Though we’re still in Singapore and probably haven’t experienced a plane ride or turbulence in over a year, Netflix is here to give all manner of chills and thrill in September. Fan-favourite Sex Education returns for a third season, whilst a mainstay in Netflix’s Top 10, Money Heist, bids farewell with its fifth and final season.
If you’re seeking out something educational and insightful, look no further than Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhamad Ali, dropping just before Black History Month in October. It touches on the relationship between two of America’s most influential men, born from shared experiences and their adopted religion. Complete with interviews with their family and friends, it’s a searing portrait of the turmoil and clash that comes with friendship.
For something a little more light-hearted, there’s reality show with a twist: Love on the Spectrum. The show follows seven adults on the autism spectrum as they navigate the thorny world of relationships and dating. The focus on disability in the classic reality TV format is wonderfully different, and breathes life back into a genre saturated by increasingly bizarre gimmicks to get attention. Then there is Your Name, the animated film from Japan that won Best Animated Picture at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. The movie depicts how two teenagers’ lives change after a mysterious meteor shower, and is perfect to watch as you curl up on the sofa whilst it storms outside.
Viewers beware—though Halloween is not yet upon us, Netflix is launching their selection of scares. If you are in the mood for a fright, don’t miss Annabelle Comes Home. In the latest installation to the Conjuring universe, everyone’s favourite cursed doll returns to cause as much demonic trouble as she can. Here, find Vogue’s round up of the best shows and movies to stream on Netflix this month.
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Money Heist Part 5: Volume
Money Heist returns for its fifth, and final season. When the Spanish-language thriller was originally released in 2017, it took the world by storm with its unreliable narrator and astounding twists. With 10 episodes to go, it looks like the chaos of the earlier seasons will only be ramped up. It’s been 100 hours since the heist, and the group are trapped within the Bank of Spain, with Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó) at the helm. The Professor is in danger when a brand new enemy approaches: the army. Not everyone will make it out alive; but of course, finding out who will is all part of the fun.
Watch Money Heist Part 5: Volume 1 on 3 September.
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Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhamad Ali
As two titans of black culture, Malcolm X and Muhamad Ali developed a brotherhood born from the religion they shared, and their struggles with prejudice. But as time went on, differences which had once brought them together put a strain on their friendship. This documentary includes interviews with close friends and family, including Malcolm’s daughter and Ali’s brother, featuring photographs and film footage from both families. The result is a powerful exploration of two of the most important men in black history.
Watch Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhamad Ali on 9 September.
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Sex Education Season 3
The “sex school” and its rambunctious teenagers are back once again. It looks like Otis (Asa Butterfield) has enough on his plate, especially with a new headmistress who wants to see Moordale return to its roots as an upstanding school. Translation: formal school uniforms, proper behaviour, and absolutely no sex counsellors. And if that wasn’t bad enough, his voice mail to Maeve (Emma Mackey) looms, threatening to disrupt his relationships entirely. New cast members this season include Girls’ Jemima Kirk as the headmistress, the ever-lovable Jason Isaacs, and gender non-conforming singer Dua Saleh as non-binary student Cal. With stakes like these, we’re all agog to see how Otis and the gang will fare.
Watch Sex Education Season 3 on 17 September.
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After a beautiful meteor shower, a teenage girl living in the Japanese countryside finds herself waking up in the body of a boy living in Tokyo, while he wakes up in hers. Neither of the two know the other, but they work together to make the experience as easy-going as they can. One day, the girl disappears. With no other knowledge other than the mountains she lives near, the boy sets out to find her. A meditation on unrequited love, Your Name is a coming-of-age masterpiece, with a fantastic English language cast. The beautiful art of the meteor falling through the clouds, and the haunting soundtrack will linger on for days to come.
Watch Your Name on 1 September.
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Annabelle Comes Home
The legacy of the Annabelle doll is one that has made its mark on horror cinema since its first outing in 2016. In the latest addition to the series, the coast seems to be clear for paranormal investigators, the Warrens. Annabelle has been confiscated and placed in their museum, behind blessed glass, with no way of being let out and causing havoc. At least, until the babysitter they hired to look after their daughter accidentally unleashes her into the house. The girls must survive the night until the Warrens return, but that’s never easy. After all, Annabelle doesn’t want much—just your soul.
Watch Annabelle Comes Home on 1 September.
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Love on the Spectrum
Finding love on the regular is hard enough. For these young adults on the autistic spectrum, it can be even harder. Seven contestants, each with their own fixations and dislikes, set about to find a partner. Follow them as they navigate the world of love and relationships in a wonderfully fresh take on reality television. Instead of gossip and drama (or an island) the show focuses on the feelings of those often ignored and misrepresented in film and television. With the people at the forefront instead of their disability, Love on the Spectrum pushes for a more inclusive conversation on autism.
Watch Love on the Spectrum on 21 September.
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Life as an assassin is never easy. But where most assassins deal with goons, Kate, a trained killer-for-hire, has to kill a victim in front of his child. She also has to handle the minor issue of being poisoned with 24 hours left to live. Well, if she’s broken one rule already, she might as well break them all. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the titular role, Tokyo becomes a battleground for yakuza to meet their match in one very angry assassin. With fight choreography directed by John Wick’s Jonathan Eusebio, and visual artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan as director, the gore and guts of this action flick take centre stage.
Watch Kate on 10 September.