September Movie Previews

Peppermint opens Sept. 7

The kids are back in school while most vacations are just a distant memory. Stores have been bombarding us with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah items for months already. What’s a person to do to escape all this craziness? Go see a new movie being released this September.

Here are just a few to choose from.

Peppermint (R)

On Sept. 7, the film Peppermint debuts, directed by Pierre Morel. It stars Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz and Method Man. Similar to a female Death Wish or Equalizer with just as much action if not more, Garner goes back to her roots of Alias to play a distraught wife and mother whose family is senselessly gunned down in a drive-by shooting by members of a drug cartel. She watches helplessly as these animals are freed due to the corruption within the police and government. Going off the grid for a while, she trains and focuses on one thing: seeking justice from those who destroyed her life. Garner was born to play this type of part. A great drama/action film to start the month off.

The Predator (R)

Sept. 14 sees the release of The Predator, directed by Shane Black and starring Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay, Sterling K. Brown and Thomas Jane. If the title sounds familiar that is because this is the fourth installment of the series, with the last one being released in 2010. This new take follows a young boy who unknowingly activates the universe’s most lethal hunters—the Predator. In order to save humanity, a group of not so stellar former soldiers and a discontented science teacher come together to erase this hunter once and for all. Sure to be a hit like its predecessors, especially with a new modern twist.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (PG)

On Sept. 21, The House with a Clock in Its Walls hits theaters. Directed by Eli Roth, the film stars Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan, just to name a few. The movie is based on the children’s novel written by John Bellans, published back in 1973. This magical and funny film is about a recently orphaned boy who relocates to live with his mysterious uncle, who is a struggling warlock. They team up along with their neighbor, a powerful witch, to locate the evil clock hidden within the walls of the house by its previous owner. A great family-friendly film.

Little Women (PG-13)

Finally, on Sept. 28, Little Women debuts, directed by Clare Niederpruem. The movie stars Lea Thompson, Melanie Stone, Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennies and Ian Bohen debuts as a modern take on the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. The story follows the March Sisters through their trials and tribulations of growing up, romance, pain and sorrow. Here’s hoping that these stars can interest a whole new age group in this timeless classic.

Grab your popcorn and snacks and head to the movies this September!

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Cheryl Wadsworth
Cheryl Wadsworth is a writer for Long Island Weekly, specializing in movie previews.

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