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September Movie Preview Part 2

September 1, 2011

John’s September Preview

By John Leavengood


Apollo 18

Release Date:  September 2nd

Cast:  The budget was $5 million.  If I told you do you really think you’d recognize any of the names?

How excited am I?  Ummm, for an indie sci-fi horror?  EXTREMELY!  Lots of indies take their writing very seriously, so I’m hoping that this baby-budgeted Aliens-too-close-to-home flick delivers some gritty and chilling scenes.  Here’s the trailer.


Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star

Release Date:  September 9th

Cast:  Nick Swarsdon, Christina Ricci and Don Johnson

Guess which movie I’ll be skipping this September?  Well, watch this trailer and see for yourself.  They evidently thought they were making the next Dumb and Dumber, but instead they just seem to have made a steaming pile.  Don Johnson plays a porn director in this one.  I’m guessing after we see how this movie does, directing porn will be the only work he’ll be able to find.


I Don’t Know How She Does It

Release Date:  September 16th

Cast:  Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Kelsey Grammer, Pierce Brosnan

I don’t know how Sarah Jessica Parker keeps getting work…and I don’t think watching this will explain how she does it.  It’s like everyone skipped Sex in the City 2 and then just assumed it was great.  She hasn’t done anything tolerable in movies in over a decade.  And before you call me a typical guy for hating her I’ll let you know that I loved her show Sex in the City—every season of it.  Bless her heart, she just doesn’t translate well into film.  Here’s the trailer.



Killer Elite

Release Date:  September 23rd

Cast:  Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen

Watch this trailer.  Did you see Statham doing chair-fu!?!  You know—the ancient alcohol-induced Irish fighting style?  I think we’re in for some serious Bourne Identity fight scenes in this.  No need to banter, just go see it.



Release Date:  September 23rd

Cast:  Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright

Jonah Hill, welcome to a serious role.  Brad and Phil, always nice to have you back.

This movie looks like someone took Major League and transformed it into a serious movie.  I like it.  And it feels so right that Pitt looks like a young Robert Redford—as if he was channeling The NaturalHere’s the trailer.



Release Date:  September 30th

Cast:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick

Okay, so I like all of these actors, particularly Gordon-Levitt.  But I’m going to treat this movie like I would a stray pitbull: I may be intrigued to know what it’s all about, but I’m not going to rush into it or make any sudden movements.  I still can’t decide how I feel about 500 Days of Summer and the tone isn’t very different.  Here’s the trailer.


Release Date:  September 30th

Cast:  I don’t recognize a single actor in this.

I’m not saying this movie looks bad, but I am struggling to find signs of quality in

this trailer.  Nothing about the plot is unique and, not knowing any of the actors, I have no clue how well-executed this will be.  This strikes me as a wait-for-DVD kind of movie.


What’s Your Number?

Release Date:  September 30th

Cast:  Chris Evans, Anna Faris, Martin Freeman and Andy Samberg

This looks like a lot of fun and I think the nature of Chris Evans’ character will make this RomCom very guy-friendly.  Not that I don’t think he’s awesome in action flicks, but it’s nice to see him doing some comedy.  And how awesome is it that the BBC’s new Watson (Martin Freeman from Sherlock Holmes) makes an appearance!?!  Here’s the trailer.


Dream House

Release Date:  September 30th

Cast:  Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz

This trailer made my chest tingle with delight.  This psychological thriller could be really creepy.  It feels like they give you the solution to the puzzle right away, so I have a feeling we’re in for a big twist in this one.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. mmarnall permalink*
    September 1, 2011 1:18 pm

    I said that exact same thing to Mark about Brad Pitt when we saw the trailer. He is definitely channeling the Redford!

  2. September 2, 2011 1:36 pm

    I’m with you on Apollo 18 and Moneyball. Can’t wait to see both.

    I had plans to catch a pre-screening of 50/50 earlier this week, but it was at capacity by the time I got there. Bummer. I probably won’t seek it out otherwise.

    And yeah, Bucky Larson looks terrible.


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