The movies we like depend on our mood. Sometimes we want a film that challenges our beliefs and makes us think; other times we just want to zone out with something light and pleasant.
Netflix has at least a dozen new choices this August that capture our every movie mood—there’s action, comedy, documentary, and love. (Read: LIST: Movies Set for International Release in 2021)
The Wedding/Liam dan Laila (2018)
What’s the deal with the Frenchman Liam who travels to Indonesia to marry Laila, a girl he met on Facebook? Apparently he’s interested in converting to Islam—but her family suspects more. Nirina Zubir, Jonatan Cerrada, and David Chalik star. Catch it on August 12.
Out of My League/Sul Piu Bello (2020)
A plain Jane (Ludovica Francesconi) makes the handsomest boy (Giuseppe Maggio) fall in love with her. Now if she can only tell him about her rare and fatal genetic disorder. Find out what happens in this quirky romance streaming on August 18. (Read: 3 Netflix Movies to Give You ~Kilig~ Feels on Valentine’s Day)
He’s All That (2021)
In this boy version of the movie She’s All That, TikTok star Addison Rae plays Padget Sawyer, an influencer who makes over Tanner Buchanan (of Cobra Kai fame) from ho-hum to hot. Check out the results on August 27.
Ready for some action?
Sweet Girl (2021)
Hunky Jason Momoa is out to avenge the death of his wife and protect the only family he has left—his daughter (Isabela Merced)—in this action-thriller that streams on August 20. (Read: The Year in Films: Top Movies We Watched in 2020)
Jason Statham teams up with Jennifer Lopez to get back at double-crossing allies that left him for dead. The action flick streams on August 26.
Ryan Gosling is a stunt driver by day (and wheelman of getaway vehicles at night) who falls for his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan). Then her ex-con husband shows up and all hell breaks loose. Watch this action drama on August 26.
Feel like a comedy?
Lin-Manuel Miranda lends his voice to the kinkajou, a rainforest honey bear with an important promise to keep: to deliver a love song for an old friend. Stream this computer-animated musical comedy on August 6. (Read: Netflix, Sony’s ‘Vivo’ Is Your Next Movie Night Film To Watch!)
Good Boys (2019)
Jason Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon play the uncool kids ready to attend their first kissing party. Stream the coming-of-age comedy on August 10.
The Chair (2021)
A University English Department finds itself helmed by the first woman and lady of color (Sandra Oh). Prepare to binge-watch this offbeat series beginning August 20.
Fancy a documentary?
The Skin We Wear (2021)
Follow four individuals living with Harlequin ichthyosis, a rare genetic disorder that causes the skin to dry and crack. The heartbreaking documentary from Singapore streams August 9.
Pray Away (2021)
Can you really reform—or “pray away”—gays into straight people? That’s the belief of a group advocating conversion therapy. Former leaders and a survivor of this controversial movement speak out in this riveting documentary streaming on August 10.
Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)
Overseas Filipino Workers in Hong Kong have their day in the sun in an annual beauty pageant organized among themselves. The poignant documentary, which won Best Picture at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, streams on August 15.