As we say goodbye to August, we also bid adieu to the sequels and “three-quels”. The next few months, cinemas will usher in cinematic gems in the form of action thrillers, horrors and of course, the Oscar hopefuls.
But the high-concept Oscar movies doesn’t really roll in till October, with the exception of Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’ which could be his best movie yet; there are some really exciting flicks like Seth MacFarlane’s debut feature film ‘Ted’ which follows a grown-up and his talking teddy bear (yes); the return of our favourite zombie-fighting babe (Alice in ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’).
There’s also a reboot of a bad-ass iconic comic character (‘Dredd’—let’s hope they get it right this time), talking robots and bike messengers as action heroes.
So here are our picks for September:
Week of 6 September
The stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton, Seth McFarlane
The Story: Seth MacFarlane ('Family Guy') makes his cinematic debut with this R-rated comedy about one man and his foul-mouthed teddy bear. John (Wahlberg) has an unusual best pal - his cherished teddy bear (MacFarlane) who came to life as the result of a childhood wish, has refused to leave his side ever since, and shares John's enthusiasm for smoking weed and watching Flash Gordon. But when John fears losing his long-time girlfriend Lori (Kunis), he attempts to rid himself of his slacker lifestyle and jump into adulthood, a decision that doesn’t bode well with Ted. Meanwhile, a creepy father (Ribisi) and his demanding son express an unhealthy interest in the talking teddy bear…
inSing.com says: If you're not a fan of the animated shenanigans of ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad’, then ‘Ted is not for you. Yes, this show is created by Seth MacFarlane – he who is responsible for pushing his brand of foul-mouthed, vulgar and juvenile comedy. In his first feature film, he takes something from our childhood, the teddy bear, and transforms it into a cuddly and furry chain-smoking, coke-snorting Danny DeVito. Not only is Ted a walking and talking grumpy stuffed bear, he cusses too. The movie made one of the best debuts since ‘The Hangover’, grossing some US$370 million. Not bad for a cultural satire cleverly disguised as a dumb comedy.
Week of 13 September
The stars: Boris Kodjoe, Johann Urb, Li Bingbing, Michelle Rodriguez, Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory
The Story: The fifth instalment in the wildly successful zombie film franchise sees the Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continuing to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice (Jovovich, of course), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex.
inSing.com says: After surviving the zombie apocalypse in 2004, fighting extinction in 2007 and coming back from the afterlife in 2010, Milla Jovovich is going to get a dose of retribution in the what might be one of the final instalments of the overwrought ‘Resident Evil’ film franchise. So what can we expect? Alice (Jovovich) meets some zombies; Alice shoots, kills zombies and saves the day. Yeay.
Also opening: ‘Hope Springs’ is a romantic-comedy starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. This week also sees the opening of ‘Hsien of The Dead’, a based in Singapore ‘horror” movie about a bunch of Singaporeans caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
Week of 20 September
The stars: Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Emile Hirsch, John Travolta, Taylor Kitsch
The Story: Based on the novel by Don Winslow, ‘Savages’ tells the story of two Laguna Beach marijuana dealers (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson) and their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) tangling with a ruthless Mexican drug cartel.
inSing.com says: We’re really psyched to hear that legendary auteur Oliver Stone returning to the big screen with thriller ‘Savages’, and even twice as excited to find out Hollywood’s up-and-comers are going to helm it. The veteran director returns to his insane-aggro mode that made him a constant fixture in Oscar’s lists – vertiginous plot twists, senseless violence and mayhem, great cinematography (Don Mindel referencing Robert Richardson) and an A-list cast.
Also opening: The duo that gave us ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ is back with a romantic fantasy flick ‘Ruby Sparks’. Karl Urban is ‘Dredd’, judge, jury and executioner of Mega City One.Sam Raimi puts on his producing hat for ‘The Possession’, a horror movies about a girl taken over by an evil spirit after opening a mysterious box. After his successful hit ‘Midnight in Paris’, Woody Allen returns with ‘To Rome With Love’, starring Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page and Penelope Cruz.
Week of 27 September
The stars: Jamie Chung, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon
The Story: ‘Premium Rush’ is a New York-based action-thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee, a renegade bike messenger who has been having girlfriend problems when he's assigned to deliver an urgent letter all the way downtown. Unfortunately, a police detective named Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) also wants to get his hands on the envelope sending Wilee on a race across the city to get it to its destination.
inSing.com says: It’s ‘Speed’ on two wheels. ‘Premium Rush’ is an action-packed bike chase movie that sees a bike messenger (Gordon-Levitt) pedalling across town carrying a valuable package that has him in the sights of some evil-doers. The premise is the perfect set-up for loads of chase scenes and (real) bike stunts. Other than indie-darling Gordon-Levitt, ‘Premium Rush’ also stars a couple of good-lookers like Dania Ramirez and Jamie Chung as well as Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. What sets this movie apart is the thrilling first person POV from Wilee’s bike (including the video-game-like graphics to illustrate routes that Wilee calculates in his head).
Also opening: Oscar-nominee Frank Langella stars in ‘Robot and Frank’, a heart-warming movies set in the near future. There’s a talking robot… and Liv Tyler.
(Note: All release dates are subject to change; all information correct as of press time.)