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New TV series and movies to watch in September 2020 on Netflix, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime Video: Enola Holmes, Alive...

New TV series and movies to watch in September 2020 on Netflix, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime Video: Enola Holmes, Alive...

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Text: Emily Heng


Alive

Cast: Yoo Ah-In and Park Shin Hye.

Premise: A mysterious pathogen is released in Seoul, transforming the infected into cannibalistic zombies. The film chronicles a professional gamer's (Oh Joon-Woo) attempts at survival as the city devolves into chaos.

First impression: Train to Busan, except featuring a slightly less charismatic (and towering) lead in the form of Yoo Ah-In. Nevertheless, it seems an apt flick in these pandemic-riddled times.

What the Internet is saying: It surpassed one million ticket sales in Korea alone five days after its release, with many a critic declaring it the movie that has "revived hope for Korea's movie theatres." High praise, alright.

Release date: 8 September


The Third Day

Cast: Jude Law, Naomie Harris, and Emily Watson.

Premise: This six-episode series follows two main arcs: "Summer" and "Winter" — both of which is focused on a mysterious island off the British coast. The former features Sam, who is drawn to the group of islanders set on preserving their traditions while the latter is about Helen, a strong-willed outside who arrives on the island seeking answers.

First impression: Intriguing as it is sinister, with idyllic images of rivers and forests slowly transcending into disturbing imagery featuring puppets, fires, and sudden acts of violence.

What the Internet is saying: According to YouTube user, moetown, they're getting "Lost and Midsommar vibes" from the trailer. Same.

Release date: 15 September


Ratched

Cast: Sarah Paulson, Cynthia Nixon, and Sharon Stone.

Premise: Slated as the prequel to iconic film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, it follows the trials and tribulations of the cruel Nurse Ratched, who reigns over a psychiatric hospital where unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind.

First impression: Let it be known that we'd watch a two-hour feature on Sarah Paulson doing just about anything. Personal bias aside, we do love that she's reprising a role similar to what she did for American Horror Story — not entirely a coincidence, seeing how it's produced by Ryan Murphy as well.

What the Internet is saying: It's been deemed one of the most anticipated releases of 2020; a haunting look and imagining of how a monster was created. We're getting goosebumps as we write this.

Release date: 18 September


Enola Holmes

Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, and Sam Claflin.

Premise: The spotlight is on Enola Holmes, Sherlock's teen sister, who puts her detective skills to play when she discovers her mother has gone missing. What follows is a tale that defies gender expectations, societal norms, and the like.

First impression: Talk about a real A-list cast. Helena Bonham Carter as the mysterious mother further rounds out the (already) impressive troupe and puts it squarely into Emmy award territory.

What the Internet is saying: Campy as its concept might be, folks are increasingly won over by the myriad of performances witnessed in the trailer.

Release date: 23 September


Utopia

Cast: Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson, and Dan Byrd.

Premise: A work from award-winning screenwriter and author, Gillian Flynn, this eight-episode series trails a group of twenty-somethings who bond over their obsession of a comic called Utopia. They soon discover that nothing about the publication is as innocuous as it seems, with hidden meaning predicting threats to humanity concealed within the pages.

First impression: Hilarious and thought-provoking with all the makings of (yet another) cult classic. Or, at least a remake we don't mind in the slightest.

What the Internet is saying: Based upon the hit British series of the same name, fans have high hopes that this adaption will be just as good.

Release date: 25 September



August

An American Pickle

Cast: Seth Rogen, Sarah Snooke, and Jorma Taccone.

Premise: Based on 2013 short story by Simon Rich, the HBO original follows Herschel Greenbaum, a Jewish immigrant who gets preserved in a vat of pickles and wakes up in modern-day New York City. What commences is a slew of fish-out-of-water situations and slapstick humour underscored with Rogen's ineffable charm.

First impression: As moving as it is ludicrous, An American Pickle's typical time-travel storyline is bolstered by strong performances from the cast as well as its sharp, witty script.

What the Internet is saying: Critics have praised it for having a fresh take on the age-old question: how would a person from ye olden days' cope with the challenges of modern life? Quite badly, from what we can tell. But hey, that's the fun of it.

Release date: 6 August

Ted Lasso

Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Juno Temple, and Brendan Hunt.

Premise: A small-time American football coach is recruited to coach an English soccer team despite being woefully clueless about the differences between the two.

First impression: Whip-smart, moving, and engaging, we expected no less from veteran showrunner, Bill Lawrence, known for his work on comedies such as Scrubs and Cougar Town.

What the Internet is saying: A quick Google search brought about articles titled "How on earth is Ted Lasso actually good?" and multiple references to Sudeikis's performance as being "pitch-perfect." 'Nuff said.

Release date: 14 August

Project Power

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, and Dominique Fishback.

Premise: A drug dealer, a police officer, and a former soldier have to work together to stem the distribution of "Power" — a pill that grants unpredictable superpowers to anyone who consumes it for five minutes.

First impression: Its star-studded cast might just be enough to convince us to watch it despite what seems like a pretty trite storyline.

What the Internet is saying: The flick has been praised for being visually dynamic but also lacking in terms of heart-racing action scenes or emotional beats. Take from that what you will.

Release date: 14 August

Stranger Season 2

Cast: Bae Doona, Cho Seung-Woo, and Lee Joon-Hyuk.

Premise: The critically-acclaimed crime thriller series is making its triumphant return - this time with all new cases, faces, and twists for prosecutor, Hwang Si-Mok, and senior police inspector, Han Yeo-Jin, to deal with.

First impression: Its trailer is frustratingly cryptic, revealing nothing except a few key shots of our favourite characters and new players entering the game. Its voiceover declaring that "everyone who chooses to remain silent is complicit", however, does give an indication of how the new season is going to go.

What the Internet is saying: Excitement over the two-year time skip aside, there's been a lot of buzz surrounding the arrival of new characters set to shake up the series.

Release date: 15 August

Chemical Hearts

Cast: Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, and Sarah Jones.

Premise: Henry Page, a hopeless romantic, finally experiences the rush of first love when mysterious new girl, Grace Town, is admitted into his school. The film chronicles their journey of healing, growth, and confusion — i.e. the ups and downs of being a teenager.

First impression: Is it presumptuous of us to think this as version 2.0 of The Fault in Our Stars? We'd declare this a surefire favourite of John Green fans everywhere.

What the Internet is saying: Jury's still out, though everyone seems to be thrilled that Austin Abrams — of Euphoria fame — has been cast in a lead role. How promising, indeed.

Release date: 21 August



July

The Old Guard

Cast: Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, Marwan Kenzari, and Luca Marinelli.

Premise: A covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have to cope with their secret coming to light after a mission gone wrong. Leader, Andy, and newest recruit, Nile, work together to help eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate their power by any means necessary.

First impression: A coherent superhero movie that doesn't let action overshadow plot or characterisation? There might be hope for the genre just yet.

What the Internet is saying: It's been called everything from a "fresh take" on superhero movies to "downright profound," so it's safe to say that The Old Guard has been pretty well-received, so far.

Release date: 10 July

Palm Springs

Cast: Andy Samberg, Camila Mendes, Cristin Miloti, and Tyler Hoechlin.

Premise: Two strangers meet at a Palm Springs wedding only to get stuck in a time loop. Yes, that's 2020's rendition of Groundhog Day featuring one reluctant maid-of-honour, Sarah, and apathetic wedding guest, Nyles.

First impression: A rom-com that perfectly encapsulates modern-day relationships — with a twist.

What the Internet is saying: Sweet, inventive, and demented in equal measure, it has already garnered a 100% certified fresh score on review-aggregation site, Rotten Tomatoes.

Release date: 10 July

Little Voice

Cast: Brittany O'Grady, Sean Teale, and Colton Ryan.

Premise: A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, Little Voice is centered around Bess King, an aspiring performer struggling to fulfill her dreams through rejection, relationships, and complicated family issues.

First impression: Heartfelt, earnest, and endearingly sincere, we can only hope that the full series continues to strike the right notes as the trailer did.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone is still reeling that the series will feature original musical content by Grammy and Tony Award nominee, Sara Bareilles. Oh, and did we mention that it is written by J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Release date: 10 July

Cursed

Cast:
Katherine Langford, Daniel Sharman, Lily Newmark, and Devon Terrell.

Premise: Think of it as a re-imagining of the tale of King Arthur, except with a feminist twist. Told through the eyes of Nimue, a young heroine, it follows her journey in locating the all-powerful Merlin, all while rising against the sinister Red Paladins and discovering herself along the way. A lengthy to-do list, indeed.

First impression: A hybrid between The Witcher and the iconic GOT, except with none of the former's humour or the latter's production value. All in all, though, we're still pretty intrigued.

What the Internet is saying: Critics and audiences alike have praised the series for its elaborate costumes, sprawling storylines, and inventive mythology.

Release date: 17 July

The Umbrella Academy 2

Cast:
Aidan Gallagher, Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, and Tom Hopper.

Premise: Based upon an American comic book series written by Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy revolves around a "dysfunctional family of superheroes" born on the same day to random, unconnected women. Seven of them are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, an extraterrestrial disguised as a famous entrepreneur. Expect hijinks and super-powered adventures abound.

First impression: Don't expect anything less than what you got in season 1. From what we can tell, heart pounding action is paired with The Umbrella Academy's signature dry wit, nailing the sweet spot between comedy and drama flawlessly.

What the Internet is saying: Most of the comments express their non-surprise at fan-favourite character, Klaus, being revealed as a leader of a cult. We can see it.

Release date: 31 July


June
Queer Eye Season 5

Cast: Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness.

Premise: The franchise revolves around a collective of LGBTQI+ professionals (the Fab Five) transforming the lives of deserving strangers in need of assistance.

First impression: They're back and better than ever — this time with ten whole episodes instead of the customary eight. The gift that keeps on giving, indeed.

What the Internet is saying: Response has been overwhelmingly positive, with critics and consumers alike declaring it both moving and entertaining in equal measure. We expected no less.

Release date: 5 June

I May Destroy You

Cast: Michaela Coel, Weruche Opia, and Paapa Essiedu.

Premise: Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella, a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

First impression: Sharp, biting, and frank in its addressing of important issues such as consent and the #MeToo movement, we foresee that this is one for the history books.

What the Internet is saying: It has been credited as nuanced, complex, and breathtaking in its unflinching portrayal of sexual assault as well as the ramifications of it.

Release date: 7 June

Athlete A

Cast: Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

Premise: The film follows the IndyStar reporters as they reveal the extensive cover-up and culture of cruelty that was allowed to thrive within elite gymnastics, the attorney fighting the institutions, and most importantly, the brave whistle-blowers who refuse to be silenced.

First impression: As with the series of searing documentaries (Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator; Surviving R.Kelly) released over the past year, this piece exposes powerful characters abusing their power to their own gain, thus pulling back the curtain on the crimes they've committed. Painful, gripping, but also an essential watch so as to — slowly, but surely — uncover and dismantle the system that allows for such horrors to happen.

What the Internet is saying: So far, it's been compared to 2015 documentary, Spotlight, an Oscar-winning feature on child sexual abuse within the Catholic church. It has also been described to be "infuriating, anger-inducing, frustrating and, ultimately, inspiring."

Release date: 24 June

Search Party Season 3

Cast: Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, and John Early.

Premise: The series depicts the lives of six New Yorkers investigating the disappearance of their friend. The third season, however, finds the gang swept up in the trial of the century after leads Dory and Drew are charged for the semi-accidental murder of a private investigator.

First impression: A dark comedy with all the makings of cult flicks such as Parasite and Pulp Fiction, our only gripe is that the new season is all of three episodes long. But then again, quality over quantity, right?

What the Internet is saying: It's been credited as underrated and easily one of the funniest shows out there.

Release date: 25 June

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Will Ferrell, and Pierce Brosnan.

Premise: Two small-town singers chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition, where scheming rivals, high stakes and onstage mishaps test their bond.

First impression: Is it a comedy? A parody? A gritty, realistic portrayal of the cut-throat competition that is the Eurovision Song Contest? We just can't tell. We will, however, give Ferrell and McAdams props for their semi-convincing Icelandic accents.

What the Internet is saying: According to YouTube user, echolot, "there is suspension of disbelief and then there's who-the-hell-would-believe-will-ferrell-as-pierce-brosnan's-son." Hey, but perhaps that's the charm of it.

Release date: 26 June




May

Beastie Boys Story

Cast: Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz

Premise: The story of three friends who inspired each other and the world. Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this "live" documentary experience.

First impression: It is the Beastie Boys! Avid hip hop fans and lovers of documentaries be excited.

What the Internet is saying: There are mixed feelings about the documentary style of delivery but the content itself is insightful, nostalgic and a fun watch.

Release date: 24 April

Hollywood

Cast: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, Jake Picking, Jeremy Pope, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons and Patti LuPone

Premise: In 1940s Hollywood, aspiring actors and filmmakers will do anything to make their showbiz dreams come true.

First impression: Ryan Murphy can do no wrong, or can he? We all know Hollywood has its dirty secrets and fake lives covered with sparkle and glamour — that's what makes it so appealing. But this time, the theme is tackled in a new light with a tad more diversity in terms of gender, sexuality and race.

What the Internet is saying: Rolling Stone said: "Ultimately, Hollywood errs on the side of dreaming, but who doesn't like to dream about a better world than the one we have?" while BBC gave it one (out of five) stars. Yikes.

Release date: 1 May

Betty

Cast: Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell and Rachelle Vinberg

Premise: A diverse group of young women navigate their lives through the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City. This HBO series is a remake of the movie Skate Kitchen with the same cast and creator.

First impression: Badass skateboarding girls in New York with queer themes? Yes, yes, and hell yes.

What the Internet is saying: Beautiful cinematography of New York and a showcase of sisterhood girl power. One character in the series says: "I wanna stop fighting the patriarchy and just start helping the matriarchy instead." Preach, sista.

Release date: 2 May

The Science of Sleep: How to Sleep Better

Cast: Gaby Roslin and Amir Khan

Premise: This BBC Earth programme conducts an experiment where a group of people for 48 hours go sleepless to find out how lack of Zs affects our brains and bodies. The show offers answers to critical questions and sees experts help people with sleep problems — from snoring to night terrors.

First impression: Being stuck in isolation and working from home (therefore sometimes while in bed), sleep is another thing that has been affected in our lives. This could be eye-opening (pun intended) into learning how to combat insomnia and other sleep issues.

What the Internet is saying: Nothing yet. Perhaps they are trying to sleep?

Release date: 21 May

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On the Record

Cast: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Sherri Hines, Jenny Lumet, Toni Sallie, Alexia Norton Jones, and more.

Premise: Directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, this haunting, Sundance-debuting documentary centres around music executive Drew Dixon, one of the first women of colour in the wake of #MeToo to come forward and publicly name hip hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault. Apple TV+ was the original distributor of this emotional film, but it dropped the show when Oprah, one of its producers pulled out "because she felt that the film was rushed to be shown at Sundance".

First impression: A must-see, considering how high profile it is — in terms of its award-winning directors (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who did The Hunting Ground and The Invisible War), the #MeToo subject, and its racial dimensions.

What the internet is saying: That it is powerful, traumatic, and convincing, despite Oprah pulling her support after hearing Ava DuVernay's "harsh critique" of the film.

Release date: 27 May

The Vast of Night

Cast: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Bruce Davis, Gail Cronauer, and more

Premise: This award-winning Amazon Original sci-fi film — which premiered at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival to acclaim) follows two industrious New Mexico teens — one a radio DJ, one a telephone operator — in the 1950s as they investigate a strange radio frequency and chase down E.T.s through the wilderness.

First impression: UFOs, the twilight '50s, a captivating cast, and a wild goose chase in small-town America makes for one great escape during a time where every day feels the same.

What the internet is saying: An "ingenious", "brilliant", and "a home-run" feature film debut for buzzing director Andrew Patterson. Vulture called it "one of the best movies to make the rounds on the genre festival circuit in 2019.

Release date: 29 May

 

 

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