Summer is ending and fall is fast approaching, with that summertime movies and TV shows to-watch lists are starting to dwindle down. But as the biggest summer blockbusters have already come and gone, fall contenders are starting to make their debut. September starts out with the long-awaited Stephen King adaptation of his horror novel IT and sees the return of Kingsman. The month also offers up a few not to be missed indie flicks including Rodarte‘s first movie Woodshock starring Kirsten Dunst.
On the TV end, streaming giant Netflix offers up a slew of original material from the satire American Vandal and documentary Long Shot along with the return of fan favorites such as BoJack Horseman and Narcos: Season 3. Check out the list below for some of the must-see releases to the more under the radar films and TV shows to look forward to in September.
The Vault – September 1
Trying to help out their brother from a tough situation, two sisters are forced to rob a bank. However, the sisters are in for a rude awakening when it turns out the basement, in which the vault is being held, is hunted. The triller stars James Franco as the bank manager.
IT – September 8
The new adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic 1986 horror novel IT centers around a sinister clown terrorising children in the small fictional town of Derry, Maine. The members of the Losers Club end up facing their biggest fears when they decide to seek out the answers to the disappearance of children in their home town. The gang of kids even includes actor Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame.
Rememory – September 8
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage returns to the big screen this fall starring in the sci-fi triller Rememory. The film centers around the mysterious death of pioneering scientist Gordon Dunn as detective Sam Bloom — played by Dinklage — sets out to try to solve his murder. The sci-fi part? He’ll do it using a device Dunn created: a machine that can record, extract, and play a person’s memories. The film also stars Julia Ormond as Dunn’s grieving wife, Carolyn, while the late Anton Yelchin appears in one of his final roles.
American Assassin – September 15
Based on the late Vince Flynn’s bestselling novel of the same name, American Assassin centers upon a young counterterrorist operative named Mitch Rapp (played by Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien). Michael Keaton stars as Cold War Veteran Stan Hurley who sets out to train Rapp, with a goal for him to join the Black Ops. The action hits theaters on September 15.
Mother! – September 15
Known for his psychological horrors such as Pi, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky returns in full force with Mother!. The films Centers around a couple, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, who live in an isolated home. Soon their lives are interrupted by mysterious visitors and Lawrence’s character finds herself becoming obsessed with a tunnel — which seems to be bleeding. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, and Kristen Wiig.
Woodshock – September 15
Film distributors A24 have been paving the way with downright fascinating films and this time the company expands its filmography with Rodarte‘s first movie, Woodshock. Starring Kirsten Dunst, the Kate and Laura Mulleavy project has long been a dream for the pair, having worked in the film industry before with designing costumes for Oscar-winning Black Swan in 2010. Dunst plays Theresa, a woman using a cannabinoid drug to cope with a recent loss.
Borg vs. McEnroe – September 15
Starring Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and up-and-coming Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg, the upcoming tennis drama, Borg vs. McEnroe highlights the pair’s epic rivaly throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Known for his on-court outbursts, LaBeouf’s depiction of the American former World No. 1 tennis player is not to be missed.
Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle – September 22
Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle — the followup to 2014′s hit Kingsman: The Secret Service — will take audiences to meet Kinsman’s American counterpart, the Statesmen, which is lead by Jeff Bridges. The US side also includes Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal and Channing Tatum who takes on the role as a cowboy-spy. The film will also introduce a new villain portrayed by Julianne Moore, who has been described as “America’s sweetheart gone wrong.” British agents Taron Egerton and Colin Firth of course make a return.
Stronger – September 22
Chronicling the Boston Marathon bombings, the biopic stars Jake Gyllenhaal as survivor Jeff Bauman. Bauman lost both of his legs during the 2013 bombings, and in the aftermath, has to struggle through a difficult rehab process. Stronger is based on Bauman’s 2014 autobiography of the same name.
Steve McQueen: American Icon – September 28
Steve McQueen: American Icon tells the story of one of America’s most enduring and intriguing movie stars. Hosted by American pastor Greg Laurie, Greg travels the country in search of the untold story of McQueen’s final chapter. Steve McQueen: American Icon gets a limited release on September 28.
Flatliners – September 29
The cult favorite film Flatliners is seeing a revamp at the end of the month. Keeping the same name, the new iteration still centers around a group of medical students conducting experiments to create near-death experiences in order to explore the afterlife. The reboot sees Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev star while Keifer Sutherland returns to cameo as Nelson Wright.
Super Dark Times – September 29
Super Dark Times takes a dark look at the friendship between teenagers Zach and Josh and the gruesome accident that drives a wedge between them. When their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes, both boys processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into paranoia and violence.
Little Evil – September 1
The upcoming Netflix horror/comedy film Little Evil, sees a newly married man who discovers he may be the Antichrist’s new stepdad. Get set for big laughs when Little Evil hits Netflix on September 1.
Narcos: Season 3 – September 1
With Pablo Escobar dead, the newest season of Narcos sees the infamous rise of the Cali Cartel, which once controlled 90 percent of the world’s cocaine distribution. Pedro Pascal returns as DEA agent Javier Pena. Start the binge watching on September 1 when the show returns to Netflix.
Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. – September 4
The life of the the Notorious B.I.G. hits the small screen at the beginning of the month. The documentary, which airs on A&E, will see how the King of East Coast hip-hop rose on the charts during the ’90s. 2 Chainz, Mike Will and T-Pain, also speak about the late rapper’s legacy, although they’ve never collaborated with the rapper himself.
American Horror Story: Cult – September 5
The long-running FX anthology American Horror Story sees its seventh season, this time dubbed Cult. The horror will focus around the 2016 U.S. election and the divide it created. Regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters return alongside newcomers Alison Pill and Billy Eichner. The show makes its official FX network premiere on September 5.
BoJack Horseman – September 8
BoJack Horseman is back this fall and the new season will take a look at the life of the sometimes serious, sometimes funny protagonist. Netflix has been pretty quiet about the details for the fourth season, but fans may find out what he’s looking for and if he will ever return to Hollywoo. Starring Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Paul F. Thompkins, and Alison Brie, the Netflix original returns on September 8.
The Deuce – September 10
HBO’s latest series The Deuce takes a look at the adult film industry and its impact on New York City during the early 1970s and mid-1980s. James Franco will play twin brothers Frankie and Vincent Martino, while Maggie Gyllenhal portrays a sex worker named Eileen “Candy” Merrell. The supporting cast includes Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Emily Meade, Method Man and more.
American Vandal – September 15
Playing on its well-received murder documentaries, Netflix is set to drop the new satire series American Vandal, which revolves around a high school prank gone bad. As a joint production with CBS Television, the comedy will see eight episodes for its first season. Take a look at the phallic phenomenon sweeping the nation in the trailer above.
Jerry Before Seinfeld – September 15
The show brings Jerry Seinfeld back to one of the most iconic New York City comedy clubs for a special stand-up outing. Along with the new comedy routine and performance, Seinfeld will showcase the collection of legal pads he has scribbled his jokes on since 1975. Viewers will also get a look into Seinfeld’s early home life and his rise to popularity.
Star Trek: Discovery – September 24
Star Trek makes a return this fall with its latest chapter Discovery. The new venture takes place 10 years before the original 1966 series. Starring Michelle Yeoh and Jason Isaacs as captains on the USS Discovery vessel, both them and their crew must face an impending war with the Klingons. Star Trek: Discovery hits CBS All Access on September 24.
Inhumans – September 29
Inhumans introduces us to a world where gifted mutants are not only at war with humans, but themselves. The series follows the royal family in charge which includes Black Bolt, the king of the Inhumans, his queen Medusa and his brother Maximus — played by Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon. Inhumans will debut on September 1 in IMAX theaters. The entire season will then hit ABC on September 29.
Long Shot – September 29
Netflix’s latest documentary takes a look at Juan Catalan who was arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and how Larry David saved him from the death penalty. For his innocence, all he had to do was prove he was one of 56,000 people at a Dodgers Game that night. That’s where David and the outtake footage from the show comes in.