By Adam Ray Palmer
*This is a monthly newspaper column
There are some big films debuting this month, and cinema is slowly but surely taking shape. Well, if that shape is more perspex screens than people, but still, we’re on the right track!
For my September 2020 column, I bring you four films that are released this month across the globe. We have a couple of indies, and some big budget bonanzas. Let’s get into it…
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC
It’s been a fair few years since Bill and Ted (Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter) were on screen together, but now in 2020, they are back to face the music. The anticipation for this one has been huge over the last six months, and with COVID-19 being a constant nightmare, this film was nearly derailed for release this year completely.
Nothing will stop Bill & Ted though, COVID may be all over the world, but this duo is universal. In this new outing, the two would-be rockers were once told they'd save the planet during a time-traveling adventure, but instead, the duo from California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfil their destiny. You just know this will be a hoot and hopefully a feel-good film to get people back to the cinemas.
Released: 1st September
A Glasgow Film Festival favourite in March, Our Ladies hits the big screen this September to hopefully warm the hearts of many. Writer and director Michael Caton-Jones is veteran when it comes to the movies, like in 1993 when giving Leo DiCaprio his big screen debut in This Boy’s Life alongside Robert De Niro. So with Our Ladies, the leading women will be hoping their fortunes follows suit to Leo’s career. And with the movie’s charm, it has a chance.
Our Ladies is set in 1990s Scotland and follows a group of Catholic school girls who get an opportunity to go into Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they're more interested in drinking, partying and hooking up than winning the competition. Expect amusing sequences, stellar quips and a whole lot of fun.
Released: 11th September
THE KING’S MAN
The Kingsman movies have turned out to be some of the best go-to action films over the last six years or so, and propelling Taron Egerton to enormous fame. But for now, this is where his Kingsman journey ends, as this prequel is all about how the agency is formed. It’s set in the early years of the 20th century and the team is created to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.
Matthew Vaughn is back in the director’s chair once again, and also a co-writer with a few others. A lot of the plot has been tightly kept when it comes to the ins and outs, but what we do know is the talent that’s onboard. A starring trio of Gemma Arterton, Daniel Brühl and Ralph Fiennes is something to behold. I’m looking forward to mid-September!
In cinemas: 16th September (DELAYED)
Craig Roberts, actor-turned-writer-turned director, brings the world his second feature-film from behind the camera. In an honest and refreshing approach, Eternal Beauty tackles a few tough social subjects with an array of talent on the bill including the irreplaceable Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis, Alice Lowe and Billie Piper.
Hawkins plays Jane, a fragile lady who falls into a state of despair over her schizophrenia. But along her journey to find happiness, she encounters new sources of love and life with surprising results. The movie is poignant, a thought-provoker and littered with incredible performances, notably Hawkins and Thewlis.
In cinemas: 18th September