September brings with us a slow but welcome return to normalcy. With summer behind us, we can now look forward to football, fall, and some really interesting movies making their way to streaming and, guess what, THEATERS! Take a look at what we’ve selected as the most noteworthy titles releasing this month. And as always, please stay safe!
Release: September 3
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki
Well, it’s finally here. After months of anticipation and a handful of delays, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet will finally debut on American theater screens over Labor Day weekend. NIHF.com has already seen it, so look out for a review soon. For now, just know that Tenet is a terrifically made, consistently engaging thriller that hits the mark more often than not. Those of us in states where it’s playing could do a lot worse for our first trip back to cinemas.
Release: September 4
Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Gong Li
Originally set for a worldwide theatrical release back in March, Disney’s latest live-action remake will instead debut in the United States exclusively on Disney+. Remember: in addition to the subscription fee, Mulan will cost $30 to rent. The movie promises gorgeous cinematography, exciting battle sequences, and a relatively more grounded take on the ancient Chinese legend (no Mushu, unfortunately). And after the platform’s success with Hamilton earlier this year, it’ll be interesting to see how much Mulan can move the needle.
Release: September 4
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Starring: Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, David Thewlis
Charlie Kaufman is back with I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a psychological horror film based on the novel by Iain Reid. The story follows a young woman who goes to her boyfriend’s family home to meet his parents, where she begins to question how much she really knows about him. While that description sounds almost like a gender- and race- reversed version of Get Out, Kaufman is one of the most distinctive filmmakers of the last 25 years. Couple that with raves for the novel, and I’m Thinking of Ending Things could be a badly needed sleeper surprise as inch closer to the end of 2020.
Release: September 16
Director: Antonio Campos
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Riley Keough
The Devil All the Time, the second of three high-profile Netflix offerings this month, boasts arguably the most impressive cast of the year. In addition to the aforementioned named, the film also features the likes of Bill Skarsgård, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, and Mia Wasikowska. Probably best known right now as the movie behind the “Delusions!” meme, the Antonio Campos film promises a dark tale set in the backwoods of America. Seems like a no-brainer stream.
Release: September 23
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter
Finally, we have Enola Holmes, an adaptation of the young adult book series by Nancy Springer that I’m sure Netflix is hoping will birth them a franchise. And why not? An appealing cast and an engaging mystery are never bad things. Enola is the younger sister of her more famous brothers Sherlock (played by Superman himself) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), and the movie will follow her on the case to find their mother (Carter).