New to Netflix: August 2020

by Johanna Roelich

This year has been a blur, there’s absolutely no denying that. We’ve reached August and fears of another lockdown around the UK becomes more probable. Over the past five or so months, people around the world have been replacing their much loved outdoor activities with more video games and Netflix binges. Clearly identifying this almost immediately, Netflix went in full swing, releasing some top TV series’ and movies, and they’re still going.

Let’s take a look at some new releases and what we have to look forward to for the rest of August.

The Fall (Released 1st August)

A detective superintendent battles her own personal demons as she tries to get inside the head of a serial killer hiding behind a family-man facade.

Friday Night Dinner season 5 (Released 1st August)

Set in London, this quirky sitcom follows the Goodmans – a Jewish family led by an eccentric patriarch – who convene every Friday for dinner.

The Rain season 3 (Released 6th August) – Netflix Original

Six years after a rain-borne virus wipes out most of Scandinavia’s population, two siblings join a band of young survivors seeking safety – and answers.

High Seas season 3 (Released 7th August) – Netflix Original

Two sisters discover disturbing family secrets after a string of mysterious deaths occur on a luxury ship traveling from Spain to Brazil in the 1940s.

Greenleaf season 5 (Released 12th August) – Netflix Original

Although members of the Greenleaf family run a Memphis megachurch, their business and personal lives are tainted with greed, adultery and other sins.

Dirty John season 2 (Released 14th August) –  Netflix Original

Different stories. Same deadly ending. The lives of Debra Newell and Betty Broderick spiral into murder in these true-crime tales of love and control.

The Great Heist (Released 14th August) Netflix Original

In 1994, a team of thieves plans an ambitious heist to steal millions from Colombia’s Bank of the Republic. Inspired by true events.

Takki (15th August)

In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a young aspiring filmmaker and his circle of friends grapple with family expectations, gender roles, romance and rivalry.

Lucifer season 5 (21st August) – Netflix Original

Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.

Trinkets season 2 (25th August) – Netflix Original

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.

Cobra Kai (28th August)

Based on the Karate Kid films, this series is set thirty four years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and reignites the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel.

Stand-up Comedy

Sam Jay: 3 In the Morning (Released 4th August) – Netflix Original

Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” writer Sam Jay serves up fresh takes on relationships, travel nightmares, the audacity of white people and more.

Documentaries

Anelka: Misunderstood (Released 5th August) – Netflix Original

Inscrutable, incomparable or both? Famed French footballer Nicolas Anelka’s controversial legacy is explored in this in-depth documentary.

Nasha Natasha (Released 6th August)

Concert and behind-the-scenes footage capture life on tour for Uruguayan sensation Natalie Oreiro as she performs for packed crowds throughout Russia.

Serial Killer with Piers Morgan (Released 8th August)

Through intense prison interviews, Piers Morgan revisits the crimes of three convicted serial killers and learns more about their motives.

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens (20th August) – Netflix Original

A rural electronics whiz broadcasts radio signals into the stars and monitors for signs of alien civilisations while enduring a lonely personal life.

Films

American History X (Released 1st August)

A neo-Nazi gets sent to prison for murder and comes out a changed man. But can he prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps?

Blade: Trinity (Released 1st August)

Recognising that they’re powerless to stop vampire hunter Blade, the vampires who rule the human race set up him up to look like a serial killer.

Breaking the Bank (Released 1st August)

Bank chairman Charles Bunbury – who knows next to nothing about banking – fights to save both his company and his marriage from disaster.

Bulletproof (Released 1st August)

After undercover cop Rock Keats is shot by hapless crook Archie Moses, they team up to thwart a crime boss in this comic tale of unlikely buddies.

Deep Impact (Released 1st August)

With a massive comet threatening to destroy Earth, the U.S. president appoints a steely veteran astronaut to lead a crew into space to destroy it.

Duplicity (Released 1st August)

A pair of romantically involved corporate operatives are entangled in a bitter rivalry between two mammoth pharmaceutical companies.

Flipped (Released 1st August)

Bryce and Juli first meet as children, with Juli having a crush on Bryce, and as they mature, it appears their bond may blossom into something more.

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (Released 1st August)

It’s time to break out of his comfy, small-town routines and live a little. Pee-wee hits the road for an epic adventure.

Rise of the Legend (Released 1st August)

A young kung fu master makes a name for himself in a gang turf war. But when it comes to revenge, no one can be trusted.

The Saint (Released 1st August)

Master thief Simon Templar – also known as The Saint – is hired by a wealthy banker to find his kidnapped daughter, but not all is as it seems.

The Mask (Released 1st August)

A hapless bank teller discovers an ancient mask that turns him into a zany prankster who acts on his deepest desires.

Where’s the Money? (Released 1st August)

Hunting for a stash of stolen money, a sharp-witted slacker from South Central Los Angeles infiltrates an all-white college fraternity

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Released 3rd August)

A man who has Downs Syndrome runs away to realise his wrestling dreams and sets out for adventure with a new friend in tow and a caregiver in pursuit.

Danger Close (Released 6th August)

Inexperienced troops are thrown into battle in South Vietnam with only the mates beside them and the grit within them to survive. Based on a true story.

Action Point (Released 7th August)

A daredevil stuntman builds a second-rate amusement park in New Jersey and fights to keep it open when a greedy developer arrives on the scene.

Superfly (Released 7th August)

In this remake of the 1972 film, a debonair hustler tries to settle the score with a rival crew before retiring the street game for good.

Upgrade (Released 7th August)

After a violent mugging leaves him paralysed, a man receives a computer chip implant that allows him to control his body – and get his revenge.

Project Power (14th August) – Netflix Original

An ex-soldier, a teen and a cop collide in New Orleans as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.

Jackass: The Movie (15th August)

Johnny Knoxville and his fellow pranksters wander Japan in panda outfits, wreak havoc on a golf course, perform stunts involving alligators and more.

Unknown Origins (28th August) – Netflix Original

Cops join comic book and cosplay geeks to nab a killer re-creating superhero origin stories.

What a cracking month of entertainment. We’re sure there’s enough there to keep you going. Put your feet up and enjoy.

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