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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 4; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, September 4; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 4. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


The Transporter Refueled
Director: Camille Delamarre
Cast: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Radivoje Bukvić, Gabriella Wright, Ray Stevenson
Synopsis: “Frank Martin is living a less perilous lifestyle, or so he thinks, transporting classified packages for questionable people. Things get complicated when femme fatale Anna and her three accomplices orchestrate a bank heist and the kidnapping of Frank’s father. It’s all part of a grand plan to take down the human trafficker who victimized her years earlier. Now a pawn in her vengeful scheme, the former special-operations mercenary must use his covert skills to play Anna’s dangerous game.”

A Walk in the Woods

Director: Ken Kwapis
Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen
Synopsis: “When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (11 reviews)


Before We Go
Director: Chris Evans
Cast: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Mark Kassen, Emma Fitzpatrick
Synopsis: “A woman who is robbed on her way to catch the 1:30 train to Boston is left stranded in New York City. She meets a man who helps her during the course of the night and the two form a romance.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix)

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Director: Stanley Nelson
Synopsis: “Ready or not, change was coming to America. The fault lines were no longer ignorable—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, disputes raged over women’s rights, gay rights, and civil rights. Many of the youth that came of age in the Sixties were set on tearing down the world that Dick and Jane built and reconstructing their own American Dream. A new revolutionary culture was emerging, and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to various markets through November)


Director: Eskil Vogt
Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt
Synopsis: “Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home—a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. After a while, Ingrid starts to feel the presence of her husband in the flat when he is supposed to be at work. At the same time, her lonely neighbor who has grown tired of even the most extreme pornography shifts his attention to a woman across the street. Ingrid knows about this but her real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (18 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Bloodsucking Bastards

Director: Brian James O’Connell
Cast: Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Emma Fitzpatrick, Joey Kern, Joel Murray
Synopsis: “Evan is a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda and his slacker best friend Tim. Evans world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max. When his office mates start going through disturbing changes, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tampa)

Break Point

Director: Jay Karas
Cast: Amy Smart, J.K. Simmons, Adam DeVine, Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Chris Parnell, Kate Flannery, Jenny Wade, Joshua Rush, Vincent Ventresca, Cy Amundson, Jenny Wade
Synopsis: “Jimmy Price is a reckless man-child on the last leg of his career as a doubles tennis player. When his latest partner drops him, he realizes he’s officially burned all of his bridges on the pro circuit. He decides to make one last ditch effort to revive his career, reaching outside of the tennis world and convincing his childhood partner — his estranged brother Darren, now an apathetic substitute teacher — to team up with him. The mismatched pair, with the help of a unique 11-year-old named Barry, make an unlikely run at a grand slam tournament and are forced to re-discover their game, and their brotherhood.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa)

Call Me King

Director: R.L. Scott
Cast: Amin Joseph, Bai Ling, Chris Mulkey, Bill Cobbs, Gabrielle Dennis, Jonathan McDaniel, Alimi Ballard, Robert Miano, Lester Speight, Sean Riggs, Monyque Thompson Scott, TJ Hoban, Shaun Mixon, Del Zamora, Maurice Whitfield, Johnny DeBeer
Synopsis: “In the international world of gun running… loyalty, honor, and discretion are valuable commodities. However, nothing is more priceless than the bond of family. Power begets enemies and a loved one’s betrayal cuts like a knife. Sides will be chosen, wars will be fought. In the end, there can only be one King.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Chloe and Theo

Director: Ezna Sands
Cast: Theo Ikummaq, Dakota Johnson, Mira Sorvino
Synopsis: “The story of Theo, an Inuit from the Arctic, who travels to New York City with an important message for world leaders about the catastrophic impact climate change is having on his home. Upon arrival, he meets a fiery and fearless homeless girl Chloe and together they embark on an odyssey to save the world.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and San Francisco)

Contracted: Phase II

Director: Josh Forbes
Cast: Matt Mercer, Najarra Townsend, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown
Synopsis: “It’s spreading… After Contracted unleashed the world’s most horrifying virus, this sequel picks up the story as newly infected Riley races against time to contain the outbreak, even as it ravages his own body. As he digs deeper into its origins, Riley attracts the attention of a Detective who doubts his innocence, and BJ himself, who holds the key to the virus – and perhaps the destruction of mankind as we know it, leading to a blood-soaked finale you have to see to believe. Hang on to your barf bags, buckle up, and get ready for the genre ride of the year.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Dirty Weekend

Director: Neil LaBute
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, Gia Crovatin, Phil Burke
Synopsis: “Colleagues Les and Natalie are delayed in the Albuquerque airport. Restless, irritated, and unable to stand the service workers he meets at every turn, Les heads downtown. Natalie refuses to leave his side and discovers that his supposedly aimless wandering has more of a point than he is willing to admit. Natalie conceals secrets of her own, though neither can keep them quiet for long. A rapport grows between this unlikely pair, and soon they search out a spark of excitement in this most unlikely of locales.” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Dragon Blade

Director: Daniel Lee
Cast: John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Jackie Chan, Sharni Vinson, Benny Urquidez, Kevin Lee
Synopsis: “Huo An, the commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions, was framed by evil forces and becomes enslaved. On the other hand, a Roman general escapes to China after rescuing the Prince. The heroic duo meet in the Western Desert and a thrilling story unfolds.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Seattle

Heroes of Dirt

Director: Eric Bugbee
Cast: Joel Moody, Bill Allen
Synopsis: “Passionate BMX dirt jumper, Phin Cooper, wants nothing in life but to attain fame in his sport. After missing a competition when he lands in jail for unpaid citations, he is court-ordered for community service and reluctantly mentors one of the toughest boys, Blue Espinosa. As Phin leads the troubled teen on exciting adventures of riding dirt trails, big jumps and cityscapes, Blue becomes more than an obligation – an unlikely friend whose secret world of drug trafficking threatens Phin’s ultimate dream.”
Theatrical Release: Various

La Jaula de Oro

Director: Diego Quemada-Diez
Cast: Karen Martínez, Rodolfo Domínguez, Brandon López, Carlos Chajon
Synopsis: “A group of Central-American teen-agers depart from the slums of Guatemala City escaping poverty and violence, towards the promised land of California.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Number One Fan

Director: Jeanne Herry
Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lafitte, Pascal Demolon, Olivia Coté, Nicolas Bridet, Sébastien Knafo
Synopsis: “Muriel, an oddly endearing beautician whose love for gossip and spinning yarns is eclipsed only by her fangirl infatuation with pop singer Vincent Lacroix. What had started with collecting records and attending every concert crosses over to the dark side when the object of her obsession shows up at her doorstep asking for help. A demented yet authentic codependency develops as Lacroix, the hopeless narcissist, exploits his hopeful admirer, pulling Muriel deeper into a misadventure that could result in some serious jail time.” [COLCOA]
Theatrical Release: Miami

Paper Planes

Director: Robert Connolly
Cast: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, Ena Imai, Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke, Terry Norris, David Wenham
Synopsis: “An imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

A Sinner in Mecca

Director: Parvez Sharma
Synopsis: “For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to assume as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage, a journey considered the greatest accomplishment and aspiration within Islam, his religion. On his journey Parvez aims to look beyond 21st-century Islam’s crises of religious extremism, commercialism and sectarian battles. He brings back the story of the religion like it has never been told before, having endured the biggest jihad there is: the struggle with the self.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Director: Alex Gibney
Synopsis: “When Steve Jobs died the world wept. But what accounted for the grief of millions of people who didn’t know him? This evocative film navigates Jobs’ path from a small house in the suburbs, to zen temples in Japan, to the CEO’s office of the world’s richest company, exploring how Jobs’ life and work shaped our relationship with the computer.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various

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