What to watch on Netflix Canada in August 2019

NOW critics pick the best TV shows and movies coming to the streaming platform, including GLOW season 3, The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance and American Factory


WHAT WE CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH

GLOW (season 3)

The second season of Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch’s complex, politically conscious and very smart 80s comedy ended with the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling losing their TV show but winning a live residency in Vegas, where the action resumes this year – and where the daily grind of nightly performances starts to weigh on our heroes. Can Betty Gilpin’s Debbie handle the separation from her toddler, or will Liberty Belle start to crack? Will Alison Brie’s Ruth embrace the opportunity to refine her Method performance as Zoya The Destroya, or just get more self-destructive? And will Sam (Marc Maron) finish that autobiographical script? The answers may surprise and delight you – as will the events of episode 305, Freaky Tuesday. August 9

Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready

Netflix recently announced they won’t be making a second season of Tuca & Bertie, the animated series featuring the vocal talents of Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish. Fortunately, the streamer has another Haddish project on deck. Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready is a series of half-hour stand-up specials hosted by the Girls Trip star and featuring a half dozen other comics including Chaunté Wayans (Wild ’N Out), April Macie (Last Comic Standing), Tracey Ashley (The Last O.G.), Aida Rodriguez (Comedy Central’s This Week At The Comedy Cellar), Flame Monroe (Def Comedy Jam) and Marlo Williams (BET’s Comicview). Haddish and Wanda Sykes co-produced, so you know it’ll be extremely funny. August 13

The Family

Director Jesse Moss and exec producer Alex Gibney’s documentary explores the political influence of The Fellowship, the secretive evangelical organization behind Washington, D.C.’s National Prayer Breakfast. The trailer suggests the five-part show will focus on the organization’s late “spiritual leader” Douglas Coe. He had the ear of various U.S. presidents as well as former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who once called him “a source of strength and friendship.” Barack Obama drew fire from LGTBQ rights groups for attending the prayer breakfast since The Fellowship’s members include David Bahati, the Ugandan politician who once proposed making homosexuality punishable by death. August 9

Mindhunter (season 2)

Netflix’s prestige series about the early days of the FBI’s behavioural science unit – executive-produced and occasionally directed by David Fincher – returns to find its fictionalized team of agents and psychologists (Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv) as they move into the field to chase down the serial killer responsible for the Atlanta child murders. We weren’t exactly grabbed the first time around, but maybe the second time’s the charm. August 16

Otherhood

After their adult sons forget about them on Mother’s Day, three middle-aged best friends drive from the suburbs to New York City to surprise them. While the timing for this Netflix original movie seems a bit odd – Mother’s Day was months ago – we don’t exactly need a good reason to watch Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and Felicity Huffman go clubbing in Manhattan, confront their appropriately attractive sons or roge on dollar pizza slices. Otherhood looks like a fun and sentimental romp that’ll make you want to call your mom after. August 2

The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance

Years in the making, this 10-episode prequel to Jim Henson’s beloved 1982 fantasy epic features a dazzling voice cast including Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Taron Egerton, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Jason Isaacs, Eddie Izzard, Hannah John-Kamen, Keegan-Michael Key, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Alicia Vikander, Sigourney Weaver and many more. Also, puppets. Lots and lots of puppets. August 30

Styling Hollywood

While Queer Eye focuses on making over everyday Americans, this reality series is all about styling the already-famous. Styling Hollywood follows stylist Jason Bolden and his husband, interior designer Adair Curtis, as they run their lifestyle company, JSN Studio. Their clients include Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Empire star Taraji P. Henson, musician Alicia Keys, director Ava DuVernay and tennis pro Serena Williams. Netflix hasn’t revealed if any celebs will appear in the series – although a promo photo shows Bolden brandishing a shiny gold belt at rapper Eve – expect an inside look into the stressful world of dressing Hollywood. August 30

Wu Assassins

After a turn in summer flick Stuber, Indonesian martial arts star Iko Uwais (The Raid) continues making crossover moves with this San Francisco-set action series. Uwais plays a chef who discovers he has supernatural powers of the Wu Assassins and takes on some world-destroying baddies who also have supernatural powers. The supporting cast is stacked with some experienced movie fighters – Lewis Tan (Iron Fist), Mark Dacascos (Drive), and JuJu Chan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny) – so our fight-choreography expectations are high. August 8

Diagnosis

Based on Dr. Lisa Sanders’ 15-year-old New York Times Magazine column, this series profiles patients suffering from medical mysteries who turn to social media and crowdsourcing in hopes of finding a diagnosis. The NYT has made a big push into television recently: the publisher turned its podcast The Weekly into a show for FX and Hulu earlier this year and its Another Love column into a scripted drama that is due to air on Amazon. August 16

Sextuplets

If you’re a fan of movies where one person plays multiple characters in prosthetic makeup à la Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor, perhaps Sextuplets will be populating your algorithm by the end of this month. Wayans plays a man who sets out to meet his birth mom and discovers he is one of six identical siblings. The movie co-stars Bresha Webb – who co-starred in Wayans’ NBC show Marlon – and Molly Shannon, who is on a roll this year between season three of Divorce and Wild Nights With Emily. August 16

American Factory Netflix

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Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory was a highlight of the 2019 Hot Docs film festival.

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American Factory

Hitting Netflix after screening at Hot Docs back in the spring, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s impressive doc follows what happens after Chinese billionaire Cao Dewang buys an abandoned factory to expand his auto-glass company. He employs some out-of-work Rust Belt workers as well as hundreds brought in from China and things do not go well. The directors had great access to their subjects and were able to capture key moments while giving equal weight to Americans and Chinese points of view. Not to be missed. August 21

Logan Lucky

Magic Mike duo Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh reunited for this laid-back, hilarious and ultimately touching heist movie. Tatum and Adam Driver star as blue- collar Southerners who bring a handyman spit-and-shine approach to robbing a NASCAR race. The cast (which includes Riley Keough and Daniel Craig) is splendid, the heist is fun and silly, but what ultimately resonates is the way Soderbergh captures the fabric of West Virginian culture and working-class anxieties. At a time when it’s so easy to poke fun or get angry at the American South, Logan Lucky goes for empathy. August 1

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The latest book in the Millennium series, titled The Girl Who Lived Twice, comes out on August 27. Before you find out what happens next in the Lisbeth Salander crime saga, go back to where it all started with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. In David Fincher’s 2011 film adaptation, Rooney Mara plays Salander, a troubled hacker who inadvertently teams up with investigative journalist Michael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to unearth the mystery behind a string of murdered young women. August 1

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s immersive, assaultive WWII drama was consciously designed for large-format viewing, so the idea that people can now casually watch random chunks of it on their phones is probably giving him hives. That said, what the home version of Dunkirk loses in scale it gains in intimacy: Fionn Whitehead’s near-silent performance feels more powerful, as does Cillian Murphy’s panic, Mark Rylance’s sense of duty and Kenneth Branagh’s steely resolve. Nolan’s cinematic virtuosity may not pack the punch it did when it played the Cinesphere, but it’ll still grab you and wring you out from end to end. August 12

Apollo 13

Ron Howard’s nail-biting 1995 drama about NASA’s scramble to rescue three astronauts and their damaged capsule during a 1970 moon shot feels even more compelling after the recent wave of Apollo 11 movies: now we have the proper historical context to appreciate the no-nonsense performances of Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon in (real) zero-G as Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert, and the mounting intensity of Gary Sinise and Ed Harris as Ken Mattingly and Gene Kranz back on the ground. A quarter-century later, it looks like the best picture Howard ever made. We’re still sore about Braveheart winning the Oscar that year. August 7

List of new titles available in August by date:

TV SHOWS

Coming in August

Sacred Games (season 2)

August 1

The Chef’s Line (season 1)

August 2

Ask The StoryBots (season 3)

Basketball Or Nothing

Dear White People: Volume 3

Derry Girls (season 2)

She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power (season 3)

August 4

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 4

August 5

No Good Nick: Part 2

August 8

Dollar

The Naked Director

Wu Assassins

August 9

Cable Girls (season 4)

The Family

GLOW (season 3)

The InBESTigators

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

Sintonia

Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales

Tiny House Nation (volume 1)

August 13

Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready

August 15

Cannon Busters

August 16

45 rpm

Apache: La Vida De Carlos Tevez

Better Than Us

Diagnosis

Frontera Verde

Mindhunter (season 2)

QB1: Beyond The Lights (season 3)

Victim Number 8

August 20

Simon Amstell: Set Free

The Sinner: Julian

August 21

Hyperdrive

August 22

How To Get Away With Murder (season 5)

Love Alarm

August 23

Hero Mask: Part II

August 24

Ash Vs Evil Dead (season 3)

August 25

Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

August 27

Million Pound Menu (season 2)

Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (season 7)

August 30

The A List

Carole & Tuesday

The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance

Droppin’ Cash (season 2)

Locked Up (season 3)

Mighty Little Bheem (season 2)

Styling Hollywood

Un Bandido Honrado

Vis A Vis (season 3)

MOVIES

August 1

Bad Teacher

Battle: Los Angeles

Catch And Release

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Jungle

Kidnap

Logan Lucky

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Mummy

The Smurfs

Training Day

August 2

Otherhood

Overlord

August 5

Enter The Anime

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

August 7

About Time

Apollo 13

Marvel Studios Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Being John Malkovich

Blue Crush

Friday Night Lights

In Good Company

Ray

Take Me Home Tonight

The Wizard

August 10

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2

August 12

Dunkirk

August 15

Bridget Jones’s Diary

My Sister’s Keeper

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

August 16

Instant Family

Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus

The Little Switzerland

Sextuplets

Super Monsters Back To School

August 20

Here Comes The Boom

August 21

American Factory

August 23

El Pepe: Una Vida Suprema

The Girl With All The Gifts

August 26

All Saints

Blade Runner 2049

One Last Thing

August 29

Falling Inn Love

Kardec

Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly

August 30

Detroit

The Glass Castle

La Grande Classe

August 31

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Flatliners (2017)

It Takes Two

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Rat Race

LAST CALL

TV series and movies leaving Netflix this month.

August 1

Back To The Future

Back To The Future Part II

Back To The Future Part III

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Schindler’s List

Shrek

Snow White & The Huntsman

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Lego Batman Movie

The Only Way Is Essex (season 18)

The Only Way Is Essex (season 19)

August 6

Jaws

Jaws 2

Jaws 3

Jaws: The Revenge

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back

August 9

Baywatch

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