September 2009 is a great month for an eclectic mix of upcoming movies. There’s two great sci-fi animated movies, a biopic, a documentary, a new Mike Judge movie, a horror movie and plenty of sci-fi movies. But September 2009 is light on the comedies, so get ready for a lot of action and drama with these upcoming movies:
Extract – I will start out with one of the few upcoming funny movies of September 2009 that looks promising, however. ‘Extract’ is Mike Judge’s newest movie, and it looks like it could be at least as good as ‘Office Space’. It’s about an owner of an extract plant (Jason Bateman) who has to deal with plenty of personal problems as well as issues at work. Ben Affleck actually looks like he pulls off funny in the trailer as a stoner-type, and Mila Kunis rounds out this interesting cast. It’s one of the upcoming movies I’m really looking forward to being yet another comedy with an R rating, and it could be the funniest thing to hit theaters since ‘The Hangover’ (although I’m hoping it will be better). It hits theaters on September 4, 2009.
9 – Nine is a popular number when it comes to movies in 2009, with ‘District 9’, ‘Nine’, and this ‘9’. But when it comes to the upcoming movies of September, 2009, this ‘9’ could be one of the best movies of the month. It’s one of the animated movies that could possibly compete with ‘Up’ for the Oscar in the animated category, about a cute little creation of a scientist that finds himself in a dark, Tim Burton-esque world where all humans are gone and machines are trying to exterminate all signs of life. The trailer for ‘9’ is visually stunning, so this is one of the upcoming movies of September that you shouldn’t wait to see on DVD. It fittingly debuts on 9/9/09.
The Informant! – With Steven Soderbergh directing and Matt Damon starring, this thriller has Oscar written all over it. It’s one of the few upcoming movies that looks like it could have a deeper storyline, delving into price-fixing and whistle-blowing; expect to see plenty of plot twists and backstabbing here. This also looks like it could end up being a Coen-style dark comedy, so it’s one of the most intriguing upcoming movies of 2009. Look for it on September 18, 2009 in limited release.
Coco Before Chanel – I absolutely adore Audrey Tautou, and her role as Coco Chanel could put her back in ‘Amelie’ territory after falling off of the map. This is one of the upcoming movies in September that is definitely trying for a Best Picture Oscar, and Audrey Tautou should have a shot at Best Actress if she delivers. Will a biopic about the great fashion designer be too boring? With Audrey playing her, I hope not, or my faith in her as an actress will be greatly diminished. This movie hits theaters on September 25, 2009.
Astro Boy – There aren’t a whole lot of upcoming family movies in September, 2009, so this CGI take on a classic animated series might be your best bet for an enjoyable family outing at the theater. It’s about beloved anime icon Astro Boy, a robot boy created by a scientist to replace his dead son. But when Astro Boy doesn’t fill the void in his heart, he leaves his father and embarks on a great adventure that ends with him having to save the city he left. I don’t know if this one will sneak into the Best Animated Feature Oscar nominees, but it could have a shot. It debuts on September 23, 2009.
Pandorum – Will ‘Pandorum’ be the ‘District 9’ of September? It certainly had the same Comic-Con buzz going for it, so hopefully it will be just as good. It’s sounding like a great creepy sci-fi mystery/horror flick about a crew that awakens on a ship with a collective case of amnesia. But it does seem a lot like ‘Alien’, with the ship being infested with mutant creatures that are stronger, faster, and uglier than the humans onboard, so hopefully it’ll do something original to separate itself from the obvious similarities. It’s one of the upcoming movies of September 2009 that fanboys are probably most looking forward to, so expect the theater to be full on September 18, 2009.
No Impact Man: The Documentary – Could this upcoming movie be one of the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary? I definitely think it has a solid shot. At least maybe we can all learn from it: it’s about a family abandoning their normal way of life for one that has no environmental impact for one year. Expect to feel very guilty after watching it in limited release on September 4, 2009.
The Invention of Lying – ‘The Office’ creator Ricky Gervais adds one of the few upcoming comedies of September into the mix with this movie about a world where lying doesn’t exist until one writer breaks the mold. Cast members in addition to Gervais include Jonah Hill, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Patrick Stewart, Tina Fey, Martin Starr, Rob Lowe, and Christopher Guest. It is PG-13, so I don’t know how far they can go with this, but curiosity about how the idea here is executed and the amazing cast has me hooked. This one hits theaters on September 25, 2009.
Jennifer’s Body – I’ve added this upcoming movie to the mix as a horror movie guilty pleasure. Megan Fox is in it; she’s evil; and she eats boys. (And you thought ‘Mean Girls’ was scary.) I’m sure Diablo Cody’s newest film foray won’t be as smart as ‘Juno’, but it should at least be fun. See it on September 18, 2009.
Surrogates – When it comes to upcoming movies about future worlds, I was having a hard time choosing between this movie and ‘Gamer’, but then I decided that ‘Surrogates’ might have a little more thought and a lot less action. It’s about a world where people interact through surrogate robots and live in isolation. A cop (Bruce Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years to investigate the murders of surrogates. The futuristic world will probably be something to behold, and this could be a sci-fi hit that hits theaters on September 25, 2009.
So from sci-fi movies to sci-fi animated movies, a few comedies, and some horror fare, there should be some great upcoming movies of September 2009 worth seeing from the slim pickins of a somewhat mediocre month.