Whether you're hiding from the heatwave or need something to watch during your holiday flights, Netflix has a great choice of films and drama series new for August. Here's our pick of the best.
Insatiable - Streaming from August 10
Insatiable is a dark, twisted revenge comedy starring Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, and Alyssa Milano. For years, Patty (Debby Ryan) has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself.
Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts), a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestants, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing -- first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee (Alyssa Milano) have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her.
Bullies beware: payback’s a bitch, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you’ll be her next treat.
The Innocents - Streaming from August 24
When teenagers Harry and June run away from their repressive families to be together, they’re derailed by an extraordinary discovery - June’s ability to shape-shift. As the star-crossed lovers struggle to control this strange new power, a mysterious professor reveals that June is not alone: there are more shifters out there like her, and he promises to cure June and reunite her with the mother who deserted her three years ago.
But as their journey becomes increasingly fraught with danger, Harry and June's love for each other is tested to breaking point and they're faced with a choice: keep their innocent dream alive, or embrace that their lives have changed and risk everything.
Ozark - Season 2 streaming from August 31
The hit thriller series starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney is back for a long-awaited second season. Marty Byrde and his family have taken up a new life in the Ozarks in the hope of shrugging off their gangster dealings from the city. But as season one showed, there are just as many shady characters in the countryside and the Byrdes are far from safe.
Better Call Saul - New episodes every Tuesday from August 7
The Breaking Bad spin-off is anything but second best to its sister show – Better Call Saul has now reached season four and is hugely popular with Netflix viewers. It delves into the back story of Breaking Bad’s 'criminal' lawyer Saul Goodman and chronicles what led him to become an ambulance-chaser working with the likes of Walter White, as well as tracing his complex relationship with his eccentric brother.
Power - New episodes on Mondays
Another Netflix series back with weekly episodes for its new season, Power is based on the seedy underworld of running a nightclub. It may look like a glamorous life, but the VIP area and flowing drinks are hiding a violent life for the people who run it.
Suits - New episodes on Thursdays
It may have lost its biggest star now that Meghan Markle has joined the Royal Family, but Suits is far from over. The legal comedy drama is heading into its eighth season with new weekly episodes and is still going strong with its story about a dodgy college dropout on the run from criminals who is taken in by a law firm.
Bridget Jones's Baby
The third in the series of Bridget Jones instalments left Helen Fielding’s novels behind to create its own new tale about the perpetual singleton. This time, Bridget is expecting a baby – but who is the father? Obviously, Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy are both lurking in the background.
There’s a big choice of comedy on Netflix this August, including Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn starrer Bad Moms. The trio play the worst school mums around who decide to get in on the playground social scene, with disastrous consequences.
Matt Damon is back in this 2016 instalment of the Bourne film series. The critically-acclaimed film follows the dangerous former CIA operative as he comes out of hiding to face more difficult truths about his past.
The Secret Life of Pets
Kids will love this animal-packed animation featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Kevin Hart and Ellie Kemper. A pampered pooch’s life is turned upside down when his owner takes in a stray dog who he can’t stand.
If you’re looking for action and excitement, Divergent is your Netflix download. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is living in a dystopian future where people are divided into factions based on their virtues – but as a divergent, she is in the precarious position of not fitting in anywhere.
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen’s beloved classic always makes for a popular adaptation, and this Hollywood version from 2005 was a particular favourite. Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen star as the would-be lovers struggling against social convention and their own pride, with a strong supporting cast that includes Carey Mulligan, Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland.