September is here, bringing with it lower box office totals and the arrival of summer leftovers as the releases move toward the Oscar season, which gets an early start in October. It's not that there aren't Oscar hopefuls now, but when you look at what is being released, you can tell the studios are looking for the last dollars from the students before school starts back in force.
Crank. (2006, 83 minutes, R, action, trailer) The beginning of September is turning into Jason Statham's time of year. He is following up the over-the-top action of Transporter 2 with another over-the-top action fest. The difference this time is that the movie is moving toward harder territory with the R rating. It looks like it is going to be a lot of fun, and I hope it will do well on what is usually a slow weekend.
Crossover. (2006, 95 minutes, PG-13, drama, trailer) This movie centers on a pair of friends who are also first rate street ballers. They make a trip to L.A. in the hopes of becoming the top players around. To be honest, this does not appeal all that much to me.
The Illusionist. (2006, 110 minutes, PG-13, drama, trailer) A good cast looks to anchor this period drama surrounding a magician, an old flame, and royalty. Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti star as the magician and the man in charge of debunking him. Co-starring are Jessica Biel as the lynchpin of the love triangle and Rufus Sewell as the opposition. The film looks good, but I wonder how it will compare to the similarly themed The Prestige, coming later this fall.
The Wicker Man. (2006, 97 minutes, PG-13, horror, trailer) Nicolas Cage stars in this remake of the U.K. film from the 1960s, which featured Christopher Lee. When a remake of a film I have not seen comes up, I am torn whether or not to watch the earlier film before seeing the new one. In this case, I have a feeling I will see the remake first. I hope I will like it.