The Epoch Times film critic picks five films, next on the big screen in September, that appear to have potential.
Opening Sept. 4
1) ‘Absolutely Anything’
It’s a science fiction comedy featuring the concept of “what if you could have absolutely anything you wanted?” It’s got nearly the entire cast of Monty Python together for the first time since 1983, as well as a Python (Terry Jones) directing. And funny man Simon Pegg. And funny man Robin Williams in his final film role. If anything ought to be funny, it would have to be this film—the funny pedigree is staggering.
2) ‘Chloe and Theo’
I pick this for its good idea. A young woman, Chloe (“It girl” Dakota Johnson of “Fifty Shades of Grey”) is homeless in New York City, and has a thing for Bruce Lee. She becomes friends with Theo, an Arctic Inuit man. Theo’s come south, looking for the Elders of the South, so as to bring them a message from the sun—to warn them of the planet’s imminent demise due to global warming. Chloe helps him in his quest.
Opening Sept. 11
3) ‘Meet the Patels’
“Meet the Patels” is a comedic documentary, following one Ravi Patel (a 20-something first-generation Indian-American) in his attempt to seek a mate, using the time-honored Indian methods and procedures. He’d hidden his Waspy girlfriend from his parents for two years. That didn’t work so well. Now maybe it’s time to try the traditional Indian arranged marriage. Very funny. It’s got some animated sequences, and some sequences of Ravi and sibling Geeta’s very animated parents. Think—Indian version of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
Opening Sept. 16
4) ‘Pawn Sacrifice’
The year 1972 was an electrifying year for sports. Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in the summer Olympics, some 40 years before Michael Phelps got eight. Also that year, sportsman-of-the-mind and fellow American chess genius Bobby Fischer went up against scary Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky. It was a cold war between the Soviets and the Americans indeed, and it heated up the nation with its intensity and suspense. Starring Tobey Maguire as Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Spassky, this should be some fun storytelling.
Opening Sept. 18
A scintillating cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Emily Watson, and John Hawkes. “Everest” is essentially Jon Krakauer’s story “Into Thin Air,” which took place in 1996; two teams with competitive leaders were trying to summit Mount Everest and were hit by a devastating snowstorm. It’s a thrilling tale of survival, drama, one tragic phone call, and a record eight deaths in a single day on Everest.