Paramount+ UK September 2022: Best new movies and TV from 'Unplugging' to 'American Gigolo'
The horrifying true story of Colleen Stan sits at the centre of two of the big releases on Paramount+ UK this month, with a fictionalised movie about the case — entitled Girl in the Box — accompanied by a two-part documentary about the harrowing real events.
Elsewhere, Jon Bernthal steps into Richard Gere's shoes for a reworked take on American Gigolo and Eva Longoria leads the cast of couple-in-crisis romcom Unplugging.
There's also Jonathan Rhys Meyers thriller The Survivalist, which takes place in a rather bleak version of a post-COVID world.
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New movies coming to Paramount+ UK in September 2022
The Survivalist (2 September)
While those of us in the real world are very grateful for the arrival of the various COVID-19 vaccines, the characters in thriller The Survivalist didn't have the same success. The movie unfolds in a world utterly torn apart by the Delta variant — it went into production at the end of 2020 — and follows an FBI agent (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as he attempts to protect a young girl with possible immunity to the disease from the hunters chasing her down.
The actor playing the leader of the hunters? Oscar nominee and Hollywood legend John Malkovich.
Unplugging (16 September)
In this romcom, Eva Longoria and Matt Walsh play a couple who believe that a getaway far from phone signal and social media could be the answer to their woes. Needless to say, things don't quite go as plan for the couple, but this raises the possibility that turmoil could bring them closer. The cast also includes Keith David and Back to the Future star Lea Thompson.
Girl in the Box (19 September)
In 1977, Colleen Stan got into the wrong car while hitch-hiking and was subsequently imprisoned and subjected to horrible torture for several years. Addison Timlin plays Stan in this feature-length dramatisation of one of America's most shocking crimes, with Zane Holtz and Zelda Williams as the couple behind her captivity.
Given that this case also inspired the notorious 2007 horror The Poughkeepsie Tapes, it's fair to say that viewers are in for a dark ride.
New TV shows coming to Paramount+ UK in September 2022
Love Rats (episode 1-4 on 1 September)
The world of modern dating provides fertile ground for scammers and con artists, as anyone who saw this year's Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler will know well. This documentary series explores the stories of victims who were exploited by those who dangled the prospect of love in front of them, including online scammers, bigamists and catfish.
10 Mistakes: 9/11 (5 September)
This documentary special takes a deep dive into declassified documents and official reports to assess the mistakes made around 11 September 2001, including misjudgements that led to further deaths after the planes hit the World Trade Center.
Son of a Critch (available as box set from 7 September)
This comedy series is based on the memoir of childhood written by Canadian comic Mark Critch, who also plays his own father in the show. It tells the story of a precocious 11-year-old growing up in Newfoundland, who learns how to use comedy to connect with his peers.
American Gigolo (weekly from 10 September)
Paul Schrader's 1980 movie American Gigolo is reimagined here as a television series, with Jon Bernthal stepping into the Richard Gere role. He plays a man struggling to find his way in the sex industry, while also attempting to work out who framed him for murder 15 years earlier.
The show was initially developed by Ray Donovan showrunner David Hollander, but he left the show midway through production due to allegations of misconduct on the set.
Each & Every Day (10 September)
This 60-minute special, released to mark Suicide Awareness Day, delves into the lives and struggles of several young people who have experienced suicidal thoughts or attempted to take their own lives. It aims to construct a portrait of the complex mental health difficulties faced by modern teenagers.
Minx (available as box set from 14 September)
Ophelia Lovibond plays a feminist writer in 1970s LA, who joins forces with Jake Johnson's low-end publisher in order to create an erotic magazine aimed at women with a nude male centrefold.
All 10 episodes of the 30-minute comedy are set to arrive as a box set.
Girl in the Box: The True Story (available as box set from 19 September)
This two-part documentary about the real horrors perpetrated against Colleen Stan debuts alongside the aforementioned fictional telling of the crimes.
Savage River (weekly from 22 September)
Knives Out and Love, Simon star Katherine Langford leads the cast of this Australian thriller series, which sees a town rocked by a murder. Langford's character, Miki, has recently returned to the town after serving close to a decade in prison and is immediately considered to be the prime suspect in the new crime. She, naturally, begins investigating the crime in an attempt to prove her innocence.
Billionaire Holiday Home Swap (available as box set from 25 September)
Imagine being so rich that you get bored of a luxury home. That's the premise at the centre of this six-part documentary series, which follows a club of wealthy folk who stay in each other's homes. Combined, the members of the group have a property empire worth in the region of $25bn (£21bn).
Rise of the Billionaires (available as box set from 27 September)
This four-part series explores the wealth and influence of several of the richest people on the planet, who have made their fortunes as the heads of the tech companies which define all of our lives. Expect to learn plenty about the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos.
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