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The best new movies on Netflix in August

Return to Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning triumph about ice-cool bomb defusers during the steamiest month of the year

The Hurt Locker

They call ’em the dog days and, sure enough, Netflix has a terrific dog movie for you come August: the dreamlike revenge fantasy White God. Elsewhere on their just-announced lineup, there’s the anxiety of a Hefner-like impresario (The Look of Love) and two of last year’s most impressive female turns, one from Kristen Wiig (Welcome to Me) and the other from Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night). Here are the five most exciting new Netflix movies to stream on your couch, plus a complete list of everything that’s being added to the service this month.

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Our top five new movies on Netflix

The Hurt Locker (2008)

The big-time breakthrough of L.A. auteur Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days) is an Iraq movie done right: no politicizing; only stoic, Hawksian men of action holding up under pressure. It’s an acute portrayal of the daily pressures of Iraq-based bomb defusers. Jeremy Renner’s central performance has an eerie calm about it.

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The Look of Love (2013)

Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s torchy seduction song clues us in to the evolving nature of Michael Winterbottom’s intriguing drama, which first plays like a coy whiff of mid-’60s sexual naughtiness, then as a desperate cry for help. The movie is a biopic of London gentlemen’s-club impresario Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), who launched a Hefner-like London club in the late ’50s.

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Welcome to Me (2014)

Alice (Kristen Wiig) was diagnosed with manic-depressive disorder when she was 16. She’s also just won $86 million in the lottery. As our critic David Ehrlich wrote in his review of this impressive indie: "It’s here that Wiig’s wallflower wit finally dovetails with a lead role that has the depth to support it. Her resolutely humane performance insists that none of the laughter ever comes at her expense."

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Two Days, One Night (2014)

Marion Cotillard plays a Belgian factory worker who, while on a health leave, is voted out of her job by the small staff. She’s granted a weekend to appeal to their benevolence and return their bonuses, so she can stay. Of the film, our critic David Calhoun said: “This is political drama (with the smallest of ps) at its finest and most humane, gently ingraining ideas about empowerment and taking a stand.”

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White God (2014)

You don’t want to be on the wrong side of a pack of dogs mistreated then set free to get their revenge on human society. Our critic Cath Clarke (who called the star pooch the “Al Pacino of dog actors”) enthused: “The way director Kornél Mundruczó gets his canine cast to run the gamut of emotions from face-licking adorableness to teeth-baring ferocity is genuinely impressive.”

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And here’s the full list of what’s coming to Netflix streaming in August, by date:

Available August 1
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Asylum
Back in Time
Beneath the Helmet
Breakup Buddies
Bride and Prejudice
Casting By
Dancing on the Edge: Season 1
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Season 2
Dear Frankie
Dogs on the Inside
Electric Slide
Enemy at the Gates
Flex is Kings
Lost and Love
Masha and the Bear: Season 1
November Rule
Odd Squad: Season 1
Outcast
Pants on Fire
Reading Rainbow: Volume 1
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
Somewhere Only We Know
Sorority Row
The Code: Season 1
The Golden Era
The Hurt Locker
The Living
The Mind of a Chef: Season 3
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns
Utopia: Season 1
Vexed: Season 1-2
War
Wing Commander

Available August 3
Chronic-Con, Episode 420: A New Dope

Available August 4
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Available August 5
Yellowbird

Available August 6
Kill Me Three Times
My Amityville Horror
The Look of Love
Welcome to Me

Available August 7
Club de Cuervos: Season 1
HitRECord on TV: Season 1
Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story
Project Mc2
Transporter: The Series: Season 2

Available August 8
Doctor Who: Season 8

Available August 11
Fred: The Movie
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred
Fred 3: Camp Fred
Two Days, One Night

Available August 12
For a Good Time, Call…
Leap Year
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

Available August 14
Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time)
DinoTrux
Ever After High Way too Wonderland
Ship of Theseus

Available August 15
Alex of Venice

Available August 16
Being Flynn
Pariah
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Available August 17
Lord of War

Available August 19
Jerk Theory
Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 3

Available August 20
30 for 30: Angry Sky
As Cool As I Am
Strange Empire: Season 1

Available August 21
Grantham & Rose
Transcend

Available August 23
Girl Meets World: Season 1

Available August 27
Byzantium
White God

Available August 28
Inspector Gadget: Season 2
Narcos: Season 1
Once Upon a Time: Season 4
Revenge: Season 4

Available August 29
Ride

Available August 30
Muffin Top: A Love Story

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