After discussing what some have been calling a disappointing 2016 summer box office season, it makes sense to look at what's ahead. So drown your sorrows and get excited for what's coming in September. Though the month is typically slower for anticipated releases, expect a few surprises this year.
September Kickoff: The Light Between Oceans
Probably the most depressing start to any month. The Light Between Oceans looks straight up sad. Don't believe? Go watch the film's trailer and try to tell me it's not tragic. But, when you have a story this heartbreaking, you know the acting is going to be fantastic. Hence director Derek Cianfrance has brought on some powerful performers including Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.
Rachel Weisz recently turned heads, fairly typical for her, with her role in The Lobster opposite Colin Farrell. Alicia Vikander scored an Academy Award last year for her role in The Danish Girl, opposite Eddie Redmayne. Michael Fassbender never disappoints, though X-Men: Apocalypse was disappointing for some.
While most films based on historic events come decades later, Sully covers the water landing that happened on the Hudson River January 15th, 2009. Piloted by Chesley Sullenberger, the captain of US Airways Flight 1549 was hailed a hero and immediately adored by a nation. What most don't know is that there is also a darker side to the story. The investigation that followed attempted to accuse Sully for losing the plane, rather than honor him.
When you have a person who needs an accurate portrayal, Warner Bros knew there was no better than Tom Hanks, and Hanks looks on point. Could Sully get the actor another Academy nod? The biopic hits theaters on September 9th.
The month then features a bit of a gap, with the latter half showcasing some box office density.
For the Family: Storks
Opening to theaters on September 23rd, Storks should provide a wonderful family alternative. The CG animation stars Andy Samberg, Katie Crown and Kelsey Grammer. The film focuses on the idea that Storks no longer deliver babies, but one must get personally delivered after a mishap at the baby plant. Andy Samberg is absolutely hilarious and should provide some nice edgy dialogue for kids and adults alike.
The film is directed by Nicholas Stoller, who is better known for the R-rated comedy Neighbors. Why the switch to family-friendly? Stoller discovered a life lesson on children after having his second. Explaining that his first child was comparably easy, the dynamic of babies led to the creation of Storks.
Not into family films? Then you might prefer The Magnificent Seven that very same weekend.
Remake Alert: The Magnificent Seven
If you are going to remake or re-imagine something like The Magnificent Seven, you better have a strong cast. And boy does it! Denzel Washington is always a staple, but bringing on Christopher Pratt in his prime, genius. It turns out that Star Lord is building quite the following, and he might be the key audience-driving element. But that does not mean the rest of the cast falls short. With names such as Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee and Haley Bennett, we can stamp ensemble all over this. But it doesn't end there. You also have Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes and Matt Bomer. And it doesn't end there!
The trailer for the film is high octane, and we can only hope this new addition to the Western genre does not disappoint. The film will hit theaters on September 23rd.
Anchor: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Returning to the fantasy slash family genre, this adaptation might find a strong draw with Potterphiles. As a bit of extra kudos, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has Tim Burton in the director's chair. Coming to theaters on September 30th, the film tells the story of "Peculiars" who live in a house run by Miss Peregrine, as played by Eva Green. Sort of like Professor X's school for gifted children, the house is meant to keep them safe. From who? Samuel L. Jackson of course. He wants to kill some mother f*cking Peculiars for some mother f*cking immortality. Well, if the movie was Rated-R. But Jackson does play the villain who kills Peculiars in hopes of immortality.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children should be a visual feast. And, if you're not feeling fantasy, there is always Mark Wahlberg.
Wrapping Up: Deepwater Horizon
Just like Sully, Lionsgate waited about 5 years before putting into production Deepwater Horizon, a film covering the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The incident started on April 20, 2010, and six and half years later we now get what could be an inside look at the event with the help of Mark Wahlberg.
Deepwater Horizon should have plenty of thrills, suspense and scares, but it might not also be every moviegoer's idea of escape. Director Peter Berg also seems to polarize audiences, with some loathing and other adoring his directing style. I happen to be on the latter.
What do you think? Any films you are really looking forward to in September that we forgot to mention?