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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 5. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 5. What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 5th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.)

Gringo Trails
Director: Pegi Vail
Synopsis: “Is tourism destroying the world–or saving it? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, “Gringo Trails” shows the unanticipated impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment, tracing some stories over 30 years.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Chicago on September 12th)

But Always
Director: Snow Zou
Cast: Yuanyuan Gao, Nicholas Tse, Dawei Tong, Xian Zhou
Synopsis: “1970s Beijing: two school friends, both with different backgrounds and families, lose touch, only to rekindle the romance in New York City, where they must decide between a present love or a future love.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver)

Falcon Rising

Director: Ernie Barbarash
Cast: Michael Jai White, Lateef Crowder, Neal McDonough, Laila Ali
Synopsis: “Chapman is an ex-marine in Brazil’s slums, battling the yakuza outfit who attacked his sister and left her for dead.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Miami, Orlando and Seattle)

Director: Michael Berry
Cast: Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña, Amy Madigan, Kristen Rakes, Seth Adkins, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Mia Stallard, Julio Cedillo, Matthew Page, Dylan Kenin
Synopsis: “After crossing the border illegally for work, Miguel, a hard-working father and devoted husband, finds himself wrongfully accused of murdering a former sheriff’s wife. After learning of his imprisonment, Miguel’s pregnant wife tries to come to his aid and lands in the hands of corrupt coyotes who hold her for ransom. Dissatisfied with the police department’s investigation, the former sheriff tries to uncover the truth about his wife’s death and discovers disturbing evidence that will destroy one family’s future, or tear another’s apart.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Scottsdale (expands to various cities throughout September)

God Help the Girl
Director: Stuart Murdoch
Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bissett
Synopsis: “Eve is a catastrophe—low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a group.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands across the country throughout September)

Holy Ghost
Director: Darren Wilson
Synopsis: “Can the Holy Spirit direct a movie? Darren Wilson sets out to make a movie that is completely led by the Holy Spirit. No plan, no script, no safety net–just go wherever he feels the Spirit leading him to try and discover the adventure God has for him. Whether it’s the riches of Monte Carlo, a heavy metal concert, or the oldest city in the world, the result is a film that not only challenges and excites, but also reveals a God who is far more alive and active than you ever imagined.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

The Identical
Director: Dustin Marcellino
Cast: Amanda Crew, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano, Danny Woodburn, Blake Rayne, Brian Geraghty, Waylon Payne, Andrea Collins
Synopsis: “Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys’ shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins. One of the boys becomes the most famous rock ‘n’ roll legend in the world, Drexel Hemsley, while Ryan Wade struggles to find balance between his love for music and trying to please his evangelist father (Ray Liotta) and his devoted mother (Ashley Judd) who have very different plans for his life in the ministry. Ryan is encouraged by his wife Jenny (Erin Cottrell) and lifelong friends Dino and Avi (Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano) to follow his musical dreams.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Director: Hilary Brougher
Cast: Kelly Reilly, Sophie Curtis, Graham Phillips, Linus Roche
Synopsis: “Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, 16 year old Beckett and her father, novelist Miles Warner, move to Manhattan and attempt to piece together their shattered life. Now enrolled at the exclusive Hamilton preparatory school, her psychosis and hallucinations intensify with the dubious suicides of current and past students as does her first love for Tobey Crawford. The discovery that her new school may be run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins becomes the ultimate challenge of Beckett and Tobey’s young lives.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Kelly & Cal
Director: Jen McGowan
Cast: Juliette Lewis, Cybill Shepherd, Alysia Reiner, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins
Synopsis: “Punk-rocker turned suburban mom, Kelly, is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn’t yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he’s been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it’s the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life.”
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to various cities throughout September and October)

Last Days in Vietnam
Director: Rory Kennedy
Synopsis: “April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the few U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplate withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision — who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or even death.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands across the country throughout September and early October)

Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture
Director: Doug Pray
Synopsis: “Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, renowned and reclusive land artist Michael Heizers Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012. Over the course of 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer, drawing hundreds of camera crews and cell phone shooters alike to document its journey. Tens of thousands of people came out to watch the megalith travel through their communities to its final resting place over a 456-foot-long negative space formed by a concrete slot. Levitated Mass is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture, bringing together the art community, public officials, and the general population to debate the merits and pitfalls of a giant stone suspended above their heads.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

The Longest Week
Director: Peter Glanz
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman, Billy Crudup, Jenny Slate, Tony Roberts
Synopsis: “Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent’s prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and… in love.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle

Director: Tim Sutton
Cast: Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, Larry Dodson
Synopsis: “A strange singer with God-given talent drifts through his adopted city of Memphis with its canopy of ancient oak trees, streets of shattered windows, and aura of burning spirituality. Surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolf pack of kids, the sweet, yet unstable, performer avoids the recording studio, driven by his own form of self-discovery. His journey quickly drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on September 12th)

No-No: A Dockumentary
Director: Jeffrey Radice
Synopsis: “The story of the pitcher who threw a no-hitter while tripping on acid—known by fans and nonfans alike—has become emblematic of professional baseball’s excess in the 1970s. However, that pitcher, Dock Ellis, had a career and a life that transcended one use of LSD. During a time when the insular world of baseball was clashing with the world outside, Ellis was widely known as one of the most unabashedly black baseball players ever. Nearly suspended for wearing curlers in his hair and refusing to apologize for or moderate his aggressive behavior, Ellis used drugs to hide his crippling fear of failure.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle)

Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes
Director: John Wellington Ennis
Synopsis: “The U.S. political election process is just like any game: Whoever has the most money – wins. Is this true democracy? How do we return our Government to the hands of the People? The PAY 2 PLAY film unveils just how Government truly obtains positions through donations and contributions. ‘Elected’ members of Congress then takes their places as bought and paid for advocates of large corporations and the wealthiest people in America.”
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to Los Angeles, Columbus, OH and Washington, DC throughout September)

The Remaining
Director: Casey La Scala
Cast: Alexa Vega, Johnny Pacar, Shaun Sipos
Synopsis: “When a group of close-knit friends assemble for the marriage of Skylar and Dan, they have no idea they will witness The Rapture and face a series of catastrophic events turning the celebration into a life-or-death struggle. Scrambling for sanctuary and self-preservation while an army of nocturnal creatures they never knew existed unleashes epic destruction, they must understand what is happening around them, and why, to find a way to survive together in a new world order.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

The Rule
Director: Marylou Bongiorno & Jerome Bongiorno
Synopsis: “See how the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey in the heart of one of America’s most dangerous cities are able to achieve amazing success with the most vulnerable population: inner city African American and Latino teenage males. While Newark, with a high poverty rate of 32%, has an abysmal high school graduation rate, the nearly 150-year-old St. Benedict’s Prep has a near 100% college acceptance rate. The film details how their ‘recipe for success’ follows the sixth century Rule of Saint Benedict and how this rule can serve as a model for whole cities nationwide.”

Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on September 12th)

Director: David Wnendt & Guy Édoin
Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Marlen Kruse, Peri Baumeister, Pascale Bussières, Gabriel Maillé, Luc Picard, François Papineau
Synopsis: “Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the process.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia and Miami on September 12th)

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