Seems like only yesterday we were all gearing up for the thrills and spills of the hotly anticipated Summer blockbusters. But even though the hot weather and late nights may be fading, we’re now entering the awards season were movies hope to stake their claim for some big nominations. So here at Inside Media Track, we’ve picked out our top five films to look out for this September that will hopefully chase those cold Autumnal blues away, and make a good early impression for forthcoming award recognition.
Based on a true story and adapted for the screen from the novel ‘The Wettest County in The World’, Lawless sees the story of three brothers operating a liquor business during 1920’s rural America during prohibition. But when gangs and mobsters become involved with the workings of the brothers, things get out of hand and violence ensues in their home town of Franklin County, Virginia. With a promising ensemble cast including Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy (appearing in his third film within a year with Oldman), this looks to be a well acted, intense gangster flick set in unfamiliar settings for this genre. Having already competed for the Palme D’Or prize at this year’s Cannes film festival, director John Hillcoat has proven he can direct despair and unease in vast spaces of unfamiliar settings with his sombre 2009 film The Road, adding to the hope that Lawless has the hallmarks to be a success.
Lawless is out in cinemas: 7th September
A remake of the 1970’s crime drama series has made its way to the big screen with what looks to be an interesting double act of old school British acting in the form of Ray Winstone and the younger talent of Ben Drew. With both actors having their own unique experience to movies set in the East end of London, this promises to tick the boxes in terms of portraying a classic British crime thriller of the whizzing police cars, white van getaways and leather gloves, armed robberies and corrupt ring leaders, all set in the familiar background of the London skyline. Directed by Nick Love, whose already directed London thrillers such as The Business and The Firm which haven’t exactly proven to be the best in British film-making in recent years, hopefully looks to pull off a proper crime thriller with added on-screen talent such as Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell.
The Sweeney is out in cinemas: 14th September
It’s that time of year when we get our annual romantic comedy written and directed by Woody Allen. After returning to some form last year with Midnight In Paris, Woody Allen looks to continue his winning streak, even if that’s wishful thinking when you consider he remarkably makes a film each year. Set in Rome, the film looks into the lives of four separate relationships, each with their own interesting factor and impending consequences, with a cast including Penelope Cruz, Jessie Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Woody himself. It will be interesting to see if he takes the approach of fantastical yet witty comedy of Midnight In Paris which earned him a Best Director Academy Award nomination. Or the whimsical yet far-fetched exploits of the narrated Vicky Cristina Barcelona that had that unashamed relaxed approach to sexuality and love.
To Rome With Love is out in cinemas: 14th September
Something you’ve probably noticed you’ll get a lot of this month is ensemble pieces, and none more so than Savages. With the likes of John Travolta, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro staring, the story takes place in sunny California as a feud between drug leaders and the enforcement escalates towards corruption and betrayal between the two sides of the law. More importantly though, it’s directed by Oliver Stone, a man who can perfectly approach the themes of corruption, conspiracy and political wrong doing with the likes of Platoon, JFK and Nixon being some of his recognised work. So this appears a great opportunity for Stone to reinsert himself as one of the best in film making with his previous films not being up to scratch and just skimming the surface over what could have been more hard-hitting films. But give him a project like this that lends itself to his vision, and we could have a great film on our hands.
Savages is out in cinemas: 21st September
Time travelling films have always had a tricky time earning large-scale success, somehow the science gets in the way of the story. However, Looper, looks a promising solid science fiction ride with a twisting intelligent plot. Set in the near future, Joseph Gordon-Levitt works as a ‘looper’, as his job is to eliminate any agents sent back in time due to time travel not existing in his lifetime as of yet. But once his future self returns, he faces a difficult decision to track down why his ‘future self’ (played by Bruce Willis) has been sent back to be killed. Judging by its premise, this looks to be yet another intentional puzzling story which studio bosses have now come to realise audiences demand. With the success of Inception, The Adjustment Bureau and Source Code in recent years, this looks to carry on the trend of thoughtful provoking sci-fi that will yet again leave mainstream audiences conjuring their own unique theories and insinuating yet more challenging movies to be made in the near future.
Looper is out in cinemas: 28th September
Let us know in the comments below which film you’re looking forward to in September?