STREAM TOWN — September is upon us, and that means the weather will soon start to turn, leaves will start to change, and new titles are ready for your streaming pleasure.
September has some great new offerings including some classics, some family fare, and a few guilty pleasures. Here are the 13 best new titles streaming on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime this September:
I need to start this one off with a confession that will upset more people than I’d like to admit: I don’t care for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. There, I said it.
I know I’m in the minority and the news that “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” are now streaming on Netflix will make many of you very happy. The trilogy is considered one of the best trilogies ever made, and fans love the movies so much they’re willing to sit through hours and hours of hobbits wandering around with a ring only to watch the inevitable toss of said ring into molten lava drag on for what seems like hours.
I digress. These are well-made and have a huge following, and now everyone on the planet who is not me can watch them at will on Netflix.
I mentioned earlier there are some guilty pleasures on this list, and “The Saint” is the first of two.
This 1997 film starring Val Kilmer is based on the TV series of the same name and is a pretty fun movie. It’s not great cinema, and it didn’t do well enough to earn a sequel, but I have a good time with this flick. It’s a nice little two-hour distraction that is now available on Netflix.
If you’re looking for a movie night in with the kids, Netflix is now streaming “Turbo,” which makes for a pretty good family night.
The 2013 animated film doesn’t have the heart of Pixar flicks, and it isn’t one of the best animated movies out there, but it is pretty funny. Ryan Reynolds will get a laugh out of even the most cynical of people.
The movie’s plot is absurd, as a snail who dreams of going fast has something magical happen to him and ends up racing in the Indy 500. Talk about a stretch of the imagination, but that’s what this movie is all about: imagination.
You could do much worse than “Turbo” for a movie night with the family.
I mean, what can I say here? It’s “The Goonies" — an absolute classic with quotable lines and iconic characters.
The only reason you might not be excited about “The Goonies” streaming on Hulu is if you already own a copy and watch it on the regular.
If “Turbo” isn’t your speed, then we have another animated title for you: “Hercules.” The 1997 animated Disney film is quirky, funny and inspiring. Kids have been loving this movie for more than 20 years, and I’m sure your kids will love it as well. Thankfully, it’s not too bad for parents either.
“Hercules” isn’t the only 1997 film on the list. “Liar, Liar” stars Jim Carrey and tells the tale of a lawyer who is incapable of lying for 24 hours — not an easy task. The plot is simple, but the movie is a lot of fun and features Carrey in his prime.
The movie has aged fairly well, with jokes that are still pretty hilarious. I also think Cary Elwes is criminally underrated in this movie.
"The Matrix" trilogy
I’m not sure what your thoughts on the second and third "Matrix" movies are, but I think they were serious disappointments. The first film, however, still stands as one of the greatest sci-fi/action movies ever made.
Since the first film is so iconic and entertaining, I thought I’d let you know the entire trilogy is now on Hulu. If you don’t feel like watching all three, I get it, but consider giving the original another look as you prep for number four; a new "Matrix" film scheduled for release in 2022.
All three "Matrix" films are rated R for sci-fi violence, language and some sexuality.
Amazon Prime Video
Available Sept. 30
In 2008 a little film called “Cloverfield” snuck into the theater and became a sleeper hit. The movie was a found-footage spectacle about a monster that invades Manhattan and a small group of friends trying to escape its destructive wake.
The movie might make you a little motion sick with all the handheld camera footage, but it’s one of the best found-footage films ever made; it gets your heart pumping. When you’re done watching “Cloverfield,” then check out the superior “10 Cloverfield Lane,” which also happens to be streaming on Amazon Prime.
Available Sept. 30
Don’t roll your eyes. I told you there were two guilty pleasure picks on this list.
I hate to admit it, but “Legally Blonde” is a guilty pleasure of mine and makes me laugh every time. It’s ridiculous, and I shake my head every time this movie makes me laugh, but it’s time I stopped living a lie and let you all know I think this movie is funny. I look forward to another watch on Amazon Prime.
Available Sept. 30
The end of September and the month of October is all about scary movies, and let’s all thank Amazon Prime for adding “What Lies Beneath” to its streaming library at the exact right time.
I’ll never forget seeing this movie in the theater and gripping the arm of my chair as I sat in disbelief at all the twists and turns. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t ruin anything. But this movie is nearly 20 years old, go see it already!
If you have seen it, you know what I’m talking about. You can lie to your friends all you want, but you and I both know you didn’t see the twist coming. “What Lies Beneath” is a perfect movie to stream during the Halloween season.