Friday, 1 September 2017

September 2017 – Mal's Movie Ratings, Stephen King's It, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Limehouse Golem, and The Jungle Bunch.

Hi Everyone,

Having recently signed up to Twitter – with the account @Malsmovies – for the main purpose of posting film reviews; I thought it would be appropriate to clarify what I mean when I give a particular number rating to a movie.

It's obvious to say that different folks use different ratings systems. For example, the guys at Schmoes Know usually award points out of five (eg. "4.1 Schmoes"), while film reviewer Chris Stuckmann prefers school style marking - giving films ratings such as C+ or A minus.

Broadly, I have opted for a "points out of ten” system. However, I also like to allow myself the further nuance of adding decimal points. So, in my system, a movie might get a rating of 7/10 or 8.3/10 etc. 

For those who are interested, I have provided a chart that also gives a summary of the kind of thing I'm thinking when I give a film a particular rating. Please see below:-

I also have a version of the above chart with emojis added to it. I am also making that available to my readers; but please note that I don't have any copyright to the emoji illustrations I have used – so they're just added on a personal non-commercial basis and no offence is meant by my use of the various images. For the emoji version of Mal's ratings – please click here

Before looking at this month's cinema releases, just a quick word of tribute to a number of significant movie and entertainment legends we lost recently. R.I.P. Jerry Lewis, Ty Hardin, Glen Campbell, Robert Hardy, Dick Gregory, Bruce Forsyth, Mireille Darc, Joseph Bologna, Thomas Meehan, and Tobe Hooper.

Jerry Lewis in the Paramount Pictures 1963 comedy The Nutty Professor.

The big films released in the UK in September 2017 include Stephen King's It, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Limehouse Golem, and The Jungle Bunch. Here's a picture from each of those movies to whet your appetite:-

It © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc, and Ratpac Dune Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Brooke Palmer

Kingsman: The Golden Circle © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

The Limehouse Golem © 2017 Lionsgate Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

The Jungle Bunch © 2017 entertainment One. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a comprehensive run down of the September 2017 new releases:-

The major films are: American Assassin, Borg/McEnroe, Flatliners, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Home Again, It, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, mother!, Patti Cake$, Stratton, The Jungle Bunch, The Limehouse Golem, Victoria & Abdul, and Wind River.

Limited or “key cities” releases include: Back to Burgundy, Centre of My World, Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast, Insyriated, Killing Ground, Kills on Wheels, London Symphony, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, Moon Dogs, My Journey Through French Cinema, On Body and Soul, Pecking Order, Primaire, Tramontane, The Lure, The Road to Mandalay, and Zoology.

Other limited releases given their “own spot” in the newsletter include: Brimstone, Daphne, God's Own Country, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, On the Road, The Case for Christ, The Vault, and Una. Also horror film Eat Locals – which (since the magazine was compiled) may have lost its theatrical release.

In addition to all of the above, the classic movies Belle De Jour (1967), Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Director's Cut (1998), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Young Frankenstein (1974) all get an airing in September 2017.

A number of other movies which haven't been noted in the September magazine (or appear only in the Stop Press section) are: Almost Heaven, Exception, Inhumans (episodes from the new Marvel TV series), My Pure Land, Never Say Die, Our Last Tango and The Graduation. Also foreign language (subtitled) features such as Baadshaho, Na Maloom Afraad 2, Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Shubh Mangal Savdhan, and Volta.

Also not included in the magazine are this month's “Event Cinema” entertainmentsmost of which are listed below. As usual, information sometimes differs when comparing various sources, so please take the details below with a large pinch of salt and do some further investigation if you are interested in attending any of these events:-

  • 3rd September 2017 – Call of Duty: WWII Beta Cinema Experience (Odeon?)
  • 6th September 2017 – Slipknot: Day of the Gusano (MusicScreen)
    [Note: Some sources say 1st September 2017]

  • 7th September 2017 – John Le Carré: An Evening with George Smiley (Trafalgar Releasing)
  • 8th September 2017 – Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy (Independent)
  • 13th September 2017 – Dave Gilmour: Live at Pompeii 2017 (Trafalgar Releasing)
  • 14th September 2017 – Carmen on the Lake: - Bregenz, Austria 2017 (CinemaLive)
  • 21st September 2017 – King Lear – Live from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (CinemaLive)

  • 26th September 2017Exhibition on Screen: Canaletto and the Art of Venice (Seventh Art Distribution)

  • 28th September 2017 – Black Sabbath: The End of the End (Trafalgar Releasing)

(In addition, don't forget to look out for “Secret Cinema” presentations if these are of interest to you).

Here is the link to my latest newsletter (which is a download of approximately 65.5MB):-

You'll think I'm crazy, but next week I'm off to see Beauty and the Beast (2017) in the cinema for the 25th time. I can't get enough of this wonderful masterpiece of Disney family entertainment. By far the best film of the year, in my view. Well, whatever you choose to go and see in the month of September – I hope you have a great time. Happy viewing!

Trailers for most of the major films mentioned above follow:-

American Assassin




Eat Locals


God's Own Country

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Goon: The Last of the Enforcers

Home Again

(Stephen King's) IT

Kingsman: The Golden Circle


On the Road

Patti Cake$


The Case for Christ

The Jungle Bunch

The Limehouse Golem

The Vault

Victoria & Abdul

Wind River