Labor Day weekend is considered by most to be the last “official” weekend of summer. If your children haven’t already returned to school, they soon will, and it won’t be long before the leaves start changing color. For movies, this is the start of what I like to call the “September Slut Walk”. It’s when all the movies the studios didn’t think could compete amidst the summer blockbusters come slinking into the theater like a sorority girl sneaking back into her dorm the morning after.
If you look at releases historically by month, September has the second lowest opening gross total of of the year. It is beaten only my January – the month after all of the holiday and Oscar contenders have been released. Two types of movies typically do better than others in September – horror films and animated films. This week, we get the former.
“As Above/So Below” (Rated R) – Unless we get a weekend surge from “Guardians of the Galaxy” (which reclaimed the number one spot last week), this is likely the top grosser for the weekend. “As Above/So Below” follows a group who are exploring the Paris catacombs only to discover more than they bargained for. As a horror fan, the trailer looks amazing. It looks like it will have the feel of “The Descent”, but I’ve been burned by a lot of horror trailers. Color me cautiously optimistic on this one.
“The November Man” (Rated R) – Pierce Brosnan plays an ex-CIA agent who returns to the agency on a mission that will pit him against the agent he trained. Apart from having one of the worst titles ever for a movie, you’d think that having Pierce Brosnan return to a James Bond-style role would be a no-brainer. However, as “The Expendables 3” proved earlier this month, theater-goers are necessarily lining up to see aging action heroes relive their glory days.
“The One I Love” (Rated R) – Released earlier this month, “The One I Love” makes its way to Des Moines at the Fleur Cinema. A couple (played by Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss) have found their marriage on the brink of collapse. In an attempt to save it, they go away for the weekend. From what I’ve read and seen in interviews, it’s hard to say much more about this one without giving away the plot.
“Cantinflas” (Rated PG) – This foreign language film is a bio-pic about Mexico’s most beloved comedy star, Cantinflas. With a film career that spanned nearly a half-decade, the comedian was never as successful here in the States as he was in Mexico, but he did win a Golden Globe for his performance in “Around the World in 80 Days” that garnered comparisons to Charlie Chaplin. Like most bio-pics, it follow his rise to fame from humble origins.
Which brings me to the movie I’m most excited to see in theaters this weekend.
“Ghostbusters” (Rated PG) – In honor of its 30-year anniversary, the movie is getting re-released in theaters. Completely restored and digitally remastered, the comedy-horror classic starring Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd and the late Harold Ramis gets the chance to garner a whole new generation of fans. First released in 1984, the movie was a massive box office success. With so much talk about a potential sequel, I’m sure the studio is hoping this re-release will ratchet up the excitement.
So there’s a little something for everyone if you Labor Day weekend plans go sour (or soggy).
See you at the theater!