September Picks: The Movies and TV You Can't Miss

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Chef's Table: BBQ (2020)

"Chef's Table: BBQ" | Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 2, on Netflix

Plot: The critically-acclaimed series returns for its latest iteration, delving into the smoky, juicy world of barbecue. Featured chefs and pitmasters include Tootsie Tomantez, Lennox Hastie, Rodney Scott, and Rosalia Chay Chuc.

Our Take: This Emmy-nominated series makes art out of the creative culinary process, displaying notable global chefs’ cooking techniques and food philosophies in a manner so beautiful it may have moved me to tears once or twice. (Watch the very first episode of "Chef’s Table" centered on Italian chef Massimo Bottura and I promise you’ll understand.) I savor each new season, limiting myself to devouring one episode at a time to prolong the enjoyment, and since every barbecue devotee I’ve ever read about seems to have a reverence for meat and smoke in the fabric of their being, I already know this is gonna be good. — Hannah

Munro Lennon-Ritchie, Isla Grace Hounsom, Dineo Pikini, Amanda Collin, Owen de Wet, and Zac Wastie in Raised by Wolves (2020)

"Raised by Wolves" | Premieres Thursday, Sept. 3, on HBO Max

Plot: Two androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

Our Take: Ridley Scott is finally bringing his directing superpowers to the small screen in the distant-future sci-fi series "Raised by Wolves." I’ve been super excited about this one since the first cryptic trailer revealed Travis Fimmel’s (who I’ve greatly missed since "Vikings") return to TV. So far the trailers seem to lean towards an atheist androids vs. space crusaders story, but I have a feeling that only scratches the surface. Fun fact: Ridley’s son Luke Scott will be directing three of the ten episodes, bringing the Scott-directed episode total to five. — Vanessa

Adam Pålsson in Young Wallander (2020)

"Young Wallander" | Premieres Thursday, Sept. 3, on Netflix

Plot: When he is unable to save a teenager from a gruesome attack, Wallander must learn to cope with his guilt in order to solve the crime.

Our Take: Before Kurt Wallander was the world-weary, existentialist detective played by Kenneth Branagh or Krister Henriksson (in the original Swedish series), he was just a rookie cop, not yet jaded by the endless stream of horrific crimes that would make up his bleak future. Following the trend of iconic TV detective origin stories ("Endeavor," "Prime Suspect 1973") Netflix takes on Wallander’s rookie-cop days in "Young Wallander" a title so to-the-point that it’s kind of perfect. If you're a fan of tense, twisty detective stories, this one is for you. — Vanessa

Antony Starr and Erin Moriarty in The Boys: The Big Ride (2020)

"The Boys" | Premieres Friday, Sept. 4, on Prime Video

Plot: A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.

Our Take: Of the many reasons to love and hate "The Boys," the thing that kept me tuned throughout Season 1 was the terrifying villain, Homelander (Antony Starr). As a casual watcher of superhero movies, I've never been very satisfied with the bad guys of the genre. But Homelander freaks me out on so many levels, I can't wait to see what he does in Season 2. — James

Jessie Buckley, Hadley Robinson, and Gus Birney in I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

I'm Thinking of Ending Things | Premieres Friday, Sept. 4 on Netflix

Plot: Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself. Based on Iain Reid's acclaimed novel.

Our Take: From Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to Synecdoche, New York, I've always loved the audacity and ambition of Charlie Kaufman's storytelling, but I'd be lying if it didn't sometimes feel like "work" to decipher his work. But first looks at his latest looks like pure joy for the art-house horror audience, with a terrific cast including the always-great Toni Collette, Jesse Plemons, David Thewlis, and Jessie Buckley ("Chernobyl"). — James

Hilary Swank in Away (2020)

"Away" | Premieres Friday, Sept. 4, on Netflix

Plot: As American astronaut Emma Green prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile her decision to leave behind her husband and teenage daughter when they need her the most.

Our Take: I'm a sucker for space stories where people decide to leave everything behind to explore the unknown, inevitably impacting those left behind. We’ve had a steady run of these kind of dramas with "The First" in 2018 (though they barely made it off the planet), and the campy "Another Life" (which I couldn't quite make it through). I’m excited to see what ground they cover in the upcoming "Away" which looks to lean heavy on both the family drama and the dangers of space, two things I can get behind. — Vanessa

Yifei Liu in Mulan (2020)

Mulan | Premieres Friday, Sept. 4, on Disney Plus with Premier Access

Plot: A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney's 'Mulan.'

Our Take: After months of adjusted release dates, Disney finally made the decision to release this highly anticipated live-action reboot on Disney Plus via a "Premier Access" subscription. Though some feel that $29.99 is a steep price for at-home viewing, plenty of families and Disney fans will ultimately bite. Some of Disney’s recent remakes haven’t quite measured up to the animated originals, but Niki Caro’s take on the legend of Hua Mulan appears to dial back the Disney princess vibes in favor of bad-ass warrior action scenes (which should benefit from the $200 million budget). I’m very excited to see how Chinese history and culture are highlighted, and hope that a respectful portrayal can correct the whitewashing of the original. — Hannah

Jessie Graff at an event for American Ninja Warrior (2009)

"American Ninja Warrior" | Premieres Monday, Sept. 7, on NBC

Plot: Contestants from across the U.S. run, jump, crawl, climb, hang, and swing through crazy obstacles as they compete to become the next American Ninja Warrior.

Our Take: I eat snacks while watching "ANW" and then exercise after each episode. It's a whole situation, and it feels like watching professional wrestling, "Oprah," "American Gladiators," and "Queer Eye" on four screens simultaneously. Does any other show have officially sanctioned gyms across the world? Sure, it's all a bit cult-y and woo-woo, but as "ANW" returns for its 12th season, each week I'll be there for a chance to see some of my favorite contestants — like professional stunt performer Jessie Graff and metal musician R.J. Roman — beat that wall. — Arno

Woke (2020)

"Woke" | Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 9, on Hulu

Plot: Keef is an African-American cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes his life.

Our Take: In a time when we’re all being pushed to take a hard look at our personal privilege and confront the rampant racism in our country, a comedy series on the topic could rightfully give you pause, but I look forward to seeing if Hulu’s new original series, "Woke" gets it right. The show follows Keef Knight (Lamorne Morris of "New Girl"), a Black cartoonist who aims to remain non-controversial, but gets a wake-up call after a run-in with the police. The show looks to delve into issues of systemic racism and police brutality, but with a surreal twist to Keef’s newfound “woke” state that brings animation and humor into the mix. Comedian T. Murph and Blake Anderson ("Workaholics ") also star. — Hannah

Cuties (2020)

Cuties | Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 9 on Netflix

Plot: As 11-year-old Amy joins a group of dancers at her school, her burgeoning femininity and shift in values upsets her family dynamic — namely, her relationship with her mother and her Senegalese heritage.

Our Take: Writer/director Maïmouna Doucouré's coming-of-age drama is based on her experiences as a refugee, and the film won top honors at Sundance earlier this year, mainly for Doucouré's using her voice to speak out against the hypersexualization of young women. There's a whole #cancel situation welling up as the movie nears its Netflix debut — one brought about by people reacting to its marketing materials and who haven't experienced its defiant message. Don't be misled by bias, and consider making up your own mind after watching it from Doucouré's perspective. — Arno

Jordan Kristine Seamón, Benjamin L. Taylor II, Beatrice Barichella, Francesca Scorsese, Sebastiano Pigazzi, Jack Dylan Grazer, Spence Moore II, and Corey Knight in We Are Who We Are (2020)

"We Are Who We Are" | Premieres Monday, Sept. 14, on HBO

Plot: Two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy experience the messiness and exhilaration of friendship, first-love, and identity.

Our Take: Currently I am enraptured by "My Brilliant Friend," and I'm certain that this series from director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, Call Me by Your Name), which explores contemporary themes in an equally modern setting, will enhance my long-lasting affair with all things Italian. — Arno

Jude Law and Katherine Waterston in The Third Day (2020)

"The Third Day" | Premieres Monday, Sept. 14, on HBO

Plot: Told in two separate chapters, "The Third Day" follows a man and woman who are drawn to a mysterious island off the British coast, whey they each encounter life-altering circumstances.

Our Take: The Wicker Man/Midsommar vibes of this limited series make it a late-night must-watch for me, and the casting of Jude Law and Naomie Harris feels like a fantasy torn directly from my diary. Have we ever had the opportunity to watch a nightmare scenario unfurl, then double back to claim a second soul? Of course a central question is whether Law and Harris' characters will overlap, as their stories will be told separately over the course of six total episodes. — Arno

Tom Holland in The Devil All the Time (2020)

The Devil All the Time | Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 16, on Netflix

Plot: Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality.

Our Take: Between Tenet and The Batman, Robert Pattinson is having a moment, and he shows no signs of slowing down. His portrayal of a less-than-godly preacher in this upcoming Netflix original based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel looks both haunting and alluring. There seems to be unspeakable evil lurking throughout the town of Knockemstiff, Ohio, and the suspense of it all is already killing me, in a good way. With a stacked cast featuring Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Riley Keough, Bill Skarsgård, Eliza Scanlen and more, this haunting crime thriller holds plenty of promise. — Hannah

Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins, and Evan Rachel Wood in Kajillionaire (2020)

Kajillionaire | In Theaters Friday, Sept. 18

Plot: A woman's life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join them on a major heist they're planning.

Our Take: After Miranda July's offbeat debut feature, 2005's Me and You and Everyone We Know, I was certain she'd be a director to watch for years to come. It's unclear how July's quirky sensibilities will land with audiences in 2020 (let's face it, she's not for everyone). But I'm excited to see what she can do with this great cast (Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, and Debra Winger) and a tried-and-true genre (the con-artist family heist film). — James

Sarah Paulson and Annie Starke in Ratched (2020)

"Ratched" | Premieres Friday, Sept. 18, on Netflix

Plot: In 1947, nurse Mildred Ratched arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a psychiatric hospital where new experiments have begun on the human mind. Mildred's stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born.

Our Take: Brazen move on Ryan Murphy's part to fashion the backstory for Nurse Ratched, a role that earned Louise Fletcher her Best Actress Oscar in 1976. If Murphy's newest partnership with Sarah Paulson spins this Hollywood horror story with the same hand that created "Feud: Bette and Joan," I'll be less perturbed by his other bold move: remaking The Boys in the Band at Netflix. — Arno

Janelle Monáe in Antebellum (2020)

Antebellum | Premieres Friday, Sept. 18 In Theaters

Plot: Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover its mind-bending mystery before it's too late.

Our Take: Feeling like this alternate history/alternate reality horror story could be the most vital film of the year. I've dodged spoilers and am getting prepared to be confronted by this nightmare, which is also playing out in real life across America. Endless respect for Janelle Monáe and the rest of the defiant ones in this cast. — Arno

Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, and Millie Bobby Brown in Enola Holmes (2020)

Enola Holmes | Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23, on Netflix

Plot: When Enola Holmes—Sherlock's teen sister—discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.

Our Take: Millie Bobby Brown breaks the fourth wall repeatedly as Enola Holmes, the independent young sister of famed consulting detective Sherlock, who is determined to do things her own way. Based on the YA book series "The Enola Holmes Mysteries" and directed by Harry Bradbeer, whos’s used to fourth-wall breaking from his award-winning work on "Fleabag" this one just looks like a lot of fun. Helena Bonham Carter, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, and Fiona Shaw round out the impressive cast. — Vanessa

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