September. A month full of movies that are a bit too early to be gunning for awards season yet a bit too late to be considered blockbusters.
The good news is that this Halloween season is so loaded it’s bleeding into this month with The Nun, The Predator and Mandy, so there’s plenty to be excited.
Plus, there are a whole bunch of new trailers for movies still coming out this year, so get hyped.
Opening this week:
My body is ready. I don’t care what any reviews say, because I don’t care with this one. I just want to see The Nun. I’ve been let down by the Conjuring spinoff movies before — the first Annabelle is straight garbage — but this just looks too creepy and atmospheric to pass up.
I have a hard time imagining Peppermint will be as unwatchable of a movie as the Rotten Tomato score suggests. No, it’s not gunning for any awards or anything like that, but the trailers tell you everything you need to know: Jennifer Garner. Revenge. Blood. Simple as that, really.
I have the same opinion for Cold Skin as I do with The Nun — I don’t really care what any of the reviews say. The trailers for this weird horror movie about fish-people won me over from the very beginning, I’m now just very anxious to get inside a theater to see this movie.
Halloween (Oct. 19, 2018)
Speaking of being excited to get inside the theater, the new trailer for Halloween is incredible. Granted, all the trailers and footage that Blumhouse has released for this film has gotten me super excited, but this one really did it. I never thought we’d ever see this amount of hype for a Halloween movie again in my lifetime given how poorly received all the sequels were (I’ve just started working my way through them all. They really aren’t good, guys), but here we are.
Anna and the Apocalypse (Nov. 30, 2018)
A zombie horror movie. Centered around Christmas. That’s also a musical. Sign. Me. Up. It feels like I’ve been hearing about Anna and the Apocalypse for years now, as it’s played in select festivals across the country, and everyone who sees this thing seems to love it. Now we’ll finally get our chance to see it this year and I can. not. wait.
The Favourite (Nov. 23, 2018)
Yorgos Lanthimos is a pretty polarizing director. Most people liked The Lobster, strange as it may be, but something like The Killing of a Sacred Deer really divided people. I happen to be a huge Lanthimos fan, even when he goes off and does his really weird stuff. The Favourite looks to be a little more accessible than Sacred Deer or Dog Tooth, and yet it seems to be full of his energetic directing style.
Wildlife (Oct. 19, 2018)
The trailers for Wildlife, this new one included, really haven’t told us all that much. I’m okay with that. Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, directed by Paul Dano. I really don’t need much more than that. I’m getting a slight Gone Girl vibe, only with more of a calm and relaxed kind of feeling (if that makes any sense whatsoever), which sure sounds interesting to me.
22 July (Oct. 10, 2018)
Paul Greengrass is one of the few directors who I would trust to take on a project like 22 July. He proved himself perfectly capable with United 93, as he knows how to handle tragic and true subject matter when making a film. Now, I’m curious to see what he’s going to do with this one.
At Eternity’s Gate (Nov. 16, 2018)
I’m struggling with what to make out of At Eternity’s Gate because my mind instantly goes to Loving Vincent when watching this trailer. Loving Vincent is an incredible movie, both aesthetically and narratively, so the fact that Hollywood is so quick to retell this story irritates me slightly. That being said, Willem Dafoe is great casting and there’s still plenty other aspects of Van Gogh’s life that can be explored, so I’m not sleeping on At Eternity’s Gate out yet.
Teen Spirit (2018)
Is…is this a sequel to the Neon Demon? I mean, they both star Elle Fanning as a young star trying to make to it big in a cutthroat world surrounded by super trippy visuals. Yeah, I’m pretty sure this is a Neon Demon sequel. The good news is I like the Neon Demon, so hopefully, I’ll like this too.
The Beach Bum (March 22, 2019)
It’s Spring Breakers, only instead of a bunch of teenagers going crazy, it’s Matthew McConaughy and Snoop Dogg. Sounds unique, I suppose.
Instant Family (Nov. 16, 2018)
There’s a good wholesome message at the center of Instant Family, I’m sure, but I just don’t know if I need to see another movie in which Mark Wahlberg is the loving family man. This movie looks fine, I guess. Again, I like the idea behind it and I like Rose Byrne, but I can’t say there was anything here that made me laugh, had any kind of surprise or really made me want to go see Instant Family in a theater.
The Little Hours (2017)
When thinking of nuns in a movie, most people go right to The Sound of Music or Joan of Arc. Maybe Sister Act, if you’re into that kind of thing. There are, however, a handful of movies that present nuns in a different kind of fashion. The Nun and Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors cast them in the horror genre, but there was this tiny little film called The Little Hours that came out last year that went the comedic route.
Starring Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza, Allison Brie Nick Offerman and a handful of other very funny people, The Little Hours is set in the middle ages and follows Franco’s character, who runs away from his monastery after having an affair with his master’s wife, then taking refuge at a covenant full of nuns who have no idea how to interact around men. It’s funny, raunchy and a good watch that not enough people have seen.