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“All About Nina” and “Fahrenheit 11/9”: Films to look forward to in September

With the air filled with buzz about potential Academy Award contenders out of Telluride and Venice (as opposed to the smells of Autumn), we’ve reached the month of September. In addition potential Oscar players, what’s hitting and missing (or going to hit/miss) at the various fall film festivals, and other such signs of the end of the summer have come to us. It’s a rather exciting time, as I’ve told you before. This month looks to be rather promising, I must say, especially in a few key spots. Take a look below for the month’s top picks, as always, and sit tight for more on most, if not all, of them over the next 30 days or so…

Here now are September’s best cinematic bets:

10. The Nun – The latest spinoff from The Conjuring, I see this horror flick tonight. The two main Conjuring offerings have been solid, while the spinoffs and prequels have been iffier to me. This one, however, has an actually scary Trailer, so hope springs eternal. Maybe we’ll be in for a nasty little surprise?

9. Life Itself – This month’s potential tearjerker, it has a pedigree from the mind behind This Is Us, as well as Oscar Isaac in one of the main roles. I’m still not quite sure what to make of it, but there’s a chance that this could be a real crowd pleaser. Time will tell, that’s for sure…

8. The Predator – Next week I’ll be seeing Shane Black’s take on this franchise. A reboot of sorts, this actually looks pretty solid. Now, have we seen all of the coolest moments, or are there surprises still in store? Hopefully it’s the latter, but check back in a week or so to find out my take!

7. Colette – Last Monday, I saw this classy costume drama/period piece, which makes excellent use of Keira Knightley. In fact, it’s arguably her best work to date. Dominic West is great too, while the whole thing has a slightly more modern feel than you’d expect. Voters may not go for it, but it’s a fun drama with a lot to say.

6. Assassination Nation – About a month or so ago I took in this absolutely insane film. It’s going to be about as divisive as it gets, but even if Sam Levinson doesn’t hit with all of his attempts at satire, way more succeeds than fails. A modern take on the Salem Witch Trials, filtered through modern technology and Donald Trump’s America? How could you not be at least a little bit curious?

5. White Boy Rick – Festival buzz for this true lift crime drama has been pretty solid. Matthew McConaughey especially has been getting some nice words said about his turn. Especially if he goes Supporting and doesn’t compete in Best Actor, we could see him in heavy contention for another nomination. Stay tuned as well for more on his candidacy!

4. The Sisters Brothers – In Venice, the word on this western was strong. It’s actually coming out in a few short weeks, so we’ll have more to say then. In the meantime, while it may not end up an Academy Award player, it does seem like a massive amount of fun, so that could be just as worthwhile when all is said and done.

3. The Old Man and the Gun – Over at Telluride, Robert Redford was feted for what seems like his last ever role on screen. If so, he seems to have gone out on a rather high note. Could this crime dramedy end up getting him that Oscar in Best Actor that has eluded him his entire career? We shall see…

2. Fahrenheit 11/9 – Set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Michael Moore’s latest documentary is said to be potentially his most divisive yet. If so, that immediately makes it a must see. You know who is his subject this time around, so the vitriol will be in full force. Once it screens, expect plenty more to be said about this one!

1. All About Nina – The best movie out of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and one of 2018’s best in general, trust me there. Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives the performance of the year so far in Eva Vives’ jet black comedy. Prepare for another rave in a couple of weeks. Seriously folks, this is one special movie.

Honorable Mentions: American Chaos, The Children Act, Hell Fest, The House With A Clock In Its Walls, Lizzie, Love Gilda, Monsters and Men, Peppermint, A Simple Favor, and Smallfoot

Be sure to check these all out during 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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