by Julian Spivey
Away (Netflix) – 9/4
Jason Katims has been one of my favorite showrunners and television writers of the last two decades leading terrific dramas like “Friday Night Lights” (NBC) and “Parenthood” (NBC). He brings his newest show “Away” to Netflix and it feels like his most ambitious series yet. Katims does family drama better than anyone and what could be more dramatic than a wife and mother (played by two-time Oscar-winner Hillary Swank) leaving her husband (played by multiple time Emmy-nominee Josh Charles) and her daughter behind to lead an international space crew on a mission to Mars. It’s certainly a plot we’ve seen before, but I trust Katims and this great cast to complete the mission.
Mulan (Disney+) – 9/4
The live action version of Disney’s popular 1998 animated film “Mulan” will finally see the light of day on Sept. 4 after multiple delays due to COVID-19 pushing it out of theaters. Disney is bringing “Mulan” to its streaming service Disney+ in its first ever “premium release,” meaning not only do you have to subscribe to the service, but also pay a $29.99 fee to see the film. It’s not a very good deal if you were planning to watch “Mulan” by your lonesome, but if you have a family night planned it’s definitely a money-saver compared to what you would’ve spent out at a theater.
The Devil All the Time (Netflix) – 9/16
The trailer for “The Devil All the Time,” the new gothic psychological thriller premiering on Netflix on Sept. 16, looks terrific. Directed and co-written by Antonio Campos, “The Devil All the Time” based on Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 debut novel is the story of a backwoods Ohio town and the sinister characters that converge on Arvin Russell (played by Tom Holland) that include a devilish preacher (played by Robert Pattinson) and a crooked sheriff (played by Sebastian Stan).
Ratched (Netflix) – 9/18
Ryan Murphy is everywhere on television. His latest TV series “Ratched” comes to Netflix on Sept. 18 and is the origin story of one of cinema’s greatest villains Nurse Ratched from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Murphy’s seeming muse Sarah Paulson takes on the title role in a psychological horror series that follows Nurse Ratched from a bitter mental institution nurse into a monster. Because it’s a Ryan Murphy show you can expect it to be truly wild – which isn’t always a good thing, but let’s see how it goes.
Enola Holmes (Netflix) – 9/23
This one feels like it’s going to be an absolute riot. “Enola Holmes” is based on a book series by Nancy Springer that follows the teen sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes. “Stranger Things” breakout actress Millie Bobby Brown plays the title character in this film directed by Harry Bradbeer who embarks on a mission to find her missing mother (played by Helena Bonham Carter). Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin appears as Enola’s brothers Sherlock and Mycroft.