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September Movie Sneak Peek

By on September 3, 2016

Movies include some cute family films, a classic film reboot, and the real-life story of “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks.


Sully-PosterRated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language

In Theaters 9/9 | Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career. Clint Eastwood directs from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Also stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.



Wild-Life-1Rated PG for mild action/peril and some rude humor

In Theaters 9/9 | Ok for Kids 6+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

From the exuberant parrot Tuesday to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, things are larger-than-life on a tropical island that is a paradise for wild animals in this CG-animated family movie directed by Vincent Kesteloot. When Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on a hilarious adventure to build a tree-house and survive together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom – savage cats Mal and May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship.


Snowden-PosterNot yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 9/16

Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels

Directed by Oliver Stone, this politically-charged thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year. The all-star cast also includes Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood and Timothy Olyphant.


Magnificent-7-PosterRated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material | In Theaters 9/23 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Sony, MGM | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to the classic film released in 1960. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.


Storks-PosterRated PG for mild action and some thematic elements

In Theaters 9/23 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Warner Bros.

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

Storks deliver babies – or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world. This cute family movie features an all-star voice cast, including Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell and Jennifer Aniston.



Deepwater-Horizon-PosterNot yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 9/30 | Ok for Kids 13+ |

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Based on true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, this film chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history. Directed by Peter Berg, this movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson.



Miss-Peregrine-PosterNot yet rated; likely PG | In Theaters 9/30 | Ok for Kids 10+ 

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Directed by Tim Burton, this fantastical film is based on the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is. Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson star.


Masterminds-PosterRated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence

In Theaters 9/30 | Ok for Kids 14+ 

Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels

In this action comedy based on true events and directed by Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and a faulty heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash. The only problem? He foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double-crossers, who set him up to take the fall.


Edge-of-17-PosterNot yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 9/30

Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

This coming-of-age movie in the vein of “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club” offers an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. Directed by Kelly Fremon, this movie also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.


One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of


Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.

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