5 Films To Look Forward To In September (2013)

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August is all said and done. The summer movie season is officially over, which means we now have the fall movie season to look forward to. September is usually a slow start to what is later considered the awards season, which simply means don’t expect too much.

This September is looking to fare a little better than previous ones, with the long-awaited Riddick sequel finally seeing the light (or dark) of day, plus an animated film (Cloudy 2) to keep the families at bay and our first possible awards contender (Prisoners) to help pave the way for future nominations.

In between those films we have a good-looking horror sequel (Insidious Chapter 2) and a young actor’s directorial debut (Don Jon), which is actually looking like one of the better films of the month. Everything else consists of limited releases, so expect a slow month to get you prepped and ready for the October/November downswing into award contenders.

Previous lists:

5 Films to Look Forward to in July

5 Films to Look Forward to in August

5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs still remains one of my favorite animated flicks. It’s loaded full of creativity and fun for all ages. Their ability to present sequence after sequence of highly original ideas that will make you both laugh and crave something delicious is impressive and something that the animated world of films definitely needed.

Bill Hader and Anna Faris provided excellent voice work alongside an impressive supporting cast. Cloudy is that rare animated film that entertains the kids for hours and provides the adults with more than enough to look and laugh at. I had a blast and I can’t wait to return for another wild ride.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 replaces Lord and Miller with Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, which is my only concern. The trailers have looked just as fresh and exciting as the original, but I’m still worried that Lord and Miller had a big hand in making Cloudy such a success, especially after watching their follow-up 21 Jump Street. That film, while drastically different than Cloudy, showed their high energy filmmaking front-and-center and really gave us a feel for their directing style.

Hopefully Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 doesn’t suffer.

The film opens on September 27th, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

4. Insidious Chapter 2

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James Wan is one of the few remaining mainstream horror directors that isn’t afraid to shock and scare the audiences. Sure, he has a tendency to stick to ghost and possession films, but he almost always pays extra attention to atmosphere and tone versus cheap jump scares and gore. He’s dabbled in R-rated horror, while also establishing himself as one of the few that understands how to properly make a PG-13 horror flick.

Insidious scared the pants off of me when it first hit theaters back in 2010. The cheaply-shot horror film made a hefty stack of cash for the filmmaker and led him to various projects such as The Conjuring. While The Conjuring was a good horror period piece, it also revealed to be nothing more than a continuation of that same style that he used in Insidious.

Horror sequels are never as good as the original film, which is why I’m approaching Insidious Chapter 2 with a little skepticism. Insidious was tense, creepy and tightly-structured. Its scares were big and spooky, while its plot was simple, yet still somewhat original. The Conjuring was more traditional in its approach, which left it feeling like a weaker and less scary version of Insidious.

Insidious Chapter 2 looks like more of the same, but only a new house and a few new characters thrown into the mix. This also might mark Wan’s last horror film for a while, because he’ll be working on Fast & Furious 7 afterwards.

Does Wan have it in him to deliver us one more proper horror flick or will be prove to be just another man running out of ideas to scare?

We’ll find out when the film opens on Friday September 13th.

Check out the trailer below:

3. Prisoners

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Prisoners has been getting the most buzz out of all of these films for being the first big possible awards season contender. Denis Villeneuve‘s gripping new drama stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and a slew of big talent as a man leads a non-stop hunt to find his missing daughter. Jackman looks on-point as the driven to the edge father and Gyllenhaal looks to be playing an equally driven cop.

The trailers have been selling the mystery pretty high, while also playing up the fact that so many big names are floating around the film in some way or another. Prisoners could very well be a stirring and twisty drama or it might end up fluttering out as something predictable and generic.

I’m not quite sure what to expect just yet.

The film opens on September 20th, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

2. Don Jon

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Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut film Don Jon is seeing a wide release on September 27th. Don Jon looks like a funny, yet genuine romantic comedy that might not be afraid to tackle a few dating tough subjects, while also providing the audiences with some fresh laughs.

JGL has been tearing it up in Hollywood lately, playing a wide variety of roles, but this is his first time as a writer and director, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles wearing so many hats on the project at once.

Honestly, the film looks funny, charming and truthful, which is why I’m looking forward to seeing if JGL has it in him to be both a filmmaker and a star.

1. Riddick

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Lastly is David Twohy‘s Riddick. This third installment in the popular franchise brings star Vin Diesel back to his R-rated roots. Riddick looks like a stripped down sci-fi flick, much like the franchise’s starter film Pitch Black. Twohy dropped the ball when he made the PG-13-rated The Chronicles of Riddick, which was good, but still a far-shot from what made Diesel’s character such a bad ass.

That’s why Riddick is looking more and more like a good thing, because it’s returning the character back to where he belongs, while also scaling back in scope and story. Riddick looks like a simple bit of R-rated fun that I hope turns out to be entertaining and exciting.

I still have my doubts that this one fails to differentiate itself from the previous two films, but at this point I just want more Riddick and I’m willing to take a lousy script or story if it means more killer action and crazy Riddick adventures.

Riddick opens in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on September 6th.

Check out the trailer below:

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September is without a doubt going to be considered a sleeper month, even if Riddick kicks ass and Prisoners turns out being worthy of the early Oscar buzz. The reason for that being is that October and November are promising even more films, including Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity among other titles. This makes September a much-needed break from what has been a popular and crammed summer movie season.

Enjoy the slower pace of September and make sure to let us know which films you’re most looking forward to in the comments section below.

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