September movies: Hollywood gets physical
05:00 AM, Aug 30, 2013
Hollywood’s fancy turns to love this fall. Or at least physicality. Massage therapists, sex addicts and porn junkies populate theaters this autumn as the industry gets more adult-themed. USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles and Bryan Alexander look at some of the films opening in September and October. (Release dates are subject to studio calendar changes.)
Directors: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Stars: Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Alex Berg
Plot: A haunted New Orleans house attracts an expectant couple who will soon need the Vatican’s top exorcist to save them from a possessed baby.
Director: David Twohy
Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff
Plot: Our intrepid intergalactic fugitive has been betrayed by his people and abandoned on a desolate planet, where bounty hunters from across the galaxy will plot their revenge.
Director: Shane Salerno
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow
Plot: This documentary looks at the life of the secretive author through interviews with friends, war buddies and his legion of zealous fans.
Director: Lynn Shelton
Stars: Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Josh Pais
Plot: Work becomes unbearable when a massage therapist discovers she’s averse to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her brother’s failing dental practice leaves him practicing her craft.
Director: Alexandre Moors
Stars: Joey Lauren Adams, Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson
Plot: This drama examines the “Beltway sniper attacks,” which left 10 people dead over three weeks in 2002.
The Face of Love
Director: Arie Posin
Stars: Robin Williams, Ed Harris, Annette Bening
Plot: Romance takes an awkward turn when a woman falls for a man who looks eerily like her late husband.
Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer
Plot: A notorious Mafia family discovers that old habits die hard when they are relocated to Normandy as part of the witness protection program.
Insidious: Chapter 2
Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
Plot: The Lamberts return, still struggling with the spirit world, this time looking to discover the mysterious childhood secret that haunts the family.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Stars: Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick
Plot: Thornton returns to the director’s chair for a look at two different families brought together in 1969 by the sudden death of a wife and mother.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal
Plot: The young little daughter of carpenter dad Keller Dover (Jackman) is kidnapped. When a detective (Gyllenhaal) has trouble finding the culprit, Keller takes matters into his own hands and captures the young man (Paul Dano) whom he thinks is responsible.
Battle of the Year
Director: Benson Lee
Stars: Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck
Plot: In this 3-D dance film, a team of young American hoofers looks to bring a world title back to the USA.
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Stars: James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener
Plot: Dreyfus plays a massage therapist who falls for a great guy who happens to be the ex-husband of her new friend.
Director: Vlad Yudin
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, Lou Ferrigno
Plot: This documentary follow-up to Pumping Iron tracks the sport of bodybuilding and the seven competitors looking to become Mr. Olympia.
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Daniel Bruhl
Plot: This biopic profiles Niki Lauda, an Austrian Formula 1 champion who faced his arch racing rival just weeks after a crash nearly killed him.
Thanks for Sharing
Director: Stuart Blumberg
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Pink
Plot: A sex-addiction 12-step program is the setting for this romantic comedy about three friends struggling to treat their jones.
Director: David E. Talbert
Stars: Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott
Plot: Patton plays a woman so determined to beat her youngest sister to the altar that she embarks on a 30,000-mile journey to find her suitor.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Directors: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte
Plot: Our young inventor Flint Lockwood now has a stable job, but he learns that his machine that churns out dangerous food-animal hybrids is anything but.
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
Plot: A New Jersey man begins a quest for real love after discovering that his taste for online porn has left him with unrealistic expectations of women.
Metallica Through the Never
Director: Nimrod Antal
Stars: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
Plot: In this hybrid concert-feature film, the real band Metallica plays backdrop to the story of a young roadie sent to pick up an item, but finds his task has turned into a nightmare
Director: Greg Carnalier
Plot: This documentary tells the story of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., which lured some of the greatest soul and rock legends of all time to create a legendary sound, amid the region’s racial hostility.