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Movies Not to Miss: September 2019


Date Posted: 01 September 2019


Which of these are you going to watch?

Summer may be reaching its end, but the releases in cinemas are still getting hotter.

This month is a scattershot of genres, especially for those who like their horror (and it isn't even Halloween yet!).


Beside the Japanese Film Festival returning with a humbler but more exciting lineup, Asian blockbusters are still going strong in our cinemas, including a couple of Malaysian heavy-hitters.

So, if you think for a moment that you can lay off from going to the cinemas, here are our recommended movies you should not miss this September!

Weathering With You

As Tokyo goes through a season of torrential rain, runaway Hodaka runs into Hina who was the mysterious power to control the weather. Starting a small business to sell clear weather to people who want them, Hodaka slowly discovers that Hina's powers comes with a tragic secret behind it. After a smashing success with "Your Name", any work that comes attached with the name Makoto Shinkai comes with high anticipations. Nothing makes an anime fan happier to see a budding romance, set in a fantastic premise, immersed in beautiful hand-drawn visuals and listening to the soundtrack by Radwimps.

General Release Date: 5 September

Exit

After graduating from university, rock-climbing enthusiast Yong Nam is unemployed and unhappy. While attending his mother's 70th birthday party at a convention centre, he reunites with university mate Eui-Ju who rejected him in university. When the city comes under a mysterious gas attack, Yong Nam and Eui-Ju would have to bring out their rock-climbing skills to find an escape. Released at the same time with "The Divine Fury", if "The Divine Fury" was a mixed blend of action and horror, "Exit" is the disaster movie with the perfect excuse for your rock climber friends to convince to try at least one session.

General Release Date: 5 September

It: Chapter 2

After banishing the entity from their little hometown, the members of the Losers Club have grown and went on their separate ways. 27 years later, children in Derry are starting to go missing and the Losers Club have to return to fulfill the promise they made. The promised sequel and second part of the Stephen King adaptation, with a child cast that has grown up to James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, and Andy Bean. It has already been a strong year for horror, but we are looking forward to have returning director Andy Muschietti and Bill Skarsgård reprising his magnificent performance as the killer clown to make for a truly disturbing year.

General Release Date: 5 September

Suatu Ketika

Set in 1952, a ragtag team of school boys from a local school take on a football team from an elite British school. Inspired by their grandfather's stories about football, and funded by MDEC and FINAS, Prabakar and Prakash Murugiah make their directorial debut with a sports movie to unify Malaysians in cinemas. While "Suatu Ketika" has the added benefit of having Nam Ron and Remy Ishak to coach the cast, it remains to be seen if "Suatu Ketika" would be able to win the hearts and minds as "Ola Bola" did a few years ago.

General Release Date: 12 September

Dendam Pontianak

If you are looking for more Malaysian films to watch in September, then your prayers are answered (and you are going to want them answered for this one). With their wedding preparations underway, a Pontinak starts to terrorise Khairul and Siti's village. To hunt down the pontianak, Khairul has to face his demons and the truth of his relationship to Siti. Directed by Glen Goei and Gavin Yap, with Nur Fazura as the titular character hunted by the likes of Hisyam Hamid, Tony Eusoff and (again) Remy Ishak, this could be a new exploration of the Pontianak myth for the mainstream audience.

General Release Date: 12 September

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Based on the book series that has controversially straddled the line of being for children, is a movie that won't have a lot of trouble frightening the adults, much less the kids. Although it might be directed by horror director André Øvredal, he is backed by the producing powers of Guillermo del Toro, who will definitely have some influence in the production design of this adaptation. Following a group of teenagers who find a book of collected scary stories in a haunted house, this will be a darker and more horrifying version of the "Goosebumps movies, and will really make you scared for things that go bump in the night.

General Release Date: 19 September

Ad Astra

After setting off an experiment that could threaten the entire solar system, Major Roy McBride sets off to space to find his father who initiated the experiment. On his way, Roy will discover the secrets of space that will challenge the nature of human existence and their place in the wide and empty cosmos. Space movies are surely taking a more realistic turn now that space exploration is becoming a foreseeable future. With majestic outings like "Interstellar" and "Gravity" sticking closer to the science of space, here comes another entry that tries to challenge the verisimilitude of shooting in space. Directed by Palm d'Or contender James Gray and starring a cast led by Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland, this could be one existential movies that you would want to ground our reality with before going in.

General Release Date: 19 September

Hustlers

An all-female cast doing bad things continue to make their presence felt. Constance Wu leads the pack as a single mother stripper with other strippers played by Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B. Even though the cast isn't as high profile as some of the earlier entries we have seen in this subgenre, but it is based on a New York Magazine article from 2015 about a group of strippers hustling their way through the financial crisis of the late 2000s. Directed and adapted by Lorene Scafaria, we hope this would put a lot more of the female dynamics in the characters to make this a compelling watch.

General Release Date: 19 September

The Hunt

Twelve strangers wake up in the middle of a clearing with no memory of how they got there. While trying to find their way out, the begin to realize that they are being hunted as part of a game by the elite. Controversially shelved from release in the United States, we are not entirely sure if that extends to the other territories. While there is still one more in the can for "The Purge" franchise, Blumhouse still seems keen on making movies around class divisions in the fragmented fabric of America today. Directed by Craig Zobel who continues his dystopian streak after "Z for Zacharia", the cast will see some fresh faces except for Hilary Swank.

General Release Date: 26 September

Journey to China

Many might not have seen the original, but this is actually a sequel to a Sino-Russian title that came out in 2014. Set in the 18th century of a cartographer's journey through England to China, "Journey to China" got into the spotlight when it announced that it will have Jackie Chan, who is also providing the choreography and stunt work, and Arnold Schwarzenegger joining in, with Jason Flemyng and Charles Dunce reprising their role from the 2014 outing.

General Release Date: 26 September

Writer: Casey Lee



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