September is a time of beginnings and endings. Besides the start of a new school year and the segue into autumn, it signals the end of the blockbuster movie season. Once summer ends, tentpole films that dominate theater screens come in short supply. However, this September has an encouraging number of enticing debuts.
“IT: Chapter Two,” which opens September 6, will more than likely scare its way to the box office and flood audiences with fear. After “It” opened to critical acclaim and stellar box office, anticipation for its sequel is immense. Set 27 years after the first film, “IT: Chapter Two” follows the Losers Club as they attempt to destroy Pennywise the Clown once and for all. Major star power will be a draw as James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, and Bill Hader play the adult versions of the Losers Club.
Then on September 13, three films will be vying for audience attention. First is the comedy-drama “Hustlers” starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez. Based on a true story, “Hustlers” follows a group of strippers who concoct ways to scam wealthy men. The film is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is tracking for a $24M debut.
Also premiering at TIFF is “The Goldfinch,” the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. “The Goldfinch” stars Ansel Elgort as Theo, a troubled man who enters the world of art forgery, co-starring Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, and Sarah Paulson. At the helm is John Crowley who directed the 2015 Best Picture nominee “Brooklyn.”
While it might not be a tentpole event, “Downton Abbey” should feel like an event for devotees to the Masterpiece series. In its film continuation, the King and Queen of England are set for a visit at Downton Abbey. As a result, the Crawley family and their servants find themselves in slight disarray.
Lastly, after the release of “First Man” last year, viewers can go back to space. Following a few release date changes and lengthy post-production, “Ad Astra” starring Brad Pitt finally lands in theaters September 20. In this sci-fi epic, Pitt plays Roy McBride, an astronaut who flies into space in search of his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones). The long-awaited picture is also a change of pace for director James Gray who’s been an indie mainstay.