There are some pretty interesting ways to procrastinate in this world, but Netflix is an awfully fabulous standby. Netflix isn’t a fair-weather friend who’ll abandon you at the first sight of “homework” or “relationships.” Netflix sticks with you through your lazy days and lets you procrastinate, no judgement. (Take notes, MOM.) And the best part is, Netflix likes to keep it fresh — they add new titles every month, and September’s no different. So if you’ve got any free time this month or just want to join the procrastination nation, check out Netflix’s September additions.
Movies Worth Failing For
“Moonrise Kingdom” (2012): Though it’s neither Wes Anderson’s latest nor his greatest (“The Grand Budapest Hotel” holds those titles), it’s definitely one of his sweetest. Following the search for two tween lovebirds who’ve run away from their New England town, “Moonrise Kingdom” features a star-studded cast and Anderson’s familiar wit. Come for the quirk, stay for the gorgeous set design. (Available Sept. 16.)
“Up in the Air” (2009): Upon release, this movie’s stellar cast and bleak story raked in all kinds of award nominations. It also cemented Anna Kendrick as a real actress instead of simply “that one girl from ‘Twilight.’” The story, which follows George Clooney traveling around the country professionally firing people, is more hopeful than you might imagine. (Available now.)
“Philomena” (2013): Based on the true story of Philomena Lee, an elderly woman is aided by a world-weary journalist in the search for the son who was forcibly adopted away from her 50 years earlier. But don’t think this movie is all tearful melodrama — “Philomena” has more laughs than one might expect, as well as a fair amount of detective work. (Available Sept. 22)
“Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version” (1962): This historical epic, chronically military leader T.E. Lawrence’s wartime feats, is considered by many critics to be one of the best films ever made. It’s also three hours and forty-two minutes long. Proceed with caution, but also — enthusiasm! (Available now.)
Worth Checking Out
“About Elly” (2009): This Iranian psychological thriller was hailed as a masterpiece upon its release and is still regarded as one of the best Iranian films ever made. Three couples and a kindergarten teacher take a trip to the seaside, only to have the teacher go mysteriously missing. As the group wonders what happened to Elly, their friendly dynamic disintegrates and distrust takes hold. (Available Sept. 11)
“Sleepy Hollow” (1999): Following the story of Ichabod Crane and his hunt for the Headless Horseman, there are enough decapitations to warrant giving “Sleepy Hollow” permanent use of the word “gory.” Perfect for anyone who loves a creepy Tim Burton/Johnny Depp outing. (Available now.)
Others: “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” (2014), the first three “Rambo” films.
How Bored Are You?
“Madame Bovary” (2014): Looking for a period piece that’ll leave you thinking, “That was … fine”? Then look no further than “Madame Bovary.” Starring Mia Wasikowska as a French woman weary of her humdrum, middle-class country lifestyle, “Madame Bovary” is filled with scandal, impulsiveness and forbidden romance. However, whereas the classic novel it’s based on is great, this movie is just … alright. (Available Sept. 11)
“The Canyons” (2013): Remember when Lindsay Lohan teamed up with a former porn star to head up a soapy Hollywood thriller? Yeah, that happened — it’s a mess called “The Canyons,” which was somehow directed by the writer of the gritty masterpieces “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” Generally described as “poorly executed,” this is a movie that aimed high and missed its mark. (Available Sept. 26)
Others: “Miss Julie” (2014), “6 Years” (2015),”The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl” (2005), “SMOSH: The Movie” (2015).