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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This September

By Indiewire | Indiewire September 3, 2013 at 9:57AM

September is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers (even for those not heading to Toronto this week), with dozens of films on Indiewire's September calendar.
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September  is about to offer quite the selection to movie-goers (even for those not heading to Toronto this week), with dozens of 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 Nicole Holofencer to J.D. Salinger to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, check out Indiewire's picks for September's 10 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. Enough Said (September 18)
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette
Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Why is it a "Must See"? It's been three years since Nicole Holofcener's lovely previous feature "Please Give" (though she's directed episodes of "Parks & Recreation" and "Enlightened" in between), and her latest -- hitting TIFF before a late September release date -- reunites her with Catherine Keener (who has starred in all of her films) alongside Toni Collette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini in the story of divorced woman (Dreyfus) who learns her new love interest (Gandolfini) is her new friend's ex-husband.

Check out the trailer below:


2. Salinger (September 6)
Director: Shane Salerno
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal, A. Scott Berg, and Elizabeth Frank
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Why is it a "Must See"? This film has been shrouded in buzz and speculation, just like the famously reclusive author it attempts to capture. The talking head documentary will look at J.D. Salinger's life after he went into seclusion following the publication of "The Catcher in the Rye," the seminal novel that young people everywhere have looked to for a (sometimes grim) philosophy on life. Salinger retreated from the world to a New Hampshire cabin, from which he wrote a tantalizing amount of fiction that he withheld from publication. Salinger passed away in 2010, raising controversy about whether the public would have access to his hidden body of work. The film is said to be filled with secrets and revelations about the author's deeply private life, including the reveal of "the biggest secret of his lifetime."

Check out the trailer below:


3. Don Jon (September 27)
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johannson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza
Distributor: Relativity Media

Why is it a "Must See"? This Sundance premiere is the directorial debut of one of his generation's most creative voices. Plus, it's features a jacked-up JGL and a Jersey-voiced Scarlett Johansson.

It's got more weight than your average comedy and more depth than your typical romance, but make no mistake: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut is a romantic comedy. The former child star and heir apparent to the cowl has crafted an atypical pseudo-takedown of the usually formulaic genre. Gordon-Levitt plays Don, a Lothario to the nth degree whose true passion isn't women, but porn. As can be imagined, this gets him in some trouble with less than understanding visitors, including Don's dream girl, Barbara (Johansson). The hard-R comedy has already successfully run the festival circuit, stopping by SXSW and Berlin in addition to its premiere at Sundance.

Check out the trailer below:

This article is related to: Lists, Enough Said, Salinger, Don Jon, After Tiller, Populaire, Mother Of George






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