September offers many new and old films on– including the return of the Harry Potter films, after a short absence from the platform.
You’ll have a few options for a movie night, depending on what you’re looking for. Promising Young Woman, starring Carrie Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, and more, tells the story of Cassie, a woman who wants revenge on bad-intentioned shitty men. The film begins airing on September 25.
Director and actor Clint Eastwood is making a comeback with Cry Macho, on a former rodeo star. The film also stars Dwight Yoakam. Cry Macho is now streaming.
If you missedearlier in the year he returned to the platform. Criticism from CNET said it will satisfy fans of the game looking for bloody cinematic battles.
Other September movies to consider include 2015, King Kong (2005), The Evil Dead, Event Horizon and Meet Me in St. Louis. Still on sale, Hugh Jackman’s , as well as the other August additions of Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001).
Thanks to WarnerMediarelease plan, major 2021 releases have hit HBO Max, including James Gunn’s musical and the horror film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. If none of those tickles you, HBO Max has plenty of classics from the Criterion Collection and a small collection of quality originals, which you can browse below, among a few of these blockbusters.
Best blockbusters and originals on HBO Max
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
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Judas and the Dark Messiah made waves at the Oscars, winning the Best Supporting Actor award for Daniel Kaluuya, among his many nominations. It was well deserved. Kaluuya is mesmerizing as Fred Hampton, president of the Black Panther Illinois chapter, lighting up the screen alongside Lakeith Stanfield, who plays an FBI informant sent to infiltrate the party. The biopic, dramatizing real-life events in the late ’60s, is compelling, shocking, and sizzling with themes of racial injustice. A big heavy film that demands your full attention.
It’s a sweet little gem on HBO Max. Non-pregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira as a buddy duo travel across states where pregnant teenager Veronica (Richardson) can have an abortion. Yes, this is the pro-choice issue, with Veronica’s parents refusing to give her permission to have an abortion. But it also fits into the key equipment of all road trip films, illustrating a beautiful friendship between the two protagonists.
A coming-of-age drama featuring motorcycles. Charm City Kings stars a fresh young cast, including Jahi Di’Allo Winston as Mouse, a 14-year-old swept away by the Baltimore biking world, much to his mother’s dismay. The film’s strengths lie in his impressive young talent and his strong staging of motorcycle action scenes. Additionally, WandaVision fans will see Teyonah Parris in a supporting role. Not perfect, but a lot to admire.
No sudden movement (2021)
A new Steven Soderbergh film? Aka the great director behind Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven and, more recently, Logan Lucky? Twists, thrills, and desperate characters populate this 1950s Detroit crime thriller set. When a seemingly simple job gets out of hand, a group of criminals must work together to find out what is really going on. Admire the incredible cast: Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbor, Jon Hamm and Amy Seimetz. While the plot can be a bit convoluted and some won’t be able to get past the fisheye lens cinematography, Soderbergh’s sense of humor and immersive direction make this crime a fun night out.
If there’s ever been a movie that gets better with multiple covers, it’s Tenet. Thanks to its release on HBO Max, you can now understand the intrigue that accompanies its spectacular visuals. John David Washington stars as the protagonist, whose name is a subtle hint of his James Bond mission to prevent a destructive attack on the world – from the future. The protagonist learns to manipulate the flow of time with the help of Robert Pattinson’s debonair Neil. Perhaps the most Christopher Nolan of Christopher Nolan’s films, Tenet is as entertaining as he is cerebral.
Aka The Snyder Cut. This one is for the many Zack Snyder fans who campaigned for the director to get a second chance to finish Justice League, after being forced to leave before the end due to personal tragedy. Joss Whedon stepped in, but the 2017 theatrical version was a critical and box office failure. Now, a four-hour Director Snyder cut is ready on HBO Max, with a ton of new scenes, a few new villains, and the spectacular epilogue. If you’re ok with Snyder’s slow-motion style, it’s worth checking out his remarkably different original take.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Fan of the 80s? Including what style of achievement? The sequel to Wonder Woman leans heavily on her inspirations, which will either take you back to pleasantly straightforward versions of adventure and heroism, or truly bore you with absurd plot and slow pacing. Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince hasn’t budged from the death of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), working at the Smithsonian where an ancient artifact sets off a world of trouble and forces him to make some tough decisions. Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are new additions to the cast. Colorful and light escape.
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of a Harley Quinn) (2020)
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This violent, R-rated superhero entry explodes in color, amid shocking leg fractures courtesy of a Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie and director Cathy Yan have teamed up for this unique standalone film starring the titular supervillain. Its non-linear plot and loosely assembled antiheroes – including The Huntress by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Black Canary by Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Renee Montoya, Rosie Perez’s alcoholic sleuth and Cassandra Cain, Ella Jay Basco’s pickpocket – might put off those who want more careful packaging. But if you let the sleek visuals, creative action scenes, and Harley Quinn’s charisma take center stage, you’ll be treated to a delicious superhero treat.
Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this surprising romantic comedy film by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). The film was written and shot during the lockdown, and the pandemic actually features in the backdrop of the film. Hathaway and Ejiofor play a couple who are planning to rob a jewelry store in London when most stores are closed. Their relationship struggled during the lockdown, and they are reassessing a thing or two in the midst of their insanity. It’s not the most polished movie, but you’re there mostly for Hathaway and Ejiofor’s charisma. The inclusion of the pandemic will intrigue or distract you.
Whether you like it or not probably depends on how much you like Seth Rogen. You get a lot from him – he stars in two roles in An American Pickle, first playing Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish laborer who emigrated to America in 1919. He found work in a pickle factory – and it was there. that things get weird – falls into a vat of pickles that keeps it for 100 years. He wakes up in 2019 in Brooklyn and hangs out with his great-grandson Ben, also played by Seth Rogen. If you embrace that creative premise, then it’s a great low-key comedy for the small screen with awesome Rogen and Rogen chemistry.
Meryl Streep plays an eccentric author in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What else do you need to know? If you want to know more: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Hughes (Streep) struggles to finish her next book, being chased by her literary agent (Gemma Chan). She boards a cruise ship with old friends, who have inspired her best-known work. Tensions are high. It looks great – Soderbergh uses bright, natural light – and most of the dialogue is improvised. See how Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges and the rest of the impeccable cast have fun with it.
This one is a bit of a novelty inclusion. Find out what Robert Zemeckis (director of Back to the Future) and Anne Hathaway did with their tale of the Roald Dahl classic. Jahzir Kadeem Bruno is Hero Boy, a young boy who is turned into a mouse by the occasional CGI Great Witch of Hathaway. No one is saying it comes close to Anjelica Huston’s 1990 original, but it’s intriguing enough to take a quick look at.
Upcoming movies in 2021 and 2022 from Netflix, Marvel, HBO and more
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