More Than Enough Drama at September Cinema Theatres
For those who consider cinema seriously and look for a deeper meaning and food for the soul, September is extremely productive. Thirteen new drama releases await your judgement, including Sully where Tom Hanks finds himself again in a fatal travel situation. There's also The Girl with all the Gifts, which opened this year's Locarno Film Festival and satirically elegant The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. It won't be easy to choose, which to see the first:
Director: Derek Cianfrance Written by: Derek Cianfrance, M.L. Stedman Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander Plot Synopsis: Based on the extraordinary best-selling novel from M.L Stedman, the film is a beautiful yet heart-breaking story of love and sacrifice. On a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander), discover a boat washed ashore carrying a dead man and a two-month old baby. Rescuing the infant, they make the decision to raise her as their own but the consequences of their choice prove to be devastating.
Director: Clint Eastwood Written by: Todd Komarnicki, Chesley Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow Starring: Tom Hanks, Autumn Reeser, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Holt McCallany, Jerry Ferrara Plot Synopsis: The true story of American pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who heroically landed a troubled aircraft full of passengers on the Hudson River.
Director: D.J. Caruso Written by: Wentworth Miller Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till, Michaela Conlin, Marcia DeRousse Gerald McRaney, Mel Raido, Michael Landes, Duncan Joiner, Ella Jones Plot Synopsis: In this psychological drama thriller from the director of Eagle Eye and Disturbia, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David (Mel Raido) move from Brooklyn to a once-grand southern mansion with their 5 year old son (Duncan Joiner) looking for a fresh start. But Dana's discovery of a secret room in the attic unleashes unimaginable horrors that test her sanity and slowly reveal the home's terrifying past.
Director: John Cassar Written by: Jack Olsen Starring: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi, Jaz Sinclair Plot Synopsis: A couple's marriage (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) is threatened when the baby surrogate (Jaz Sinclair) they have hired becomes obsessed with wanting the husband and the baby for herself.
Director: Scott Hicks Written by: Lauren Kate, Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price, Michael Ross Starring: Addison Timlim, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson Plot Synopsis: Based on the best-selling Young Adult book series, Fallen tells the story of 17-year-old Lucinda "Luce” Price (Addison Timlim), who is sent to a reform school in Savannah, Ga., after she is accused of starting a fire that leaves a young boy dead. At Sword & Cross, Luce struggles to find her place, new faces show up in unexpected places and she doesn't know who to trust. But she finds friendship in Penn (Lola Kirke), an awkward wise-cracker who knows her way around the school. Then Luce's eyes are turned toward two charming young men — Daniel & Cam (Jeremy Irvine and Harrison Gilbertson). Before long, Luce finds herself in the middle of a love triangle – courting these two mysterious young men. On a quest to uncover secrets from her past, the shy Luce discovers the two men are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting heaven against hell in an epic battle over true love.
Director: Bruce Beresford Written by: Susan McMartin Starring: Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Xavier Samuel, Natascha McElhone, Lucy Fry Plot Synopsis: A unique friendship develops when Charlotte (Natalie Coughlin / Britt Robertson) and her dying mother (Natascha McElhone) retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church (Eddie Murphy). What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans fifteen years, and creates a family bond that lasts forever.
Director: Andrew Neel Written by: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Mike Roberts Starring: Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer, Virginia Gardner, Danny Flaherty, Austin Lyon Plot Synopsis: Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19 year-old boy enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of ‘brotherhood' tests the boy and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways.
Director: William Wheeler Written by: Tim Crothers Starring: Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyongo, David Oyelowo Plot Synopsis: Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Written by: Rosalie Ham, Jocelyn Moorhouse Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis Plot Synopsis: A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Director: Colm McCarthy Written by: Mike Carey Starring: Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua Plot Synopsis: In a heavily guarded compound, a small group of children are being studied in a program to discover the cure to a virus that has ravaged the globe. They are the last hope the human race has for survival. 10-year-old Melanie (Sennia Nanua) attends school lessons daily. Like any young girl she has a favorite teacher and a favorite subject, however, she is escorted to class in full body restraints and when they come for her, it is with guns drawn. Melanie and her fellow pupils are second-generation hybrids – part ‘Hungry', part human. But unlike first generation ‘Hungries', Melanie excels in the classroom, is acutely attentive, imaginative, highly intelligent and loves her favourite teacher, Miss Justineau. Melanie's talents draw the attention of Dr. Caldwell who is searching for the key to the evolution of the virus. When the base is overrun by Hungries, Melanie escapes with Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton), Sergeant Parks (Paddy Considine) and Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close) who is intent on using Melanie to synthesize a vaccine. Does Melanie hold the key to unlocking a cure for the plague on course to destroy the human race?
Director: Andrea Arnold Written by: Andrea Arnold Starring: Sasha Lane, Arielle Holmes, Crystal Ice, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi Plot Synopsis: Visionary award-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold makes her first US film with the story of a teenager who falls into a life on the road. Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl from a troubled home runs away with a travelling sales crew that drives across the American mid-west selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group's lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending and young love.
Director: Peter Berg Written by: Matthew Sand, Matthew Michael Carnahan Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan Obrien, Gina Rodriguez, Kate Hudson Plot Synopsis: Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.
Director: Mick Jackson Written by: David Hare, Deborah Lipstadt Starring: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott Plot Synopsis: Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.