Sequels Dominating September 2023 Movie Release List

The Equalizer 3, PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 are among the sequels on the September 2023 movie theater list. -

We’ve known the writer and actor strikes would cause some adjustments to our viewing options, but the September 2023 movie list is worth noting. The handful of original features hitting the big screen are seriously overshadowed by all the sequels. Yes, I know, follow-ups to prior hits were in the works before the strike. It’s just odd to me that SO MANY are releasing at the same time.

Even with that in mind, there are plenty of options (sequels and originals) for all ages of the family. I mean, if it’s a franchise you enjoy then by all means hit the theaters for the sequels. And if you haven’t watched their predecessor lately, they’re probably being featured on one of the streaming services in preparation for the sequels.

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The Equalizer 3

Release Date: September 1, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Action, Sequel
Cast: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, David Denman

Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) has struggled to reconcile the horrific things he’s done in the past and finds a strange solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Finding himself surprisingly at home in Southern Italy, he discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.

The Good Mother

Release Date: September 1, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Cast: Hilary Swank, Olivia Cooke, Jack Reynor, Dilone, and Hopper Penn

The film follows a journalist grieving the murder of her son who forms an unlikely alliance with his pregnant girlfriend (Olivia Cooke) to track down the killers in the seedy world of drugs and corruption.

The Nun II

Release Date: September 8, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror, Sequel
Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Storm Reid, Anna Popplewell and Bonnie Aarons

1956 – France. A priest is murdered. An evil is spreading. The sequel to the worldwide smash hit follows Sister Irene as she once again comes face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3

Release Date: September 8, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sequel
Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Louis Mandylor, Elena Kampouris, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Lainie Kazan and Andrea Martin

The worldwide phenomenon My Big Fat Greek Wedding is coming back to theaters with a brand-new adventure. Join the Portokalos family as they travel to a family reunion in Greece for a heartwarming and hilarious trip full of love, twists and turns. Opa!

The Inventor

Release Date: September 15, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Family
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Marion Cotillard, Stephen Fry, Gauthier Battoue and Matt Berry

“The Inventor” follows famed inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci after he leaves Italy for France. In his new country, da Vinci joins the French court where he experiments with flying contraptions, invents machines and studies the human body, all in an effort to answer the question: “What is the meaning of life?”

A Haunting in Venice

Release Date: September 15, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, Michelle Yeoh

“A Haunting in Venice” is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve and is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.


Release Date: September 22, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sequel
Cast: Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Randy Couture, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia

Reuniting as the team of elite mercenaries, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone are joined for the first time by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia. Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on and the skills to use them, The Expendables are the world’s last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give “new blood” a whole new meaning.

Dumb Money

Release Date: September 22, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, True Story
Cast: Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley and Seth Rogen

Dumb Money is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall videogame store) into the world’s hottest company. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich – until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down.

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie

Release Date: September 29, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Animation, Family, Sequel
Cast: Mckenna Grace, Taraji P. Henson, Marsai Martin, Christian Convery, Kim Kardashian, North West, Saint West, James Marsden, Kristen Bell, and Finn Lee-Epp

When a magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City, it gives the PAW Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The MIGHTY PUPS! For Skye, the smallest member of the team, her new powers are a dream come true. But things take a turn for the worse when the pups’ arch-rival Humdinger breaks out of jail and teams up with a mad scientist to steal the superpowers for the two villains. With the fate of Adventure City hanging in the balance, the Mighty Pups have to stop the supervillains before it’s too late, and Skye will need to learn that even the smallest pup can make the biggest difference.

The Creator

Release Date: September 29, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Cast: John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Allison Janney

Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua (Washington), a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife (Chan), is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war… and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory… only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child.

The Kill Room

Release Date: September 29, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Cast: Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Manganiello, Debi Mazar, Maya Hawke

The Kill Room is a dark comedic thriller follows an art dealer (Uma Thurman) who teams with a hitman (Joe Manganiello) and his boss (Samuel L. Jackson) for a money laundering scheme that accidentally turns the hitman into an overnight Avant-Garde sensation, forcing the dealer to play the art world against the underworld.

Saw X

Release Date: September 29, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Horror, Sequel
Cast: Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Synnøve Macody Lund, Steven Brand, Renata Vaca, Michael Beach

John Kramer (Tobin Bell) is back. The most chilling installment of the SAW franchise yet explores the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s most personal game. Set between the events of SAW I and II, a sick and desperate John travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer – only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, John returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through a series of ingenious and terrifying traps.

D*cks: The Musical (Movie title edited: algorithms didn’t like it)

Release Date: September 29, 2023 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Cast: Megan Mullally, Nathan Lane, Megan Thee Stallion, Bowen Yang, Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp

Two self-obsessed businessmen discover they’re long-lost identical twins and come together to plot the reunion of their eccentric divorced parents, in this riotously funny and depraved musical.

The nice thing about sequels is that sometimes it highlights a major hit you missed the first time around. There is at least one movie in September where that’s the case for me and the sequel has driven an interest in learning more about the series. Of course, I’m also looking forward to seeing Dumb Money because we watched that true story unfold in real time. It will be interesting to see how it’s reflected on the big screen.

How often does release of a sequel make you want to go back and watch the original?

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