“Sicario”: Ten Films to see in September

Emily Blunt Sicario
Can you believe it’s September folks? It’s actually now the fall festival season, which means that it’s also officially awards season. I think this month is one of the better ones of the year so far, in terms of new release, though that sort of goes without saying as we move into the fall. For the first time all year, a multitude of Academy Award possibilities are hitting theaters, so that alone is a major boost. Of course, there’s no assurance of Oscar attention, but I’m of the opinion that whenever we have a bunch of contenders circling the wagons, as it were, it’s a good thing. As such, this could be a very good month indeed. Take a look below and I’ll be more than happy to show you what September has to offer up…

Here now are the ten best bets for movies in September:

10. The Green Inferno – I’m of the mindset that Eli Roth is a supremely talented filmmaker who has a great flick in him. Early word is that this horror movie isn’t that one, but that it’s solid and very enjoyable for gore hounds. Since I enjoy Roth, I know I’ll be checking it out (actually, my screening is probably going on while you’re reading this, oddly enough), but fellow fans of the genre should keep it on their radar as well.

9. A Walk in the Woods – Once pegged as a potential Academy player, the reviews at the Sundance Festival were complimentary, but in a very light way. As such, this mostly two hander with Nick Nolte and Robert Redford is strictly going to hope to succeed as a crowd pleaser. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re like me and intrigued by it, keep your expectations in check.

8. Pawn Sacrifice – This Ed Zwick drama has been waiting to come out for a long time, so I’m very curious to finally see it tomorrow. Tobey Maguire is apparently great as chess champion Bobby Fischer, so perhaps he’s an under the radar awards player in Best Actor? Time will tell in that regard, but I’ll be sure to report in to you all if he happens to be a notable contender…

7. 99 Homes – Another title that’s been making the festival rounds forever is this Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon drama. Most reviews so far have been favorable, but this film, while timely, seems like it could easily get lost in the shuffle. Still, it seems like an effective flick that I’ve been eager to see for some time now. Even if it falls short of Oscar glory, I have a hunch it’ll be more than worth seeing.

6. Mississippi Grind – I saw this character study yesterday and really enjoyed it. Both Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds are as good as they’ve ever been in the latest success from filmmaking team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. It’s a compelling look at compulsive gambling and is as American a film as I’ve seen all year, if that makes sense. I’ll probably talk more about this one in a week or two, but keep it on your mind, as it is well worth checking out this month.

5. Everest – Earlier today, the opener at the Venice Film Festival was this title, and apparently, it’s pretty good. I’m not sure if it’ll go anywhere in the major Oscar categories, but it represents one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s chances this year, so there’s that. It’s going to be a big September release though, no doubt about that. We’ll have more on this one soon, so sit tight there…

4. Time Out of Mind – Back at the New York Film Festival last year, I was very impressed by Richard Gere’s turn as a homeless man in this dramatic character study. Originally, there was talk about dropping Gere into the Best Actor race last year, but the powers that be wisely held back. He’ll have a hard go of it to get into the lineup this time around, but he’s a dark horse to not count out of the race.

3. Black Mass – One of September’s biggest curiosities is this Johnny Depp vehicle. The concept of Depp disappearing into a dramatic character again has pundits like myself contemplating his Oscar chances, but I think he’ll only get into the Best Actor race in a major way if the film is an across the board contender. I’ll write more about this one soon though, so just consider this a whetting of the appetite.

2. Sleeping with Other People – At the Tribeca Film Festival this year, I was blown away by this raunchy romantic comedy from Leslye Headland. Both Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis are top notch, the movie is as romantic as it is funny and sexy (as I’ve noted before), and it’s just so crowd pleasing. I raved about it a few months ago, but be prepared for me to do it again very soon.

1. Sicario – Currently, I’m under embargo from discussing this one, but I’ve seen it and will have plenty to say about it, so keep that in mind. For now, just know that it’s got Emily Blunt like you’ve never seen her before, the cinematography of Roger Deakins, and could appeal to the Academy in a similar fashion to Denis Villenueve’s Prisoners did. Stay tuned…

Honorable Mention: About Ray, Before We Go, The Intern, Stonewall, and The Visit

Be sure to check these films out all throughout the month of September!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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