Following a good month of August with names like Straight Outta Compton and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., we move forward to September, a month which will transition us into the Oscar season. It may not be the big movie month that those that follow will be, but it still has some titles that look like they have a chance to be pretty good.
Now as I do each month, I go through the weeks and pick the four movies that I’m looking forward to the most, and surprisingly, it was a much more difficult decision than I was first expecting.
A recovering drug addict, who is a single mother, is taken by surprise when an escaped murderer takes her hostage.
Unfortunately, this is the one on my list that I might not get a chance to see until it hits on VOD or home video because it’s a smaller film. Even so, I’m really really looking forward to it. I’ve only been able to see its first trailer but if I’m this excited for it, that trailer definitely had a big impact. Not only that, but it stars two of the best names currently in Hollywood, David Oyelowo and Kate Mara. It’s hard to think how this one couldn’t make my list.
Captive has a limited September 18th, 2015 release date.
A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.
When I was ranking the September movies, I couldn’t believe that Everest ranked in at number three. From the moment I saw the first poster and trailer, I’ve just been waiting for the chance to check this film out in the biggest theater I can watch it in.
Now although it does just come in at number three, that no way slows down my excitement for it. Like I said, everything I’ve seen on this movie I’ve loved so far. The only (and little) hesitation I have right now is that the trailers released so far have showed quite a bit of footage. I’m crossing my fingers there is still a ton to experience in the theater.
Everest lands in theaters on September 18th, 2015.
2. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
Like many, I was happily surprised by what The Maze Runner was able to accomplished. In a day and age when only The Hunger Games franchise is able to be a successful young adult book to movie series, The Maze Runner slides under the radar and follows in its footsteps (just not to that extreme). And it got me very excited to see where this franchise can go.
I haven’t had the chance to read the books, but I feel like the sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is going exactly where it should be. The sequels scale and stakes are raised compared to its predecessor and it looks like it’s taking the next step and building off of what the first did. Plus it has an incredibly talented young cast, which is a big part of the success of these YA films.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials races into theaters on September 18th, 2015.
An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
I’ve never really been a big fan of mob or crime heavy films, but that’s where Sicario comes in. It’s the perfect blend of crime and thriller to get me going. I had no idea this movie was happening until I saw the first trailer and hot damn was I pretty blown away by it.
Not just that, but it’s directed by one of the hottest directors in Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) and stars the gorgeously talented Emily Blunt with Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin co-starring. How can this not be high up on my list? This is the kind of deep and tense thriller I’ve been waiting all year for.
Sicario opens limitedly September 18th, 2015 and everywhere September 25th, 2015.
Honorable mentions: Black Mass, Sleeping with Other People, Stonewall, The Keeping Room and 99 Homes.