We’re at a crossroads in the movie world. For Hollywood, it’s the end of the summer, which means it’s a good time to catch up with releases you may have missed in theaters. We’ve highlighted a trio of return engagements below.
In Europe, the fall movie season kicks off on Wednesday with the Venice International Film Festival. Things will really heat up next week, when the Toronto International Film Festival begins, and we’ll have more news then. For now, here are our suggestions for how to spend your precious movie time.
All Eyez on Me (top): The life of musical artist, poet, activist and actor Tupac Shakur is brought to the screen. Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars. On digital platforms (including FandangoNOW) only on Friday, September 1.
Baywatch: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron star as rival lifeguards who put aside their differences to go undercover and take down a rising criminal threat (Priyanka Chopra). Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrback also star.
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack: Vivica A. Fox stars as “Cheer Goddess,” an internet celebrity who organizes a virtual battle of cheerleading squads from around the world. Cristine Prosperi also stars in the sequel.
Also: Born in China, Inconceivable, My Cousin Rachel, The Lion King: Signature Edition.
Theatrical Releases – Nationwide
Tulip Fever: Alicia Vikander stars as a young woman in 17th century Amsterdam who is unhappily married; then she meets a dashing young artist (Dane DeHaan) and sparks fly. Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger and Judi Dench also star.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic returns in a new, remastered version. Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban and Francois Truffaut star.
Also opening (theatrical releases in select cities; indie and foreign): A Boy Called Po, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, Hazlo Como Hombre, I Do…Until I Don’t, Jackals, The Layover, The Vault, Unlocked.
Return engagements: Wonder Woman, Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver. To be clear, the movies were still playing in some locations before last weekend, but they’re now added far more locations where they can be seen and enjoyed this week.
TV Shows / Streaming
Friday, September 1: Little Evil (Netflix). Adam Scott marries Evangeline Lilly, then tries to bond with her son, who may be a demon. Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) wrote and directed the horror-comedy.
Friday, September 1: Narcos (Netflix). The third season of the acclaimed series is drawn from true stories about law enforcement’s continuing battles against drug kingpins.
Historical Fun Fact
Saturday, September 1, 1902: A Trip to the Moon, considered one of the first science fiction movies, was released in France.