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Top five must-see films of September

08/30/2012

After a summer that gave us a dream team of superheroes, extended our 16th president's resume with vampire slaying, closed the book on Nolan's Batman saga and showed us that even a cute and cuddly teddy bear has a potty mouth, one can only imagine what kind of goodies Hollywood has in store for us this fall.

A total of 98 films will be coming out this fall and The Chanticleer has the fast track on which films not to miss.

Each month, The Chanticleer will be your guide to which five movies you don't want to miss.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) Sept. 14: Based on the Stephen Chobsky novel of the same name, Perks centers on the character Charlie (Logan Lerman, The Three Musketeers) as he begins his freshman year in high school shortly after the death of a friend.Forming friendships with other students Sam (Emma Watson, Harry Potter) and Patrick (Ezra Miller, We Need to Talk About Kevin), Charlie is introduced to a culture full of drugs, music and sex.Chobsky adapted his own novel into a script and directed the film as well. While this is not the first time Chobsky has written for film (his credits include 2005's RENT), this will be his first turn in the director's chair. This will also be Watson's first film after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series and Miller is coming off stellar reviews for his performance in the title role of We Need to Talk About Kevin. Set in the suburbs of Pittsburg during the early 1990s, Perks is a coming-of-age story that anyone can relate to no matter what generation you are from.

Looper (Not Yet Rated) Sept. 28: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) and director Rian Johnson are back together since 2005's Brick for this futuristic, time-traveling thriller. Levitt plays Joseph Simmons, a "looper" for a corrupt organization tasked with killing his future self. When the older Simmons (Bruce Willis, The Expendables 2) recognizes his younger self, he decided not to go quietly into the night and sets off a chain of reaction that puts both Simmons on the hit list. Johnson specifically wrote Looper with Levitt in mind and the duo hope to achieve the critical acclaim it did with Brick.

End of Watch (R) Sept. 21: Written by David Ayers (Training Day), End of Watch is an engrossing tale of two LAPD officers who push their badge to the limit and fear no one. Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code) plays Officer Brian Taylor who along with his partner Officer Zavala (Michael Pena, The Lincoln Lawyer) share a fraternal bond that is put to the test when a routine stop turns ugly and both police officers have a bounty put on their heads. Ayers hasn't directed a film since 2008's gritty crime drama Street Kings and expectations are high, especially for Gyllenhaal, who spent five months tagging along with the LAPD in preparation for his role. The movie was shot in handheld HD from the point of view of the characters in the film. This style is nothing new to mainstream Hollywood; however it could give it a certain edge against other action movies debuting this month.

Dredd 3D (R) Sept. 21: While Looper and End of Watch may be stealing the spotlight as the top action movies to watch September 2012, Dredd 3D hopes to squeeze in and steal a little bit of the glory. Aeon Flux, Skyline, and Gamer are examples of movies that show promise in the trailer but fail to deliver. This is due to a direction of style over substance. Dredd 3D seems to follow the format; however, the movie stands out with actor Karl Urban (Star Trek) who plays the title roll of Dredd. Urban has broken out since Star Trek and with a track record of being very committed to portraying a character with style and depth, one can expect a better Dredd than that of Sylvester Stallone.

The Master (R) Sept. 14: Set in the 1950s, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) plays Lancaster Dodd. Dodd has begun a religious movement shortly after the end of WWII and along the way meets Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line) who becomes his right hand man along the way. The movie has already created plenty of Oscar buzz and its take on the religious movement draws comparisons to L. Ron Hubbard's scientology movement that also began in the 50s. Director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) has an impressive cast, and with plenty of buzz surrounding the film, one can only hope that it's a good thing.

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