IMDb Picks: 10 Best Movie and TV Bets for Septemberby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 weeks ago
IMDb's editorial team spotlights the movies and TV shows they most want to see.
"Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light"
As a fan of family dramas and Final Fantasy video games, I was both surprised and thrilled when I stumbled across this upcoming series while browsing through Netflix. Inspired by almost too good to be true events, "Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light" tells the story of a son who tries to reconnect with his father by secretly interacting with him in the fantasy MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) Final Fantasy XIV. I had it added to my queue before even watching the trailer. The goal will be not to binge the entire series in one sitting when all eight episodes drop on midnight, Sept. 1. — Vanessa
Premieres Friday, Sept. 1, on Netflix.
Watch out, "Stranger Things" kids. There's another teen horror squad on the '80s block, and they look to be every bit as compelling, funny, unassuming, and watchable. The kids who'll steal scenes even from the likes of Bill Skarsgård's seductively creepy Pennywise are the Losers' Club, a ragtag collection of outliers and misfits, who end up tackling their own fears, their hometown's sordid history of mystery and death, and a whole lot more in Andy Muschietti's smart, terrifying, and, yes, even funny adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror epic. "Stranger Things" fans will enjoy watching Finn Wolfhard inhabit a completely different character this time around and will enjoy discovering some new young talents like Jack Dylan Grazer and Sophia Lillis, who look to be breakout stars. Pennywise will haunt your dreams, to be sure. But this group of talented teens will linger long past the fall. — Bret
In theaters Friday, Sept. 8
"Top of the Lake: China Girl"
The second season of Jane Campion's mystery series finds Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) back in Sydney, and in no time she's working a new case after the body of a young woman washes up on the beach. In a subplot that seems to be closely connected to the case, Robin beings a tentative relationship with the young woman (Alice Englert, Campion's real-life daughter) she gave up for adoption — this is a troubled soul who s perhaps not surrounding herself with the most savory characters. Fortunately, Brienne of Tarth has everyone's back, as "Game of Thrones" star Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast, as has Nicole Kidman, who plays the adoptive mother of Robin's daughter. If you quickly consumed shows such as "The Fall" or "Broadchurch" and you haven't yet seen season one of "TotL," strap in for a dark tour of small-town life in New Zealand and then check out this new chapter. — Arno
"Top of the Lake: China Girl" premieres Sunday, Sept. 10 on Sundance
Many were pleasantly surprised to see Pamela Adlon's Emmy nomination for the Best Actress in a Comedy Series, but it was more than deserved. Based on her own experiences, Adlon is the writer, producer and star of this touching comedy of a single mother to three girls in Los Angeles, who is also juggling an acting career. I stumbled across this show last year and it quickly became one of my favorites, from its strong writing to funny celebrity cameos. In a way, it reminds me of "Parenthood": one minute you're laughing, the next there's "something in your eye." If you haven't seen it yet, I recommend a binge fest before the Season 2 premiere. — Michelle
"Better Things" Premieres Thursday, Sept. 14, on FX
From the creepy teaser trailer to Rosemary's Baby-esque poster, we were on board to see Darren Aronofsky's latest film simply based on its star power alone. But then Aronofsky released a director's statement for the film which begins with "It is a mad time to be alive, " revealing the he wrote the film in just five days after reflecting on the current state of the world.
He writes, "I imagine people may ask why the film has such a dark vision. Hubert Selby Jr., the author of "Requiem for a Dream," taught me that through staring into the darkest parts of ourselves is where we find the light."
Now we are even more intrigued to watch J-Law descend into the darkness that Aronofsky beautifully creates, and can't wait to see where it takes us. — Michelle
In theaters Friday, Sept. 15
True crime documentaries are ripe for satire in the wake of critically acclaimed series such as "Making a Murderer and "The Jinx" as well as hit podcast "Serial". The first major series to skewer the genre is "American Vandal," which will explore the aftermath of a high school prank in which phallic images were sprayed on 27 faculty cars and the potentially unjust expulsion of troubled senior Dylan Maxwell. The trailer alone is a spot-on parody that plays with how these series are compiled, from talking heads and CCTV footage to Snapchat videos. The only question is whether the joke can sustain eight half-hour episodes and whether this style of documentary will have to adapt to avoid comparisons in the future. — Michael
Premieres Friday, Sept. 15, on Netflix
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Remember what a breakout hit Kingsman: The Secret Service became and how it was still in theaters during the summer of 2015 even despite being released that February? Fortunately we only had to wait two years for this sequel, which has found a way to bring back but Harry Hart (Colin Firth) even though our favorite character, Gazelle (Sofia Boutella), is absolutely 100% dead. The summer box office could have used a hit like this, and while I'm wildly excited to reunite with Eggsy, I feel a slight hesitation due to the formula that's in play, where sequels are only better if they are bigger, splashier. Look at the number of celebrities in this cast as compared to the original. Also, why does The Golden Circle have to take place on American soil. The Secret Service was perfectly British and surrounded an unknown lead character with a small clutch of seasoned actors — plus that guy who looked like James Franco if he washed his hair everyday.
In theaters Friday, Sept. 22
"This Is Us"
“This Is Us” returns on Sept. 26, and I think I’m just about emotionally ready for Season 2. Watching the first episode, I didn’t expect to get sucked into this show, but with the introduction of Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) Pearson and how the "Big Three," came to be, I was in deep. Over the first season I became invested in every incarnation of these characters as the show explored the events both good and tragic that shaped their lives as kids, teens, young adults, and even older in life. So this season I know the drill and will come prepared with tissues for the per-episode mandatory crying and brace myself for the emotional rollercoaster that will come as we get closer to “inevitable events,” (which can’t be mentioned without spoilers). If you watched Season 1 then you know… you know… If you haven’t given this show a chance, I would suggest you do, though don’t try to binge it in a week. Space it out, be kind to yourself. Give yourself time to recover. — Vanessa
"This Is Us" returns Tuesday, Sept. 26, on NBC.
"Will & Grace"
It's hard to think of a more consequential TV sitcom of the late '90s and early '00s than "Will & Grace," which in its eight seasons managed to bringing LGBT characters and issues to the TV mainstream and introduced to Thursday-night viewers four undeniably iconic characters of the sitcom genre. The show was an awards darling, earning 16 Emmy Awards (including at least one for Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen) and 83 nominations overall. And artifacts from the show such as props, scrips, and set decor were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution as part of their collection. All to say: The sitcom has made its contribution to both cultural and comedy history. Which is why fans across the globe are so excited to see the show return for a 12-episode ninth season. The whole gang is back, including Minnie Driver and Harry Connick Jr. in their beloved guest roles, with the noticeable exception of Shelley Morrison (Rosario). So expect the expected hilarity to pick right up. Fans aren't the only ones excited: NBC execs have already picked up the series for a 13-episode 10th season. — Bret
"Will & Grace" returns Thursday, Sept. 28, on NBC.
Tom Cruise has rarely wavered from action roles in recent years so it is gratifying to see the star flexing his acting muscles once more. In American Made, Cruise plays Barry Seal, a real-life pilot who was flying commercial planes before being recuited by the CIA to smuggle guns into Colombia. Once there, he was drawn into working with the drug cartels and began a lucrative but dangerous life. Cruise did all his own flying in the movie so when you see a plane flying through the tops of trees or landing in the dark, that's him. But the real acrobatics are in Cruise's ability to play a man very much on the wrong side of the law while remaining likeable throughout. My only advice would be to avoid the Wikipedia page if you don't want to know how the story ends. — Michael
In theaters Friday, Sept. 29