You feel that? That’s the chill of fall creeping in as August fades into September. Yes summer is finally behind us, and with the turn of the seasons comes a fresh crop of new films to watch this September. From Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, to Paul Schrader’s forthcoming The Card Counter and James Wan’s Malignant, there are plenty of exciting new releases to catch in theaters this month. Not feeling up to venturing outside? No worries; we’ve got you covered on what’s new on streaming.
Joining the major services in September are everything from the proto-MCU vampire action movie Blade to the retro-futuristic sci-fi drama Gattaca, Stanley Kwan’s biopic drama Center Stage starring Maggie Cheung, and a few creepy horror movies in case you’re spending all month revving up to October and the Halloween movie season.
Read on for 5 of the best movies new to streaming services in September.
10 years before Robert Downey Jr.’s debut as Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man, Wesley Snipes delivered Marvel its first hit movie through his career-defining role as Blade, a half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter. Forced to wage a war against an underground society of vampires led by Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), a megalomaniacal vampire with world-ending ambitions, Blade must at the same time work alongside his mentor Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) and hematologist Karen Jenson (N’Bushe Wright) to manage his own terrible, suppressed thirst for human blood. Come for the blood rave, stay for the kickass action sequences. —Toussaint Egan
Bernard Rose’s original 1992 Candyman is unequivocally one of the most horrifying horror movies of the early ’90s, a film whose sheer thematic depth and daring visuals evidence the hand of a masterful filmmaker at the peak of his abilities. Adapted from Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden,” the films stars Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, a University of Illinois grad student who becomes obsessed in studying the legend of Candyman, the murderous apparition born from the tortured spirit of a black man who in 1890 was killed for falling in love with a white woman. Lyle journeys to the modern day site of Candyman’s death, the Cabrini-Green housing development, where she unwittingly conjures the vengeful ghost back into being. With a beautiful, unsettling score courtesy of composer Philip Glass and an iconic performance by Tony Todd as Candyman, the 1992 original is absolutely prerequisite viewing for anyone even remotely interested in watching Nia DaCosta’s 2021 sequel of the same name.
- CENTER STAGE
Based on a true story, Stanley Kwan’s 1991 drama Center Stage chronicles the life of Ruan Lingyu, the so-called “Chinese Garbo” of her era, following the iconic actresses’ rise to prominence amid the 1930s to her tragic suicide at the age of 24. Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love) embodies the hypnotic allure and subdued melancholia of Lingyu in her prime, navigating the dire straits of her career while harboring a sense of intense alienation despite her meteoric success. Kwan’s film, according to critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, “combines documentary with period re-creation; biopic glamour with profound curiosity.” An award-winning performance by Cheung alone is reason enough to give Center Stage a watch.
Andrew Niccol has never made a better film than Gattaca, period. The director has dabbled with visually impressive sci-fi dystopias in films like 2011’s In Time or 2018’s Anon, but neither of those have managed to surpass that sheer lightning-in-a-bottle ingenuity of his directorial debut. Set in a future “not-too-distant” from our own, Niccol’s film stars Ethan Hawke as Vincent Freeman, a supposedly “inferior” man born into a society defined by a eugenically-organized caste system who yearns to pursue his dream of becoming an astronaut. Defying the institutional roadblocks of his time, Vincent assumes the identity of Jerome Eugene Morrow (Jude Law), a eugenically exceptional athlete in order to work as navigator at the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. When Gattaca’s administrator is mysteriously killed just days before Vincent’s mission to Titan, he’ll have to allude the suspicions of the investigators tasked with solving the murder as well as those of his co-worker Irene Cassini (Uma Thurman). With a brilliantly evocative score composed by Michael Nyman, a powerful animating trio of performances by Hawke, Thurman, and Law, and an impeccably stylish retro-futuristic aesthetic, Gattaca is soul-stirring science fiction.
- EVENT HORIZON
What’s on the other side of a black hole? In Paul W. S. Anderson’s sci-fi horror film Event Horizon, the answer is quite literally hell itself. Starring Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), and Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), the film centers on the crew of the rescue vessel Lewis and Clark responding to a distress signal from the lost ship Event Horizon. While aboard the ship, the crew discover the remains of a massacre and are stricken with fierce visions and horrifying hallucinations caused by the ship’s experimental gravity drive. Though a commercial and critical failure at release, Event Horizon has earned a staunch cult following among fan for its unsettling imagery, gothic industrial set design, and bracing performances, eventually going on to serve as an principal inspiration for EA Redwood Shores’ hit 2008 horror game Dead Space.
Other films to keep your eyes on
No Time to Die (2021)
Due to the numerous new appointments and departures, the production of ‘Bond 25’ has been postponed more and more. In the meantime, calm has returned and with the certainty that Craig and Fukunaga will present another blockbuster, a theatrical release has also been set. But then the coronavirus intervened and the planned start on April 2 was postponed, the supposed theatrical release on November 12, 2020 had to be canceled as well. The 25th Bond ‘No Time to Die’ will now be released in US cinemas over a year after its original release on April 2, 2021, and in Germany on September 30, 2021.
PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021)
The corona pandemic did not stop at “Paw Patrol” either, but in this case it was possible to continue working on the animated film at least virtually. After the numerous shifts in the industry, the German theatrical release for “PAW Patrol: The Movie” is now set for August 19, 2021. The animal animation adventure is approved for ages 0 and up.
The Kissing Booth 3 (2021)
In front of the camera, the stars around Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney and Molly Ringwald return one last time to bring the teen romance to a fitting end. On August 11, 2021, there will be one last blind kiss when “The Kissing Booth 3” launches on Netflix.
After Love (2021)
If the first sequel was quickly decided after the box office profit of almost 70 million US dollars, fans must expect delays for “After Love”.
In the midst of the corona pandemic, “After Truth” was released on September 3, 2020 and caused great success at the box office. However, global success was limited. Not least because the cinemas are still closed in many places.
However, fans can get used to the annual rhythm: The cinema release for “After Love” is on September 2nd, 2021.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
The theatrical release of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” was initially uncertain. The start was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 on February 11, 2021. However, this had to be postponed several times due to the corona pandemic. New theatrical release for Shang-Chi “is on September 2, 2021.
Wrath of Man (2021)
Filming for “Wrath of Man” began in late 2019 and ended in 2020 before the global corona pandemic broke out. The German theatrical release of “Wrath of Man” is planned for July 29, 2021. The age classification of the action thriller was FSK 16.