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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 18; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 18; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 18. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Black Mass
Director: Scott Cooper
Cast: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Julianne Nicholson, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Adam Scott
Synopsis: “In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (7 reviews)


Director: Jerry Jameson
Cast: Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Michael Kenneth Williams
Synopsis: “When Brian Nichols -on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, ‘The Purpose Driven Life.’ While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.”


Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Cast: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Clive Standen, Emily Watson, Mia Goth, Michael Kelly, Martin Henderson, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Goodman-Hill, Vanessa Kirby
Synopsis: “Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous 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 of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson, Lili Taylor, Katherine McNamara, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alisha Heng
Synopsis: “Thomas 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.”


Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya, Maximiliano Hernández, Raoul Trujillo, Lora Martinez-Cunningham
Synopsis: “In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past, the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (17 reviews)


Being Canadian
Director: Robert Cohen
Cast: Robert Cohen, Cobie Smulders, William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Kim Cattrall, Mike Myers, Michael J. Fox, Martin Short, Will Arnett, Dan Aykroyd, Catherine O’Hara, Dave Foley, Eugene Levy, Jason Priestley, Conan O’Brien, Alanis Morissette, Howie Mandel, Alan Thicke, Kathy Griffin, Caroline Rhea, Russell Peters, Alex Trebek, Paul Shaffer, David Steinberg
Synopsis: “When Calgarian Robert Cohen moved to L.A. to pursue his dreams of becoming a comedy writer, he quickly realized that his new friends and colleagues knew nothing but the usual stereotypes about his beloved homeland. After years of frustration, Robert decided to embark on a personal quest, traveling from one end of Canada to the other, to prove ‘Being Canadian’ is more than just maple syrup and Mounties. Imagine ‘Sherman’s March’ or ‘Roger and Me,’ but wearing a toque.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Director: Cary Murnion & Jonathan Milott
Cast: Elijah Wood, Jack McBrayer, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad
Synopsis: “When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Washington, DC)

The Cut
Director: Fatih Akin
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Arsinee Khanjian, Akin Gazi, George Georgiou, Numan Acar, Anna Savva, Lara Heller, Joel Jackshaw
Synopsis: “German-Turkish director Fatih Akin’s epic drama about one man’s journey through the Ottoman Empire after surviving the 1915 Armenian genocide. Deported from his home in Mardin, young blacksmith Nazareth moves onwards as a forced laborer. After managing to survive the horrors of the genocide, he hears that his twin daughters are still alive; his hope is revived and he sets off to track them down, his search taking him from the Mesopotamian deserts and Havana to the barren and desolate prairies of North Dakota. On this odyssey, he encounters a range of very different people: angelic and kind-hearted characters, but also the devil incarnate.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities through the middle of November)

East Side Sushi
Director: Anthony Lucero
Cast: Diana Elizabeth Torres, Jesus Fuentes, Yutaka Takeuchi, Alejandro Arzciat, Dixon Phillips, Melissa Locsin, Lane Nishikawa
Synopsis: “Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands fast-very fast. She can slice and dice anything you throw at her with great speed and precision. When Juana gives up her fruit- vending cart in order to find a more secure job, she lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. It is here she discovers a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far- removed from everything she has ever known. While working in the restaurant, Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi. With her creativity sparked, Juana’s re-ignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life. Juana eventually attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is deemed the “wrong” race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.”
Theatrical Release: California

The Fool
Director: Yury Bykov
Synopsis: “A movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Miami on September 25th and Chicago on October 9th)


Director: Bruce McDonald
Cast: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha, Luke Bilyk
Synopsis: “A teenager’s Halloween night turns into a terrifying fight to survive when trick-or-treaters from Hell show up at her doorstep. After getting the unwelcome news that she’s pregnant, seventeen-year-old Dora (Chloe Rose) just wants to stay in on Halloween. But then a knock at the door delivers a gaggle of pint-sized demons after one thing: Dora’s baby.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer
Director: Vlad Yudin
Synopsis: “The story of a misunderstood child from rural Missouri who, despite rejection and adversity, holds true to his dreams and succeeds to become the creative director of major Italian fashion house, Moschino. As we follow his journey through several Fashion Weeks and beyond, we learn the larger story of his struggle to gain acceptance and overcome immense challenges to reach his goals.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

The Man Who Saved the World
Director: Peter Anthony
Synopsis: “On September 26th, 1983, an alarm sounded to indicate that five American nuclear missiles had been launched against the Soviet Union. Russian Lt. Colonel Stanislav Petrov defied military protocol, ignoring the incoming attack, confirmed by all the warning systems. He followed his own sense of responsibility and declared it a false alarm. His decision spared the world a nuclear holocaust. Decades later, this forgotten hero travels to the United States to accept an award from the United Nations and finally receive acknowledgement for his historical act.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Portland (opens in Los Angeles and Detroit on September 25th)

Movement + Location
Director: Alexis Boling
Cast: Bodine Boling, Catherine Missal, Brendan Griffin, David Andrew MacDonald, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Haile Owusu, John Dapolito
Synopsis: “Kim Getty is an immigrant from 400 years in the future, sent back to modern day Brooklyn to live out an easier life. She’s built a new identity in this time that nearly satisfies: she has a full time job, shares an apartment with a roommate, and is falling in love. But when she finds two other people from the future–a 15-year-old girl and Kim’s own long-lost husband–Kim must fight to keep the life she once had from destroying the life she built here.”
Theatrical Release: New York

The New Girlfriend
Director: François Ozon
Cast: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz
Synopsis: “Claire discovers a secret about the husband of her late best friend, Laura. Following Laura’s death, Claire reaches out to comfort bereaved David, only to discover his secret: he enjoys dressing as a woman.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Director: Johnnie To
Cast: Sylvia Chang, Chow Yun Fat, Eason Chan, Wei Tang, Yueting Lang, Ziyi Wang
Synopsis: “In the global financial crisis following the Lehman Brothers collapse, feared and respected CEO Miss Chang (Sylvia Chang, also at the Festival with her own film Murmur of the Hearts and in Jia Zhang-Ke’s Mountains May Depart) prepares to list her billion-dollar company on the stock exchange. Chairman Ho Chung-ping (Chow Yun-fat) — once her mentor, now her ally and lover — has promised her a wealth of shares in the company when it goes public. But when an audit exposes layer after layer of covert power plays and backroom dealings, it seems that the Chairman’s promises may not be so easy for him to keep. Matters are further complicated by the arrival of young upstart Lee Xiang (Wang Ziyi), whose optimistic idealism throws a monkey wrench into Chang and Ho’s ruthless scheming.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver

Olvidados (Forgotten)
Director: Carlos Bolado
Cast: Damián Alcázar, Carla Ortiz, Rafael Ferro, Ana Celentano
Synopsis: “José, a Bolivian retired general, is lying on his deathbed after a heart attack. Tormented by memories of his involvement in Operation Condor and invaded by deep remorse, he decides to tell his only son his biggest secrets in search of redemption.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on October 2nd) 

Pawn Sacrifice
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Sophie Nélisse, Michael Stuhlbarg, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Conrad Pla, Aiden Lovekamp
Synopsis: “In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. It also chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide on September 25th)

Peace Officer
Directors: Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber
Synopsis: “A documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff who established his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigation skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various markets through the middle of November)

Prophet’s Prey
Director: Amy Berg
Synopsis: “When noted author Jon Krakauer stumbled upon a closed polygamous community in southern Utah in 1999, it caught him by surprise. Private investigator Sam Brower (whose 2011 book shares the film’s name) was already investigating the rogue sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Here the two men share their alarming allegations of sexual abuse, underage marriages and pregnancies. Collaborating with a local Texas journalist who first reported the story, they retrace their involvement that led to the capture and conviction of the group’s maniacal leader, Warren Jeffs.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Racing Extinction
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Synopsis: “Scientists predict that the human footprint on the planet may cause the loss of half of the world’s species by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction in Earth’s history, following the fifth great extinction which took out the dinosaurs. Our era is called the Anthropocene, or “Age of Man,” because evidence shows that humanity has sparked a cataclysmic change of the world’s natural environment and animal life. Yet, we are the only ones who can stop the change we have created.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Columbus, Durham, Minneapolis and Portland; debuts on Discovery Channel on December 2nd)

Director: Sam Slovick
Synopsis: “The definitive, voice-of-a-generation feature documentary film spotlighting radical resistance in occupied Amerika told through the lens of an anarchist collective in Los Angeles.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Some Kind of Hate

Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Cast: Ronen Rubinstein, Sierra McCormick, Grace Phipps, Noah Segan, Michael Polish, Spencer Breslin, Lexi Atkins, Michael Polish
Synopsis: “Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln’s life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Phoenix and Tampa)

Songs from the North
Director: Soon-mi Yoo
Synopsis: “An essay film which offers an unique look at the enigma of North Korea, a country typically seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and derisive satire. Interweaving footage from director Soon-Mi Yoo’s three visits to North Korea together with songs, spectacle, popular cinema and archival footage, “Songs from the North” tries to understand the psychology and popular imagery of the North Korean people. To look closely and objectively at North Korea, a country that challenges our most fundamental assumptions about the human condition is ultimately to question the meaning of freedom, love and patriotism.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Uncle John
Director: Steven Piet
Cast: John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Jenna Lyng, Ronnie Gene Blevins
Synopsis: “Dutch, a small town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Rumors about Dutch’s fate are hot topics around town. Dutch’s younger brother, Danny, who shares the family’s bad rap, has his own theory about the mystery and it centers on John. Meanwhile, John’s nephew, Ben, leads a life replete with snarky jokes and gourmet coffee as a Chicago graphic designer. His confused and budding relationship with his coworker, Kate, leads them on an impromptu trip north to see the town he grew up in. They arrive just as John struggles to navigate the increasing threats from Danny’s suspicions.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Madison

Director: Ryoo Seung-Wan
Cast: Hwang Jeong-Min, Yoo Ah-In, Yoo Hae-jin, Oh Dal-Su, Jin Kyung, Yoo In Young
Synopsis: “Seo Do-cheol is a detective in the major-crimes squad. He is impulsive, irreverent, and always up for a fight — so much so that his colleagues accuse him of having become a cop just to beat people up. Veteran opens with Seo and his crack team in the middle of an international auto-theft sting, which leads to a garage skirmish in which Seo displays his resourcefulness as he gleefully weaponizes everything from car doors to spray paint. But the sundry abilities of Seo and his fellow officers are put to the test when they set their sights on Jo Tae-oh, the tyrannical heir to the Sunjin Group, a powerful conglomerate that regularly flouts the law. Officers and corporate criminals alike pull out all the stops as Seo and Jo head toward an inevitable showdown.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

War Pigs
Director: Ryan Little
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Luke Goss, Chuck Liddell, Ryan Kelley
Synopsis: “A rag tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs must go behind enemy lines to exterminate Nazis by any means necessary.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

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