Just like that, it’s fall already. The first round of films fresh out of TIFF and Venice and Telluride are making their ways to theaters and living rooms nationwide. And now, we enter the last third of the year, with plenty of titles to be excited about. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of September, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!
Week of September 2
Director: Luke Scott
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Boyd Holbrook, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kate Mara, Michelle Yeoh, Paul Giamatti, Rose Leslie, Toby Jones
Synopsis: A corporate troubleshooter is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.
Director: Renny Harlin
Cast: Eve Torres, Fan Bingbing, Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville
Synopsis: For years, by-the-book Hong Kong detective Benny Chan has tried to avenge his partner’s murder at the hands of a drug lord. When Benny learns that freewheeling American gambler Connor Watts has the evidence he needs, he teams with Connor to get justice.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Aaron Paul, Aiden Longworth, Barbara Hershey, Jamie Dornan, Molly Parker, Oliver Platt, Sarah Gadon
Synopsis: After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate the cause of Louis’ near-fatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father Peter, acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boy’s unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition. But as he’s drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of Louis’ seeming ability to cheat death, the doctor finds himself falling for Louis’ mother, Natalie. As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of Louis Drax and everyone around him.
The Academy of Muses
Director: José Luis Guerín
Cast: Carolina Llacher, Emanuela Forgetta, Mireia Iniesta, Patricia Gil, Raffaele Pinto, Rosa Delor
Synopsis: On returning from class, a teacher is questioned by his wife, who distrusts his pedagogic project: an “Academy of the Muses” inspired by classical references, which is supposed to contribute to regenerating the world through poetry. The controversial project triggers a series of situations dominated by words and desire.
Director: Danny Perez
Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, Mark Webber, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Meg Tilly
Synopsis: Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou and her best friend Sadie spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Who—or what—is growing inside her? As her due date approaches with alarming swiftness, the fear, paranoia, and conspiracy theories begin to pile up.
Director: Joshua Marston
Cast: Michael Shannon, Rachel Weisz, Danny Glover, Kathy Bates, Michael Chernus
Synopsis: This shape-shifting tale of the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention begins at a dinner party, when Tom’s co-worker arrives with an intriguing date named Alice. Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their history. And when Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom sets off after her. What follows is an all-night odyssey shared by two people, one needing to change his life, the other questioning how to stop changing.
Director: John Stockwell
Cast: Alain Moussi, Darren Shahlavi, Dave Bautista, Georges St. Pierre, Gina Carano, Jean-Claude van Damme, Sara Malakul Lane
Synopsis: Eric and Kurt Sloan are the descendants of a well-known Venice, California-based family of martial artists. Kurt, the younger of the two, has always been in his brother Eric’s shadow, and despite his talent has been told he lacks the instinct needed to become a champion. But when Kurt witnesses the merciless murder of his brother at the hands of Muay Thai champion Tong Po, he vows revenge. He trains with his brother’s mentor for a fight to the death with Tong Po. At first it seems impossible to turn Kurt into the living weapon he must become to beat Tong Po, but through a series of tests and dangerous encounters, Kurt proves he has a deeper strength that will carry him through to his final showdown with Tong Po.
Director: Mikkel Nørgaard
Cast: Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam
Synopsis: Estranged best friends Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam travel to the States seeking fame, fortune and friendship, only to immediately dive head-first into an impressive array of wildly inappropriate misadventures and unforgettably mortifying social situations.
The Light Between Oceans
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hayes, Benedict Hardie, Caren Pistorius, Emily Barclay, Leon Ford
Synopsis: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.
Director: Daniel Noah
Cast: Claire Bloom, Dean Stockwell, Fred Willard, Illeana Douglas, Jerry Lewis, Kerry Bishé, Kevin Pollak, Mort Sahl
Synopsis: A retired jazz musician’s beloved wife of nearly six decades has just passed away. Though his career wasn’t everything he hoped for, Max always felt like a success because his beautiful, elegant Eva was by his side. Then, while going through her effects, he discovers a love note from another man, a shocking revelation that leads him to believe his entire marriage, indeed, his entire life, was built on a lie. Following a period of anger and withdrawal, Max decides to confront the man who “stole” his wife in the hope that what he learns will provide the answers he so desperately needs.
Starving the Beast
Director: Steve Mims
Synopsis: Examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America’s public universities. The film documents a philosophical shift that seeks to reframe public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the beneficiary of a college degree rather than as a ‘public good’ for society. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. The film focuses on dramas playing out at the University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas and Texas A&M.
Summer of 8
Director: Ryan Schwartz
Cast: Bailey Noble, Carter Jenkins, Matt Shively, Michael Grant, Natalie Hall, Nick Marini, Rachel DiPillo, Shelley Hennig
Synopsis: Eight close friends soak up their last day of summer before parting ways for college. On the beach at dawn, the friends ask themselves a question: what would make their last twenty-four hours together “perfect?” In turn, each confronts what weighs on their minds and the college-bound comrades settle in for one final sun-kissed day…and revelry-filled night. When the next dawn breaks, the friends part ways knowing they may never recapture the perfection of their final day, or the bonds they are leaving behind.
Tell Me How I Die
Director: D.J. Viola
Cast: Ethan Peck, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Nathan Kress, Ryan Higa, Virginia Gardner
Synopsis: When a group of college students take part in an experimental drug study, an unexpected side effect gives them terrifying visions of their own murders… which begin to come true. As they scramble to outsmart and outmaneuver their date with death, they realize that the killer is among them and shares their ability to see the future – only he seems to be one step ahead in their race to survive.
Director: Elizabeth Wood
Cast: Morgan Saylor, Brian ‘Sene’ Marc, Chris Noth, Adrian Martinez, India Menuez, Justin Bartha
Synopsis: Equipped with platinum blond hair and a winning smile, NYC college girl Leah seeks out pleasure in any form. Between getting high with her roommate and snorting lines with her boss, Leah falls for Blue, a young man dealing drugs on her corner. Within days, the two are selling cocaine to her boss and his downtown friends and living the high life. Summer love crashes to a halt when Blue is arrested and Leah is left with a serious bag of his coke. Enlisting the help of an overpriced lawyer, Leah finds herself deep in debt as she crosses all boundaries to get Blue back.
Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Adam Brody, Austin Butler, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Harley Quinn Smith, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Johnny Depp, Justin Long, Kevin Conroy, Kevin Smith, Lily-Rose Depp, Natasha Lyonne, Stan Lee, Tyler Posey
Synopsis: 15 year old-yoga-nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie love their smart phones and hate their after school job at Manitoban convenience store Eh-2-Zed. But when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with the legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives with all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.
Director: Pedro Morelli
Cast: Alison Pill, Gael García Bernal, Jason Priestley, Tyler Labine
Synopsis: A multi-dimensional interface between a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director. Each lives in a separate reality but authors a story about one of the others.
For all the films opening the week of September 9th, see the next page.