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The best new movies to see this month

September signals the beginning of the smart season—thank heavens—and a trove of Academy Award hopefuls

Looking for the best new movies to see this month? We’re way ahead of you! Earlier in the year, we took a stab at our most anticipated movies for 2016. Additionally, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival are sure to bring their usual riches. (We’ll be at all three.) But the picture changes daily, so here’s a fine-grain image of the best movies this month has to offer.

Best new movies this month

1

Sully

Why we’re excited

Taking on the Miracle on the Hudson, the intuitive heroism of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and the oversight panel that came close to finding him in error, director Clint Eastwood has made a curious movie: slightly underwritten but vibrating with emotions that more cynical filmmakers would be embarrassed by.

What could go wrong?

It’s filled with nightmarish images, but also ones of getting the job done.

Sully opens Sept 9

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Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Why we’re excited

Documentarian Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) turns a controversial literary hoax into a private tale of a desperation, letting us into the nervous, chattering mind of Laura Albert, a Brooklyn-born creative writer who felt compelled to create alternate identities.

What could go wrong?

As a profile, it’s a little too soft on the ethics, yet it supplies a weird window into the need to be wanted.

Author: The JT LeRoy Story opens Sept 9

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3

Command And Control

Why we’re excited

Eric Schlosser’s 2013 nonfiction book was a terrifying chronicle of “broken arrows,” the military’s designation for accidents involving nuclear bombs—and one 1980 mishap that almost resulted in a mushroom cloud over Arkansas. The doc version goes deep into the Dr. Strangelove–ian folly that, years after the Cold War, we still must maintain, or suffer civilization-ending consequences.

What could go wrong?

Not much, if you like Schlosser’s Pulitzer-short-listed writing (even if, in this case, it’s been undeniably streamlined).

Command And Control opens Sept 14

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4

Blair Witch

Why we’re excited

The secret is out: A brand-new, bloodcurdling Blair Witch lurks in what was formerly titled The Woods over years of development. Brace yourself for another round of found-footage freak-outs, expertly deployed. Its plot was tightly kept hush-hush until recently, but director Adam Wingard (You’re Next) is no slouch. His latest has us giddy with anticipation—shaky cam and all.

What could go wrong?

You could be one of those people who hate fun. Wingard’s incredibly bold risk pays off—if you have an open mind and aren’t one of those purist internet trolls.

Blair Witch opens Sept 16

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5

Snowden

Why we’re excited

Snowden is to Citizenfour what The Walk is to Man on Wire—you know, a big-budget retelling of an acclaimed documentary. Plus, both share a risk-taking Joseph Gordon-Levitt attempting a tricky accent. And who better than Oliver Stone, a veteran of high-minded epics and daring political biopics, to do right by the controversial NSA whistle-blower?

What could go wrong?

It’s been a long time since JFK and Platoon. Stone needs to bring it.

Snowden opens Sept 16

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The Magnificent Seven

Why we’re excited

A violent Sergio Leone–esque spin on the iconic John Sturges’ 1960 Western, this remake reunites Training Day director Antoine Fuqua with costars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke for the tale of a group of gunmen tasked with protecting a besieged village. Gear up for some good old-fashioned badassery—this is a rousing piece of Hollywood action-making.

What could go wrong?

See Blair Witch above. The classic has been creatively rethought. Bring an open mind.

The Magnificent Seven opens Sept 23

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7

Queen of Katwe

Why we’re excited

A scrappy Ugandan girl, supported by a hard-working mom, discovers an affinity for the game of chess. It helps immensely that the mom is played by 12 Years a Slave’s hypnotic Lupita Nyong’o, and director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) is due for a rebound.

What could go wrong?

On paper, this one feels designed in a lab bent on creating the most shameless Oscar bait ever.

Queen of Katwe opens Sept 23

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8

American Honey

Why we’re excited

Acutely perceptive British writer-director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) hits the Midwestern road in her Cannes Jury Prize–winning film about a bunch of impulsive thrill-seekers who go wilding. It’s an existential epic starring Sasha Lane (in a breakthrough debut) and Shia LaBeouf, who will whisk you away in his ride. The prospect of seeing LaBeouf as an actor again is intriguing enough.

What could go wrong?

Are you ready for a Brit to lecture you on American irresponsibility and trashiness after the Brexit?

American Honey opens Sept 30

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Release date: Friday September 30 2016
9

Deepwater Horizon

Why we’re excited

Peter Berg’s movie is not about criminal culpability but rather, the scary moments of heroism on the oil rig. Mark Wahlberg jumps through balls of fire, while John Malkovich escapes with a sneer.

What could go wrong?

History’s worst environmental disaster also resulted in the largest corporate legal settlement in history, over $18 billion in fines agreed to by BP after its actions were deemed reckless. This could have been a much bolder movie.

Deepwater Horizon opens Sept 30

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Release date: Friday September 30 2016
10

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Why we’re excited

This fantasy stars the mighty Eva Green, a walking special effect in herself, born to the role of a semifrightening teacher and protector of kids with special powers. Plus, the overall vibe seems forged in same off-kilter strangeness that made us fall in love with director Tim Burton in the first place (Beetlejuice, etc.).

What could go wrong?

Is anyone really waiting with baited breath for a new Tim Burton movie? Those days seems long ago.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children opens Sept 30

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Release date: Friday September 30 2016

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Senor Magnifico
Senor Magnifico

Super psyched for this movie! The fact that Ben Stiller and Penelope Cruz are on the cover of Vogue for one of the advertisements, that within itself makes me want to vogue! ;)