September’s Top Movies

A Bigger Splash

Tilda Swinton plays a famous rock star vacationing with her lover (Matthias Schoenaerts) photo for A Bigger Splashon a remote Italian island. While the couple basks in the foreshadowing heat of the Mediterranean sun, their lives are soon disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old flame (Ralph Fiennes) and his seductive daughter (Dakota Johnson), creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and – ultimately – danger for everyone involved.
Vitals: Director: Luca Guadagnino. Stars: Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson.
2016 — Italy, CC, MPAA rating: R, 125 min., Drama, Box office gross: $1.936 million, Fox.
Extras: Eight promotional featurettes, photo gallery, theatrical trailer. 2 stars
Available: 09/06.

Captain America: Civil War

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers (Captain America) leading the photo for Captain America: Civil Warnewly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps — one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s (Iron Man) surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Rogers and Stark are joined by a star-studded lineup of Marvel Super Heroes, including Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), along with new recruit Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and joined by two new additions: T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Vitals: Director: Anthony and Joe Russo. Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Sam Wilson, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 147 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $380.230 million, Disney.
Blu-ray extras: “United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2,” “Captain America: The Road to Civil War,” “Iron Man: The Road to Civil War,” gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
3 stars
Available: 09/13.

Central Intelligence

Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson), a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, photo for Central Intelligencecomes home for his high school reunion and, claiming to be on a top-secret case, enlists the help of Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), once the ‘big man on campus,” now an accountant, who misses his glory days. Stone needs Calvin’s number skills to help him save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.
Vitals: Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet, Megan Park, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 107 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $126.088 million, Warner.
3 stars
Available: 09/27.

The Conjuring 2

Brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and photo for The Conjuring 2Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as the Warrens, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Vitals: Director: James Wan. Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley, Benjamin Haigh.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 134 min., Horror, Box office gross: $102.216 million, Warner.
Extras: “The Enfield Poltergeist: Living the Horror.” “The Conjuring 2: Hollywood’s Haunted Stage,” “Creating Crooked,” “Crafting The Conjuring 2,” “Sounds of Scary,” deleted scenes.
2 stars
Available: 09/13.



The Darkness

As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a photo for The Darknesssupernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences. When their young son (David Mazouz) brings home five mystical stones he found on the family vacation, Peter (Kevin Bacon) and Bronny (Radha Mitchell) begin to notice strange things happening in their house. Having awakened dark forces bound to the rocks, the family fights for survival as malicious demons feed off their fears and threatenn to destroy them. Vitals: Director: Greg McLean. Stars: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Jennifer Morrison, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 92 min., Horror, Box office gross: $10.732
million, Universal.

Extras: Deleted scenes, shocking alternate ending.
2 stars
Available: 09/06.

Free State of Jones

Set during the Civil War, the film tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight photo for Free State of Jonesand his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
Vitals: Director: Gary Ross. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jessica Collins.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 139 min., Drama, Box office gross: $20.389 million, Universal.
Extras: “The History of Jones County” featurette.
2 stars
Available: 09/20.

Love & Friendship

A fresh and witty take on the classic Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan” in which a photo for beautiful young widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), visits her in-laws’ estate while waiting for social chatter about her personal indiscretions to pass. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant daughter, Frederica. Enlisting the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), Lady Vernon attracts the simultaneous attention of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.
Vitals: Director: Walt Stillman. Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwel, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, Tom Bennett, James Fleet, Justin Edwards, Jenn Murray, Stephen Fry.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 94 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $13.465 million, Sony.
Extras: “Behind-the-Scenes: Love and Friendship” featurette.
2 stars
Available: 09/06.

The Meddler

With a new iPhone, an apartment near The Grove and a comfortable bank account left to her photo for The Meddlerby her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others. While making new friends, she finds a new purpose in life and launches into an unexpected romance with a motorcycle-riding ex-cop named Zipper (J.K. Simmons).
Vitals: Director: Lorene Scafaria. Stars: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Cecily Strong, Jerrod Carmichael, Jason Ritter, Billy Magnussen, Harry Hamlin, Laura San Giacomo, Michael McKean.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $4.259 million, Sony.
Extras: Commentary with Susan Sarandon and director Lorene Scafaria, two featurettes: “The ‘Real’ Marnie” and “The Making of The Meddler”; gag reel.
2 stars
Available: 09/06.



Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find photo for Mike and Dave Need Wedding Datesthe perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.
Vitals: Director: Jake Szymanski. Stars: Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, Stephen Root, Sugar Lyn Beard.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $45.082 million, Foxy.
2 stars
Available: 09/27.

Money Monster

In this real-time, high-stakes thriller, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as photo for Money Monsterfinancial TV host Lee Gates and his producer, Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.
Vitals: Director: Jodie Foster. Stars: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 98 min., Drama, Box office gross: $40.750 million, Sony.
Extras: Deleted scenes; three featurettes: “George Clooney, The Money Man,” “Inside the Pressure Cooker,” “Analysis of a Scene – The Showdown”; Dan the Automator (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien) “What Makes the World Go ‘Round (MONEY!)” music video. 2 stars
Available: 09/06.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Now that Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) have a second baby on the way, photo for Neighbors 2: Sorority Risingthey’re ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a hard–partying, out-of-control sorority, led by Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz). Mac and Kelly are forced to team up with their charismatic ex-neighbor and now secret weapon, Teddy (Zac Efron), since the ladies of Kappa Nu aren’t going down without a fight. It’s parenthood vs. sisterhood when the new neighbors assert their right to party just as hard as the boys.
Vitals: Director: Nicholas Stoller. Stars: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 93 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $55.291 million, Universal.
Extras: Deleted scenes; gag reel; Line-O-Rama; “Nu Neighbors” behind-the-scenes featurette; “The Prodigal Bros Return”: The not so beloved brothers of Delta Psi return … for a day, with Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jerrod Carmichael and Zac Efron; “Girls Rule” featurette; “The Ultimate Tailgate” sequence; commentary with co-writer/director Nicholas Stoller and producer James Weaver.
2 stars
Available: 09/20.

The Neon Demon

Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career photo for The Neon Demonas a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star … but Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals. Another disappointing outing — the second — after Nicolas Winding Refn’s auspicious 2011 outing, the startling and outstanding “Drive.”
Vitals: Director: Nicolas Winding Refn. Stars: Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington, Jamie Clayton, Alessandro Nivola.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 118 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $1.333 million, Broad Green Pictures.
Extras: Audio commentary with director Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning, two featurettes: “Behind the Soundtrack of The Neon Demon” and “About The Neon Demon.”
3 stars
Available: 09/27.



Now You See Me 2

The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan) return for photo for Now You See Me 2a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s
adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.
Vitals: Director:John Chu. Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Sanaa Lathan.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 129 min., Mystery Suspense, Box office gross: $63.540
million, Lionsgate.

Extras: Audio commentary by director Jon Chu, “You Can’t Look Away” featurette. Blu-ray adds “The Art of the Ensemble” featurette, “Bringing Magic to Life” featurette. 3 stars
Available: 09/06.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Rock comedy goes behind the scenes as music sensation Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) finds his photo for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stoppingpopularity plummeting after a disastrous album release, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all.
Vitals: Director: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone. Stars: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogeen Poots, Chris Redd.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 87 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $9.393 million, Universal.
Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, interview outtakes, bonus footage, six music videos, “How to Donkey Roll,” “Big Boy Freestyle,” “Shooting Hoops,” “Turn Up the Beef” backstory, “Fun at CMZ!” more.
2 stars
Available: 09/13.

The Shallows

Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great photo for The Shallowswhite shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills.
Vitals: Director: Jaume Collet-Serra. Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 87 min., Drama, Box office gross: $54.257 million, Sony.
Extras: Deleted scenes, four featurettes: “Shooting in The Shallows,” ‘How to Build a Shark,” ‘Finding the Perfect Beach: Lord Howe Island” and ‘When Sharks Attack.” 2 stars
Available: 09/27.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are back to battle bigger, badder villains, photo for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadowsalongside April O’Neil and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones. After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater threat with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
Vitals: Director: Dave Green. Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 112 min., Action Adventure, Box office gross: $81.860 million, Universal. Blu-ray extras: “We Are Family,” “Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse,” “House Party,” “It’s Tricky: Inside the Van,” “ILM: The Effects Beneath the Shell,” “Did You Catch That?” Turtle Eggs!, deleted scenes.
2 stars
Available: 09/20.


The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a photo for Warcraftfearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, an unlikely group of heroes is set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home. Based on the global video game phenomenon from Blizzard Entertainment.
Vitals: Director: Duncan Jones. Stars: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Ben Schnetzer, Robert Kazinsky, Ruth Negga, Daniel Wu.
2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 123 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $46.978 million, Universal.
Extras: Deleted scenes, gag reel, origin story
“The Fandom of Warcraft,” “ILM: Behind the Magic of Warcraft.” Blu-ray adds “Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Motion Comic,” “The World of Warcraft on Film” five part feature, Madame Tussauds’ featurette on the making of the Warcraft wax figures by Madame Tussauds, an early teaser “Warcraft” teaser that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013. 2 stars
Available: 09/27.

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