September Streaming Guide
Story | Penny Rae Hawkins
In times of uncertainty, it’s not uncommon to turn to escapist media for comfort. For those who enjoy an outing to the movies, it will be good news to some that theaters, like AMC, are reopening approximately 140 locations this month just in time for new releases.
AMC, like many theaters, will be implementing procedures including limited ticket sales, seat blocking, “greatly enhanced cleaning procedures” and a mandatory mask policy to keep attendees safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, if you are still hesitant to go to the movies just yet, there are plenty of new releases on streaming services to keep you entertained from home.
Mulan (Sept. 4 on Disney Plus)
The latest in Disney’s quest to remake their most beloved animated properties, the live action Mulan marketed itself as a more accurate portrayal of the Chinese legend than its 1999 counterpart. Starring Liu Yifei in the title role, the film was originally scheduled to go to theaters March 9 before being pushed back to a September release on Disney Plus. Mulan will be available on the platform for $30 to subscribers until Dec. 4, when they will be able to view the film at no additional cost.
The Devil at All Times (Sept. 16 on Netflix)
Based on the 2011 novel by Donald Ray Pollock, The Devil at All Times follows a cast of rural Ohioans in the 1950s and ’60s as they experience violence and death in their small town. The film’s star-studded cast includes Robert Pattinson as a corrupt preacher, Sebastian Stan as the town’s sheriff, Bill Skarsgard as a hardened World War II veteran and Tom Holland as his son.
Pen15: Complete Season 2 (Sept. 18 on Hulu)
Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle return as perpetual 7th graders Maya Ishii-Peters and Anna Kone to continue their awkward adolescent adventures. Set in the early 2000s, the show is made more absurd by the 33-year-olds acting with actual middle schoolers. That being said, the characters will reportedly “go into more R-rated things,” according to Erskine in an interview with Elle. The second season of Pen15 will be available to stream on Hulu Sept. 18, so there’s plenty of time to stream the first season if you haven’t already.
Enola Holmes (Sept. 24 on Netflix)
Starring Millie Bobbie Brown of Stranger Things, Enola Holmes follows the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes as she searches for her mother after she mysteriously goes missing. The film is based on a series of books by Nancy Springer of the same name and will be released on Netflix Sept. 24.
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Bill and Ted Face the Music (Now Playing)
A sequel decades in the making, Alex Winters and Keanu Reeves team up as time-traveling, slacker duo Bill S. Preston and Theodore “Ted” Logan. With a prophecy to write a song that would bring world peace, they instead settled down and had children with their medieval princess partners. While they could very well write the song themselves, they opt to travel to the future and steal the song from themselves. The movie is now playing in theaters and on-demand.
The Broken Hearts Gallery (Sept. 11)
What do you make of hoarded artifacts from previous relationship? Art gallery curator Lucy, played by Geraldine Viswanathan, decides to make a pop-up exhibition of these gifts after a recent breakup. The gallery inspires folks across New York City to work on themselves and move on from heartbreak. Advance tickets can be purchased through Atom, Fandango and Cinemark Theaters.
Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (Sept. 18)
A new spin on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Red Shoes caught controversy in 2017 over a marketing campaign that seemed to fat-shame its protagonist. While the film was originally slated for a 2018 release, the backlash caused the marketing campaign to be pulled and the release date to be pushed back. Despite this, a recent review from Common Sense Media praised the film for “a strong body positive theme that emphasizes the beauty of characters of all shapes and sizes.” Red Shoes features an all-star cast including Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin and Gina Gershon.
BTS: Break the Silence (Sept. 24)
International K-pop phenoms BTS have been breaking records left and right. They recently beat the record for most YouTube views for a music debut in 24 hours and became the first Korean act to have a song chart at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, both with their first English-language single “Dynamite.” If that wasn’t enough for ARMYs, the sequel to their 2019 film Bring the Soul promises to reveal never-before-heard stories from the members alongside concert footage from their “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” world tour. While the movie won’t hit theaters in the United States until Sept. 24, tickets will become available at www.breakthesilencemovie.com on Sept. 10.