The 2020 Film Release Calendar: September
This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.
But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.
Anyway, here’s September:
When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers.
Video game movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich. Where have we seen that path before? And coming out Labor Day weekend. So great. We spent 15 years on Resident Evil and now we’re just gonna move along to this. Okay, then.
I guess we assume 3 stars and the usual generic action thing, though if it’s really generic, it could go 2.5. There’s really no other alternative except one or the other.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Oh boy, another one of these movies I won’t care about.
I may well skip this. But if I don’t, I promise I will not care a single bit.
John Clark, a Navy SEAL, goes on a path to avenge his wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.
Based on Tom Clancy, written by Taylor Sheridan, directed by the guy who did Sicario 2 and stars Michael B. Jordan. I mean, that’s all cool.
The question is, do we really think we’re getting anything more than standard a 3 star thriller? I’m not sure I am.
So 3 stars, and we’ll let the movie prove that it’s gonna be anything better than that.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
The Mitchell family road trip is interrupted by a tech uprising that threatens mankind.
I mean, this is dated, but it’s listed as not having shot yet. It’s animation, so I guess there’s no real official ‘start’ date. But still, you’d think they’d have started making this already if it were really gonna come out. It’s Lord and Miller producing, but that means nothing to me. And it’s Sony, which.. if it’s not Disney or Pixar, 3 stars is the max rating I ever guess, unless it really looks good.
This seems boring, so 2.5 stars. If it even comes out, I promise I either won’t care or will shrug and go, “Yeah, it was fine.”
The King’s Man
As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.
It’s Kingsman. We know what we’re getting. It’s a prequel with Ralph Fiennes starting Kingsman and I’m assuming, eventually recruiting Colin Firth, which will then lead into the next one.
I’ve been fine with this franchise. Matthew Vaughn knows his way around a fun action film and all these films have been 3.5 stars for me, so why assume anything less here?
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
It’s Aaron Sorkin writing and directing. So I’m all in.
Plus the cast — Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Michael Keaton! I’m so damn in on this.
No Sorkin script that’s primarily a ‘Sorkin’ script (so, everything but Malice, essentially, and maybe part of Moneyball, but the other half of Moneyball was Steve Zaillian, so it didn’t matter) hasn’t been amazing.
I’m not even gonna go the standard 4 like I normally would here. I’m going 4.5. Because I want this to be in my top ten. i just feel like I know how he’s gonna write this and I cannot wait to see it.
Last Night in Soho
A young girl, passionate in fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
It’s Edgar Wright, whichi s really all I need to know.
4 stars. Wright is exclusively a 4 or higher kinda filmmaker, so I’m ready for this to be really good.
Thomas McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp are in this. And the Stamp casting is interesting, because something tells me that’s due to his being in The Collector 55 years ago and maybe a few similarities there, narratively. But we’ll see.
I’m all in on anything Edgar Wright wants to make.
The Many Saints of Newark
A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano.
I was worried when they announced this, but honestly, I’m not sure why. I figure they’ll make this interesting.
David Chase wrote it but did not direct it. Alan Taylor, who was an HBO in-house director for a lot of years and did episodes of The Sopranos, including most of the final season, and Game of Thrones, eventually moving onto films like Terminator Genisys and Thor 2. So now he’s back to HBO, I guess sort of rehabilitating his directorial image with this.
The cast is nice. James Gandolfini’s son Michael is playing him, Alessandro Nivola is playing Christopher’s father Dickie, and you’ve got Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Ray Liotta, Corey Stoll, Leslie Odom, Jr… there’s a nice cast on this. Plus, it’s the Sopranos, so you gotta be at least a little interested in what they’re gonna do with this.
Let’s say 3.5 stars. Gotta be solid, right?
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