New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — September 2013
September is here, which means it’s time to head back to school for some of you, but the rest of you can feel free to slack off with the latest releases headed to DVD and Blu-ray this month. Horror, comedy, action, drama — it’s all here in our guide to the newest flicks hitting the shelves in September.
‘Now You See Me‘ – Directed by Louis Leterrier. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, and Woody Harrelson. An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
‘The Iceman‘ – Directed by Ariel Vroman. Starring Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, and Winona Ryder. The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.
‘The Lords of Salem‘ – Directed by Rob Zombie. Starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, and Bruce Davison. Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record — a “gift from the Lords.” The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?
‘Arthur Newman’ – Directed by Dante Ariola. Starring Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, and Anne Heche. A story of a man who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life, who then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘ – Directed by J.J. Abrams. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch. After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
‘Peeples‘ – Directed by Tina Gordon Chism. Starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, and David Alan Grier. Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s hand in marriage.
‘Love is All You Need’ – Directed by Susanne Bier. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, and Molly Blixt Egelind. A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter’s wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.
‘Wish You Were Here’ – Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith. Starring Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, and Felicity Price. Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back.
‘The Conspiracy‘ – Directed by Christopher MacBride. Starring Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, and Ian Anderson. A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.
‘The East‘ – Directed by Zal Batmanglij. Starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgard. An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
‘World War Z‘ – Directed by Marc Forster. Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, and James Badge Dale. United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
‘The Bling Ring‘ – Directed by Sofia Coppola. Starring Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, and Emma Watson. Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
‘Disconnect‘ – Directed by Henry Alex Rubin. Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, and Frank Grillo. A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world.
‘Simon Killer‘ – Directed by Antonio Campos. Starring Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, and Lila Salet. A recent college graduate flees to Paris after a break-up, where his involvement with a prostitute begins to reveal a potentially dark recent past.
‘Behind the Candelabra‘ – Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, and Scott Bakula. Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.
‘Iron Man 3‘ – Directed by Shane Black. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Guy Pearce. When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
‘Unfinished Song’ – Directed by Paul Andrew Williams. Starring Terence Stamp, Christopher Eccleston, and Gemma Arterton. Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife’s passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James.
‘Room 237‘ – Directed by Rodney Ascher. A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film ‘The Shining.’
‘The Kings of Summer’ – Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias. Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.
‘V/H/S/2‘ – Directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Jason Eisener, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, and Eduardo Sanchez. Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student’s disappearance.
‘Something in the Air’ – Directed by Olivier Assayas. Starring Clement Metayer, Andre Marcon, and Lola Creton. In the months after the heady weeks of May ’68, a group of young Europeans search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning.
‘Redemption’ – Directed by Steven Knight. Starring Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, and Vicky McClure. Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process.
‘I Spit On Your Grave 2′ – Directed by Steven R. Monroe. Starring Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom, and Yavor Bahorov. A wannabe model is lured into a trap where she is raped and brutalized. After a daring escape, she sets out to take revenge on her tormentors.