Traditionally, September is a fairly ho-hum month for movies; this September was no exception. However, in the last weekend of the month, three new movies hope to electrify the box office with enough energy to carry over into October.
Hotel Transylvania (Rated PG-13) – An overprotective dad, Dracula has created a hotel where monsters can vacation in safety. All is well until a human shows up and shows interest in his daughter. Voiced by Adam Sandler and several of his usual suspects (Kevin James, Andy Samberg), “Hotel Transylvania” looks to provide some safe Halloween fun for the younger audience.
Looper (Rated R) – In the near future, when the mob wants to eliminate a target, they send the person back in time where a “looper” takes care of the job. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a looper whose latest target is his future self (Bruce Willis). Word of mouth on this one is that this is Bruce Willis’s best role in years.
Won’t Back Down (Rated PG) – A teacher (Viola Davis) and a mother (Maggie Gyllenhaal) team up to change their school and fight the bureaucracy. This seems like an odd release for late September, and I expect it will fall through the cracks.
All three films are playing in Ames at the Cinemark Movies 12. Other movies playing in the Ames area:
Cinemark Movies 12:
- Finding Nemo (Rated G)
- Trouble With the Curve (Rated PG-13)
- Dredd (Rated R)
- End of Watch (Rated R)
- House at the End of the Street (Rated PG-13)
- Resident Evil: Retribution (Rated R)
- The Possession (Rated PG-13)
- Lawless (Rated R)
- The Campaign (Rated R)
Cinemark North Grand 5:
- The Words (Rated PG-13)
- Sparkle (Rated PG-13)
- The Bourne Legacy (Rated PG-13)
- Total Recall (Rated PG-13)
- Marvel’s The Avengers (Rated PG-13)
If none of the new films are triggering your enthusiasm, there some other new films playing in the Des Moines area.
Pitch Perfect (Rated PG-13) – A fresheman at Barden University tries to fit in by joining her school’s all-girl singing group, “The Bellas”. Starring Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow, this one looks pretty good, and I’m surprised it didn’t get a wider initial release. “Pitch Perfect” is playing at the Century 20 Jordan Creek.
The Master (Rated R) A Naval veteran returning from war feels lost until he becomes enthralled by the engaging leader of “The Cause”. Few movies have generated the kind of buzz that “The Master” has, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it. It is playing at the Fleur Cinema & Café.
Sleepwalk With Me (Not Rated) – A comedian struggles with his career, relationships and severe sleepwalking. Fans of “The Bob & Tom Show” and NPR should be familiar with Mike Birbiglia; this movie is based on his one-man show.
To Kill A Mockingbird (Not Rated) – A Southern lawyer fights prejudice both at home and in his job when he defends a black man accused of raping a white girl. Starring Gregory Peck, the Oscar winning film makes a rare return to theaters. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. If you’ve never seen it, now is the perfect time to catch it on the big screen. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is playing at the Varsity, and it will end on Thursday.
See you at the theater!