5 Movies We’re Looking Forward To: September 2013

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5 Movies We're Looking Forward To: September 2013

Sept Movie Preview Header 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.

Sept. 6th: Riddick

Sept Movie Preview - Riddick 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.

Sept. 13th: Insidious Chapter 2

Sept Movie Preview - Insidious Chapter 2 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.

Sept. 20th: Prisoners

Sept Movie Preview - Prisoners 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.

Sept. 27th: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Sept Movie Preview - Cloudy Chance Meatballs 2 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.

Sept. 27th: Don Jon

Sept Movie Preview - Don Jon 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.

5 Movies We're Looking Forward To: Sept. 2013

Insidious Chapter 2 Poster 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
TAGS: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Don Jon, insidious 2, prisoners, riddick

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  1. I was thinking ‘The Family’ looks like it could be half-decent. Certainly better than Riddick.

    • Exactly what I was thinking, it looks like it could be a fun action comedy. It’s got a hell of a team behind it with two legends De Niro and Jones.

  2. I have advanced screening tickets to Riddick for Wednesday. Cannot wait. :-)

    And I kind of already know the outcome to Prisoners. They make this guy super creepy looking, and evidence that points to him, but he will not be guilty of kidnapping the daughters… Making people who are cheering for the father to torture the guy wrong. Let’s see if that’s how it’ll turn out.

    • It’s pretty obvious that that’s what will happen, but i’m still going to see it.

      Early reviews have been praising the film for its directing and stellar acting, so it has a lot to offer which is a good thing.

      Also, I’m kind of excited for the romantic comedy Enough Said with Julia-Loius Dryfuss and James Gandolfini (RIP).

  3. Solid choices! I’d say those are the ones I’m holding out for this month as well. But I probably would have switched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 with Rush.

    • Never mind, just realized it doesn’t get an actual release this month.

      • And never mind again, I just found out it’s getting a nationwide expansion at the end of the month so yeah, my first comment still stands :P

      • Its opening in limited release on the 20 then expanding nationwide the following week, so it is opening this month.

  4. I like movies like ‘Prisoners’. They don’t expect a lot and we as an audience don’t either. We are almost always pleasantly surprised and they’re more often than not memorable movies. An example being the Mel Gibson movie ‘Edge of Darkness’, for me it was a brilliant movie, not Oscar-worthy or anything like that, but a good movie that you didn’t feel too invested in to critique every scene. Just sit and watch for 2 hours, that’s all.

  5. Prisoners and Don Jon for me!

  6. How can anyone with half a brain pay 10 bucks to go see Riddick? People truly are getting dumber at an alarming rate.

    • Some people have more expendable income than others and also enjoy simple sci if movies

    • @Stephan

      I guess I’m dumb then. I really enjoyed Pitch Black and thought Chronicles of Riddick was entertaining. I can’t believe my IQ is so low… *cries*

      • Your IQ isn’t low. It’s like mine, my wifes and a lot of movie goers. We enjoy going to a movie with a lot of action and one you don’t have to worry about the plot because it’s right in front of you.
        With these kinds of films you don’t have to watch a bunch of blood, guts and mayham that might really happen like in Saw and stupid films like it. It’s films like Saw that give the whacko’s that push to do things.

    • Me pay 8 buks, Costco diskownt tikets.

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            • @Ken J and Big Nerd LOL! Me kneaded laff

    • I hate even bringing it up because there’s no need for it, nobody should be put on a pedestal etc but I have an IQ of 135 yet I love so-called “dumb” action movies like Commando, Bloodsport, Double Impact etc and stay away from arty, “intelligent” movies because they tend to be completely patronising, as your comment about those who pay to see Riddick was.

      Not sure if your gimmick is to be totally condescending but there really was no need to say what you said. After all, we’re not talking about an Adam Sandler/Seth Rogen movie here. I haven’t seen Pitch Black and thought Chronicles Of Riddick was dull but I can see the appeal.

      • You really need to check out Pitch Black. It’s nothing like Chronicals. Very edgy and dark but not action packed.

        • *Chronicles

      • Pitch Black was MUCH better than the snore-fest that was Chronicles.

    • I’m super duper dumb!

  7. Guess I’m skipping September.

    Hopefully something will come around my birthday next month.

    • Same here (skipping September’s movies, not the birthday thing).

      There isn’t much left this year that grabs my attention other than Gravity and Thor: The Dark World that I know of unless I feel the pull of a film like I did with Life Of Pi last year. Only went on a whim because I was offered an advanced screening seat and thoroughly enjoyed it.

      • Dazz
        Your post to me shows how different people are in judging films. To me Thor & Life of Pi are worlds apart but you put them on your list. Myself I thought Avatar was great but life of pi put me to sleep. Yet people compared the filming of each as similar. Everyone likes things for different reasons.

        • Exactly and that’s what’s great about life.

          Using your examples, Avatar put me to sleep and I couldn’t wait for it to end because it was a story I’d seen multiple times before but this time, using videogame graphics.

          On the other hand, Life Of Pi was not only visually impressive, the story had me hooked and although I’ve never been religious and never bought into organised religion of any kind, the film spoke to me spiritually (not ashamed to say that two moments had me shedding tears, the big one being the line about never giving up hope, it reaffirmed things for me emotionally).

          The only other movie to make me cry was What Dreams May Come, which is also in my opinion one of the greatest and most overlooked films of all time.

          Thor on the other hand was one of my faves of the Phase 1 movies despite me not liking the character in the comic books and the sequel looks just as good while other people didn’t like it much for varying reasons.

          It’s like I said on a Man Of Steel article, I saw that as a movie showing that everyone can fit into larger society, no matter how different they are while others saw it as just a big superhero movie with huge set pieces to pass the time for a few hours.

          People interpret movies differently and I love that.

  8. No love for Rush? It looks/sounds good. Definitely on my list for this month.

  9. Actually, I really want to watch is number one and two in this list.. none else.

  10. Riddick!!! I am so pumped.

  11. Looking forward to Riddick!

  12. I feel like they showed almost all the best scenes in >PRISONER< but I`m still looking forward

  13. Riddick for me everything else i will be skipping

    • Riddick looks like Pitch Black with different creatures.

      • And that is bad???

      • I guess if you lack the ability to realize that & are easily entertained then no it wouldn’t be bad for you.

  14. Well as much fun as the first Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs may have been… the trailer for this one has so many lame puns that I’m not exactly encouraged. Think I’ll just wait on Thor: The Dark World.

  15. WOW if thats the preview for fall I guess I won’t be paying for any movies.

    • Well then put that movie money toward your 2015 movie fund.

  16. I didn’t see anything that I would pay to see. Riddock maybe but I cant remember Pitch Black or the other Riddock movies so i guess I will pass on September.

  17. Insidious 2 and Riddick for me ! It’s been to long :o

  18. Rush for me is easily the most expected film of the year, let alone September.

  19. While I will see Riddick,I’m a bit disappointed that it seems like a carbon copy of Pitch Black,rather than building on the themes and conclusion of COR.

    After that,there’s absolutely nothing on that list that looks the least bit interesting.This September is sure to be one of the weakest months at he box office in years.

    • Have you seen or read any interviews about the story of Riddick? The Necromongers and the events of Chronicles are going to effect the events very much.

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