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The Movie Waffler's Guide To September 2016

Here's your guide to the most interesting movies hitting cinemas this September*.






*Based on UK release dates.




The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja adapts author Liz Jensen's best-selling novel. Jamie Dornan plays a doctor who investigates the mysterious events behind one of his patients' accidents. Sarah Gadon co-stars.
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Cafe Society

This year's Woody Allen offering once again pairs Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart for a romantic tale set against the backdrop of 1930s' Hollywood. The cast also features Blake Lively, Steve Carell and Parker Posey.
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Equity

Anna Gunn plays an investment banker caught up in a scandal in this female-centric Wall Street tale, written and directed by women (Amy Fox and Meera Menon respectively).



Morgan

Luke Scott (son of Ridley) directs this sci-fi drama in which Kate Mara plays a risk management consultant who must decide if Morgan (The Witch's Anya Taylor-Joy), an artificially created young woman, can be terminated by the corporation that created her.



Things to Come

Mia Hansen-Love follows up last year's acclaimed DJing drama Eden by teaming up with the great Isabelle Huppert, here playing a philosophy teacher reassessing her life when her husband decides to leave her.
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Anthropoid

Sean Ellis's Metro Manila was one of our favourite movies of recent years, and he's following it up with a WWII thriller. Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy star in the true story of the assassination of senior Nazi Reinhard Heydrich.
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The Blue Room

Released in France in 2014, it's taken a while for Mathieu Almaric's erotic thriller to surface. Almaric directs himself as a man who finds himself in a dangerous situation after a sexual encounter with a mysterious woman.



Captain Fantastic

Having lived in the woods with his children, Viggo Mortensen is forced to return to mainstream society following his wife's suicide. Ignore the twee indie trappings; this is an angry commentary on modern America.
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Don't Breathe

Fede Alvarez follows his divisive Evil Dead remake with a grindhouse thriller par excellence. Jane Levy stars as one of three teens who break into the house of a blind man, only to find themselves fighting for their lives.
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Hell Or High Water

The director of Starred Up (David Mackenzie) teams with the writer of Sicario (Taylor Sheridan) for this crime drama. Chris Pine and Ben Foster are brothers who engage in a series of bank robberies in an attempt to raise enough cash to save the family farm. Jeff Bridges is the veteran cop on their tail.
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Blair Witch

Horror fans were taken by surprise when it was announced that Adam Wingard's found footage movie, previously titled The Woods, is actually a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. We're big fans of Wingard, but can he inject new life into the found footage genre?



The Clan

White Elephant director Pablo Trapero turns to true crime to tell the story of Argentina's infamous Puccio clan, who carried out a series of kidnappings and murders in the 1980s.



Hunt For the Wilderpeople

Before joining the Marvel universe for Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi gives us this somewhat more modest comedy drama starring Sam Neill as a man who unwittingly becomes the subject of a manhunt when he searches for his runaway nephew. This one has charmed the pants off everyone who has seen it.



The Infiltrator

Bryan Cranston plays Robert Mazur, a US customs agent who played a key role in exposing the money-laundering scheme of drug lord Pablo Escobar. Diane Kruger co-stars.



De Palma

Brian de Palma recounts his career in the year's must see documentary for movie lovers. Eschewing flashy visuals, the doc is simply 107 minutes of the director spilling the beans on his movies. Speaking of which, any chance of another one Brian?



The Girl with All the Gifts

In this post-apocalyptic drama, Gemma Arterton plays a teacher who goes on the run with one of her pupils, a young half-zombie girl selected for scientific research that would result in her death. Glenn Close and Paddy Considine also feature.



Imperium

Daniel Radcliffe's ongoing quest to distance himself from a certain youthful wizard continues with two movies this month. In Imperium he plays an FBI agent who goes undercover with a dangerous white supremacist gang.



The Lovers and the Despot

Another potentially fascinating filmmaking documentary this month recounts the tale of South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee and director Shin Sang-ok, both kidnapped in 1978 and forced to make a movie in North Korea by dictator Kim Jong-il.



The Magnificent Seven

It would be easy to moan about a remake of John Sturges' classic western, but let's not forget that movie was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. Besides, this Denzel Washington headlined reboot looks like some old fashioned fun.



Swiss Army Man

Daniel Radcliffe again, this time playing a corpse that washes up on the remote island where Paul Dano has become marooned. Despite some dismissing it as "the farting corpse movie", this one has won much acclaim from critics in the US.



Also out in September:

September 2nd:

Actor/director Noel Clarke continues his 'Hood' franchise with the latest installment, Brotherhood.

Villagers battle an evil warlord in Chinese period actioner Call of Heroes.

Four male authors write a 'Mummy Porn' novel that becomes a success in UK comedy Chick Lit.

Filthy mouthed food is the order of the day in animated comedy Sausage Party.



September 7th:

The Ben-Hur story gets another screen treatment, this time with heavy emphasis on the Christian aspect of the tale.



September 9th:

Indie animation studio Laika deliver their acclaimed Japanese set tale Kubo and the Two Strings.

Two gay men spend a tense night in a hospital following an unprotected sexual encounter in Theo and Hugo.


September 16th:

Renee Zellweger returns to her signature role for sequel Bridget Jones's Baby.

A young man tries to leave the family arms dealing business in The Brother.

A married couple become suspicious of the new tenant next door in The Neighbour.

In Set the Thames on Fire, two boys journey through a dystopian London.

Ralph Fiennes delivers a Russian language performance in Turgenev adaptation Two Women.

Two young Irish men attempt to retrieve a haul of cocaine in comedy The Young Offenders.


September 23rd:

A private detective is blackmailed when his surveillance tapes are stolen in German thriller Aloys.

Baden Baden sees a twentysomething attempting to get her life together over the course of a summer.

A landscape designer attempts to win gold at the Chelsea Flower Show in Dare to be Wild.

Gangsters, Gamblers and Geezers is a London gangland comedy.

A pair of teenage boys form a friendship in Ira Sachs' Little Men.



September 30th:

Fabrice Luchini and Sidse Babett Knudsen are a judge and juror with a shared past in Courted.

Peter Berg tells another tale of American machismo in Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg.

A fencer flees from the KGB in true drama The Fencer.

Matthew McConaughey battles the Confederacy in Free State of Jones.

Dave Bautista kicks and boxes in Kickboxer: Vengeance.

Eva Green is Tim Burton's latest pasty faced protagonist in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Two young people called Barack and Michelle fall for each other in Southside With You.

A shepherd must venture into town to obtain an ID card in Chinese drama Tharlo.

A mother and daughter are menaced by a mysterious force in Iranian horror Under the Shadow.



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