New movies to watch in September

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, an IMAX David Bowie documentary, Harry Styles in Don’t Worry Darling, Airbnb horror Barbarian and more. 

This September is an all-star month, with new movies featuring Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie and Harry Styles. 

September means two things: awards season starts to kick into high gear, and spooky season is on the horizon. 

Don’t Worry Darling (new movies to watch in September)

For some prestige, we have Olivia Wilde’s already controversial Don’t Worry Darling (Sept. 23), starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh in a thriller about a 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community who begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets. With rumours of extra-marital affairs, tense casting snafus and a disastrous press cycle, if nothing, the movie has recaptured the golden age of behind-the-scenes drama that has mostly been lost in our heavily focus-grouped and PR-packaged media cycles. 

Andrew Dominik’s much anticipated Blonde hits Netflix on Sept. 28, but the film will have a limited theatrical release in Montreal a week before that. Based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates and starring Ana de Armas, Blonde takes a deep, dark look into the life and world of Marilyn Monroe. 

Bridging the gap between genre and prestige is The Woman King (Sept. 16), a historical drama starring Viola Davis inspired by the actual events in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), early trailers showcase an all-star cast including John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die) in a tense, action-packed look into the greatest women warriors to ever live. 

On the spookier end of the spectrum, horror fans have much to be happy about. Right off the top, Barbarian (Sept. 9), co-starring Justin Long and Bill Skarsgård, takes on all your biggest AirBnB fears. The prequel to Ti West’s X, Pearl (Sept. 16), looks at the backstory of how Pearl became a vicious killer. At the end of the month, Smile (Sept. 30) marks director Parker Finn’s feature debut. Building on some of the ideas from his unsettling short film Laura Hasn’t Slept, Smile is about a doctor who starts to experience a reality-bending terror after a bizarre and traumatic incident with a patient. 

Are you looking to laugh? Two mainstream comedies hit the screen this month. First up, the R-rated Honk for Jesus. Save your Soul (Sept. 2) stars Regina Hall as Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church who attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), rebuild their congregation in the aftermath of a major scandal. Then Judd Apatow alumni Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) directs Billy Eichner (who also co-wrote the script) in Bros, about two men with commitment issues who attempt a relationship. 

Moonage Daydream (new movies to watch in September)

Bowie fans will be treated to Moonage Daydream (Sept. 16), a documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of David Bowie, including concert footage — in IMAX! The director is Brett Morgen, who made some of the most compelling entertainment documentaries of the past decade, including The Kid Stays in the Picture and Cobain: Montage of Heck.

For audiences in search of some good Quebec content, there’s a lot to look forward to. Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age (Sept. 9) is a harrowing documentary that follows four women worldwide, and the violence and hatred women experience online. Niagara (Sept. 16) is a dark comedy about three brothers in their 50s who will have to reconnect after the death of their father, who died prematurely from an unfortunate Ice Bucket Challenge. The great Stéphane Lafleur is also back with a new film, Viking (Sept. 30), a comedy that centres on a group of people working as a “B team” to reenact the events of the first manned mission to Mars. Another documentary, The End of Wonderland (Sept. 9), brings us into the world of Tara Emory, a veteran sex-industry artist. She confronts a family history of hoarding through art as she faces eviction from her studio, Wonderland.

If you’re pumped for Avatar 2 coming out in December, you’ll be able to recapture the first film’s magic as Avatar gets a theatrical re-release mid-month.

Later in the month, Montreal’s International Black Film Festival (Sept. 20–25) will also be back with its 18th edition. Keep an eye open as the full program releases later this month.

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