(Note: All release dates are subject to change; all information correct as of press time.)
Before we dive right into the holiday movie season, the studios will dish out some Oscar contenders, family features and slick action movies, with several releases clearly going head-to-head.
Hearthrob Ryan Gosling continues his winning streak in not one but two movies out in the first week of the month, Driveand Oscar contender Ides of March. Those two also goes head to head with the Brad Pitt helmed Moneyball as well as comedy caper Tower Heist.
We’ll also see another big screen comic book adaption but this time in the form of Tintin. Johnny Depp returns in The Rum Diary. Reviews in the US for this latest Depp outing has been quite negative but of course, we got to see it for ourselves to believe it.
As for the upcoming wedding episode of Twilight, at the tail end of the month, is anyone worried it won't be a hit?
Here are our picks for the month.
Week of 1 September
The Stars: Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac, Ron Perlman, Ryan Gosling
The Buzz: With three films to his name this year (Crazy, Stupid Love, Ides of March and Drive), 2011 looks like a good year for Ryan Gosling because all three movies are just so awesome. The film gained almost-instant critical acclaim when it debuted in May at the Cannes International Film Festival.
inSing.com says: It's an adaptation of a James Sallis novel about a Hollywood stuntman (Gosling) who has a part-time job as a getaway. A bank robbery goes wrong and this nameless stuntman ends up running for his life with an ex-con's girlfriend in tow. A blend of art-house and action with a good dose of violence thrown in for good measure, this neo-noir crime drama oozes visual style with thanks to director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, the Pusher trilogy) keen eye. Playing the part of a passive-aggressive stunt driver to a T is Gosling, whose emotionless (and nameless) portrayal of ‘Driver’ who only lets his guard and cool down in the presence of Carey Mulligan’s Irene. One of the best scenes in the movie is the opening car chase set piece. So do look out for that.
Also opening: Ben Stiller returns with another hilarious caper, Tower Heist alongside Casey Affleck, Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick. Ryan Gosling also stars in this George Clooney helmed Ides of March. The movie follows Gosling as an idealistic campaign aide who witnesses the dirty business of politics firsthand. Also opening this week is Koran sci-fi monster movie Sector 7. The movie centers on a group of workers on an oil rig called the ‘eclipse’ and they are terrorized by an underwater sea creature. The movie was one of the big summer blockbusters in Korea so let’s see how well it’ll do here.
Week of 8 September
The Stars: Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
The Buzz: Director Steven Spielberg actually acquired the rights to the Tintin film as early as 1983 when he touched base with Tintin creator Hergé about making a movie but plans were stalled after Herge died as well as facing legal wrangling and script problems.
inSing.com says: The first of the trilogy planned is based on the 1940s comic books, The Crab with the Golden Claws and The Secret of the Unicorn. The beloved Belgian boy journalist is voiced by now-grownup Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot fame, costarring with big names like Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Daniel Craig.The movie is also produced in conjunction with Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital imprint which employs the same technology James Cameron used to create Avatar. We hear that Jackson will trade places with Spielberg to direct the second one. In a panel at the recent San Diego Comic Con, Spielberg and Jackson said they had wanted to create a hybrid of live action and animation. "Even though the characters have these faces that you could never find on a real human being, you want the pores on the skin, the freckles, the stubble, the sweat. You want the texture and the detail that almost looks like live action,” says Jackson. The movie is already off to a promising start at the international box office, opening to US$55.8 million abroad this weekend. It was No. 1 in 17 out of the 19 territories it debuted in when it opened on October 26.
Also opening: Johnny Depp returns to the big screen this week in The Rum Diary. Based on an early novel by Hunter S. Thompson, the movie sees Depp as a young writer named Paul Kemp, a Thompson alter-ego who goes to booze-soaked 1960s Puerto Rico to work. Also opening in theatres is 11-11-11, a horror-thriller about how scary the number 11 is when it comes in groups of threes (Jim Carrey’s The Number 23 anyone?).
Week of 22 September
The Stars: Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Kristen Stewart, Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
The Buzz: Twihards are all waiting (and dreading) for this release. Breaking Dawn is the first part of the final chapter from the Twilight series and picks up where Eclipse ended. If you read the book, there’s a wedding, a honeymoon, baby and loads of drama after. Not to mention the return of Jacob’s abs.
inSing.com says: We hate to admit this but like most Twi-hards, we’ve been reading all of the “Twilight” books and have been following the films ever since the first one hit theaters. And we absolutely can’t wait to continue watching the saga on the big screen (rolls eyes).
Also opening: Antonio Banderas reprises his role as Puss in Bootsin this Shrek spin-off. It follows the character as new friends battle to save his village from destruction. The cast includes Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis and Billy Bob Thornton. Our favourite feline hero has already topped the US box office charts on opening weekend according.