Fall Movie Preview: September 2014

Summer movie season is over, let award season begin.

September 5

The Identical

There’s no way that guy’s real name is Blake Rayne. Just none.

Forrest Gump

It’s a money-grabbing 20th anniversary re-release of a once-beloved movie that is not aging well, yay!

Also, I can no longer see/think of Forrest without thinking of Simple Jack.



Ed Harris and Michael Pena star in this Western/crime drama about a rancher whose wife is murdered as she’s riding on their ranch near the US/Arizona border. It’s not even remotely similar but for some reason this keeps making me think of The Bridge.


God Help the Girl

The guy from Belle & Sebastian made a musical movie, and this is it.



This is a German movie about a girl who does weird sex stuff and doesn’t bathe. It’s living up to a lot of stereotypes about German movies.


September 12

Bird People

Josh Charles was killed off asked to be released from The Good Wife so that he could make more movies. WAS IT WORTH IT, JOSH?


The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

Writer/director Ned Benson made three versions of Eleanor Rigby: “Her”, “Him”, and “Them”. “Her” and “Him” were originally shown as two feature-length films screened back-to-back, each depicting different POVs of a couple’s relationship. “Them” was cut after Harvey Weinstein picked up the distribution rights last year and wanted a more commercial-friendly version. But as he still intends to release the longer, artier, “Her” and “Him” double feature later this year, we’ll let him off the hook this time.


Dolphin Tale 2

I just want to point out that technically that dolphin is a cyborg.

The Drop

Tom Hardy stars as a Brooklyn bartender who gets in over his head with his gangster cousin’s money-laundering scheme. This is James Gandolfini’s final film role.



Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) stars in this creepy English horror movie about a young couple whose honeymoon is…less than romantic.


No Good Deed

I want to see this for Idris Elba and Taraji Henson, but home invasion scares the shit out of me. Also, I’m not sure what this is doing in September. Seems like more of an October movie, given the overt horror vibes it’s emitting.

The Skeleton Twins

A Sundance stand-out starring SNL veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as depressed siblings on a trip back home. I doubt it’s as funny as the trailer is making it seem, but both Hader and Wiig have proven to be capable dramatic performers. One of the more interesting indie options this month.


September 17

The Guest

I really liked Adam Wingard’s You’re Next, and I really like Dan Stevens’s new abs, so I’m in.


September 19

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Yet another “Liam Neeson kills everyone” flick, but I’m here for the newly-hot Dan Stevens. This also seems out of place in September, though. It looks good enough for fall, but feels more like an October release, or even counter-programming for the thick of award season in November/early December.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Simon Pegg is such a charming performer.


The Maze Runner

Are we done with dystopian YA adaptations yet? They’re starting to blur together. Also, this is a TERRIBLE trailer. I’ve seen it half a dozen times and I still couldn’t tell you what this movie is about. Why are they in the maze…?


Based on a true story, Pride is about the 1984 miners’ strike in the UK. A group of LGBT activists decide to raise money to support the striking miners and their families, but the union is reluctant to accept their money or their public support. So the activists go straight to a stricken mining community in Wales, and what follows is a heartwarming story that we’re not so different after all. No but seriously, we could use some positive stories about people overcoming differences right now.


This Is Where I Leave You

This has got to be one of the most top-heavy casts in theaters this year. Look at this: Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Jean-Ralphio, Timothy Olyphant, Jane Fonda, and Connie Britton. JESUS.


Retired filmmaker Kevin Smith’s new film.


The Zero Theorem

Christoph Waltz stars as a man who has to prove that existence has no meaning. I’m not usually into Gilliam’s movies all that much, but the premise of Christoph Waltz proving that everything is pointless has me hooked.


September 26

The Boxtrolls

Laika Studios wants to be for stop-motion animation what Pixar is for CG animation—an industry-leading name and creator of consistently quality work in a distinctive visual style. You could also say they want to be the stop-motion Studio Ghibli. Their previous films are the darkly beautiful and weird Coraline, and the great-story-but-ugly-animation ParaNorman. I wanted to like ParaNorman so much, but I could hardly keep my eyes focused on their ugly-on-purpose animation. Unfortunately, The Boxtrolls is done in that same style and I just can’t with it. Call me when they make something that looks more like Coraline again.

The Equalizer

Denzel Washington beats people up on Chloe Grace Moretz’s behalf. Reminds me of that time he beat people up on Dakota Fanning’s behalf.

Good People

A broke-ass couple steal money from their dead neighbor’s apartment, which gets them in trouble with criminals. Quelle shock. Starring James Franco—who’s so prolific these days he must be shitting movies—and Kate Hudson.


The Two Faces of January

Screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s book (she also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley). It looks very stylish but it’s not really clicking as something I need to go out of my way to see. Solid Netflix option, though.


White Bird in a Blizzard

Shailene Woodley leads a cast that includes Eva green, Angela Basset, Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, and Dale Dickey in this movie about a girl coming to terms with her mother’s mysterious disappearance. This looks really intriguing.


6 thoughts on “Fall Movie Preview: September 2014

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  2. Yas

    Thank you for doing these lists regularly. Makes my job as the movie picker of our group a lot easier. Also was I the only one confused by sometimes british, sometimes American and Tom hardy’s a little bit new yorkean , a lot of Russian accents ?

  3. Yas

    Ps: is it just me or skeleton twins has a real , grown up, little miss sunshiney vibe and Simon pegg’ new movie feels a LOT like the secret life of Walter Mitty feeling to it? So many questions

  4. Chris

    Here to concur with you on Dan Stevens’s abs -can’t wait for The Guest to visit Montreal. Except, I think these so-called abs have already melted away because he’s looking mega skinny these days. Almost Topher Grace-like in some candids (sorry for the mental image).

    Wetlands and Rigby also look good! And of course… can’t wait for Gone Girl.

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