Welcome back to another edition of ‘Monthly Must-Sees.’ In case you’re new to the Matrix (and haven’t clicked on that link), this is where we take you through all of cinema’s best offerings for the upcoming month.
This month has a little bit for everyone: Murderous clowns (no, not the Joker, that’s for October’s edition of ‘Monthly Must-Sees’), dramas based off Pulitzer Prize-winning books and aging action heroes. This month has plenty to see. Let’s take a look at the coming attractions.
Honorable Mention: 3 From Hell
The latest horror grindhouse-fest from Lords of Salem and Halloween (2007) director (and metal musician) Rob Zombie is 3 From Hell. Being advertised as the final film in his horror trilogy, which includes House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, this film reunites actors Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Bill Moseley as the Firefly family.
This film gets an honorable mention with a limited release on September 16. Rob Zombie may not be always the most consistent of directors, but his intense authorial style always makes for an interesting watch. And for fans of The Devil’s Rejects, this is a sequel that has taken 14 years to finally be made. The release will generate some excitement.
Abominable is the latest animated feature from Dreamworks Animation Studios. The studio already started off the year strong with the critical hit, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and looks to continue that hot streak with this latest original feature.
The film follows Yi (voiced by Chloe Bennet) as she attempts to return a magical Yeti to his lost family. One of the only pieces of family fare in a month filled with violent action movies and blockbuster horror movies, Abominable will sure to fit the bill for families looking to take their kids to the theater. The voice cast also includes Albert Tsai, Sarah Paulson, Eddie Izzard, and Michelle Wong.
Release Date: September 27
4. Rambo: Last Blood
Sylvester Stallone has seen a recent boost in his career, thanks to his critically acclaimed supporting roles in the two Creed movies as Rocky Balboa. Now, he returns to his other famous on-screen character (that also happens to start with the letter R), Rambo. Directed by Get the Gringo director Adrian Grunberg, we find the war hero returning back home to confront his past and engage in one last mission.
This is the first time Rambo has appeared on screen since Stallone directed the character himself in the 2008 film, Rambo. This film also stars Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal, and Louis Mandylor.
Release Date: September 20
3. The Goldfinch
Despite some up-and-down trailers, The Goldfinch is a must-see film. Warner Brothers are pitching this as “a prestige drama” and a potential Oscar contender. The film follows a boy in New York taken in from a family in the upper east side of Manhattan after his mother is killed by a bombing in New York.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling novel by acclaimed author Donna Tart, this coming-of-age story is loaded with an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, Ansel Elgort, Jeffrey Wright, and Luke Wilson. At the helm is Brooklyn director John Crowley and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins.
Release Date: September 13
2. Ad Astra
Brad Pitt‘s second starring venture in just two months, after being absent for nearly two years, is the original science fiction film from The Lost City of Z director James Gray and inspired by the likes of Joseph Conrad‘s Heart of Darkness.
This new space odyssey has already received glowing reviews from the Venice Film Festival and follows an Astronaut named Roy McBride, as he mans a mission across the solar system to find the truth about the father thought to be dead thirty years earlier and is presently threatening life on Earth.
This is sure to be a must-see for science fiction fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey and recent cerebral science fiction films like Interstellar and High Life. The cast also includes Liv Tyler, Tommy Lee Jones, and Donald Sutherland.
Release Date: September 20
1. It: Chapter Two
A film that probably needs no introductions, It Chapter Two is the follow up to director Andy Muschietti‘s first part of his adaptation of Stephen King’s horror masterpiece, It. Wisely split into two parts, the first It was a cultural phenomenon and the sequel, from the same creative team, looks like it’ll be no different.
It: Chapter Two adapts the adult sections of King’s story as the loser’s club is now grown up and must return to their hometown and confront the horror of It and Pennywise the Clown one last time.
It Chapter Two is being promised to be an epic horror film, with a running time just shy of three hours, with even more blood and scares than the first. Chapter Two sees the return of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise along with the young cast that included Finn Wolfhard, and Jack Dylan Grazer (in apparent flashbacks). The film also adds Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader as the adult losers.