While Amazon’s list of new movies and TV shows for August isn’t as long as usual, there are definitely some big hitters on there.
Starting with Amazon’s home-grown Original content, Amazon Prime subscribers can expect four new TV shows and one movie.
The film is Gringo. This stars Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo and Joel Edgerton in a dark comedy/action film about a businessman who crosses the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal. Available on August 17, Gringo will be available in both HDR and 4K.
Deadpool 2 is arriving on Amazon Video in August 2018.Photo: Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox
The highlight of the new Amazon Original TV shows is Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. This marks the first time Ryan has appeared in a TV series format, so hopefully actor John Krasinski can do Clancy’s beloved CIA Analyst character proud. This show will be available from August 31 in HDR, 4K and, in a first for Amazon, Dolby Atmos sound. You can find more details on the arrival of Dolby Atmos on Amazon Prime Video in this separate story.
Another promising Amazon Original arriving this month is Agatha Christie. This three-part series is based on the novel of the same name, and tells the story of a family trying to figure out which one of them is a murderer. This show will appear in 4K and HDR for subscribers with suitably capable TVs.
Football (as in, Soccer!) fans, meanwhile, can get a behind the scenes look at the UK’s Premier League courtesy of All Or Nothing: Manchester City. Again available in high dynamic range and 4K, this series promises to chronicle everything from the team’s training facilities to executive meetings and interviews with manager Pep Guardiola. Hopefully it turns out to be less cliched in its approach than the ‘All Or Nothing’ bit of its title.
The last of Amazon’s new Originals for August is season two of The Stinky And Dirty Show – an animated children’s series based on the books by Jim and Kate McMullan.
See Gary Oldman in Oscar-winning form from August 18 on the HBO Amazon Channel.Photo: Darkest Hour, Universal Pictures
Leading the way when it comes to movies and TV shows not made by Amazon is Marvel/Fox mega-hit Deadpool 2, which mostly picks up where the hilarious first movie left off – except for not feeling quite as fresh this time round. This is available to buy from August 7th, or rent from August 21st.
Get Shorty (from August 1) is also worth a look thanks to its sharp combination of Barry Sonnenfeld behind the camera, and Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito and John Travolta in front of it.
Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is worth a tense couple of hours of your time, even if it runs out of ideas before the end, while Amazon follows up its July delivery of David Lynch classic Mulholland Drive with the director’s unbearably good The Elephant Man. The Hurt Locker and The Elephant Man are both available from August 1.
The Usual Suspects (arriving August 1) is as brilliant now as it ever was, even if you’ve seen it before and know how the story plays out.
Excellent if slightly theatrical Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri shifts berths from Amazon Video to the HBO Amazon Channel, which also delivers Gary Oldman’s amazing turn as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour from August 18.
David Lynch’s The Elephant Man is almost unbearably good. See for yourself on Amazon Prime Video from August 1.Photo: The Elephant Man, Paramount
Finally I can’t resist recommending one of my biggest guilty pleasures: Kingpin. Bill Murray’s bowling strike celebrations are enough in themselves to make this unmissable, but there’s plenty of puerile hilarity in between, too.
Here’s the full list of what Amazon Prime Video (US) is sending our way for August 2018.
Available for Streaming on Prime Video
*All or Nothing: Manchester City, Season 1 (Prime Original series)
#MeToo: Now What?, Season 1
A Cinderella Story (2004)
American Gigolo (1980)
American Ninja (1985)
American Ninja III: Blood Hunt (1989)
Be Cool (2005)
Black Mask (1996)
Black Rain (1989)
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
Cold War (2012)
CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008)
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Double Whammy (2002)
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Freedom Writers (2007)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Get Shorty delivers a pleasingly sharp adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s beloved novel.Photo: Get Shorty, MGM
Get Shorty (1995)
High Noon (1952)
Hurt Locker (2008)
I Went Down (1997)
In & Out (1997)
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)
John Grisham’s The Rainmaker (1997)
King Corn (2016)
Nick of Time (1995)
No Way Out (1987)
Original Sin (2001)
Out of Time (2003)
Private Parts (1997)
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013)
Species II (1998)
Species III (2004)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming (2007)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Teen Wolf Too (1987)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Ninth Gate (2000)
The Prince and Me (2004)
The Soloist (2009)
The Time Machine (2002)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
True Colors (1991)
Tunnel Rats (1968)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Sorry not sorry.Photo: Kingpin, MGM/UA
America Divided: 201 (2018)
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (2002)
Having Our Baby (2017)
It Takes Guts (2016)
All I See Is You (2016)
Blood Ties (2014)
America Divided: 202 (2018)
*Agatha Christie, Season 1 (Prime Original series)
Bleed for This (2016)
Avoiding Apocalypse, Season 1
*The Stinky & Dirty Show, Season 2B (Prime Original series)
I Am Not Lorena (2014)
America Divided: 203 (2018)
*Gringo (2018) (Prime Original movie)
Ambassadors of the Sky (2016)
Two of a Kind (2014)
America Divided: 204 (2018)
The Escape of Prisoner 614 (2018)
Woman Walk Ahead (2017)
Billy the Exterminator, Season 1
Hangar 1: The UFO Files, Season 1
*Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Season 1 (Prime Original series)
True Tori, Seasons 1-2
Available to Rent or Purchase on Prime Video
August 7 (Purchase) August 21 (Rent)
Available for Streaming on Prime Video Channels
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, HBO
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri moves to the Amazon HBO channel for August.Photo: Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri, 20th Century Fox
*UFC 227 (PPV) – Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2, UFC
Murder on the Orient Express, HBO
Ballers, HBO, Season 4
Insecure, HBO, Season 3
AVP Gold Series – Manhattan, Prime Video (8/17-19)
Darkest Hour, HBO
Frankie Drake Mysteries, PBS Masterpiece, Season 1
Father Figures, HBO
AVP Gold Series – Chicago, Prime Video (8/31-9/2)
*UFC 227 is under the Prime Video | Pay-Per-View
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