Summer is winding down, and while watching the leaves change in the fall can be fun, some might find that it gets old quickly. If you grow bored watching trees shed their organs, HBO has you covered with a fresh crop of shows and movies to stream. Whether you like action, sci-fi, buddy comedies, or investigative journalism, HBO’s September lineup, available on the premium network and across its streaming services, has something for everyone.
September brings some excellent films to HBO. The biggest title is arguably 2015’s The Revenant, a harsh survival film that netted Alejandro Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Actor, respectively. Based loosely on a true story, the film follows Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a tracker who, after barely surviving a bear attack, is left for dead by companions who murder his son and steal their possessions. Barely able to function, Glass crawls out of the woods and sets off after them. All that stands between him and revenge is miles of snow, hunger, and hostile Arikara warriors. DiCaprio’s very physical performance is impressive, as is Tom Hardy’s role as the mumbling, scheming trapper John Fitzgerald. Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki are in top form as well; witness the now infamous bear attack, perhaps the most vicious single-take shot in film history.
For those who enjoy the focused cinematography of The Revenant and would like a dash of sci-fi, Children of Men is also coming in September. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the film takes place in a future where humanity has ceased to produce children. As societies around the world crumble, the U.K. has maintained order through a muscular police state. Theo Faron (Clive Owen) has resigned himself to the new order, until his activist wife Julian (Julianne Moore) seeks his help for a miraculous task; she has found the one woman in the world who is pregnant. The woman, Kee, could provide a cure for mankind’s sterility, and every organization on Earth will kill to acquire her. Children of Men is a spectacular action film, but it also takes time to explore the spiritual crises of its characters.
In terms of television, September marks the premiere of a new season of High Maintenance. Previously a web series, the show follows The Guy (Ben Sinclair), a pot dealer in New York. Each episode focuses on different clients that The Guy delivers to. Low-key and focused on the emotional foibles of its characters, High Maintenance is a charming and inventive series, a great addition to HBO’s comedy roster.
September also brings the season finales of two HBO originals: Vice Principals, a comedy about two men (Danny McBride and Walton Goggins) competing for the top job at a small high school, and Ballers, which follows Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson), a financial manager and former NFL star whose clients are football players with a taste for debauchery.
As with every month, September does not only bring content to HBO; it also takes. This month marks the last chance to see comedies like Magic Mike and Super Troopers. Of course, the most important things in life are family and fast cars, so do not miss your chance to catch Furious 7, the latest entry in the astoundingly long-running Fast and the Furious franchise, and the last one to feature Paul Walker before his tragic death.
Follow us below for our list of the best new titles coming to HBO, and scroll on to the second page to see what’s going away.
Arriving in September
- Arthur 2: on the Rocks
- Cafe para llevar (aka Coffee to Go)
- Children of Men
- Coyote Ugly
- Dane Cook’s Tourgasm
- Definitely, Maybe
- Doctor Dolittle
- Down and Dirty with Jim Norton
- Ghost World
- High Maintenance
- I Love You, Man
- I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
- Michael Clayton
- Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye
- The Bonfire of the Vanities
- The Forest
- The Great Muppet Caper
- The Princess Diaries
- This Boy’s Life
- HBO First Look: Deepwater Horizon
- Codigo paa (aka Peace Code)
- The English Patient
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
- Stand Up to Cancer
- Child 44
- Habla y Vota
- High Maintenance (new season)
- East Side Sushi
- The Revenant
- Vice Principals season 1 finale
- Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attack
- Por amor en el caserio (aka For Love in el Caserio)
- Steve Jobs
- Ballers season 2 finale
- Sr. Avila season 3 finale
- HBO First Look: The Birth of a Nation
- Vice News Tonight