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New Movie Releases — September 2012

FilmDistrict, Weinstein Company, Lionsgate

It’s the end of summer, so celebrate by heading to the theater to check out this month’s new releases. We’ve got the latest from Rian Johnson, a new raunchy female-centric comedy, an animated trip to a spooky hotel, and the highly-anticipated new film from Paul Thomas Anderson. 

September 7

The Cold Light of Day‘ — Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri. Starring Bruce Willis, Henry Cavill, and Sigourney Weaver. A young Wall Street trader is on vacation in Spain when his family is kidnapped by mysterious intelligence agents on the search for a very important briefcase.

The Words‘ — Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Starring Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, and Olivia Wilde. When a staggeringly successful writer plagiarizes the work of another, he finds there’s a steep price to pay for this theft.

Bachelorette‘ (Limited) — Directed by Leslye Headland. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, and Isla Fischer. A trio of friends are asked to be bridesmaids at the wedding of a woman they used to call “pigface” in high school.

Hello I Must Be Going‘ (Limited) — Directed by Todd Louiso. Starring Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, and Christopher Abbott. When a young divorcee is forced to move back in with her parents, she falls for a much younger man.

September 14

Finding Nemo‘ (3D) — Directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Starring Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Alexander Gould. Young clown fish Nemo is captured in the Great Barrier Reef, sending his neurotic and overbearing father on a mission with a dimwitted companion to rescue him.

Resident Evil: Retribution‘ (3D) — Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, and Michelle Rodriguez. Alice is back (again), joining forces with resistance fighters to take down the sinister Umbrella Corporation and their army of the undead (again).

Arbitrage‘ (Limited) — Directed by Nicholas Jarecki. Starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Brit Marling. A troubled hedge fund manager is desperate to make one final sale that will complete the trading empire he’s been building, but when he makes a mistake he must ask for help from an unlikely ally.

‘Liberal Arts’ (Limited) — Directed by Josh Radnor. Starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Zac Efron. Upon returning home for his father’s retirement party, thirty-something Jesse falls head over heels for a young college student, forcing him to confront his feelings.

The Master‘ (Limited) — Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams. An enigmatic science-fiction author on the verge of creating a religious empire befriends a troubled drifter, grooming him to become his right hand man.

September 21

Dredd‘ (3D) — Directed by Pete Travis. Starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey. In the future a group of law enforcement officials known as “Judges” are given the authority to act as judge, jury, and executioner. One Judge, Dredd, teams up with a rookie to take down a drug kingpin.

End of Watch‘ — Directed by David Ayer. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, and Michael Pena. Two officers take down a drug cartel during a routine traffic stop and make off with a hefty sum of cash, putting them at the top of the cartel’s hit list.

House at the End of the Street‘ — Directed by Mark Tonderai. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, and Max Thierot. When a mother and daughter move to a new town, the daughter befriends the boy next door — the lone survivor of a tragedy in which his sister murdered their parents.

Trouble with the Curve‘ — Directed by Robert Lorenz. Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and John Goodman. An elderly baseball recruiter near the end of his life takes his daughter along for one last recruitment trip.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘ (Limited) — Directed by Stephen Chbosky. Starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller. When an introverted freshman at a new school befriends two delightfully weird outsiders, he writes about their experiences for a book.

September 28

Hotel Transylvania‘ (3D) — Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Andy Samberg. Dracula and his family operate a high-end resort for monsters and ghouls, but their whole world is thrown into upheaval when they receive their first human guest — who also happens to have eyes for Dracula’s daughter.

Looper‘ — Directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. In the future when the mob needs someone taken care of, they send them back 30 years to guys called “Loopers,” like Joe. But things get out of hand when Joe is faced with killing his future self.

Won’t Back Down‘ — Directed by Daniel Barnz. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, and Holly Hunter. Two mothers from different backgrounds fight the bureaucracy to change the education system at the inner-city school their children attend.

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