This month's new selection of titles coming to Netflix includes a wonderful selection of original films and episodic stories alongside some undiscovered foreign classics, American thrillers and a children's series based on a beloved book series.
Released in 2011, "Elena" is a wonderful Russian film that finds an upper-class businessman Vladimir marrying Elena, his lower-class nurse. When Elena's son asks for money to send his son to school so that he can avoid joining the military Vladimir refuses and decides to change his will to leave the bulk of his fortune to his estranged daughter. With Vladimir's health in steady decline, Elena comes to realize the fragile state of the financial stability that her marriage appeared to afford her. (Avail. 9/1/19)
Tragedy reconnects three childhood friends in "Mystic River," a Clint Eastwood film based on a novel by Dennis Lehane. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins won Oscars for their performances. Praise was also lauded on co-stars Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden. (Avail. 9/1/19)
Archibald's Next Big Thing -- NETFLIX FAMILY
Based on the children's book series, "Archibald's Next Big Thing" sees Tony Hale voice Archibald, an optimistic chicken who often finds adventure when he strays from the beaten path, but always manages to find his way back home. Guest stars include Julia Louis-Dreyfus, RuPaul, Joel McHale and Alan Tudyk. (Avail. 9/6/19)
Unbelievable -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kaitlyn Dever stars with Toni Collette, in "Unbelievable," a story inspired by the true story of a young woman who is labeled a liar when she reports that she was sexual assaulted. It's not going to be an easy film to watch, but understanding and change never come from ignorance. If you've seen "Booksmart," you're already aware that Dever is one of the best actresses in Hollywood. (Avail. 9/13/19)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, and Sebastian Stan star in "We Have Always Live in the Castle," a thriller with supernatural flourishes about a young woman accused and acquitted of killing her own parents with poison who has withdrawn from the world that believes her to be guilty. Living in her family's home with her sister and ailing uncle, mystery and suspicion grows like a wild garden around her. (Avail. 9/14/19)
Adapted from Tatiana de Rosnay's novel, "Sarah's Key" about a journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) who sets out to uncover the history of an apartment that her husband's family came to posses during the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup that saw hundreds of Jewish families removed from their homes and taken to concentration camps. "Sarah's Key" explores some of the more difficult aspects of Nazi Germany's that tend to go untaught in history classes. (Avail. 9/21/19)
Kar-Wai Wong's "The Grandmaster" is one of the most beautiful martial arts films ever made. That should come as no surprise for those familiar with Wong's work. The film tells the story of Ip Man, the legendary martial-arts master who trained Bruce Lee. I assume this will be the 108 minute version, rather than the 130 minute version that was released in China. Personally, I'd be thrilled if Netflix had accidently been given the unreleased 240 minute original cut. As daunting as that might sound, it would would only be the equivalent of watching four "Stranger Things" episodes. (Avail. 9/26/19)
Bard of Blood -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This one makes the list for its title alone. While I might have preferred this to be a Shakespearean horror film, this Indian series is based on Bilal Siddiqi's novel about a former intelligence officer who is drawn back into service when four agents are captured in the Balochistan region of Pakistan. (Avail. 9/26/19)
In the Shadow of the Moon -- NETFLIX FILM
Jim Mickle directs this psychological thriller about a detective who is obsessed with tracking down a serial killer who murders every nine years. Mickle ("Hap and Leonard," "Cold in July") is one of the most underappreciated directors working in the industry today. He typically writes his own material, but was so impressed with Geoffrey Tock and Gregory Weidman's script that he jumped at the chance to make "In the Shadow of the Moon." Boyd Holbrook stars with Michael C. Hall in a supporting role. (Avail. 9/26/19)
A complete list of titles coming to Netflix in August 2019 (descriptions provided by Netflix):
- 68 Kill
- American Psycho (2000)
- Dante's Peak
- For the Birds
- Loo Loo Kids: Johny & Friends Musical Adventures: Season 1
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 6
- Moving Art: Season 3
- My Sister's Keeper
- Mystic River
- Olmo & the Seagull
- Open Season
- Rebel in the Rye
- Scream: Season 3
- Serial Killer with Piers Morgan: Season 1
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- The Lake House
- The Last Exorcism
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- The Saint
- The Taking of Pelham 123
- The Walking Dead: Season 9
- Uncle Naji in UAE
- You Don't Mess with the Zohan
- The World We Make
- Archibald's Next Big Thing -- NETFLIX FAMILY
Archibald is an extraordinary young chicken who lives in the moment and "yes-ands" his way through life. Inspired by the acclaimed children’s book.
- Article 15
- Elite: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the wake of a classmate's death, a student vanishes, allegiances shift, new friends join the drama, and dark secrets become too difficult to contain.
- Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tupac, Biggie, Lil' Kim and Jay-Z blaze a trail into the '90s as insiders sling the straight-up truth on the culture's most iconic rappers and rhymes.
- Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Now living and working in LA, Jack hopes to convince a reluctant Michael to move to the U.S. by showing him what the American West has to offer.
- The Spy -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.
- Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure
- Bill Burr: Paper Tiger -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster, Bill Burr, delivers a scathing review on the state of the world in his new Netflix stand-up comedy special, Bill Burr: Paper Tiger. Filmed in front of a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Burr dives into Michelle Obama’s book tour, the problem with male feminists, his hang-ups on taking a bath, and why his personality is affecting his marriage.
- Eat Pray Love
- Evelyn -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A man and his two siblings take an epic walk from Scotland to London to find peace and acceptance 12 years after their brother's death by suicide.
- Shameless (U.S.): Shameless: Season 9
- TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Six strangers share a fabulous house in Tokyo, looking for love while living under the same roof. With no script, what happens next is all up to them.
- The I-Land -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Wiped clean of memories and thrown together, a group of strangers fight to survive harsh realities -- and the island that traps them.
- The Mind, Explained -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
From dreaming to anxiety disorders, discover what's happening inside your brain with this illuminating documentary series.
- The Chef Show: Volume 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cooking is a journey. And making a meal is about more than just food. It’s about appreciating friends, family and tradition. An opportunity to come together. To learn, to share and to celebrate different flavors, cultures and people. In The Chef Show actor/director Jon Favreau and award-winning Chef Roy Choi reunite after their critically acclaimed film Chef to embark on a new adventure. The two friends experiment with their favorite recipes and techniques, baking, cooking, exploring and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary world.
- Head Count
- Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this documentary, Chelsea Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture -- and the ways it’s benefited her own life and career.
- I'm Sorry: Season 2
- Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ikoma and the Iron Fortress take their fight to the battlegrounds of Unato, joining the alliance to reclaim the region from the kabane horde.
- The Ranch: Part 7 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
While Colt tries to reconcile with Abby, Beau navigates the challenges of aging and Luke seeks his family's forgiveness.
- Tall Girl -- NETFLIX FILM
Jodi (Ava Michelle) has always been the tallest girl in school — and she's always been uncomfortable with it. After slouching her way through life for 16 years and being made fun of by classmates, Jodi meets Stig (Luke Eisner), a seemingly perfect Swedish foreign exchange student who's even taller than she is. Jodi's new crush turns her world upside down and throws her into a surprising love triangle, but with the help of her two best friends (Griffin Gluck, Anjelika Washington) as well as her beauty queen sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter), Jodi comes to realize that she's far more than her insecurities about her appearance have led her to believe. TALL GIRL, director Nzingha Stewart’s first feature film, is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story about finding the confidence to stop slouching and stand tall.
- Unbelievable -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Based on real events, a teen reports and eventually recants her reported rape, while two female detectives, states away, investigate evidence that could reveal the truth.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle
- Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
On the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Cash's famous prison concert, Los Tigres del Norte return to Folsom prison to tell stories through music.
- Steal a Pencil for Me
- Surviving R. Kelly: Season 1
- Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
- The Last Kids on Earth -- NETFLIX FAMILY
When zombies and monsters invade his hometown, a scrappy boy teams up with his friends to survive the apocalypse. Based on the popular book series.
- Come and Find Me
- Between Two Ferns: The Movie -- NETFLIX FILM
Zach Galifianakis dreamed of becoming a star. But when Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show "Between Two Ferns" and uploaded it to Funny or Die, Zach became a viral laughing stock. Now Zach and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation. Directed by Scott Aukerman, BETWEEN TWO FERNS: THE MOVIE is a laugh-out-loud comedy that gives new insight into the curmudgeonly, beloved outsider Zach Galifianakis has created over the years.
- Criminal -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This revolutionary procedural comprises 12 unique stories set in 4 different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. It takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects.
- Daddy Issues
- Disenchantment: Part 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
High-spirited Princess Bean walks through hell to save a friend, learns about a mystical destiny set for her, and helps restore her father's kingdom.
- Fastest Car: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Extremely expensive supercars take on massively modified undercover speed demons, including Hondas, Fords, Oldsmobiles and even a Mini Cooper.
- Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates -- NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
From Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala) comes Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, a new three-part documentary that explores the mind and motivations of celebrated tech visionary, business leader, and philanthropist Bill Gates. After stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, Gates began what is undeniably one of the greatest professional second acts in modern history when he shifted his time and considerable intellect toward solving some of the world’s most persistent problems. The series, in-depth and unfiltered in its depiction of a man's life journey, both his triumphs and setbacks, offers unprecedented access to Gates as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems with the same level of optimism, curiosity, and fervor that inspired his original vision for Microsoft. Interweaving these endeavors with personal moments, Inside Bill’s Brain draws on interviews with Bill and Melinda Gates in addition to their friends, family, and partners in philanthropy and business, creating an innovative and revealing portrait of a man who, after changing the world, might just change the way others see it.
- Las del hockey -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The passionate members of a women's roller-hockey team strive to keep their team afloat.
- Sarah's Key
- Team Kaylie -- NETFLIX FAMILY
After a brush with the law, teenage celebrity billionaire Kaylie Konrad is court-ordered to lead an inner-city wilderness club.
- American Horror Story: Apocalypse
- Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ventriloquist and renowned comedy star Jeff Dunham talks parenting and pink eye, all the while skewering political correctness as only he can, in his second Netflix Original stand-up comedy special, Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself. Filmed at the American Airlines Center in his hometown, Dallas, Texas, Dunham is literally beside himself with his posse of unusual suspects: Walter, Bubba J, Peanut, José Jalapeño on a Stick, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and newest addition Larry - the high strung, chain-smoking, on-again, off-again personal advisor to the President.
- Abstract: The Art of Design: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Abstract: The Art of Design returns to take you beyond blueprints into the art, science, and philosophy of design. The series goes inside the minds of the world’s greatest designers, showcasing the most inspiring visionaries from a variety of disciplines whose work shapes our culture and future.
- Birders -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Border walls are no barriers to birds -- or the people on both sides fighting to protect them.
- El recluso -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
An ex-Marine poses as an inmate inside a Mexican prison in order to infiltrate a gang suspected of kidnapping a U.S. judge's teen daughter.
- Glitch: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
More people rise from the grave and old friends become new threats as the mystery -- and danger -- intensifies in Yoorana.
- Explained: Season 2 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The billionaire boom. Athleisure wear. The lure of cults. Explore current events and social trends with this compelling, celebrity-narrated series.
- The Grandmaster
- Bard of Blood -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kabir Anand is settling into his new life as a Shakespeare professor in the remote mountains of Panchgani when a call from the PMO thrusts him back into the world he is trying to forget. A brilliant agent who served under the recently murdered Sadiq Sheikh, Kabir was expelled from RAW because of a disastrous mission in Balochistan ten years prior. Kabir must now revisit those ghosts, avenge his mentor and face his deadliest enemies back in Balochistan while racing against time to save both his country and his long lost love. Based on the book by Bilal Siddiqui, the series is scheduled to launch in 2019 on Netflix.
- Dragons: Rescue Riders -- NETFLIX FAMILY
In the new Netflix original series, Hiccup and Toothless lead the Dragon Riders as they soar beyond the borders of Berk and discover the mysterious Dragon eye -- an ancient artifact filled with secrets that will lead them to new lands filled with undiscovered dragons. But the heroes find themselves pursued by marauding dragonhunters, who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dragon Eye.
- El marginal: Season 3 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A cop goes undercover in a tough prison while looking for the daughter of a powerful judge who’s been kidnapped by a gang.
- In the Shadow of the Moon -- NETFLIX FILM
In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook), hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer who mysteriously resurfaces every nine years. But when the killer's crimes begin to defy all scientific explanation, Locke's obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity. Directed by Jim Mickle and also starring Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is a genre-blending psychological thriller that examines the power of time, and how its passing can either bring us together or tear us apart.
- Locked Up: Season 4
- The Politician -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States. But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy's The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.
- Skylines -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In Frankfurt, a young and gifted hip-hop producer gets the chance of a lifetime when he signs with Skyline Records. But the worlds of music, organized crime and high finance collide when the label owner’s gangster brother returns from exile to claim his share.
- Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury -- NETFLIX ANIME
In a desolate post-apocalyptic wasteland, a noble few wage war against their oppressors. The odds are stacked. But hope for a brighter future means that all is not yet lost.
- Vis a vis: Season 4 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A new director and a jailer-turned-inmate arrive at Cruz del Norte. Zulema is reunited with a long-lost relative, while Sole gets life-changing news.
- Gotham: Season 5
- Mo Gilligan: Momentum -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Comedian Mo Gilligan blends smooth moves and sharp humor as he riffs on humble beginnings, family dynamics and the complex art of dancing in the club.
Undated Titles Coming in September
- Vagabond -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Vagabond is a story about a stuntman Cha Dal-geon, played by Lee Seung-gi, who gets involved in a tragic airplane crash and ends up discovering a national corruption scandal in the process. Bae Suzy plays Go Hae-ri, the oldest daughter of a deceased marine, who decides to work for the National Intelligence Service as a secret ops agent in order to support her mom and younger siblings, although all she wanted to do is to become a civil servant.
And for more on your favorite shows, check out these podcasts (descriptions provided by Netflix):
- Behind The Scenes: Stranger Things - The final episode in our podcast goes into the mind of the Mind Flayer with Dacre Montgomery and stuntman Ken Barefield.
- I'm Obsessed with This - Bobby Finger returns for a second season this fall. Watch out for episodes about cult favorites like Blown Away coming soon!
- Present Company - Listen to Krista Smith's interview with Dolemite star Eddie Murphy!