Goodbye Summer, Hello Cinema: 5 Movies to See in September

Welp Cinedelphians, that’s another summer in the books.  Today, the salt water from our collective tears will take the place of the tides of the Jersey shore.  But fear not, as September brings three of my favorite things: pumpkin beer, football season, and great movies!

That’s right; you will no longer have to scratch your itch for a flick by choosing between a Michael Bay abomination and Guardians of the Galaxy for the 4th time.  Here are just a few of the interesting films coming out in September that stand in stark contrast to the blockbusters that we’ve been marketed all summer.


The Drop (Drama, Sept. 12th) – Tom Hardy teams up with James Gandolfini, in his last film role, to retain control of his neighborhood and a Brooklyn bar that serves as a money laundering scheme in the face of new, more ruthless mobsters.  Noomi Rapace also stars in the flick written by the author of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, and episodes of Boardwalk Empire and The Wire.  I’m a sucker for crime dramas, not to mention this cast.  The idea of “good people doing bad things in order to survive” has been explored before, but the quiet storm brewing just behind Tom Hardy’s eyes in the trailer have me very interested in seeing this conflict come to a head.

Wheels (Drama, Sept. 12th, Limited) – A ballsy and irreverent dramedy about coping with life as a suicidal, paraplegic drug addict.  There’s something so off-center, raw, and depressingly honest about Wheels that it sticks out on the release calendar for me.  That’s not to say that it will be an enjoyable watch, but neither was Requiem for a Dream, a film I still think is one of the best (and most heartbreaking) I’ve ever seen.


The Skeleton Twins (Drama, Sept. 12th, Limited) – SNL Alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are siblings trying to mend their relationship after several years apart.  It’s a drama starring two comedians, and aside from winning Best Screenplay at Sundance, it looks really, really good.


This Is Where I Leave You (Comedy, Sept. 12th) Jason Bateman and Tina Fey lead an all-star cast in another story about re-establishing a family in adulthood.  Fey plays a brash, loudmouth sister, which is against type for her, and Bateman seems to embody Michael Bluth, which is always welcome.  Their performances are rounded out by several other supporting players from your favorite TV shows.  I’m really looking forward to this one.

Tusk (Horror/Comedy, Sept. 19th) – Kevin Smith writes and directs a porn-stache sporting Justin Long being abducted and turned into a walrus?!?!  WHAT?!  I’m in.  Smith’s track record is not as spotless as it once was, but the tone of Tusk is so deliciously different and hilariously weird that I can’t help but be intrigued.

Once again, this is just a smattering of what to expect in September.  If none of these flicks caught your eye, you can always look into The Maze Runner (Sci Fi Action, Sept. 19th), or Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer (Action Thriller, Sept. 26th).  So as you put your shorts into storage and break out the long sleeves, take solace in the theater as we return to good movie season!

Author: Jeff Piotrowski

Jeff Piotrowski is a fanatic movie buff and self-appointed critic living in the Philly suburbs. He enjoys a good beer, a sunny day, and has a beautiful wife whose favorite past time is disagreeing with him. He also hosts the Life + the movies Podcast.

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