September is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers (even for those not heading to Venice, Telluride or Toronto), with over 35 films on Indiewire's September calendar.
As an extension of our recent fall movie preview, Indiewire is offering the first of four monthly fall "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making over the next 30 days as easy as possible.
From Paul Thomas Anderson and Ira Sachs to some mean bachlorettes and a teenage wallflower, check out Indiewire's picks for September's 7 best options, and then check out the full September calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list.
1. The Master (September 14)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Why Is It a "Must See"? Clearly one the year's most anticipated films among many a film lover, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" recently moved up its release a whole month to September 14th, allowing audiences to catch the film before the Toronto International Film Festival is over. A veiled take on Scientology starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a L. Ron Hubbard-esque cult leader and Joaquin Phoenix as a drifter who becomes his right hand man, the footage shown at Cannes wowed pretty much everyone, and the film is already earning raves from advance screenings ahead of its Venice premiere this weekend. Get ready...
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2. How To Survive a Plague (September 21)
Director: David France
Distributor: Sundance Selects
Why is it a "Must See"? A chronicle of AIDS activism in New York, David France's acclaimed doc -- which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- shows how a group of men and women fought against a homophobic establishment to help bring life-saving drugs to America. It's powerful piece of American history that too few are aware, "How To Survive a Plague" deserves just as much of an audience as all the Oscar baity fall fare that fills most of this list (not to say this doesn't deserve a slot in the best doc race).
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3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (September 21)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, Dylan McDermott, Paul Rudd
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Why is it a "Must See"? Stephen Chobsky's novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" became something of a "Catcher In The Rye" for the Millennial generation when it was published back in 1999. Over a decade later, Chobsky has written and directed the book's cinematic adaptation himself, which is premiering in Toronto followed shortly by a September release. Following teenagers Charlie (Logan Lerman), Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), "Perks" is sure be on top of many a twentysomething's fall to-see list. And early word suggests with good reason.
Check out the trailer below.