Best movies coming to Paramount+ in September 2022

Paramount+ is still evolving into a streaming platform and as such doesn’t release too much original content. Although the service offers flagship TV series (like The good fight and the excellent Bad) and new masterpieces (like Players), it’s still slim, and their selection of original movies leaves a lot to be desired. However, the streamer boasts a massive catalog of movies from Paramount Pictures, and that’s where it really excels, essentially bringing all the older movies that aren’t owned by Warner Bros. or at Disney. (Paramount+ also offers great international sports).

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In September, Paramount+ only has one original movie, but it should be interesting, although it brings a slew of older films from all genres, from older classics like The quiet man and black sunday to more recent movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Up In The Air, Zodiacand Collateral. Here are some of the best movies coming to Paramount+ in September 2022.

The Ghost and the Darkness

The movie “Idris Elba against a lion” The beast recently debuted to mixed reviews, but there was already a brilliant “man vs. lion” film almost three decades ago with The Ghost and the Darkness. The film is a fictionalized account of the true story behind the Tsavo man-eaters, or male lions that attacked and killed dozens of construction workers and engineers building a railway in 1898 (and later later dramatized in a 1907 book by John Henry Patterson).


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The thriller and haunting film stars Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer as two men hired by the railroad to come and hunt lions. Oscar-winning sound design and excellent performances combine to create a masterfully taut film that doubles as a beautiful allegory of colonialism and Western expansionism’s “manifest destiny” ideas.

Run and shoot

Run and shoot follows retired criminal Ray, retired and aspiring to start a family, but blackmailed into new criminal cases by a ruthless gang. Yes, it’s extremely unoriginal and barely mastering the form, but this little action-comedy is bolstered by Christopher Borrelli’s very energetic and jovial direction and writing, which ensures a truly breezy good time. Ray is played by Ben Milliken with immense charm, his Sydney accent and handsome headboard an irresistible hook for this sometimes silly but almost always fun film. Plus, Richard Kind plays a menacing villain, which is a treat in itself.


Lowering

One of the greatest horror films of the century to date, Neil Marshall Lowering is a dark, serious film about survival and grief with deeply allegorical touches and terrifying monsters. The film follows a newly widowed woman who mourns the loss of her husband and child in a car accident. his friends decide to take him diving in the caves, in a device that has since been reproduced many times. The cave is a kind of subterranean psyche, a subconscious where these women fight with repressed monsters in the most brutal way. It’s a gory, intense, feminist horror masterpiece, and Paramount+ will also be adding its sequel.

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F/X

A terribly underrated action/mystery from 1986, F/X is an extremely unique and fun movie that deserves a lot more attention. The film follows a special effects expert who specializes in gory schlock; he is hired by the Department of Justice to stage the death of a mob member who is about to enter the witness protection program. However, production does not go as planned and the special effects master believes he has been framed for an actual murder, one being investigated by a very persistent detective played by a fantastic Brian Dennehy. It’s a very cool movie that has aged surprisingly well and should be best enjoyed as a classic.


10 Cloverfield Lane

No one really expected what Dan Trachtenberg actually delivered when he brought this quasi-sequel to JJ Abrams’ massive hit. Cloverfield. 10 Cloverfield Lane exists in the universe and timeline of the first film, but is completely different, a Hitchcockian thriller closer to String than found images Godzilla from the first movie. An incredible Mary Elizabeth Winstead attempts to escape the city during the alien invasion and is brought to a survival bunker by John Goodman’s character after a car accident. The two, along with John Gallagher Jr., await the doomsday scenario and speculate about the future, but mental illness, paranoia and claustrophobia begin to affect them in this wonderfully tense thriller that showed why Trachtenberg was the perfect choice for the Predator prequel.


On the way up

Angie Thomas’ novel The hate you give resulted in one of the best (but lowest-grossing) films about the black experience in recent years, and now Thomas’s book On the way up is being adapted into an original film for Paramount+. Starring and directed by the underrated Sanaa Lathan (in her directorial debut) from Harley Quinn, Succession, The Affairand Pinch/Tuck, the new film will follow a young woman driven by a fierce ambition to be a great rapper, regardless of her family issues and financial struggles. While the recent HBO show Rap shit! may have covered something very similar, On the way up is about to be a more serious and dramatic version of this black American dream.

The North

One of the first major films about the immigrant experience in the West, The North is the visually stunning yet emotionally harrowing and melancholic film about a young brother and sister who travel from Guatemala to Mexico and California to fulfill the American Dream in Los Angeles and escape financial and violent tragedies back home. Although a film from the early 80s, it remains extremely prescient and topical, focusing on the human toll of border protection, coyotes and globalization, and has the potential to increase viewer empathy.


Buckaroo Banzai’s Adventures Through the 8th Dimension

One of the best sci-fi comedies of all time, Buckaroo Banzai’s Adventures Through the 8th Dimension is a radically silly, philosophical, postmodern classic about a space cowboy traversing the space-time continuum. The plot doesn’t matter here — it’s the kind of movie where a watermelon randomly appears as part of a high-tech lab; a character asks, “Why is there a watermelon over there?” One of them replies: “I’ll tell you later”. The film never mentions it again. It’s an eerily zen film, driven by the mantra “Wherever you go, there you are”, and features hilarious performances from Jeff Goldblum, Peter Weller and John Lithgow. It’s a weird, slightly satirical, extremely 80s movie and a postmodern classic.

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