The summer movie season is officially over but there is plenty coming to the big screen in September. Many of these movies are from smaller studios pushing smaller movies but each of them has its share of star power. The even better news is that if you have Video on Demand, you may be able to see one of these movies before it hits theatres.
“Bachelorette”, another attempt to capitalize on the popularity of “Bridesmaids”, as well as the sudden realization that women do like to laugh at things that are actually funny– will see a wide release on September 7 but you may be able to get a glimpse of it now if you subscribe to VOD. DirecTV, for example, is currently streaming it.
Legend of Bondurant brothers proves to be too big for ‘Lawless’ to handle
Bradley Cooper is back again, but this one, “The Words”, is a little more serious than his last outing, “Hit and Run”. Fans of the “Resident Evil” series are sure to flock to see the new 3D event movie, “Retribution”, and spike the box office just enough to convince the studio they can squeeze one more installment out of the franchise.
The remake-of-the-month is “Dredd”, starring Karl Urban; while the horror flick of the month belongs to Jennifer Lawrence and “House at the End of the Street”. Adam Sandler returns in animation form, Clint Eastwood is a baseball scout in a movie he didn’t direct and there is always the gritty cop action-thriller, “End of Watch”.
Those of you looking for your monthly Joseph Gordon-Levitt fix can look forward to “Looper”, in which he plays an assassin opposite Bruce Willis.
Michael Shannon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt cut to the chase in ‘Premium Rush’
Ever since “The Hangover” blew everyone away with its R-rated humor, every comedy set around a pending wedding has gotten the usual comparison. “Bachelorette” is about a woman (Rebel Wilson), who is, you guessed it…getting married. For some reason she decides to ask three girls (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan), who picked on her in high school and hilarity should ensue. Directed by Leslye Headland and produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use. For more information, including photos and trailers, visit the official “Bachelorette” Facebook page.
In “The Words”, Bradley Cooper plays a struggling writer who suddenly finds fame when he passes another author’s work off as his own. Eventually he must face the truth of his deed, which comes back to haunt him in unexpected ways. The film is directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal and co-stars Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking. For more information, photos and trailers, visit the official “The Words” website.
‘The Apparition’ is lazy, incoherent and never scary
Continuing the struggle between Alice and the Umbrella Corporation’s T-Virus, “Resident Evil: Retribution” will see a release in both 3D and 2D, as well as IMAX 3D. Milla Jovovich returns to play Alice and battle the Umbrella’s army of undead. The fifth movie in the series baseed on the Capcom game co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand and Oded Fehr. Rated R for sequences of strong violence throughout. For more information, including photo galleries and downloads, check out the official “Resident Evil” website.
Getting a brief release to show off some spectacular Pixar 3D is “Finding Nemo 3D”, which will be released in both 3D and 2D theatres.
Solid animation and a great cast make ‘ParaNorman’ a fun horror tribute for kids
The summer of remakes continues with “Dredd 3D”, the remake– or re-imagining of the 1995 film starring Sylvester Stallone. This time around Karl Urban (“Star Trek”, “Red”) takes the role of the square-jawed Judge Dredd. Set in a futuristic world where criminals run rampant, the only law enforcement comes from the Judges, lethal protectors who serve as judge, jury and executioners. “Dredd” will be released in both 3D and 2D. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, drug use and some sexual content. Check out the official DreddtheMovie website for more information.
In “End of Watch”, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña play cops who are marked for death after they confiscate a small cache of money and weapons from a dangerous drug cartel. The action-thriller is directed by David Ayer, who wrote “Training Day”, “Fast and Furious” and “U-571”. Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use.
‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ is definitely odd but at times touching as well
Jennifer Lawrence stars in “House at the End of the Street”. She plays opposite Elisabeth Shue, as a mother and daughter who move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house that was the sight of a brutal murder, allegedly involving a little girl killing her parents. When Elissa (Lawrence) becomes friends with son who survived, she begins to suspect the nightmare is only just beginning. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, thematic elements, language, some teen partying and brief drug material. Dig deeper at the official “House at the End of the Street” Facebook page.
Clint Eastwood plays a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves, who beginning to have vision problems, in “Trouble with the Curve”. Justin Timberlake and Academy Award nominee Amy Adams co-star in this dramedy directed by Robert Lorenze. Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking.
‘The Bourne Legacy’ is ambitious but desperately lacking its title character
Halloween season is just around the corner and Adam Sandler plans to get into the spooky spirit with the animated “Hotel Transylvania”. Sandler voices Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world. The Count goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the vampire’s teen-aged daughter. The voice cast includes Sander, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Jon Lovitz and David Spade. The film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who is known for “Samurai Jack” and the original “Clone Wars” animated shorts. Rated PG by the MPAA for some rude humor, action and scary images. Check out the official “Hotel Transylvania” website for more info.
Ferrell and Galifianakis battle for your vote in ‘The Campaign’ and it’s a riot
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been on a role lately. Over the summer, JGL starred in “The Dark Knight Rises” and the entertaining but underrated, “Premium Rush”. Now he is co-starring along with Bruce Willis in the sci-fi thriller, “Looper”. From director Rian Johnson (“Brick”, “The Brothers Bloom”), the film is set in 2072, a time when the mob wants to get rid of someone, all they have to do is send the target 30 years into the past, where a hitman (Loopers) are waiting to eliminate them. Joe (Bruce Willis) is sent back to face elimination by his younger self (Gordon-Levitt). Rated R For strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content. For more information, including photos, trailers and a blog, visit the official “Looper” website.
It may be packed with action, but ‘Total Recall’ lacks the fun of the original
All of these movies will be in theatres soon. You can check out show times in Kansas City by hitting up one of your local theatres:
- Alamo Drafthouse
- AMC Theatres
- Cinemark Theatres
- Dickinson Theatres
Or visit one of the local drive-ins:
- Boulevard Drive-In or I-70 Drive-In.
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