Here at Atom Insider, we love to give love to the movies coming out every month. This month, we have a piece dedicated to all the biggest movies hitting theaters in September, as well as the top five September horror releases heading our way as the fall season begins.
But what about the smaller and limited releases? What about special theatrical events? Those one-time-only screenings that always prove to be amazing experiences? This list is for you. Here are the most anticipated special movie events heading your way in September.
1. ‘Friends’ 25th: The One With The Anniversary
Release Date: Night One – Monday, September 23; Night Two – Saturday, September 28; Night Three – Wednesday, October 2nd.
If Friends were a Friends episode title, it would be ‘The One With All The Fan-Favorite Nostalgia.’ Few TV shows were as successful during their runs or as beloved as Friends, which ran for a full decade from 1994-2004. In honor of its 25th anniversary, Fathom Events is bringing it back for a special three-night event. Each night will feature four different classic episodes, along with interviews with the cast and special behind-the-scenes footage. All the episodes have been remastered in 4K from the original 35mm.
The episodes for each night are as follows:
Night 1: Pilot–Redo, The One With The Black Out, The One With The Birth, The One Where Ross Finds Out
Night 2: The One With The Prom Video, The One Where No One’s Ready, The One With The Morning After, The One With The Embryos
Night 3: The One With Chandler In A Box, The One With Ross’s Wedding – Part 2, The One Where Everyone Finds Out, The One Where Ross Got High
Could we BE anymore excited?
2. ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ 25th Anniversary
Release Dates: Tuesday, September 24 – Wednesday, September 25
Also celebrating a 25th anniversary this year is The Shawshank Redemption, thanks to a partnership between TCM and Fathom. We’re in the middle of a Stephen King horror adaptation renaissance, with a number of upcoming movies and TV series based on his work. But Shawshank was one of the best-ever adaptations of one of King’s stories, and it wasn’t even horror. Adapted from his novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and directed by longtime King collaborator Frank Darabont, it’s one of Hollywood’s most classic tales perseverance and triumph. Tim Robbins turned in a career-best performance as Andy Dufresne, a mild-mannered accountant who is wrongly convicted of murder. Morgan Freeman won a Best Actor nomination for his work as Red. There’s a reason it was nominated for seven Oscars and is so endlessly quotable. The shot of Andy standing in the rain, arms outstretched and the final scene with Red reading his letter is worth the price of admission alone.
3. Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter
Event Date: Saturday, September 28
Okay, this isn’t a movie or TV show, but it is a theatrical event, and a cool one, at that. So on the list it goes. Fathom, Fox Sports, and Premier Boxing Champions are all teaming up to stream the 147-lb. title unification bout live from LA’s Staples Center. IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. squares off against WBC Champion Shawn Porter in a welterweight clash that recalls some of the great bouts in boxing history. The highly anticipated event is Pay-Per-View, but you can head to select theaters to watch it live.
4. Blink Of An Eye
Release Date: Thursday, September 12
NASCAR may not have the reach and influence it did at its peak, but there are large swaths of the country who are still die-hard fans and this documentary is looking to be a must-watch for them. Blink of an Eye, based on the NYT bestselling book of the same name, focuses on the star-crossed friendship of drivers Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Sr.. On February 18, 2001, at the Daytona 500, perennial underdog Waltrip finally broke his 462-race losing streak. But the race he won came at the cost of his friend, Dale Earnhardt Sr., who tragically died in a devastating crash on the last lap after blocking the line of cars to let Waltrip pass him and take the lead and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., to take second. The story of greatest triumph and deepest tragedy in the same moment is one that transcends racing itself.
5. ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ – Studio Ghibli Fest 2019
Release Date: Sunday, September 29 – Monday, September 30
Continuing with the Studio Ghibli Fest 2019, another Studio Ghibli classic is returning to theaters. The 2010 anime, based on the novel The Borrowers, was Ghibli stalwart Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s feature film directorial debut. Shawn, a human boy, has his world upended into the magical when he spies Arrietty, out on an errand. He follows the tiny girl back to where she lives and discovers an entire world of little people, called the Borrowers, living in secret beneath the floorboards. The pair form a friendship that soon blossoms into a heartwarming adventure. Studio Ghibli is to Eastern animation what Pixar is to Western animation – basically, you can never go wrong with one of their films.