En español | Feel lost in options when you cue up Netflix? Want to make sure you’re up to date on the latest movies and TV shows arriving on the massive streaming platform? And perhaps more important, don’t want to miss the chance to watch something great before it’s gone? Relax: Our critics check all the latest lineups to bring you the best things coming and going — so you don’t have to. It’s all right here.
Coming Sept. 1
Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (2017)
“Give me a decent bottle of poison, and I’ll construct the perfect crime,” said Agatha Christie, who used eserpine in this murder mystery with a killer cast: Glenn Close, Max Irons, Christina Hendricks, Julian Sands, Gillian Anderson and Terence Stamp.
Watch it: Agatha Christie's Crooked House
House Party (1990)
If Spike Lee made Superbad in the era of Eraserhead hairdos, that still wouldn’t have been as fun as the Hudlin brothers’ teen comedy about a super def throwdown at a home where the parents are out.
Watch it: House Party
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Chadwick Boseman — who played Black Panther, Jackie Robinson in 42, and James Brown in Get On Up — stars as a bigger hero: Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice, when he was an NAACP lawyer defending a Black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) falsely accused of raping a socialite (Kate Hudson) in 1941. Since the judge (James Cromwell) won’t let Marshall speak in court, he teams up with a white lawyer (Josh Gad) who has never tried a criminal case. Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens is hissable as the opposing counsel. Make it a double bill with an even better historical drama, the interracial-marriage movie Loving, also on Netflix.
Watch it: Marshall
Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror (Season 1)
A five-part docuseries on all that happened after 9/11, as told by many presidents’ staffers, CIA agents, military veterans, Taliban commanders, as well as Afghan soldiers, warlords and civilians.
Watch it: Turning Point
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Los Carcamales / Oldsters (Season 1)
A Spanish series about a group of older men whose friend dies thanks to the inept health care system, so they form a gang to rob pharmacies for better health outcomes.
Watch it: Los Carcamales / Oldsters
Coming Sept. 3
Money Heist (Part 5: Vol. 1)
The stylish Spanish winner of the International Emmy for drama returns for a final season, as the Professor and his Salvador Dali mask-wearing gang plan to outdo all previous robberies.
Watch it: Money Heist
What’s a life worth? In a fact-based biopic starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci and Amy Ryan, the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund tries for an answer, and to help grieving families.
Watch it: Worth
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Coming Sept. 7
On the Verge (Season 1)
Before Midnight star/auteur Julie Delpy, 51, presents her first TV show, about late-in-life mothers and how they cope with crises. “Many younger women working on the show said they were inspired to see all these great 50-something characters on screen,” Delpy told Variety. “When you’re 25, it’s reassuring to know that in 20 years you won’t be sidelined.”
Watch it: On the Verge
Coming Sept. 9
Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (2021)
You’ve never seen Malcolm X smile more than in this documentary about his friendship with the boxing champ.
Watch it: Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali
Coming Sept. 10
Lucifer (Season 6)
In these final 10 episodes, the nightclub owner’s colleagues discover that when he says he’s the devil, he isn’t kidding. Expect all hell to break loose.
Watch it: Lucifer
Coming Sept. 14
The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals (Season 2)
Want to flee to a Frank Lloyd Wright creation? A Malibu beach house? A lodge in Bigfoot’s backyard? Plan (or fantasize) a trip in this globe-trotting docuseries.
Coming Sept. 15
Nailed It! (Season 6)
Celebrity judges pick a winner in an Emmy-nominated baking competition show featuring dishes from paranormal pastries to edible sculptures of icons to celebrate Black history.
Watch it: Nailed It!
Coming Sept. 16
Safe House (2012)
Rogue CIA man Denzel Washington surrenders to Ryan Reynolds in the U.S. Embassy in South Africa in a dumb, serviceable action picture redeemed by a cast including Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard and Vera Farmiga.
Watch it: Safe House
Coming Sept. 22
Dear White People (Season 4)
How to keep the satirical show about Black students at prestigious white-dominated Winchester University fresh in its final season? Make it a musical! Top that, Spike Lee’s School Daze!
Watch it: Dear White People
Coming Sept. 28
Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!
Rob Lowe hosts a comic look at the clichés that afflict (or inspire!) the movies, from “Walking Away from an Explosion” to the “Meet-Cute” to “Females Running in Stilettos.”
Watch it: Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!
Last Chance Must-Sees
Leaving Netflix Aug. 31
Jack Nicholson’s detective Jake Gittes hunts the straying husband of a femme fatale (Faye Dunaway) and gets swept up in an unimaginably evil conspiracy in Roman Polanski’s immortal film noir.
Watch it: Chinatown
On the last night of high school, seniors Jonah Hill and Michael Cera’s fake IDs buy them booze, scary adventures and the help of a pair of cops (Bill Hader and Seth Rogen) more immature than they are.
Watch it: Superbad
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Gangsters mistake the perma-stoned Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) for another Lebowski who owes them money in the Coen brothers’ cult classic comedy packed with grownup stars: John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and Sam Elliott.
Watch it: The Big Lebowski
Leaving Netflix Sept. 30
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Yeah, baby, sink your crooked teeth into the comedy about the reanimated 1967 supersleuth who puts Bond to shame. Then binge the sequels Austin Powers in Goldmember and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- Austin Powers in Goldmember
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Boogie Nights (1997)
About the only person who didn’t love this masterpiece about the porn world starring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly and William Macy was their disgruntled costar Burt Reynolds, who plays a porn director — and was never better.
Watch it: Boogie Nights
The Queen (2006)
All other hit shows and movies about Queen Elizabeth II and the death of Diana must bow down to this one starring Helen Mirren, the queen of actors playing British queens.
Watch it: The Queen
Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.