The Complete Guide to Hollywood Movies Opening in September 2020

The box office hasn’t sufficiently recovered yet, even though cinemas in about half the U.S. markets have reopened, and the rest of the world is well on the way to resuming business, hence it’s still a relatively quiet month. A Quiet Place Part II (formerly 3 Sep), which was the first to be shuffled in the domino of release date changes, was moved again to April next year. Mulan (4 Sep) is releasing on Disney+ in most of the territories with Disney+, which is why it’s staying put on our calendar instead of being reshuffled (again).

Movies coming out in September 2020

(Click on the movie titles in the bullets to jump to that section if you don’t want to scroll through the entire list. You can also click on each movie’s heading to go to their IMDb pages. Release dates below are for Singapore, but if you’re outside Singapore, IMDb can tell you fairly accurately what’s the release date in your country.)

Opening on the week of 3 September

Mulan (4 Sep)

Director: Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”, “The Zookeeper’s Wife”, “North Country”)

Cast: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, Jet Li

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Synopsis: When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Opening on the week of 10 September

The Secret Garden (10 Sep)

Director: Marc Munden (“The Third Day” TV series)

Cast: Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx, Edan Hayhurst, Amir Wilson

Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Synopsis: THE SECRET GARDEN starring Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dixie Egerickx is a new take on the beloved classic novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England during a new time period in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl who, after being sent to live with her uncle, discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate.

Opening on the week of 17 September

The Secrets We Keep (17 Sep)

Director: Yuval Adler (“The Operative”)

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Messina

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Synopsis: In post-WWII America, a woman (Noomi Rapace), rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband (Chris Messina), kidnaps her neighbor (Joel Kinnaman) and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her.

The Personal History of David Copperfield (17 Sep)

Director: Armando Iannucci (“The Death of Stalin”, “In the Loop”, “Veep” TV series)

Cast: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Aneurin Barnard, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Wong

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Synopsis: THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD re-imagines Charles Dickens’ classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens of its award-winning filmmakers— giving the Dickensian tale new life for a cosmopolitan age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world. Emmy® winners and Oscar® nominees Armando Iannucci (IN THE LOOP, THE DEATH OF STALIN, HBO’S Veep) and Simon Blackwell (IN THE LOOP, HBO’S Succession) lend their wry, yet heart-filled storytelling style to revisiting Dickens’ iconic hero on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning writer in Victorian England.

Ava (17 Sep)

Director: Tate Taylor (“The Help”, “The Girl on the Train”, “Get on Up”, “Ma”)

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Common, John Malkovich, Ioan Gruffudd, Geena Davis, Jess Wexler

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Synopsis: Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.

Opening on the week of 24 September

Made in Italy (24 Sep)

Director: James D’Arcy (debut feature)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Valeria Bilello, Micheál Richardson, Lindsay Duncan

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: MADE IN ITALY is a heart-warming father son story set in glorious Tuscany about bohemian London artist Robert (Neeson), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Richardson) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair… Renovations go badly, with father and son soon finding themselves at odds. Robert’s comical lack of DIY experience leads him to seek help from some colourful locals including the no nonsense Kate (Duncan), an ex-pat making her living selling villas who quickly captures his attention. For Jack, the state of the house seems to mirror his search for memories of happier times with his mother. He soon falls for Natalia (Bilello), a vivacious young Italian chef, who restores both body and soul with delights from her local trattoria – until the pair find their developing relationship in jeopardy from Natalia’s jealous and threatening ex-husband. As Robert and Jack painstakingly restore the villa to its previous glory, they also start to mend their relationship. The future may now look quite different and surprise them both.

Upgrade (24 Sep)

Director: Leigh Whannell (“The Invisible Man”, “Insidious: Chapter 3”)

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Rosco Campbell, Richard Cawthorne

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Synopsis: Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.

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