Our Best End-of-Summer Entertainment Picks

The season's don't-miss movies, music & TV

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I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss

Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor showcases her spectacular ethereal voice with an illuminating batch of original tunes, rangingfrom the anthemic “Take Me to Church” to the life-affirming confessional “8 Good Reasons."


Out August 12

Donal Moloney

The One I Love

In this sophisticated romcom, Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass play a married couple trying to rebuild their relationship during a secluded retreat tha tsoon becomes surreal.


Premieres August 15

Courtesy of Radius-TWC

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart

HBO’s incisive documentary explores the media circus that surrounded the trial of former schoolteacher Pamela Smart, who in 1991 was convicted of manipulating her 16-year-old lover into killing her husband.

 

Premieres August 18

Courtesy of HBO

Life of Crime

This breezy caper, based on an Elmore Leonard novel, stars Jennifer Aniston as a 1970s wife who wonders how her husband (Tim Robbins) really feels about her. And she finds out—when she’s kidnapped for a hefty ransom.


Premieres August 29

Berry Wetcher

The Last Robin Hood

Kevin Kline portrays handsome Hollywood swashbuckler Errol Flynn, whose late-in-life affair with an underage starlet (Dakota Fanning) scandalized 1950s America.


Premieres August 29

Julie Roberts

Tomorrow Is My Turn

In her solo debut, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops re­inter­prets folk and country classics. She soars on a jazzy version of the traditional “Black Is the Color” and the Patsy Cline heart-stopper “She’s Got You.”


Out September 2

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My Old Lady

In this witty charmer from playwright Israel Horovitz, Kevin Kline inherits an apartment in Paris, only to discover it comes with a live-in tenant (Maggie Smith).


Premieres September 10

Courtesy of Cohen Media Group

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Meryl Streep voices Eleanor Roosevelt in PBS’s seven-part documentary by Ken Burns, who examines the lives of three members of the prominent political family: Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor.


Premieres September 14

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, New York

The Skeleton Twins

SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play estranged twins in this Sundance Award winner, a deadpan comedy about family, sex and suicide. Also in the mix: Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell.


Premieres September 19

Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

The Way I'm Livin'

This album from golden-throated country star Lee Ann Womack is her first in six years—and a beauty. She looks at life’s dark side on the tormented title track and perfectly covers songs by such artists as Neil Young and Julie Miller.


Out September 23

 

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First published in the September 2014 issue

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