The Must-Stream Movies And Shows Coming To Netflix In August



As July turns into August many are concerned with getting outside and soaking up the last few rays of summer sun before the cool blast of fall air necessitates the donning of overcoats come September. Others, however, crank up the AC, stock up the freezer and try to keep the winds of hell at bay. If you place yourself in the latter group, Netflix has you covered in August. Once again, the streaming giant will infuse their service with a wide array of content destined to crowd your queue. Two comedy legends will release their latest specials this month while Netflix gets a little political with An Inconvenient Truth and Johnny Depp’s turn as Donald Trump for Funny or Die. Add in several superb original series and top-notch movies and shows, and there’s more than enough to help keep you cool in August.

Here’s a few of our must-stream movies and shows coming to Netflix in August, and don’t forget to check out the complete list of new additions below!


An Inconvenient Truth (August 1)

Given the unprecedented “heat dome” causing scorching temperatures throughout the country, Netflix is dropping Davis Guggenheim’s 2006 doc about climate change at the opportune moment. The documentary follows former Vice President Al Gore’s crusade to educate the public about climate change and the dangers of a do-nothing political policy. His efforts certainly raised awareness of the issue at the time yet concrete actions aimed to curb the wrath of Mother Nature have been lacking. The two-time Oscar-winning movie is a tad dry yet Gore’s powerful rhetoric results in an intellectually stimulating 96 minutes. It’s an important film about an important issue that remains relevant, now more than ever.


Big Daddy (August 1)

Adam Sandler sure hasn’t had the best track record lately with his films. He has always been financially viable but the comedic substance of his movies has suffered over the past decade or so. With Big Daddy, we get a chance to go back to a time when he was one of the funniest people on the planet. Sandler plays Sonny Koufax, a listless man-child whose full time job is taking care of himself. Dumped by his longtime girlfriend, Sonny jumps at the chance to prove that he is a responsible adult when child services shows up with Julian, the long lost son of Sonny’s roommate. Sonny claims to be the boy’s father and in taking care of the kid, grows up himself. The film is both hilarious and touching, the climax at the courtroom is particularly excellent. Sandler is at the top of his game while Jon Stewart and the Sprouse twins (who play Julian) nail their respective roles. Big Daddy is a feel good comedy and a shining moment of Sandler’s apex.


Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (August 1)

In response to Donald J. Trump’s improbable run for the presidency Funny or Die enlisted Johnny Depp to portray “The Donald” in a faux-adaptation of Trump’s 1987 best-seller The Art of the Deal. Directed by Drunk History creator Jeremy Konner, the 50 minute mini-feature has received positive reviews, with Depp’s performance being singled out for particular praise. One can’t help but think that his recent roles as the Mad Hatter and the unscrupulous Whitey Bulger may have come in handing in bringing “The Donald” to life.


The Fast and the Furious (August 1)

The Fast and the Furious films are mainly known for its oversized set pieces and underwhelming story and character development. The franchise is exhibit A for the big budget extravaganza favored by American audiences. However, the first installment, The Fast and the Furious, is a tightly wound low-fi crime thriller with more substance than spectacle. Fans of the genre will be familiar with the premise. Paul Walker plays Brian O’Conner, a LAPD officer who goes undercover to bust a gang of hijackers led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). The film works primarily because of the time spent in developing the relationship between O’Conner and the Toretto gang. The Furious franchise has always had a strong theme of family running through the films, yet this is the only time that theme truly works. Not without its set pieces, the film’s well crafted chase sequences help complete its status as a solid action crime thriller.


Zack and Miri Make a Porno (August 1)

Kevin Smith’s 2008 romantic comedy didn’t get much fanfare upon its initial release, but it proves to be one of the more underrated entries in the director’s body of work. The film follows the titular Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks), best friends and roommates who decide to produce a pornographic film in an effort to remedy their hopeless financial situations. The film displays Smith’s trademark irreverent humor and, as the title suggests, there’s a heaping helping of horizontal activity. However, at the core of the film is a sweet love story between two friends who never had the courage to profess their true feelings for each other. Zack and Miri is a raunchy, hilarious, touching movie not to be missed.


David Cross: Making America Great Again (August 5)

Best known for his inspired work on Mr. Show and his scene-stealing turn as Dr. Tobias Funke on Arrested Development, David Cross’ fourth stand-up special is a splendid showcase of the comic’s acerbic wit. Cross skewers Donald Trump and the current state of American politics in some of his best stand-up work yet. A truly groundbreaking comedian, David Cross’ latest special shouldn’t be ignored by anyone who likes to think and laugh at the same time.


The Little Prince (August 5)

The winner of Best Animated Feature at the 2016 Cesar Awards, The Little Prince is based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The story follows a Little Girl whose mother is the personification of the helicopter parent stereotype who insists that her daughter behave like a fully formed adult.. However, the Girl rediscovers her childhood after meeting The Aviator, who introduces her to the story of The Little Prince. The film combines computer animation and 3D stop-motion to wondrous effect and the contrast in styles results in an evocative visual palette. Stacked with big name talent, including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Paul Rudd and James Franco, The Little Prince will help everyone rediscover their inner child.


No Country for Old Men (August 11)

There’s isn’t a much steeper drop in tone and theme then going from The Little Prince to No Country for Old Men. The Coen Brothers’ 2007 Best Picture-winner is a dark and dirty Western adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name. The film explores the themes of fate, morality and nihilism, present in much of their previous work, through the lens of Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a blue collar Texan who stumbles upon the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad while out hunting. Moss takes the cash left untouched at the scene and flees, but his crime doesn’t go unnoticed as a hitman, Anton Chigurh (the chilling Javier Bardem), is soon in pursuit. Shot with stark beauty by Roger Deakins, No Country for Old Men is a heart pounding tale and on of the Coen Brothers’ best works.


The Get Down: Part 1 (August 12)

From the trailers, it looks like Netflix is showing HBO how to pull of a 70s set music scene drama. Set in the Bronx in the late 1970s and situated at the intersection of hip-hop and disco, The Get Down depicts an era of rapid cultural change in New York City through the eyes of a group of music-obsessed kids from the South Bronx. As far as we can tell, the series promises to be visually stunning while offering up plenty of musical numbers. Outside of the actual content of the show, it is notable that Netflix is releasing The Get Down in two parts rather than their traditional “all-in-one” method. It will be interesting to see how viewers adapt to this new experimental form of release from the streaming giant.


Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store (August 15)

Louis CK is arguably the best comedian working across all mediums today. His FX show Louie is equally parts hilarious and heartbreaking while his self-released series Horace and Pete is a devastating look at the minefield of family relationships. In this stand-up special, initially released in 2015, Louie gives us an inside look at himself “in the gym”, working out his material for an upcoming tour. For the most part, when comics release stand-up special what we see is a finished product, pressed and polished over months on the road. However, in this special Louie shows us the process of a comic creating his material and testing it in front of an audience. It’s a fascinating look at his work ethic and absolutely hilarious to boot.

Aug. 1

The American Side (2016)

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

APEX: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)

Big Daddy (1999)

Black Widow (1987)

Critical Condition (1987)

Deadfall (2012)

Destination: Team USA (2016)

Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016)

The Family Man (2000)

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Final Destination 3 (2006)

From the Terrace (1960)

Holding the Man (2015) ­

How to Win the U.S. Presidency (2016)

In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

ISIS: Women Unveiled (2016)

Masha and the Bear Season 2

Memoria (2015)

The Naked Prey (1966)

NCIS Season 13

Pay It Forward (2000)

The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Roseanne Collection Collection 3

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sliding Doors (1998)

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Teacher’s Pet (1958)

The Verdict (1982)

The Wedding Planner (2001)

What Women Want (2000)

[email protected] (2007)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Aug. 3

Beat Bugs Season 1 ­(Netflix Original)

Aug. 5

David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) (Netflix Original)

Ever After High: Epic Winter (2016) (Netflix Original)

The Little Prince (2016) (Netflix Original)

Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2015)

Slow TV: National Firewood Evening (2016)

Slow TV: National Firewood Morning (2016)

Slow TV: National Firewood Night (2016)

Slow TV: National Knitting Evening (2016)

Slow TV: National Knitting Morning (2016)

Slow TV: National Knitting Night (2016)

Slow TV: Northern Passage (2016)

Slow TV: Northern Railway (2016)

Slow TV: Salmon Fishing (2016)

Slow TV: The Telemark Canal (2016)

Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo (2016)

Aug. 8

The Confirmation (2016)

Aug. 9

Real Husbands of Hollywood Season 4

T-­Rex (2015)

Aug. 10

St. Vincent (2014)

Aug. 11

Flight of the Butterflies (2012)

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Aug. 12

Ask the StoryBots Season 1 ­(Netflix Original)

The Get Down: Part 1 ­(Netflix Original)

Project Mc2 Season 2 ­(Netflix Original)

Aug. 13

13 Cameras (2016)

August 15

Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store (2015)

Aug. 16

Let’s Go to Prison (2006)

Our Last Tango (2015)

Aug. 17

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)

The Last Heist (2016)

Puffin Rock Season 2 ­(Netflix Original)

Aug. 19

Bottersnikes and Gumbles” Season 1 ­(Netflix Original)

Fearless: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead ­(Netflix Original)

Aug. 21

Maz Jobrani: I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV (2015)

Aug. 22

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year

Aug. 23

Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

Aug. 25

The Road (2009)

Aug. 26

Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Dawn of the Croods Season 2 ­(Netflix Original)

Glitter Force Season 2 ­(Netflix Original)

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking… ­(2016) (Netflix Original)

Once Upon a Time Season 5

XOXO (2016) ­(Netflix Original)

Aug. 27

Rams (2015)

Aug. 29

The State of Marriage (2015)

Aug. 31

Ku’damm 56 Season 1

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