By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jul 25, 2017 at 7:56 PM

I'll be real with you all: August at the movies looks pretty horrible. There's a few glimmers of hope – a new Bigelow, a new Soderbergh, a new movie from the writer/director behind "Short Term 12" – but otherwise, it's a wasteland of dumped wannabe blockbusters, somehow not direct-to-DVD thrillers and a movie called "The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature." That's a real thing. 

So why not stay home and binge some Netflix – especially with the lineup coming next month. 

Looking for some big Hollywood action blockbusters to wrap up the summer movie season? The streaming service will pick up "The Matrix" (YAY!) and its two sequels (grumble grumble). Want some big-name directors? How's Tarantino ("Jackie Brown") sound? The kids will have hits both old ("Small Soldiers") and new ("Sing"), while those who enjoy failed 2016 Oscar bait starring resurgent actors – an oddly particular niche, I will say – will have McConaughey's "Gold" and Michael Keaton's McDonalds biopic "The Founder." Want to be emotionally devastated and outraged? Try on "Funny Games" (U.S.) – or don't. It's brutal.

And, of course, there's a healthy serving of Netflix originals, including the Marvel team-up "The Defenders" and the horror-thriller remake "Death Note," which frankly sounds more interesting that almost everything actually hitting theaters the rest of the month.

So despair not, movie lovers. A movie about an evil polaroid camera may be en route (BUT ACTUALLY) but so are some stream-worthy gems. 

Here's everything headed your way in August:

Aug. 1

"A Cinderella Story"

"The Addams Family"

"The Astronaut's Wife"

"Bad Santa"

"The Bomb"

"Cloud Atlas"

"Crematorium" season 1

"Everyone's Hero"

"Funny Games" (U.S.)

"The Hollywood Masters" season 1


"Jackie Brown"

"The Last Mimzy"

"Lord of War"

"The Matrix"

"The Matrix Reloaded"

"The Matrix Revolutions"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Maz Jobrani: Immigrant"

"Nola Circus"

"The Number 23"

"Opening Night"

"Practical Magic"

"The Royal House of Windsor" season 1

"Sleepy Hollow"

"Small Soldiers"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Surviving Escobar - Alias JJ" season 1

"The Truth About Alcohol"

"Tie The Knot"

"The Wedding Party"

"Who Gets the Dog?"

"Wild Wild West"

Aug. 2

"The Founder"

"Jab We Met"

Aug. 3

"The Invisible Guardian"


Aug. 4


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Voltron: Legendary Defender" season 3

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" season 1

Aug. 5


Aug. 8

"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" season 7, episodes 1-13

Aug. 9

"Black Site Delta"

Aug. 10

"Diary of an Exorcist - Zero"

Aug. 11

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Atypical" season 1

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh" season 3


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "True and The Rainbow Kingdom" season 1


Aug. 13

"Arthur and the Invisibles"

"Hot Property"

"Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo"

Aug. 14

"The Outcasts"

"Urban Hymn"

Aug. 15


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo"


"A New Economy"

"All These Sleepless Nights"

"Donald Cried"

"Murderous Affair" season 1

"My Ex-Ex"

"The Sweet Life"

Aug. 16


Aug. 18

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Dinotrux" season 5

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Glitter Force Doki Doki" season 1

"I Am Sam"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Marvel's The Defenders"

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "What Happened to Monday"

Aug. 19

"Hide and Seek"

Aug. 20

"Camera Store"

Aug. 21


"Bad Rap"

"Beautiful Creatures"

"Gomorrah" season 2


Aug. 22

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast"

"Sadie's Last Days on Earth"

Aug. 23

"Feel Rich"

Aug. 25

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Disjointed: Part 1"


NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Dreamworks Dragons: Race to the Edge" season 5

"Once Upon a Time" season 6

Aug. 29

"Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack"

"The Good Place" season 1

NETFLIX ORIGINAL: "Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face"

Aug. 31

"Be Afraid"

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.