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The best films coming to Netflix UK this August

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Another month, another deluge of wonderful Netflix content to binge! Whatever the weather may bring, entertain yourself with one of these very many new films coming to Netflix UK this August.

1. Touch of Evil (1958) – 1st August

Orson Welles’ 1958 American film noir classic is now regarded as one of his best films, and in 1993 was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically significant’.

A saga of corruption and intrigue, the film begins when a car bomb explodes by the US-Mexican border. As both a Mexican and an American agent investigate, one of the officers soon begins to suspect that the other is corrupt, and his investigation risks putting his life in danger.

2. Like Father (2018)– 3rd August

Released straight to Netflix, this film stars Kristen Bell as workaholic executive who is left at the altar. Instead of her would-be husband, she invites her long-estranged father to her honeymoon, played by Frasier’s Kelsey Grammer.

Though it obviously stars some comedy geniuses, Netflix classes this film as ‘emotional’ and ‘heartfelt’, so prepare for a bit of a rollercoaster with this one.

3. Pride and Prejudice (2005) 4th August

Based on the renowned Jane Austen novel but changed enough to make it new, this romantic drama stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy, played with understated chemistry.

A classic and timeless tale of morality, love and marriage, few were surprised when Pride and Prejudice raked in four Academy Award nominations that year.

4. Loving Vincent (2017)– 5th August

Loving Vincent is a biographical drama about famous painter Vincent Van Gogh’s life, and particularly focusing on the circumstances of his premature death.

If for nothing else, it’s worth watching as the world’s first fully painted feature film, with 65, 000 frames having been painted in oils on canvas by a team of 125 specialised painters.  

5. 20th Century Woman (2016)– 17th August

A drama set in 1979 California, the story follows single mother Dorothea Fields as she raises her teen son in a time of cultural upheaval. She enlists the help of two younger women – her teenage neighbour Julie and Abbie, a punk artist living as a boarder in their home – to aid in her son’s upbringing. Starring Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Annette Bening, this is a must-watch.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) - 17th August

This adaptation of the successful novel of the same name follows Lara Jean Song Covey, a girl who writes love letters to all her crushes, letters intended for her own record only. One day however, the letters are mysteriously sent out, throwing her life upside down as each recipient lines up to confront her.

7. The Secret Life of Pets (2016) – 22nd August

Max is a spoiled dog enjoying his fancy life in New York until his owner brings home Duke, a giant and messy mutt. While out on a stroll without their owner, the pair come across a gang of alley cats and eventually end up on their way to the pound. Saved only by a street bunny called Snowball, the two are enlisted into a gang of abandoned pets hell-bent on revenge against their owners.

8. Bad Moms (2016) – 26th August

An entertaining comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as stressed-out mothers trying to get away from their daily lives and responsibilities. In their mission to go wild and blow off some steam, they also set themselves up for a showdown with the PTA’s disapproving and ‘perfect’ mums.

And if you love this film, rest easy knowing there’s a sequel you can follow up with.

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