Soldiers, Stoners and Strippers – Movies.ie counts down the ten essential movies to see this September. (1) TROPIC THUNDER What’s it about...A group of self-absorbed actors sets out to make the most expensive war film. But when ballooning costs force the studio to abandon the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys…. Why you should see it… Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller and Steve Coogan to boot! Stiller’s first effort behing the camera since ‘Zoolander’ knocked the ‘Dark Knight’ from its number one spot. With thunderous laughter from start to finish, expect it to repeat its success this side of the Atlantic. When is it in cinemas?September 19th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here (2) THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS What’s it about... Seth Rogen is Dale, the beefy rotund guy who delivers subpoenas for a living. He also dates a young jail-bait cutie, Angie (Amber Heard), when he’s not visiting his sweet stoner of a pot dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco) to score the latest and greatest weed. In this case that’s the title star, Pineapple Express, a marijuana combination so lethal and unique Dale is almost (we said ALMOST) reluctant to destroy it by inhaling. But when he sets out to deliver a subpoena to drug kingpin Ted Jones (Gary Cole), he is spotted by the man as he commits a bloody murder. Freaking out, Dale ditches the scene so fast he dumps some of the precious weed, leaving it behind like a trail of breadcrumbs dropped by Hansel, leading a trail to Saul. Reefer madness ensues as a full-blown freak out is set in motion. Why you should see it… A stoner action-comedy might sound like an odd genre combo, but with Superbad writers at the helm and Seth Rogen and James Franco starring, ‘Pineapple Express’ is a lot of fun if you like your frivolity generously mixed with carnage. When is it in cinemas?August 12th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here (3) THE DUCHESS What’s it about... The story of an extraordinary woman who rose to fame by staying true to her passions in a world of protocol, gossip and social rules–and paid the price. Long before the concept existed, the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer, was the original “It Girl.” Determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink and outwit most of the aristocratic men who surrounded her. She helped usher in sweeping changes to England as a leader of the forward-thinking Whig Party. But even as her power and popularity grew, she was haunted by the fact that the only man in England she seemingly could not seduce was her very own husband, the Duke. And, when she tried to find her own way to be true to her heart and loyal to her duty, the resulting controversies and convoluted liaisons would leave all of London talking… Why you should see it… If your genre of choice is the Period Drama than ‘The Duchess’ is one you won’t want to miss. Kiera Knightley gives a solid performances as Duchess of Devonshire, with many likening the story to that of Princess Diane (thankfully Candle in the Wind plays no part). When is it in cinemas?September 5th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here. (4) ROCKNROLLA What’s it about... When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London’s criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant, a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire, collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick. Why you should see it… Guy Ritchie latest mob flick will silence all his naysayers with intense action, a well assembled cast and a killer script to keep all entertained. When is it in cinemas?September 5th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here. (5) THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS What’s it about... Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences… Why you should see it… It dominated the Irish book charts for over a year and now the acclaimed novel is coming to the big screen but will they do the ending justice? Check it out to see. When is it in cinemas?September 12th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here. (6) THEN SHE FOUND ME What’s it about... Following the separation from her husband and the death of her adopted mother, schoolteacher April Epner is contacted by her apparent birth mother, who turns out to be a local talk show host Bernice Graves. As Bernice tries to become the mother to April that she was never able to be, April seems to find solace in the arms of the parent of one of her students (Colin Firth), only to find that the mystery to life’s questions cannot be solved by a simple revelation. Why you should see it... For Helen Hunt, who proves she really can do it all–co-writing, directing, co-producing and starring–in this heartfelt dramedy about a schoolteacher in mid-life crisis. It’s not ”as good as it gets” but ‘Then She Found Me’ is commendable nonetheless. When is it in cinemas?September 12th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here. (7) Taken What’s it about... When a former spy’s (Neeson) daughter is kidnapped and forced into the slave trade, he must call on old skills to hunt down the men that took her. Why you should see it… So far plot details for action thriller are sketchy but with Luke Besson (The Fifth Element) producing and Liam Neeson starring, we have high hopes for ‘Taken’ When is it in cinemas?September 12th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here. (8) ZOMBIE STRIPPERS What’s it about... In the not too distant future, a secret government chemo-virus gets released into conservative Sartre, Neb., and lands in an underground strip club. As the virus begins to spread, turning the strippers into ‘Super Zombie Strippers’, the girls struggle with whether or not to conform to the new ‘fad’ even if it means there is no turning back. Why you should see it… Ok, we admit ‘Zombie Strippers’ won’t be winning any awards but for the cheese factor alone, this is a worthy and camp watch. When is it in cinemas?September 19th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here. (9) RIGHTEOUS KILLS What’s it about... Two veteran New York City detectives (De Niro and Pacino) work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, or did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars? Why you should see it… With a jaw dropping opening scene, DeNiro and Pacino prove that these two veteran actors can still generate ‘heat’ on screen. A must for fans. When is it in cinemas?September 19th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here. (10) EDEN LAKE What’s it about... Nursery teacher Jenny and her boyfriend Steve, escape for a romantic weekend away. Steve, planning to propose, has found an idyllic setting: a remote lake enclosed by woodlands and seemingly deserted. The couple’s peace is shattered when a gang of obnoxious kids encircles their campsite. Reveling in provoking the adults, the gang steals the couple’s belongings and vandalizes their car leaving them completely stranded. When Steve confronts them, tempers flare and he suffers a shocking and violent attack. Fleeing for help, Jenny is subject to a brutal and relentless game of cat-and-mouse as she desperately tries to evade her young pursuers and find her way out of the woods. Why you should see it… It’s Deliverance without the rednecks, this ‘hoodie horror’ disturbs from the get go. Not for the faint of heart! When is it in cinemas?September 12th 2008 More info on this movieVisit the Movies.ie page Here.