As we approach the buildup to the Halloween-themed, horror, and slasher releases in October, September 2022 has provided film addicts with a few hints of what is to come. Historic period films featuring a group of female warriors; hip-hop redemption stories; a film made twenty-nine years after the original; a prequel released the same year as the original, and arguably Ana de Armas’s most anticipated film of 2022, ‘Blonde.’
A Hulu series that follows the cast of a 2000s sitcom reunites for a reboot. A Netflix teen drama navigating friendship, sex, and heartbreak, and a Korean drama starring Netflix’s ‘All of Us Are Dead’ star Park Ji-Hu. The ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ prequels, among others, premiered this month.
Below is a select list of films and television series that were released in September, along with some information about them and a few other mentions.
The Woman King
‘The Woman King,’ set in the 1820s, is a story about the Dahomey Kingdom in Africa. Dahomey is protected by its skilled militia, which is comprised entirely of female warriors. General Nanisca must train a new generation of female warriors to prevent foreign invaders from raiding the kingdom and furthering the slave trade.
Voila Davis (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’), Thuso Mbedu (‘The Underground Railroad’), Lashana Lynch (‘No Time To Die’), Sheila Atim (‘The Underground Railroad’), John Boyega (‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’), Adrienne Warren (‘Women of the Movement’), and singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo are cast members of the film.
Director of ‘The Old Guard’ (2020) Gina Prince-Bythewood sits in the director’s chair with the story written by writer and producer Maria Bello. The film’s score is produced by trumpeter and music composer Terence Blanchard.
‘The Woman King’ is a loose adaption of the Agojie army, an all-female military unit of the Dahomey kingdom in West Africa, which was one of South Africa’s most powerful kingdoms in the 1800s. An article about them appeared in The Seattle post-intelligencer on March 23, 1890, titled “Woman Tigeress: Dahomey’s Intrepid Female Warriors.”
“In sheer desperation, he (King Agaja) armed 2000 of his palace women and sent them out to turn his fortunes of war or perish in the downfall of their master. Victory sided with the female legion, they routed the invaders, and their deeds of valor perpetuated Dahomey to this day. It is not known whether women bore arms for their King in Dahomey before…” read a report from The Indianapolis journal, March 23, 1890.
Also released in theaters:
Don’t Worry Darling: A film marred by off-screen controversies and conflicts. Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine are among the cast members.
Pearl: Starring Mia Goth, ‘Pearl’ is a prequel to the slasher flick ‘X’, which was also released in 2022. It received high praise from film director, producer, and screenwriter Martin Scorsese.
‘Blonde’ follows the life of Norma Jeane Mortenson, who later became known as Marlyn Monroe, the famous film actress from the 1950s and 1960s. Her turbulent childhood, steady rise to fame, and the struggles of dealing with stardom will all be explored in the film.
Ana de Armas (‘Knives Out’) steps into the role of Marilyn Monroe. She told Variety that director Andrew Dominik would continue to film between takes and made sure that the crew was also dressed in period-relevant clothing while on set. Some of these scenes made it into the film because he wanted something “spontaneous.” It is also reported that Ana de Armas and the cast and crew paid a visit to Marylin Monroe’s burial site to seek her permission before filming.
De Armas is joined by actors Adrien Brody (‘See How They Run’), Bobby Cannavale (‘Bobby Cannavale’), Xavier Samuel (‘Elvis’), and Julianne Nicholson (‘Togo’). The music for the film is composed by composer Nick Cave and musician Warren Ellis. Blonde is an adaption of the 2000 fiction novel ‘Blonde’ by Joyce Carol Oates. Filmmaker Andrew Dominik serves as the director, with actor Brad Pitt also involved as a producer.
Watch Blonde on Netflix: Here
Also released on Netflix in September 2022.
- A Jazzman’s Blues: Tyler Perry’s period drama about star-crossed lovers. Starring Solea Pfeiffer, Amirah Vann, Joshua Boone
- Lou: During a violent storm, ‘Lou’ pursues her neighbor’s daughter’s kidnapper, with actors Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett, and Logan Marshall-Green.
- Do Revenge: A High School Comedy starring Maya Hawke, and Camila Mendes.
- The Good Nurse: Crime Drama based on serial killer Charles Cullen, helmed by director Tobias Lindholm with a cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, and Kim Dickens.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Set in 1988, we are introduced to Abby and Gretchen, best friends since fourth grade. The pair are currently high school students who, on a weekend trip away, discover an old cabin where Satanic rituals were performed. They venture inside and are separated. When the entire group returns to the cabin, they find Gretchen. However, there is something sinister about her. Abby must do everything she can to reclaim her best friend and free her from demonic possession.
Elsie Fisher from 2022’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and Amiah Mille (‘House by the Lake’) are cast as best friends Abby and Gretchen. They are joined by Clayton Royal Johnson (‘Stranger Things’), Rachel Ogechi Kanu (‘Fatal Frenemies‘), and Cathy Ang (‘Over The Moon.’)
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is adapted from the novel of the same name by horror novelist Grady Hendrix. ‘Killing Eve’ director Damon Thomas directs the horror comedy movie, with musician Ryland Blackinton composing the music. Played over the trailer is Tiffany Darwish’s rendition of ‘I Think We’re Alone Now,’ which was released in 1987, a year before the movie is set, making it time appropriate.
On The Come Up
The plot revolves around Bri, an aspiring rapper desiring to carry on her late father’s legacy. Her father was a victim of gang violence, and her mother was recently laid off from work. With the odds stacked against her, Bri takes part in rap battles to keep her house and make a statement in the hip-hop underground world.
Jamila Gray takes on the role of aspiring rapper Brianna ‘Bri’ Jackson. Da’Vine Joy Randolph (‘The Lost City’), comedian Mike Epps, rappers Clifford Smith Jr. aka Method Man and Miles McCollum aka Lil Yachty, Justin Martin (‘Flight’), Michael Cooper Jr. (‘The Inhabitant ‘), and Titus Makin Jr. (‘The Rookie’), and Miles Gutierrez-Riley (‘The Wilds’) form the supporting cast members.
With ‘On The Come Up,’ actor Sanaa Lathan makes her directorial debut. The score was composed by Daniel Wohl. The film is based on writer Angie Thomas’s book of the same name.
Watch On The Come Up on Paramount+ Here
Hocus Pocus 2
The three Sanderson sisters return to the big screen 29 years after the first film. After the events of Hocus Pocus’ (1993), they are accidentally transported back to Salem by three high school students via a mystical candle that burns with a black flame. The Sanderson sisters plot to snatch children’s souls in order to live past midnight. It is up to three high school students to stop the witches from causing chaos in Salem.
Reprising their roles from the first film are cast members Bette Midler (‘The Rose’) as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, Kathy Najimy (‘Sister Act ‘) as Mary Sanderson, Sarah Jessica Parker (‘Sex and the City) as Sarah Sanderson, Doug Jones (‘The Shape of Water’) as William “Billy” Butcherson.
Thackery Binx, the immortal black cat, also makes returning a cameo appearance in the trailer. Added to the cast is Hannah Waddingham (‘Ted Lasso’) Tony Hale (‘Veep’), Sam Richardson (‘The Tomorrow War’), Lilia Buckingham, Whitney Peak, and Belissa Escobedo.
Filmmaker Anne Fletcher serves as the director, with the film’s score written by composer John Debney, who also worked on the first film.
Cast a spell with Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+ Here
Also released on Disney+ in September 2022.
Pinocchio: A live-action retelling of the story of the boy made of wood With Tom Hanks, Luke Evans, Sheila Atim, and the voices of Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kyanne Lamaya, and Keegan-Michael Key.
Super/Natural: a James Cameron-produced nature docuseries narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
Here is also a list of trailers that were released in September for upcoming films that are worth a word.
- Wednesday: Based on Wednesday Addams of The Addams Family
- The Mother: Action Drama starring Jennifer Lopez
- Enola Holmes 2: Sequal to ‘Enola Holmes’ (2020) starring Millie Bobby Brown.
- Heart Of Stone: Spy action flick featuring Gal Gadot, Alia Bhat, and Jamie Dornan
- Prey For The Devil: A horror film featuring English actor Ben Cross’s final performance before his passing.
- Knock At The Cabin: Director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film following ‘Old’ (2021).
- Strange World: Disney animated adventure film with Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Gabrielle Union, and Lucy Liu.
- Rosaline: A comedic variation on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” told through the eyes of Juliet’s cousin, Rosaline.
- Hellraiser: The eleventh installment of the Hellraiser movie franchise.
- Deadpool 3: Ryan Reynolds served up a specialty and did the most Ryan Reynolds thing by announcing Deadpool 3 with Hugh Jackman returning to play Wolverine once more! It is overlayed with ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston, which might be a nod to her upcoming biopic ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, to be released in December 2022.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Amazon Prime Video has reportedly spent about USD 715 million on its ‘Lord of the Rings’ spinoff series ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’. It is set in the Second Age, thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, where you can meet new characters and see familiar faces.
The picturesque series sees the ensemble cast featuring Morfydd Clark (‘Saint Maud’), Robert Aramayo (‘Behind Her Eyes, Game of Thrones’), Sophia Nomvete, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Maxim Baldry (‘Last Christmas’), Ismael Cruz Córdova (‘The Undoing’), and Nazanin Boniadi, among others, tackle the evil that has appeared again in Middle-Earth that they have been afraid of for a long time. J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay are the showrunners of the Amazon Prime Video series.
The show’s page on Instagram revealed that it became “the most-watched series premiere on Prime Video” as 25 million viewers across the globe tuned in to watch the series in its first 24 hours.
Find ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
Also on Amazon Prime this September: September Mornings (Season 2)
Star Wars: Andor
Star Wars takes us back to the Rebellion in “Andor,” centering around a rebel spy Cassian Andor. The twelve-episode Disney+ series sees his challenging mission to make a difference in the Star Wars galaxy. This prequel to the 2016 film ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ has been created by ‘Nightcrawler’ producer Tony Gilroy, who also co-wrote ‘Rogue One’.
‘Andor’ stars Diego Luna (‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’), Stellan Skarsgård (‘Mamma Mia!’), Fiona Shaw (‘Killing Eve’), Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker (‘The Last King of Scotland’), Adria Arjona, Genevieve O’Reilly, Denise Gough, Alex Lawther (‘The End of the F***ing World’), and Denise Gough, among others.
Fans can also expect to see the second season as Girlroy revealed that the next season has already been planned out.
Watch ‘Star Wars: Andor’ on Disney Plus: HERE
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Hulu’s ‘Reboot’ follows the cast of a 2000s sitcom reunited for a reboot of their show, ‘Step Right Up’. The actors have all grown older and lead different lives now as it has been a while since their original show ended. As they prepare to film the reboot, the cast is now forced to face each other and take care of their unresolved issues. It is also hilarious to watch them work with extremely different media today.
The show has been created by Steven Levitan, the co-creator of ‘Modern Family’. The cast of ‘Reboot’ includes Keegan-Michael Key (‘Key & Peele’), Judy Greer (‘13 Going on 30’), Johnny Knoxville, Rachel Bloom (‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’), Calum Worthy (‘Austin & Ally’), Krista Marie Yu (‘Last Man Standing’), and Paul Reiser (‘Stranger Things’).
Stream ‘Reboot’ on Hulu: HERE
Netflix’s ‘Heartbreak High’ is the reboot of the Australian classic series from 1994. It follows Amerie, her friends, and others as she attempts to restore her reputation after creating a map that details who has hooked up with whom (along with their sex lives) is exposed. The teen drama is perfect for fans of Netflix’s hit series ‘Sex Education’ as it navigates the emotions and challenges teenagers go through in their lives.
The ‘Heartbreak High’ cast includes Ayesha A. Madon, Aher Yasbincek, Will McDonald, Thomas Weatherall, Chloé Hayden, Joshua Heuston, and Gemma Chua-Tran, among others.
Find ‘Heartbreak High’ on Netflix: HERE
The Netflix K-drama ‘Little Women’ follows three sisters who are poor and get involved in an incident concerning 70 billion won. This sees them against the rich and the wealthy. The show stars Park Ji-hu (‘All of Us Are Dead’), Wi Ha-Joon (‘Squid Game’), Kim Go-Eun (‘Goblin: The Lonely and Great God’), Nam Ji-Hyun (‘Queen Seondeok’), Kang Hoon, Song Joong-ki (‘Vicenzo’), and Uhm Ji-won, among others.
Watch ‘Little Women’ on Netflix: HERE
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