You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah
Adam Sandler and Idina Menzel star in this rapid-fire comedy about two families planning dueling bat mitzvahs — but the real lead is Sunny, Sandler’s real-life daughter, who plays a teenager struggling with losing a friendship.
The reconnection between former childhood sweethearts Nora and Hae Sung (Greta Lee and Teo Yoo) complicates Nora’s relationship with her husband (John Magaro) in this layered, lyrical story of a love triangle. The debut of writer-director Celine Song — who based the film on her own life experience — is the work of a supremely confident filmmaker of exhilarating artistic promise.
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, Season 2
If you’re missing basketball, may we suggest watching people pretend to play basketball? Adam McKay’s dramatized series about the Lakers basketball team returns, this time focusing on the team from 1980 to 1984 and the infamous rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The stacked returning cast includes John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah, Adrien Brody, Jason Clarke, Gaby Hoffmann, Jason Segel, and Gillian Jacobs.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
The sequel to the Oscar-winning 2018 animated action film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” reunites teenage webslinger Miles Morales (voice of Shameik Moore) with Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld). It’s a whole lot of movie: By the time it reaches its cacophonous, absurdly overdetermined climax, ending in the tantalizing promise of a next installment, it will barely matter if you have no idea what’s happening or why. You’ll want to stay in this world forever.
Only Murders in the Building, Season 3
The ragtag group of podcasters and amateur detectives Mabel (Selena Gomez), Oliver (Martin Short) and Charles (Steve Martin) return for the third season of Hulu’s comedy series “Only Murders in the Building.” When Ben Glenroy (Paul Rudd) collapses on stage, Charles, Oliver and Mabel investigate the show’s first days as well as the cast and crew to determine if foul play was involved.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3
The third and final installment in Marvel’s superhero trilogy centers not on Star-Lord Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) but Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper), a cybernetic raccoon whose injury in the film’s opening moments sets in motion the main plot, which is to retrieve a computer passkey that will override the kill switch that has been programmed into Rocket’s circuitry by his creator. It’s all very complicated — and not as good as the first two films — but the Rocket plot is actually emotionally affecting, despite revolving around a character who is entirely CGI.
The great Richard E. Grant plays J.M. Sinclair, a revered British novelist struggling to finish his next book, and up-and-comer Daryl McCormack (“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”) is the young writer hired to tutor Sinclair’s son in this psychological thriller about power, secrets and betrayal.
D. Smith’s debut documentary about Black trans sex workers follows four protagonists in Atlanta and New York. Exploring cruelty and marginalization, growth and self-discovery that has kept them fighting, the film bursts not just with the indomitable energy of the smart, mesmerizingly beautiful women Smith has cast, but with the contradictions of their lives.
Heartstopper, Season 2
Based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novel series of the same name, this romantic comedy chronicles the relationship between Nick and Charlie, two boys at a secondary school who develop an unlikely friendship that turns into an unexpected romance. In the second season, the couple navigates their new relationship with exams approaching, a school trip to Paris and a prom they need to plan.
Insidious: The Red Door
Patrick Wilson makes his directorial debut in the fifth installment of the horror franchise about a man (Wilson) and his son Dalton (Ty Simpkins), now in college, who together have been plagued by malevolent supernatural entities for years.
Reservation Dogs, Season 3
Earlier seasons of this comedy from Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”) followed four Native American teenagers trying to escape their hometown in rural Oklahoma as they mourned the loss of their friend. As the show’s excellent (and unfortunately final) season opens, the Rez Dogs are searching for a way back home after getting stranded in California.
Physical, Season 3
In the third and final season of this dark comedy, star and executive producer Rose Byrne returns as Sheila Rubin, a housewife who has discovered the tantalizing outlet of aerobics and has begun to create her own workout video empire. Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”) joins the cast.
Based on the best-selling graphic novel and the popular Instagram account of the same name created by Nathan W. Pyle, this series provides a hilarious look at a distant world of pinks and purples where blue beings explore strange human traditions.
The feature debut of writer-director Savanah Leaf focuses on a mother in crisis who is crushed under the weight of her responsibilities. Gia (Tia Nomore), a 24-year-old pregnant woman who works at a photo studio, faces the uphill battle of getting her kids back from foster care as she attempts to navigate systems that were not designed to support her. The film presents an unflinching and quiet view of the complications of motherhood. In Leaf’s evenhanded telling, there are no perfect options — only a menu of imperfect ones.
Untold, Season 3
The Netflix sports documentary anthology series returns to shine a light on more shocking stories. This season will feature stories about YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul, football player Johnny Manziel, steroid distributor Victor Conte and former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer.
Good Omens, Season 2
The heavenly chemistry between fussy angel and rare book dealer Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and fast-living demon Crowley (David Tennant) returns in Season 2 of “Good Omens,” based on the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. After helping thwart the apocalypse, the pair is living in London’s Soho when an unexpected messenger presents a surprising mystery. Featuring Jon Hamm, Doon Mackichan and Gloria Obianyo.
Audrey (Ashley Park), a successful lawyer who was adopted from China by a White American couple, joins her friends — sex-positive artist Lolo (Sherry Cola), famous actress Kat (Stephanie Hsu) and Lolo’s socially awkward cousin Deadeye (Sabrina Wu) — on an international adventure to find Audrey’s birth mom, leaving a broken pelvis and chaos in their wake in this surprisingly heartwarming film. It’s a story of identity and friendship wrapped in a package of penis jokes.
Ali Junejo plays a shy and quiet man who falls for an exuberant trans woman (Alina Khan) in this well-acted, novelistic drama, the debut feature by Pakistani writer-director Saim Sadiq. The larger theme of the lovely and melancholy story is the repression of human individuality by a regimented traditional society.
The Beanie Bubble
Zach Galifianakis, Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Snook and Geraldine Viswanathan star in this confusing docu-dramedy about the creation of Beanie Babies, the 1990s stuffed animals that inspired a collecting craze.
Justified: City Primeval
“Justified: City Primeval” picks up fifteen years after “Justified” left off. Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) now lives in Miami and balances his life as a part-time father of a teenage girl and his work as a U.S. Marshal. After a chance encounter sends him to Detroit, he comes face to face with Clement Mansell (Boyd Holbrook), a violent criminal who is being represented by Carolyn Wilder (Aunjanue Ellis).
Minx, Season 2
After its cancellation from Max, the second season of Minx is moving to Starz. Doug (Jake Johnson who played Nick on “New Girl”) and Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond) begin to question who they’re becoming after selling Bottom Dollar to a retired shipping magnate, giving Minx commercial success. Doug worries he’s lost control and Joyce’s core beliefs begin to falter as she basks in her rise to stardom.
Where to watch: Starz
This Fool, Season 2
Set in working-class South Central Los Angeles, this irreverent comedy focuses on Julio Lopez (Chris Estrada), a man with a heart of gold and a bit of existential despair. After his love life and job blew up in Season 1, Julio, his new roommate Luis and their crew of misfits embark on a journey to find new romances and careers.
The Summer I Turned Pretty, Season 2
This show has likely captured the hearts of your daughters or granddaughters, and it can capture yours, too. Based on the books by Jenny Han, the second season sees Belly dealing with brothers Conrad and Jeremiah fighting over her heart, and the return of Susannah’s cancer. When a surprise visitor threatens the legacy of Susannah’s beloved house, Belly must decide who has her heart and rally her friends together.
The Golden Boy
This two-part docuseries peels back the layers of Oscar De La Hoya’s life through interviews with him and those close to him. By 19, De La Hoya was an Olympic boxing gold medalist, a title-winning professional boxer and a role model to his Mexican American community in East Los Angeles. Beyond his “Golden Boy” persona, not everything was as it seemed.
In this show based on the video game series of the same name, an outsider is offered a chance at a better life if he can deliver a package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He must face dangerous rogues (like a deranged clown driving a terrifying ice cream truck) with the help of an ax-wielding car thief. Starring Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz and Will Arnett.
Where to watch: Peacock
What We Do in the Shadows, Season 5
The bloodsuckers (plus Guillermo) are back and they’re ready to make some more viral TikTok sounds. The hilarious pack of vampires returns for Season 5, with Nandor (Kayvan Novak) feeling Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) pull away toward Laszlo (Matt Berry); Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) dealing with her supernatural hex by connecting with a family from the Old Country; and Colin (Mark Proksch) running for political office.
The Horror of Dolores Roach
Originally created by Aaron Mark as a one-woman play, “The Horror of Dolores Roach” became a hit Spotify podcast steeped in love, substances and survival. Dolores Roach (Justina Machado) returns to Washington Heights after more than a decade in prison and reunites with an old friend who lets her work as a masseuse beneath his empanada shop. But when her new life is threatened, Dolores is willing to do anything to survive.
Futurama, Season 11
After being cryogenically frozen for 10 years, the adult animated comedy “Futurama” returns for Season 11 with 10 new episodes. Philip J. Fry (Billy West) is a pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself in 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later to start a new career with spunky cyclops Leela (Katey Sagal) and drunken robot Bender (John DiMaggio) in New New York.
Set in Santiago early in dictator Augusto Pinochet’s violently repressive regime, this absorbing debut by Manuela Martelli follows a prosperous homemaker (Aline Küppenheim) whose sense of political disengagement is upended when she agrees to nurse a wounded young man (Nicolás Sepúlveda), in hiding from the authorities. Martelli, who based the main character in part on her own grandmother, isn’t interested in shock value as much as how the personal and political mesh together, with increasingly tense results.
Documentarian Julie Cohen (one-half of the team behind the camera for the Oscar-nominated 2018 Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “RBG”) profiles three intersex activists in this moving and eye-opening portrait of people living in the gray areas between male and female.
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
This animated feature about an adolescent hiding her true identity as a sea monster doesn’t break new ground. In fact, it’s not that dissimilar from last year’s “Turning Red” in that it’s a story of a girl coming to terms with her familial and personal history, told through an engaging, endearing, shape-shifting protagonist.
Penélope Cruz plays an unhappily married mother of three children — the eldest of whom, played by Luana Giuliani in a watchful, utterly convincing performance, is undergoing a gender transition — in this drama based on writer-director Emanuele Crialese’s own experiences coming of age as a trans teenager in 1970s Rome.
Riffing on the horror-movie trope that Black characters get the raw end of the deal, usually fatally — and playing to stereotypes of the Black experience in America — this slasher-flick parody set in a remote cabin isn’t terribly scary, but its does deliver some killer laughs.
The Afterparty, Season 2
The second season of this comedy murder-mystery series focuses on the death of a groom at his wedding. Each episode will portray a different character’s account of the fateful evening, told through their unique perspective and visual style. Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson and Zoë Chao return to solve the case of the dead groom.
Written by Ed Solomon and directed by Steven Soderbergh, this drama miniseries chronicles the investigation into a failed kidnapping that reveals deep seeded secrets that connect characters in modern-day New York City. Featuring Claire Danes, Jharrel Jerome, Zazie Beetz and Dennis Quaid.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
Set in 1994, and a direct sequel to “Bumblebee,” the seventh installment in the sci-fi action franchise about giant robots hiding out on Earth as vehicles is a departure from the Michael Bay-directed films in this franchise in that it prioritizes character and story over special effects and chaotic action (though it does have some of that stuff too).
The Starling Girl
Eliza Scanlen plays a 17-year-old girl living in a fundamentalist Christian community who shares a mutual attraction with her pastor’s 28-year-old son (Lewis Pullman). As a portrait of a young woman testing the limits of the shame-based system that has controlled her, the film plays like a warmer, more radiant companion piece to last year’s “Women Talking.”
Wes Anderson’s meta-movie — presented as a play within a TV show for some unknown reason — centers on an annual gathering of young space enthusiasts in a mid-20th century desert town in the American West, where an extraterrestrial disrupts the proceedings. It has it moments, but they are few and far between.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Season 4
In the final season of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) faces his most dangerous mission yet. As the CIA’s new acting deputy director, Ryan must investigate how deep corruption runs, only to find the convergence of a drug cartel with a terrorist organization, which reveals a conspiracy much closer to home.
And Just Like That …, Season 2
The “Sex and the City” reboot series, which follows Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) as they navigate middle age, returns to Max for Season 2. This time around, the dramedy is said to feature a cameo by Samantha (Kim Cattrall), a beloved character from the original series. Cattrall’s very public feud with Parker and desire to move on from the role kept her from returning for the spinoff’s first season, with the actress saying in 2019, “I don’t want to be in a situation for even an hour where I’m not enjoying myself.”
You Hurt My Feelings
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tobias Menzies play a married couple navigating emotional insecurities in this latest, near-perfect relationship comedy from Nicole Holofcener, a filmmaker at the top of her game who never trivializes their pain, even if she examines it with a playfully jaundiced eye.
Other People’s Children
Virginie Efira plays a woman who develops a deep connection with her lover’s adorable 4-year-old daughter (Callie Ferreira-Goncalves) in a quintessentially French drama that indulges in all the delicious tropes we’ve come to associate with European films of a certain vintage: long kisses on Metro steps, eye-catching skylines of Paris at night and an exceedingly attractive cast of players.
About My Father
Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco makes his feature screenwriting debut in this sweet but bland comedy, a loosely autobiographical yuk-fest inspired by his Sicilian-immigrant father, played by Robert De Niro, with Maniscalco portraying a fictionalized version of himself.
Samuel L. Jackson returns as his “Avengers” character Nick Fury in this Marvel miniseries. Fury learns that a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls (alien race, lots of lore there if you want to Google it) are plotting an invasion of Earth and must work with his allies to thwart it. The miniseries also features Emilia Clarke, Cobie Smulders, Olivia Colman, Martin Freeman and many more familiar faces from the Marvel universe.
I’m a Virgo
Boots Riley (“Sorry to Bother You”) writes and directs this series about a 13-foot-tall young Black man in Oakland, Calif., who has grown up hidden only to break free and discover the joys of friendship and love. This coming-of-age joyride shows the beauty and contradictions of life.
The Righteous Gemstones, Season 3
This comedy series, created, written and executive-produced by Danny McBride, follows a famous televangelist family, headed by John Goodman, that is renowned for its deviance, greed and charitable work. When the Gemstone children (notably including Danny McBride and Adam Devine) take control of the church, they learn the perils of leadership and the price they must pay for their extravagant lifestyle.
Outlander, Season 7
The penultimate season of this saucy, mystical historical romance stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe. “Outlander” follows the story of Claire Randall (Balfe), a married nurse from 1945, who is swept back in time to 1743 Scotland, where she meets young Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser (Heughan). It’s like “Bridgerton,” but much, much sadder.
Where to watch: Starz
Chris Hemsworth returns to the role of mercenary Tyler Rake — which you have to admit is the greatest action-hero name ever — in this sequel to the ridiculously entertaining 2020 thriller, which left the hero, who specializes in hostage rescue, on the brink of death.
Beau Is Afraid
Technically, this latest film from “Hereditary” auteur Ari Aster — starring a balding, bleary-eyed Joaquin Phoenix as a grown man with mommy issues — runs 179 minutes, but let’s call it three hours for the extra minute it will take for viewers to absorb the depravity, suffering, sophomoric absurdity and nastiness they’ve just been asked to process.
Somewhere in Queens
In Ray Romano’s sweet directorial debut, the tale of a boisterous Italian American family whose love language is shouting, the filmmaker plays Leo Russo, a well-meaning dad who meddles a little too much when his awkward teenage son (Jacob Ward) experiences his first broken heart.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Season 2
A spinoff of “Star Trek: Discovery,” this series follows Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One as they venture around the galaxy and explore new worlds on the USS Enterprise. Live long and prosper with intellectual property.
Where to watch: Paramount Plus
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig’s film adaptation of Judy Blume’s beloved 1970 coming-of-age novel finds the humor in adolescence without mockery. The film’s laughs come from empathy with the 11-year-old heroine, Margaret Simon, not derision.
The Walking Dead: Dead City
“The Walking Dead” favorites Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) continue their adventure in this spinoff series where they explore the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan. The crumbling city is packed with hungry living and dead inhabitants who have made this strange place their home. “Dead City” should satiate your zombie appetite until the second season of “The Last of Us” is released.
Where to watch: AMC Plus
Set in the late 19th century, this austere but visually beautiful Danish-Icelandic drama follows a Lutheran priest (Elliott Crosset Hove) who has been sent from Denmark to Iceland — a Danish territory at the time — to build and preside over a modest village church.
Where to watch: Criterion
Carpool Karaoke: The Series, Season 5
This spinoff of “The Late Late Show With James Corden” segment with celebrities singing in cars offers bite-size episodes filled with fun facts about your favorite actors and musicians in between hearing them belt out their favorite tracks.
In this musical-comedy adventure, a 12-year-old math nerd (Manny Magnus) attempts to rebrand himself as a hip-hop whiz, coached by the ghost of his late father, a once-famous rapper played by up-and-coming actor, rapper and funnyman Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Brittany Runs a Marathon”), who also co-wrote and co-executive-produced the film, in addition to co-writing its original songs.
Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music
This concert documentary spotlights an ambitious, one-time-only, 24-hour performance by the MacArthur fellowship-winning actor, playwright, performance artist, director, producer and singer-songwriter as he reframes U.S. history through songs from 1776 to 2016.
Brandi Carlile: In the Canyon Haze — Live From Laurel Canyon
In this concert documentary directed by Sam Wrench (“Lizzo: Live in Concert”), the multi-Grammy-winning artist performs songs from her album “In These Silent Days,” along with other tunes, including a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”
The Lincoln Lawyer, Season 2
Matthew McConaughey is not in this ideation of “The Lincoln Lawyer,” based on the second novel of the series by Michael Connelly. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays Mickey Haller, an idealistic lawyer who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln, taking on cases big and small across Los Angeles. The second season covers the fourth book in “The Lincoln Lawyer” series.
Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Thirteen”) directs this drama about a terminally ill prisoner (Brian Cox) who has been granted a compassionate release after 12 years behind bars on the condition that he move in with his estranged daughter (Kate Beckinsale).
Special Ops: Lioness
Taking inspiration from an actual U.S. military program, this series follows the life of Joe (Zoe Saldaña) as she works with the Lioness Program. The secret program, overseen by Kaitlyn Meade (Nicole Kidman) and Donald Westfield (Michael Kelly), enlists a Marine (Laysla De Oliveira) to operate undercover with Joe to embed themselves with power brokers of state terrorism in the CIA’s efforts to thwart the next big terrorist attack.
Where to watch: July 23 on Paramount Plus
A Compassionate Spy
Like an intriguing footnote to the blockbuster “Oppenheimer,” this documentary tells the lesser-known story of Ted Hall, a physicist who was recruited to work on the Manhattan Project and later admitted to giving the Soviets secrets that could help them develop their own atomic bomb.
Based on the book “Pain Killer” by Barry Meier and a New Yorker investigation by Patrick Radden Keefe, “Painkiller” explores some of the origins and aftermath of the American opioid crisis. This fictionalized limited series highlights the stories of the perpetrators, victims and investigators whose lives were forever changed by OxyContin. Starring Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, Taylor Kitsch, Dina Shihabi, and West Duchovny.
Rap Sh!t, Season 2
Two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), reunite to form a rap group in this series produced by Issa Rae. But in their rise to fame they must decide if they will stay true to themselves or fold to the demands of the music industry.
Incredible but True
In this time-travel comedy — the latest feature from idiosyncratic French auteur Quentin Dupieux (“Mandibles”) — a middle-aged suburban couple (Alain Chabat and Léa Drucker) discover a mysterious tunnel in their basement that upends their quiet lives.
Where to watch: Mubi
Heart of Stone
Gal Gadot plays Rachel Stone, a secret agent working for the unaffiliated global spy agency the Charter, and Jamie Dornan is an MI6 operative in this action thriller centering on a mysterious asset known as the Heart — a tool that is also being sought by a nefarious third party (Alia Bhatt). Tom Harper (“Peaky Blinders”) directs.
Red, White and Royal Blue
Based on the best-selling 2019 novel, this rom-com centers on Alex (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the handsome son of the U.S. president (Uma Thurman), and Henry (Nicholas Galitzine), a hunky British prince, a pair whose frosty relationship turns into friendship and then something more.
All Up in the Biz
Documentarian Sacha Jenkins (“Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues”) examines the life and career of rapper Biz Markie — the self-described Clown Prince of Hip-Hop, best known for the comedic hit “Just a Friend” — with commentary from rappers Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh and actor/comedian Tracy Morgan.
Where to watch: Showtime
Solar Opposites, Season 4
Four aliens come to Middle America, a very timely concept, and are evenly split on whether the planet is incredible or a cesspit. Korvo (Dan Stevens) and Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) only see the bad in their new home while Terry (Thomas Middleditch) and Jesse (Mary Mack) delight in their fresh surroundings. Series co-creator Justin Roiland used to voice Korvo but was replaced for the fourth season.
No Hard Feelings
In this blandly inoffensive sex comedy, Jennifer Lawrence plays an emotionally stunted, sexually liberated 30-year-old who is hired by the parents of a nerdy 19-year-old (Andrew Barth Feldman) to de-virginize their son before he goes off to college. But — surprise! — what seems to start out as an exercise in cynicism turns out to be a bracing testament to human kindness.
Showrunner Dave Filoni’s original Star Wars character returns in this Disney Plus series set after the fall of the Empire. Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), a former Jedi Knight who trained under Anakin Skywalker, investigates an emerging threat to the galaxy. Following character appearances in both “Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels,” it’s likely Ahsoka will be looking to wrap up some loose ends and possibly locate her missing pal Ezra.
Travon Free, director of the Oscar-winning 2020 live-action short “Two Distant Strangers,” directs a documentary chronicling a notorious 2021 high school football game between a national powerhouse team from IMG Academy and a badly outmatched Columbus, Ohio team called Bishop Sycamore.
Who Is Erin Carter?
British teacher Erin Collantes (Evin Ahmad) lives a tranquil life in Barcelona until she is caught up in an armed supermarket robbery. After one of the robbers claims to recognize her, her violent past is exposed and the life she’s worked so hard for begins to unravel.
Ezra Miller plays Barry Allen, a.k.a. the Flash, a superhero who attempts to prevent the murder of his mother by going back in time, only to encounter his teenage self. It all culminates in the kind of chaotic, epic battle sequence with which you will by now be well familiar — perhaps even sick of — one made more incoherent by the teenage Barry’s efforts to do or undo something that might set things aright.
After a disturbed man (David Dastmalchian) pays an unexpected visit to a therapist (Chris Messina), an unseen entity is left behind in the home, haunting the therapist and his two daughters (Sophie Thatcher and Vivien Lyra Blair) in this effectively creepy but at times overly literal horror thriller.
The Pod Generation
Set in a near future dominated by AI technology, this sci-fi-inflected drama stars Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Rachel and Alvy, a New York couple who uneasily agree to use a new technology — a mobile, artificial womb, or pod — to carry Rachel’s developing fetus.
Where to watch: Aug. 29 on demand
Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake
Return to the world of “Adventure Time” with this 10-episode series set in the land of Ooo and following the alternate-universe version of Finn and Jake. Fionna and her feline friend Cake find themselves face-to-face with a powerful new enemy and must seek the help of former Ice King Simon Petrikov.
Where to watch: Aug. 31 on Max
The Wheel of Time, Season 2
The fantasy series based on the best-selling books of the same name by Robert Jordan returns. In the first season, a humble farm boy (Josha Stradowski) learned that he is destined to save the world or destroy it. Now, a major battle approaches as new and old threats look to turn the tide.
Where to watch: Sept. 1 on Prime Video
All Fun and Games
Asa Butterfield (“Hugo”) stars in a horror thriller about a group of teens who find a cursed knife that unleashes a malevolent entity.
Where to watch: Sept. 1 on demand
King of Killers
Frank Grillo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) plays a mysterious client who invites several elite professional killers to compete for a $10 million purse by trying to kill the individual known as the world’s greatest assassin. But they soon discover they are the ones being hunted.
Where to watch: Sept. 1 on demand
I Am Groot, Season 2
He is Groot and he is back on Disney Plus for five family-friendly shorts. Vin Diesel voices the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sapling as he traverses the universe finding friends and trouble along the way.
Where to watch: Sept 6. on Disney Plus
Sitting in Bars With Cake
Based on Audrey Shulman’s 2015 memoir/cookbook of the same name, the film follows a woman and her best friend (Yara Shahidi and Odessa A’zion) who decide to bake cakes and bring them to bars to meet men. Ron Livingston and Bette Midler also star.
Where to watch: Sept 8. on Prime Video
Based on the novel of the same name by Victor LaValle, LaKeith Stanfield stars as a father searching a mystical world for his abducted son and missing wife. This parenthood fable dives into a fantastical New York City to explore themes including postpartum depression.
Where to watch: Sept 8. on Apple TV Plus
Dreaming Whilst Black
In this British dramedy series, Kwabena (Adjani Salmon) is an aspiring filmmaker trapped in an uninspired profession. As he attempts to balance the harsh realities of love and the expectations of his family, he’s given the opportunity of a lifetime.
Where to watch: Sept 8. on Showtime
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon
The age of “The Walking Dead” spinoffs continues. After leaving the Commonwealth, fan-favorite Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) finds himself in France, confronting autocratic politics and endangering a young boy at the core of a religious movement.
Where to watch: Sept. 10 on AMC Plus
The Other Black Girl
An editorial assistant named Nella (Sinclair Daniel) is fed up with being the only Black girl at her company, so she’s overjoyed when Hazel is hired. But when Hazel quickly rises through the ranks, Nella begins to spiral and discovers something sinister within the company.
Where to watch: Sept. 13 on Hulu
Welcome to Wrexham, Season 2
This docuseries follows actors-turned-sports-tycoons Rob McElhenney (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Ryan Reynolds (“Deadpool”) as they run the Wrexham Red Dragons, one of the oldest professional football clubs in the world.
Where to watch: Sept. 13 on Hulu
The Morning Show, Season 3
Starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, this series focuses on the bloodthirsty world of morning news and the seemingly cheery people who wake us up every morning. In Season 3, the network’s future is up in the air when a tech titan takes an interest in the business.
Where to watch: Sept. 13 on Apple TV Plus
Donyale Luna: Supermodel
This documentary looks at the life, career and legacy of a fashion pioneer: the first Black model to appear on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar (1965) and British Vogue (1966).
Where to watch: Sept. 13 on Max
From visionary Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín (“Jackie”) comes a fantasy that portrays Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet (Jaime Vadell), who died in 2006, as a 250-year-old vampire who has been around since the French Revolution.
Where to watch: Sept. 15 on Netflix
Contributors: Travis M. Andrews, David Betancourt, Bethonie Butler, Omari Daniels, Fritz Hahn, Amy Hitt, Mark Jenkins, Lili Loofbourow, Olivia McCormack, Michael O’Sullivan, Pat Padua, Sonia Rao and Sophia S