‘Penny Dreadful’ Seasons 1-3 (Sept. 16)
The Tony-successful playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan established this ingenious Showtime collection, mixing up a tasty stew of Victorian-period monsters, mythology and literary flourishes. Eva Eco-friendly is a marvel — terrifying, amusing, entertainingly self-conscious — as a monster hunter whose adventures in late 19th century London intersect with the worlds of “Dracula,” “Frankenstein,” “The Image of Dorian Grey” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” as well as numerous gunslingers, werewolves and alienists. These who know the characters and the books they inhabit will eagerly devour the references and intersections, but even newbies can latch on conveniently to the show’s dark humor, intricate narratives and copious gore.
‘The Grandmaster’ (Sept. 26)
Mainstream audiences who have learned 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 intelligent to queue up this 2013 martial arts drama, 1 of the actor’s quite a few collaborations with the dazzling director Wong Kar-wai. Leung stars as Ip Person, master of the Southern Chinese kung fu design and style acknowledged as Wing Chun, who trained a younger Bruce Lee. But Wong’s movie is fewer a biopic than a Lee-fashion journey, crammed with stunningly photographed struggle sequences and action established pieces. Netflix is streaming the film’s U.S. edition, which is shorter and simplified but a lot less remarkable. However, even in this truncated variety, “The Grandmaster” is an overwhelming encounter.
‘Air Force One’ (Sept. 30)
“Get off my airplane!” growled Harrison Ford in this 1997 motion extravaganza that, place only, is “Die Hard” on the president’s plane. Ford performs President James Marshall, who is en route from Moscow to the White Household when a band of terrorists hijack Air Pressure A single, getting his loved ones and team hostage. But Marshall is a battle vet and decides to back again up his “no negotiating with terrorists” rhetoric with action. The director Wolfgang Petersen knows how to immediate claustrophobic action (his breakthrough movie was “Das Boot”), and Ford is a sturdy anchor, retaining credibility even in the script’s sillier times. Gary Oldman, meanwhile, has a blast, chewing up copious quantities 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 too shocking that the first 12 months is leaving Netflix to sign up for it. Katja Herbers, Mike Colter and Aasif Mandvi star as 3 “assessors” for the Roman Catholic Church, almost like a Ghostbusters staff for belongings, sent to identify the validity of these kinds of encounters. But “Evil” isn’t just one more “Exorcist” rip-off it has a classy pedigree, coming from the pens of Robert and Michelle King, the staff guiding “The Great Wife” and “The Excellent Battle.” It is lifted by its uncommonly smart dialogue and pointed characterizations — and then it delivers the style goods.
‘Kung Fu Panda’ (Sept. 30)
It’s forgivable to think that this 2008 family beloved was DreamWorks’s transparent endeavor to recreate the achievement of “Shrek”: a likely franchise-starting up, computer-animated feature, rife with pop culture references and constructed all over the personality of a comic celebrity. And these assumptions are not incorrect. But “Kung Fu Panda” is fulfilling in spite of its unmistakable components, largely due to the fact of the incalculable charisma of its star, Jack Black he is concurrently funny, cuddly, sympathetic and inspiring as a slapstick-susceptible panda who will have to fulfill his destiny as the “Dragon Warrior.” (The to start with sequel also leaves Netflix on Sept. 30.)