Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about. Movie release dates are subject to change.
It is a light release week, which may guarantee Guardians of the Galaxy gets another week on top of the box office charts. Time will tell on that count, but we won’t be betting against the Marvel juggernaut. Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd headline one of only two new wide release films in The Identical, which is a story about two talented twins separated at birth who grow up in much different environments, yet strive for the same goals. The other new movie, Innocent, stars Sophie Curtis as a student who attends a new school with some very sinister secrets and may become victim to the witchery that lies within. Forrest Gump is getting an IMAX style re-release. The rest is limited release fare, and includes Emily Browning starring in the musical drama God Help the Girl, Juliette Lewis as a punk rocker turned suburban mother in the intriguing Kelly & Cal, Ed Harris starring as a sheriff investigating the murder of a rancher in southern border drama Frontera, and apocalyptic horror The Remaining. You may have trouble fnding these films in your community and we can only hope for the potential of wider release assuming they do well in their respective test markets but both Kelly & Cal as well as Frontera look like quality films to us. Check out their trailers below.
Week two kicks off with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in the sequel Dolphin Tale 2. Idris Elba looks to terrorize you in the thriller No Good Deed. It is James Gandolfini’s last starring role in the crime thriller The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play twins who attempt to get re-acquainted after an estrangement in The Skeleton Twins. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain play for tragic romance in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them. Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? is the third in the Ayn Rand trilogy from her epic philosophical literary work. Josh Charles and Radha Mitchell co-star in a weird romantic fantasy drama about young lovers in Paris (somehow birds fit in) in Bird People. The trailer hurt my brain. Swearnet: The Movie is “The Trailer Park Boys” big screen debut from the TV show. Kevin Kline plays an aging American who takes on a property in France that comes with a challenging resident in My Old Lady. Kristen Scott Thomas co-stars. The Green Prince is a documentary about a true-life Hamas double agent for Israel. I Am Eleven is a look at life through the eyes of young children from various backgrounds and cultures around the world. And Honeymoon is a spookfest about a couple who retreat to the backwoods for a romantic retreat only to find something terrible keeping them company. Lots of good choices this week, and we are inclined to start our Halloween celebration a little early by indulging in the great Idris Elba’s thriller. But for those of you looking for a good laugh, The Skeleton Twins looks like it could serve up some satisfaction. Check out both trailers below.
Looking like a bit of a cross between Lord of the Flies and Hunger Games, The Maze Runner will be angling for a heavy teen turnout and box office success as a group of young people will need to band together to escape their wilderness confinement. Liam Neeson plays an ex-cop turned private detective investigating a disturbingly vile crime in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda star in a comedy about a group of siblings who through the chaos of their own lives need to share the same roof for one week after their father passes away in the movie This Is Where I Leave You. Simon Pegg plays a psychiatrist in a global search for an elusive happiness in the appropriately titled Hector and the Search for Happiness. And Tracks is the biographical drama about a woman who makes a trek across the desserts of western Australia with her four camels and faithful dog. Our money is on the great Liam Neeson and the creepy thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. Prepare to be chilled to the bone below.
September wraps up with Denzel Washington as a vigilante in The Equalizer, playing a former black ops soldier who tires of seeing injustices being perpetrated around him. There is some family fare with the animated feature The Boxtrolls, which features a boy who grows up amongst the mystical urban tinkering creatures and then must defend his people against the humans who want them wiped out. Pride is the true story of the gay and lesbian community rising up to support a miner’s strike in Wales. The Two Faces of January stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as a con artist duo who go on the run after getting caught up in the murder of a private detective in what looks to be a Hitchcock-inspired tale. And in The Song, a man’s very tribute to his wife propels him to stardom and all that comes with it threatening everything he holds dearest to him. In spite of the similar theme, we are huge Denzel fans and we’ll be seeing his vigilante film, but Two Faces of January also looks interesting. Both trailers are featured below.
What are you most excited to see this month?
-The Great Stories Team