The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and More in August

The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and More in

August


‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Season 1 premiere starts streaming: August 2

Robin Thede — the former head writer of the now-defunct “Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” — produces, writes and stars in this playful comedy series, which mostly features black women in its core cast and as guest stars (Angela Bassett, Gina Torres, Yvette Nicole Brown, Lena Waithe, and Aja Naomi King, to name a few). Recurring bits provide connective tissue throughout the six-episode season, including an apocalyptic event that leaves four friends contemplating the end of the world and a spy saga featuring a secret agent whose success largely depends on people disregarding her completely.


‘My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres’ Starts streaming: August 10

This is not your typical stand-up comedy special. The “Saturday Night Live” writer and “Los Espookys” star Julio Torres sits at a conveyor belt as a stream of tiny objects rolls past, picking them up and telling a story about each one, as if they had rich inner lives and important things to say. (And if an object isn’t there, he’ll imagine it for us.) A cactus questions its own existence, an airplane curtain dividing first class and coach justifies its exclusionary practices, a toy penguin realizes that its race on a preset track is forever rigged. Sometimes, the objects are voiced by Torres, but a few surprise celeb guests also chime in.


‘Succession’ Season 2 premiere starts streaming: August 11

Internecine backstabbing within the Roy family’s billion-dollar media empire continues. Following a failed hostile takeover and a manslaughter mishap, a neutralized Kendall (Jeremy Strong) finds himself dependent on the family patriarch Logan (Brian Cox), having to do his bidding. Kendall’s siblings — who don’t understand their brother’s change of heart — immediately tackle the question of whether to sell the company and how to proceed if not. Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) both make a solid pitch, hoping to become the next CEO, while Connor (Alan Ruck) dreams of running for president. Good luck with that, Connor.


Also arriving:

August 1

“A Lego Brickumentary,” “Arizona,” “Body Heat,” “Brothers,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Conviction,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Lost Boys,” “Out of Africa” and “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.”

August 3

“The Favourite”

August 10

“Aquaman”

August 12

“Our Boys” Limited Series Premiere

August 14

“Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America”

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