The 5 films that you need to see in September

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The summer blockbusters are over, it's still a little early for awards season; film-wise, we're in a bit of a no man's land at the moment. But that doesn't mean that the films are drying up, no siree, far from it. Here are the finest films that September has to offer...

Legend - 11 September

Tom Hardy stars as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in what could be his finest role to date... yes, even better than the hulking, mumbling Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.

Legend charts the rise of the Kray Twins as the London's most violent and famous gangsters and specifically on Reggie Kray and his life, while trying to control his unhinged twin brother.

Why should you see it?

Tom Hardy turning in a masterful double performance as The Krays, plus a very capable cast could make this one of the finest British films of recent years.

Everest - 18 September

Recounting the tragic events of 1996 Mount Everest disaster, in which 12 climbers lost their lives when they were caught in a blizzard on the highest mountain in the world.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke play expedition group leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall as they manage to summit Everest, and then their attempts to save their expeditions from death and disaster in the blizzard.

Why should you see it?

Mountains! True story! Tragedy! It looks brilliant and you know the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley will turn in great performances.

The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials - 11 September

The follow-up to last year's YA dystopian sci-fi The Maze Runner sees The Gladers, the stars of the first film; Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Kaya Scodelario having escaped the maze.

The Gladers must face the new challenge of the desolate, obstacle-filled Scorch wasteland, while trying to find out about the mysterious, powerful organisation known as WCKD.

Why should you see it?

The Maze Runner was regarded by many as a higher-quality than most of the young adult fiction adaptations that are loitering around cinemas; this may well see the series move to greater heights.

Life - 25 September

The real-life tale of a photographer for Life magazine sent to shoot rising Hollywood star James Dean, and the friendship between the pair that resulted.

Robert Pattinson takes on the role of renowned photographer Dennis Stock, while Dane 'Green Goblin' DeHaan plays James Dean.

Why should you see it?

Robert Pattinson has been getting better and better since he stopped playing a glittery vampire, plus the irresistible subject matter should be enough of a draw.

No Escape - 4 September

Owen Wilson trades in his usual simpering comedy roles to play an American caught up in a violent uprising in a Southeast Asian country.

Pierce Brosnan also stars, reigniting his Bond skills as day-saving English ex-pat.

Why should you see it?

If you want a decent action flick that doesn't take too much paying attention, this is your one. Also, seeing Pierce Brosnan in a semi-Bond role.

And one that you shouldn't

Aloha

Having been released in February in America, we've had a lot of time to see how the fortunes of this rom-com drama.

It bombed pretty hard in the box office, earning back only $26m of a $37m budget, plus there was a massive backlash of the casting of Emma Stone as a character who was meant to be of one quarter Chinese and one quarter Hawaiian descent.

Despite director Cameron Crowe sticking up for his casting choice, Stone said that she regretted her casting, and acknowledged whitewashing as a problem in Hollywood films.

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