Late summer/early fall are not the best times for exciting new movies at the cineplex, as we’re sure you’ve noticed. Good thing one of our favorite streamers is stepping into the void! New shows on Apple TV include series, movies and documentaries that we cannot wait to see. Check out our five favorites:
5 Great New Shows on Apple TV
1. Sidney – New Apple Original Documentary
From producer Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin, this revealing documentary honors the legendary Sidney Poitier and his legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker and activist at the center of Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement.
Featuring candid interviews with Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee and many more, the film is also produced by Derik Murray, in close collaboration with the Poitier family.
Sidney will make its global premiere Friday, September 23 on Apple TV+.
2. The Greatest Beer Run Ever – New Apple Original Film
Starring Zac Efron and Russell Crowe, The Greatest Beer Run Ever is directed by Peter Farrelly and hails from Skydance Media.
It’s the true story of Donohue, who left New York in 1967 for Vietnam to track down and share a few beers with his childhood friends while they were serving in combat.
The screenplay is adapted by Farrelly, Brian Currie and Pete Jones, and is based on the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty and War, by Joanna Molloy and John “Chickie” Donohue.
The Greatest Beer Run Ever will make its global premiere Friday, 30 September on Apple TV+.
3. Raymond and Ray – New Apple Original Film
A new feature film from Apple Studios starring Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke, Raymond and Ray follows half-brothers Raymond (played by McGregor) and Ray (played by Hawke) who have lived in the shadow of a terrible father.
Somehow, they still each have a sense of humor, and his funeral is a chance for them to reinvent themselves. There’s anger, there’s pain, there’s folly, there might be love, and there’s definitely grave-digging.
Eleven-time Goya Award nominee and two-time winner Maribel Verdú and Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner Sophie Okonedo also star.
The film is produced by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón as well as Bonnie Curtis (Saving Private Ryan, Albert Nobbs) and Julie Lynn (Albert Nobbs, To The Bone), who produce through their Mockingbird Pictures.
Raymond and Ray makes its global premiere on Friday, October 21.
4. Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues – new documentary
Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing musician, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations.
This definitive documentary, directed by Sacha Jenkins, honors Armstrong’s legacy as a founding father of jazz, one of the first internationally known and beloved stars, and a cultural ambassador of the United States.
A Sacha Jenkins Jammie produced by Imagine Documentaries, the film shows how Armstrong’s own life spans the shift from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and how he became a lightning rod figure in that turbulent era.
Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on October 28.
5. Causeway – New Apple Original Film
Starring and produced by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Don’t Look Up, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), and directed by Lila Neugebauer (Broadway’s The Waverly Gallery, Maid, The Last Thing He Told Me), Causeway is an intimate portrait of a soldier struggling to adjust to her life after returning home to New Orleans.
Emmy and Tony Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Bullet Train, If Beale Street Could Talk) co-stars alongside Lawrence.
Filmed in New Orleans, the new Apple Original Film from A24 is written by Ottessa Moshfegh, Luke Goebel and Elizabeth Sanders. Lawrence produces alongside Justine Ciarrocchi for Excellent Cadaver.
Causeway will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV+ on November 4.
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