September Preview - by Hannah Sayer
As Oscar season gets officially underway in September, the cinematic calendar is already looking promising and intriguing this fall season. This coming month plays host to an array of films being released; some that definitely should not be missed!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl received its official premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, where it received a standing ovation and won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and the Audience Award for U.S. Drama. This critical darling, released on the 4th September here in the UK, is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Regon and written by Jesse Andrews; the film is also based on Andrews’ 2012 debut novel. Greg Gaines, played by Thomas Mann, is a high school student who befriends fellow student and past childhood friend Rachel Kushner, played by Olivia Cooke, who has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia. Greg’s love of movies means that he spends most of his free time with his best friend Earl, played by Ronald Cyler II, making short film parodies of classic films. As Greg’s and Rachel’s friendship blooms, he decides to make a film for her. Described as both heart warming and tear jerking, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a sure winner for any film lover.
What’s better than a film starring Tom Hardy? A film starring two Tom Hardy’s: Legend. Based on the notorious life of the Kray twins, the film is written and directed by Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (Best Adapted Screenplay, L.A. Confidential). Although an already well-known and brutal tale, Helgeland has chosen to tell the story from the point of view of Reggie Kray’s wife Frances, played by Emily Browning, as the film follows the rise and fall of the East-End gangsters. With Tom Hardy playing both roles of Ronald and Reggie Kray, it will be interesting to see him blur and differentiate the two characters, in a likely legendary dual-performance. Released on the 9th September, Legend is going to be the most thrilling British film of the month.
With an impressive cast made up of Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal, Everest is a real life dramatisation of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur. On the 2nd September, the film will open the 72nd Venice International Film Festival; a coveted premiere spot which led Birdman last year to Oscar glory where it won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film follows two expedition groups, one led by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the other Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), as they attempt to reach the summit while being faced with one of the strongest snowstorms that tested these climbers to the limit. Expected to be a 3D visual spectacle, Everest is likely to be a thriller that needs to be experienced on the big screen. It hits cinemas on the 18th September.
The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott, is based on the 2011 debut novel by Andy Weir. Matt Damon stars as Astronaut Mark Watney who is presumed dead and left on Mars by his crew when a storm causes their mission to go horrifically wrong. Watney is in fact alive and has to struggle to adapt and survive on his own while trying to send a signal of his survival to Earth. Upon successfully sending a signal through, NASA and Watney’s crew plan a rescue mission to save him. With a strong supporting cast including Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels and Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is an exciting new project from Ridley Scott, who is of course no stranger to the Sci-Fi genre, having directed acclaimed films such as Alien and Blade Runner. On the 11th September, The Martian is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it will follow with a general release in the UK on the 30th September.
Upcoming Films and Release Dates in September:
American Ultra No Escape Ricki and the Flash The Transporter Refueled Dope Miss Julie Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Buttercup Bill
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The Visit Irrational Man
Aloha A Walk in the Woods Everest
Lessons in Love Life McFarland 99 Homes Captive Solace Miss You Already The Messenger Just Jim