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Ten September film releases you need to know about

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  • The Guest

    Why are we excited?
    ‘Downton’ boy Dan Stevens gets ripped and goes rogue in an old-school home invasion thriller that has been getting rave reviews from critics.

    What could go wrong?
    What, that nice, floppy-haired Matthew Crawley as a crazed psycho killer? Pull the other one.

    Out on September 5.

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    The Guest
  • Pride

    Why are we excited?
    The advance word is very strong on this British comedy about London gay activists who travel to Wales to help striking miners in the mid-1980s.

    What could go wrong?
    The film’s approach to social issues looks broad (see ‘The Full Monty’, ‘Brassed Off’). Will it be able to satisfy the crowds and do the story justice?

    Out on September 12.

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    Pride
  • A Most Wanted Man

    Why are we excited?
    In one of his very last roles, the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in an adaptation of John Le Carré’s thoughtful Euro-thriller exploring the messy legacy of America’s blundering counter-terrorism efforts.

    What could go wrong?
    The book is less of a thriller and more of a political and emotional study. Can the filmmakers resist the temptation to turn it into some kind of cheap ‘Bourne’ clone?

    Out on September 12.

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    A Most Wanted Man
  • Magic in the Moonlight

    Why are we excited?
    This French-Riviera, 1920s-set romance is the new film from Woody Allen, the director of ‘Annie Hall’, ‘Manhattan’ and last year’s award-winning ‘Blue Jasmine’.

    What could go wrong?
    It’s a new film from Woody Allen – his output has been patchy for a number of years. This one has received mixed reviews in the US.

    Out on September 19.

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    Magic in the Moonlight
  • 20,000 Days on Earth

    Why are we excited?
    It’s a documentary with a difference – an arty portrait of the life of Aussie rocker and Brighton resident Nick Cave. Our critic Dave Calhoun has seen it and loves it: he gave it five stars.

    What could go wrong?
    Let’s hope the arty approach to Cave’s story doesn’t obscure the facts.

    Out on September 19.

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    20,000 Days on Earth
  • The Riot Club

    Why are we excited?
    An Education’ director Lone Scherfig oversees this adaptation of the popular West End play ‘Posh’, which was loosely based on the activities of the Bullingdon Club, the aristocratic Oxford clique that has spawned so many of our leading politicians.

    What could go wrong?
    The idea of spending 90 minutes in the company of a bunch of smirking upper-class twits doesn’t really appeal. But the play was a triumph, so fingers crossed.

    Out on September 19.

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    The Riot Club
  • Get on Up

    Why are we excited?
    It’s a backstage biopic of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, aka the funkiest man in the history of the world. Newcomer Chadwick Boseman is said to be a hot-stepping revelation as Brown.

    What could go wrong?
    From ‘Ray’ to ‘Walk the Line’, Hollywood biopics do tend to run along the same, slightly tedious rails: poor guy makes good, gets ruined by fame. Let’s hope this one has something new to say.

    Out on September 26.

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    Get on Up
  • Ida

    Why are we excited?
    It’s the latest from Polish-born, British-made director Pawel Pawlikowski, whose films ‘Last Resort’ and ‘My Summer of Love’ were gems of the British indie scene. Shot in Poland, this is the tale of a nun who leaves her convent to discover the fate of her parents, who were lost in the war.

    What could go wrong?
    We’ve seen ‘Ida’, and we can tell you upfront: nothing. This is one of the year’s best films, a mournful but breathtaking study of grief and vengeance.

    Out on September 26.

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    Ida
  • Maps to the Stars

    Why are we excited?
    It’s a creepy drama about the dark side of Hollywood from Canadian director David Cronenberg (‘Eastern Promises’, ‘Crash’). We like the sound of that.

    What could go wrong?
    Hollywood satires need to shine, otherwise they can feel a little obvious.

    Out on September 26.

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    Maps to the Stars
  • I Origins

    Why are we excited?
    This American sci-fi indie about a lab scientist making a radical discovery is from the same winning team of director Mike Cahill and star Brit Marling that brought us 2011’s much-liked ‘Another Earth’.

    What could go wrong?
    It’s pitched as sci-fi with a brain – let’s hope it manages to balance entertainment and ideas.

    Out on September 26.

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    I Origins

The Guest

Why are we excited?
‘Downton’ boy Dan Stevens gets ripped and goes rogue in an old-school home invasion thriller that has been getting rave reviews from critics.

What could go wrong?
What, that nice, floppy-haired Matthew Crawley as a crazed psycho killer? Pull the other one.

Out on September 5.

Read more


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Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .

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