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The best new movies on Netflix in August

The dog days of summer have arrived, but Netflix brings the cool with Quentin Tarantino and a dirty Christmas classic

The Matrix

These days, Netflix is doing an amazing job with its original programming—from a new season of House of Cards to Cannes-approved movies by Noah Baumbach and Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho. They’re even going to produce the next Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman, a gangster film starring much of the cast from Goodfellas. That said, Netflix’s rotating monthly selection has some of the best movie options, mixed in among their huge catalog. Let us do the work for you. We’ve found a spooky new thriller from You’re Next’s Adam Wingard, Quentin Tarantino’s most mature movie (hint: it’s not Pulp Fiction) and Billy Bob Thornton’s crowning achievement.

Best new movies on Netflix

Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa (2003)

He drinks like a fish, swears like a sailor and the less said about his sexual proclivities, the better. Billy Bob Thornton’s department-store Saint Nick is the furthest thing from being a saint, to say the least. The fact that director Terry Zwigoff’s misanthropic comedy somehow turns this pathetic sad sack into a sympathetic hero is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

Death Note (2017)

Death Note (2017)

We’ll go to the mat for director Adam Wingard, whose You’re Next and The Guest made him a major new voice in horror. (As for his ballsy reboot of The Blair Witch Project? We think it’s underrated.) Here, Wingard does his spin on the classic set-up of The Monkey’s Paw, by way of a Japanese manga: If your name gets inscribed in a supernatural notebook, you die.


Jackie Brown (1997)

Quentin Tarantino’s most mature film, starring Pam Grier and Robert Forster’s lonely, movingly stoic bail bondsman, hinted at a different way forward for the pop-obsessed director—a path he never took. Still, the movie is well worth returning to. You’ll be struck by its subtlety, and a host of brilliant supporting performances, most notably from Bridget Fonda as a bratty stoner.

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The Matrix (1999)

A hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers that the world he knows is an illusion in this obscure, underappreciated sci-fi drama. Just kidding. The “bullet time” special effects are still just as mind-blowing. This was the movie that finally shoved sci-fi into the pomo cyberpunk era. Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving bring all the dramatic heft required.

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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Tim Burton's free interpretation of Washington Irving's classic horror story has a lustrous, black velvet look that draws on fairy tale traditions, Disney, Gothic and Dutch Colonial styles—with a pinch of Hammer Horror thrown in. Johnny Depp affects a vaguely English accent and a prissy, slightly effeminate demeanor as Ichabod Crane. But you’re really watching this for the Headless Horseman.

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And here’s everything coming in August, by date:

Available August 1
The Addams Family
The Astronaut's Wife
Bad Santa
The Bomb
A Cinderella Story
Cloud Atlas
Crematorium: Season 1
Everyone’s Hero
Funny Games (US)
The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
Jackie Brown
The Last Mimzy
Lord of War
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Nola Circus
The Number 23
Opening Night
Practical Magic
The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
Sleepy Hollow
Small Soldiers
Surviving Escobar - Alias JJ: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tie the Knot
The Truth About Alcohol
The Wedding Party
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West

Available August 2
Jab We Met
The Founder

Available August 3
The Invisible Guardian

Available August 4
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available August 5

Available August 8
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7 Episodes 1-13

Available August 9
Black Site Delta

Available August 10
Diary of an Exorcist - Zero

Available August 11
Atypical: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
True and The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available August 13
Arthur and the Invisibles
Hot Property
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

Available August 14
The Outcasts
Urban Hymn

Available August 15
All These Sleepless Nights
Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Donald Cried
Murderous Affair: Season 1
My Ex-Ex
A New Economy
The Sweet Life

Available August 16

Available August 18
Dinotrux: Season 5 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I Am Sam
Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
What Happened to Monday - NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available August 19
Hide and Seek

Available August 20
Camera Store

Available August 21
Bad Rap
Beautiful Creatures
Gomorrah: Season 2

Available August 22
Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Sadie’s Last Days on Earth

Available August 23
Feel Rich

Available August 25
Disjointed: Part 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Once Upon a Time: Season 6

Available August 29
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Good Place: Season 1

Available August 31
Be Afraid