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Eight films to watch in September 2013

  • Don Jon

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and stars in this sharp satire about a modern day Don Juan with a knack for seducing women and a serious internet porn addiction. But when the film's Jersey-boy hero meets a beautiful young woman played by Scarlet Johansson, he must curb his licentious ways. Don Jon features outstanding performances from its leading man and from Julianne Moore, and played to favourable reviews at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. Released 19 September in Russia, 26 September in Hong Kong and 27 September in the US. (Photo: Relativity Media)

  • Salinger

    JD Salinger's reclusiveness and publicity shyness have become part of his myth. The author of The Catcher in the Rye gave his final interview in 1980 and later sued to prevent a biographer from reprinting his letters to friends and family. Shane Salerno's documentary sets out to find the man behind the wall of silence, featuring interviews with literary heavyweights like Tom Wolfe, EL Doctorow and Gore Vidal. Released 5 September in Australia, 6 September in the US. (Photo: Weinstein Company)

  • Diana

    German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, Das Experiment) narrates the last two years of the princess' life in this film starring Australian actor, Naomi Watts. The movie is based on Kate Snell's 2001 book Diana: Her Last Love and tells the story of Diana's relationships with the heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed. Released 20 September in Ireland, 10 October in Australia and 1 November in the US. (Photo: Entertainment One)

  • Mademoiselle C

    Riding on the coat-tails of September's fashion weeks and 2009's The September Issue comes Fabien Constant's documentary about Carine Roitfeld. Roitfeld spent 10 years at the helm of French Vogue and is one of fashion's most influential figures - yet unlike her US counterpart, Anna Wintour, she is relatively unknown outside fashion circles. The film follows Roitfeld as she puts together the first edition of her bi-annual post-Vogue publication, CR Fashion Book. Released 11 September in the US and 20 September in the UK. (Photo: Cohen Media Group)

  • Rush

    Screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan does a neat line in recent historical dramas - previous projects have included Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Damned United. His script for Rush dramatises the intense rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) at the 1976 World Championships in Japan. Released 18 September in the Philippines, 20 September in the US and 3 October in Germany. (Photo: Universal Pictures)

  • As I Lay Dying

    James Franco's adaptation of Faulkner's 1930 novel played at Cannes this year in the Un Certain Regard section, next to the main competition. The story follows the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their dead mother to her hometown for burial. Franco takes the role of the eldest son Darl and directs. Released 27 September in the US. (Photo: Entertainment One)

  • Wizard of Oz 3D

    The Technicolor classic is 75 years old this year, and Warner Bros are celebrating with a new 3D print to be shown in IMAX cinemas. It is part of a marketing campaign for the film's release on DVD and Blu-Ray and a tie-up with McDonald's - but it's a rare chance to see Dorothy and her fellow travellers in three dimensions. Released 20 September in the US, Canada and Australia. (Photo: Warner Bros)

  • Thanks for Sharing

    Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right) turns his hand to directing in this romantic comedy starring Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film follows a group of friends - including one played by the singer Pink - who meet in a 12-step programme to treat sex addiction. It approaches a subject recently given a sober treatment in Steve McQueen's Shame with a lightness of touch. Released 13 September in Ireland, 20 September in the US and 27 September in Japan. (Photo: Lionsgate)