It's fair to say that the 2017 summer movie season ended with a bit of whimper. Last month didn't bring a Suicide Squad-sized hit but rather the biggest success story wound up being Annabelle: Creation, the latest entry in The Conjuring shared universe. Although August also brought a pair of critically acclaimed underperformers in Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit and Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, perhaps the biggest story to emerge from the month was the disappointing franchise non-starter that was the much-anticipated big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. Moving into fall, September offers another film based on the prolific author's bibliography and a ton of other films worth checking out.
As always, here are 10 films to check out in September 2017:
Tulip Fever (Release Date: September 1)
Those who have been following its long road to the big screen may not quite believe it, but Tulip Fever is finally playing in theaters. Reportedly shot back in 2014, this film adaptation of the Deborah Moggach novel -- directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) -- stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and a host of others.
Set in the Netherlands during the 17th century, the film follows an artist (DeHaan) who falls in love with a married woman (Vikander) while commissioned to paint her portrait. Fans of erotic thrillers -- especially those that also function as lush period pieces -- should find plenty to enjoy in Tulip Fever, which has already gained plenty of attention for its steamy love scenes.
Check out the latest trailer for Tulip Fever.
It (Release Date: September 8)
It may be one of Stephen King's most iconic works (which is saying a lot, considering his bibliography), but believe it or not, the story has yet to be told on the big screen. Aside from the 1990 TV miniseries that brought us Tim Curry's indelible take on demonic clown Pennywise, the epic novel hasn't been properly adapted. Following years of fruitless development, It is almost upon us.
Like King's book, the film follows a group of childhood friends who become terrorized by a mysterious clown (Bill Skarsgård) in the small town of Derry, Maine. Envisioned as the first in a two-part story covering the breadth of the source material, It -- from director Andy Muschietti (Mama) -- is currently riding a wave of positive buzz on its way to becoming a monstrous hit.
Check out the latest trailer for It.
American Assassin (Release Date: September 15)
He may still be Batman to an entire generation, but Michael Keaton is certainly determined to keep his career renaissance going strong. Following this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming, the star appears as a legendary Cold War veteran who trains Dylan O'Brien's new recruit to become a black ops agent for the CIA in American Assassin.
Based on the Vince Flynn novel, the film aims to be a worthy addition to cinema's long line of espionage thrillers, complete with all the narrative twists and turns. If director Michael Cuesta's previous film -- 2014 thriller Kill the Messenger -- was any indication, moviegoers may be in store for something divisive here. Still, American Assassin could have what it takes to kill it at the box office.
Check out the latest trailer for American Assassin.
Mother! (Release Date: September 15)
At this point, we don't really blame audiences who may associate Darren Aronofsky with trippy psychological cinematic experiences. Between Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, the director has inspired more than his fair share of nightmares. Nevertheless, he appears to be at it again with Mother!, teaming with Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.
The details of the film's story have been neatly kept under wraps, with only the basic premise revealed in the marketing. Mother! follows a young woman (Lawrence) whose idyllic life with her husband (Bardem) is thrown off course by the arrival of a pair of mysterious strangers (Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer). Knowing much more than that, we assume, will ruin the experience Aronofsky is aiming to create. Chances are, you already know if you're interested in the latest headtrip from the acclaimed filmmaker.
Check out the latest trailer for Mother!
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Release Date: September 22)
Despite the fact that it is based on a popular comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, no one truly expected Kingsman: The Secret Service to so easily charm its way to a $400 million worldwide box office gross, especially with the supposed limitations of its R rating. Now though, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is essentially a built-in hit, thanks to the warm reception of its predecessor.
Taron Egerton's Eggsy returns a full-fledged member of the British espionage group known as Kingsman, which is forced to turn to U.S. counterpart Statesman when disaster strikes. A bunch of high-profile new cast members join the franchise this time around, including Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore as the leader of the villainous Golden Circle. Oh, and Colin Firth is back. Enjoy.
Check out the latest trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.