‘Penny Dreadful’ Seasons 1-3 (Sept. 16)
The Tony-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan made this ingenious Showtime series, mixing up a tasty stew of Victorian-era monsters, mythology and literary flourishes. Eva Environmentally friendly is a marvel — terrifying, humorous, entertainingly self-knowledgeable — as a monster hunter whose adventures in late 19th century London intersect with the worlds of “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” “The Picture of Dorian Grey” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” as perfectly as numerous gunslingers, werewolves and alienists. People who know the people and the publications they inhabit will eagerly devour the references and intersections, but even rookies can latch on very easily to the show’s darkish humor, intricate narratives and copious gore.
‘The Grandmaster’ (Sept. 26)
Mainstream audiences who have found the charismatic Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai by way of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings” would be wise to queue up this 2013 martial arts drama, a person of the actor’s a lot of collaborations with the dazzling director Wong Kar-wai. Leung stars as Ip Gentleman, grasp of the Southern Chinese kung fu style known as Wing Chun, who qualified a younger Bruce Lee. But Wong’s film is a lot less a biopic than a Lee-design experience, stuffed with stunningly photographed fight sequences and action established pieces. Netflix is streaming the film’s U.S. version, which is shorter and simplified but fewer extraordinary. Continue to, even in this truncated form, “The Grandmaster” is an overwhelming practical experience.
‘Air Power One’ (Sept. 30)
“Get off my aircraft!” growled Harrison Ford in this 1997 motion extravaganza that, set only, is “Die Hard” on the president’s plane. Ford performs President James Marshall, who is en route from Moscow to the White Property when a band of terrorists hijack Air Drive A single, having his loved ones and staff members hostage. But Marshall is a fight vet and decides to back again up his “no negotiating with terrorists” rhetoric with action. The director Wolfgang Petersen appreciates how to immediate claustrophobic action (his breakthrough movie was “Das Boot”), and Ford is a strong anchor, retaining credibility even in the script’s sillier times. Gary Oldman, meanwhile, has a blast, chewing up copious amounts of surroundings as the leader of the hijackers.
‘Evil’ Period 1 (Sept. 30)
With the next time of this supernatural drama migrating from CBS to Paramount+, it is not also shocking that the first year is leaving Netflix to join it. Katja Herbers, Mike Colter and Aasif Mandvi star as 3 “assessors” for the Roman Catholic Church, almost like a Ghostbusters group for possessions, sent to identify the validity of these kinds of encounters. But “Evil” is not just another “Exorcist” rip-off it has a elegant pedigree, coming from the pens of Robert and Michelle King, the team driving “The Fantastic Wife” and “The Excellent Battle.” It is lifted by its uncommonly clever dialogue and pointed characterizations — and then it provides the style products.
‘Kung Fu Panda’ (Sept. 30)
It’s forgivable to assume that this 2008 family beloved was DreamWorks’s clear try to recreate the accomplishment of “Shrek”: a possibly franchise-starting up, personal computer-animated characteristic, rife with pop lifestyle references and designed all-around the identity of a comic celebrity. And those assumptions aren’t wrong. But “Kung Fu Panda” is pleasant in spite of its unmistakable formula, largely mainly because of the incalculable charisma of its star, Jack Black he is concurrently humorous, cuddly, sympathetic and inspiring as a slapstick-vulnerable panda who need to fulfill his destiny as the “Dragon Warrior.” (The first sequel also leaves Netflix on Sept. 30.)