The schools have gone back, which means the TV schedules are past their summer tumbleweed period. But if you prefer to stream your shows and films, Amazon has plenty for you this September.
Including: a bunch of classic films, new horror, comic book drama, comedy, action and an Aardman animation for kids. Something for everyone, then.
Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola’s 2003 comedy drama sees Bill Murray adrift in Tokyo, where he’s filming an advert for a whisky company. There he meets Charlotte, a young college graduate who’s there with her photographer husband who’s on assignment.
As the two spend more time together, and share their doubts and worries about their own marriages, they grow closer and share an intimate bond. As funny as it is moving.
Preacher series 3
Dominic Cooper is Jessie Custer, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking preacher who has the power to make people obey him. Series three started in June, but is still running, with new episodes airing weekly.
It sees Custer having to rely on a mysterious figure from his past to save his friends Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun). It’s based on the second volume of the iconic comic book franchise Until the End of the World.
Mr. Mercedes series 2
Available now (via Starzplay)
This started last month, but new episodes are still arriving weekly. It’s a mystery thriller series based on the Stephen King novels Mr. Mercedes, Finder Keepers and End of Watch.
All three have the same main character, Bill Hodges, who’s played by Brendan Gleeson in the TV show.
It’s available on Starzplay, which is one of the channels available through Prime Video – this costs £4.99 a month, on top of the £7.99 a month (or £79 a year) for Prime Video.
Available 14th September
This one’s an Amazon original. Maya Rudolph and Fed Armisen star as married couple June and Oscar, living a comfortable but dull life in suburban Riverside, California.
Their life is predictable, as it has been for the last decade. But when June talks Oscar into taking a skiing trip to try something new, they’re plonked well and truly out of their comfort zones.
It’s written by Emmy Award-winning writers Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, who previously collaborated on the hit US show Parks and Recreation.
Available 17th September
DC’s superhero flicks might not be quite up to the standard of Marvel’s, but they’re still a lot of fun. This one sees Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot and Jared Leto as the Joker.
The plot? A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillians to carry out dangerous missions in return for a reduced sentence. Hence this motley bunch teaming up.
North by Northwest
Available 22nd September
Widely admired as one of the best thrillers ever made, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 epic stars Cary Grant as a man whose identity is mistaken for that of a spy.
It sees him pursued across the US by a mysterious organisation that thinks he’s trying to stop their dastardly plan to smuggle a microfilm containing government secrets out of the country. Also contains the iconic crop-duster chase scene.
Available 22nd September
Mel Gibson stars as Porter, a monosyllabic thug who’s left for dead by his wife and old criminal partner. When he survives, he comes looking for them both, and for the 70 grand he’s owed from the job they pulled.
However, his pal Val Resnick (Gregg Henry) has used that cash to buy his way into a mob-style organisation called the Outfit. And they’re not happy with Porter showing up asking for his money back…
Available 26th September
Another classic from Aardman, home to Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. This one is set in prehistoric times – an asteroid collides with Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs, leaving just a tribe of cavemen surviving.
It all centres on a game of football, but the real fun is to be had from the quick-fire gags, and from spotting the voice actors.
It’s a veritable who’s who of British TV talent, including Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Johnny Vegas, Gina Yashere and Richard Ayoade. Fun for kids and adults alike.