It is time yet again for another one of my patented "Monthly Movie Roundup"s! This September was on the slower side for me and I only made it out to two of the new films released in theaters. Thankfully though I ended up enjoying them both quite a bit. So with my requisite intro out of the way lets dive right in!
Released: September 14 2018
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Mathew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley
Plot: A chronicle of the rise and fall of fifteen year old drug dealer "White Boy Rick" in 1980's Detroit.
Opinion: The perfect example of marketing that does not represent the actual film. The trailer for this one makes it seem like a fun period piece true crime story in the Goodfellas vein, but in reality it is a depressing spiral downward for an American family who seem to just make all the wrong choices. That isn't to say that the film isn't good, McConaughey gives yet another amazing performance and newcomer Merritt is a great new talent. Just know going in that this isn't the light hearted romp that the trailer promises and you'll enjoy one of the better dramatic films to come out this year so far.
Released: September 21 2018
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro
Plot: After the unfortunate death of his parents, young Lewis Barnavelt is sent to live with his eccentric uncle Jonathan who just so happens to be a real live warlock.
Opinion: I included this one in my "Fall Movie Preview" so I went into it with rather high expectations. I'm very pleased to say that for me it honestly lived up to them. The casting of Black and Blanchett is positively perfect and the story stays faithful enough to the source material to please a long time fan like me. If you love films like "Hocus Pocus" and "ParaNorman" then give this similarly toned dark magical adventure a shot.
Well that concludes my "Roundup" of the new releases I saw this past September. Did you see anything I didn't? Differing opinion then me? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, and as always thank you for reading and I'll see you next time!
P.S. - Look for the first installment of my "October Horror Movie Marathon" next Thursday!