Every month, we bring you a sneak peek at the best films and TV shows coming soon to Netflix UK. August is another of those months in what people like to call “summer”. Which, as far as we understand it, is another word for “Ow The Sun It Burns My Face”.
Staying indoors where nothing can harm you? Netflix will keep you safe with the following releases.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in August 2014:
Orphan Black Season 1 – Friday 1st August
This Canadian sci-fi series follows Sarah, a woman who takeson the identity of her clone after they commit suicide. Come for the stellar lead performance by Tatiana Maslany. Stay for the moral debate about identity and technology.
The Killing Season 4 – Friday 1st August
After resurrecting the US remake of The Killing for a third season, Netflix has done it again for this final outing: a chance for Joel Kinnaman’s cop to solve one last case and bid farewell to fans.
The Muppet Movie – Friday 1st August
Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side? Perfect, fuzzy family fun.
Head of State – Friday 1st August
Chris Rock wrote, directed and starred in this 2003 comedy about a alderman who finds himself chosen as the surprise candidate for the US Presidency.
My Bloody Valentine (1981) – Friday 1st August
When a group of teens defies an order not to celebrate Valentine’s Day, a murderous maniac begins dispatching townsfolk in bloody and creative ways.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Thursday 7th August
Peter Jackson’s vision for a grander, epic version of J. R. R. Tolkien’s kids novel finally makes sense with this second instalment. It’s just as long as the first, but manages a consistent tone throughout, coupled with fab effects, smartly inserted extra characters and a stonking soundtrack. That feeling of adventure has once again returned to Middle-earth.
Bates Motel Season 1 – Thursday 14th August
Can a modern-day spin-off/prequel based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho really work as a TV series? The fact that it’s already been renewed for a third season suggests that its blend of suspense and high quality actors – Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore are both in the cast – has hit the spot. Catch up with Season 1 from the 14th.
Mission Blue – Friday 15th August
Netflix continues to back documentary filmmaking with Mission Blue, the latest in their line of Netflix-branded factual productions. Directed by The Cove’s Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon (Gorillas in the Mist), the movie took more than four years to make, capturing legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle’s eye-opening wake-up call to save the ocean.
Lost Girl Season 4 – Saturday 16th August
Michelle Lovretta’s sci-fi follows bisexual succubus Bo as she struggles to deal with her supernatural powers. If it didn’t have you at “bisexual succubus”, this isn’t for you.
Blue Is the Warmest Colour – Sunday 17th August
Abdellatif Kechiche’s lesbian romance is known for its graphic sex scenes, but isn’t eye-opening because of its unflinching fornication – it’s eye-opening because it’s unflinching with everything else. Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos are superb as the pair of intense lovers, managing to be moving, sad, funny and painful all at once. Their sloppy entanglement feels so realistic that you can’t help but be caught up in it too. The result is the shortest three-hour movie since The Lord of the Rings.
Dhoom 3 – Wednesday 20th August
One of the most popular Bollywood films of all time, Dhoom 3 is the third installment of the hugely popular Dhoom series, featuring National Film Award winning actor, director and producer Aamir Khan, alongside his love interest, British born Bollywood beauty Katrina Kaif.
BoJack Horseman – Friday 22nd August
Will Arnett voices BoJack, the failed legendary 90’s star from family sitcom “Horsin’ Around,” whose life is now a muddle of self-loathing and whisky.
His human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul), though, is priming him for a comeback…
Dreamgirls – Thursday 28th August
How do you follow Chicago? With another musical. Bill Condon’s take on the Broadway Motown hit about a group of singers stars Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover and Beyoncé – but it’s newcomer Jennifer Hudson who steals the show as lead backing singer Effie White. When she belts out her signature number halfway through, you can’t help but get tingles.
What’s coming soon on digital? Head this way for our full list of VOD release dates – or read our summer binge-viewing guide.
(With thanks to The Independent for some of these.)