Oscar season is in full swing this month with several high-profile, Oscar-bait films and one movie guaranteed to be singled out as one of the years’ worst. Whether you’re a cinephile, an audiophile or a homophile, there’s something for every taste in September.
It: Chapter Two – September 6
Kellyanne Conway doppelganger, Pennywise is back! The sequel to the highest grossing horror film of all time takes place 27 years after the events of the first chapter. The now-adult members of the Losers’ Club (Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, and humpy Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa, among them) are terrorized again by the killer clown.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – September 6
Pop phenomenon Linda Ronstadt was ubiquitous in the 70s and 80s. She was a multiple Grammy winner and excelled in diverse musical genres, including new wave, pop, rock, operetta, country and mariachi. The incredibly prolific artist gave her last live concert in 2009 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a few years later. The latest documentary from the Oscar-winning directors of The Life and Times of Harvey Milk and End Game features interviews with friends and collaborators including Dolly Parton, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.
The Goldfinch – September 13
We’re really looking forward to this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Ansel (Baby Driver) Elgort stars and Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson and Jeffrey Wright co-star in the tale of a devastating childhood trauma which leads our protagonist into the world of art forgery. Another reason to have high hopes for the film? It was directed by John Crowley who helmed Brooklyn, the luminous tear-jerker which starred Saoirse Ronan.
Hustlers – September 13
Sorry, J-Lo. We are excited about this movie for one reason only: the film debut of the force of nature known as Lizzo. The “Truth Hurts.” Boom! Will this “based on a true story” tale of strippers who turn the tables on Wall Street d-bags be Oceans 8 with pasties and g-strings? Find out September 13.
Downton Abbey – September 20
The PBS sensation leaps to the big screen in a continuation of the series. The upstairs/downstairs residents prep for a visit from King George V and Queen Mary. We are living for the withering smackdowns from the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith,) butler Thomas Barrow’s big gay romance and sumptious period trappings. Hello, doilies!
Where’s My Roy Cohn? – September 20
The latest from the director of Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood has been called, “A delectable look at a despicable person.” One of American politics’ original dirty tricksters, Roy Cohn was Joseph McCarthy’s handmaiden, a mob attorney and Donald Trump’s best friend and mentor. A homophobe AND a closet queen, Cohn partied with celebs and gays at Studio 54 while playing fixer for gangsters and sham real estate moguls. Dramatized by Al Pacino and more recently, Nathan Lane in the Broadway revival in the brilliant Angels in America, Cohn was a uniquely American monster.
Ad Astra – September 20
Ad Astra, which means “to the stars” in Latin (we hit Wikipedia so you don’t have to), recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival and the reviews have been out of this world – ba-dum-bump! “The Guardian” gave it 5 out of 5 stars and described it as a “superb space-opera with serious daddy issues.” Pitt is on a roll after his turn in Quentin Tarantino’s awards season front-runner Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The trippy trailer is giving us 2001 meets Apocalypse Now vibes.
Judy – September 27
Early reviews are praising Renee Zellweger’s performance as the tragic superstar and we loved the play (“End of the Rainbow”) on which the script is based, but this seems a bit more of a Lifetime gloss than the deep dive we were hoping for.
The Fanatic – September 6
Xenu’s second favorite acolyte stars as a deranged celebrity stalker in the new film directed by Limp Bizkit bro Fred Durst. Critical response to the film has been… ummm… unkind. It looks like John Travolta can expect to add another Razzie award to his expansive collection.
In October, we’re excited about the return of one of our favorite filmmakers, Pedro Almodovar, and Joaquin Phoenix goes batshit crazy as the Joker.