As the weather cools down and theaters empty of the summertime crowds, the best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Max (HBO), and more are worth your attention. Fortunately, we follow the calendar closely, adding all of the best new arrivals to this roundup for your convenience. You’ll always have something new to watch.
September has been packed with quality additions, and this week Netflix and Apple TV+ join in the fun.
Not to be confused with the hit 1993 drama starring Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actress Angela Bassett, What’s Love Got to Do With It is a noticeably different film. Documentary-maker Zoe (Lily James) is a dating app addict, consistently racking up bad dates that it’s becoming completely normal for her — much to the dismay of her eccentric mother, Cath (Emma Thompson).
On the other side of the spectrum, Zoe’s childhood friend Kaz (Shazad Latif) has been on the path to arranged marriage to a Pakistani bride practically since birth. So as Zoe films his hopefully romantic journey from London to Lahore to marry a stranger chosen by his parents, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about love.
In this tense 2023 thriller, novice police officer Eleanor (Shailene Woodley) is recruited by an FBI agent (Secret Invasion‘s Ben Mendelsohn) to help stop a sniper from killing unsuspecting citizens in Boston. With internal demons of her own to battle, Eleanor must overcome personal and professional obstacles if she is to stop an unpredictable serial killer from claiming another victim.
Wes Anderson‘s newest city is a metaphor for grief, unfolding in a fictional American desert town in 1955. The local Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention is one of the year’s most exciting events, but it’s soon disrupted by a world-changing event … the arrival of extra-terrestrial life. Or is it?
Like most Anderson movies, Asteroid City has a full roster of Hollywood stars, including Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, and Liev Schreiber. Rather than weigh it down, the stacked cast helps bring Anderson’s unique comic vision to life, making Asteroid City one of the director’s best movies in decades.
While it wasn’t exactly celebrated, The Flash is a big-budget superhero movie, which pretty much automatically helps it make this list. In this continuance of the DC Extended Universe, Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) attempts to use his powers as The Flash to travel back in time to prevent his parents from dying.
Instead, he inadvertently becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod (Michael Shannon) has returned and there are no superheroes to stop him from annihilating the planet. Now, Barry must coax a different Batman (Michael Keaton) out of retirement and crack a Kryptonian (Sasha Calle) out of prison to stop Zod and reset his own reality.
If you can’t catch Avatar: The Way of Water on Disney+, you can at least enjoy the original on Max! In James Cameron’s massive blockbuster (still the highest-grossing film of all time), 22nd-century humanity has colonized Pandora, a faraway moon where the alien civilization is deemed more primitive. Pandora is also home to incredibly valuable natural resources that mankind is determined to mine at any cost necessary.
So, to tap into the local people, they launch an Avatar program, allowing humans to move their consciousness into bodies resembling Pandora’s native people, Na’Vi. Paraplegic Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) takes to the experimental program the quickest and is soon dispatched to infiltrate the Na’Vi.
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