There’s no shortage of movies to watch this fall. With a few documentaries in the mix, we present this week’s selection of new releases.
Week of September 21
Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story
Fight sequences, gun battles, car crashes, and high falls bring heart-pounding action to the big screen, but the faces of the women doing this dangerous work are often unseen—until now. Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story, a new documentary premiering on digital platforms September 22, pulls back the curtain on the daring athletes behind film and television’s most thrilling scenes, from Wonder Woman and Charlie’s Angels in the ’70s to Captain Marvel and Black Widow today. Read our feature about some of these incredible performers here.
Enola Holmes brings to life the YA series by Nancy Springer about Sherlock’s younger sister. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola (played by Millie Bobby Brown) discovers that her mother (played by Helena Bonham Carter) has gone missing. She has to solve the mystery, all while outsmarting her big brothers. The film premieres on Netflix September 23.
Agents of Chaos
This new two-part HBO documentary is brought to you by Alex Gibney, whose 2007 film Taxi to the Dark Side won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. (His film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room was nominated in 2005.) Over four hours, Gibney examines Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, complete with deep reporting and first-person interviews—just in time for the 2020 election. Watch it on HBO Max beginning September 23.
In Miranda July’s latest feature, a father-mother-daughter team of con artists swindle and scam their way through life in Los Angeles. When a stranger joins them in the hustle, Old Dolio (the daughter) is forced to reevaluate her entire upbringing. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, and Gina Rodriguez, Kajillionaire comes to theaters Friday, September 25 (with PVOD following on October 16).
Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles
Five globally renowned pastry chefs create opulent desserts under the tutelage of Yotam Ottolenghi inside the Met Museum. These days, it seems like a scene from another world. But it’s the premise behind Laura Gabbert’s new doc, Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles, about the Israeli chef’s attempt to recreate classic French desserts from 200 years ago. Come for the beautiful cakes, stay for the conversation about privilege, power, and inequality. Watch on VOD starting September 25.