Netflix New Releases for August 2016 – Rev. Ron’s Bite-Size Synopses

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We’re in peak summer hours here people!  The days are hot, the nights also sometimes get hot and we need to fill the time for those moments when we are not working or catching Pokémon.  That’s what Netflix is for and I am here once again to provide you with all the details for the new movies that are coming in August.  So, grab a cool drink and crank the AC.

Let’s get started!

An Inconvenient Truth (August 1st) – In 2006, the creator of the internet and hunter of the ManBearPig; Al Gore, gave us this PowerPoint presentation about the very real dangers of Climate Change.  Since the problem only continues to get worse, I’d say the documentary hasn’t worked yet so I’d definitely say Check It Out.

Big Daddy (August 1st) – There was a time when this film was considered one of Adam Sandler’s “bad movies.”  But times changed and we’ve seen how deep the man has sunk in the world of comedic films.  Basically, the story goes Adam Sandler plays a lazy dude who ends up playing a foster dad for his friend’s kid.  It has some moments that are definitely amusing so I’d say Check It Out if you’re bored.

The Fast and the Furious (August 1st) – While this film may be more about the street racing and the street level crime, this is still a film that launched a wildly successful franchise.  It’s not as big or as action packed as the later films but the street racing is fun, the cars look cool and it’s a decent story.  I’d say Check It Out.

The Fast and the Furious:  Tokyo Drift (August 1st) – The third film in the series that sees the two main protagonist from the first one missing and focuses on a brand new character and his adventures in the world of illegal street racing across the sea–Spoiler, the street racing takes place in Tokyo.  Definitely not as good as the first one or as popcorn fun as the later ones, this one is definitely mildly entertaining and a whole lot easier to sit through than the 2nd film.  I’d say Check It Out.

Final Destination 3 (August 1st) – The Final Destination films are one of those stupidly fun—dare I say guilty pleasure—films that I love because they are so absurd.  The story is still the same:  Some kids are able to avoid dying but the grim Specter of Death won’t let that stand and decides to right the wrongs by offing them in increasing strange and very Rube Goldbergian ways.  It’s over the top with everything from the premise to the gore and it is fun.  Honestly, this is my favorite in the series because it just provided so many great laughs and spectacle.  I’d say it’s a Must See!

Sleepy Hollow (August 1st) – Before Tim Burton’s work started to feel stagnant and like he was just riding his name and being weird because it was expected, he gave us this reimagined look at the Ichabod Crane/Headless Horseman tale.  Johnny Depp stars as Crane and what follows is a gothic and beautiful ghostly tale.  I’d say Check It Out.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (August 1st) – This film is basically Kevin Smith attempting to make a by-the-numbers romantic comedy but disguising it with tons of filth and hard-R humor.  Some people dug it but I found it more tedious than funny.  Additionally, like most Smith films, it doesn’t stand the test of time.  I’d say Skip It.

St. Vincent (August 10th) – Melissa McCarthy plays a recently divorced woman who tries to start a new life with her son, who finds mentorship in an unlikely and grumpy neighbor played by Bill Murray.  It’s a touching and very amusing film that masters the art of the dramedy.  I’d say Check It Out.

No Country for Old Men (August 11th) – It’s the Coen Brother’s intense thriller about a drug deal gone horribly wrong.  The cast is great—especially Javier Bardem—and the story is definitely engaging.  The ending has been widely criticized but, beyond this, I’d say the film is a Must See.

Let’s Go to Prison (August 16th) – The film centers on a career criminal seeking payback on the judge that has made his life a living hell and gets his son locked up with him.  Directed by Bob Odenkirk and written by the guys that gave us Reno 911! this film seemed like it should have been a home run.  While it definitely has its moments, it’s overall just way too forgettable of a comedy.  I’d say Skip It.

The Road (August 25th) –This 2009 post-apocalyptic story was based on a very popular novel and stars Viggo Mortensen as a father trying to protect his son in this unforgiving new world.  The film is intense and terrifically put together.  Some viewers might find it boring but I definitely think this one is a Must See!

Additional Films (That I Haven’t Seen) Released in August

August 1st
The American Slide (2016)
APEX:  The Story of the Hypercar (2016)
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)
Black Widow (1987)
Critical Condition (1987)
Deadfall (2012)
Destination:  Team USA (2016)
Funny or Die Presents:  Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal:  The Movie
The Family Man (2000)
From the Terrace (1960)
Holding the Man (2015)
How to Win the US Presidency (2016)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
ISIS:  Women Unveiled (2016)
Memoria (2015)
The Naked Prey (1966)
Pay It Forward (2000)
The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Star Trek:  Nemesis (2002)
Teacher’s Pet (1958)
The Verdict (1982)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
What Women Want (2000)
Young@Heart (2007)

August 5th
David Cross:  Making America Great Again (2016)
Ever After High:  Epic Winter
The Little Prince (2016)
Punk’s Dead:  SLC Punk 2 (2016)

August 6th
The Confirmation (2016)

August 9th
TRex (2015)

August 11th
Flight of the Butterflies (2012)

August 13th
13 Cameras (2016)

August 15th
Louis CK:  Live at the Comedy Store (2015)

August 16th
Our Last Tango (2015)

August 17th
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
The Last Heist (2016)

August 19th
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

August 21st
Maz Jobrani:  I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV (2015)

August 23rd
Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

August 26th
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy:  We’ve Been Thinking…
XOXO (2016)

August 27th
Rams (2015)

August 29th
The State of Marriage (2015)

And there ya have it!  Lots of new stuff coming and it looks like a bunch new comedy specials to look forward to.  I know I’m looking forward to see Louis CK’s, David Cross’ and the Funny or Die one about Donald Trump.  And, when I feel like torturing myself, I’ll watch the Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy one.  Anyway, that’s what you have to look forward to when you want to cool off from the summer heat and take a break from catching them all.  Now, my friends, go forth and stream!

Rev. Ron is a retired stand-up comedian and a full-time wannabe movie critic who likes to read conspiracy websites because he thinks they are the purest form of comedy currently in circulation.  You can read his movie reviews on his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com and you can read his tweets about how crazy the conspiracy nuts are on his Twitter page (@RevRonster).