Five R-rated films set off in different directions, all released the week of September 14 in US theaters: action movie “The Predator,” 1980s crime drama “White Boy Rick,” tense historical thriller “Lizzie,” modern mystery “A Simple Favor,” and the legal and romantic drama “The Children Act.”
The Predator (R)
Ireland, UK – September 12; Australia, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea – September 13; Canada, Japan, South Africa, USA, Vietnam – September 14; France – October 17
Story: A team of misfit military veterans are put on the trail of an aggressive alien warrior that hunts for sport.
Starring Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), Olivia Munn (“X-Men: Apocalypse”), Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay and directed by Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”).
White Boy Rick (R)
Select release dates: USA – September 14; South Africa – October 26; Singapore – December 6; Ireland, UK – December 7; France, Netherlands – January 2019
Story: Starting off selling guns to the Detroit underworld on behalf of his father, teenager Rick Wershe Jr. becomes the FBI’s youngest informant and then part of a drug dealing network.
Starring Richie Merritt (debut role), Matthew McConaughey (“Interstellar”), Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, and directed by Yann Demange (TV series “Dead Set,” “Top Boy”).
US release date: September 14
Story: What really lay behind the 1892 murders of the Borden family? This treatment suggests a terrible history of abuse and a partnership between one of the surviving adult children and the family’s housemaid.
Starring Chloë Sevigny (“American Horror Story”), Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga”), James Sheridan (“Homeland” seasons 1 & 2), Fiona Shaw (“Harry Potter” franchise) and directed by Craig William Macneill (“Channel Zero” season 1).
A Simple Favor (R)
Select release dates: Philippines – September 12; Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore – September 13; USA – September 14; Ireland, UK – September 20; South Africa – September 21; France – September 26; Netherlands – September 27
Story: Mom and video blogger Stephanie makes friends with well-off neighbor Emily and her attractive husband Sean. When Emily suddenly disappears, Stephanie starts digging into her mysterious and increasingly sinister history.
Starring Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect”), Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”), Henry Golding (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and directed by Paul Feig (usually known for comedies such as “Bridesmaids,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “Spy,” and “The Heat”).
The Children Act (R)
Select release dates: USA – September 14; Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore – September 20; South Africa – September 21. Released August in Ireland and the UK.
Story: British Judge Fiona Maye presides over a sensitive and difficult case involving a boy and his family who wish to refuse life-saving treatment on religious grounds. Yet at the same time her own family life is on the rocks and this case could prove the final straw.
Starring Emma Thompson (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Meyerowitz Stories,” “Bridget Jones’s Baby”), Stanley Tucci (“Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Hunger Games”), Ben Chaplin (“Cinderella”), Fionn Whitehead (“Dunkirk”) and directed by Richard Eyre (“Iris,” “Notes on a Scandal”).