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Check Out the New Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in August [LIST]

New August Movies and TV Streaming on Netflix (Plus Personal Recommendations)

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The big news for Netflix in the month of August is the debut of its’ original series Narcos, based on the rise of the Colombian drug trade to the US. But that won’t happen until Aug. 28. Until then here are our picks for the best new programming coming to Netflix Instant Streaming in August:

1. White God
Year: 2015
Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Available August 27
In the first five minutes of White God, viewers are greeted by two striking images. In the first, a teenage girl pedals vigorously through the middle of an empty city street, a fleet of dogs furiously chasing after her. In the other, a cow carcass is dispassionately stripped and gutted in preparation to be examined by a meat inspector. More indelible moments await in Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s social parable, but these early scenes hint at everything that’s to come. White God isn’t the first film to suggest that humanity’s cruel treatment of others will one day come back to haunt us—but it certainly makes its point with potent force.—Tim Grierson

2. The Hurt Locker
Year: 2009
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Available August 1
Kathryn Bigelow’s jerky, zoomy, dusty new film features 10 nail-biting displays of limb-risking bravery by an Army bomb squad, each one followed by two, maybe three minutes of downtime—tops. It’s a joyride across the desert, with the top down and a rattlesnake in the glove compartment. And yet The Hurt Locker hones in on the fatalistic psychology of the Iraqi war zone more convincingly than any other recent film about soldiers on the battlefield.—Robert Davis

3. Two Days, One Night
Year: 2014
Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Available August 11
Sandra takes time off from her job for health reasons; in her absence, she’s made redundant, and her coworkers reap a not-insignificant bonus as a result of her firing. The latest work from the brothers Dardenne is a work of compassion, butTwo Days, One Night is as much about our sympathy for Sandra (played with heartbreaking brilliance by Marion Cotillard) as it is about posing questions of ethics. As Sandra drives all over town in an effort to convince her coworkers to give up the bonus pay in exchange for her reinstatement, we wonder how we would respond to her pleas. It’s an easy thing to judge the people we meet throughout the film for their reluctance, but in telling of Sandra’s plight, the Dardennes invite us to examine our own convictions.—Andy Crump

4. Seeking a Friend For the End of the World
Year: 2009
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Available August 16
Lorene Scafaria’s directorial debut came and went without much fanfare. To be fair, it was a hard sell. An apocalypse comedy/rom-com/road trip movie starring the likes of Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, two actors who don’t seem like they belong in the same world together let alone in a romantic pairing, the movie was never going to be a runaway hit. It’s certainly not without its flaws, with a tone that oscillates sharply between comedy and drama and a plotline that borrows heavily from other recent films. And yet, Carell and Knightley’s combined charm and chemistry make this one end-of-the-world road trip worth checking out.—Mark Rozeman

My Personal Recommendations of films coming to Netflix in August:

Lord of War (2005) d. Andrew Niccol [usr 3.5]

An underrated gem from Andrew Niccol (GattacaThe Truman Show) starring a good Nicolas Cage. Meaning he’s not comatose like in some recent films he’s been in. Nicolas Cage, when he tries, can be one of the best actors around. You could say the film is a bit of a Scorsese rip off, ok, but credit the film for highlighting the little known history of  the arms trafficking by the international arms industry.

Lord of War also benefits from one of the best title sequences in recent film history (video above).

Enemy at the Gates (2001) d. Jean-Jacques Annaud [usr 3.5]

A film that kind of got lost among the post Saving Private Ryan fever where every war film released immediately after that (and in some cases still today) got compared to it. It’s true that the love story feels a little out of place, but I commend Enemy at the Gates for at least examining both sides in the Battle for Stalingrad — the Russian and German perspective. This is something that Spielberg’s overrated Saving Private Ryan doesn’t have, resorting to the typical one dimensional portrayal of Nazi’s.

It also helps the the film does indeed have stunning battle sequences.

Also coming to Netflix Streaming in August:

Available 8/1/2015
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)
Asylum (2005)
Back in Time/ Cong Cong Na Nian (2014)
Beneath the Helmet (2014)
Breakup Buddies/ Xin Hau Lu Fang (2014)
Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Casting By (2012)
Dancing on the Edge: Season 1 
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2 
Dear Frankie (2004)
Dogs on the Inside (2014)
Electric Slide (2014)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Flex is Kings (2013) 
Lost and Love/ Shi Gu (2015)
Masha and the Bear: Season 1
November Rule (2015)
Odd Squad: Season 1
Outcast (2014)
Pants on Fire (2014)
Reading Rainbow: Volume 1
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War (2014)
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery (2012)
Somewhere Only We Know/ You yi ge di fang zhi you wo men zhi dao (2015)
Sorority Row (2009)
The Code: Season 1
The Golden Era/ Huang Jin Shi Dai (2014)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
The Living (2014)
The Mind of a Chef: Season 3 
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008)
Utopia: Season 1 
Vexed: Season 1-2
War (2007)
Wing Commander (1999)

Available 8/3/15
Chronic-Con, Episode 420: A New Dope (2015)

Available 8/4/15
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015)

Available 8/5/15
Yellowbird (2014)

Available 8/6/15
Kill Me Three Times (2014)
My Amityville Horror (2012)
The Look of Love (2013)
Welcome to Me (2014)

Available 8/7/15
Club de Cuervos: Season 1
HitRECord on TV: Season 1
Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story (2015)
Project Mc2 (2015)
Transporter: The Series: Season 2

Available 8/8/15
Doctor Who: Season 8

Available 8/11/15
Fred: The Movie (2010)
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred (2011)
Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012)
Two Days, One Night (2014)

Available 8/12/15
For a Good Time, Call… (2012)
Leap Year (2010)
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)

Available 8/14/15
Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time) (2015)
DinoTrux
Ever After High Way too Wonderland (Season 3)
Ship of Theseus (2012)

Available 8/15/15
Alex of Venice (2014)

Available 8/16/15
Being Flynn (2012)
Pariah (2011)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Available 8/17/15
Lord of War (2005)

Available 8/19/15
Jerk Theory (2009)
Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 3

Available 8/20/15
30 for 30: Angry Sky (2015)
As Cool As I Am (2013)
Strange Empire: Season 1

Available 8/21/15
Grantham & Rose (2014)
Transcend (2014)

Available 8/23/15
Girl Meets World: Season 1

Avail 8/27/15
Byzantium (2012)
White God (2015)

Available 8/28/15
Inspector Gadget: Season 2
Narcos: Season 1
Once Upon a Time: Season 4
Revenge: Season 4

Available 8/29/15
Ride (2015)

Available 8/30/15
Muffin Top: A Love Story (2014)

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