Aug 232012

Short list of the most interesting film titles on release in cinemas this September. As usual the choice is purely subjective, just my selection of flicks to take your mates and dates to. Most titles will be in nationwide distribution across US and will be available in most English speaking countries, although as you can see by some entries below – if a movie is in limited distribution but gives the right vibe – it ends up on the page anyway. As usual, if you have any notes or suggestions, please do not hesitate to submit them via comments feature at the bottom of the page. Type away. I do not byte.


Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana in "The Words"

Writers block. Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in “The Words”

The Words

Plot: A writer at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man’s work.

Why watch: Beautiful cast, interesting premise.

Genre: Drama

Production: USA

Director:  Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal

Script:  Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde,  Ben Barnes, J.K. Simmons

United States Cinemas: Friday September 7 2012

New Zealand Cinemas:  Thursday 8th November 2012

No details of international distribution. Fix it CBS Films or the rest of the world will watch it online.



Keira Knightley and Jude Law in "Anna Karenina"

From Russia with no love.

Anna Karenina

Plot: Tolstoys love story as read by all 9th graders.

Why watch: To see how director of multiple Oscar nominated Atonement and Pride & Prejudice made it any different from 100s of previous film adaptations.

Genre: Drama

Production: United Kingdom

Director: Joe Wright

Script: Tom Stoppard, Leo Tolstoy (novel)

Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Alicia Vikander, Michelle Dockery, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson

United Kingdom Canada Cinemas: Friday 7th September 2012

United States Cinemas: Friday November 9, 2012

Australia Cinemas: Thursday Some time in deep January 2013




Poster For "The Master"

Any similarities to Scientology are purely coincidental

The Master

Plot: After World War II an intellectual writer launches quickly growing religious organization aided by a man with a troubled past.

Why watch: From the scribe behind  “Boogie Nights”, “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood”. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. They are aiming for Oscars shelf and nothing below.

Genre: Drama

Production: USA $35 million

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Script:  Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons

United States Cinemas (limited distribution): Friday September 14, 2012

United Kingdom Cinemas: Friday 9th November 2012





Karl Urban as "Dredd" on official Poster

Not Quake.


Plot: Wasteland world where urban cops called “Judges” possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner.

Why watch: UK remake of Judge Dredd. This will either be solid entertainment or complete facepalm. Let us know!

Genre: Sci-Fi

Production: United Kingdom $45 million

Director: Pete Travis

Script: Alex Garland, John Wagner (graphic novel), Carlos Ezquerra (graphic novel)

Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Jason Cope, Domhnall Gleeson, Langley Kirkwood

United Kingdom Cinemas: Friday 7th September 2012

United States Canada Cinemas: Friday September 21, 2012

Australia Cinemas: Thursday 25h October 2012




Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis on "Looper" poster

Hunting his older self


Plot:  25-year-old killer works for a mafia company in Kansas City in the year 2047 disposing of agents sent by their employers from corporate headquarters in Shanghai from the year 2077.

Why watch: If not for cast then at least to get better explanation for synopsis above.

Genre: Sci-Fi

Production: USA $60 million

Director: Rian Johnson

Script: Rian Johnson

Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels

United States United Kingdom Canada  Cinemas: Friday September 28, 2012

Australia  Cinemas: Thursday 11th October 2012





Poster for "Trouble With The Curve"

Once upon a time in not so wild west…

Trouble With the Curve

Plot: An aging baseball scout brings his daughter on his final trip to scout a new top prospect.

Why watch: Sports drama with Eastwood. Surely an early Oscar attempt.

Genre: Drama

Production: USA

Director: Robert Lorenz

Script: Randy Brown

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, John Goodman

United States Cinemas: Friday September 21, 2012

United Kingdom Cinemas: Friday 30th November  2012

Australia Cinemas: Thursday 6th December  2012





Entry for UK and Australia only

"On The Road" poster from Cannes

Watch the road

On The Road

Plot: Following the death of his father,  young writer Sal Paradise embarks upon a journey across America with his friend and hero.

Why watch: Francis Ford Coppola production, writer and director of The Motorcycle Diaries, solid cast

Genre: Drama

Production: Brazil, France, United Kingdom, USA $25 million

Director: Walter Salles

Script: Jose Rivera, Jack Kerouac (novel)

Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst

Australia Cinemas: Thursday 27 September 2012

United Kingdom Premiere: Thursday 16th August 2012 Cinemas: Friday 12th October 2012

United States Probably never





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