Monday, September 3, 2012

New Films for September

By James Colt Harrison

Now that summer is almost over and the Fall season is approaching, many of the better studio films will be arriving on screens. Here are some new films you will want to see as autumn slowly arrives.

Coming out of Australia is “The Eye Of The Storm,’ a drama that should gain interest of adult audiences.  A domineering socialite is lying on her deathbed. Her wandering son and daughter return to her bedside for some histrionics. Major Australian and international stars turn the film into a tour de force of acting. Oscar® winner Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, and Charlotte Rampling all vie for acting honors. Directed by Fred Schepisi.  Sycamore Entertainment Group.

Bradley Cooper gives up his comedy movies for “The Words,” a new drama written and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Cooper plays a struggling writer who finds another man’s long lost literary works and claims them to be his own writings. Cooper keeps repeating the same mistakes of someone from the past. Challenging Cooper is Jeremy Irons. Dennis Quaid and Zoe Sadana contribute to the tense drama. CBS Films.

For adult drama, we have the Richard Gere film “Arbitrage.” He plays a 60 year-old hedge fund manager. Unknown to his wife (Susan Sarandon) and daughter (Brit Marling), he is in trouble and is trying to unload his portfolio before the examiners find out about his fraud scheme. Nicholas Jarecki wrote and directed the film. Roadside Attractions.

Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a charismatic spiritual leader allegedly based on Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard in “The Master”. However, the film is not a biography of Hubbard. A young drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) is taken under Hoffman’s wing in postwar America. Amy Adams and Jesse Plemmons add to the stellar cast. The Weinstein Company.

Britain’s Judi Dench (M in the Bond films), Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame, actor/director Kenneth Branagh, and comedienne Lily Tomlin (“Laugh-In”) all participate in a series of short stories in “Stars in Shorts.” It’s an unusual film that may interest you. ShortsHD.

Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” is the long-awaited full-length version of a short film made during his college years. A young boy does some tinkering in the lab and uses science techniques to bring his beloved dog back to life. This animated 3D film stars the voices of Oscar® winner Martin Landau, Wynona Rider, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Charlie Tahan. The music is by Danny Elfman. Burton directed for Disney Pictures.

Ben Affleck, who has turned into a great director, once again brings a top-notch story to the screen. In the thriller “Argo,” the action takes place during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. A CIA agent heads a mission to rescue six American diplomats by disguising them as members of a Hollywood film crew. Spine-tingling escapes are led by Ben Affleck. He is aided by Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman. Warner Bros.Pictures.

“House At The End Of The Street” gives Jennifer Lawrence (“Hunger Games”) a chance to get scared in this chilling horror film. She plays a single mother with a daughter. They move into a dream home in a fancy neighborhood so they can have a good life. What they don’t know is that the house holds some dark secrets that are revealed as the story unfolds. Also in the film are Elizabeth Shue, Max Theriot and Gil Bellows. The director is Mark Tonderai. Relativity Media.

Jake Gyllenhaal returns to the screen as a cop in “End of Watch.” Newsweek Magazine raved that the film is “riveting, and the best cop movie in years.”  Jake and Michael Pena play ambitious young LAPD cops who patrol one of the most dangerous gang-ridden areas of LA. With Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, David Harbour, and Natalie Martinez. Open Road Films/ Exclusive Media.

“Butter” is not about Paula Deen’s cooking. This is a funny story about a man who is a champion butter carver. He has long reigned at the top, but he is forced to give up competition. A woman steps up and tries to follow in his footsteps. The stars involved are Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, and Ashley Greene. Jim Field Smith directed. Radius TWC.
“The Paperboy” has some startling scenes and is not for children. Matthew McConaughey is an idealistic reporter in humid Florida who enlists his aimless younger brother (Zac Efron) and his hotshot writing partner (David Oyelowo) to investigate the case of a convicted killer. Nicole Kidman has some sexy and outrageous scenes with Efron. With John Cusack, Scott Glenn, and Macy Gray. Lee Daniels is the director. Millenium Entertainment.

“The Oranges” has been described as wickedly funny by film critic Pete Hammond in Deadline Hollywood. It has all the elements for success---betrayal, sex, and scandal. The lives of two neighboring families are turned upside down when the young daughter of one family has an affair with the husband of the other family. There is an outstanding ensemble cast consisting of Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Leighton Meester, Alia Shawkat, and Adam Brody. Directed by Julian Farino. ATO Pictures/ Olympus Pictures.

Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg lend their voices to the animated film “Hotel Transylvania.” Dracula is planning a birthday party for his daughter. He has his hands full with all the preparations. Things get more complicated when an ordinary human being wanders into the party. Also with Kevin James and Selena Gomez lending their voices to various characters. The film is all in 3D. Columbia Pictures.

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