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Movies Not to Miss: September 2018

Which of these are you going to watch?

Summer may be over but September will be an extra busy month for moviegoers, and that's a good thing for anyone who loves movies.

Even if you are not planning to attend the Japanese Film Festival (JFF), there's plenty to go around especially if you are into animations, Malaysian movies to celebrate Malaysia Day, and superhero movies of the non-Marvel and DC variety.


While most of these titles were not on everyone's radar from the beginning of the year, it has some interesting premises all the same that you might want to check out.

So, with Fall starting with a windfall of movies to see, here are the movies you shouldn't miss out this September!

 

Peppermint

 

The trope of the avenging one-man army from "Taken" to the "Equalizer" has been led by male action stars and only recently we are starting to see upcoming female counterparts for the role. In "Peppermint", we see Jennifer Garner who turns from a housewife to a killing machine after her husband and daughter are killed by a random drive-by shooting, and the courts refusing to charge against the drug-cartel connected perpetrators. Aside from us cheering for more female-oriented action flicks, we are excited to see Jennifer Garner getting back in shape for an action role since "Alias" under the helm of director Pierre Morel who revived the one-man army trope with "Taken" itself.

General Release Date: 6 September

 

Mirai

There's a few names in Japanese animation now that excites outside of Studio Ghibli and Makoto Shinkai, and that is Mamoru Hosoda, who is back with a new family-oriented animation. Centred on a 4-year-old spoiled Kun who is told by his parents that he will be having a younger sister soon, while playing in a magical garden, he meets with the future version of his soon to be born sister. Being the first Japanese animation to premiere at Cannes and already released in Japan two months ahead, this could be Hosoda's most personal film that is more down-to-earth with the relationships and dynamics of its characters, while touching something that is shared by anyone who grew up with a younger sibling on the way.

General Release Date: 6 September

 

One Two Jaga: Cross Road

Malaysian films will be taking center stage this month and it starts with the welcoming return of Namron's latest directorial outing since "Psiko: Pencuri Hati". Garnering some critical buzz at the New York Asian Film Festival and the Far East Film Festival in Udine, "One Two Jaga" opens up the underbelly of the corrupted police force and its impact on the issue of illegal immigrants in this country. Co-starring Indonesian actors with Malaysian actors, this will be an aggressive exploration of the grey area between the law and criminals and set us up a grim and daring portrayal of our law enforcement.

General Release Date: 6 September

 

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

If you have been left with sadness after seeing so many deaths in "Avengers: Infinity War", it might be a good time to see some other superhero movies in the meantime until the next Avengers. September will be a rewarding month if you are fan of superhero movies and anime with the coming of the first movie from the "My Hero Academia" series. Set between the second and third season when the class of would-be superheroes go on a field trip to a research island, Midoriya meets with Melissa Shields; a quirkless like himself, while the class of UA gets caught by a plot of a villain to kill everyone on the island.

General Release Date: 6 September

 

Paltan

We've seen American jingoistic movies over a dozen times, and we are slowly seeing more and more of those from China recently, but what we haven't much of is from India. If you are more interested in seeing the gun battles set in a real battle than the bias perspective, then you might want to see "Paltan", an explosive Indian production set during the 1967 clashes at the Sikkim border between China and India after the SIno-Indian War. Directed by patriotic filmmaker J. P. Dutta, who also directed 1997's "Border" and 2003's "LOC: Kargil" set on the borders with Pakistan, "Paltan" recruits an ensemble cast with Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, SonuSood, Harshvardhan Rane, Esha Gupta, and Sonal Chauhan with actual soldiers from the conflict against a cast of Hindi-speaking Chinese.

General Release Date: 7 September

 

The Predator

After an 8-year absence from the collective imaginations of a world that is bombarded with more "Alien" instalments, the world seems to have forgotten about the high-tech alien hunters who infiltrate earth for their prey. But when a young boy triggers an alert into outer space, the Predators are back and upgraded with new weaponry and genetics to be the deadliest hunter of them all. Shane Black who starred in the original 1980 instalment (the one with Schwarzenegger and his 'chopa) returns in the director's seat, alongside John Davis who produced the first three installments. The new batch of prey will be led by Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Munn who tries to stop the Predators, set in a city of the present day between the events of "Predator 2" and 2010's "Predators".

General Release Date: 13 September

 

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Based on a novel by Romain Puertolas, Ajatashatru Lavash Patel is a charlatan who lives most of his life in a small neighbourhood of Mumbai. When his mother dies, Ajatashatru decides to find his missing father in Paris, as he travels between countries from an IKEA wardrobe, a Louis Vuitton suitcase and a hot-air balloon, while meeting with friendly immigrants and natives. Directed by Canadian director Ken Scott, best known for "Starbuck" (and the not-so well-known American remake "Delivery Man"), it stars Tamil star Dhanush in his first international outing. Shot in India, France, Italy and Libya, this is an adventure around the world told through the wondrous eyes of a man who hasn't seen a larger world.

General Release Date: 13 September

Rise: Ini Kalilah

September is also the month when Malaysia was formed and it has been historically reformed by the recent general election. With stories to tell future generations of Malaysians that change is possible, "Rise: Ini Kalilah" seeks to capture some of those stories to tell it on film. Directed by some of the best directors from each side of the Malaysian film industry with an equally star-studded multiracial cast, made and released in record time, "Rise: Ini Kalilah" is a collection of six fictional Malaysians with different roles leading up to the 14th General Election and the decisions they make to bring about change. This movie is intentional in its purpose to celebrate the people's victory and it is a victory worth celebrating.

General Release Date: 16 September

 

Searching

Movies told from a computer screen has been a rising trend and a simple frame for filmmakers to reinvent some familiar genres. We've seen it being used as of late in the cyber horror field, but it only seemed natural that in today's world of social media and inter-connectivity, it would be the perfect place to set a thriller. Starring John Cho as a father whose daughter has gone missing, he opens up his daughter's laptop to find clues of her disappearance and where she might be. Astounding this year's Sundance with his feature debut to win the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and Audience Award, director Aneesh Chaganty brings up a new question that millennial parents may want to ask themselves, how much do we know our children and what do they do online?

General Release Date: 20 September

 

Destination Wedding

Keanu Reeves may be back as John Wick to murder anyone who gets between him and his dog, but he hasn't decided to completely remove love from his life. While many will choose to see this as the unofficial prequel of "John Wick" and how he met his loving wife, but anyone who has seen director Victor Levin's "5 to 7" will know this is a through and through romance comedy with some truth bites in it. Invited to a wedding of a mutual friend, Frank, played by Reeves, and Lindsay, played by Winona Ryder, find themselves traveling to the wedding together as they reminisce with bitterness of their friends and the to-be married couple.

General Release Date: 20 September

 

A Simple Favor

While we are reminded how crazy rich Asians can be, we also have to be careful about Crazy Rich White People. From the director best known for bringing us raunchy female-lead comedies (including that "Ghostbuster" remake), Paul Feig brings an unsettling thriller with two female leads who will be perfect opposites in the comedy. Lifestyle blogger mom Stephanie Ward, who befriends a mysterious and wealthy neighbour one day finds that the neighbour has disappeared almost without a trace, Stephanie has to piece together clues on where her friend is, together with the neighbour's husband. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively would be playing opposite each other, while "Crazy Rich Asian" heartthrob Henry Golding continues his foray into Hollywood with his second Hollywood role.

General Release Date: 20 September

 

Paskal

If watching war movies from other countries is not how you want to show your patriotism, then come support our very own PASKAL Special Forces from the Royal Malaysian Navy. Directed by Adrian Teh, "PASKAL" will be featuring a cast trained by the special forces and is based on a real mission of PASKAL freeing hostages from a Malaysian merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden. Proceeds from the box office sales would be donated to the veteran's association.

General Release Date: 27 September

 

Wiro Sableng

Another superhero movie that will be coming out this month is from Indonesia. Adapted from the novel series of the same name by the late Bastion Tito, a mystical martial artist of the Nusantara is tasked by his mentor to capture a deviant apprentice. As the martial artist embarks on his journey, he learns of the apprentice's true intentions as he heeds the call of being a hero. Directed by Angga Dwimas Sasoingko who is better known for his romances, this will be a break into action comedy with Vino G. Bastian taking the titular role, chasing after Yayan Ruhian's Mahesa Birawa and aided by Sherina Munaf and Fariz Alfarizi.

General Release Date: 27 September

 

Golden Job

Youngsters in the 1990s may have been inspired by the cool "Hung-Hing" brotherhood of "Young and Dangerous". In the almost 20 years since the franchise made its final instalment, some of the cast have moved on, while others have stayed in the movie business becoming actors and directors in their own right. "Golden Job" reunites the five 'brothers', Ekin Cheng, Michael Tse, Jordan Chan, Jerry Lamb, and Chin Ka Lok who will also direct, as five retiring con-artist planning for a final heist. Although "Golden Job" is not in any shape or form related to the beloved triad movies, but perhaps this would be the start of a new franchise for the older gangsters to appear in together for a while.

General Release Date: 27 September

 

The Breadwinner

After imagining the world with Celtic and Irish myth, Cartoon Saloon is anchoring on a more grounded and troubled story of the world with "The Breadwinner". Adapted from the novel by Deborah Ellis and produced by Angelina Jolie, "The Breadwinner" centres on Parvana, an Afghan girl who lives during the rule of the Taliban. When her father is taken away by the Taliban, Parvana decides to free herself from their oppression by disguising as a boy and searching for her father. Although long premiered during last year's Toronto Film Festival, this is a natural must-see for those who loved "The Secret of Kells" and "Song of the Sea", and getting a chance to see this Oscar nominee on the big screen.

General Release Date: 27 September

 

Tangisan Akinabalu

Although cinemas in the Peninsular were not able to see "Huminodun", but they will be seeing another film from Sabah in cinemas nationwide. Inspired by the 2015 earthquake, "Tangisan Akinabalu" is about the mountain guides and porters who went on the search and rescue efforts for those who were stranded by the earthquake. Directed by "Libas" and "The Malay Regiment" director Jurey Latiff Rosli, the movie will be introducing Yuri Mejal, Syaiful, and Sabah's own Selena Gomez; Phanthegerow.

General Release Date: 27 September

 

Sui Dhaaga

Mauji is a care-free grandson of a tailor. When he is mistreated at work, he is encouraged by his wife to start a business as a textile weaver and tailor. Directed by "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" director Sharat Katariya, starring Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, "Sui Dhaaga" weaves a wonderful rags to riches story told with the power of love, family and hard work to be the underdog story of the month.

General Release Date: 28 September


Cinema Online, 01 September 2018