MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS: September 2012

Looper (2012) Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Fall might be my favorite season for a variety of reasons. It means the return of football, I can finally start wearing sweaters again, and the movies at the theatre get a lot more grown up. September is notable in the movie world because it represents the beginning of “Awards Season” for many people with the three major Fall film festivals. There will also be plenty to enjoy for those of us who are not so lucky to be in Toronto, Telluride, or Venice.

Here are the highlights in new releases, movie news, and what you can expect on Film Misery during the month of September:

Film Releases

Bachelorette
Limited Release on September 7

Following the success of last year’s Bridesmaids comes the independent comedy Bachelorette about three pretty friends who are asked to be in the wedding of the awkward girl they used to tease. I highly doubt it will approach the comedy genius of Kristen Wiig and ensemble, but with a strong cast and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay producing, it certainly has potential. [View the Trailer]

The Master (2012) Joaquin Phoenix

The Master
Limited Release on September 14

My most anticipated movie of the entire year comes out on September 14 with an expansion the week following. The great Paul Thomas Anderson directs this spiritual film about a cult-like religion established in the 1950s. The cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams and the movie is expected to be a major player in this year’s Oscar race. [View the Trailer]

Liberal Arts
Limited Release on September 14

Josh Radnor, star of the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” writes and directs this romantic comedy about a 30-something who returns to his alma mater and falls for an undergrad. Most of the previews I have seen make this look like pretty conventional indie fare, but the cast includes Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, and Allison Janney – enough to elevate the movie’s prospects significantly. [View the Trailer]

End of Watch
Wide Release on September 21

David Ayer, the writer of recent law enforcement films Training Day and S.W.A.T., directs this semi-found footage film about two L.A. cops who face off with local drug lords and get in over their heads. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as the two police protagonists in an effort that may be nothing more than popcorn fare, but I have high hopes nonetheless. [View the Trailer]

Trouble with the Curve (2012) Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams

Trouble with the Curve
Wide Release on September 21

Clint Eastwood will follow up his bizarre chair-talking stunt at the Republican National Convention with this more conventional baseball drama about an aging scout trying to connect with his grown daughter. The plot for this makes it seem like a response to Moneyball as the trailer emphasizes that it’s the gut of a seasoned Scout that picks a good ball player better than any statistics or figures. [View the Trailer]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Limited Release on September 21

This acclaimed piece of young adult literature is doing something unique for the screen adaptation. The book’s author, Stephen Chbosky, has written the screenplay and directed the film. The story is about an introverted Freshman who gets introduced to high school by two Seniors. The cast includes Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, and Logan Lerman as the lead. [View the Trailer]

Looper
Wide Release on September 28

Director of the fantastic high school noir thriller Brick, Rian Johnson, writes and directs this sci-fi thriller about a hitman for a futuristic mob who kills the prisoners they send back to the past. Johnson’s superb debut was followed up with a less solid sophomore effort (The Brothers Bloom) and I’m really hoping for a return to form for his third feature. The cast of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and Jeff Daniels should help. [View the Trailer]

Won’t Back Down
Wide Release on September 28

A teacher and a mother decide to transform their children’s failing inner city school despite the political odds against them. I currently have Viola Davis as a potential Best Actress contender for her performance in this film, but I have little to go on other than the fact that she’s overdue. She and her co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal will be supported by a pretty decent cast including Oscar Isaac, Holly Hunter, Ving Rhames, and Rosie Perez. [View the Trailer]

Film Releases of Less Interest:

The Cold Light of Day – September 7
The Words – September 7
Finding Nemo in 3D – September 14
Resident Evil: Retribution – September 14
Dredd – September 21
House at the End of the Street – September 21
Hotel Transylvania – September 28

Harlan County USA (1976)

Film Events

Venice, Telluride, Toronto Film Festivals

September is the month of the film festival with three of the year’s biggest all crammed into a few short weeks. Suddenly every movie site will start unleashing Oscar predictions and movie reviews will include a mention about how successful the film could potentially be in the awards race. Stay tuned for review round-ups and more analysis as the festivals progress.

Classic Documentary Marathon

After getting sidetracked a bit, we will finally be getting to our classic documentary marathon at Film Misery. Upcoming reviews will include Grey Gardens, Harlan County USA, The Thin Blue Line, and Roger & Me. Be sure to add those movies to your queue so you can join the conversation!

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  • Definitely The Master, my most anticipated movie of the year too. Also looking forward to Looper, Perks of Being a Wallflower and Trouble with Curve!

  • Jose

    Usually, I only watch re-releases if its for a movie that I haven’t seen before, but even though I saw Finding Nemo in its original theatrical run, I’m going to see it in 3D, the visuals would make it awesome.

    Definitely excited for Looper and The Master (Here’s to hoping that by expansion, they mean that they’re adding several hundred screens instead of a couple hundred and it misses me, since that usually happens)

    Perks of Being a Wallflower and Won’t Back Down look interesting.

  • Dylan Cuellar

    The Master is going to be amazing. I’m actually surprised how pumped I am for Looper. The first international trailer was amazing.

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