Netflix continues its ‘something for everyone’ smorgasbord of content with a mix of styles, genres and languages all coming this August. And that’s a good thing right? After all, a fine dining experience comes from the accompanying flavours in the sides and sauces, even if you’ve only come for the medium-rare steak.
Odd then, that after that analogy, Netflix hasn’t announced any cooking shows kicking off in August. Instead, we get a tasty mix that includes a Danish post apocalyptic thriller series, real-life real-estate in sunny LA and the first half of Lucifer’s newest season.
There’s also a running theme in this month’s movies about being given super powers and what you’d do with them that runs the gamut from Jim Carrey’s cartoon call-to-arms in The Mask to the ultra-violent gore of Upgrade, with new Netflix Original, Project Power possibly somewhere in the middle.
That’s just a taste (...aaaand we’re back to food), so let’s take a closer look, bearing in mind the ever present proviso that although we’ve tried to be as UK specific as possible, start dates can change, content can sometimes be territory specific and shows can even get yanked by Netflix themselves, as happened to the unfortunate Derry Girls S2 in the UK after it had already been streaming for a couple of days.
So with that in mind, let’s see what we can get our teeth into (last one, we promise)!
UPDATED: 14th August
Pick of the Shows
Connected (Netflix Original Series)
Science reporter and host Latif Nasser investigates the fascinating and intricate ways that we are connected to each other, the world and the universe at large in this new 6 part Docuseries.
Nasser will explore how everything from the air we breathe, the selfies we post, and even our poop can be traced back to catastrophic shipwrecks, fraudulent elections, and even distant galaxies in subtle and surprising ways.
The Rain (Netflix Original Series, International: Danish, S3 - Final Season)
When a virus that is carried by rainfall causes the near extinction of the human race, Danish siblings Simone and Rasmus take shelter in a bunker. Six years later, they emerge and join a group of young survivors and together they travel across Denmark and Sweden, searching for a safe place, and for their father, a scientist who left them in the bunker but never returned, who may be able to provide the answers and the cure.
Now the siblings find themselves at odds about how to save humanity. One wants to save the world, the other wants to create a new one. The battle between Rasmus and Simone re-commences as they fight to save what is left of humankind as we know it. It seems the virus can be stopped. At a cost.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods (Netflix Original Series, International: Japanese Anime, S4)
Set ten years after an attempted coup against the crown in a fictional version of the British Isles, the Seven Deadly Sins, who are a group of knights on the run, are sought by Princess Elizabeth who believes they can restore peace to the land.
In Season 4, The kingdom of Camelot has fallen and King Arthur is in hiding - is this the end? Perhaps not, with the Seven Deadly Sins separated across the kingdom, they must unite once again to take on the ongoing threat of the demon clan.
The fourth season features a new anime studio behind the show (A-1 Pictures having been replaced by Studio Deen, who are oversaw recent production) leading to a new style of animation, so fans of the preceding series should be aware of that. Also Season 4 is actually Season 3 but Netflix classed a handful of separate, special episodes as an entire season, so everything is bumped up by 1 in the Netflix ‘season count’. Presumably, acting as content producer means you have to have creative input somewhere along the line!
A fifth season is in the works but has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The New Legends of Monkey (Netflix Original Series, International: Australian/New Zealand, S2)
Tripitaka, a young, disguised monk frees The Monkey King, who was imprisoned 500 years earlier, and enlists his help, plus that of fellow gods Sandy and Pigsy, to track down the lost scrolls of wisdom which will help them gain the power to overthrow the demons marauding throughout the land.
This Australia-New Zealand-Netflix co-production will trigger some happy memories in viewers of a certain age as they get flashbacks to the Japanese series it is based on, shown on the BBC four decades ago. That series in turn was inspired by 16th century Chinese writings entitled Journey to the West.
The trailer for the first series (below) seems to maintain the original’s tone of family friendly comedy and slapstick violence and Monkey’s charming arrogance remains intact.
And, yes, he does still fly around on a ball of cotton wool.
Wizards: Tales of Arcadia (Netflix Original Series, Limited Series)
The trolls, aliens and wizards living in Arcadia face off in an apocalyptic battle for control of their magical world in the concluding part of the trilogy which will see the return of many characters from the first two shows - Trollhunters and 3Below.
Originally intended as a live action series by producer Guillermo del Toro, Tales of Arcadia became extended across three computer-animated series created for Netflix and produced by del Toro and DreamWorks Animation.
Coming under the Tales of Arcadia umbrella, the first show, Trollhunters, was about a boy who becomes the first human to be a Trollhunter, carrying out the duty of protecting both the trolls living in Trollmarket and humans living on the surface world, and ran for three seasons. The sophomore show was a Third Rock From the Sun style aliens-blending-in-on-Earth show called 3Below which lasted for two seasons, while the third, Wizards, ties them all together in a single season which sees the heroes of Arcadia embark on a time-bending adventure to medieval Camelot - hmm. perhaps there's the possibility of a crossover event with The Seven Deadly Sins!
While it seems a mish-mash of styles and genres, mixing up mythologies is exactly the sort of thing del Toro is adept at doing.
These animated series have proved to be one of Netflix’s best entries into the kids genre, having scooped eight Emmy’s in total.
The voice cast across the three shows includes the likes of Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Clancy Brown, Lena Heady, Anjelica Huston, Mark Hamill, Andy Garcia, Danny Trejo and Jon Rhy-Davies.
Here’s the trailer for 3Below: Tales of Arcadia.
Updated 29-Jul-2020: Tiny Creatures (2020 Netflix Docuseries)
Following on from successful natural history series such as Our Planet and Night on Earth, Tiny Creatures sees little critters embark on big adventures in a wildlife series that magnifies their hidden worlds and epic survival stories. Each episode, looks at a different ecosystem and the drama that unfolds within, right at our very feet.
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story. (2020, Netflix Original Series, S2)
Socialite Betty Broderick hits homicidal boiling point during a bitter divorce from her unfaithful husband.
Anthology series in which each season is based on a true crime story featuring an epic tale of love gone wrong. Starring Christian Slater, Connie Britton, Amanda Peet and Eric Bana.
Biohackers (2020, Netflix Original Series, International: Germany, S1)
Mia begins her medical degree, at one of Germany’s most prestigious Universities and gains the trust of the brilliant Professor Lorenz. However, it soon becomes apparent that Lorenz and her students are working on highly advanced biohacking technology and when one groundbreaking discovery falls into the hands of the wrong people, Mia has to decide which side she is on and how far she is willing to go to find out the truth.
Hoops (2020 Netflix Original Animated Series, S1)
Jake Johnson voices Ben Hopkins, a hot-headed, foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who thinks turning around his utterly dreadful team will take him to the "big leagues." Don't hold your breath.
From the makers of the The Last Man on Earth, the trailer drops F-bombs-a-plenty.
Lucifer (Netflix Original Series, S5A)
The beautiful and powerful angel Lucifer Morningstar, is cast out of Heaven for betrayal and ends up ruling Hell for millenia where he is better known as the Devil. However, having grown bored with ruling duties in the underworld, Lucifer defies God, abdicates his throne and abandons his kingdom for Los Angeles where he mingles with humans and runs his own nightclub.
He becomes involved in a murder case and is invited to become a consultant with the LAPD where he assists the department both in solving local crimes and resisting threats from less terrestrial origins, where Lucifer’s strength and invulnerability, as well as his power to make people tell him their secret desires proves invaluable.
Now Lucifer is back and acting...strangely. Or could it be that it’s not actually Lucifer at all but his twin arc angel brother Michael who’s intent on shaking things up in Lucifer’s absence?
Tom Ellis returns as the titular character, originally created by Neil Gaiman for The Sandman comic-book series, and season five features both a musical episode (with a guest appearance by Debbie Gibson) and a black and white ‘noir ‘ flavoured outing. The 16 episodes have been split across two mini seasons, the first of which launches on Aug 21st.
Starting off on Fox, Lucifer was picked up by Netflix for its fourth season onwards and a sixth and final season was recently announced.
If you want to binge the whole series before launching into season 5, Netflix has season 4 as part of its streaming library, while the first three seasons can be found on Amazon Prime Video, though it’s safe to assume that once the current licensing arrangements lapse, these will migrate over to Netflix too.
(NEW) 26th August
Rising Phoenix (2020, Netflix Original Documentary)
British documentary looking into the extraordinary athletes and story behind the Paralympic Games. From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity & human potential.
Pick of the Movies
American History X (1998, Drama. Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverley D’Angelo, Avery Brooks, Stacy Keach, Dir. Tony Kaye)
Derek Vinyard is a white supremacist serving three years for voluntary manslaughter. While in prison he turns to rehabilitation to break away from the hatred and violence that consume him and upon his release attempts to prevent his younger brother from following in the same direction. However, Vineyard’s actions draw the ire of the neo-nazi former colleagues he used to run with.
A famously troubled post production led to director Tony Kaye walking away from the project and Edward Norton taking over the edit, unusually delivering a longer cut requested by the studio. Kaye took out full page industry adverts condemning the studio interference and was largely rejected by Hollywood until 2006’s Lake of Fire and held off watching the finished version of American History X until 2007.
The resulting film is absorbing and powerful and sadly even more relevant today as attitudes to race, immigration and basic human dignity appear to polarise and harden with each passing year. Edward Norton received a well deserved Best Actor Oscar nomination for his scorching portrayal of the fiercely intelligent Vinyard who somehow manages to earn his redemption despite the appalling nature of his crime.
Not an easy watch and, although filled with iconography, violence and attitudes that might just prove too triggering for some viewers, it’s important nonetheless.
Blade: Trinity (2004, Action, Adventure, Fantasy. Wesley Snipes, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Biel, Dir. David S.Goyer)
Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, is forced out into the daylight and must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula.
Rightly dismissed as the worst of the Blade trio with a muddled plot, vapid villain and disinterested Wesley Snipes, this is worth watching for a bearded Ryan Reynolds starting to sow the seeds of his action credentials which would serve him so well as Wade Wilson. Cool and quippy, his exchange with Parker Posey’s Danica Talos whilst being interrogated contains cinema’s greatest ever insult, which simply cannot be replicated here but involves an interesting take on circus-based activities.
Blade Trinity (the Extended Cut) has been available on rival streaming service Amazon Prime during July, so whether it will be on both services during August remains to be seen.
Out of Sight (1998, Comedy, Drama, Crime. George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Dir. Steven Soderbergh)
Jack Foley (George Clooney) is a career bank robber who breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) who gets inadvertently kidnapped during the escape. After that, as Foley pursues his final big heist, their paths keep crossing sparking something deeper.
Based on Elmore Leonard’s 1996 novel of the same name. this was the first of several collaborations between Clooney and Soderbergh and, looking back, feels like a proving ground for Ocean’s Eleven. It’s remembered too for the sizzle between Clooney and Lopez’s characters, which really launched them both to the next level of their careers.
The Mask (1994, Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy. Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz)
Mild mannered bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is a bit of a pushover and, after a particularly bad day, finds himself in possession of an ancient mask which, once donned, allows the real inner self out. Stanley’s inner expression turns out to be fun loving, cartoon obsessed and salsa dancing alter ego. As this zoot-suited facsimile, Stanley sets out to best the hoodlums he has enraged with his antics and woo Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz in her movie debut), the girlfriend of the psychopathic mob enforcer Tyrell.
One of Carrey’s 1994 calling cards (The Mask sits in a triumvirate with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber) this really suited Carrey’s manic unfettered energy and gave audiences a look at how CGI could help create characters and situations that, before the mainstream introduction of the technology in previous year’s Jurassic Park, had simply not been possible.
Based on a far more devious and dangerous character from Dark Horse Comics, the grim and adult tone was dropped for a more family oriented approach.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019, Comedy, Drama. Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf)
The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of Zak , a young man with Downs syndrome, who runs away from an assisted living facility to follow his dream of becoming a professional wrestler at the institute run by his wrestling idol. A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler, a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together, they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.
Taking its cue from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn adventure story, Zack Gottsagen plays a fictionalized version of himself swapping out his real-life desire to act for the wrestling ambition of the film.
After a world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9, 2019 and a wider opening later in Aug, the movie became a sleeper hit and was the highest grossing independent film of 2019, It drew almost universal acclaim for its performances and accurate portrayal of living with Down’s Syndrome.
Upgrade (2018, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi. Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Dir. Leigh Whannell)
Set in the near future where technology controls nearly all aspects of day to day living, Grey Trace prefers to keep his reliance on modern systems to a minimum. However, when his wife is killed and he ends up as a paraplegic he suddenly has to rely on STEM, an experimental implant that grants him some measure of a normal life. When he inadvertently discovers STEM can offer so much more he decides to use his new cybernetic enhancements to go after the men who ruined his life.
Leigh Whannell’s story mixes up its warring technophobia and technophilia cautionary tales to somewhat confusing levels but the core revenge story is a blast with Tom Hardy’s separated-at-birth twin Logan Marshall-Green giving a committed, full throated performance (Tom would be proud) that really sells his transformation from laid back luddite to helpless victim to avenging cyberangel.
Whannell ramps up the gore to maximum levels and the fight scenes are executed with wholly original panache. The planned sequel is now reportedly being reworked into a television series which is set a few years after the events of the film, with an evolved version of the STEM implant in a new host being used by the government to curb criminal activity.
The Green Band trailer is below but for the full Upgrade experience, seek out the Red Band trailer.
Work It (2020, Netflix Original Film, Comedy, Music. Sabrina Carpenter, Liza Koshy, Jordan Fisher)
When Quinn Ackerman's admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school... now she just needs to learn how to dance.
Project Power (2020, Netflix Original Film, Action, Sci-Fi, Crime. Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rodrigo Santoro, Dominique Fishback)
On the streets of New Orleans, word begins to spread about a mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user for 5 minutes. The catch: you don’t know what will happen until you take it. While some are bestowed with bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength, others exhibit a deadlier reaction. However, the widespread use of the pill is accompanied by a dangerous surge in crime and a local cop teams with a teenage dealer and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta to fight power with power. Dare they risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it?
Whether Paranormal Activity 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman use the film’s interesting ‘boon or bane?’ premise to ask some interesting questions about risk versus benefit or just go down the running, jumping, shooting avenue remains to be seen, but Project Power could keep the impressive run of Netflix action star vehicles such as Extraction and The Old Guard going.
(NEW) The Sleepover (2020, Netflix Original Movie, Action, Adventure, Comedy. Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Ken Marino)
When two siblings discover their seemingly normal mum is a former thief in witness protection who has been forced to pull one last job, they team up to solve the clues and rescue her over the course of an action-packed night.
Venom (2018 Action, Adventure, Fantasy. Tom Hardy, Michell Williams, Riz Ahmed, Dir. Reuben Fleischer)
A failed reporter is bonded to an alien entity, one of many symbiotes who have invaded Earth. But the being takes a liking to Earth and decides to protect it.
Venom largely disappoints (and has a terrible closing musical number from Eminem) but gets by on a committed and occasionally humorous turn from Hardy who seems to sense the true nature of the film he's in.
Rest of the TV Shows
Friday Night Dinner (S5)
British comedy series about a dysfunctional Jewish family where everything always seems to go wrong when the family gets together for the weekly Friday evening meal at the parent’s home.
Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea (2013, Anime, S1)
Long ago, humanity lived in the sea, but some humans longed to go to land and eventually left the sea behind. Coming of age series.
Super Monsters: The New Class (2020, Netflix Original)
Special for the Netflix Original animated kids series.
The Governor (2016, International: Nigeria, S1)
Nigerian political thriller series which sees Angela Ochello, the Deputy Governor of Savannah State, who, with no governorship ambitions, finds herself suddenly entangled in a web of political intrigue after the untimely death of the incumbent Governor.
Only able to trust those closest to her, Angela must learn how to manoeuvre through the rough and shark-infested waters of politics whilst balancing the demands of her matrimonial home.
The Fall (2013-16, S1-3)
How do you catch a killer hidden in plain sight? Authorities in Belfast are stumped after a string of murders. Gillian Anderson’s cool expert in criminal psychology is assigned to crack the case in what soon becomes a terrifying battle of wits between two complex souls.
The Next Step (2018, S6)
Canadian teen drama set at the titular dance studio.
After a major shock sends the studio reeling and with regionals on the way, the dancers face some tough decisions as they decide whether their own aspirations are more important than that of A-Troupe as a whole.
Tradora! (2008, Anime, S1)
High school student Ryuji has a gentle disposition but an intimidating look. He meets Taiga, a girl who overcompensates for her small stature. They discover they are both romantically interested in a close friend of the other's and so reluctantly agree to help one another. Romantic comedy anime series.
Immigration Nation (2020, Netflix Original Documentary)
This six-part documentary series, documentary series offers a unique and nuanced view at the processes, pitfalls and pain of immigration in America.
Sam Jay: 3 In the Morning (2020, Netflix Original, Stand up special)
Latest stand up special from Boston based comedian and writer Sam Jay who also writes for Saturday Night Live.
Updated 29-Jul-2020: Anelka: Misunderstood (2020 Netflix Documentary)
Bad boy or football genius? Despite a having a career of almost 20 years at the highest level, Nicolas Anelka is still hard to define. This documentary tries to unravel some of the contradictions.
Nasha Natasha (2016, Documentary)
Natalia Oreiro's story is unusual. She is a performer from the Rio de la Plata area and one of the very few Latin American performers who, despite language and cultural barriers, has become a popular symbol in such different countries as Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Israel, This documentary is an attempt to uncover the phenomenon.
Alta Mar (High Seas) (Netflix Original Series, International: Spain, S3)
When the Bárbara de Braganza sets sail from Argentina to Mexico, a new mystery emerges and it will be up to the Villanueva sisters to find and stop a scientist carrying a deadly secret on board.
Selling Sunset (Netflix Original Reality Series, S3)
More from the hit reality show exploring the lives of a group of high-end estate agents at the Oppenheim Group’s real estate brokerage firm as they sell lavish properties in LA.
Part of Netflix’s ongoing efforts to get traction in the Reality TV sector (which includes its popular dating and cooking/travel shows), the streaming company must feel that it’s onto a winner here as the second season was only recently added to its schedules and now, only a few months later, season 3 is ready to air, having been filmed before the coronavirus shutdown.
So, if wealth porn is your bag, join Christine, Chrishell, Mary, Maya, Heather, Davina, Amanza, Romain as they juggle their professional and personal lives for your entertainment.
Serial Killer with Piers Morgan (Limited Series)
Piers Morgan interviews three of America's most dangerous convicts and through intense prison interviews, revisits the crimes of these convicted serial killers and learns more about their motives.
Greenleaf (Netflix Original Series, S5)
Drama series about the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch which hides dark secrets and lies.
3% (Netflix Original Series, International: Brazil, S4 - Final)
A thriller set in a world sharply divided between progress and devastation, where people are given the chance to make it to the "better side" but only 3% of the candidates succeed
El Robo Del Siglo / The Great Heist (Netflix Original Series, International: Columbia S1)
Colombian heist thriller series based on the true story of the robbery of Colombia's central bank in October 1994 when thieves made off with $33million and which came to be known as the Crime of The Century.
Teenage Bounty Hunters (2020, Netflix Original Series, S1)
After joining forces with a veteran bounty hunter, sixteen-year-old fraternal twin sisters Sterling and Blair dive into the world of bail skipping baddies while still navigating the high stakes of teenage life.
(NEW) Drifters (2013-16, Multiple Seasons, UK Channel 4 comedy series)
After graduating from university, twenty something year-olds Meg, her cousin Bunny and their friend Laura share a flat and face the ups and downs of love and life.
Rita (2020, Netflix Original Series, International: Denmark, S5)
Comedy drama about Rita, an independent, outspoken school teacher who is adored by her students but fares less well with adults.
(NEW) Stranger (2020, S2, Netflix Original Series, International: Korea)
Season one of the Korean drama saw a prosecutor and police lieutenant detective team up to solve a mysterious murder case and uncover a larger corruption scheme within the government on the way.
(NEW) Takki (2012, S1, International: Saudia Arabia)
Saudi Arabian drama series originally produced for YouTube which aimed to show the Saudi society to the world and also deal with those issues which affect iot such as gender relations, family dynamics, friendship, poverty, racial tensions, and drug use.
(NEW) 17th August
Glitch Techs (2020, S2, Netflix Original Series, Animation, Action, Family)
Two kids use their gaming knowledge to fight monsters from video games in the real world - the ultimate in tech support.
(NEW) 19th August
Million Pound Menu (2019, S2)
BBC reality cooking series fronted by Fred Sirieix in which teams of hopeful restaurateurs prepare their signature dish for four potential investors.
(NEW) Great Pretender (2020, S1, Netflix Original Anime Series, International: Japan)
A Japanese conman crosses paths with a French rival, and gets entangled in conspiracies and scams beyond his wildest dreams.
John Was Trying to Contact Aliens (2020, Documentary short)
Directed by Matthew Killip, this documentary short first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it picked up the best short film and follows John Shepherd, who spent most of his life trying to make contact with aliens. While his space bound signals remain unanswered, he has more recently made a connection much closer to home.
(NEW) 21st August
Alien TV (2020, S1), Netflix Original Series)
Kids TV series about Alien reporters Ixbee, Pixbee and Squee who travel to a lovely but odd planet called Earth, where they attempt to make sense of humans and their hobbies.
(NEW) Horrible Histories (2015, S6)
Long running UK kids series which makes learning about history a whole (dung) heap of fun by adding a comedic twist usually based on something gross. Season 6 abandons the sketch format and instead uses each episode to explore an individual historical figure, including Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror and Mary Queen of Scots and includes appearances by Ben Miller, Rowan Atkinson, Jessica Ransom and Kevin Eldon.
Updated 29-Jul-2020: Trinkets (S2 - Final season)
A grieving teen finds an unexpected connection with two classmates at her new high school after they all land in the same Shoplifters Anonymous group. Stars Brianna Hildebrand, Deadpool's Negasonic Teenage Warhead, as introverted Elodie.
(NEW) 26th August
Million Dollar Beach House (2020, S1 Netflix Original Reality Series)
In the swanky, exclusive Hamptons in New York, the driven real estate agents of Nest Seekers chase multimillion-dollar deals and court drama.
(NEW) 27th August
Aggretusko (2020, S3,Netflix Original Anime Series)
In this series of shorts, a polite accountant deals with her annoying co-workers by chugging beer and singing death metal - we’ve all been there! Maintains a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes where its uniquely bleak tone is praised.
Cobra Kai (S1-2)
Netflix recently took seasons one and two off YouTube Premium’s hands and the continued rivalry between Daniel-san and Johnny Lawrence continues, with the promise of a third season launching soon.
(NEW) Death in Paradise (2019, S8)
The BBC detective series set on the idyllic Caribbean island of St-Marie where the locals seem intent on providing a steady stream of bodies for UK DI Jack Mooney’s island police team to solve each week.
There’re plenty of older movies arriving on or returning to the service:
Rest of the Movies
Breaking the Bank (2014, Comedy. Kelsey Grammer, Tamsin Greig)
With ruthless US and Japanese investment banks circling Tuftons, a struggling two-hundred-year-old, family-run British bank, can its bumbling, incompetent chairman, Sir Charles Bunbury, fend off the onslaught and save the bank?
Brick Mansions (2014, Action , Crime Thriller. Paul Walker, David Belle. RZA)
An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and stop his plot to devastate the entire city.
Released 5 months after Walker’s untimely death, Brick Mansions was written by Luc Besson and is a remake of French thriller District 13 which also starred David Belle.
Bulletproof (1996, Action, Comedy, Crime. Adam Sandler, Damon Wayans,Dir. Ernest Dickerson)
Two criminals, Keats and Moses, end their friendship when Keats turns out to be an undercover cop. Many years later, the two are forced to work together when Keats is assigned to protect Moses as a witness.
Deep Impact (1998, Action, Drama, Disaster, Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Morgan Freeman, Elijah Wood, Dir. Mimi Leder)
A comet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. As doomsday nears, the human race prepares for the worst.
Duplicity (2009, Comedy, Crime, Romance. Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Dir, Tony Gilroy)
Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one.
Flipped (2010, Comedy Drama, Romance, Dir Rob Reiner)
Comedy about two childhood sweethearts who are total opposites growing up.
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985, Adventure, Comedy, Family. Paul Reubens, Dir. Tim Burton)
When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.
Rise of the Legend (2014, Action, Drama, Eddie Peng, Sammo Hung)
Martial arts action about a kung fu prodigy, whose father has been killed by a dark power, attempting to bring justice back to his town by ridding it of the local crime lords.
Rumor Has It… (2005, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Jennifer Aniston, Mark Fuffalo, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner, Dir. Rob Reiner)
Sarah Huttinger is a woman who learns that her family was the inspiration for the book and film "The Graduate" - and that she just might be the offspring of the well-documented event.
Sex and The City 2 (2010, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall)
While wrestling with the pressures of life, love, and work in Manhattan, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte join Samantha for a trip to Abu Dhabi where Samantha's ex is filming a new movie.
The Imitation Game (2014, True-life, Historical, Drama, Thriller. Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode)
Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing who, along with his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, faced a nail-biting race against time to crack the Nazi’s Enigma code during the darkest days of World War II.
The Judge (2014, Crime, Drama. Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga)
Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
The Saint (1997, Action Adventure, Romance. Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Dir. Philip Noyce)
Simon Templar, otherwise known as The Saint, is a thief for hire whose latest job is to steal the secret process for cold fusion. This puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds the formula’s secret.
A notable box office dud, a reboot is in the works with Chris Pine in talks as Simon Templar, while Dexter Fletcher will direct.
Twilight Saga (2008 -2012, Drama, Fantasy, Romance. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner)
Young Adult fantasy horror series that follow the dangerous ups and downs of the relationship between Bella Swan and the vampire, Edward Cullen.
Where’s The Money (2017, Comedy. Andrew Batchelor, Logan Paul, Terry Crews)
A quick witted young man from the streets of South Central must rush a USC fraternity to recover a stash of stolen money.
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019, Action, Drama, War. Travis Fimmel)
In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers fight for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.
Action Point (2018, Comedy. Johnny Knoxville)
Ex-Jackass star, Johnny Knoxville stars as a daredevil looking to own and operate his own theme park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun.
Surely his body must be close to giving up by now.
Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run (2020, Comedy, Drama, Romance. Netflix Original Film. International: Germany)
German movie follow-up for the hit series. Lolle's love life in Berlin is as complicated as ever. Now the story with Sven, her second cousin, is over, she gets together with her best friend Hart and the two are about to get married. That is, if Sven doesn't ruin things.
Superfly (2018, Action, Crime, Thriller. Trevor Kackson, Jason Mitchell)
With retirement on his mind, a successful young drug dealer sets up one last big job, while dealing with trigger-happy colleagues, a rival crew and the police. Reboot of the 1970s movie.
(NEW) 14th August
Fearless (2020, Netflix Original Film, Animation, Comedy, Adventure. Voices: Gabrielle Union, Yara Shahidi, Miles Robbins)
A teen gamer is forced to level up to full-time babysitter when his favorite video game drops three superpowered infants from space into his backyard.
Nigerian Prince (2018, Drama, Thriller, International: Nigeria)
After being sent to Nigeria against his will, a stubborn Nigerian-American teenager joins forces with an internet scammer in order to return to the United States.
Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun (2020, Netflix Original Film, Animation, Family)
The Octonauts embark on an underwater adventure, navigating a set of challenging caves to help a small octopus friend return home to the Caribbean Sea.
Jackass: The Movie (2002, Documentary Action, Comedy, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn)
Spike Jonze’s initial concept explodes on to the big screen for the first time as Johnny Knoxville and his band of maniacs perform a variety of stunts, pain-filled tasks and gross-out gags, all … because they can.
(NEW) 20th August
Inconceivable (2017, Thriller. Gina Gershon, Nicolas Cage)
A mother looks to escape her abusive past by moving to a new town where she befriends another mother, who grows suspicious of her.
(NEW) 27th August
Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019, True life, Action, Drama, Martial Arts. International: Hong Kong. Donnie Yen Scott Adkins)
Fourth and final outing for Donnie Yen’s kung fu master, which sees him travel to the U.S following the death of his wife where he tries to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, all while searching for a better future for his son. At the same time, he has to face his own mortality.
The Bridge Curse (2020, Horror Mystery Thriller, International: Taiwan)
A group of undergraduate students dare to test an urban legend that anyone who crosses a ghostly bridge - where a women once took her own life - at midnight will find evil awaiting them.
(NEW) All together Now (2020, Drama)
An optimistic high schooler with musical aspirations must learn to accept help from her friends to overcome her personal hardships and fulfill her dreams. Based on the novel Sorta Like A Rock Star, All Together Now is a film about finding hope when it seems like all is lost.
Unknown Origins (2020, Netflix Original Film, Action, Thriller. International: Spain. Javier Rey, Veronica Echegui, Brays Efe)
Spanish Netflix Original movie starring Javier Rey, Veronica Echegui, and Brays Efe. Two cops team up with local geeks to stop a killer who is recreating superhero origin stories.
Movies: Dates TBC
13 Going on 30 (2004, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance. Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer)
A girl makes a wish on her thirteenth birthday, and wakes up the next day as a thirty-year-old woman. Jennifer Garner is Tom Hanks.
Bee Movie (2007, Animation, Comedy, Family. Voices: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick)
Barry B. Benson, a bee just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. However, he forms a bond with Vanessa, a New York City florist when she saves him. Things go decidedly cool though when Barry discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue them.
Jackass 2 - 3.5 (2006 - 2011, Documentary, Comedy, Idiots. Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Preston Lacy, Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, Dave England)
Self inflicted pain is funny, poop is not.
Jumanji (1995, Adventure, Comedy, Family. Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Bradley Pierce, Dir. Joe Johnston)
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with the terrific 2017 reboot, this remains an exciting, entertaining, and moving journey which set the bar for kid friendly thrills and CGI effects at the time..
Well, that's what the scuttlebutt tells us we have in store for August on Netflix UK. We'll keep adding to the list as new shows and movies are announced, so keep an eye out for updates to the article.