santa Monica, CA. The film documents Bulger’s journey as he’s recruited by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) in the 1970s to help take down the Italian mob, and then becomes one of the most powerful gangsters in Boston history. Depp is supported by a strong cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Corey Stoll, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kevin Bacon.
Blind Watch trailer(s)
NR Foreign/Drama | September 4 | Directed by Eskil Vogt
This award-winning debut feature from Norwegian writer-director Eskil Vogt (co-writer on Joachim Trier’s Reprise, Oslo, August 31st and Louder Than Bombs) follows Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Pettersen), a woman who recently lost her sight. In trying to learn how to navigate the world anew, she retreats to the safety of her home, a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But when Ingrid begins to imagine what her husband does when she’s not around, real life and fantasy become confused in surprising ways.
Everest Watch trailer(s)
PG-13 Adventure/Thriller | Sep. 18 (IMAX) / Sep. 25 (others) | Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Also by this director:
With a strong cast (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal), this based-on-true-events adventure follows two expeditions as they attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. Director Baltasar Kormákur shot on location in Nepal and in the Italian Alps to try to capture the harrowing experience of scaling Everest. The IMAX footage should be stunning, and adding 3D to the mix could push some viewers out of their comfort zone.
Finders Keepers Watch trailer(s)
R Documentary | September 25 | Directed by Bryan Carberry & J. Clay Tweel
They say possession is nine-tenths of the law. But what happens when the object in question is part of someone else's body? This documentary from filmmakers Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel concerns the fight over a severed human foot that's found in a used BBQ grill. The foot originally belonged to John Wood, who lost it in a plane crash that killed his father. It was discovered by Shannon Whisnant when he bought the smoker where Wood had stored the foot. (Wood’s storage locker contents were sold to pay off his debts to the storage company.) So whose foot is it? Find out this month in this hilarious and insightful look at the struggles of two men and the media circus that swarms around them.
Goodnight Mommy Watch trailer
R Thriller/Horror | September 11 | Directed by Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
This very creepy film written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (the wife and nephew of Paradise trilogy director Ulrich Seidl) has been freaking out festival-goers since it premiered in Venice last August. Brothers Elias and Lucas Schwarz star as nine-year-old twins who welcome their mother home after facial reconstruction surgery. With her face completely bandaged, the inseparable brothers begin to suspect she is not their mother. What follows is “squirm-inducing stuff,” according to THR.
Mississippi Grind Watch trailer(s)
R Drama | September 25 | Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
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Ben Mendelsohn has been doing great work in Australia for a long time, and has started to attract attention in America, recently earning an Emmy nomination for scene-stealing performance on Netflix’s Bloodline. In this latest film from the writing-directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Mendelsohn’s skills are once again on display as Gerry, a gambler who doesn’t know when to fold ‘em. But when he teams up with Ryan Reynolds’ Curtis, Gerry is convinced that he’s found his lucky charm. Together, they ramble down the Mississippi to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans, where Gerry hopes he’ll win enough to clear his debts. Alfre Woodard, Robin Weigert, Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton also star.
Sicario Watch trailer(s)
R Drama | September 18 (expands wider 9/25) | Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Also by this director:
French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's third English-language feature was one of the critical hits of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film follows Emily Blunt as an idealistic FBI agent who begins to question her beliefs when she is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the violent war on drugs. Benicio del Toro plays a mysterious consultant who joins them as they cross the border to apprehend a Mexican cartel leader. Written by Sons of Anarchy actor Taylor Sheridan, the film’s title translates as “Hitman,” and come awards season it should be in the running for multiple honors, including best cinematography for the work of 12-time Academy Award nominee Roger Deakins.
Sleeping With Other People Watch trailer(s)
R Comedy | September 11 | Directed by Leslye Headland
Also by this director:
53 Bachelorette (2012)
In this new romantic comedy from Bachelorette writer-director Leslye Headland, Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis star as ex-lovers who reconnect at a sex addiction meeting twelve years after losing their virginity together. After many failed relationships, they agree to try to keep things platonic, but that proves just as difficult as sleeping with each other. The film earned good reviews when it premiered at Sundance this year (where Headland described it as “When Harry Met Sally with assholes”) and has a strong supporting cast that includes Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne.
The Walk Watch trailer(s)
PG Adventure/Thriller | September 30 | Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Also by this director (most recent films):
The story of Philippe Petit’s illicit tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974 has already been chronicled in James Marsh’s Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire. But what if that walk could be rendered in 3D, or even IMAX 3D? The result is The Walk, a film that looks like it will have a few viewers experiencing vertigo. Robert Zemeckis, whose last film Flight represented a return to live-action after nearly a decade spent in motion-capture animation, will dramatize the amazing true story with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Petit. Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Clément Sibony, and César Domboy also star.
Welcome to Leith Watch trailer(s)
Documentary | September 9 | Directed by Christopher K. Walker & Michael Beach Nichols
This documentary from directors Michael Beach Nichols (Flex Is Kings) and Christopher K. Walker chronicles the attempted takeover of the small North Dakota town of Leith by white supremacist Craig Cobb. In 2012, the town (and its 24 inhabitants) became Cobb’s target as he began to buy up property with plans to legally establish a white nationalist community. Playing like a psychological thriller, the film captures the tension between Cobb and the town residents who desperately want to expel their unwanted neighbor.
What do you think?
Which films are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments section below. For a complete, updated listing of all upcoming film releases by date, including films arriving later in 2015 and beyond, visit our Movie Calendar.