September is the season of going back to school. Now that we’re in the swing of things, we’re all craving a good way to unwind at the end of the day. Luckily, your favorite streaming services know this, which is why they pushed the boat out with their new streaming premieres this month.
It’s a big month for movies, with most major streaming platforms putting out one or more original films, as well as growing platforms like Shudder making waves with their own set of premieres. It’s a well-rounded lineup for September, with a good mix of horror, action, romance, comedy, and big-budget blockbuster streaming premieres.
‘Perpetrator’ — Sept. 1
Horror streamer Shudder delivers a classic high-school slasher film that critics have dubbed a “bloody good time.” When rebellious teen Jonny (Kiah McKirnan) is sent to live with an estranged aunt (Alicia Silverstone), she learns of her family’s dark secrets. On her 18th birthday, she’s transformed by a family spell known as Forevering, which unlocks a feral monster inside her. When several girls go missing at school, Jonny uses her newfound powers to hunt down the perpetrator.
“Perpetrator” will premiere on Shudder on Sept 1.
‘Office Race’ — Sept. 4
Slacker Pat (Beck Bennett) faces off against his health-freak boss Spencer (Joel McHale) in “Office Race.” Pat is frequently made to feel insecure and in competition with the micromanaging Spencer. When Spencer manages to goad Pat into running a marathon, he doesn’t expect that he will fall in love with running. Newfound commitment begins to transform his lazy approach to life, which then has a further-reaching positive impact on his career and relationships.
Get ready for a bucket of laughs and some unexpected inspiration when “Office Race” premieres on Sept. 4 on Comedy Central. Check out our guide on how to watch Comedy Central without cable.
‘The Little Mermaid’ — Sept. 6
We all know “it's hotter under the water,” which is why we’re stoked for the biggest Disney film of the year to hit streaming this month. Halle Bailey stars as Ariel, the mermaid princess who dreams of walking on land. After she falls for human prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King), she agrees to a treacherous bargain with the sea witch in an attempt to become human and win his affections.
“The Little Mermaid” will make its streaming debut on Disney Plus on Sept. 6.
‘Self Reliance’ — Sept. 8
This comedy-thriller starring Anna Kendrick, Andy Samberg, and Jake Johnson pushes the question “What would you do for a million dollars?” to its limits. Tommy (Johnson) is living the dull life of an average middle-aged man when he’s pulled into a limo and offered the opportunity of a lifetime. He’s invited to join a dark web reality TV show for the chance to win a million dollars. The catch? Assassins from across the globe will attempt to murder him for the next 30 days. They can’t act unless he’s alone, leading to his employment of an unlikely band of allies to help him survive.
You can watch “Self Reliance” with a Hulu subscription on Sept. 8.
‘Sitting in Bars With Cake’ — Sept. 8
“Sitting in Bars With Cake” is a sweet homage to female friendship inspired by true events, with a surprisingly uplifting message despite plenty of heartbreak. Jane (Yara Shahidi) is a talented but introverted baker whose outgoing bestie Corinne (Odessa A'zion) convinces her to spend a full year baking cakes and bringing them to bars in an effort to build her confidence — and maybe meet a guy. The film takes a heavier turn when Corinne receives a life-changing diagnosis that will test the limits of the girls’ commitment to their friendship.
Catch the inspiring dramedy “Sitting in Bars With Cake” when it comes to Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 8.
‘Fast X’ — Sept. 15
The star-studded 10th installment in the well-loved Fast & Furious action franchise will arrive on streaming this month. Street-racer-turned-agent Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is no stranger to formidable foes, but he and his team find themselves facing their most lethal opponent yet. What seems like a simple job of stealing a computer chip in Rome becomes a fight for their lives when old enemies resurface to avenge past wrongs.
“Fast X” will have its streaming debut on Peacock on Sept. 15.
‘Love at First Sight’ — Sept. 15
If you love classic romances like “Serendipity,” you won’t be disappointed with Netflix’s charming new rom-com “Love at First Sight.” Oliver (Ben Hardy) and Hadley Sullivan (Haley Lu Richardson) flirtatiously meet at the airport and are unexpectedly seated together on their flight from New York to London. Over the seven-hour journey, the pair fall in love but are separated at customs with little chance of seeing each other again. Unless, of course, fate has a different plan.
Romantic comedy lovers can’t miss “Love at First Sight” when it drops on Netflix on Sept. 15.
‘Spy Kids: Armageddon’ — Sept. 22
Millennials who grew up with the original Spy Kids films can look forward to this fun kids action franchise to a new generation this month. “Spy Kids: Armageddon” will serve as a reboot and the first feature film since Netflix acquired the rights to the franchise. The children of the world’s most elite secret agents accidentally help a game developer unleash a devastating computer virus. Now they must don their spy suits, gadgets, and completely-unrealistic-but-super-cool action moves, and become agents to save both their parents and all of the world’s technological systems.
You can watch “Spy Kids: Armageddon” on Netflix on Sept. 22.
‘Flora and Son’ — Sept. 29
Single mother Flora (Eve Hewson) is struggling with her troubled and misbehaving son Max (Orén Kinlan). Advised to help find him a hobby, Flora rescues an old guitar from a dumpster, thinking it may spark inspiration in him. Flora encourages Max to play but is met with total resistance. Eventually, she decides to pick up the instrument herself, leading her to discover her son’s real talent. “Flora and Son” is a heart-wrenching tale of acceptance, patience, and creativity bringing people together.
Watch “Flora and Son” when it premieres on Apple TV Plus on Sept. 29.