New Movies: Release Calendar for September 10 and Where to Watch

As theaters begin showing signs of life and streaming and VOD options stay hefty, IndieWire is here to guide you through all of your new viewing options each week.

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As theaters begin showing signs of life and streaming and VOD options stay hefty, there are more movies (and platforms to watch them on) than ever to sift through, and IndieWire is here to help you do just that each week.

This week’s selections include the latest from Paul Schrader (fresh off the festival circuit!), a stellar example of Zoom-based filmmaking that actually works, James Wan’s latest horror opus, and a new look at the bond between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Each film is now available in a theater near you or in the comfort of your own home (or, in some cases, both, the convenience of it all). Browse your options below.

Week of September 6 – September 12

New Films in Theaters

As new movies open in theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, IndieWire will continue to review them whenever possible. We encourage readers to follow the safety precautions provided by CDC and health authorities. Additionally, our coverage will provide alternative viewing options whenever they are available.

“Azor” (directed by Andreas Fontana)
Distributor: MUBI
Where to Find It: New York’s IFC Center, with a nationwide theatrical rollout to follow

“Show, don’t tell,” says conventional wisdom. “Conceal, conceal, conceal” responds director Andreas Fontana, whose repetitive-but-impactful debut feature “Azor” paints a portrait of fear using palpable gaps in conversation. As a Swiss banker, Yvan (Fabrizio Rongione) follows in the footsteps of his missing colleague, and Fontana’s self-assured filmmaking captures a chilling atmosphere against the backdrop of Argentina’s Dirty War. The film seldom wavers from its singular idea and feeling; tonally, it’s a stroll across a plateau by design, but it teeters constantly over that plateau’s edge. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“The Card Counter” (directed by Paul Schrader)
Distributor: Focus Features
Where to Find It: Select theaters

What’s riveting about “The Card Counter” — what makes it a fresh riff on Paul Schrader’s usual formula, and broadly absolves it from lacking the transcendent power of a “First Reformed” — is that William Tell (Oscar Isaac) is actually trying to work out a clean answer. He’s trying to take expiation into his own hands and live to enjoy it. The math is more absolute with blackjack than hold ‘em, but a good poker player can look right through the cards, and William is nothing if not a good poker player. If he can see into someone else’s soul, maybe he can see into his own. And if he can see into his own soul, odds are that he might even be able to fix it from within the purgatory of his own existence before heaven and hell have to get involved. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Fauci”

“Fauci” (directed by John Hoffman and Janet Tobias)
Distributor: National Geographic Films
Where to Find It: Select heaters

It’s hard to imagine a less appealing film, in the late summer of 2021, than a documentary about Dr. Anthony Fauci, a man who’s already been on all of our screens every day for the last 18 months. His honeyed Brooklyn growl is as familiar to us now as the sound of our own masked breathing; his mousy face an instantly familiar shorthand for (another) grim chapter of American history. There will come a time when the world is ready to reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic and recognize the heroes who helped mitigate our losses, but it’s hard to look back on something that isn’t over yet, or burnish any statues when children’s hospitals in the richest country on the planet are running out of beds.

Nevertheless, and in the spirit of its namesake, John Hoffman and Janet Tobias’ TV-ready “Fauci” marches forward as if nothing matters but the job at hand. The result is a fittingly sober and unflashy biodoc that’s far less engaging as a portrait of a public servant (brace for exclusive footage of Fauci drinking coffee in his kitchen) than it is as a testament to the values he’s embodied during his many decades of being America’s doctor. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Language Lessons” (directed by Natalie Morales)
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Where to Find It: Select theaters

The coronavirus pandemic and its attendant lockdowns and quarantines have already inspired a wide variety of scrappy slices of entertainment, from “Songbird” and “Malcom & Marie” to “Locked Down” and “How It Ends,” and that’s just in the narrative arena. While the desire to keep creating as usual production options are on hold is understandable (heck, even admirable), it’s led to a mixed bag of final products, even the best of them hampered by the restrictions of the era. In short, a year into this thing, “Zoom fatigue” is very real, and getting an audience excited to watch a film that plays out almost entirely via video conferencing and messaging is no small ask.

Fortunately, Natalie Morales’ winning “Language Lessons” offers one of the best uses of the format yet, a “Zoom film” that utilizes its constraints to craft an intimate, expressive two-hander, no fatigue in sight. Morales also stars in the film alongside her co-writer, Mark Duplass, who first conceived of the film’s relatively simple idea before pitching it to Morales as a workable lockdown project; the pair’s obvious creative harmony helps the film stay afloat even during some (scattered) rough moments. Read IndieWire’s full review.

Language Lessons

“Language Lessons”

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“Malignant” (directed by James Wan)
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Where to Find It: Theaters and streaming on HBO Max

“I always wanted a blood relation,” says Madison (or Maddie, or is it Emily?) to her adopted sister in the final moments of “Malignant,” the latest terrifying concoction from horror titan James Wan. It’s meant to be a moving emotional crescendo to the film’s bloody conclusion, but the line that follows is just cheesy enough to produce eye rolls, but not so self-aware as to be funny. A humorless melodrama about a woman haunted by her past, “Malignant” sits somewhere between a slasher, a ghost story, and a possession flick, never fully embracing any of those different spins on the horror formula. The result is a confusing melange of genre archetypes that lacks a clear point of view, even a surface-level stylistic one. Read IndieWire’s full review.

Also available this week:

“The Alpinist” (directed by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen)
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Where to Find It: Select theaters

“Dating & New York” (directed by Jonah Feingold)
Distributor: IFC Films
Where to Find It: Select theaters, plus various digital and VOD options

“Small Engine Repair” (directed by John Pollono)
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Where to Find It: Select theaters

“Queenpins” (directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly)
Distributor: STX Movies
Where to Find It: Select Cinemark Theaters, streaming on Paramount+ starting September 30

“The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station” (directed by Clare Lewens)
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Where to Find It: Select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, followed by additional theatrical markets and digital download on September 17

New Films on VOD and Streaming, Including Premium Platforms

“Blood Brothers” (directed by Marcus A. Clarke)
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: Streaming on Netflix

Titans of influence from their individual trenches, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali were instrumental in carving a prideful and revolutionary vision for the future of Black people stateside and abroad over the course of some of their most media-hectic years. That the two of them were connected not solely by being contemporaries, but through an intimate, if short-lived, friendship, resonates as a sonic boom of fateful proportions. But as the documentary “Blood Brothers” from director Marcus A. Clarke examines, the schism that ended their fraternal bond was just as thunderous. Using the same-title book by researches Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, both talking heads in the film, as a guide, Clarke first maps out in broad strokes their separate ascents to prominence: one as a radical speaker for Black liberation and the other displaying his towering prowess in sport. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Blood Brothers”

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Also available this week:

“Kate” (directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan)
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: Streaming on Netflix

“Martyrs Lane” (directed by Ruth Platt)
Distributor: Shudder
Where to Find It: Streaming on Shudder

“The Voyeurs” (directed by Michael Mohan)
Distributor: Amazon Prime Video
Where to Find It: Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

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New Movies: Release Calendar for September 10 and Where to Watch