Opening This Weekend: September 12th

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Fall is perhaps my favorite time of the year: it gets cooler, leaves begin to turn, and the films just get so damned good in preparation for Oscar season. Things are still a little patchy, but films that studios have held onto all year are beginning to see the light of day, from fantastic family dramas to profound and bizarre cinematic experiences. 

So, whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater. 

–Lottie Abrahams

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in Before I Go To Sleep
Director: Rowan Joffé
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Anne-Marie Duff, Mark Strong

Synopsis: Based on the breath-taking novel of the same name, Before I Go To Sleep follows Christine (Nicole Kidman), a woman suffering from anterograde amnesia after a devastating car crash. She learns of her marriage and her son, yet cannot help but feel like a stranger in the life she once built for herself. She is unable to recall how or why she was in the car, but with the help of her doctor begins a journal of patchy and foggy memories that she must attempt to piece together to find out the truth of not only her accident, but herself.

Two Cents: Buckle up, this one is gonna be good.

Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman

Synopsis: The sequel to Dolphin Tale follows directly on from events at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Whilst Winter’s friends are doing well, she begins to suffer from depression: refusing to play or to eat, the gang call in a doctor who tells them they must find her a friend to live in her tank with her within the month, or they will remove Winter from the aquarium. Panic ensues, and divides are seen amongst the close team of workers who all want the best for Winter – until, however, a baby dolphin is recused off the coast, abandoned by her mother, who may just be the perfect match for Winter. But will they run out of time?

Two Cents: Someone needs to high-five Morgan Freeman’s agent. In the face. With a chair.

No Good Deed

Idris Elba in No Good Deed
Director: Sam Miller
Stars: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson

Synopsis: Idris Elba plays an incarcerated man, who successfully executes an escape from his cell. On the run, he approaches the home of a sweet mother, feigning a car accident and his need to use her phone. What ensues is a deeply dark battle between a psychopath and a desperate yet determined young mother, locked in her home and terrorised at the hands of this aloof, gorgeous but dangerous stranger.

Two Cents: It sounds like another B horror flick, but Idris Elba is a phenomenal lead, so they might just be able to pull this one out of the hat.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Limited)

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Director: Ned Benson
Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy

Synopsis: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby follows a seemingly happily yet complicated married couple, played by James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain from the day they meet to the present. One day, however, she disappears from her husband’s side, and they must both embark on an emotional journey to rediscover what was lost. What is so mesmerising about this film is how is tells the same story from 3 differing perspectives: ThemHer and Him. According to sources, Them is the version set to be released in theatres this September, but both Her and Him have had a solid festival run.

Two Cents: Perhaps the most fully realised pieces of cinema we have yet seen.

The Drop (Limited)

Tom Hardy in The Drop
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

Synopsis: Tom Hardy stars as Bob, a barman who finds himself at the centre of an investigation for a robbery gone wrong, and must confront the past of his family and friends who demand his loyalty no matter what the cost. His employer Marv (James Gandolfini) runs a bar in which large amounts of dirty money is exchanged hands all night long, and after a the place is robbed, Bob must figure out who to trust.

Two Cents: Lots of secrecy and postponed releases with this film, but with a final performance with the late Gandolfini, it will definitely be worth a see.

Honeymoon (Limited)

Director: Leigh Janiak
Stars: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway

Synopsis: Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) begin their honeymoon in their secluded cabin in a bid to gain privacy and maximise the romance between the two. However, once there, things begin to get quite strange: starting with a range of confessions from the bride to her husband about her family to finding her nude in the forest rambling in the middle of the night. But this is just the beginning: once back in the cabin, Paul begins to wonder if he should worry not only about his marriage, but also his life as strangers surround the cabin and his wife grow ever the more distant, and he under covers evidence of a dangerous creature living near and watching him.

Two Cents: Rose Leslie is mesmerising in the trailer. Enough said.

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