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September box office: Here are the movies to check out this month

I was looking at the release schedule of movies coming out this month, and it’s slim pickings. There’s no real standout, which means this will be the perfect month to catch up on anything you didn’t get a chance to see over the summer; I still haven’t seen Inside Out, or Ant-Man, or Fantastic Four. Just kidding, I don’t think anyone is really upset they missed out on Josh Trank’s failed reboot. Even Trank himself didn’t seem thrilled about the movie’s release.

That being said, if I had to pick one movie to catch this month, it would probably be Johnny Depp’s Black Mass. You’ll see why in the trailer below, but it finally let’s the actor display his talent, rather than just running around as a caricature. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Pirates movies. But Mortdecai was just awful.

The Transporter Refueled

The first three Transporter movies weren’t all that great to begin with, but the saving grace was definitely Jason Statham, whose tough guy machismo makes even the most stale action films seem exciting. So trying to reboot a franchise nobody really cares about without him just seems like a bad idea. Worse, it’s a dude who looks somewhat similar to Statham, so that negative association will be there the entire ride—PUN INTENDED. The reviews haven’t been kind thus far, but maybe you’ll be incredibly bored one weekend and decide why the heck not.

Director: Camille Delamarre
Writers: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Cast:Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson
Release Date: September 4, 2015

The Perfect Guy

The Perfect Guy sounds like the title of a teen comedy starring Zack Morris, but it’s actually a “thriller” that tackles the topic of anger management. Judging by the first few trailers, the plot shouldn’t be so complex that you won’t be able to figure out the ending within the first ten minutes. It features a solid cast, so there’s that. But we all know there’s no such thing as the “perfect guy.” Except for Ron Swanson.

Director: David M. Rosenthal
Writers: Tyger Williams, Alan McElroy
Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
Release Date: September 11, 2015

The Visit

The trailers look plenty creepy and mysterious, but—there’s always a “but”—this is being directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The last good movie put out by Shyamalan was The Sixth Sense, which came out all the way back in 1999. So there will definitely be a lot of interest to see if he can distance himself from the disaster that were The Last Airbender and After Earth. Buzz so far has been positive, but don’t hold your breath just yet. We’ll see when this hits on Sept. 11.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Peter McRobbie, Benjamin Kanes
Release Date: September 11, 2015

Black Mass

If there’s one thing Johnny Depp excels at, it’s fully committing himself to a character. In Black Mass, he plays infamous criminal Whitey Bulger, who eventually became a notorious FBI informant. People who knew Bulger have apparently said Depp’s portrayal is “chilling,” and his performance definitely does look unnerving if were judging the trailers alone. Maybe we can start taking Depp seriously again after this one.

Director: Scott Cooper
Writers: Scott Cooper
Cast: Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Sienna Miller, Dakota Johnson
Release Date: Sept. 18, 2015

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

I don’t know much about Maze Runner, so I’ll just leave you with the movie’s official synopsis:

After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Director: Wes Ball
Writers: T.S. Nowlin
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland, Giancarlo Esposito, Aiden Gillen, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson
Release Date: September 18, 2015

Everest

Climbing mountains is tough business, particularly one as tall and treacherous as Mt. Everest. If you like watching people defy the odds and make bad decisions, then Everest is your perfect movie. Personally, I’d prefer to sit on the beach, but I’m not really the adventurous type.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Mark Medoff, Justin Isbell, William Nicholson
Cast: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal
Release Date: September 18, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

The first Hotel Transylvania was a pleasant surprise, so I have high expectations for the follow up. The only real thing that can ruin this movie is the fact that it stars Adam Sandler, who is reprising his role as Dracula. It’s tough to ruin an animated movie, but if anyone can do it, Sandler can. He needs a good movie following this summer’s Pixels.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Writers: Robert Smigel
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Mel Brooks
Release Date: September 25, 2015


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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