We recently gave you our top picks of new series releasing on streamers in September, and please don’t think we forgot about the features. Our selections of the films coming to home audiences during the month are sure to provide you with a varied watchlist full of promising performances. Keep reading for movies that run the gamut from family-friendly to thriller, culminating in one larger-than-life true story about an international beer run to a warzone.
We’re kicking things off with a film that’s good for the whole family and boasts a star- studded roster of talent. Tom Hanks leads the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ live-action and CGI retelling of the classic tale, starring as the woodcarver Geppetto, who creates the titular puppet (brought to life by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth). Joseph Gordon-Levitt voices Pinocchio’s guide and conscience, Jiminy Cricket, and Cynthia Erivo plays the Blue Fairy. You can also take in performances from Keegan-Michael Key and Luke Evans — who respectively play “Honest” John and The Coachman — when Pinocchio premieres on Disney+ come September 8.
Switching gears here, we have a new road trip thriller for your watchlist. Queen Latifah stars in End of the Road as Brenda, a recently-widowed mom who drives across the country with her two kids (Mychala Faith Lee and Shaun Dixon) and brother Reggie (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) in order to relocate the family. But their move to the southland is interrupted when they witness a murder and find a bag of cash. Netflix promises a “high-adrenaline” film — complete with car chases through the desert and gun standoffs — along with additional performances to watch for from the likes of Beau Bridges and Frances Lee McCain. You can catch all the action when the streamer releases End of the Road on September 9.
The feature debut from British director Eddie Sternberg promises some feel-good vibes, but don’t get the wrong idea. As the filmmaker told Variety, “It’s heartfelt rather than cheesy.” I Used to Be Famous centers on Vince (Ed Skrein), a washed-up former boy band star, and a teenaged drummer named Stevie (Leo Long) who’s autistic. After an impromptu jam session, the two form a unique bond and begin playing together while Vince grapples with his second shot at success. Besides Skrein and Long, you can also keep an eye out for Eleanor Matsuura, who plays Stevie’s mom Amber, when I Used to Be Famous drops on Netflix come September 16.
Welcome to the pick on our list you never knew you needed until now. We’ve got a based-on-real-events film for you about a New Yorker who travels to the frontlines during the Vietnam War in order to bring his childhood friends that are serving overseas their favorite cans of American beer. Per Apple TV+, “what started as a well-meaning journey quickly turns into the adventure of a lifetime” in its original film about “friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice.” The feature’s trailer hints at some action, drama, and plenty of comedy along the way as Zac Efron leads The Greatest Beer Run Ever as its main, suds-bearing character. He’s joined on the film’s impressive cast list by other A-listers that include names like Russell Crowe and Bill Murray. You can catch all these performances and more when The Greatest Beer Run Ever drops on AppleTV+ — as well as in theaters — on September 30.
Whether you choose Pinocchio, End of the Road, I Used to Be Famous, or The Greatest Beer Run Ever for your viewing pleasure — or all four — you can enter into September with our varied top picks of the new films releasing on streamers that are chock full of notable performances to watch.
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