Screencap: Upcoming movies and shows in September

Summer might be almost over, but the release calendar finds itself gaining momentum. Here are the most anticipated movies and shows of the incoming month.


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From left to right: Photos from “Cobra Kai,” “Don’t Worry Darling,” and “Blonde.”

The summer movie slate had a variety of heavy hitters, but August was a particularly slow month. Besides the Brad Pitt action-comedy “Bullet Train,” the biggest box office earners were holdovers from earlier in the season. T.V. didn’t fare much better, and excluding Marvel’s “She-Hulk” and the “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon,” there were few noteworthy premieres.

September promises to be a much different beast. Television will be more packed now than it’s likely to be for the rest of 2022 and while the year is saving most of its remaining blockbusters for later months, there’s no shortage of film programming either.

The calendar kicks off on Sept. 2 with a theatrical re-release of “Spider-Man : No Way Home” that features 11 minutes of new footage. This marks the first of Disney’s big re-releases this month (“Avatar” will open on the 23rd in preparation for the upcoming sequel) and the extended cut will likely be available to stream sometime after its theatrical run.

Also on the 2nd is the premiere of Amazon Prime’s “Lord of the Rings : The Rings of Power” series. Taking place thousands of years before the events of Peter Jackson’s original trilogy, the production of the show’s planned five-season run boasts an astounding budget of one billion dollars, the most expensive in entertainment history. Fans of source material author J.R.R. Tolkien have taken to bashing the series prior to release, but Friday’s drop of the first two episodes will show whether that criticism is warranted.

Disney+ has a packed docket this month. New episodes of “She-Hulk” will continue to air on Thursdays, but will soon have to contend with “Andor,” the latest Star Wars spin-off show based on the character from “Rogue One.” The action-adventure series will consist of 12 episodes, the first three premiering on Sept. 21.

Disney’s streaming platform will also play host to a live-action remake of “Pinocchio” (Sept. 8) and the long-awaited sequel to “Hocus Pocus” (Sept. 30). The former stars Tom Hanks as Geppetto while the latter will have Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy reprising their roles from the 1993 original.

The first half of the month will dish out new seasons of familiar favorites. “Rick and Morty” returns to Adult Swim for its sixth season on Sept. 4 followed by Netflix’s newest batch of “Cobra Kai” episodes on the 9th, a mere eight months after season four was released. Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” will also return to FX on the 15th for its fourth and final season, with new episodes available to stream on Hulu the next day.

For those looking to get into the Halloween spirit a bit early, the release calendar holds a few horror flicks. Original films “Barbarian” and “Smile” will come out on Sept. 9 and 30 respectively. Director Ti West’s “Pearl” will also have a theatrical run on the 16th, the feature being a prequel to “X,” released earlier this year by A24.

Sept. 16 is the most packed day of the month for movies, even excluding “Pearl.” Viola Davis will take the spotlight in the historical epic “The Woman King” and the David Bowie documentary “Moonage Daydream” will be released exclusively in IMAX. Coming to Netflix is “Do Revenge,” a teen dark comedy starring Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, and Austin Abrams.

The rest of the month from that point is less crowded, but still has some gems, the most notable being Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.” Starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a couple in the 1950s, the film’s trailers have prominently featured an eerie atmosphere with emphasis on romantic and dramatic tension between the two leads. In addition to directing, Wilde will also co-star along with Chris Pine and Gemma Chan. Release is set for Sept. 23.

The lineup concludes with a couple of Netflix releases at the month’s tail end. Ana de Armas will portray screen icon Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde,” coming out on the 28th. The biopic has been given an NC-17 rating, making it the first major streaming original film to rise above an R.

Kid Cudi’s adult animated series “Entergalactic” will accompany the release of his new album on the 30th. Cudi will voice the drama’s protagonist alongside the supporting cast of Jessica Williams, Timothée Chalamet, Ty Dolla $ign, and Vanessa Hudgens.

September’s packed release schedule is sure to spawn some solid hits, so stay tuned for the month’s biggest releases.

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