Pick of the Litter – September 2017


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

It

(Warner brothers) Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Javier Botet. Stephen King’s creepy novel about a killer clown terrorizing a group of Maine boys and years later, the same boys as men was famously a television miniseries with the great Tim Curry as Pennywise. Now, the book is a movie with an all-new cast and an all-new Pennywise. Children are disappearing in the town of Derry and a creepy clown haunts the woods and sewers of the town, but Pennywise is much more than he seems and the danger even worse. Beware the deadlights! September 8

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Animal Crackers

(Arclight/Blue Dream) Starring the voices of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone. A young family man has the horrible job of taste testing dog biscuits. When he inherits a rundown circus, he discovers the secret to the circus’ past success – a box of magic animal crackers that allows him to turn into any animal in the box and then back to human again. However, he must contend with an evil uncle who wants the circus for himself. The trailer looked awfully cute and heartwarming; this might be a sleeper family hit. September 1

Dolores

(PBS) Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Hilary Clinton, Robert Kennedy. One of the most successful labor movements in American history was the United Farm Workers, which radically improved working conditions for the mainly Hispanic farm workers of California. Although most associate Cesar Chavez with the movement, the heart and soul of the UFW was truly Dolores Huerta. A firebrand of a leader and an indomitable advocate for those she represented, her contributions are largely unsung due to her being a woman but this documentary aims to rectify that oversight. September 1

 Man in Red Bandana

(Verdi) Gwyneth Paltrow (narrator), Barack Obama. This time of year usually brings back memories of one of the worst days in American history and of course movies about that day – September 11, 2001. There are so many stories about heroism in the face of unspeakable horror but few are as unforgettable as that of Welles Remy Crowther, a young man in a red bandana who saved ten people (at least) at the World Trade Center that terrible day. September 8

School Life

(Magnolia) Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane. Education is important and despite attacks on the institutions of education from all sides, there remain places where it is taken seriously. In England, a boarding school in a converted manor has taken a rock and roll attitude towards learning, giving students more of a say in what they learn. With two long-time teachers at the school retiring, we get an inside look at the joys of growing up, learning and being inspired. September 8

The Force

(Kino Lorber) Juan Carlos Zapala, Libby Schaaf. This timely documentary explores an embattled urban police force from the inside out. The Oakland (California) Police Department has a legacy of corruption and police brutality that it struggles to deal with on a daily basis. With the citizens of Oakland growing increasingly frustrated over the dysfunctional relationship between the cops and the African-American community and with pressure mounting from above to fix it, the OPD tries to make real changes from within while keeping the safety of both cops and civilians uppermost in mind. September 15

Loving Vincent

(Good Deed) Starring the voices of Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, Robert Gulaczyk. Ten years in the making, this is the first film to be fully animated using oil paintings on canvas as the medium. The story revolves around the mysterious death of master Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh; was it suicide or was it murder? A young man charged to deliver a letter from the recently deceased painter to his brother Theo discovers that Theo has also died and becomes determined to understand the painter, his works and his death. September 22

Stronger

(Roadside Attractions) Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Clancy Brown, Miranda Richardson. The latest from director David Gordon Green examines the true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man thrust into an extraordinary situation when both his legs were blown off during the Boston Marathon bombing. There only to win back his girlfriend, he battled back to become a symbol of hope that inspired the entire city but it was no easy path to get there. September 22

Lucky

(Magnolia) Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Tom Skeritt, Ed Begley Jr. A 90 year old atheist, reaching the last days of his life, goes on a journey to try and discover the meaning his life has had amidst an odd collection of eccentrics in a desert town. Stanton, one of the legends of cinema, may very well be on his way to a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance here. September 29

September 2017


 

Stephen King's It Part One

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

A Boy Called Po – Limited
Animal Crackers – Limited
Dolores – Limited
Goon: Last of the Enforcers – Limited
Hazlo Como Hombre – Limited
I Do…Until I Don’t – Limited
Jackals – Limited/VOD
Jesus – Limited
The Layover – Limited
Little Evil – Netflix
Temple – Limited
Unlocked – Limited
Valley of Bones – Limited
The Vault – Limited
Viceroy’s House – Limited

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

The Atoning – VOD

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Spettacolo – Limited
White Sun – Limited

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

Home Again
It
The 60 Yard Line – Limited
9/11 – Limited
Anti Matter – Limited
Borstal – Netflix
The Challenge – New York City
Company Town – Limited
Fallen – Limited
Free in Deed – New York City
The Good Catholic – Limited
Gun Shy – Limited
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today…Sgt. Pepper and Beyond – Limited
Lipstick Under My Burkha – Limited
Man in Red Bandana – Limited
Memoir of a Murderer – Limited
Motherland – New York City
Hirune-hime: Shiranai watashi no monogatari – Limited
The Limehouse Golem – Limited/VOD
School Life – Limited
Trophy – Limited
True to the Game – Limited

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

Dayveon – New York City

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

That’s My Time: The Todd Lynn Story – Netflix

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

American Assassin
Brad’s Status
mother!

All I See is You – Limited
Easy Living – New York City
First, They Killed My Father – Limited/Netflix
The Force – Limited
In Search of Fellini – Limited
Justice – Limited
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards – Limited
Puppet Master: Axis Termination – Amazon
Rat Film – Limited
Rebel in the Rye – Limited
Red Trees – Limited
Rebels on Pointe – Limited
Strong Island – Netflix
Time to Die – Limited
Wetlands – Limited
Woodpeckers – New York City

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Ice Breaker – Limited

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

The Legend of 420 – Limited
Thirst Street – New York City
Truth is Not a Four Letter Word – Limited

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

Hissein Habré, une tragédie tchadienne – New York City
Leatherface – Limited

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Lego’s Ninjago

49 Pulses – Orlando
Battle of the Sexes – Limited
Big Bear – Limited
Bobbi Jene – Limited
Friend Request – Limited
Gaga: Five Foot Two – Netflix
The Houses October Built 2 – Limited/VOD
The Last Rampage – Limited/VOD
Loving Vincent – Limited
One Buck – Limited
Shot – Limited
Stronger – Limited
Unrest – New York City
Victoria and Abdul – Limited
Welcome to Willits – Limited

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

Bugs – Limited
I Am Another You – New York City

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

American Made
Flatliners

Thirst Street – Expands to Los Angeles
Unrest – Expands to Los Angeles and selected cities
Victoria and Abdul – Expands Wide
White Sun – Expands to Los Angeles
A Question of Faith – Limited
Abundant Acreage Available – Limited
Don’t Sleep – Limited
Gerald’s Game – Netflix
Judwaa 2 – Limited
Literally, Right Before Aaron – Limited
Lucky – Limited
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House – Limited
Our Souls at Night – Netflix
The Pathological Optimist – Limited
Realive – Limited/SyFy
The Sound – Limited
Super Dark Tims – Limited
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton – Limited
Til Death Do Us Part – Limited
Woodshock – Limited
Zombies – Limited