September has always been a great month for movie lovers. As Summer blockbusters like Space Jam: A New Legacy and Black Widow slowly exit the zeitgeist, audiences begin to prepare for awards season and the movies aspiring for their attention. Over the next few months, we can expect to see a new Clint Eastwood film, some musicals, and great indie projects finally hitting the big screen. The following list will highlight the 5 movies that you should definitely check out this September.
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#1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
In Theatres Everywhere: September 3rd, 2021
It’s hard to believe, but Shang-Chi is going to be the twenty-fifth film in the MCU’s long history. Though the aforementioned Black Widow was supposedly the first movie in phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it takes place during phase three and barely contributes to the new saga. Shang-Chi will finally get the ball rolling for the next chapter while simultaneously introducing us to great new characters. The movie also represents a significant milestone for Marvel, as it is their first movie to feature an Asian cast prominently. Reviews for Shang-Chi have been coming out over the last few days, and critics seem to be enjoying it.
So far, the trailers for Shang-Chi have showcased the humor and action we can expect from a Marvel picture. Its the focus on heritage, family, and legacy that helps it stand apart from its contemporaries. The cast also looks phenomenal; Simu Liu is perfect casting for the titular character. This is only his second movie credit (Unless you count his role as “extra” in Pacific Rim). Awkwafina is our hero’s best friend and is guaranteed to add both heart and humor. The last movie to introduce and focus on a new character in the MCU was 2019s Captain Marvel, so it really is refreshing to have the chance to meet a new hero again.
Available on Netflix: September 10th, 2021
It’s hard to deny the oversaturation of the neon-drenched, one person versus the world action flick. In a post-John Wick cinematic landscape, it feels like we get a new one every few months. This year has already graced us with films like Nobody and Gunpowder Milkshake, but another one is on the horizon. What helps Kate stand apart from the rest is its fantastic cast, unique style, and Crank-inspired plot.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Kate, a ruthless assassin with a new mission that puts her life on the line. After being poisoned by one of her targets, Kate only has 24 hours to live and must go on a killing spree in Tokyo to save herself. Along the way, she will be assisted by Woody Harrelson, who acts as a mentor for her. Similar to Logan, it looks like the killing machine will be accompanied by a young protégé. If you enjoyed watching Winstead kick-ass as The Huntress in 2020’s Birds of Prey and are looking for a great action film, look no further than Kate in September.
#3. Prisoners of the Ghostland
In Select Theatres & Video on Demand: September 17th, 2021
Nicholas Cage is a man who never stops working. After already starring in two movies this year, The Five Nights at Freddy’s-inspired Willy’s Wonderland and the excellent Pig, he is back again for Prisoners of the Ghostland. The poster for Prisoners actually uses a quote from Cage himself, as he has described this film as “the wildest movie I’ve ever made.” Cage plays Hero, a criminal tasked with rescuing the governor’s granddaughter from a supernatural universe. Oh, and he is wearing a suit that will blow him up if he fails. Imagine Resident Evil 4 meets The Suicide Squad with some samurai action mixed in… yeah, this movie sounds incredible.
Prisoners of the Ghostland is being released by RLJE Films, the production company behind Cage’s recent hits; Mandy and Color Out of Space. It appears to be more similar to the former of the two, as Hero finds himself in a nightmarish apocalypse setting, brutally taking down anyone standing between him and his destination. The movie seems like it will blend in action, humor, and the avant-garde in a bold way to create a unique and unforgettable experience. One thing that catches my eye every time I watch the trailer is the set design. Each location that Hero visits looks stunning and should help establish the kafkaesque world Cage is throwing himself into this time.
#4. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
In Select Theatres: September 17th, 2021
Inspired by a documentary of the same name, The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a biographical drama about the story of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker. The movie will follow the sudden rise and collapse of the controversial couple and their multimillion-dollar empire. Wet Hot American Summer star Michael Showalter is directing the project that features Andrew Garfield alongside an almost unrecognizable Jessica Chastain in the leading roles. Based on the preview alone, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Eyes of Tammy Faye receive an Oscar nomination for best makeup and hairstyling.
The story of Jim and Tammy Bakker is a wild one. Starting their careers as humble Christians attempting to spread the word of God, the couple eventually creates the largest religious broadcasting network. Fame and fortune often end with tragedy, though, and this story is no different. After a major scandal threatens their success, we will follow the couple as they do what it takes to preserve themselves and their legacy. Both Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain are Academy Award nominees and may score their first victory with The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
#5. Dear Evan Hansen
In Theatres Everywhere: September 24th, 2021
So far in September, we can expect to see a new Marvel picture, some crazy action movies, and a biographical drama. After watching these movies, it will be nice to end the month with a heartfelt musical. Dear Evan Hansen first premiered on Broadway in July 2015. The story follows Evan Hansen, a high school student with social anxiety. A day before one of his classmates commits suicide, a mix-up at school mistakenly leads his family to think they were close. The Broadway production won six Tony Awards and has become one of the most significant productions in the last few years.
It’s hard to deny the emotional weight behind this story. It is often cumbersome, and watching Evan Hansen deal with his social anxiety is extremely relatable. But there is a lot of heart to the story, and some fantastic songs as well. “Waving Through A Window” is a tune about being self-conscious and being stuck inside your own head, while “If I Could Tell Her” is an adorable song with a deeper meaning within the context of the show.
The Dear Evan Hansen movie has been a bit controversial, though, as original cast member Ben Platt is reprising his role as the titular character. Platt is almost 28 years old and will be playing a High School student. This could cause some disbelief from the audience, but despite this, I still recommend everyone checks out the movie when it comes out.
Those are the 5 movies I think you should check out in September. Which one are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below.