Want to know what’s coming to a cinema near you this September? Look no further…
SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
Winter Ridge (Dom Lenoir)
Written, filmed and completed within the space of just one year, this indie thriller is one to watch. Matt Hookings stars as a detective torn between his comatosed wife and the serial killer he’s hunting.
THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
The Nun (Corin Hardy)
The latest would-be spookfest Conjuring spin-off is led by the younger sister of main-franchise star Vera Farmiga, Taissa. Neither Annabelle film quite matched The Conjuring, could The Nun raise that bar?
FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
American Animals (Bart Layton)
Based on the true story of a Kentucky library heist, American Animals offers a quirky ride and features documentary interviews with the real people amid the drama.
Final Score (Scott Mann)
Sky’s latest attempt at heavy weight film production – after The Hurricane Heist and Monster Family – sees Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista play an ex-soldier tasked with saving 35,000 people from a hostage situation.
Hurricane (David Blair)
No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron was one of sixteen Polish squadrons in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Driven by a passion to protect the very idea of their country, this is their story. Iwan Rheon stars.
In Praise of Nothing (Boris Mitic)
Iggy Pop lends his voice to the first feature-length documentary to have ever been narrated entirely in original verse. 62 cinematographers in 70 countries submitted shots of nothing at all for the film.
Paltan (J. P. Dutta)
This Indian Hindi-language film is based on the country’s 1962 war with China: the Indo-Sino war.
Puzzle (Marc Turtletaub)
Turtletaub’s first film – Gods Behaving Badly – was only ever screened once, at the 2013 Rome Film Festival, where it received negative reviews. His second – Puzzle – seeks to reverse his directorial fortunes.
The Hows of Us (Cathy Garcia-Molina)
Kathryn Bernado and Daniel Padilla lead this Fillipino romance from the Philippines’ highest-grossing director.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan)
Akhavan made her name with 2014’s Appropriate Behaviour. She returns to LGBT filmmaking for this American-British drama about a young woman who is sent to a ‘pray the gay away’ camp in Montana.
The Seagull (Michael Mayer)
Based on the nineteenth century play by Anton Chekhov, Michael Mayer’s film tells the story of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) who falls for the lover of her ageing actress Aunt Irina (Annette Bening).
Under the Wire (Christopher Martin)
Documentary about Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy’s on-the-scene coverage of the 2012 siege of Homs, Syria.
THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER
The Predator (Shane Black)
Originally penned as a reboot for the Predator franchise, Black’s Predator is now to be a sequel – albeit one with an entirely new cast and crew.
FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
Crazy Rich Asians (Jon M. Chu)
A surprise success story, Crazy Rich Asians is notable for being the first modern Hollywood film to feature a majority Asian cast in over two decades. It’s also a very likeable rom-com about an Asian-American woman who is surprised to learn that her boyfriend’s family are among Singapore’s richest.
Down to Earth (Renata Heinen and Rolf Winters)
Award-winning documentary following a London family who spent five years travelling the world in search of new perspectives. No crew, no production team; just a backpack and camera each.
Escobar (Fernando León de Aranoa)
Also known as Loving Pablo, this Spanish biopic explores the friendship of Columbian journalist Virginia Vallejo (Penélope Cruz) and notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Helicopter Eela (Pradeep Sarkar)
Bollywood drama about an over-protective mum who follows her son to college. The plan backfires spectacularly.
Island (Steven Eastwood)
Filmed over 12 months on the Isle of Wight, Island is a life-affirming reflection on the phenomena of dying – cheerful, then.
King of Thieves (James Marsh)
From the director of The Theory of Everything, King of Thieves is another attempt to dramatise the Hatton Garden Heist after Ronnie Thompson drab effort. With Michael’s Caine and Gambon.
Lucky (John Carroll Lynch)
Harry Dean Stanton leads as Lucky in this comedy drama about a ninety-year-old atheist. Renowned director David Lynch co-stars.
Manmarziyan (Anurag Kashyap)
A love story in Punjab with Abhishek Bachchan, son of Bollywood mega-stars: Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan, and Tapsee Pannu.
Michael Inside (Frank Berry)
An 18 year old man living in a Dublin housing estate with his grandfather, is caught holding drugs for his friend’s older brother and is sentenced to 3 months in prison.
Reinventing Marvin (Anne Fontain)
French drama from the writer-director of 2009’s Coco Before Chanel. Finnegan Oldfield plays a young man who runs away from home to become an actor.
Superfly (Director X)
Music-video-maestro Director X remakes 1973’s Super Fly, with Trevor Jackson playing the character of Priest, formerly brought to life by Ron O’Neal.
The Rider (Chloe Zhao)
Zhao’s contemporary Western had its premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it was rewarded with the Art Cinema Award. The film has been described as a painstaking depiction of masculinity in crisis, telling the tale of a rodeo who is forbidden from horse riding after sustaining a major brain injury.
Wajib (Annemarie Jacir)
American Assassin’s Mohammad Bakri stars in Jacir’s Palestinian road movie about a father and son, mid-wedding preparation, in the run up to a Christmas in Nazareth.
Weapon of Choice (Fritz Ofner)
Not to be confused with the Fatboy Slim song and video, this Weapon of Choice is a documentary about the cinematically popular Glock pistol.
WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER
Mile 22 (Peter Berg)
Mark Wahlberg is both producer and actor in his fourth collaboration with Berg – after Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day. Mile 22 is an espionage thriller about the escort of a high-priority asset twenty-two miles.
FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
A Simple Favour (Paul Feig)
Paul Feig is best known for his female-centred comedies but with A Simple Favour he’s dabbling in drama for only the third time in career. Adapted from the novel by Darcey Bell, the film sees Anna Kendrick may a small-town blog trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of her best friend (Blake Lively).
Batti Gul Meter Chalu (Shree Narayan Singh)
Indian drama about the electricity strife of the country’s rural society.
Climax (Gaspar Noe)
Sex, sangria and sadomasochism, Noe’s latest film – as per usual from the Argentinian director – is not for the faint hearted. Walk-outs to be expected.
Faces Places (Agnes Varda)
After last month’s celebratory re-releases from Varda’s back catalogue – for the director’s 90th birthday – Faces Places is a new offering and recent Oscar nominee.
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Steve Loveridge)
Biographical documentary film detailing the life, work and controversies of Sri Lankan-British rapper-artist M.I.A.
Never Here (Camille Thomas)
An installation artist, Miranda Fall (Mireille Enos), with a penchant for photographing strangers, finds the tables turned when she begins to suspect that someone is watching her. With Sam Shepard.
The Captain (Robert Schwentke)
This German drama pulls no punches in crafting the story of an army deserter in the last days of the Third Reich who finds he can get away with just about anything when wears a Nazi captain’s uniform.
The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola)
What more is there to be said? A fresh re-release for the American crime classic.
The House with a Clock in its Walls (Eli Roth)
After the disaster of Death Wish, Roth will be hoping for a better response for his adaptation of John Bellairs gothic children’s novel. Jack Black plays Jonathan Barnavel – the uncle of 10-year old Lewis (Own Vaccaro) – who just happens to be a warlock. With Cate Blanchett.
The Intent 2: The Come Up (Femi Oyeniran and Nicky Slimting Walker)
This sequel-prequel marks a debut in film production for music label Island Records. The Intent was originally released as a self-financed project in 2016 but hit the big time last year after securing a global deal with Netflix.
The Little Stranger (Lenny Abrahmson)
A plum cast, including Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling, have been recruited for Abrahmson’s adaptation of Sarah Walters’ bestselling gothic novel.
MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
Jeff Bridges’ Dude re-enters screens for his film’s twentieth anniversary.
TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
Nureyev (Jacqui and David Morris)
Ahead of Ralph Fiennes upcoming biopic on the subject, this documentary weaves through the life of renowned ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. The film charts his rise from humble beginnings and eventual defection to the West.
FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
Anchor and Hope (Carlos Marques-Marcet)
Oona Chaplin – yes, she’s a relation – Harry Potter’s Natalia Tena and David Verdaguer play Eva, Kat and Roger in this comedy-drama about a canal ride through London.
Black 47 (Lance Daly)
Irish drama, with Hug Weaving, James Frecheville and The Killing of a Sacred Deer’s Barry Keoghan. Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the film follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family.
Dusty & Me (Betsan Morris Evans)
In the Flesh star Luke Newberry plays the titular Dusty here. The film is set in 1977 Yorkshire and concerns an adolescent ‘big summer’ after leaving school.
Night School (Malcolm D. Lee)
On paper, Night School sounds rather like a Breakfast Club update. The plot sees a group of troublemakers forced to attend night school in hope that they’ll pass their end-of-school exams. Keven Hart and, Girls Trip standout, Tiffany Haddish star.
Skate Kitchen (Crystal Moselle)
Kabrina Adams plays a teenaged skateboarder who makes friends with fellow skateboarding girls in New York.
Sui Dhaaga – Made in India (Sharat Katariya)
The production of this Indian comedy-drama kicked off by making a short tribute to Mahatma Gandhi for release on his 148th birthday. The film itself has been described as ‘a heart-warming story of pride and self-reliance’.
The Gospel According to Andre (Kate Novack)
An intimate – and yet oddly superficial – portrait of fashion world stalwart André Leon Talley.
The Oslo Diaries (More Loushy and Daniel Sivan)
Documentary exploring the unsanctioned peace talks that took place in 1990s Oslo between a group of Israelis and Palestinians.
The Wife (Bjorn Runge)
It took fourteen years for Bjorn Runge’s The Wife – a story about a woman tired of sacrificing her career to live in the shadow of her husband’s – to enter production. Much of the delay was caused by the difficulty the film found in casting a male actor who was willing to play its supporting role.