SEPTEMBER 2016 Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month


Autumn is in the air! It’s been a rather cool September, especially the past week, but I LOVE the crisp Fall air as the leaves are turning. In fact we’re going to drive up north this weekend to see some gorgeous Fall foliage.

Well September have been quite eventful, thanks to Twin Cities Film Fest special screening of the indie drama The Trouble With the Truth. It was so fun to get to meet (and interview) Lea Thompson and director Jim Hemphill. The film is available on Amazon Prime and it’s got a stellar reviews, so check it out!

Here are movies I saw this month:

New-to-me Movies


Queen of Katwe


Bridget Jones Baby


The Trouble With The Truth


The Man Who Knew Infinity



The Nice Guys


Elvis & Nixon


The Dressmaker


The Birth Of A Nation


The Magnificent Seven

October press screenings include The Girl On The Train, The Accountant, The Space Between Us, and Certain Women. Oh and of course a slew of films screening at TCFF! So excited about the lineup this year, so I’ll definitely be watching a ton of great films in October!

I’ve been working on a list of films by female directors I can’t wait to see, so be on the lookout for that in the next couple of weeks!


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) | Jane Eyre (2011)
The Saint (1997) | Phantom of the Opera (2004) | Belle (2014)
Beauty & The Beast (1991)| Le Soleil Noir (Louis XV doc, 2009)

Naturally most of my re-watches revolves period dramas 😀

My hubby got me the 25th Anniversary edition of Beauty & The Beast so of course I watched it as soon as it arrived in the mail. It made me look forward to the 2017 live action version even more just to see how they’d pull it off!


Queen of Katwe


This film is such a pleasant surprise. A based-on-a-true-story that’s uplifting and inspiring and so full of heart, yet it’s not afraid to show the darkness of the protagonist’s story. My full review will be up next week!

Well that’s my viewing recap of September. What’s YOUR favorite film of the month?

19 thoughts on “SEPTEMBER 2016 Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month

  1. The best film I saw this month (that isn’t a rewatch of Lost in Translation, WALL-E and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (on Starz!)) is my Blind Spot assignment in Come and See.

  2. I saw Sully last weekend and enjoyed it. Finally got around to watching The Big Short and was very impressed. Looking forward to your review Queen of Katwe. I”m been so busy at work, it’s been awful getting around to pleasurable things like blogging or writing. We have fall break next week. I look forward to a break. Have a great weekend, Ruth. Is it really October 1? Wow!

    1. Awesome Cindy! Glad to hear you enjoyed both Sully and The Big Short, the latter made my fave of 2015 last year and I really enjoyed Sully more than I thought. I’ll post my review of Queen of Katwe on Monday or Tuesday. Bummer about being to busy at work to write. Yeah, can’t believe it’s already October either!

    1. Hello Dell! I hear ya. I was apprehensive too seeing that it’s from such a major studio. But the filmmaker and cast totally elevated this film, it even has a feel of an indie film at times, as it didn’t shy away from the harsh life of the protagonist, esp. her mother.

  3. I ended up watching Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre for the first time last month and I felt it was as great as the original. As for new films, I caught about half of Snowden and I thought it was good, though it doesn’t measure up to Oliver Stone’s earlier work.

  4. Can’t believe it’s October already! But I too enjoy the nice cooler weather this time of year. I think I only saw two new movies last month, Sully and The Blair Witch. I re-watched Captain America: Civil War and still enjoyed it as much as the first time I saw it in theater.

    1. Hey Ted! Yeah I feel like we just got off Winter, man I’m not looking forward to the cold weather :\ Oh I got the Civil War BD, can’t wait to rewatch it!

  5. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth:

    Only one actor has ever performed a credible Richard Nixon…. And it wasn’t Anthony Hopkins or Kevin Spacey,,,,, That distinction goes to a just starting out Dan Hedaya in a long running stage play. Before ‘Blood Simple’ and ‘The Usual Suspects’.

    ‘The Dressmaker’ looks intriguing. And ‘Sully’ shows all the signs of a solid Clint Eastwood project!

    1. Hello Kevin! Didn’t he play Nixon in the film ‘Dick’ also? Yeah I think he’s the best!

      The Dressmaker is very quirky, but overall well worth your time. I think Eastwood is still in his directing prime, and it doesn’t hurt that he cast someone like Tom Hanks!

      1. jackdeth72

        Hi, Ruth:

        You are absolutely right about Mr. Hedaya’s President Nixon in ‘Dick’…. Excellent catch!

        Am I wrong to be getting a kind of Anna Paquin in ‘The Piano’ vibe from ‘The Dressmaker’?

        One of Mr. Eastwood’s long standing tenets is to acquire those capable of delivering ‘A-List Talent’ (Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris and Saul Rubinek for ‘Unforgiven’) to his films. And talent doesn’t come much more ‘A-List’ than Tom Hanks!

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