As September arrives, you can count on three things: the leaves will begin to turn, the weather will start to cool, and the blockbusters that dominated movie theaters throughout June, July and August will give way to the eclectic slate of fall films, which range this month from the pre-Halloween horror releases to the first dramas out of festival season. The month won't be without blockbusters entirely, however, with the re-release of the highest-grossing movie of all time: Avatar.

Scroll on for more on all the movies hitting theaters and streaming platforms this September.

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.

The satirical mockumentary stars Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall as a megachurch pastor and first lady who find themselves at the center of a public scandal when the pastor is accused of misconduct. Ready to mount "the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen," they invite a documentary crew to capture it all. The film marks the feature film directorial debut of Adamma Ebo, who produced alongside her twin sister, Adanne Ebo.

Watch: In theaters and on Peacock on Sept. 2


Disney's latest live-action adaptation is a remake of its 1940 animated classic, which itself was based on Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio. Directed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis, this version stars Tom Hanks as Geppetto, who makes a wish upon a star, and Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy who transforms his wooden puppet into a real boy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt lends his voice as Jiminy Cricket.

Watch: On Disney+ Sept. 8


Home share horror has become a subgenre of its own thanks to films like The Rental and You Should Have Left. Writer-director Zach Cregger's Barbarian is the latest addition, about a young woman who discovers her rental home has been double booked with a stranger (played by Bill Skarsgård). When she decides to stay the night, she makes some unsettling discoveries that were not mentioned in the house listing.

Watch: In theaters Sept. 9

Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream is the first film about Bowie ever sanctioned by the late musician's estate, featuring never-before-seen footage, performances spanning more than half a century and 40 remastered tracks. The "cinematic odyssey" hails from Cobain: Montage of Heck director and Oscar nominee Brett Morgen.

Watch: In IMAX theaters Sept. 16

See How They Run

Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan star in this period whodunit, playing an inspector and constable attempting to solve the murder of theater director Leo Köpernick (Adrien Brody). The starry cast of suspects includes David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson and Harris Dickinson.

Watch: In theaters Sept. 16

The Silent Twins

Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance star as June and Jennifer Gibbons, identical twins who communicate only with one another and create a fantastical dream world together as an escape to their own reality. The Silent Twins, which premiered earlier this year during the Cannes Film Festival, marks the English-language debut of Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczyńska.

Watch: In theaters Sept. 16

The Woman King

Oscar winner Viola Davis takes on perhaps her most transformative role yet as General Nanisca, leader of the all-female Agojie warriors. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and co-starring John Boyega, Lashana Lynch and Sheila Atim, The Woman King tells the true story of how the army defended their African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s.

Watch: In theaters Sept. 16


It's been more than a decade since James Cameron's sci-fi opus opened in theaters, and, ahead of the December release of the long-awaited sequel — Avatar: The Way of Water — the original will return to theaters in stunning 4K. Avatar earned nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and ultimately won three Oscars (Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction).

Watch: In theaters Sept. 23


Andrew Dominik's long-awaited pseudo-biopic of Marilyn Monroe has already generated plenty of buzz ahead of its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, for its NC-17 rating and its casting of Ana de Armas as the titular bombshell and screen legend. Dominik, the filmmaker behind 2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and 2012's Killing Them Softly, adapted Blonde from Joyce Carol Oates' novel of the same name. Blonde co-stars Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, and Julianne Nicholson.

Watch: In select theaters Sept. 16, on Netflix Sept. 28

Don't Worry Darling

Olivia Wilde's sophomore film features Florence Pugh and Harry Styles in a Stepfordian psychological thriller about a newlywed couple who moves to the seemingly-idyllic community of Victory. But, of course, not everything is as it seems. The cast also includes Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, Kate Berlant, and Wilde herself.

Watch: In theaters Sept. 23


The late, great actor and activist Sidney Poitier gets the documentary treatment courtesy of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Reginald Hudlin. The film looks back on his life and legacy through interviews with Poitier himself, as well as those he influenced, inspired and impacted: Denzel WashingtonSpike Lee, and Oprah Winfrey (who also produced).

Watch: In theaters and on Apple TV+ Sept. 23


Bros makes rom-com history with an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast playing the lead roles, both queer and straight: Billy Eichner (who co-wrote the screenplay with director Nicholas Stoller) stars as the jaded lead, with Luke Macfarlane as his love interest. Produced by Judd Apatow and Stoller, Bros co-stars Debra Messing, Kristin Chenoweth, Ts Madison, Monica Raymund, Bowen Yang, Harvey Fierstein, and RuPaul's Drag Race winner Symone.

Watch: In theaters Sept. 30

Hocus Pocus 2

After nearly thirty years, the Sanderson sisters are back. The long-awaited sequel to the 1993 cult classic sees Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reprising their witchy roles, once more finding themselves revived in modern day Salem, Massachusetts. The cast also includes Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, Lilia Buckingham, Doug Jones, Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, and Sam Richardson.

Watch: On Disney+ Sept. 30

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Based on a true story of John "Chick" Donohue, The Greatest Beer Run Ever stars Zac Efron as a Marine vet who decides on a whim to travel from New York City to the frontlines of the Vietnam War in 1967 to deliver a cold one to each of his Army buddies fighting there. The adventure comedy-drama was directed by Peter Farrelly, whose last film — 2018's Green Book — won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Watch: On Apple TV+ Sept. 30


Writer-director Parker Finn's horror flick is like The Ring but with pearly whites: When an unseen presence smiles upon its victims, their faces twist into a malevolent grin before they die a gruesome death. When Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick) encounters the titular smile, she has one week to find answers or meet the same fate.

Watch: In theaters Sept. 30


  • Gigi & Nate (the story of a young man and his unlikely service animal, in theaters Sept. 2)

  • Clerks III (Kevin Smith's latest entry in the convenience store saga, in theaters Sept. 13)

  • Do Revenge (Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes in Heathers meets Hitchcock, on Netflix Sept. 16)

  • Goodnight Mommy (a remake of the lauded Austrian horror film, on Amazon Prime Video Sept. 16)

  • Pearl (Ti West's prequel to X, starring Mia Goth, in theaters Sept. 16)

  • Riotsville, USA (a doc about the fictional town built by the US military, in theaters Sept. 16)

  • A Jazzman's Blues (Tyler Perry's tale of forbidden love, on Netflix Sept. 23)

  • Lou (Allison Janney sets out to rescue a kidnapped girl, on Netflix Sept. 23)

  • The Good House (Old flames Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline reconnect, in theaters Sept. 30)

  • My Best Friend's Exorcism (a high schooler's BFF is possessed by a demon, on Amazon Prime Video Sept. 30)


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