Here are my picks for the movies coming to Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, Criterion Channel, and HBOMax in September. This month offers up many unique choices, from original films to Hollywood classics.
Full list of everything coming to Netflix in September can be found here.
THE BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY (Robert Zemeckis, 1984/1989/1990)
- A trilogy that is full of life, fun, and originality.
THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME (Antonio Campo, 2020)
- An all-star cast of Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Riley Keough, Sebastian Stan, Mia Wasikowska, Bill Skarsgård, and Jason Clarke lead Antonio Campos’ thriller about corruption and brutality in a postwar backwoods town.
GREASE (Randal Kleiser, 1978)
- A musical classic.
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (Charlie Kaufman, 2020)
- The latest directorial effort from the great Charlie Kaufman looks like a haunting mind-bender.
MAGIC MIKE (Steven Soderbergh, 2012)
- One of Steven Soderbergh’s best features a scene-stealing performance from Matthew McConaughey.
NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE (Joel Gallen, 2001)
- This comedy satire of teen romcoms is still hilarious and has aged quite well.
RATCHED (Evan Romansky, Ryan Murphy, 2020)
- I don’t usually post about shows on here, but a prequel series looking at One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest villain Nurse Ratched starring Sarah Paulson in the titular role sounds too good to ignore.
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA (Jeff Orlowski, 2020)
- I heard good buzz about this documentary out of Sundance 2020, as it looks at the power of social media and the effect it can have on the world
WILDLIFE (Paul Dano, 2018)
- Paul Dano’s directorial debut is a quiet and powerful look at a crumbling family in the 1950’s.
Full list of everything coming to Prime Video in September can be found here.
THE BIRDCAGE (Mike Nichols, 1996)
- Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are marvelous in this Mike Nichols comedy.
CASINO ROYALE (Martin Campbell, 2006)
- The film that introduced Daniel Craig into the Bond franchise is also the best Bond film ever made.
GEMINI MAN (Ang Lee, 2019)
- Will Smith plays an assassin who is being hunted by a clone of his younger self in Ang Lee’s technical marvel.
THE GRADUATE (Mike Nichols, 1967)
- One of the greatest films ever made.
JUDY (Rupert Goold, 2019)
- Renee Zellweger won her second Oscar for pitch-perfect portrayal of Hollywood icon Judy Garland.
KRAMER VS KRAMER (Robert Benton, 1979)
- This Best Picture family drama features stellar work from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
PATRIOT’S DAY (Peter Berg, 2016)
- Peter Berg’s harrowing account of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Full list of everything coming to Hulu in September can be found here.
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (Oliver Stone, 1999)
- Olive Stone’s aggressive, chaotic look at professional football.
BABYTEETH (Shannon Murphy, 2020)
- An emotional relationship drama with Ben Mendolsohn and Essie Davis giving two of my favorite performances of 2020.
HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE/HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE GUANTANAMO BAY (Danny Leiner, 2004/Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, 2008)
- Two-thirds of a classic stoner trilogy.
HOOSIERS (David Anspaugh, 1986)
- One of the greatest sports movies ever made.
THE LAST BOY SCOUT (Tony Scott, 1991)
- It’s directed by Tony Scott, written by Shane Black, and stars Bruce Willis. We could call this the “90’s Trifecta”.
PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (Tim Burton, 1985)
- Tim Burton’s debut film is utterly insane, yet absolutely brilliant
PRISONERS (Denis Villeneuve, 2013)
- Denis Villeneuve’s best film to date is a dark, disturbing crime thriller featuring incredible work from Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and cinematographer Roger Deakins.
THE TERMINATOR (James Cameron, 1984)
- One of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008/Chris Weitz, 2009/David Slade, 2010/Bill Condon, 2011/Bill Condon, 2012)
- I’ve only seen one of these (I think New Moon?), but want to give them a whirl at some point. Maybe now is the time?
Full list of everything coming to Disney+ in September can be found here.
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Gurinder Chadha, 2003)
- A rousing, inspiring indie sports film.
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Marc Forster, 2018)
- A somber, sweet look at Winnie the Pooh and the 100 Acre Woods gang.
D2: THE MIGHT DUCKS/D3 (Sam Weisman, 1994/Robert Lieberman, 1996)
- D2 is the best of the trilogy, but D3 is pretty good and bit underrated.
MULAN (Niki Caro, 2020)
- You have to pay $30 to see this one, but I have a feeling Disney’s latest live-action feature is going to be worth is.
NEVER BEEN KISSED (Raja Gosnell, 1999)
- A classic 90’s rom-com featuring a delightful Drew Barrymore.
THE WOLVERINE (James Mangold, 2013)
- One of the best X-Men films and the BEST Wolverine movie (hot take).
Full list of everything coming to Criterion Channel in September can be found here.
*The Criterion Channel does things a little differently than every other streaming service. The Criterion Channel, a wonderful streaming service that focuses on independent, foreign, and under-appreciates movies, doesn’t just throw a bunch of random movies to stream. They get more creative by having categories like “DOUBLE FEATURES” or “FILMS FROM…”, giving us curated lists of films that somehow blend together or feature a specific artist.*
BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater, 2014)
- Richard Linklater’s ambitious twelve-year project is one of the finest film accomplishments of the last decade.
THE LOVELESS (Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery, 1981)
- Kathryn Bigelow’s debut is one I have been dying to see and one I am going to check out as soon as it is available.
THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNES VARDA
- Agnes Varda was a true artist and Criterion has put all of her work into one comprehensive collection which features all of her feature length films as well as her short films.
DUCK SOUP (Leo McCarey, 1933)
- My favorite Marx Brothers film and one of the greatest comedies ever made.
CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto, 1973)
- A beautiful animated film based on the classic book.
THREE BY ROBERT GREENE
- Three provocative films from a master documentarian.
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
Bisbee ’17 (2018)
DIRECTED BY ALBERT BROOKS
- Albert Brooks is one of the greatest comedic minds we’ve ever had. This block of films looks at his genius behind the camera.
Real Life (1979)
Modern Romance (1981)
Lost in America (1985)
Defending Your Life (1991)
DOUBLE FEATURE: TEARS OF THE CLOWN
LENNY (Bob Fosse, 1974)
JO JO DANCER, YOUR LIFE IS CALLING (Richard Pryor, 1986)
- Two unflinching films delve into the self-destructive dark sides of a pair of comedy legends. Lenny features Dustin Hoffman in a jagged portrait of Lenny Bruce. In Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling, Richard Pryor draws on his own personal demons in the only narrative feature written and directed by the comedy legend.
BY THE BOOK
- A slew of films based on legendary books, from Great Expectations to The Hours and many, many more.
The Count of Monte Cristo (Rowland V. Lee, 1934)
The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935)
La bête humaine (Jean Renoir, 1938)
Of Mice and Men (Lewis Milestone, 1939)
Great Expectations (David Lean, 1946)
The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1946)
Anna Karenina (Julien Duvivier, 1948)
Oliver Twist (David Lean, 1948)
The Heiress (William Wyler, 1949)
The Passionate Friends (David Lean, 1949)
The Idiot (Akira Kurosawa, 1951)
The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)
Robinson Crusoe (Luis Buñuel, 1954)
Senso (Luchino Visconti, 1954)
Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956)
The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa, 1956)
Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray, 1959)
The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960)
Purple Noon (René Clément, 1960)
Zazie dans le métro (Louis Malle, 1960)
Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)
Lord of the Flies (Peter Brook, 1963)
Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, 1963)
Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964)
Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)
Closely Watched Trains (Jirí Menzel, 1966)
War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)
The Angel Levine (Ján Kadár, 1970)
Dodes’ka-den (Akira Kurosawa, 1970)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, and Dave Monahan, 1970)
The Little Prince (Stanley Donen, 1974)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)
The American Friend (Wim Wenders, 1977)
The Ascent (Larisa Shepitko, 1977)
The Getting Of Wisdom (Bruce Beresford, 1977)
Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima, 1978)
Watership Down (Martin Rosen, 1978)
My Brilliant Career (Gillian Armstrong, 1979)
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff, 1979)
Wise Blood (John Huston, 1979)
You Are Not I (Sara Driver, 1981)
Under the Volcano (John Huston, 1984)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader, 1985)
My Life as a Dog (Lasse Hallström, 1985)
Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1986)
An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion, 1990)
The Comfort of Strangers (Paul Schrader, 1990)
Europa Europa (Agnieszka Holland, 1990)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Volker Schlöndorff, 1990)
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (Peter Kosminsky, 1992)
The Castle (Michael Haneke, 1997)
The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997)
The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999)
The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001)
The Hours (Stephen Daldry, 2002)
Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone, 2008)
Almayer’s Folly (Chantal Akerman, 2011)
45 Years (Andrew Haigh, 2015)
Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, 2016)
Zama (Lucrecia Martel, 2017)
Full list of everything coming to HBOMax in August can be found here.
CLERKS (Kevin Smith, 1994)
- Kevin Smith’s indie sensation is a masterclass in microbudget cinema.
THE CONVERSATION (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
- In-between The Godfather and The Godfather II, Francis Ford Coppola made this Palme d’Or winning thriller about a surveillance expert (a brilliant Gene Hackman) who has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that the couple he is spying on will be murdered.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (David Fincher, 2008)
- David Fincher’s gorgeous film about a man who ages backwards.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
- Sidney Lumet’s best film features masterful work from Al Pacino and John Cazzalle.
THE INVISIBLE MAN (Leigh Whannel, 2020)
- Elisabeth Moss gives one of the best performances of 2020 in Leigh Whannel’s chilling remake of the Universal classic.
JFK (Oliver Stone, 1991)
- Oliver Stone’s brilliant account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the conspiracy behind it.
JUST MERCY (Destin Daniel Cretton, 2019)
- An inspiring film with excellent performances from Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.
MIDNIGHT RUN (Martin Brest, 1988)
- This crime-buddy-road movie is an absolute blast and features one of Robert De Niro’s most underrated performances.
POINT BREAK (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991)
- Kathryn Bigelow’s surfing-cop thriller is one of the best action movies of the 90’s.
SNAKES ON A PLANE (David R. Ellis, 2006)
- An iconic B-movie featuring a truly great Samuel L. Jackson performance.
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