The Best TV Shows And Movies Being Added To Netflix In August

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Running out of things to watch on Netflix? Fear not. August is coming, and with it a ton of new content, ripe for bingeing… 

Here are the ten movies and TV series that we’re most looking forward to:

The Beach

From director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, TrainspottingThe Beach stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an American backpacker looking for an authentic experience in a tourist-laden Thailand. He finds himself in possession of a strange map to a secluded “beach”, and sets out to find it.

It turns out, however, that there’s a price to pay for paradise…

1st August

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both won Oscars for their roles in Dallas Buyers Club – the true story of Ron Woodroof, who in the 1980s worked around the system to get AIDS patients non-FDA approved (but very effective) medication.

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies, Wild), this is a fascinating, powerful movie.

1st August

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Another biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom chronicles the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba), from his childhood in a rural South African village, to his 27-year imprisonment on Robben Island, to his inauguration as the country’s president.

Naomie Harris co-stars as Mandela’s wife Winnie.

28th August

Dope

From executive producer Pharrell Williams, Dope sees geeky Malcolm (Shameik Moore, The Get Down) go on an adventure when he and his friends get a chance invite to an underground party.

Also starring Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons (Bad Neighbours 2) and Blake Anderson (Workaholics), this movie is a crowd-pleaser with a brain.

Seriously, watch it.

4th August

Love and Mercy

In this excellent biopic, Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) and John Cusack play young and old versions of Beach Boys front-man Brian Wilson.

It charts his struggles with mental health, and examines how his vast professional success came at a cost.

4th August

The Mist

Stephen King’s horror TV series The Mist gets its UK premiere thanks to Netflix, who are adding all ten episodes on the 25th August. It sees a family trying to recover from a terrible crime when an eerie mist rolls into their town. It’s clearly not safe to venture into the fog, and they quickly realise that they’re going to have be smart if they want to survive…

15th August

Atypical 

Netflix’s latest original is Atypical – a comedy drama about an autistic teen who decides that he’s ready to find love. Keir Gilchrist (The United States of Tara) stars alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Michael Rapaport (Hitch, The Heat).

11th August

The Defenders

Netflix’s Marvel stars (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) team up to save New York from The Hand in this ensemble series. Elektra (Elodie Yung, Daredevil) is back from the dead, but is fighting on the wrong side this time around…

Sigourney Weaver has also joined the cast as an unknown villain.

18th August

Death Note

Based on a famous Japanese manga, Death Note is about a high school student who comes into possession of a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill people, simply by writing their names into it… He decides to become a kind of vigilante, attempting to rid the world of dangerous criminals by writing their names into his book.

Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers, The Nice Guys) and Willem Dafoe star.

25th August

Disjointed 

The latest comedy from Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, MomDisjointed is about a family running a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Kathy Burke stars, along with Aaron Moten (The Night Of) and Betsy Sodaro (Bob’s Burgers).

25th August

Which of these are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments! 

Images via Spike / Focus Features 

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