Film Reviews by Adam Ray Palmer

Well, we have made it folks. This month kicks off the award season focus. From here on in, movies released from September onwards are openly putting themselves forward for award contention. With big film festivals around the corner, the run to the Oscars is heating up. But first, I have three films for you that you really don’t want to miss…
It Chapter Two
It’s been two years since Andy Muschietti’s first instalment of ‘It’. Back in 2017, the Stephen King horror took the box office by storm making $700 million. Now, two years later, Muschietti is hoping for the same again. Set twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy have joined the bill as the grown-up versions of Beverly, Bill, Richie and the like. It (the film) really did pack a horrific punch, and the sequel doesn’t let up either. As follow up movies go, this is a big tick.
In cinemas: 6th September 2019
Skin
I have mentioned this movie before, around six months ago at the Berlin Film Festival. Now, in late September, you can catch for yourselves. Guy Nattiv brings the world an astonishing true account of a destitute young man (Jamie Bell), raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists. He turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman (Danielle MacDonald) he loves. Nattiv originally penned this as a short film, which quickly in less than a year got a green light for a feature movie. Then, when Bell and Hollywood actress Vera Farmiga joined the cast, Skin became a festival favourite. This film is a tough watch, but an important one. It has emotion, morals and incredible acting throughout. Seek it out.
In cinemas: 27th September 2019
The Goldfinch
The final film this month is John Crowley’s The Goldfinch. Starring an array of talent including Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson and Luke Wilson; this is Crowley’s much-anticipated follow up to his much-loved 2015 picture, Brooklyn. John has gone from strength to strength with his career and he isn’t showing any signs of stalling here. The Goldfinch is centred around a boy in New York who is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s a powerful piece of cinema that will certainly stay with you after the credits roll. Elgort is indubitably trying to crash the awards season party.
In cinemas: 27th September 2019
Venice Film Festival
As you read this, the 76th Venice Film Festival is taking place. I’d have seen The Joker, Ad Astra, The Laundromat and much more at this point. I’ll be bringing you a Venezia76 special next month with a few mini reviews. Last year’s festival saw A Star is Born, The Favourite and First Man get released to rapturous applause – let’s see what 2019 holds!