A Look at the Movies of September 2016

The calendar might say that summer still has a few weeks left, but September is here and Labor Day weekend is upon us, so the Hollywood summer season is for all intents and purposes over.  Weep not, movie buffs! Even though the superhero and super-action blockbusters have come and gone, here is a look at all the new films coming our way this month.  (Some of these will be in limited release, so if you can't find them in your local multiplex, hunt them down on-demand in the months ahead.)

Rob Zombie brings us another one of his trademark freaky horror flicks. This time, carnival workers are kidnapped and forced to battle evil clowns.  Why?  I'm afraid to found out. Malcolm McDowell plays a character named Father Murder.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax
In this mystery thriller, a psychologist begins questioning reality when he works with a boy who suffered a near-fatal fall.

American Honey
A teenager joins a traveling magazine sales crew and is caught up in their hard partying ways. Shia LaBeouf co-stars.

Author: The JT LeRoy Story
The fascinating story of writer Laura Albert's fictional literary persona receives the documentary treatment.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years
If you love the historic band of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as much as I do, you'll enjoy this compilation of footage from their hundreds of concerts in the mid-1960s.

Before I Wake
It's not even Halloween yet, but here's another horror movie. An adopted boy's dreams and nightmares come to life when he sleeps.

Blair Witch
A guy and his friends go into a forest to search for his lost sister after finding a spooky video of her. I hope this sequel to The Blair Witch Project is better than the lame Book of Shadows.

Bridget Jones's Baby
Renee Zellweger returns for the third time as novelist Helen Fielding's greatest character.  Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, and Colin Firth guest star.

If you haven't seen the first two parts of this trilogy, Kidulthood and Adulthood, check them out. The writer/director Noel Clarke plays Sam Peel and continues his saga.

Cafe Society
Woody Allen's latest is set in the 1930s and follows a young Bronx native who moves to Hollywood. The cast includes Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Steve Carrell.

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, who worked on Citizenfour and more, explores her own career.

Come What May
In this French film, the people of a small village in 1940 go on the road and live a nomadic life when Germany invades.

The Dancer
Here's another French film. It's a biopic about the life of famous dancer Loie Fuller in the early 1900s.

Danny Says
Documentary fans will have plenty movies from which to choose this month. Here's one about musician Danny Fields, who worked with the Doors, Cream, and Lou Reed, and managed the Stooges and the Ramones.

Deepwater Horizon
Peter Berg directs this action-packed tale based on the true-life explosion of an offshore oil drilling rig in 2010. It stars Dylan O'Brien, Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, and John Malkovich.

A man, played by Topher Grace, released from a mental institution, inherits a mansion and suspects that it's haunted.

Based on a Jewish legend, a groom is possessed by a spirit during his wedding celebration.

Rachel Weisz, who just starred in the great independent film Complete Unknown, plays a writer and historian who is sued for libel when she writes about the Holocaust. She fights to prove the truth.

The Disappointments Room
More horror! Kate Beckinsale plays a mom who discovers something frightening in the attic of her rural home. This movie was supposed to debut earlier. We'll see if it was worth the wait.

The Dressmaker
Kate Winslet is a glamorous woman who returns to her small Australian town and brings style to the women there. The movie also stars Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, and Hugo Weaving.

Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas play brothers whose relationship is tested when they pledge to a college fraternity.

The Good Neighbor
High school kids try to trick their neighbor, played by James Caan, into thinking a house is haunted, but they picked the wrong guy to fool.

Hillsong: Let Hope Rise
Another documentary! This one chronicles the rise of an Australian church band that grew to pack stadiums.

A young boy goes on an adventure to find his stolen sneakers.

Klown Forever
In Denmark, these guys are huge. Casper goes to Los Angeles to pursue a solo career and Frank follows.

The Light Between Oceans
A lighthouse keeper and his wife raise a baby they discover and save in a floating rowboat. Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz (she's on a roll!) star.

The Lovers and the Despot
This is labeled a documentary, but it sounds so bizarre. A famous Korean actress and a famous Korean director are kidnapped and forced to make movies for dictator Kim Jong-il.

The Magnificent Seven
This is the one I'm definitely looking forward to seeing. Yes, it's a remake, and remakes are rarely as good as the originals, and the original was an undisputed classic, but the director (Antoine Fuqua) and the cast (Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, etc.) give me hope.

If comedy is more your speed, here's a heist flick starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones, Owen Wilson, and Zach Galifianakis.

Max Rose
The legendary Jerry Lewis stars as a jazz pianist who re-examines his life after his wife dies.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Director Tim Burton brings the Ransom Riggs novel to life.  The cast includes Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, and Terence Stamp.

Miss Stevens
A teacher, played by Lily Rabe, chaperones a group of high school students to a state drama competition.

Kate Mara stars in an intense tale about a corporate risk-management consultant who must decide whether or not to terminate an artificially created humanoid.

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
This sports biopic follows the rise of a cricket player from lowly ticket collector to world champion.

Naam Hai Akira
A college girl becomes tangled up in a crime involving corrupt police officers.

A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare.

No Manches Frida
A recently released bank robber tries to recover his buried loot, but has to pose as a substitute teacher because a new high school has been built on the site.

Other People
A struggling comedy writer returns home to care for his dying mother.

Queen of Katwe
Lupita Nyong'o stars as a young girl from Uganda training to become a world chess champion.

Shut In
A widowed child psychiatrist, played by Naomi Watts, living alone, tries to rescue a young boy during a deadly winter storm.

Silicon Cowboys
Oh boy, another documentary! Here's how three friends created the Compaq computer in 1981 and battled IBM.

Finally, a family-friendly animated movie! Andy Samberg, Jennifer Anniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Danny Trejo lend their voices to the birds who deliver packages and babies.

Tom Hanks tries to deliver another award-winning performance, this time playing the real life hero pilot who made an emergency landing in the Hudson River. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood.

Things to Come
This isn't the 1936 movie based on the H.G. Wells novel. Instead it's a French drama about a philosophy teacher experiencing some life crises.

When the Bough Breaks
A surrogate mother for a couple becomes obsessed with the soon-to-be father.

White Girl
A college girl falls in love with a guy she just met and trouble ensues.

The Wild Life
In this animated comedy, a parrot tells the story of Robinson Crusoe.

Wild Oats
Shirley MacLaine plays a woman expecting a $50,000 life insurance check, but mistakenly receives one worth $5,000,000. She and her friend take the money and run on the adventure of a lifetime. The film also stars Jessica Lange, Demi Moore, Billy Connolly, and Judd Hirsch also star.

Yoga Hosers
Kevin Smith's latest film (starring his daughter and Johnny Depp's daughter) tells the story of two teenagers teaming up with a legendary man-hunter to battle an ancient evil.

Pass the popcorn!