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Netflix continues to deliver on its winning “something for everyone” formula with a mix of historical documentaries, pre-Halloween horrors, dystopian takes on reality television shows, and more. Paul Hsiao, chart maker and film enthusiast at Movieconomist, lists his most-anticipated releases arriving on Netflix Hong Kong this September.
Perhaps more pertinent now more than recent times, the new historical documentary series from Netflix promises to shed more light on the events and characters that led up to the most devastating terrorist act since Pearl Harbour and give context around America’s prolonged presence in the Middle East starting from the 1979 Soviet-Afghan War. Not for the faint-hearted, this series takes a deeper look into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, how Al Qaeda was first established in the 1980s, and how America responded to the threat. Available now
Like this? Consider reading the news, as the Middle East is once again in the headlines.
Netflix breaks new ground with Q Force, an animated superhero romp focused on a young team of LGBTQ+ superheroes who don the rainbow flag in search of truth and justice… while being gay. Starring comedic talents like Gabe Liedman, Sean Hayes, David Harbour, and Wanda Sykes. Available 2 September
Like this? Consider America: The Motion Picture, a farcical take on the nation’s beginnings.
How much money would you place on an unfinished life? Lawyer Ken Feinberg, played by Michael Keaton, seems to be tasked with an impossible challenge by putting a dollar amount provided by the American government to the families of 9/11 victims. Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan, and Mark Maron round out the star-studded cast that is bound to get attention come Academy Awards season. Available 3 September
Like this? Consider Mank, a 2020 film that depicts the drama behind the film Citizen Kane.
After more than a year, Netflix’s breakthrough international success returns for the first half of the final season, with the second half coming in December. The Gang, a collective of talented robbers taking orders from an enigmatic presence known as the “Professor,” have already spent over 100 hours in the Bank of Spain in a stalemate with officials. To make matters worse, the Professor has been captured, and the army is heading their way. Without an escape plan, can they keep their wits and executive an escape plan? Available 3 September
Like this? Consider Army of the Dead, an action-filled heist with an undead twist brought to you by Zack Snyder.
JJ+E follows two Swedish high school teenagers on the opposite side of the income divide—Elizabeth, the daughter of a wealthy family, and John-John, who comes from a different social and cultural background. This modern-day riff on Romeo and Juliet has the cinematography of an Academy Award film with the melodrama of Netflix’s lighter offerings like To All the Boys I Loved Before and The Kissing Booth. Available 8 September
Like this? Consider Before We Go, a cute romance starring and directed by Chris Evans.
What if John Wick had a sister? She would probably look like the eponymous Kate in the newest Netflix action vehicle starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Woody Harrelson, and Michel Huisman of Game of Thrones fame. The action flick centres around a talented but poisoned assassin in Tokyo who has 24 hours to find the people who did it. The film promises the identical elaborate action sequences as John Wick, with a compelling mystery to boot—a great way to close out this year’s summer action blockbusters. Available 10 September
Like this? Consider Extraction, an innovative action-thriller starring the Thunder God himself, Chris Hemsworth.
Everyone who has played a Wild West-themed video game has always wondered if they can bring horse-riding while rocking a Southern twang into our smartphone-filled existence. The reality television folks at Netflix give you an answer to that question with Dale Brisby, a real-life, modern-day cowboy who uses media savvy and rodeo skills to keep the cow-poking traditional alive. Available 10 September
Like this? Consider Queer Eye, the wildly successful, uplifting reality show also from Netflix.
Speaking of reality television shows, Squid Game is a twist on the South Korean game show genre that takes prize-based task shows to its dystopian logical extremes. It follows the story of hundreds of ordinary citizens who inadvertently compete for prize money amounting to a small fortune, not realising that the alternative is an ignominious death at the hands of shadowy rich people. Available 17 September
Like this? Consider Black Mirror as a glimpse of how technology enhances, instead of solves, human infallibility.
As school gets back into session, our favourite humorous, British educational series about our reproductive abilities returns with a third hilarious season on the comedy and tension of sex with Gillian Anderson starring as a sex therapist mother to a puberty-age high-schooler played by Asa Butterfield. Come for the laughs and stay for the heartwarming relationships that form out of awkwardness. Available 17 September
Ahead of Halloween, Netflix dips its toe into the horror season with Midnight Mass, a new series starring Kate Siegel and Zach Gilford. Strange happenings occur on Crocket Island after a new priest arrives in town. The synopsis is purposefully vague, but the promise of thrills and heebie-jeebies is not. Available 24 September
Like this? Consider The Haunting of Hill House, a surprisingly emotional take on the horror genre.