Things to watch and watch for: week of September 18
As the parade of tentpole summer blockbusters leaves the cinemas, September’s throes are known to offer slim choices when it comes to arts and entertainment. But who can say that this is bad news? Instead, I find it can double as a fruitful time to try something new.
For example, this coming week offers a chance to dip your toe into smaller indie films. For fans of crime thrillers, God’s country and See how they work are excellent candidates. Lunar Reverie is a colorful window of opportunity, if you want to venture into documentaries. On the other hand, the franchise’s fare isn’t that far – Disney+ is coming out Andora prequel television series to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In the world of literature, fresh off the press is intriguing non-fiction based on an indigenous rewriting of history. The modern romances of Nicholas Sparks and Elizabeth Strout are also on the way.
Finally, if the intersection of art and crime sounds fascinating, I’ll direct you to a new true crime podcast titled Death of an artist.
In detail below, here’s a list of what to watch and watch out for this week. Enjoy!
See how they workdirected by Tom George — September 16
An ensemble cast stars in this crime comedy about a detective (Sam Rockwell) and an inexperienced rookie constable (Saoirse Ronan) working to solve a murder.
The female kingdirected by Gina Prince-Bythewood – September 16
Plunged into the world of the Agojie, an all-female African warrior unit, this historical epic follows a general (Viola Davis) working to form the unit to prepare for what is to come.
God’s countrydirected by Julian Higgins – September 16
This mystery thriller tells the story of Sandra (Thandiwe Newton), a college professor who encounters two trespassing hunters in the remote wilderness of western Montana.
Lunar Reveriedirected by Brett Morgen – September 16
Through never-before-seen images, this documentary recounts the journey of the famous singer-songwriter David Bowie in an unprecedented cinematic odyssey.
To restartcreated by Steven Levitan — September 20
Hulu’s comedy series follows the trials and tribulations of a cast coming together to reboot a sitcom, parodying the inner workings of the television industry.
Andorcreated by Tony Gilroy — September 21
Another entry in the star wars franchise, this darker, grittier series follows spy Cassian (Diego Luna) and his path to his role as a great rebel hero.
Lucia by the sea, by Elizabeth Strout — September 20
Inspired by the recent past, the novel ponders themes of isolation through its portrayal of a divorced couple reunited as a pandemic hits New York City.
Dreamlandby Nicholas Sparks — September 20
Sparks returns to the romantic genre with a grounded and uplifting story about first love and the power of dreams.
Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North Americaby Pekka Hämäläinen — September 20
400 years of American history are significantly rewritten in this non-fiction narrative through the eyes of Native American people.
A starless skyby ELIZA — September 16
In a crucial reinvention of her style, English pop star ELIZA delivers a soulful and melancholy album.
Mousseby Maya Hawke — September 20
The emerging singer-songwriter is set to explore themes of rebirth and acceptance on her second studio album.
Death of an artisthosted by Helen Molesworth — September 23
In her podcast, art historian Molesworth delves into the shocking death of Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta and the involvement of her husband Carl Andre.