New Netflix Instant Releases: August 2015
August is approaching, and a new month means new additions to Netflix Instant. If you’d prefer to stay in and beat the heat, there are plenty of new streaming options hitting the service, including the new Netflix Original series Narcos, as well as new films and a handful of beloved TV series. Read on for our guide to what’s hitting Netflix Instant this August.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999): Starring Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman and Michael Bell. The Chipmunks find themselves locked in an amusement part with the real Frankenstein.
Asylum (2005): Starring Natasha Richardson, Sean Harris and Marton Csokas. A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband’s inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.
Beneath the Helmet (2014): This documentary centers on five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to serve their country.
Bride and Prejudice (2004): Starring Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Nadira Babbar. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment.
Casting By (2012): Filmmakers discuss the valuable and oft-overlooked casting directors who make their films possible.
Dancing on the Edge (Season 1): Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode and Joanna Vanderham. A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (Season 2): A new animated continuation to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, where all the original characters are now grown up with their own preschool-aged children.
Dear Frankie (2004): Starring Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone and Gerard Butler. After having responded to her son’s numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.
Dogs on the Inside (2014): This documentary explores the relationships between abandoned rescue dogs and prison inmates.
Electric Slide (2014): Starring Vinessa Shaw, Chloe Sevigny and Isabel Lucas. A chronicle of the life of furniture salesman turned bank robber Eddie Dodson.
Enemy at the Gates (2001): Starring Jude Law, Ed Harris and Joseph Fiennes. A Russian sniper and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.
Flex is Kings (2013): Documentary about the unique Brooklyn dance style.
November Rule (2015): Starring DJ Qualls, Maria Conchita Alonso and Tatyana Ali. A sports entrepreneur coping with the loss of his father maintains a “November Rule,” breaking up with every girlfriend on November first.
Outcast (2014): Starring Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen and Alexandre Bailly. A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel brother, who seeks their deaths.
Pants on Fire (2014): Starring Bradley Steven Perry, Joshua J. Ballard and Tyrel Jackson Williams. When a boy lies to get fame, all of his lies come true.
Reading Rainbow (Volume 1): Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children’s literature and explores their related subjects.
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War (2014): In this personal journey for BBC Three, Russell Brand sets out to find out how other countries are tackling their problems of drug abuse and to explore how the framework of criminalization implicit in the ‘war on drugs’ produces enormous harm in the treatment of addicts.
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery (2012): After the death of his friend Amy Winehouse from an overdose, Russel Brand looks back on his own years of addiction and wants to show that not all addicts turn out the same way.
Sorority Row (2009): Starring Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis and Carrie Fisher. A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.
The Code (Season 1): Starring Dan Spielman, Ashley Zukerman and Adele Perovic. Two Canberra based brothers become entangled in a cover up that involves a remote outback community and key members of the Australian Government.
The Hurt Locker (2008): Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty. During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
The Living (2014): Starring Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue and Kenny Wormald. A man hires an ex-con to kill his sister’s abusive husband, but the desperate act sets into motion a shocking series of events in this intense indie drama.
The Mind of a Chef (Season 3): Chef David Chang, along with his friends, explore, explain and enjoy food from around the world.
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008): Starring Tamela J. Mann, Angela Bassett and Tyler Perry. A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father — a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.
Utopia (Season 1): Starring Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as ‘The Network’.
Vexed (Seasons 1–2): Starring Toby Stephens, Ronny Jhutti and Roger Griffiths. Two Detectives, Jack and Georgina, who share chemistry but have complicated personal lives.
War (2007): Starring Jet Li, Jason Statham and Nadine Velazquez. An FBI Agent seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as “Rogue” who murdered his partner.
Wing Commander (1999): Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard and Saffron Burrows. Blair, a fighter pilot, joins an interstellar war to fight the evil Kilrathi who are trying to destroy the universe.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015): Starring Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey and Leon Burchill. A family man and mechanic’s life is torn apart during a zombie apocalypse.
HitRECord on TV (Season 1): A television show comprised of contributions from the hitRECord community, a collaborative production company founded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his brother “Burning Dan.”
Transporter: The Series (Season 2): Starring Chris Vance, Francois Berleand and Charly Hubner. Frank Martin is an ex special ops, who now spends his life as a transporter on the other side of the law. With three rules, he always completes his contracts. One way, or the other.
Doctor Who (Season 8): Starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions.
Fred: The Movie (2010): Starring Lucas Cruikshank, Pixie Lott and Jake Weary. This is the story of Fred as he goes through a weekend trying to find how to get Judy to fall in love with him. He has to deal with Kevin bulling him and various problems trying to get Judy to come over to his house.
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred (2011): Starring Lucas Cruikshank, Jake Weary and Siobhan Fallon. Fred suspects his missing teacher’s replacement is a vampire.
Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012): Starring Lucas Cruikshank, Jake Weary and Siobhan Fallon. School’s out and Fred Figglehorn’s dreams of water slides, Clydesdales and waffle bars turn to nightmares of gruel and poisonous berries when his mom signs him up to the wrong camp!
Two Days, One Night (2014): Starring Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Catherine Salee. Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
For a Good Time, Call… (2012): Starring Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller and Justin Long. Former college frienemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together.
Leap Year (2010): Starring Amy Adams, Matthew Goode and Adam Scott. Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014): Starring Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox. 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.
Ship of Theseus (2012): Starring Aida Elkeshef, Yogesh Shah and Faraz Khan. Explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker.
Alex of Venice (2014): Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina and Don Johnson. A workaholic attorney is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves.
Being Flynn (2012): Starring Paul Dano, Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.
Pariah (2011): Starring Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans and Aasha Davis. A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012): Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey. As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
Lord of War (2005): Starring Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke and Jared Leto. An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent.
Jerk Theory (2009): Starring Josh Henderson, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Lauren Storm. The lead singer/guitarist of a high school rock band openly and unapologetically proclaims himself a newly converted jerk; however, the right girl comes along who could change him back to his former sweet self.
Real Husbands of Hollywood (Season 3): Starring Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe and Duane Martin. Kevin Hart and other celebrities play a comic fictionalized version of themselves in this parody of similarly named reality shows. Episodes often feature Kevin Hart’s attempts to gain celebrity and his jealousy of his friends.
As Cool As I Am (2013): Starring Claire Danes, Sarah Bolger and James Marsden. A smart teenage girl comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.
Strange Empire (Season 1): Starring Cara Gee, Tattiawna Jones and Melissa Farman. In 1869 Janestown on the Alberta-Montana border, three women band together for survival after the men in their town are murdered.
Grantham & Rose (2014): Starring Jake T. Austin, Marla Gibbs and Tessa Thompson. 17-year-old Grantham struggles to find his way as a man when a spontaneous road trip thrusts him into the care of a feisty 81-year-old African-American woman named Rose.
Transcend (2014): A renowned Kenyan long-distance runner returns home to help his community after winning several awards.
Girl Meets World (Season 1): Starring Rowan Blanchard, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel. More than a decade after Boy Meets World, Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children. Their daughter, Riley, faces life lessons through her family, friends, and school–where her father is her history teacher — as her parents did when they were younger.
Byzantium (2012): Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Sam Riley. Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.
White God (2014): Starring Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter and Lili Horvath. 13-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.
Inspector Gadget (Season 2): Starring Don Adams, Holly Berger and Frank Welker. A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.
Narcos (Season 1): Starring Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Once Upon a Time (Season 4): Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parrilla. A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.
Revenge (Season 4): Starring Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe and Gabriel Mann. An emotionally troubled young woman makes it her mission to exact revenge against the people who wronged her father.
Ride (2015): Starring Helen Hunt, Brenton Thwaites and Luke Wilson. A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.
Muffin Top: A Love Story (2014): Starring Cathryn Michon, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Diedrich Bader. A women’s studies professor studies images of women in the media and their effect, although she struggles with insecurities of her own.