September Movie Preview – 61 movies opening including 12 documentaries & 13 also on demand

September-Movie-Preview-Reel-News-DailyThere are an insane amount of movies releasing this September. There are 12 that are on the top of my watchlist. Which are on yours?

  1. 99 Homes
  2. About Ray
  3. Ashby
  4. Cooties
  5. Dragon Blade
  6. Finders Keepers
  7. Mississippi Grind
  8. Prophet’s Prey
  9. Sicario
  10. Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
  11. Stonewall
  12. The Keeping Room

September 2nd

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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Produced by PBS, this is likely to be in a classic documentary style.

A Walk in the Woods

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Robert Redford tried to make a comeback last year with his solo effort, All Is Lost, but this time he teams up with Nick Nolte. Potential to be great.

September 4th

Before We Go – available to rent

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Chris Evans directs with the unpredictable and amazing Alice Eve. She also stars with Matthew Broderick in Dirty Weekend, out this same day.

Bloodsucking Bastards
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Liz is reviewing – stay tuned!

Break Point

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Tribeca Film Festival 2015, also on VOD
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This didn’t impress Liz or myself, but Jeremy is going to give it a try. Stay tuned for his review!

Dragon Blade

Also on VOD
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Adrien Brody, Jackie Chan and John Cusack. Swords, armor and anticipated over-acting.

My Voice, My Life


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Number One Fan

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The Transporter Refueled

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Coming Home

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Welcome to Leith

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Jeremy is reviewing – stay tuned!

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Jordan is reviewing – stay tuned!

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Also on VOD
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Liz and I will attended a special screening and Q&A with director Alex Gibney – stay tuned for their side-by-side reviews! Can you guess which is the iPhone user?

Wolf Totem

September 9th

The Visit

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Are you going to give M. Night another shot?

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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September 11th


On demand September 18th
New York Film Festival 2014
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Sleeping with Other People
Tribeca Film Festival 2015
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Don’t even think about it – just see it. I raved about it here.


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Mélanie Laurent directs. I’m there.

Goodnight Mommy

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Meet the Patels


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Paul Taylor Creative Domain


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Triple 9

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90 Minutes in Heaven

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The Perfect Guy

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September 18th


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Pawn Sacrifice

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Kate Macer (Emily Blunt, right), Dave Jennings, (Victor Garber, center right), Phil Coopers (Hank Rogerson, center left) and Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya, left) in SICARIO. Photo Credit: Richard Foreman

Kate Macer (Emily Blunt, right), Dave Jennings, (Victor Garber, center right), Phil Coopers (Hank Rogerson, center left) and Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya, left) in SICARIO. Photo Credit: Richard Foreman

Toronto International Film Festival 2015
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Emily Blunt once more kicking ass. Love it.

About Ray
Toronto International Film Festival 2015
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You can catch the doc on Netflix right now here.


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This might be worth the extra moola for IMAX.

Katti Batti

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The New Girlfriend

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Prophet’s Prey


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Amy Berg has wowed me with West of Memphis and Deliver Us From Evil, so I’m looking forward to this.

Uncle John
Also on VOD

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War Pigs

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Some Kind of Hate
Also on VOD
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Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer

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September 23rd

Pay the Ghost
Also on VOD
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Trailer TBA

September 24th

The Reflektor Tapes

Documentary, Toronto International Film Festival 2015

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September 25th

Finders Keepers

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Mississippi Grind

Ben Mendelsohn is one of those actors that greatly elevates the movie without overshadowing it. CAN’T WAIT. (Insert joke from @harmonov about Ryan Reynolds)

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Before I Wake

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The Green Inferno

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Also on VOD, New York Film Festival 2014

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Mission to Lars


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The Intern

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10 Days in a Madhouse

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99 Homes

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A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story


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Ashby TrailerLife is about knowing how to take a hit. Brace yourself, Ashby opens in Select Theaters, On Demand and DIGITAL HD September 25th!

Posted by Ashby on Saturday, August 22, 2015

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

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Labyrinth of Lies

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The Keeping Room

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Before I Wake

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Hotel Transylvania 2

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Brand: A Second Coming


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September 30th

The Walk
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4 FREE Summer Talks you must check out this month at Film Society Lincoln Center! Lily Tomlin, Josh Lucas, Matthew Broderick & Alice Eve

film-society-of-lincoln-centerFree tickets will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the talks. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability. For those unable to attend, video from the event will be available online at Check back on the website as well, for updates and additions for Free Fall Talks.

Grandma_Press_1 TribecaLily Tomlin and Paul Weitz (Grandma)
For decades, Lily Tomlin has been a trailblazer in American comedy with a career that has spanned the big screen, television, Broadway, and comedy recordings. Her latest film project is Grandma, a comedy-drama written, produced, and directed by Paul Weitz.In Grandma, Tomlin plays Ellie, a lesbian poet coping with the recent death of her longtime life partner. After she discovers that her 18-year-old granddaughter is pregnant, the two embark on a road trip to overcome their troubles. Grandma is Tomlin’s first leading role in two decades, following the 1988 comedy Big Business (opposite Bette Midler), and it is her second collaboration with Weitz, who previously directed her in the 2013 film Admission. Writing in Variety, Scott Foundas called Grandma “an initially breezy family comedy about mothers, daughters and abortions that slowly sneaks up on you and packs a major wallop.” Grandma opens theatrically on August 21.Join Tomlin and Weitz at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater for a discussion about Grandma and their celebrated careers.
Monday, August 17, 6:30pm
Here’s what Melissa & Liz had to say when they saw it at Tribeca.

We’ve only gotten a tease of Tomlin over the past few years, but she’s back with a comedic performance that rivals any dramatic one. So wrong, yet so perfect, her delivery gives the dialogue an extra edge that almost makes you feel guilty as you laugh out loud. I can’t wait to see her and Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie on Netflix. – Melissa


Tomlin is an indisputable legend. Her comic timing is like watching Mozart create a symphony. This film is an absolute gem that tackles so many relevant issues without one ounce of preachiness. I have always been a huge fan and I am crossing my fingers this garners her an Oscar nod. -Liz

Z for Zachariah 1Chiwetel Ejiofor and Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah)
Following his Oscar-nominated performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor continues to tackle an exciting range of projects, including the miniseries Dancing on the Edge, which earned him an Emmy nomination for his performance as Louis Lester, and, most recently, Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic science-fiction film based on Robert C. O’Brien’s posthumously published novel. In Zobel’s follow-up to his riveting and disturbing Compliance, Z for Zachariah centers on a trio who come together following a mysterious global disaster that spares only a small lush valley. There, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth (Margot Robbie), meets John (Chiwetel), a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another survivor (Chris Pine) appears, and as the two men compete for her affections, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature. Rich with themes of envy, hatred, and desire, Zobel’s latest film has been described as a twist on the Garden of Eden. Z for Zachariah opens theatrically August 28.Join Ejiofor and Zobel in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center as they discuss Z for Zachariah, as well as their careers and future projects.

Wednesday, August 19, 6:30pm

the mendJosh Lucas, John Magary, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, and Austin Pendleton (The Mend)
Actor Josh Lucas is familiar to audiences for his work in American Psycho (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Hulk (2003), Poseidon (2006), among others. And now he stars in The Mend, a wonderfully strange and acidic debut comedy from writer-director John Magary.

The Mend is for anyone who’s ever loathed and loved a sibling in equal measure. It follows a yin-yang pair of brothers in New York City, loose-cannon Mat (Lucas) and put-upon Alan (Stephen Plunkett) as they stagger dimly toward some understanding of love, women, masculinity, and what it truly means to be blood-related. Featuring a gorgeous, minimalist score by Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein and beautiful, fluid cinematography by Chris Teague (Obvious Child), The Mend unfolds as three stylistically distinct but interwoven acts, each with its own mesmerizing rhythm. The film also stars Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) and Lucy Owen as the brothers’ sharp-tongued girlfriends and Austin Pendleton as their uncle. John DeFore praised The Mend in The Hollywood Reporter, noting: “Josh Lucas offers one of his strongest performances to date … A convincing and refreshingly indirect examination of handed down emotional flaws,” and Scott Macaulay said in Filmmaker magazine: “The Mend is a deliciously bitter minuet, gloriously unstable in its scene construction, shifting points of view and tone.”

Lucas and Magary, as well as co-stars Plunkett, Owen, and Pendleton, will appear at the Amphitheater in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center one day before the film’s theatrical release to answer questions about the movie and more.

Thursday, August 20, 6:30pm

Dirty-Weekend_Press_1 TribecaNeil LaBute, Matthew Broderick, and Alice Eve (Dirty Weekend)
Matthew Broderick has been a mainstay of the stage and screen since the early ’80s, appearing as the title character in John Hughes’s iconic comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in addition to memorable roles in Ladyhawke, The Torch Song Trilogy, and Glory. On Broadway, he has received Tony Awards for his performances in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He also received a Tony nomination for The Producers. Now he returns to big-screen comedy with Dirty Weekend, directed by Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) and co-starring Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness).

During a layover in Albuquerque, colleagues Les (Matthew Broderick) and Natalie (Alice Eve) discover more about each other than they ever thought possible. Anxious and irritable, Les is drawn back into the city by past experiences he can’t forget (even if he doesn’t really remember the particulars of his previous drunken adventure). Natalie, refusing to leave his side, follows along as her own secrets are slowly revealed, leaving her feeling both vulnerable and unbound. Dirty Weekend opens theatrically on September 4.

Join Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, and Neil LaBute for the final Summer Talk of the year at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.
Tuesday, August 25, 6:30pm

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2015 recipient was Robert Redford. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from American Airlines, The New York Times, HBO, Stella Artois, The Kobal Collection, Variety, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Tribeca Film Festival reviews: Adult comedies ‘The Overnight’ ‘Dirty Weekend’ & ‘Sleeping With Other People’

Taylor Schilling (Emily) in a scene from THE OVERNIGHT. Photograph by John Guleserian

Taylor Schilling (Emily) in a scene from THE OVERNIGHT.
Photograph by John Guleserian

Let’s not dance around it – these are good, old-fashioned sex comedies. Remember those from the 80s? And they aren’t just about boobs anymore. For more adult related media look in to tubesafari.

The Overnight – tickets available, also in theaters June 19th

In this hilarious tale of a wild night amongst parental couples, no topic is taboo. What starts out as an innocent dinner ends up in places you could never predict and yet it arrives there so organically that you can’t help but relate.

Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) have just moved to Los Angeles and are scouting for new friends when they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) who invites them to dinner at his home with his wife, Judith Godrèche. Why end the night when the kids go to bed?

With almost non-stop laughter, each character brings their own brand of humor to all kinds of uncomfortable situations. “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

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Alice Eve & Matthew Broderick in ‘Dirty Weekend’

Dirty Weekend – tickets available

Part mystery, part comedy and part drama, this story had so much potential. Natalie (Alice Eve) and Les (Matthew Broderick) are work colleagues stuck in Albuquerque when their flight is delayed. Les mysteriously wants to separate to run some errands, but Natalie tags along.

Even with the sexual escapades, I had a hard time keeping interest with the slow pace and the forced dialogue. Matthew Broderick plays the seemingly innocent “aw shucks” type and it wears thin pretty quickly. Alice Eve ends up playing second fiddle and her character is nothing more than a few charactertures.

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Sleeping With Other People – only RUSH tickets available

This and The Overnight are tied for my favorite movies of the festival so far.

After losing their virginity to each other in college and having bad luck in love since, Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) run into each other and decide to keep their relationship completely platonic. Yes, we know what’s going to happen, but as with every good movie, it’s not necessary the destination, but the journey.

Filled with over-the-top sexual references, the first priority is always comedy. The dialogue is brutally funny and hilariously uncomfortable. Get out there and see it now!