August Picks: The Movies and TV Shows You Can't Miss

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 weeks ago

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Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw | In theaters Friday, Aug. 2

I have a confession to make, dear reader. I've never seen a Fast and the Furious film. The closest I've come is a background viewing of Fast Five while visiting a friend, and I can't live with this shame anymore. I've already got my tickets to see Hobbs & Shaw in its opening weekend. I'm ready to see the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham team-up that deep down I've always known I needed. I’m ready for more Idris Elba. I'm ready to learn about … family. — Marcus

Daniele Gaither, Robin Thede, Holly Walker, and Quinta Brunson in A Black Lady Sketch Show (2019)

"A Black Lady Sketch Show" | Premieres Friday, Aug. 2, on HBO

Sometimes all you need is a title, and you're ready to watch whatever comes next. In the instance of HBO's new series"A Black Lady Sketch Show," you also get this "227"-inspired preview of creator Robin Thede and her co-conspirators. That Jackée Harry look is everything we want this week. — Arno

Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin in GLOW (2017)

"GLOW" | Premieres Friday, Aug. 9, on Netflix

In the neon pink corner, it's the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — better known as "GLOW" — back for a third season. This series has so much to enjoy, from the incredible ensemble cast to the brilliant writing and the 1980s setting. Plus, each episode hovers around the 30-minute mark, so it always leaves you wanting more. This year, the gang is headed to Las Vegas, and Geena Davis has joined the cast as the sensationally named Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, a hotel and casino entertainment director. Let's get ready to rumble! — Rosser

George Takei and Shingo Usami

"The Terror" | Premieres Monday, Aug. 12, on AMC

This is a hard one to say that I’m truly excited for. The first season of this historical horror anthology series was one of the most dread-inducing TV shows that I've ever experienced. By the looks of the trailer, this upcoming season looks to be no different. What I am really interested in is how the series contrasts supernatural horror with the horrors committed by man and explores how it's hard to discern which is truly worse. "The Terror: Infamy" continues this duality with the story of a series of strange murders that plague a Japanese-American internment camp, and a young man who tries to understand and combat the malevolent spirit responsible. I suggest watching this one with the lights on. — Vanessa

Viveik Kalra in Blinded by the Light (2019)

Blinded by the Light | In theaters Wednesday, Aug. 14

The story of how Bruce Springsteen agreed to let this feelgood British movie use his songs is almost as heartwarming as the movie itself. Springsteen spotted author and mega-fan Sarfraz Manzoor in a bar, approached him, and said, "Your book is really beautiful." So began a correspondence that would see Springsteen sign off on the use of an unprecedented 12 of his songs in the coming-of-age movie, which follows a teenager in 1987 Britain whose life in changed when he discovers the music of "The Boss." Glory days, indeed. — Rosser

Brady Noon, Jacob Tremblay, and Keith L. Williams in Good Boys (2019)

Good Boys | In theaters Friday, Aug. 16

Good Boys reminds me exactly zero percent of what I was like in middle school, and I'm here for it. These kids are hilarious! This looks like a good year for earnest renditions of the trials of adolescence, with Booksmart already in my top 10 so far. I can’t wait to see what writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky do with the genre after producing some of the best episodes of "The Office" and the tragically underappreciated "Hello Ladies." With Stupnitsky also directing, I expect their voices will come through loud and clear. — Marcus

Jonathan Groff and Cameron Britton in Mindhunter (2017)

"Mindhunter" | Season 2 premieres Friday, Aug. 16, on Netflix

Netflix just dropped the trailer for Season 2 of "Mindhunter," and rabid true-crime fans and serial-killer aficionados have waited nearly two years for this. This season focuses on the Atlanta child murders from 1979 to 1981, but also features the return of Season 1 breakout star Cameron Britton as Edmund Kemper, and the introduction of Damon Herriman as Charles Manson (who also plays Manson in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). While the show may not offer much in terms of relatable characters or any semblance of humanity, it's hard to deny producer/director David Fincher's effectively cold and technical execution that never fails to unsettle. — James

Göran Björkdahl and Mads Brügger in Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

Cold Case Hammarskjöld | In theaters Friday, Aug. 16

Mads Brügger's 2011 documentary The Ambassador redefined the genre as the filmmaker's exposé on the blood diamond trade in Africa ventured into Fitzcarraldo territory when Brügger positioned himself in the middle of the drama. Brügger's latest project, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, looks to unveil the disputed death of Swedish economist Dag Hammarskjöld, who perished in a 1961 plane crash in East Africa. At the time of the accident, Hammarskjöld's tenure as the Secretary-General of the United Nations was creating the closest thing to a sense of world peace that we might ever imagine. Along with private investigator Göran Björkdahl, Brügger apparently has pieced together a tale that points to a system of conspiracies that are so ghastly, you might not be able to return to a normal life afterward. — Arno

Cara Delevingne in Carnival Row (2019)

"Carnival Row" | Premieres Friday, Aug. 30, on Prime Video

While it's a little outside my wheelhouse, early buzz on "Carnival Row" has me curious. Teased as a fantasy detective procedural, the show seems to have legs (or wings) as political commentary and high concept, as well. The series focuses on a human detective (Orlando Bloom) and a winged "fae" (Cara Delevingne) investigating a string of the murders of mythical creatures living in the slums of the eponymous ghetto. Amazon Studios must feel good about the show's prospects, too. The series has already been green-lit for a second season, despite the fact that audiences won't see it until Aug. 30. — James

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019)

"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" | Premieres Friday, Aug. 30, on Netflix

It’s been 37 years since the The Dark Crystal, and my inner Gelfling-obsessed child is over the moon that Netflix and The Jim Henson Co. are bringing this vibrant fantasy world back to life in the 10-episode prequel series (plus making-of documentary) "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance." As someone who saw the film multiple times in the cinema; owned the movie poster, soundtrack, and picture-book adaptation; and really wanted to be Gelfling, I can say my nostalgia for this series is a solid 10/10. The impressive cast includes, Awkwafina, Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, and Helena Bonham Carter. — Vanessa

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