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Netflix is adding two Robin Williams movies to Netflix as part of its new September offerings, but the real gems include a handful of indie films that have never been part of the streaming service before. New seasons of some great television will also be available, including The Walking Dead, New Girl, Parks & Rec, The League and Arrow. Here are our top seven picks for September:

all-is-lost.jpg 1. All is Lost
Available: Sept. 5
Year: 2013
Director: J.C. Chandor
The parallels between Gravity and All Is Lost are obvious: A lone protagonist survives the destruction of her or his space shuttle/boat, loses all communication with Earth/land and must navigate solo through the vastness of space/the ocean to get back home. But in some ways, writer-director J.C. Chandor’s story about an old man and the sea is a bolder film, eschewing backstory, sentimentality and even dialogue in favor of a primal tale of survival.—Annlee Ellingson

silver-linings.jpg 2. Silver Linings Playbook
Available: Sept. 16
Year: 2012
Director: David O. Russell
With leads as winning as Cooper and Lawrence, and Russell’s signature mix of clever and sincere dialogue, the hook is set. Every single detail doesn’t gel—Chris Tucker’s role as Danny, Pat Jr’s escape-prone friend from the treatment facility, seems a bit extraneous—but it doesn’t need to. By the end of the dance competition finale (yeah, there’s that), the audience, actors and director are on exactly the same page—and it’s Russell’s playbook.—Michael Burgin

your-sisters-sister.jpg 3. Your Sister’s Sister
Available: Sept. 6
Year: 2011
Director: Lynn Shelton
Your Sister’s Sister is a nice introduction, should you need it, to the post-mumblecore movement. While mumblecore movies could sometimes characterized by haphazard camera work and lighting, and meandering plots, some of the veterans of the movement—Lynn Shelton, Ry Russo-Young, even pioneers like the Duplass Brothers and Joe Swanberg—have moved on towards more deliberate scripting, and more sophisticated technical equipment and techniques, while retaining the honesty and relatability that made those early films so compelling. When Jack (Mark Duplass) begins spiraling following the loss of his brother, his best friend Iris (Emily Blunt) sends him to her family’s cabin to recover. When he unexpectedly meets her sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) there, hijinks don’t necessarily ensue, but it does make for some awkward and illuminating moments, nevertheless. The three principals are wonderful, and rising star director Lynn Shelton has a masterful touch in perhaps her best film.—Michael Dunaway

school-of-rock.jpg 4. School of Rock
Available: Sept. 1
Year: 2003
Director: Richard Linklater 
Certainly in the running for the title of Coolest Teacher of All-Time, accidental substitute Dewey Finn eschews the standard curriculum and teaches his students to rock, sprinkling in a few life lessons along the way. U.S. history didn’t make the cut. Directed by Richard Linklater in 2003—after he started production on Boyhood—the film features Jack Black in all his Jack Black glory.—Ryan Bort

good-morning-vietnam.jpg 5. Good Morning, Vietnam
Available: Sept. 1
Year: 1987
Director: Barry Levinson
If any role was tailor made for Robin Williams’ manic comedy timing, it’s his turn as a wartime DJ, frustrated at the U.S. Army’s censoring the truth he sees in Vietnam. “What does three up and three down mean to you, airman?” “End of an inning?” This may be his best comedy role, but even here you could see the great dramatic actor at work, with all the tragic wrong-headed decisions and the devastation of war serving as the backdrop.—Josh Jackson

le-week-end.jpg 6. Le Week-End
Available: Sept. 6
Year: 2014
Director: Roger Michell
There are few phrases in the English language that readily evoke notions of fairytale romance like “a weekend in Paris.” Of course, anyone who’s ever actually spent a couple of nights in the French capital knows very well that the City of Light, with its cramped accommodations and prohibitive pricing, has an unseemly habit of illuminating the gap, if not outright chasm, between fantasy and reality. Consequently, as we join Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) on a train bound from Birmingham to Paris, we’re pessimistic over their chances of rediscovering the magic they encountered there on their honeymoon some 30 years earlier. The wickedly funny and unflinchingly honest Le Week-End weds its introspective and anarchic impulses into a comic melange that’s as compelling as it is uncomfortable.—Curtis Woloschuk

beginners-netflix.jpg 7. Beginners
Available: Sept. 16
Year: 2011
Director: Mike Mills
Beginners is directed by Mike Mills, who hadn’t made a feature film since 2005’s Thumbsucker. And this time, Mills drew on his own life for the story of Beginners. Like Hal, Mills’ father also came out of the closet after the death of his mother. Cancer took both of his parents and there’s a subtle jab at smoking in the film. But Beginners is not a message movie; it’s an ambitious play on coming-of-age late in life, of course for Hal but also very much for Oliver, and perhaps for Mills himself.—Jonathan Hickman

Available Sept. 1
A Simple Plan (1998)
Californication: Seasons 1-7
Chasing UFOs: Season 1
Cool Runnings (1993)
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Detention (2011)
Doomsday Preppers: Seasons 1-3
Flubber (1997)
Girl Rising (2013)
Girlfight (2000)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Guess Who (2005)
Hinterland: Season 1
Hoodwinked (2005)
Invaders from Mars
Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Mirage Men (2012)
School of Rock (2003)
Small Apartments (2012)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
The Believers (1987)
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
The Unbelievers (2013)
Unsealed: Alien Files: Season 1
Zero Hour: Seasons 1-3

Available Sept. 2
The League: Season 5

Available Sept. 5
All is Lost (2013)
Trailer Park Boys: Season 8

Available Sept. 6
Kid Cannabis (2014)
Le Week-End (2014)
Refuge (2012)
Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

Available Sept. 7
The Blacklist: Season 1 (2013)

Available Sept. 9
Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013)

Available Sept. 10
Crash & Bernstein: Season 2
Deadly Code (2013)

Available Sept. 11
A Single Man (2009)
Dennis Miller: America 180 (2014)
Filth (2014)
The Moment (2013)

Available Sept. 12
Grace Unplugged (2013)
Turbo Fast: Season 1

Available Sept. 13
Justin and the Knights of Valor (2013)

Available Sept. 14
About a Boy: Season 1
Arrow: Season 2

Available Sept. 16
Beginners (2011)
Bones: Season 9
New Girl: Season 3
One Day (2011)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Available Sept. 17
3 Days to Kill (2014)
The Fosters: Season 2

Available Sept. 22
Revolution: Season 2

Available Sept. 25
The Double (2013)

Available Sept. 26
  How I Met Your Mother : Season 9
 Parks and Recreation: Season 6

Available Sept. 27
Bad Grandpa (2013)

Available Sept. 28
Comic Book Men: Season 3
 The Walking Dead: Season 4

Available Sept. 29
Lullaby (2014)

Available Sept. 30
Killing Them Softly (2012)

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