When it comes to originals, Prime’s September begins with the premiere of a fresh look at an old fairy tale and concludes with the beginning of the end for one of the service’s fixtures. In between you’ll find old slashers, a new erotic thriller and more. But, as usual, the month kicks off with a fresh batch of new-to-the-service movies, starting with an Eighties classic.
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Do the Right Thing (September 1)
If you haven’t seen Spike Lee’s masterpiece about one hot, heated afternoon in 1989 Brooklyn, here’s your chance to correct that. Masterfully staged and powerfully acted, it both speaks to its specific moment and the present, capturing something fundamental about America’s scars and divisions through increasingly charged interactions of a diverse group of Brooklynites;
Open Range (September 1)
Though a hit in 2003, this Kevin Costner-directed and starring film now looks like the beginning of a Western revival that never quite took hold. Costner plays a cattlehand haunted by his wartime past opposite Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, and Michael Gambon.
The Host (September 1)
Bong Joon-Ho’s take on the giant monster movie is at once a surprisingly affecting family story and a brutal satire of environmental abuse and American excess (with terrific monster effects to boot). Parasite’s Song Kang-ho stars as a ne’er-do-well noodle shop employee thrust into the middle of a creature crisis.
I Know What You Did Last Summer / I Still Know What You Did Last Summer / I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (September 1)
In retrospect it was probably predictable that Scream’s meta send-up of slasher movies would lead to a full-on, un-ironic slasher revival. Released in 1997, a year after Scream, the solidly effective I Know What You Did features a quartet of mid-Nineties all-stars (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Freddie Prinze Jr.) as teens drawn into murder and mystery. Lesser sequels inevitably followed.
Cinderella (September 3)
Kay Cannon (Blockers) directs this modern musical up date on a familiar story starring pop star Camila Cabello as Cinderella and Billy Porter as her fairy godparent. The soundtrack mixes originals with classic covers and, if Cabello wasn’t musical power enough, Idina Menzel plays her wicked stepmother.
LuLaRich (September 10)
A multi-level marketing company focusing on women’s clothing, LuLaRoe has been accused of being a pyramid scheme and likened, by former members, to a cult. This four-part docuseries from the makers of Fyre Fraud charts the still-operating company’s rise and descent into lawsuits and accusations.
The Voyeurs (September 10)
It’s been a while since we’ve gotten an old-fashioned erotic thriller whose unabashedly sleazy premise makes it hard to resist, but this new film from writer/director Michael Mohan looks like it’s determined to singlehandedly revive the genre. Sydney Sweeney and Justice Smith star as a young couple who discover the neighbors (Ben Hardy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo) who live across from their new apartment don’t worry about closing their windows when they have sex. They can’t stop watching and trouble inevitably follows.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (September 17)
Inspired by the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the Dan Gillespie and Tom MacRae-created Everybody’s Talking About Jamie became a hit in the United Kingdom. The story of an aspiring teenaged drag queen who fights prejudice to fulfill his dream, it’s scheduled to hit the U.S. in 2022. This film version, starring newcomer Max Harwood, arrives this month to clue the rest of the world in on what all the fuss is about.
The Mad Women’s Ball (September 17)
Mélanie Laurent directs and stars in this adaptation of the Victoria Mas novel Le Bal Des Folles, a story of sexism, exploitation and solidarity set within the walls of a 19th century neurological clinic.
Goliath (September 24)
Like Bosch, one of Prime’s signature series is winding down its run this year with this fifth and final outing of the Billy-Bob Thornton-starring legal drama. It’s going out with a bang, however, with a storyline that tackles opioid abuse and the pharmaceutical industry.
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