Cover Here are the Netflix shows and movies to watch this August 2021 (Photo: Courtesy of Netflix)

With lockdown still in place, thank goodness for Netflix to entertain us at home. Read our favourite picks and add them to your watchlist.

This August, Netflix boasts a stellar lineup of movies and series, with a good mix of mystery, action, romance, and comedy. 

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1. Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified

It's one of the most intriguing mysteries that we never seem to get tired of—aliens. Claims of extraterrestrial encounters have long been dismissed but this Netflix series explores those who still believe in their existence, not as a maybe but a certainty.

Release date: August 3

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2. Vivo

This new animated musical follows Vivo, a musically gifted kinkajou (a rainforest “honey bear”) as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to deliver a song to his cherished owner’s long-lost love. If you’re a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda—the Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heightsthen this one's for you. It features original songs from Miranda who also voices the one-of-a-kind kinkajou.

Release date: August 6

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3. The Kissing Booth 3

If you have been following the adventures of high schooler Elle, her boyfriend Noah and best friend Lee, you won't want to miss the final instalment of the series. It's the summer before college and Elle has planned the ultimate bucket list.

Release date: August 11


4. Brand New Cherry Flavour

This horror and mystery series follows an aspiring director in ’90s Los Angeles to make her movie but soon finds herself tumbling down a mind-altering journey of supernatural revenge. Based on the eponymous novel by Todd Grimson, the limited series stars Alita: Battle Angel’s Rosa Salazar, Being John Malkovich’s Catherine Keener, The Good Place’s Manny Jacinto and more.

Release date: August 13

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5. Beckett

After a tragic car accident in Greece, American tourist Beckett (John David Washington) finds himself the target of a manhunt. He's forced to run for his life and desperately need to get across the country to seek help at the American Embassy. But tensions escalate as authorities close in, the political unrest mounts and Beckett finds himself woven into a conspiracy.

Release date: August 13

6. Sweet Girl

See Aquaman—I mean, Jason Momoa—in this family action movie. Momoa plays devoted family man Ray Cooper, who vows justice against the pharmaceutical company that pulled a potentially life-saving drug from the market which causes his wife to die from cancer. As he searches for the truth, a deadly counter puts Ray and his daughter Rachel (Isabel Merced) in harm’s way. The quest for revenge becomes a mission to protect the only remaining family he has.

Release date: August 20

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7. The Chair

Comedy series The Chair tells the story of Dr Kim Ji-yoon (Sandra Oh) who's the new head of the English department at the prestigious Pembroke University. But she’s soon faced with a new set of challenges as the first woman to lead the department and as one of the few staff members of colour at the university.

Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss serve as executive producers while Oh gets producer credits.

Release date: August 20

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8. Clickbait

Another exciting watch this summer is Clickbait which follows another devoted father, Nick Brewer (Adrian Grenier) who mysteriously disappears one day. Shortly after, a video appears on the internet of a badly beaten Nick holding a card that says: “I abuse women. At 5 million views, I die’. Is it a threat? Or is it a confession? 

Release date: August 25

9. Hometown Cha-cha-cha

Hometown Cha-cha-cha is the latest addition to Netflix's monthly K-drama roster. Set in the seaside town of Gongjin, the romantic drama will depict a back-and-forth, up-and-down yet heartwarming love story between two people from two completely different walks of life—sophisticated city girl Hye-jin (Shin Min-a) and seaside villager Su-sik (Kim Seon-ho).

Helmed by Oh My Ghost and Tomorrow With You (which also starred Shin) director Yu Je-won, Hometown Cha-cha-cha will be tugging at our heartstrings this August.

Release date: August 28

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