What’s New on Netflix Canada, Amazon Prime Video and CraveTV: August 2018
We’re counting down the 10 must-see new releases on Netflix Canada, Amazon Prime Video and CraveTV this month.
You’ll like it if you like: The works of Stephen King
Set within Stephen King’s interconnected universe, new series Castle Rock features many popular characters from his stories and incorporates them into one sprawling, horrific tale. Death-row attorney Henry Deaver (André Holland) returns to his hometown after a mysterious prisoner (Bill Skarsgård) is found in a cage beneath Shawshank State Prison. In true King fashion, supernatural forces begin to take over the Maine hamlet. Melanie Lynskey and Sissy Spacey co-star. CraveTV, August 1.
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You’ll like it if you like: Up in the Air
It’s a perfect comedy set-up: a workaholic executive (Kristen Bell) gets dumped at the altar, ends up spending her honeymoon cruise with her estranged father (Kelsey Grammer) and meets a nice guy (Seth Rogen) during her journey. Writer-director Lauren Miller—Rogen’s real-life wife—isn’t interested in breaking the rules, and that’s OK. Like Father is a feel-good movie about appreciating family, and one we could certainly use right now. Netflix Canada, August 3.
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Our Cartoon President
You’ll like it if you like: The Colbert Report
Co-created by Stephen Colbert, Our Cartoon President is a parody series that follows the misadventures of America’s 45th Commander-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump, and his band of family members and advisers. Trying to make sense of Trump’s ridiculous words and actions? Our Cartoon President is a good start. CraveTV, August 5.
You’ll like it if you like: Captain Phillips
On Jan. 15, 2009, airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully crash-landed an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people onboard. As Sully shows, however, that miraculous event is just half the story. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as the unlikely American hero, Sully is a tribute to everyday heroism. Just think twice about watching it on a plane. Netflix Canada, August 6.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
You’ll like it if you like: Brooklyn
In the 1940s, writer Juliet Ashton (Lily James) learns about the small island of Guernsey on the English Channel and the book club its inhabitants formed during the German occupation of WWII. She decides the titular group will be the subject of her newest novel, forming a bond with Guernsey’s residents and discovering a new joy for literature in the process. Directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral). Netflix Canada, August 10.
Outlander: Season Three
You’ll like it if you like: Downton Abbey or The Crown
Based on the hugely popular book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander tells the story of a 1940s English nurse named Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who, after being magically transported back to 1700s Scotland, falls for Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. Part time-travel tale, part period romance and part historical epic (and filled with some truly adult moments), Outlander is a series that refuses to be easily categorized. Netflix Canada, August 10.
You’ll like it if you like: Inspirational sports stories
Born without legs and moving through several foster homes for most of his childhood, Zion Clark won’t let anything get in the way of achieving his dream: becoming a professional wrestler. The Ohio native (and current Kent State student) has always lived by two words: no excuses. Directed by Floyd Russ, Zion premiered in the Documentary Short Films section of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Netflix Canada, August 10.
All or Nothing: Manchester City
You’ll like it if you like: The beautiful game of soccer
Suffering from World Cup withdrawal? You’ll want to check out All or Nothing: Manchester City—a new documentary series that follows the English football club through their record-breaking 2017-2018 Premier League season. Manchester City’s highs (a team rendition of Oasis’s “Wonderwall” on an airplane) and lows (coach Pep Guardiola desperately trying to inspire his players) are all on display. Sir Ben Kingsley serves as narrator. Amazon Prime Video, August 17.
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You’ll like it if you like: The Killing or Bloodline
Based on the novel of the same name by German author Petra Hammesfahr, The Sinner boasts one of the best TV premises in recent memory: Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) stabs a random man to death while at the beach with her husband and young son. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) thinks there’s more to her story. What follows is a darker-than-dark tale of religious fanaticism, family and revenge. Netflix Canada, August 21.
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season One
You’ll like it if you like: The previous Jack Ryan movies
John Krasinski is the latest actor to take the role of the seemingly indestructible CIA operative Jack Ryan in this explosive new series. Suspicious financial transactions lead the titular character—a Marine-turned-rookie intelligence analyst—to the terrorist mastermind behind a horrific attack in Paris. Before long, Ryan must stop the extremist before he launches another attack on American soil. Abbie Cornish and The Wire’s Wendell Pierce co-star. Amazon Prime Video, August 31.