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The Month Ahead

What to see, read and listen to in September

Big-screen offerings for fall include two gangster flicks with an interesting twist: They’re set in the same decade but different centuries

1940s: The period action-noir Gangster Squad (pictured) features cops Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling growling, glowering and chasing Sean Penn, who plays an East Coast mobster set on dominating L.A.’s underworld. It’s a gangster movie in the grand tradition, complete with epic shootouts and heaps of cash that occasionally burst into flames. SEPT. 7

2040s: In Looper, Joseph Gordon-Levitt reunites with Brick director Rian Johnson, this time playing a hit man in 2042 whose specialty is targeting people from the future. The fur starts flying when the hit man is hired to do in a 30-years-older version of himself (played by Bruce Willis). Suspension of disbelief—for casting as well as plot—is a must. SEPT. 28

This month’s most noteworthy releases

¡Uno!, Green Day: These pop-punk pioneers have more ambition than most bands, having recorded, for instance, an extremely successful punk-rock opera. But their latest move puts them on another level entirely. They’ll be releasing three full albums in the next five months, starting with the aptly named ¡Uno! SEPT. 25

The Odessa Tapes, The Flatlanders: Once upon a time, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock were in a band. They recorded an album in 1972, it never saw the light of day, and they broke up. When each man later became famous, said record was released to great acclaim. Now comes an even earlier recording, thought to have been lost forever: a flawless-sounding collection of mellow Texas tunes. OUT NOW

Love This Giant, David Byrne & St. Vincent: Byrne, the pop-art hero and former Talking Heads frontman, has never shied away from high-wire projects (he once turned an entire building into a musical instrument). Hence his latest, a dance-y affair with indie darling St. Vincent and a brass band, is one of the season’s most anticipated releases. SEPT. 11


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