7 best new movies to stream this week on Netflix, Disney Plus and more (September 4-11)

Labor Day is over, but new movies to watch online this week feature a massive summer blockbuster and one of Disney’s latest live-action remakes. Yes, the first in this week’s roundup of the biggest movies to watch online is Thor: Love and Thunder, which debuts on Disney Plus alongside the singing versions of Frozen and Frozen 2.

On the same day, Disney is also releasing the live-action remake of Pinocchio. Filled with big stars like Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Keegan-Michael Key, this remake is the first of two new Pinocchio movies coming out this year. And, no, his live puppet doesn’t look quite as creepy as Guillermo Del Toro’s (slated for December).

Elsewhere in the streaming world, Netflix is ​​releasing a pair of documentaries. The first is a story of Australian underdogs in yacht racing, and the second is a chilling story of an Indian serial killer. There’s also a controversial box office hit finally hitting video-on-demand and HBO Max is delivering a world-ending blockbuster starring Halle Berry.

Want more? Check out our guide to all the biggest Fall TV debuts and our Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power review to see why we think it’s awesome – and divisive.

Where the Crawdads sing

This summer’s most controversial box office hit is now available on premium video on demand. Where the Crawdads Sing, if you didn’t know, is about a young girl named Kya Clark (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who has been referred to as a “Marsh Girl” in her North Carolina community. And meanwhile, she was surviving alone on the North Carolina coast. Once a teenager, she is soon involved in a romantic relationship with two men. And then, before you know it, she’s been linked to a 1969 murder trial where one of her lovers was found dead. The wildly successful film made headlines after its release, thanks to ties to a real-life murder case. He is also accused of perpetuating racist stereotypes.

Buy it on Amazon Prime Video (opens in a new tab) and other retailers right now

Untold: Race of the Century (Netflix)

Everyone loves an underdog, and – yes – there are even underdogs in the rich and royal world of professional yacht racing. Netflix’s Untold: The Race of the Century is a deep dive into one of the classic annals of the sport, where the majestic New York Yacht Club sought to extend their 132-year winning streak. And who could stop them? The crew of this documentary spoke to some of the ragtag Australian crew who pulled off the impossible. Members of the American team are also interviewed.

Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) at present

Indian Predator: The Diary of a Serial Killer

Netflix knows you (or someone you know) love true crime documentaries, especially about serial killers. So, of course, someone asked the question, why limit ourselves to only English-speaking countries? Indian Predator: The Diary of a Serial Killer, which explains the horrific crimes of Raja Kolander, arrives this week to show audiences that there are even deeper depths of depravity than you might think. The announcement video above, which explains how he confessed earlier than expected, will have you wanting to watch as soon as possible.

Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) starting tomorrow (Wednesday 7 September)

Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney Plus)

In Thor: Ragnarok, we don’t get one – but two – Thors. The story behind Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gaining her ex-boyfriend’s powers is quite emotionally complicated, especially for a Marvel movie. Which partly explains why the fourth Thor film (his second under Taika Waititi’s direction) is such a controversial film. Without a doubt, Love and Thunder had a high bar to hit, as Thor: Ragnarok (much like the recent Avengers films in which Asgardian featured prominently) is highly regarded. And, having seen it, I can say that it does not reach exactly the same heights as its predecessor. Perhaps it’s because of expectations, as Ragnarok was the sequel to Thor: Dark World, one of the most hated Marvel movies of all time.

Still, Thor: Love and Thunder is hitting Disney Plus this week, as part of Disney Plus Day, and I’d say it’s the perfect way to watch the movie. At home, where your expectations can be properly adjusted (plus you didn’t have to pay $18 for a ticket, or go to a theater that overcharges concessions). Here, you’ll see Thor searching for personal reinvention and embarking on a journey that leads him to meet Zeus (Russell Crowe) and battle Gorr the Butcher God (Christian Bale), who has a good case to make.

Post it on Disney+ (opens in a new tab) from Thursday (8 September)

Pinocchio (Disney Plus)

Death, taxes, and live-action Disney remakes are the three most reliable aspects of our lives these days, so it’s no surprise that we see Pinocchio in the non-flesh. Here, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth voices the titular puppet-turned-real-boy, and Tom Hanks plays his doting dad Geppetto. You probably know the story, so I’ll skip to the all-star cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays/voices Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy, and Keegan-Michael Key is “Honest” John. Lorraine Bracco is even there, to embody the new character of Sofia the Seagull.

Post it on Disney+ (opens in a new tab) from Thursday (8 September)

moon fall

Once again, it’s the end of the world as we know it – and it’s actually apparently too late to stop it all. Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson star in Moonfall, a big-budget movie about disasters and alien invasions. Yes, somehow there is both a cataclysmic event threatening Earth and a secret entity that has been in our shadows longer than we know. There’s even John Bradley, who you might remember as Samwell Tarley in Game of Thrones. Moonfall, admittedly, didn’t really hit hard when it hit theaters. Maybe it’s because it’s not a Marvel movie, or it’s not a Tom Cruise movie. Anyway, Moonfall has been on my “I should check this out” list for a while, as it’s directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow).

Post it on HBO Max (opens in a new tab) from Friday (9 September)

End of the Road (Netflix)

Moving isn’t fun when you’re young. But, asks End of the Road, what if you and your family witness a murder? Would that shake things up enough? Well, once Brenda (Queen Latifah), her two kids, and brother Reggie (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) are about to find out. In a random motel near the New Mexico desert, this family is somehow targeted by a killer. Before you ask why, know that Reggie thought it was good to keep a travel bag full of cash. Has anyone seen No Country For Old Men?

Post it on netflix (opens in a new tab) from Friday (9 September)


Alfonso E. Cramer