It’s high fantasy season on streamers right now, with House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power dominating most of the cultural conversation – but if swords and sandals aren’t your thing, arrivals this weekend should provide a welcome respite.
Pinocchio on Disney Plus – the latest live-action fairy tale remake of House of Mouse – and Cobra Kai season 5 on Netflix will lead the charge over the next few days. No new HBO Max movies or TV shows are making the cut this week, but Apple TV Plus and Paramount Plus are getting a preview instead.
Below, then, we’ve rounded up seven of the biggest new movies and TV shows available to watch on streaming services this September weekend.
Pinocchio (Disney Plus)
Another year, another remake of a Disney classic. This time around, it’s Carlo Collodi’s centuries-old story of a magical wooden puppet, Pinocchio, that gets the live treatment.
Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Beauty and the Beast alum Luke Evans all star in the new adaptation, which comes from Oscar-winning director (and frequent Hanks collaborator) Robert Zemeckis. Interestingly (and perhaps fortunately), the design of the titular puppet looks almost identical to that used in the 1940 Disney classic – yellow hat, red feather and all – suggesting that viewers can expect a similar narrative. . Although, as we noted in our spoiler-free review, that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Disney’s Pinocchio isn’t the only Pinocchio movie hitting screens in 2022 either. Pan’s Labyrinth filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is also reinvent the classic story in stop-motion form for Netflix. His version – Guillermo del Toro’s aptly named Pinocchio – is set to land on the streamer in December.
Now available to stream on Disney Plus.
Cobra Kai season 5 (Netflix)
Arriving ahead of its scheduled Christmas release date this weekend, Cobra Kai Season 5 is set to continue as one of the best Netflix shows.
New episodes of the popular Karate Kid spin-off will see fighting schools Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang reeling from their loss to the new Cobra Kai led by Terry Silver in the All-Valley Karate Tournament. In an effort to stop the latter from opening multiple dojos across the valley, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) teams up with Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto) to stop him.
If you’ve never watched Cobra Kai before, chances are none of the above makes sense – but hey, you wouldn’t be joining the Season 5 party, would you?
Now available to stream on Netflix.
The Good Fight season 6 (Paramount Plus)
The Christine Baranski-directed legal drama The Good Fight comes to its bittersweet conclusion this weekend on Paramount Plus.
Season 6 finds Diane de Baranski demoralized and in a state of despair after the events of Season 5 (no spoilers here!), and new episodes will see her forced to navigate the impending civil war that will explode within her company. Acting additions include John Slattery and Andre Braugher, while Alan Cumming will also briefly reprise his role as his character from The Good Wife, Eli Gold.
The first episode of Season 6 of Good Fight is now available to stream in the US and UK, with the remaining nine episodes due to arrive every Thursday.
Now available to stream on Paramount Plus.
American Gigolo (Showtime Anytime)
It’s been a busy few years for Jon Berthal, and the Punisher actor is getting another starring role in Showtime’s new limited series, American Gigolo.
A serial adaptation of Paul Schrader’s 1980 film of the same name, this one sees Bernthal play the role of a unique escort, Julian Kaye (the famous character played by Richard Gere), who searches for answers after serving a sentence. 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Reviews for American Gigolo have been decidedly lukewarm so far, but those interested in an alternate version of Schrader’s classic film may still find plenty to enjoy. The show’s first episode is available to stream from Sunday on Showtime Anytime in the US and Sky and Now TV in the UK. Subsequent episodes will follow on a weekly basis.
Available to stream on Showtime Anytime and Sky and Now TV from Sunday.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Return of the Jedi (Disney Plus)
After tricking many fans into (intentionally or unintentionally) portraying itself as a second season of Obi-Wan Kenobi, A Jedi’s Return is coming to Disney Plus to offer a behind-the-scenes look at one of this year’s biggest series.
In the same vein as Marvel’s Assembled documentaries, this feature takes a microscope to the making of Obi-Wan Kenobi, exploring how and why Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen returned to roles they themselves thought they had given up for. good. .
We won’t exactly describe A Jedi’s Return as must-watch for Star Wars fans – but it will certainly pique the interest of those who enjoyed Disney’s record-breaking spinoff show.
Now available to stream on Disney Plus.
Gutsy (Apple TV Plus)
In a rare break from tradition, Apple TV Plus is trading slick drama for factual storytelling this weekend with Gutsy.
An eight-part adaptation of their bestselling novel, The Book of Gutsy Women, Gutsy follows Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on a road trip across America in search of the women who inspire them. During their travels, the couple meet the likes of Gloria Steinem, Jane Goodall, Goldie Hawn, Megan Thee Stallion, Amy Schumer and Kim Kardashian — so there’s sure to be some valuable words of wisdom for everyone to listen to here.
Gutsy’s first episode is available to stream now, with its remaining seven entries slated to hit Apple TV Plus weekly every Friday.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
Theft/Risk (Prime Video)
Please note: this week’s selection of documentaries is not recommended for anyone preparing to board.
As recounted by Pulitzer Prize-winning Seattle Times reporter Dominic Gates, Prime Video’s Flight/Risk recounts the events leading up to — and following — the tragic crash of two Boeing 737 Max aircraft just five months apart in 2018. and 2019, respectively.
Affected family members, their legal teams and whistleblowers who exposed various flaws in Boeing’s organization also lend their testimony in this feature film, which shares its subject matter with Netflix’s own documentary, Downfall: The Case Against Boeing.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.