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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 25; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 25; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 25. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Before I Wake
Director: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Lance E. Nichols
Synopsis: “A haunting, emotionally absorbing supernatural thriller about an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.”

The Green Inferno

Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Richard Burgi
Synopsis: “A group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to be taken prisoner by the indigenous tribe they came to save.”
Criticwire Grade AverageC (6 reviews)

Hotel Transylvania 2

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Keegan Michael Key, Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks, Fran Drescher, David Spade
Synopsis: “When the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”

The Intern

Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Anders Holm, Rene Russo, Nat Wolff, Adam DeVine, Wallis Currie-Wood, Andrew Rannells, Reid Scott
Synopsis: “70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (4 reviews)

Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Joey King, Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, Matt Craven, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, Alexandre Nachi
Synopsis: “Danny Winters is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.”


99 Homes
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, Michael Shannon
Synopsis: “After his family is evicted from their home, proud and desperate construction worker Dennis Nash tries to win his home back by striking a deal with the devil and working for Rick Carver, the corrupt real estate broker who evicted him.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (22 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands nationwide on October 9th)

The Anomaly
Director: Noel Clarke
Cast: Ian Somerhalder, Alexis Knapp, Noel Clarke, Luke Hemsworth, Michael Bisping, Art Parkinson, Ali Cook
Synopsis: “A former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van where he learns that he only has a few moments to figure out how he got there.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Director: Tony McNamara
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Dunn, Zachary Knighton, Michael Lerner, Adam Aalderks, Seth Dousman
Synopsis: “Awkward Ed Wallis needs help fitting in and turns to his neighbor Ashby Holt for help. Ashby’s unforgiving brand of tough love soon tests their friendship, and it hardly helps when Ed learns that Ashby is a former CIA assassin. Peppered with upbeat music and standout performances, Ashby is a spirited, self-referential update on Harold and Maude for a John Wick generation.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia)

Director: Christian Sesma
Cast: Luke Goss, RZA, Bokeem Woodbine, Louis Mandylor, Brooke Newton, Marco Khan, Tomoko Karina, Heather Roop, Mary Christina Brown, Jillisa Lynn
Synopsis: “An AWOL marine in possession of secret government information, is a wanted man, pursued by Russian special ops, the LAPD, and a dangerous assassin.”
Theatrical Release: AMC Theaters

Becoming Bulletproof
Director: Michael Barnett
Synopsis: “An intimate film about the fabric of the Zeno Actors Camp. The film follows the Zeno gang as they live and work together while making an original narrative film. Their films are not about disability but many of the cast and crew have disabilities. throughout the camp they work on all stages of production. This all leads up to the big Zeno premiere in Los Angeles. All are on hand to share the film, answer questions, sign autographs, and walk the red carpet. parents, friends, and celebrities alike come to celebrate the film.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on October 2nd)

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story 
Director: Sara Bordo
Synopsis: “Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her ‘The World’s Ugliest Woman.’ The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas)

Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of National Lampoon
Director: Douglas Tirola
Synopsis: “Amid the seismic cultural shift of the 1970s, American comedy got a sharper edge when a newly minted magazine named National Lampoon stuck its middle finger up at the establishment. Spawned at an Ivy League school by the wonderfully warped minds of Douglas Kenney and Henry Beard, National Lampoon rose from a counterculture rag to a revered comic institution. Bound by a passion for the absurd and a mistrust of authority, Lampoon’s irreverence spanked nearly every available social taboo from weak-kneed politics to heated racial tensions.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on October 2nd; expands to various markets through the beginning of December)

Finders Keepers
Director: Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel
Synopsis: “When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy. Believing the new-found attention to be his chance at doing some great things in an otherwise disappointing, wayward life, he’s quickly swept up in the hysteria as the leg’s enterprising buyer, Shannon Whisnant, then sues to regain its custody. But the stranger-than-fiction chain of events, fueling John’s drug addiction and compounded by generations of his familial dysfunction, soon sets John on the streets and heading to his certain demise.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Boston (expands to various markets through the beginning of November)

The Keeping Room
Director: Daniel Barber
Cast: Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, Kyle Soller
Synopsis: “In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise and their female slave Mad. When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (opens in 25 additional markets through the end of November)

Lost in Hong Kong
Director: Xu Zheng
Cast: Xu Zheng, Bao Bei-Er, Vicki Zhao, Andrew Dasz
Synopsis: “Xu Lai had dreams once. To be an artist and marry the girl of his dreams. 15 years later, he’s sick of designing bras, humoring his baby-crazy wife, and catering to loopy in-laws. But his upcoming family vacation, now including his DVD-pirating, aspiring-documentarian brother-in-law, has a hidden agenda: a chance meetup with his old flame. But ditching his clan for a clandestine hookup might be the least of his worries. There’s been a murder, and his new hot pursuit might be from the cops who want a word with him.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Mission to Lars
Director: William Spicer & James Moore
Synopsis: “The funny and touching story of two siblings’ attempt to fulfill their brother’s dream of meeting rock god Lars Ulrich of Metallica. Tom Spicer has Fragile X Syndrome, a form of autism. But he also has a dream to meet his hero and his siblings promise to make it happen, hoping to bond on the road along the way. But between Tom’s disabilities, a dysfunctional family, and the labyrinthine backstage world of heavy metal, the mission is thwarted at every turn. But as they near closer to Lars, Tom begins to come into his own and the journey culminates in a finale that’s as touching as it is inspiring.”
Theatrical Release: New York (also available digitally on iTunes)

Mississippi Grind
Director: Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard, Robin Weigert
Synopsis: “Gerry is a talented poker player whose habit is getting the best of him. He convinces younger player Curtis to join him on a road trip, and they begin gambling their way towards a high-stakes game in New Orleans. During their journey, true motivations are revealed, and the two bond.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (17 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on October 2nd)

Director: Asia Argento
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gabriel Garko, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Giulia Salerno, Anna Lou Castoldi, Carolina Poccioni, Alice Pea, Max Gazzè, Andrea Pittorino, Riccardo Russo, Sofia Patron, Olimpia Carlisi, Mario de Candia, Max Gazzè, Justin Pearson
Synopsis: “Set in an awesomely retro, day-glo vision of 1980s Rome, Misunderstood follows nine-year-old Aria, a precocious girl finding her way amidst the unraveling marriage of her temperamental artist parents. Despite the turmoil swirling around her, Aria’s spirit remains irrepressible, buoyed by her vivid imagination and budding talent as a writer. With a soundtrack that runs the gamut from punk to Mozart, Misunderstood is a fresh, frank look at the good, the bad, and the strange of growing up.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Pay the Ghost

Director: Uli Edel
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres, Alex Mallari Jr., Juan Carlos Velis, Jack Fulton, Erin Boyes, Christine Horne
Synopsis: “One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. Together with his estranged wife, he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of the kidnapping and find their son—and, in doing so, unearths an age-old legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Phoenix and Tampa

Shah Bob
Director: Babak Shokrian
Cast: Reza Sixo Safai, Parviz Sayyad, Solmaz Niki-Kermani, Vida Ghahremani, Ardavan Mofid, Ally Pourabas
Synopsis: “At 40, the road less traveled is narrowing for Bob who struggles to write his next screenplay while dealing with eccentric tenants, unclogging drains and collecting rents, for his father’s real estate business. But when his father falls ill, Bob decides to change and embrace the legacy of his family and culture for the first time. He even finds himself falling in love with a Jewish Iranian ‘princess’ from the community. But can he really change?”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Sleepless in New York
Director: Christian Frei
Cast: Helen Fisher, Rosey La Rouge, Alley Scott, Michael Hariton
Synopsis: “Renowned anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher reveals the astounding and profound processes that unfold in the brain of the lovesick. Exploring the difficult path out of self-destructive obsessive behavior, toward a new self, ‘Sleepless in New York’ is a film for those in love, out of love or looking for love.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Columbus, OH

Director: Phillip Baribeau
Synopsis: “Border to border from Mexico to Canada, four friends embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Across solely public land, Ben Masters, Jonny Fitzsimons, Ben Thamer and Thomas Glover traversed desert to mountain across five states and 3,000 miles—with 16 horses in tow. A journey once a reality for western frontiersmen, the men choose to use wild mustangs as their trail horses. The mustangs have been bred perfectly to suit the rocky terrain of the west, but they are threatened by decreasing public lands, highways and tourism.” [Hot Docs]
Theatrical Release: Various 

Director: Frank Hall Green
Cast: Ella Purnell, Brian Geraghty, Nolan Gerard Funk, Ann Dowd, Bruce Greenwood, Diane Farr, Joshua Leonard, Erin Lindsay King
Synopsis: “Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau when her mother can’t care for her anymore. The living situation quickly takes a turn for the worse, and she runs away to rejoin her mother in Seattle. While on her dangerous journey of sleeping in cars and breaking into hotel rooms, she’s drawn to Rene, a lonesome backpacker looking for tranquility in the wilderness.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle

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