With the Summer movie-going season now officially over, it’s time for big-budget blockbusters and comedies to make way for awards show contenders and heavily genre-focused fare. At the same time, as kids head back to school and adults audit their Summer-time expenditures, it’s hard to predict which films will bring home even a decent-sized box office return.
It’s for good reason, then, that this September is quite bare when it comes to the number of new releases. Still, despite a lack of high profile releases, they are a few films we think might be worth checking out this month.
And so, without further ado, here are the 5 Movies We’re Looking Forward To in September 2013.
It’s been nine years since audiences last saw Vin Diesel as the glowy-eyed Riddick, and a lot has changed. Audiences embraced Diesel in films like XxX and Chronicles of Riddick before he faded out of the limelight, but now he’s back. Much like what happened after the first Fast and the Furious, Fast Five (and Furious 6) has boosted Vin Diesel’s profile, making it the right time to bring back one of the actor’s more iconic characters.
The obvious question, though, is if there is still a fan base for the Riddick character, and whether or not they want to see more of his adventures? The inclusion of Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) will likely also help the film’s appeal among sci-fi fans, but will that be enough?
Check out the trailer for Riddick.
The horror genre has been on a roll this year, with hit after hit racking up serious box office dollars, and we don’t expect that trend to change any time soon. At least not in the month of September when Insidious: Chapter 2 hits theaters. In fact, if it weren’t for a certain food-centric animated film later this month, we might peg this movie as the potential box office winner for September.
Although most will point to Paranormal Activity as the catalyst behind horror’s new renaissance, a case could also be made for the first Insidious film. While Paranormal was spooking audiences with moving furniture and subtle shadows, Insidious was taking a more direct approach and was all the more terrifying because of it.
Insidious: Chapter 2 brings back all the key members of the cast, as well as director James Wan (who already hit it big with The Conjuring), so we see no reason why this film won’t be equally, if not more, traumatizing.
Check out the trailer for Insidious Chapter 2.
As far as dramas go, Prisoners looks to have everything audiences could expect from a taut thriller. Obviously, the major draw for this film will be its cast, which includes Hugh Jackman, Jack Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Mario Bello, and Viola Davis. But the narrative seems to have layers beyond the typical missing child trope as well.
The film’s storyline follows a father (Jackman) who goes beyond the law, employing extreme measures to find his missing girl as well as a family friend’s. Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, plays a cop who is trying to work within the confines of the law to find the two missing girls. At its best, Prisoners could be a surprising drama with stellar acting and a tightly woven plot. At its worst, it will be one of the many September releases that fade into obscurity.
Check out the trailer for Prisoners.
Flint Lockwood returns in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, sequel to the breakout animated hit from 2009. For Cloudy 2, Lockwood must head to Swallow Falls to stop his FLDSMDFR machine, which has begun spewing out food-animal hybrids. Now, instead of giant cheeseburgers and Jell-O, the town is overrun by shrimpanzees and tacodiles.
While Cloudy 1 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are off on The LEGO Movie they still helped write the script for this sequel, which has us excited. Yes, the delightfully inventive design of the first film gave it immediate appeal, but it was the sharp writing that helped elevate it above typical family fare. Hopefully this follow-up – with most of the first film’s cast in tact – can duplicate that success.
Check out the trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
He may not be Batman, but Joseph Gordon Levitt is still one of this generation’s most up and coming, and hardest working young talents in Hollywood. Case in point: Levitt’s only 32 and he’s already pulling triple duty as writer/director/actor on his latest film Don Jon.
Don Jon explores the life of a man who develops unrealistic expectations about women based on his obsession with porn. It’s a unique concept with a solid cast (including Scarlett Johansson), no question, and one that could put JGL on a similar career path to our new Batman, Ben Affleck. Not to mention, the film already made waves at Sundance this past January, which has us even more intrigued to check it out.
Check out the trailer for Don Jon.
As you can see, September is a little weak when compared to the loaded Summer season that just wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a few new releases worth checking out this month. While Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will likely dominate the September box office, there are a few dark horses in the mix that could exceed expectations. As a matter of fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if there was a new number 1 film every weekend throughout the entire month.
But what do you think? Which September releases are you most looking forward to? Which film do you think will be the most successful at the box office? Let us know in the comments below.
Once again, here are the 5 movies we’re looking forward to this month:
- September 6th: Riddick
- September 13th: Insidious: Chapter 2
- September 20th: Prisoners
- September 27th: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Don Jon