There’s a great mix of Australian, American and world cinema out this September, with the release of titles like The Little Death, Boyhood, We Are the Best!, and Marion Cotillard’s The Immigrant.
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25 Aug 2014 - 10:50 AM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2015 - 12:20 PM

Out September 4

Boyhood

(USA, drama)
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
What's it about?
A story of childhood, in real-time, following the ordinary dramas of a boy and his parents over 12 years.

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What We Do in the Shadows

(New Zealand, comedy)
Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh
What's it about?
Three vampire flatmates – all hundreds of years old – are finding modern society is not agreeing with them particularly well and it's creating conflict in the house.

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The Grandmaster

(Hong Kong/China, action/biography/drama)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Starring: Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang
What's it about?
A rich man extremely talented in martial arts – who later trained Bruce Lee – chooses to keep a low profile, yet this doesn’t keep him from becoming trapped in an epic battle for survival.

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A Promise

(France/Belgium, drama/romance)
Director: Patrice Leconte
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden
What's it about?
In Germany just before WWI, a married woman falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.

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The Green Inferno

(USA/Chile, horror)
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns
What's it about?
A group of student activists travel from New York to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive, they soon discover that they are not alone in this vast green landscape.

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Into the Storm

(USA, action/thriller)
Director: Steven Quale
Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh
What's it about?
The American town of Silverton faces an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes over the course of a day, forcing its citizens to find safe shelter and others to try and capture footage of the tremendous destruction.

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The Reckoning

(Australia, thriller)
Director: John V. Soto
Starring: Jonathan LaPaglia, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Alex Williams
What's it about?
An Australian detective searches for two teenager runaways who may have footage of the person who killed his partner.

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Daawat-e-Ishq

(India, romance/comedy)
Director: Habib Faisal
Starring: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher
What's it about?
A Hyderabadi shoe-sales girl disillusioned with love meets a cook from Lucknow who can charm anybody with the aroma and flavours of his biryani and kebabs.

 

Out September 11

The Immigrant

(USA, drama/romance)
Director: James Gray
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner
What's it about?
An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

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Night Moves

(USA, thriller)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard
What's it about?
Three environmental extremists from varying backgrounds plot together to make a statement against the culture that represents everything they hate.

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The Giver

(USA, sci-fi)
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep
What's it about?
In a 'perfect' world where everyone is happy, a 12-year-old is chosen to be a community's Receiver of Memories and enters into training with an old man called The Giver.

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Finding Fanny

(India, comedy/drama)
Director: Homi Adajania
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah
What's it about?
An old postman embarks on a road trip to search for his childhood love, not knowing whether she's still alive or not, after finding out that a letter he wrote to propose to her 46 years ago was never delivered.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

(USA, action/adventure)
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner
What's it about?
Four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fight to save New York City from the grip of Shredder and his evil Foot Clan with the help of a fearless reporter and her wise-cracking cameraman.

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Out September 18

We Are the Best!

(Sweden/Denmark, drama)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Starring: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne
What's it about?
In 1980s Stockholm, three outcast girls embrace their own style and bravado and create their own punk band, regardless of how the other kids mock them or try to take them down.

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The Infinite Man

(Australia, comedy)
Director: Hugh Sullivan
Starring: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades
What's it about?
A young inventor obsessively attempts to engineer the perfect romantic weekend and record every happy moment between him and his girlfriend. When his idea is thwarted by the unexpected arrival of his partner’s aggressive ex-boyfriend, the technical wiz invents a time-travelling device to return to the exact moment the incident occurred to prevent it from happening.

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Rock the Casbah

(France/Morocco, drama)
Director: Laïla Marrakchi
Starring: Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal
What's it about?
In Tangiers, a family gathers in their old home to mourn their father. When one of his daughters finally arrives, her presence provokes tensions and stirs up the family's old conventions.

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Wish I Was Here

(USA, drama/comedy)
Director: Zach Braff
Starring: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Joey King
What's it about?
Money is tight for a 35-year-old father and struggling actor. When his dad is diagnosed with cancer, he and his wife are forced to pull their kids out of private school.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

(USA, action/thriller)
Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin
What's it about?
Several citizens of Sin City battle their inner demons – and each other – on a hot, dry and windless night.

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The Maze Runner

(USA, action/sci-fi)
Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
What's it about?
In a post-apocalyptic world, a teenager wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of boys. Uncovering the truth piece by piece, he joins forces with the other "runners" to find a way to escape.

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Khoobsurat

(India, romance/drama)
Director: Shashanka Ghosh
Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Kiron Kher
What's it about?
A spirited physiotherapist meets her complete opposite in the handsome young Rajput prince. A clash enslues between their two families, as each follows completely different values.

 

Out September 25

The Little Death

(Australia, comedy)
Director: Josh Lawson
Starring: Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Josh Lawson
What's it about?
Five couples go to great lengths to satisfy their sexual desires, with each settling on their own particular fetish.

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In Bloom

(Georgia/Germany/France, drama)
Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß
Starring: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze
What's it about?
In the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union,  two female friends have to deal with their turbulent family lives and societal expectations.

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Life of Crime

(USA, comedy/crime)
Director: Daniel Schechter
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, John Hawkes
What's it about?
Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.

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The Skeleton Twins

(USA, drama)
Director: Craig Johnson
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ty Burrell
What's it about?
After both coincidentally cheating death, two estranged twins decide to reunite and fix their relationship.

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The Equalizer

(USA, action/thriller)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz
What's it about?
After faking his own death for a quiet life in Boston, an ex-special ops steps up to protect a girl who is nearly killed by members of the Russian mob, leading him to wage a one-man war against them.

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