It’s laborious to imagine that one other month has slid by whereas we’re all caught at dwelling, however right here we’re in August, a time when movie-going is in whole flux.
Fortunately there are many motion pictures coming to streaming this month which can be properly value your time. In the event you’re getting whiplash from Tenet getting delayed, after which delayed once more, after which outright cancelled, after which introduced for abroad markets, why not tide your self over with Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which is transferring to Amazon Prime this month. In the event you’re pining for Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, attempt a distinct form of quirky with Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts or Being John Malkovich. And if you happen to simply want an escape, there are some selection rom-coms heading to streaming this month, like My Finest Good friend’s Wedding ceremony and The Vacation. For extra rom than com you can even stream Richard Linklater’s Earlier than Dawn.
Learn on for 10 of one of the best motion pictures new to streaming providers in August. (Cameron Diaz stars in three of them and Kate Winslet is in two. That’s probably not related to something however they’re each pleasant and in good motion pictures.)
Being John Malkovich
The function movie debut of each director Spike Jonze (The place the Wild Issues Are, Her) and author Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts) there’s no film fairly like Being John Malkovich. It stars John Cusack as Craig, an workplace drone and newbie puppeteer who stumbles upon a portal that leads immediately contained in the thoughts of actor John Malkovich. It’s a bonkers premise that Jonze and Kaufman totally discover. However the clarification for why it’s taking place is just a part of what makes Being John Malkovich such a visit to look at. Malkovich commits laborious to the function as himself (comprehensible, provided that he’s the title character,) and his portrayal of strangers taking up his thoughts is likely one of the all-time nice performances.
Being John Malkovich is streaming on Netflix.
Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts
For a Charlie Kaufman double function, observe up Being John Malkovich with Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts, his quirky romantic drama directed by Michel Gondry (The Inexperienced Hornet). Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star as a pair who had all recollections of one another erased after their dangerous break-up. The timeline jumps round because it revisits their relationship, whereas they meet within the current unaware of their shared previous. Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts is simply as heady as Being John Malkovich, however lands in a sweeter, extra optimistic place.
Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts is streaming on Netflix.
Steven Spielberg’s creature function continues to be a basic — it even returned because the highest grossing film in America last month. Because the coronavirus pandemic has scrambled movie launch schedules, film theaters which can be opening again up don’t have many new motion pictures to point out. As an alternative, they’re counting on again catalogues to fill their screens. Jurassic Park is the proper selection, a beloved summer blockbuster. Now that it’s heading to Netflix, you possibly can revisit the family-friendly motion and suspense with out having to go to a movie show that won’t require guests to wear masks.
Jurassic Park is streaming on Netflix.
My Finest Good friend’s Wedding ceremony
Julia Roberts was the proper casting selection for ’90s rom-coms like My Finest Good friend’s Wedding ceremony as a result of her bubbly character and big smile helped conceal the truth that her character is form of a jerk (see additionally: Runaway Bride).
My Finest Good friend’s Wedding ceremony is streaming on Hulu.
Up within the Air
Jason Reitman’s follow-up to Juno brings his signature offbeat comedic type to the world of business-class journey. George Clooney stars as a frequent flier whose job is to journey across the nation firing individuals. He types a reference to a fellow traveler (Vera Farmiga), however his nomadic way of life is interrupted by a brand new rent (Anna Kendrick), who tags alongside on his flights to “observe.” It’s humorous and candy and miserable, identical to most of Reitman’s motion pictures.
Typically a sure film will come alongside and lay indeniable declare to a music. So it goes with Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Edith Piaf’s “Non, je ne regrette rien,” which makes use of the music as a repeated motif. Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief who makes a speciality of getting into others’ desires and stealing concepts. His subsequent job, nevertheless, turns the components on its head; this time the goal is to plant an thought. The music turns into an auditory cue to assist the job, which requires a number of ranges of desires, from rising uncontrolled. There are, nevertheless, different problems, akin to the final unpredictability of desires and the ghost of Dom’s useless spouse. —Karen Han
Inception is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Positive, it’s a Christmas film however Nancy Myers’ The Vacation is ideal for everytime you want a heat pick-me-up, whatever the season. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz play recently-broken-up-with girls who determine to swap homes over the vacation season to keep away from their separate heartbreaks. Kate Winslet falls in love with Jack Black. Cameron Diaz falls in love with Jude Regulation. And it’s higher than Love Really — don’t @ me.
The Vacation is streaming on Amazon Prime.
Earlier than Dawn
Richard Linklater’s 1995 movie Earlier than Dawn is universally beloved (it has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes) for its un-self-consciously romantic type and pure performances from Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. They star as Jesse and Céline, two vacationers who spend a night falling in love whereas on a stopover in Vienna. There’s not a lot of a plot — the movie is generally content material following them as they stroll across the metropolis speaking — but it surely’s so heartbreakingly tender that it stays compelling. Two sequels, Earlier than Sundown and Earlier than Midnight, choose up with Jesse and Céline 9 and 18 years later, respectively.
Primarily based on the 1960s TV present, Harrison Ford stars as Dr. Richard Kimble, a surgeon who escapes custody after being wrongfully convicted of his spouse’s homicide. Tommy Lee Jones is the U.S. Marshal who tracks him down. The Fugitive is only a nice thriller, with some top-tier performing. Harrison Ford yelling “I didn’t kill my spouse!” and Tommy Lee Jones responding “I don’t care.” is likely one of the tensest exchanges in movie historical past.
The Fugitive is streaming on HBO Max.
In the event you bear in mind one factor from Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette biopic, it’s in all probability the anachronistic post-punk soundtrack. Coppola’s signature flashy type (which can also be on show in 2013’s The Bling Ring) makes what may have been a stuffy interval drama really feel vibrant and funky. Kirsten Dunst stars because the doomed French queen, whom Coppola portrays as charming, naïve, and determined to be liked. It jogs my memory of music video for “Fortunate” by Britney Spears, which is completely a praise.
Marie Antoinette is streaming on Tubi.