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The 7 Best New Movies to Stream This Week on Netflix, Disney Plus and More (Sep 4-11)

Labor Day is over, but new movies to watch online this week include a huge summer blockbuster and one of Disney’s latest remakes. Yes, first in this week’s roundup of the biggest movies to watch online is Thor: Love and Thunder, which will debut on Disney Plus alongside the sing-along versions of Frozen and Frozen 2.

On the same day, Disney will also release a live-action remake of Pinocchio. Packed with big stars like Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Keegan-Michael Key, this remake is the first of two new Pinocchio films coming out this year. And no, his living puppet doesn’t look as scary as Guillermo Del Toro’s (released this December).

Elsewhere in the world of streaming, Netflix presents a couple of documentaries. The first is the story of Australian yacht racing losers, and the second is the chilling story of an Indian serial killer. There’s also a controversial box-office hit that finally hit VOD, and HBO Max is offering a world-class blockbuster starring Halle Berry.

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

Where crayfish sing

This summer’s most controversial box office success is now available on premium video-on-demand. “Where the Crayfish Sing,” in case you didn’t know, is all about a young girl named Kya Clark (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who was derisively called the “Swamp Girl” in her North Carolina community. And all this time she survived alone on the coast of North Carolina. As soon as she becomes a teenager, she soon becomes romantically involved with two men. And then, before you know it, she is involved in a 1969 murder trial in which one of her lovers was found dead. The movie, which was a wild success, attracted the wrong headlines upon its release due to its connection to a real-life murder case. He is also accused of planting racist stereotypes.

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Untold: Race of the Century (Netflix)

Everyone loves an underdog, and yes, there are even underdogs in the rich and regal world of professional yacht racing. Netflix’s Untold: Race of the Century is a deep dive into one of the sport’s classic annals, where the Royal New York Yacht Club sought to extend its 132-year winning streak. And who could stop them? The film crew for this documentary met with some motley Australian crew who managed to do the impossible. Team USA members also give interviews.

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Indian Predator: Diary of a Serial Killer

Netflix knows that you (or someone you know) love true crime documentaries, especially those about serial killers. So, naturally, someone wondered, why limit yourself to only English-speaking countries? “Indian Predator: Diary of a Serial Killer” recounting the heinous crimes of Raja Colander comes out this week to show viewers that there are even deeper depths of depravity than you can imagine. The teaser video ad above, which explains how he confessed earlier than you might expect, will make you watch it as soon as possible.

Stream to Netflix (will open in a new tab) starting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 7th)

Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney Plus)

In Thor: Ragnarok, we get not one, but two Thors. The story of how Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) got the powers her ex-boyfriend possessed is quite emotionally complex, especially for a Marvel movie. This is one of the reasons why the fourth Thor film (the second directed by Taika Waititi) is so controversial. Undoubtedly, Love and Thunder had a high bar, as Thor: Ragnarok (just like the recent Avengers movies, in which the Asgardian played a prominent role) is highly regarded. And, having seen it, I can say that it definitely does not reach the same heights as its predecessor. Perhaps it’s because of expectations, since Ragnarok was the sequel to Thor 2: The Dark World, one of Marvel’s most disliked films.

However, Thor: Love and Thunder is coming to Disney Plus this week as part of Disney Plus Day, and I’d say it’s the perfect way to watch the movie. Homes where your expectations can be properly adjusted (plus you don’t have to pay $18 for a ticket or go to a movie theater that overcharges for perks). Here you’ll see Thor seeking a personal reinvention and embarking on a journey where he meets Zeus (Russell Crowe) and battles Gorr, the butcher god (Christian Bale), who has some good moments.

Stream on Disney Plus (will open in a new tab) starting Thursday (September 8)

Pinocchio (Disney Plus)

Death, taxes, and live-action Disney remakes are three of the most dependable aspects of our lives these days, so it’s no wonder we’re seeing Pinocchio in the flesh. Here, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth voices the titular puppet turned real boy, while Tom Hanks plays his adoring father, Geppetto. You probably know the story, so I’ll move on to the all-star cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays/voices Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo plays the Blue Fairy, and Keegan-Michael Key plays “Honest” John. Lorraine Bracco is even here to play the new character Sophia the Chaika.

Stream on Disney Plus (will open in a new tab) starting Thursday (September 8)

moon landing

Again, this is the end of the world as we know it, and it seems like it’s too late to stop it all. Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson star in Moonfall, a big-budget disaster and alien invasion film. Yes, somehow there is both a cataclysmic event threatening Earth and a secret entity that has been in our shadow for longer than we know. It even has John Bradley, who you may remember as Samwell Tarly in Game of Thrones. Moonfall was admittedly not a great success during its theatrical run. Maybe it’s because it’s not a Marvel movie or a Tom Cruise movie. Anyway, Moonfall was on my “I’ve got to check it out” list for a while, as it was directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow).

Stream on HBO Max (will open in a new tab) starting Friday (September 9)

End of the Road (Netflix)

Moving around cities isn’t fun when you’re young. But End of the Road asks, what if you and your family witnessed a murder? Will that shake things up enough? Well, one day Brenda (Queen Latifah), her two kids and her brother Reggie (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) are about to find out. At a random motel near the New Mexico desert, this family somehow becomes the target of a killer. Before you ask why, know that Reggie thought it was good to have a gym bag full of money. Has anyone seen No Country for Old Men?

Stream to Netflix (will open in a new tab) starting Friday (September 9)

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