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July was a big month for movies. We trust you powered through a “Barbenheimer” marathon and are probably inclined to now relax in the comfort of your own home. If that is the case, but you’re at a loss for what to watch, you’ve come to the right place. From action-packed thrillers to binge-worthy shows, here’s what we’re watching on Netflix this August 2023.
Netflix is a leader in adapting popular works, and the latest hit in its arsenal is The Lincoln Lawyer. Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) returns to the small screen for more badass case-solving out of the back of his Lincoln towncar. Based on the bestselling book series by Michael Connelly, the second part of season two is now streaming. We love ourselves a legal drama, and if you haven’t watched it already, we suggest you start bingeing now!
For the crossover event you didn’t see coming this summer, look no further than Netflix—all five seasons of the HBO show Insecure (yes, an HBO show is coming to Netflix) are making an entrance on the platform. Starring the amazing Issa Rae (if you’ve watched Barbie, you’re probably rooting for her as your next president), Insecure is about the friendship between two black women navigating their 30s who defy stereotypes in modern-day Los Angeles. Available 15 August.
Calling all mythology afficionados—there’s a new animated movie coming to Netflix! Inspired by the infamous character of Chinese mythology, The Monkey King takes us on a herculean retelling of the well-known epic. After the funny (and maybe a little arrogant) main character is ruled unworthy by his family, he decides to prove them wrong by befriending the gods. On his way, he meets a myriad of demons, makes a new human friend, and even battles the mighty Dragon King. Available 18 August.
When a secret international peace-keeping agency called The Charter loses its strongest weapon to enemy hands, its six most qualified spies go on a mission to save the world. Headlined by Gal Gadot, Alia Bhatt, and Jamie Dornan, Heart of Stone takes us on a bumpy but exciting ride. Expect motorbike stunts, parachute escapes, and a lot of fiery explosions in this action-packed thriller. Available 11 August.
When the month ends—and the summer break with it—why not indulge in a South Korean high school drama series? The one and only season of School 2017, which aired a few years back, is making its premiere on Netflix. This emotional, coming-of-age teen comedy show follows a group of high school students as they navigate the pressure of the country’s school system, all while a mysterious troublemaker going by Student X threatens to further compromise the future of the main character. Available 27 August.
This thought-provoking movie follows the story of a boy born with albinism who comes of age after a childhood of being violently bullied by his father. After premiering quietly in Zambia last year, the docudrama is set to touch a whole new range of viewers when it comes to Netflix at the end of the month. It has a dark yet brutally honest look on society and tolerance. Available 27 August.
Out of your friend group, who would survive in a zombie apocalypse? Five friends are about to find out as Seoul is taken over by an undead, flesh-eating army. The unscripted reality TV show Zombieverse is full of betrayals, hidden cameras, and hilarious acting on the part of the zombie crew.
New in the sci-fi category is the upcoming thriller 65, starring Adam Driver and rising star Ariana Greenblatt. In this gripping movie, a man and a teenager travelling through space crash on an unknown planet. After exploring their surroundings, they realise they have somehow arrived on Earth—65 million years before their time. You guessed it, we’re fighting dinosaurs! Mills and Koa’s thrilling journey to survival boasts impressive visual effects and is packed with action scenes. By the writers of A Quiet Place, 65 opened in theatres in March, and is now coming to Netflix. Available 12 August.
The Alpinist joins a long list of awe-inspiring mountain-climbing documentaries. This time, we follow the late Marc-André Leclerc, a Canadian solo rock climber who disappeared in 2018. Aged 23 at the time of filming, we learn more about the climber’s bold vision, his difficult childhood, and his biggest climbing achievements. Available 21 August.
A straight-as-an-arrow policeman and a gay ghost work together in a hilarious yet dangerous murder mystery. When Wu Ming-han (Greg Han) investigates the untimely death of Mao Pang-yu (Austin Lin), he picks up a red envelope at the crime scene and ends up married to the victim’s ghost. Watch this heartfelt Taiwanese supernatural dramedy to see how the duo has to work through their differences to solve the case of Mao’s death. Available 10 August.
Last but not least, here’s something for the little ones: the second season of My Dad the Bounty Hunter is coming to Netflix! After a wealth of family secrets were finally revealed in the first season’s finale, the second season follows Terry and the kids on more intergalactic, alien-chasing adventures. Watch My Dad the Bounty Hunter with your kids or simply binge the episodes on a chill Sunday afternoon! Available 17 August.