After a jam-packed August, filled with many surprisingly qualityfilms, September arrives to bring us a handful of fake Oscar bait,two rereleases of adored classics, seemingly all of the indies thatgot mixed reviews out of the film fest circuit and a bizarreplethora of thrillers and genre flicks. Looking at the slate rightnow, at least one thing becomes very clear: No new movie willpossibly make more money opening weekend than either of therereleases. It’s an interesting box office race this month, that’sfor sure. Let’s meet the competitors。
‘The Words’《妙笔生花》 (Sept 7)
A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steepprice he must pay for stealing another man’s work。
Although word is the movie itself is a bit underwhelming and notas smart as it thinks it is, allegedly the performances are great,and overall the film works enough to not be terrible. It’s also theset where Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana met before embarking on aromance, for all of you that enjoy that sort of thing。
‘The Master’《大师》 (Sept 14 limited, Sept 21expands)
影片故事发生1952年，自称The Master的男人(菲利普·塞默·霍夫曼)创建了一个名为“TheCause”的教会，随着教派势力的不断壮大，The Master的助手FreddieSutton却开始对信仰产生了质疑，故事便是聚焦在这二人错综复杂的关系。
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between acharismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-basedorganization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter whobecomes his right-hand man。
The trailer that broke the internet. The 70mm frame rate thatbroke it again. Could there possibly be a buzzier movie coming outthis month? P.T. Anderson’s first film since hisshould-have-won-the-Oscar “There Will Be Blood”， is “secretly”about the origins of Scientology, featuring Philip Seymour Hoffmanand Joaquin Phoenix in roles that may garner them even more Oscarnominations, and hey, maybe even another win for good ol’ Phil。
‘Trouble with the Curve’《曲线难题》 (Sept 21)
An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes hisdaughter along for one last recruiting trip
You know when you’re ready to write off a movie completely, but then see the trailer and get all confused? On its surface, “Trouble with the Curve” seems like a middle of the road not-”Moneyball”，starring a grumbly Clint Eastwood. While all of that actually maybe true, it also seems like it may not suck entirely, mostly due to Amy Adams and the frustratingly always-charming Justin Timberlake.Definitely a contender for this years “you laughed at it, then it got nominated for Best Picture. Huh?!” spot, a la “The Blind Side”.Oh and no, that is *not* a Mumford and Sons song in the trailer,it’s American Idol winner Phil Phillips, who really did pick theright manufactured first single, didn’t he?
‘Won’t Back Down’《决不退缩》 (Sept28)
Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform theirchildren’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful andentrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a differencein the education and future of their children。
Drama drama inspirational snoozy snooze. AND it’s written anddirected by the dude who wrote and directed “Beastly”， so… getready, guys. It’s also supposedly supremely anti-union and isscreening at the Republican Convention this week, complete withguest panel speakers Jeb Bush and Condoleeza Rice. Um. Okay.Cool?
‘Arbitrage’《套利交易》 (Sept 14)
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale ofhis trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to anunlikely person for help。
The movie that will revitalize Richard Gere’s career that alsostars indie darling Brit Marling and… yes please. This directorialdebut from Nicholas Jarecki is pulling a rocking 100% on RottenTomatoes right now, after a strong festival showing, mostly becauseof Gere’s performance, along with co-star Nate Parker, whom Variety named one of 2012′s Breakthrough Performers. This tight corporate suspense thriller might be surprising us well into awards season。
‘End of Watch’《警戒结束》 (Sept 21)
Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating as mall cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop.
One of those “and why were you at Comic-Con again?” movies,starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena and Anna Kendrick. Its director has a pretty solid track record, having written “The Fastand the Furious” and “Training Day”， among others, and “End ofWatch” marks the first time the cop genre is experimenting with the found footage style of cinematography and storytelling. Early buzzis positive, but then you see that “Magic Mike” dark spot of doom Cody Horn is playing a police officer and it makes your stomach hurt a little bit. Still, hopes remain relatively high for this one.
‘House at the End of the Street’《街尾之宅》 (Sept21)
A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over。
Much to everyone’s shock and surprise, this new horror-suspense film is not a remake, reboot or reimagining! It stars Jennifer Lawrence, which you probably are all very aware of, considering the tv spots can’t get through 10 seconds without reminding you that“‘Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence!” is in it, as if somehow the two movies have a crossover audience. But no matter what,“House…” is a chance to see her doing something different, so at least there’s that。
‘Hello I Must Be Going’《你好，我必须离开》 (Sept 7)
Circumstances force a young divorcée to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, where an affair with a younger guy rejuvenates her passion for life
Although reviews are mixed, and there is no way on Earth “Girls”star Christopher Abbott passes for 19 (sorry)， it’s about damn time indie MVP Melanie Lynskey got a starring role. This romantic dramedy opened Sundance this year, to a few grumbles who believed it wasn’t good enough, but plenty of reviewers still saw its charms, so don’t write it off completely just yet – Oscilloscope has a pretty fine track record, and Lynskey is long overdue for this type of role and deserves our support。
‘The Inbetweeners’《中间人》 (Sept 7)
Four socially troubled 18-year-olds from the south of England goon holiday to Malia。
A feature length film concluding the story originated on the hilarious BBC television show by the same name, “The Inbetweeners”is a must for any anglophiles out there, especially of the British comedy variety. The show is hilarious and considering the film brought the entire TV creative team to the big screen, there’s noreason to suspect it won’t be just as high quality。
‘Bachelorette’《未婚女子》 (Sept 7)
Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school。Although “Bachelorette”， written, directed and adapted from the play by Leslye Headlund, received mixed reviews out of Sundance, many calling it a mean spirited version of “Bridesmaids”， don’t befrightened away. The film might be tonally confused at times, and fans of the play may baulk at its alternate, happier ending, but the performances from Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, and in particulara fiery Kirsten Dunst, are worth the ride. Plus, supporting appearances from Rebel Wilson, James Marsden, Adam Scott, HayesMacArthur and Kyle Bornheimer certainly don’t hurt. BTW if you can’t wait a week, you can catch “Bachelorette” on VOD this verymoment。