Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Reel Preview: The Year In Film 2016: Episode IX

The Summer Movie Season has mercifully come to an end, and although the magnificent winds of autumn have yet to arrive, the month of September marks the beginning of Oscar season…with many big-name directors throwing their hat in the ring while still leaving room for some fun. Here are the notable releases for the packed month of September:

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS – Director Derek Cianfrance (BLUE VALENTINE, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES), directs this adaptation of the novel of the same name in which a post-WWI couple rescues a baby girl. Stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz.

MORGAN – Kate Mara (FANTASTIC FOUR), plays a young girl raised in a lab with superhuman abilities. Co-stars Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti.

YOGA HOSERS – Director Kevin Smith (CLERKS), brings us a spinoff film of his 2014 horror flick TUSK. Stars Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith, and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp.

MAX ROSE – Legendary comic Jerry Lewis returns to the big screen for the first time in over 20 years, playing an old jazz pianist who just found out his wife may have been cheating on him for 50 years. Co-stars Kevin Pollak and Fred Willard.

SULLY – Clint Eastwood directs and Tom Hanks acts in this autobiographical film about Chesley Sullenberger; the airline pilot who famously landed his plane in the Hudson River.

LONDON ROAD – Tom Hardy stars in this mystery thriller which is based on the musical of the same name.  

BRIDGET JONES BABY – Renee Zellweger returns with the third film in the BRIDGET JONES universe. Co-stars Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey.

BLAIR WITCH – This direct sequel to the 1999 cult-hit THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was filmed in secret, and tells the story of a group of college students looking to uncover the mystery behind the events of the first film.

SNOWDEN – Oliver Stone (PLATOON, JFK), directs and Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this biopic/political thriller about Edward Snowden; the computer specialist who leaked classified information about the National Security Agency in 2013.

OPERATION AVALANCHE – This found-footage film has two CIA agents infiltrating NASA to expose a mole, only to become mixed up in another conspiracy; the fake 1969 moon landing.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – Director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) directs this remake of the 1960 Western classic. Stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Peter Sarsgaard. The film features the final score by the late James Horner.

THE DRESSMAKER – Based on the novel of the same name, Kate Winslet (TITANIC) stars as a dressmaker who returns home to care for her mother in this revenge comedy-drama. Co-stars Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving.

QUEEN OF KATWE – Produced by Disney and ESPN Films, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 YEARS A SLAVE) plays the true-life role of a Ugandan chess prodigy. Co-stars David Oyelowo (SELMA).

DEEPWATER HORIZON – Director Peter Berg (LONE SURVIVOR, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), brings to the big screen the true story of the massive oil spill after the 2010 explosion of an oil rig. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, and Kate Hudson.

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Tim Burton (BETELGEUSE, ED WOOD), directs this adaptation of the novel in which a houseful of children with extraordinary abilities is threatened by an evil force. Stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson.


Next month, Reel Speak previews the month of November.

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