Flashforward: September’s Most Anticipated Films

September’s Most Anticipated Films:

Movie of the Month: Everest

Release date: September 18, 2015

Director: Baltasar Kormaur

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington

Tagline: Donnie Darko and John Connor continue their time travelling fight.

Synopsis: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

FB/BS’s take: This has been one of the most exciting trailers in theaters recently. Without reading too much about this film, it honestly looks like a pretty confident lock for critical acclaim. The plot is simple but engaging and the cast are all amazing. Whether or not the box office results are that impressive remains to be seen, especially given its debut in September which is not an ideal month for release.


M. Night is Back!: The Visit

Release date: September 11, 2015

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Benjamin Kanes, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge

Synopsis: The Visit focuses on a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

FB/BS’s Take: I’m honestly hugely excited to see M. Night Shymalan back in action in his director/writer/producer role. there have been times where I’ve been excited by his movies only to be massively disappointed but the Visit feels different. It’s back to a simple cabin-in-the-woods type of horror heightened by the fact that you live with the evil, not just freak out when you see it.

Break Point

Release date: September 4, 2015

Director: Jay Karas

Starring: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Adam Devine, JK Simmons, Amy Smart

Synopsis: Two estranged brothers (Jeremy Sisto and David Walton) reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament. Jimmy Price is a reckless man-child on the last leg of his career as a doubles tennis player. When his latest partner drops him, he realizes he’s officially burned all of his bridges on the pro circuit. He decides to make one last ditch effort to revive his career, reaching outside of the tennis world and convincing his childhood partner — his estranged brother Darren, now an apathetic substitute teacher – to team up with him. The mismatched pair, with the help of a unique 11-year-old named Barry, make an unlikely run at a grand slam tournament and are forced to re-discover their game, and their brotherhood.

FB/BS’s Take: I’m predicting a 55-75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after this is released. Nothing too fancy, just a few too many Seth MacFarlane-esque jokes, and not enough heartfelt moments to save it. But I’m very excited to see Jeremy Sisto starring again. The Movie Hero is one of my all-time favorite films.

Black Mass

Release date: September 18, 2015

Director: Scott Cooper

Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll

Synopsis: In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

FB/BS’s Take: This movie might give some acting credibility back to Johnny Depp after some odd choices of the last few years. What might help him more than the demanding role is the solid cast around him, most of whom we onl see glimpses of in the trailer. The trailer itself centers around a scene similar to Joe Pesci’s “I’m funny how? I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh?” scene from Goodfellas. It may have been better for the trailer to leave out the final laugh which breaks the tension. Breaking the tension was good in Goodfellas and it probably will be in Black Mass but for the trailer’s sake I think it may have been best to keep the tension high.

Apparently this is a Sequel: Hotel Transylvania 2

Release date: September 25, 2015

Director: Genndy Tarakovsky

Starring: Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Mel Brooks

Synopsis: A family get-together brings centuries-old ancient vampire Vlad (Mel Brooks) to town — along with some secrets and drama — to visit the estranged son he hasn’t seen in years. He turns everybody’s life upside down, from Drac (Adam Sandler), Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonathan to hotel regulars such as Frank (Kevin James), Wayne Werewolf (Steve Buscemi) and Murray the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key).

FB/BS’s Take: If you told me five, maybe ten years ago that Sadnler, Buscemi, and James were in a movie together I probably would’ve been game. But after PixelsPaul BlartThe Cobbler, etc, etc, I’m more skeptical. Still, Andy Samberg is a solid addition and the animated aspect will probably tone down the more nauseating Sandler-isms.

How is there already a Sequel? / You’re no Katniss: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Release date: September 18, 2015

Director: Wes Ball

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Kaya Scodelario, Jacob Lofland, Aidan Gillen, Giancarlo Esposito, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson

Synopsis: n this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

FB/BS’s Take: We can always use more Aiden Gillen. I still haven’t seen the first Maze Runner but the series is the more benign of the Young Adult / Post-Apocalyptic / Book to Movie adaptations. It doesn’t pull in the praise that Jennifer Lawrence’s The Hunger Games quadrilogy but it’s also avoided some of the derision picked up by Shailene Woodley’s Divergent series. Maze Runner has stuck to the middle, earning decent reviews and pulling in solid box office results.

Potential Christmas Present for your Parents: A Walk in the Woods

Release date: September 2, 2015

Director: Ken Kwapis

Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Kristen Schaal, Emma Thomspn, Mary Steenburgen

Synopsis: An aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail with his long-estranged high school buddy. In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek – his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, “adventure”. Now they’re about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.

FB/BS’s Take: Redford and Nolte play out a familiar story which looks like a cheerier version of The Way. Look for this movie at your local theater catering to the over-65 crowd (meaning screenings will show no later than 5:00pm).

Dragon Blade

Release date: September 4, 2015

Director: Daniel Lee

Starring: Jackie Chan, John Cusak, Adrien Brody, Sharni Vinson, Peng Lin, Benny Urquidez

Synopsis: The film features the fight for the Silk Road when East and West collide. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John Cusack) to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle.

FB/BS’s take: If you thought Keanu Reeves looked out of place in 47 Ronin, wait until you see Adrien Brody catching swords in this trailer.


LEAST ANTICIPATED FILMS:

The Perfect Guy

Release date: September 11, 2015

Director: David M. Rosenthal

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut

Synopsis: After a painful breakup, successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Michael Ealy). When her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces in her life she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear.

FB/BS’s Take: If you feel like you already saw this movie, chances are you’ve seen one of the many, many movies with an almost identical premise.

90 Minutes in Heaven

Release date: September 11, 2015

Director: Michael Polish

Starring: Kate Bosworth, Hayden Christensen, Hudson Meek, Bobby Batson

Synopsis: A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour and a half later, claiming to have seen Heaven.

FB/BS’s Take: Polish’s film grows an increasingly crowded and persistently groan-inducing group of Christian themed films. Bosworth is making an interesting show this month, starring in this Christian film and the horror flick Before I wake involving a young child whose nightmares become reality. I left that latter film off this list in favor of The Visit and also because we’ve seen that story enough (my favorite version is in Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men comic where he introduced similar character Tildie Soames).

2015 Overall List:

Most Anticipated Film of 2015: Mad Max: Fury Road

Least Anticipated Film of 2015: Pixels

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