McGregor stars as Swede Levov in “American
Photo Credit: Richard Foreman
hates to hear what people are starting to say as August
settles in and vacations prepare to give way to school and a
relatively uninterrupted workaday world: Summer’s winding
the favorite season of most Northerners will cease, the march
of new movies is an ongoing parade. Summaries of a dozen
September through November film releases follow, along with
debut dates studios have set. (It should be noted that some of
these calendar notations have been cited as limited release
dates, meaning that Milwaukee-area openings could occur a bit
Friday: “The 9th
Life of Louis Drax.” Liz Jensen penned the novel on which
“The 9th Life” is based, about a lad (Aiden Longworth)
who’s experienced eight brushes with death - prior to
falling off a cliff on his ninth birthday. Director Alexandre
Aja’s film reportedly includes “a shocking revelation.”
Hmm. Might it have anything to do with the youngster’s
volatile dad (Aaron Paul)?
Garfield stars as Desmond Doss in “Hacksaw Ridge.”
Credit: Mark Rogers
Sept. 9: “The Wild Life.” Helmed by Vincent Kesteloot,
this animated endeavor tells castaway Robinson Crusoe’s
story - from the perspective of his animal neighbors.
Sept. 16: “Blair Witch.” 1999’s “The Blair Witch
Project,” which spawned “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2”
and several video games the following year, has finally
yielded another big-screen sequel. In the film with the
shortest title in the franchise, college kids seek to solve a
disappearance in the woods. “Blair Witch” stars James
Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott and Valorie
Curry, under Adam Wingard’s direction.
Sept. 16: “The Hollars.” In a tale that sounds rather
reminiscent of the 2014 Robert Duvall/Robert Downey Jr. flick
“The Judge,” a man returns to his hometown when his mother
takes ill, there to confront his dysfunctional family and
former girlfriend. John Krasinski (“The Office”) makes his
directorial debut, and stars (as John Hollar) along with Anna
Kendrick and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Johnson stars in “Operation Avalanche.”
credit: Lionsgate Premeire
Sept. 16: “Operation Avalanche.” Writer-director Matt
Johnson also stars (with Owen Williams), portraying an
undercover CIA agent who happens upon government subterfuge
while searching at NASA for a Soviet mole.
Sept. 16: “Snowden.” Controversial Oliver Stone directed
and co-wrote the script about the titular National Security
Agency whistlebower. Besides Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward
Snowden, the cast includes Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage,
Melissa Leo and Tom Wilkinson.
Oct. 7: “The Girl on the Train.” The titular girl is
Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) in this mystery based on Paula
Hawkins’ 2015 novel. The adaptation is directed by Tate
Taylor and features Danny Elfman’s music. From a commuter
train, Blunt’s alter ego sees something startling - and, as
Arthur Conan Doyle (and Will Shakespeare before him) wrote,
“The game’s afoot.”
Oct. 14: “American Honey.” Directed by Andrea Arnold,
“American Honey” stars Sasha Lane as a runaway adolescent
who (perhaps unwisely) casts her lot with Shia LaBeouf and
other members of an itinerant magazine sales crew.
Drax (Aaron Paul, left) and Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth,
right) in “The 9th Life of Louis Drax.”
credit: Summit Premiere
Oct. 21: “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween.” Written
by, directed by, and starring Perry (as his familiar female
alter ego), this vehicle promises the horrors of Beggars’
Night, plus humor and recalcitrant teenagers.
Oct. 28: “American Pastoral.” Based on a Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth (“Portnoy’s
Complaint”; “Goodbye, Columbus”), “American
Pastoral” marks Ewan McGregor’s debut as a director and
stars McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning and David
Straithairn. It’s about a couple, a former jock and beauty
queen, who cope over time with substantial external and
personal problems, like their daughter’s disappearance.
Nov. 4: “Hacksaw Ridge.” This is the
truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story of Desmond Doss (Andrew
Garfield), army medic and conscientious objector credited with
saving 75 lives in the Pacific during World War II, without
benefit of weaponry. Vince Vaughn, Teresa Palmer and Sam
Worthington co-star, under Mel Gibson’s direction.
Nov. 18: “Elle.” Isabelle Huppert plays the CEO of a video
game company, assaulted during a home intrusion. The victim
decides to avenge her attack in this Paul Verhoeven-helmed
picture which, like the aforementioned “American Honey,”
competed for the 2016 Palme d’Or at Cannes.