Best movies to stream in September


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A promotional photo for Pixar’s “Luca.”

Andrea Alverca, Contributing Writer

Summer has ended, and fall is upon us, meaning a ton of new movies are coming to streaming platforms for the upcoming season. Here are the best movies to stream in September.

Although it was released in June, “Luca” is a heartwarming story about adventure, friendship and acceptance. Taking place in the Italian Riviera, Luca goes on adventures with his friends, filled with bike rides, and constant spaghetti eating while hiding their secret of being sea monsters. “Luca” was inspired by the experiences of director Enrico Casarosa while growing up in Genoa with his real-life best friend, Alberto. The film stars Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Maya Rudolph and Jim Gaffigan. “Luca” is now streaming on Disney Plus.

If you want to get ready for Latino Heritage Month, which starts on Sept. 15, “Vivo” is streaming on Netflix. This family-friendly musical starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Zoe Saldana and Michael Rooker, tells the story of a kinkajou who goes on a journey to deliver a song to the lover of his old friend. Taking place in both Miami and Cuba, the musical features salsa music and all-new original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, filled with vibrant and stunning locations.

“Black Widow”
Marvel’s “Black Widow” premiered in theaters in June, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great fall movie. Still on Premiere Access on Disney Plus, “Black Widow” is filled with action, adventure, and a surprising amount of comedy. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff to confront a dangerous conspiracy from her past. Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz star alongside Johansson as members of Natasha’s non-biological and dysfunctional found-family who help the Avenger bring down the Red Room. “Black Widow” is streaming on Disney Plus.

“Edge of Seventeen”
Woody Harrelson, Hailee Steinfeld and Haley Lu Richardson star in this coming-of-age film that graced theaters in the fall of 2016. Steinfeld plays Nadine, a high-school junior that struggles to fit in at school, especially when she finds out her best friend (Haley Lu Richardson) begins dating her “perfect” older brother, causing Nadine to feel more isolated than usual. Some teens can relate to Nadine–maybe not with the same exact experiences–but with the struggles of finding their place in school or with themselves, and how it’s alright to feel lost sometimes. “Edge of Seventeen” is streaming on Netflix.

“Ouija: Origin of Evil”
If you want to get into the Halloween spirit early, this paranormal film will be up your alley. Directed by Stiles White, this 2016 supernatural horror film is a sequel to the 2014 film “Ouija.” “Ouija” stars Lin Shaye, Olivia Cooke, and Daren Kagasoff, telling the story about a teen and her group of friends using a Ouija board to summon a fallen friend of theirs, instead of summoning a being far more sinister than they believed.

In the sequel, “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” a widowed mother who runs a seance scam business unknowingly invites a terrifying evil spirit into her home, which later possesses her youngest daughter. The family must then confront unbelievable fears to save her and send the demonic spirit back to the other side. The film stars Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas and Elizabeth Reaser, who have also worked together in “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor.” “Ouija: Origin of Evil” is streaming on HBO Max.

“Fear Street”
The Netflix original trilogy “Fear Street” is truly terrifying to watch. This three-part horror film is gory and filled with jump-scares, perfect for early Halloween spirit. Loosely based on the Goosebumps book series, the “Fear Street” trilogy tells the story of a so-called curse on the town of Shadyside, where a girl, her younger brother and their friends must try and stop Sarah Fier, an ancient witch, from killing them by breaking the curse she set on their town.

“Fear Street” is broken up into three parts to tell the story of not just the murderers throughout the years in Shadyside, but how they connect with Sarah Fier. The first part takes place in 1996, the second in the summer of 1978 and the third part in 1666.