As September descends upon us like those holiday relatives you were never prepared for—there is at least time to prep for award season. Soon the weather will cool down and seeking out a cinema will not feel like a betrayal of the precious sun here in London. Thankfully, as always, Ritzy Cinema brings what is worth watching this month.
Starting things off is the much talked about new Woody Allen penned and directed film CAFÉ SOCIETY (from 2 Sept). The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as an aspiring Hollywood type in the Golden Era of movies. Guided (thankfully from only behind the scenes) by the divisive Allen, he attempts to woo the likes of Kristen Stewart and learn the LA ropes. Eisenberg’s own play THE SPOILS that he wrote and performed in has just closed at Trafalgar Studios.
Next up is HELL OR HIGH WATER (from 9 Sept) the Western set film starring Ben Foster, Chris Pine, and Jeff Bridges. Foster and Pine play brothers who pull a Robin Hood scheme and steal from banks in order to save their dying farm. Getting rave reviews and spawning comments on Pine’s handle-bar mustache, the film is a nice alternative to the action films of this summer.
Rounding out the month is the long awaited third film in the single life saga of London’s own Bridget Jones. In the new BRIDGET JONES’S BABY (from 16 Sept) Renée Zellweger returns to the big screen. Bridget now finds herself caught between two potential fathers for her baby. Even if you are not a fan surely it is worth seeing for the pro that is Emma Thompson who will surely steal a few scenes as Bridget’s gynecologist.
Other options this month include a screening of INSIDE THE RIOT (from 17 Sept) that will feature a panel and Q&A. Also a screening of AKIRA (from 21 Sept) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Manga Entertainment. Lastly, POP Ritzy will screen shorts across genres on 6 Sept to support local filmmaking. The pop up space will also conclude its season on 15 Sept at 6:30 PM with a screening of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER followed by a Karaoke after-party.
Nicola Jones is a freelance writer whose website asophisticatednoise.com covers film reviews, trailers, and industry news. She can be found tweeting @MzJones.