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Best new movies and shows on Netflix: September 2015

September is when the serious, Oscar bait movies start trickling out in theaters. Netflix, never one to shy from some competition, has plenty of high-quality/otherwise intriguing stuff premiering this month. These are some highlights:

"Keith Richards Under the Influence"

The legendary, indestructible Rolling Stones guitarist gets a
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The legendary, indestructible Rolling Stones guitarist gets a long overdue documentary tribute from Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom), a film that looks back at an astonishing career and forward with the recording of Richards' upcoming solo album, "Time Flies!". September 18

"Up in the Air"

Jason Reitman has had a bit of a
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Jason Reitman has had a bit of a rough go lately, with two straight flops in "Labor Day" and "Men, Women and Children," but he's a very talented filmmaker and this smart contemporary dramedy gets at something essential about the loneliness inherent in our plugged-in, on-the-move culture today. Plus, it stars George Clooney and Anna Kendrick, which is always a good thing. Available now

"Philomena"

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this
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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this critical and audience favorite, co-written by Coogan, about a woman's decades-long search for the son taken from her by the Catholic Church. It's a rare movie that combines sweetness and humor with serious resolve about an important topic, and never seems forced. September 22

"Moonrise Kingdom"

Wes Anderson is a polarizing filmmaker but there's
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Wes Anderson is a polarizing filmmaker but there's no arguing against the notion that he has a distinct worldview and a mastery of finding the substance in stylized worlds. This is his youthful, golden-toned summer adventure picture, starring a bunch of terrific actors as usual (ranging from stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward to staples Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray) and filled with his characteristic storybook imagery. September 16

"Madame Bovary"

We haven't seen Sophie Barthes' 2015 adaptation of
Photo Credit: A Company Filmproduktionsgesellschaft

We haven't seen Sophie Barthes' 2015 adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's iconic work, but it stars the radiant and extraordinarily talented Mia Wasikowska, whose presence in a movie is as sure of an indicator as any that it's at least pretty good. September 11

"Person of Interest"

We haven't seen this NYC-shot espionage show starring
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We haven't seen this NYC-shot espionage show starring Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson, but lots of people seem to enjoy it and the whole series thus far is headed to Netflix this month. Season 1-3 available now; Season 4 available September 22

"Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version"

It's
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It's "Lawrence of Arabia," for heaven's sake. It's one of the greatest films ever made, an epic masterpiece filled with more classic moments than one could possibly mention in a snippet. My only request, should you stream this from Netflix: Find the biggest possible screen. Available now

"Sleepy Hollow"

Before the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp connection jumped the
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Before the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp connection jumped the proverbial shark into an endless series of whimsical re-makes and live action adaptations, before their work began to play as self parody, there was this solid take on the Washington Irving legend. Available now

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Idris Elba, who (let's be honest) really should
Photo Credit: Videovision Entertainment

Idris Elba, who (let's be honest) really should be the next James Bond, is outstanding as Nelson Mandela in what is otherwise a fairly pedestrian biopic. See it for Idris. Available September 29

"Masters of the Universe" (1987)

Comic book movies before Tim Burton's
Photo Credit: Golan-Globus Productions

Comic book movies before Tim Burton's "Batman" were, by and large, nothing whatsoever like comic book movies today, but that doesn't mean there is not place for Dolph Lundgren's He-Man, Frank Langella's Skeletor, and their cheesy antics. Available now

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