Victorian horror, troubling love stories and royal affairs are among our top cinema picks this September, including superb performances by Judi Dench, Rooney Mara and Elton John! 

The Limehouse Golem

Move over, Jack the Ripper, there’s a new killer in town. It’s London, 1880. The people of the dreary and dangerous Limehouse district are terrorised by a bloodthirsty killer nicknamed “The Limehouse Golem”. When Bill Nighy’s relatively inexperienced detective John Kildare reluctantly takes over the case, the investigation takes him on a dark and confusing journey of  murder, treachery and red herrings.

Though not a horror per se (if you don’t take a dismembered body or two into account), but more of a juicy gothic thriller, The Limehouse Golem will please anyone with a penchant for Victorian London, the romance of stuffy old music halls and even a touch of kink!

Watch our interview with Bill Nighy 

 

Una

A young woman (Rooney Mara) confronts an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) with whom she had a sexual relationship when she was 13, in search of answers. This harrowing drama, which began life as a theatre play called Blackbird, is not an easy watch by any stretch. And yet, despite the gut-churning subject matter and some technical imperfections, it feels like an important watch—even if it’s just to throw your moral compass a curve ball.

 

Victoria and Abdul

Judi Dench is the intimidating Queen Victoria in this charming drama from the director of The Queen, Stephen Frears. In the late 19th century, a young Indian clerk travels to the queen’s Golden Jubilee. Much to his own surprise, he finds favour with the monarch and thus, an unlikely friendship is born. Funny, comforting and based on a true story, Victoria and Abdul is the quintessential feel-good film.

Out on September 15

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle 

In this punchy sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, the agents of Kingsman must join forces with their American counterpart, The Statesman, to defeat a common enemy. Full of elegantly choreographed fight scenes and panache, the film also boasts a galaxy of stars, including Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John (who plays a fictionalised version of himself!) and many others.

Out on September 20

 

Home Again 

Alice Kinney (Reese Witherspoon) is a recently separated mum, raising her two daughters in Los Angeles. Her life drastically changes when she allows three young men to move in with her. Zany, familiar and warm, Home Again proves once again that Witherspoon can do no wrong when it comes to romantic comedy and reminds us how enjoyable they can be when done right. And that’s guaranteed when Nancy Meyers—the director of What Women Want and Something’s Gotta Give—is involved.

Out on September 29

 

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