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The five best new films to watch on Netflix in September 2022

The fall season is officially here. With the sweet beckoning of pumpkin spice lattes, changing seasons and falling leaves comes the need to curl up on the couch with a perfect film to watch. Netflix has braved its way through what seems to have been the most difficult year of its career as a streaming platform. While the mounting concerns about low stock prices and lower subscription numbers continue to haunt the streamer, they have consistently stuck to their model of releasing new films and shows monthly for viewers. 

The streamer is allegedly set to add the Jared Leto Marvel film Morbius sometime in September leading to heightened fan anticipation. Although Netflix and Disney’s streaming wars led to most of the Marvel content being removed from the former, it will be interesting to see Morbius’s shelf-life. 

Besides Morbius and several other older classics, namely A Clockwork Orange, American Beauty, A Knight’s Tale, the Resident Evil film series and more, the streamer will also be adding a variety of new Original films, many of which have already caught fan attention with their eye-popping content and trailer. 

Here are the five best new films to watch on Netflix in September 2022:

The five best new films to watch on Netflix in September 2022

Blonde

Blonde is scheduled for a September 28th, 2022 premiere on Netflix. 

Decades after her mysterious demise, Marilyn Monroe continues to be a raging pop-cultural icon. Netflix’s personal favourite, Monroe’s various reincarnations, make way to the streaming platform, dealing with several topics, including her highly-publicised death and early life. Dominik’s upcoming release is an already controversial film that stars Ana de Armas in the lead as Monroe and is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ eponymous novel. 

Charting Monroe’s life to stardom, the film will also trace the several trials and tribulations she faced in her career. Dominik’s film has already garnered quite the buzz due to the NC-17 rating it received due to the alleged presence of adult and graphic content. The rest of the cast also includes Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel, Bobby Cannavale, Sara Paxton and Rebecca Wisocky, among others. 

A Jazzman’s Blues

A Jazzman’s Blues will premiere on Netflix on September 23rd, 2022. 

Nearly 26 years after being penned down, Tyler Perry’s passion project is finally coming to Netflix. Set in the American South from 1937 to 1987, the film will star Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer as star-crossed lovers whose forbidden affair leads them to get entangled in a web of deceit, lies, heartbreak and eventual murder. 

With Boone as a young Black jazz singer named Bayou Boy, the trailer promises an exhilarating and emotional ride as the two lovers are constantly separated by racial injustice, economic disparity and other socio-political factors. The rest of the cast includes Amirah Vann, Milana Jackson, Ryan Eggold, E. Roger Mitchell and Austin Scott, among others, and promises an eclectic mix of songs. 

Lou

Lou will release on Netflix on September 23rd, 2022.

Many have compared Allison Janney in the upcoming action thriller to Keanu Reeves’ brooding titular character in John Wick. If the film is anything like the trailer, Janney will be an absolute delight to experience. Produced by J.J. Abrams, the upcoming movie stars Janney as the titular mysterious loner with a dog for a companion. Her peace and quiet are disrupted by a desperate knock on the door by a neighbour whose daughter has been abducted in the darkness of the night. 

What follows is a dangerous and tantalising ride into secrets of the past. Laced with Janney’s witty quips and eye-catching action sequences, the film will contain combat scenes, many of which were filmed personally by Janney. She is joined by Jurnee Smollett and Logan-Marshall Greene, among others. 

Do Revenge

Do Revenge is slated for a September 16th, 2022 release. 

Alfred Hitchcock did it in 1951. Robert Sparr did it in 1969. And Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is doing it in 2022 with a slightly different version of Patricia Highsmith’s celebrated classic Strangers on a Train. In her subversion, teenage girls are murderous, dark and psychopathic when wronged. While we wish she actually cast teenagers, witnessing Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes ooze chemistry has upped the anticipation for its release. 

Mendes stars as the recently-disgraced queen bee who teams up with Hawke, a loner who is coming to terms with a disastrous coming out event. While they are on a mission to help each other seek revenge, the trailer promises a straightforward yet twisty mix of makeovers, teenage cliches, wealthy teenagers and hard-hitting irony at misogyny, class and romance. 

Athena

Athena is coming to Netflix on September 23rd, 2022.

Gavras’ Athena is the first-ever French Netflix film unveiled at the Venice Film Festival and seems more relevant than ever. A hard-hitting tale of police brutality and the aftermath of a tragic event on a family, the film has a stellar cast, namely Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane, Ouassini Embarek, Alexis Manenti and Anthony Bajon, among others. This $15 million film is reportedly Gavras’ passion project. 

Violent, chaotic and intense, the film was shot chronologically, paying close heed to the exact mechanism of a Greek tragedy. While the film almost takes a nearly surreal approach to the subject matter, it is profound and relevant in the past, present and future and closely examine the role of media and several political axes in fuelling tension.