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The 12 Best Things Coming to Netflix in September

From ‘Back to the Future’ to hot new releases, it’s another big month

Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington star in the film Glory and Sarah Paulson in the Netflix series Ratched

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Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington in "Glory" and Sarah Paulson in "Ratched."

En español | A new month, a thousand new releases on Netflix (or so it seems). Don’t let that beefed-up landing page freak you out. Our critics have gone over every single new movie and series arriving this month to pick the very best offerings — so that you won’t miss a thing. Revisit Ice Cube’s great turn in Barbershop, Michael J. Fox & Co. in all three Back to the Future installments, and the soul-stirring Civil War epic Glory. Meanwhile, check out a new film featuring Hilary Swank as an astronaut and get a creepy new look at One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s Nurse Ratched, starring Sarah Paulson. So put that FOMO (fear of missing out) away and grab the remote. September is about to get a whole lot more entertaining for us grownups.


The Back to the Future Trilogy

You can binge-watch all three flicks about the time trips of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox, now 59) in Christopher Lloyd’s DeLorean. The first one’s the best, the second one is less emotionally satisfying but lively (and Oscar-nominated for visual effects), and the third is a Wild West adventure.

Watch them here:

Barbershop (2002)

If you haven’t visited Ice Cube’s barbershop, you don’t know what a good story is. This film launched its own franchise and is one of AARP’s 17 Essential Films About the Black Experience.

Watch it here: Barbershop

Glory (1989)

In one of the best, most authentic Civil War movies ever made, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Andre Braugher superbly portray a band of brothers and fellow soldiers in the heroic Black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment.

Watch it here: Glory

Red Dragon (2002)

OK, so this prequel to 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs isn’t quite as good. Nor does it equal the original 1986 Hannibal Lecter movie Manhunter, which launched William Petersen (now 67) and inspired CSI. But it’s still killer entertainment, with Ralph Fiennes (now 57) as a psycho, Edward Norton (now 51) as the FBI profiler hunting him, and Anthony Hopkins (now 82) chewing the scenery as Lecter.

Watch it here: Red Dragon

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NEW: Away (2020)

Astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) always yearned to be the first woman on Mars. But now that she’s headed there, she yearns for her daughter and husband (Talitha Bateman and The Good Wife’s Josh Charles).

Watch it here: Away

NEW: I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

If you dig the bizarre, dark, dreamy imagination of filmmaker Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich), you’re the target for this tale of an insecure intellectual (brilliant Jesse Plemons), his new girl (Jessie Buckley) and his parents (Toni Collette, 47, and David Thewlis, 57), who strangely age decades before your eyes — then get younger.

Watch it here: I’m Thinking of Ending Things


Jill Jones Tracee Ellis Ross Golden Brooks and Persia White star in the TV series Girlfriends

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Girlfriends, Seasons 1 to 8

Netflix revs up its lineup of classic Black shows with Tracee Ellis Ross’ pre-Black-ish show about a single lawyer and her besties coping with life and neurosis.


NEW: The Devil All The Time (2020)

Robert Pattinson (Twilight) plays a mysterious preacher in a Gothic saga about a troubled family in small-town Ohio, from World War II to the Vietnam era. With Spider-Man’s Tom Holland as a nice Christian boy gone wrong and Jason Clarke (51) and Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough as killers you don’t want to pick you up while hitchhiking.

Watch it here: The Devil All The Time


NEW: Ratched (2020)

Though it’s the origin story of the character Big Nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, it plays more like producer Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, with an astounding grownup cast: Sarah Paulson as Ratched, plus Cynthia Nixon (54), Sharon Stone (62), Judy Davis (65), Vincent D’Onofrio (61) and Amanda Plummer (63).

Watch it here: Ratched

RELATED: The original One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was part of the greatest decade of American filmmaking — the 1970s. How well do you know your films from that amazing era? Take our quiz to check your 1970s film IQ, here: How Well Do You Know Your Movies From the 1970s?


Roy Choi and Jon Favreau in the kitchen on The Chef Show

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The Chef Show, Season 2

Actor-director Jon Favreau (Iron Man), 53, and his favorite chef, Roy Choi, 50, travel the nation cooking and jawing with pals like Wolfgang Puck (71), Gwyneth Paltrow (soon to be 48) and Robert Downey Jr. (55).

Watch it here: The Chef Show


The cast of The Good Place

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The Good Place, Season 4

Ted Danson, 72, has never been more angelically (albeit devilishly) charming than he is playing the shifty proprietor of an afterlife in which a newly deceased Kristen Bell seeks the moral meaning of life. One clever comedy.

Watch it here: The Good Place


Bad Teacher (2011)

A watchable, raunchy comedy by the cowriters of The Office, starring Cameron Diaz (now 48) as an unapologetically unsympathetic teacher (who’s a much worse person than Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa from 2003). Plus, she wants to do bad things with a hunky substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake, her real-life ex).

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