11 movie and TV picks for August

11 movie and TV picks for August

Check out the top 11 movie and TV picks for August below:

“The Sinner” | Season 2 Premieres on USA, Wednesday, Aug. 1

“The Sinner” returns with another mystery about what drives seemingly ordinary people to commit startling act of violence, and I’ve recovered enough from the first season to take trip back down that dark rabbit hole. This season tortured detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) returns to his hometown to assess the case of an 11-year-old boy who murdered his parents without motive. “Fargo” alum Carrie Coon joins the series as the mysterious Vera who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle. — Vanessa

The Meg | In U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 10

As I was getting to know one of my closest friends, he told me about a script he helped doctor-up when he was working as a producer’s assistant roughly a decade ago. The script in question was an early version of The Meg, back when writers such as Shane Salerno had tinkered on the screenplay. We made a bet about the likelihood of the movie being made, which I won as Jason Statham signed on to the project. The finished product looks like the heir apparent to Deep Blue Sea, the best B-grade shark movie to become a mainstream success. — Arno

A Prayer Before Dawn | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, Aug. 10

This is a literal “fight against adversity” story based on the true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. Starring Joe Cole (“Peaky Blinders”), it throws the audience into a brutal world of drugs and gang violence. But Moore begins a fight for survival when he is allowed to take part in Muay Thai boxing tournaments, which might also provide his chance to get out. — Michael

“Disenchantment” | Premieres on Netflix Friday, Aug. 17

As a long-time fan of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” I’m looking forward to the third TV series to spring from the mind of Matt Groening. Looking like a cross between “Futurama” and “Game of Thrones,” it follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. Count me in! — Michael

We the Animals | In U.S. theaters Friday, Aug. 17

I don’t typically rush to catch the latest indie coming-of-age story, but documentary filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar’s We the Animals may change that. Based on Justing Torres’ 2011 debut novel about a boy and his brothers growing up amid their parents’ stormy relationship, the film won this year’s NEXT Innovator prize at Sundance. But it was the dreamy and sensual trailer that sold it for me, which works on its own as a lovely visual poem, calling to mind last year’s Moonlight and the films of Terrence Malick. — James

Blaze | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, Aug. 17

Ethan Hawke directs this biopic, based on the life of country musician Blaze Foley, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Starring newcomer Ben Dickey, the story weaves three strands of his life: his love affair with girlfriend Sybil Rosen; an alcohol-fueled night of music at Austin’s Outhouse bar; and a posthumous radio interview where he is remembered by musicians Zee and Townes Van Zandt. After so many superstar biopics, it is refreshing to be given one about a talented musician who has only been fully appreciated following his tragic death. — Michael

“The Innocents” | Premieres on Netflix, Friday, Aug. 24

I’m ready for my next Netflix binge-watch session and it looks like the sci-fi YA series “The Innocents” is going to be it. It’s got pretty much everything I want in a genre series: star-crossed lovers on the run, the shocking discovery of dormant superpowers, secret organizations whose intentions are suspect, and moody young protagonists you can root for. Netflix has been hitting it out of the park with their YA dramas and this looks like it will fit in nicely with “Stranger Things” and “13 Reasons Why.” — Vanessa

The Happytime Murders | In U.S. theaters on Friday, Aug. 24

This is the year where Melissa McCarthy looks to push her career into edgier territory (she also has the dark drama Can You Ever Forgive Me? lined up for awards season). Old-school fans of Peter Jackson will make gleeful and optimistic comparisons between The Happytime Murders and Jackson’s 1989 puppet musical Meet the Feebles, which was so perverse it went unrated in most countres. Despite Happytime’s destiny to become a cult classic, it’s still a risky commercial prospect and we appreciate that McCarthy is taking chances after playing it safe with her last several movies. — Arno

Support the Girls | In U.S. theaters Friday, Aug. 24

The welcome and unlikely pairing of Regina Hall and Andrew Bujalski should introduce fans of the actress to the easygoing filmmaking style of the indie director, and it could result in a sleeper summer hit. I’m all for a working-class comedy that puts Hall (usually an ensemble player) front and center, and I hope it earns more work for both the director and his star. — Arno

Juliet, Naked | Premieres in U.S. theaters Friday, Aug. 31 (limited release Friday, Aug. 17)

It has been more than six months since I first saw this romantic comedy at the Sundance Film Festival but it has really stayed with me. Based on a novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity), the story takes place in a British coastal town where Annie (Rose Byrne) splits from longtime boyfriend (Chris O’Dowd) and forms an unlikely transatlantic bond with a formerly famous musician (Ethan Hawke), who just happens to be the obsession of her ex. I’m already looking forward to giving it another spin. — Michael

The Little Stranger | In U.S. theaters Friday, Aug. 31

As a sucker for gothic horror, haunted houses, and “Upstairs Downstairs” drama, the latest from Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) seems to be tailor-made for me. Adapted from Sarah Waters’s 2009 novel, the film stars Domhnall Gleeson as a country doctor who returns to the estate where his mother worked as a housemaid. There he finds a family in financial decline, paranormal activity, and presumably an abundance of skeletons in the closet. — James