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Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to September

“DON JON”

Who: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza
What: A New Jersey guy develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.
When: September 27th
Why: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is already one of the best actors of his generation, but he’s out to prove that his talents extend behind the camera as well with “Don Jon,” which he wrote and directed. The movie has been riding high on buzz ever since its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s easy to see why audiences were so enamored by the indie comedy. This has been at the top of my must-see list ever since the first trailer debuted (if you weren’t in love with Scarlett Johansson beforehand, you probably will be afterwards), and though it likely won’t be up for any big awards by year’s end, the film has “dark horse contender” written all over it.

“CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2″

Who: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Terry Crews and Neil Patrick Harris
What: Flint Lockwood is forced to leave his dream job when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
When: September 27th
Why: The first movie was a lot of fun, but was anyone seriously clamoring for a sequel? The basic scenario is hardly the type that demands a continuation of the story, and by the looks of it, even the filmmakers had a hard time coming up with a decent plotline. The food-animal hybrid concept may be great visually and good for a few puns (although if the trailer is any indication, that’s going to get old fast), but the film seems to be lacking the wit and imagination of the original. That’s not surprising considering that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller haven’t returned for the sequel, instead choosing to helm the much more promising “The Lego Movie,” and though kids will probably still like it, that’s not exactly a benchmark of quality.

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