Questionable Harvest: September 2016 Movie Preview

M: Five Fridays, and a whole bunch of wide releases makes for a lot of movies to talk to you all about this month!

C: Some of them even look pretty exciting.

E: Life turns serious in September: back to school, back to so called grown-up movies.  Popcorn is out, drama is in!

M: More that they’re leaving the popcorn for the start of the new TV season… which we’ll get to in a week or two.

E: I find myself in the weird position of asking first what’s wrong with these movies, and second how the November and December releases can possibly be any better.

C: I don’t know why you’d say that.

M: Because she’s E. And because Hollywood tends to suck at spacing out good releases.

E: Because this isn’t my first September, sis. Glance over our September previews from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 and you’ll see almost no movies that you’ll remember; a few minor hits, a few critically acclaimed flicks, a few Halloween themed flicks, and one best picture nominee.  This year’s slate looks far more promising than that, which honestly weirds me out a little. Are we seeing a change in release patterns, or are these movies less promising than they appear?

C: Every year a few good films come out in September. It’s usually the ones that aren’t big enough for summer or the holidays, but aren’t arty enough to be Oscar favorites.

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May Movie Preview 2013

E: When did May becomes the best summer movie month?  Because the popcorn epics you long to see?  They’re in May. Those hot documentaries you want to see to impress your hipster friends?  They’re all in May.  The sequels?  May.  May May May May May.

M: Well, given that Star Wars opened in May in 1977, I think it’s been a while.

E: Yes, but it’s not just one movie.  It’s at least one every weekend, for five weekends in a row.  It’s awesome.

M: As for the “hot documentaries,” as you well know I have little interest in seeing anything to impress any hipsters, friend or foe. I’ll see the documentary if it’s interesting to me.

C: Yeah, hot documentaries seems like a contradiction in terms. And there are some good movies coming in June too. But May is starting off with a bang!

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