Film and TV

5 Movies to See in Metro Phoenix This September

Can you hear that? The buzzing sound you hear is the awards season murmuring of a thousand press agents as they gear up to tell us which movies to care about over the next few months. Some pretty heavy material is coming to the big screen, starting with a couple in September. We've evened it out with a few lighter options as well, so don't worry if you're not ready to spend two tense hours in the dark just yet. 

The Usual Suspects
Thursday, September 3, at FilmBar
It was released twenty years ago, yet some people still don't know who Keyser Soze is. If you are one of those people, don't Google the answer and get ready to have your mind blown. To finish out its Heist Movie series, FilmBar is screening the modern-day classic. It's a great one whether you've seen it 20 times or not at all. Keep an ear out for Kevin Spacey's famous line, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist."

Sleeping with Other People
Opens Friday, September 18

Here's one of those aforementioned lighter films. Sex addicts Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star in this anti-romantic comedy. When every relationship they've had previously has fallen apart, old friends turn to each other to try something drastic: not have sex with each other. Brilliant idea or crazy experiment gone awry? You make the call.

Opens Friday, September 25

While the fight for equality is fought in courts and on social media pages these days, in 1969 the LGBT community had to fight in the streets, literally. Up against an anti-gay legal system and ostracized throughout large sections of the country, the gay men and women of Greenwich Village took part in what are now known as the Stonewall Riots in what is widely accepted as the beginning of the Pride movement. See what that fight looked like from the inside in this new film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jeremy Irvine.

Pawn Sacrifice
Opens Friday, September 25

If you think a movie about chess can't be intense, you probably didn't live through the Cold War. In fact, the meeting of chess legends Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky was so important that members of both the United States and Soviet government were invested in the outcome to the point of obsession. Caught in the middle of the tension sat chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, whose unraveling is the impetus for this new drama. 

The Intern
Opens Friday, September 25

If you're still hoping for some heart-warming goodness, what could be better than a buddy comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro? When De Niro becomes a "senior intern" at the company Hathaway's character built from the ground up, there are so many jokes to be made (like, aww, he's not even on Facebook). But when it becomes clear that Hathaway might need some mentoring of her own, can De Niro's experience in the real world make up for what he lacks in business acumen? Perhaps kids today can learn something from their parents and grandparents after all. 
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Shana Schwarz
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