From The Nun II, Sex Education Season 4, and more, stay caught-up with the month’s most exciting new movies and shows.
It’s September, and if Mariah Carey’s tweet didn’t give it away, it means that the Christmas season in the Philippines has started. But more than just the start of the deluge of Christmas music in malls and other public places, the month also has its fair share of new movies and shows that cater to a wide variety of tastes. From horror films, dramas, highly anticipated movie comebacks, and more, September 2023 is no slouch in the content department. So, get the start of the Ber months rolling with these new titles to have on your radar.
THE NUN II
Valak is back and deadlier than ever in the sequel to the 2018 box office hit. Set after the events of the first movie, Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) is called once again by the Church as she once again comes face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun, following its rampage across Europe. If you thought the first film was crazy, wait until you see the sequel. The Nun II is currently screening in cinemas nationwide.
What if your honeymoon becomes a test to see if your relationship can survive? That’s the premise of Netflix’s latest local film, which stars Alessandra De Rossi and JM De Guzman. The two play newlyweds who end up stranded on an island during their honeymoon and confront hard truths about each other. The movie is now streaming on Netflix.
A TIME CALLED YOU
An adaptation of Taiwanese drama Someday or One Day, this K-drama centers on Han Joon-hee as she copes with the loss of her boyfriend Ku Yeon-joon. One day, Joon-hee magically travels back in time to 1998 and wakes up in the body of 18-year-old Kwon Min-joo. There, she meets Si-heon, a young man who bears an uncanny resemblance to her deceased boyfriend. The series streams on Netflix beginning September 8.
MAGING SINO KA MAN
BarDa fans, this one is for you. Following the success of Maria Clara at Ibarra, Barbie Forteza and David Licauco are back on TV as they star in their first teleserye together as lead roles. From playing lovers in 1800s Philippines, the duo travel forward in time in this modern day adaptation of the 1991 film of the same name which followed a young woman on the run who falls for a petty thief. The show airs on GMA starting September 11.
A HAUNTING IN VENICE
Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot is back, and this time, his latest mystery goes beyond the physical world. Heading into more horror territory, the film finds the detective attending a séance in Venice. But when one of the guests is murdered, Poirot must use his skills to uncover the mystery and find the killer that may or may not be from this world. The film screens in local cinemas starting September 13.
Our furbabies get the R-rated treatment in this live-action comedy that trails the misadventures of an abandoned Border Terrier, Reggie, and his newfound pals as they survive the streets and help Reggie find his way back home to get revenge on his owner, Doug, for abandoning him. Catch the vulgar comedy in cinemas this September 13.
Did someone say action movie? Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) has struggled to reconcile the horrific things he’s done in the past and finds a strange solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Finding himself surprisingly at home in Southern Italy, he discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia. See how this action-packed trilogy closes in local theaters beginning September 13.
A trip of a lifetime turns sour as a group of influencers that their island resort vacation turns out to be a dud. But hidden underneath the sand and sea are dark mysteries the group will have to face in order to survive. Starring the likes of Gen Z’s most promising actors like Francine Diaz, Seth Fedelin, Kaori Oinuma, and Jeremiah Lisbo, Fractured puts a spin on the typical barkada series with a mystery thriller at the heart of the show. It premieres on iWantTFC this September 15.
Serving as South Korea’s entry to the 2024 Oscars, Concrete Utopia is loosely based on Part 2 of the hit webtoon Joyful Outcast. The film is a disaster thriller about the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that has ravaged the earth. It follows the story that begins when the survivors gather at Hwang Gung Apartments, the only building left standing in an earthquake-ravaged Seoul.
As time passes, outsiders start coming in to Hwang Gung Apartments trying to escape the extreme cold. Before long, the apartment residents are unable to cope with the increasing numbers. Feeling a threat to their very survival, the residents enact a special measure. Watch this all go down in local cinemas beginning September 20.
THE CONTINENTAL: FROM THE WORLD OF JOHN WICK
While John Wick may be KIA, the world he lived in is still alive and kicking. The first spin-off series of the franchise explores the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins. The show will be seen through the eyes of a young Winston Scott, as he’s dragged into the hellscape of 1970s New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind.
Winston charts a deadly course through the hotel’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the hotel where he will eventually take his throne. Set 50 years before the events of the films, the show will be three episodes long and are 90 minutes each, making for a substantial amount of new content to tide us over. The series streams on Prime Video starting September 22.
A VERY GOOD GIRL
A mother off of epic proportions is about to go down in Kathryn Bernardo’s highly anticipated movie comeback. The film stars Philo (Bernardo) and Molly (Dolly de Leon), two self-made women who form a bond that’s nearly motherly in nature. But secrets and schemes are afoot as Philo is ready to get her revenge. The movie arrives in local cinemas on September 27.
If you think that a The Boys spin-off set in college wouldn’t have the same punch as the show, think again. The series follows the first gen of superheroes to know that their powers come from Compound V and not God-given. Together, they train in a special school as these young, competitive heroes put their physical and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the school’s highly coveted top ranking.
They quickly come to learn that ambition comes with sacrifice, and the difference between right and wrong is not as clear as they once believed. When the university’s dark secrets come to light, the students must come to grips with what type of heroes they are going to become. The show streams on Prime Video beginning September 29.
Technically, these aren’t new shows. But they are premiering new seasons that are worth the watch. The Wheel of Time Season 2 (September 1), I Am Groot Season 2 (September 6), Glow Up Season 5 (September 12), American Horror Story Season 12 (September 21), Sex Education Season 4 (September 21).
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