The Best Movies, TV Shows, Books, and Music of August
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Director George Miller briefly forgoes his Mad Max heritage to present a rather dark, fantastical take on the jinn/genie with three wishes. Starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, the film looks visually insane.
More new movies coming to the big and small screen: High-speed train (8/5, halls); Prey (8/5, Hulu); Criminal Emily (8/12, halls); The beast (8/19, cinemas); spin me around (8/19, cinemas/AMC+)
Technically a new show, the last Walking Dead the spinoff will thankfully ditch the slow-paced, convoluted storylines of the main series and feature six unique episodes that take place in different times and places – including several during the first zombie escape, which is still the funniest. (8/14, AMC)
More returning TV series: Industry (8/1, HBO); Reservation dogs (8/3, Hulu); Beavis & Butthead by Mike Judge (8/5, Paramount+); Kevin can fuck himself (8/22, AMC); Archer (8/24, FXX); See (08/26, AppleTV+)
Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds buy a Welsh football team that’s seen better days – and hilarity is likely to ensue, but the initial trailer also promises some touching moments and maybe a bit of real-life Ted Lasso. (8/24, effect)
More new documentaries and specials: My Rolling Stone Life (8/7, EPIX); hard knocks (8/9, HBO); Subway kids (8/12, effects); Dark side of comedy (8/16, Vice); The end is Nye (8/25, Peacock);
This game of thrones prequel – which takes place hundreds of years before Obtained and focuses on a civil war within the Targaryens family – we hope will make up for the terrible way the original thrones finished series. Also, there are apparently 17 dragons in the new show, which is promising. (8/21, HBO)
More new series: The sand man (05/08, Netflix); This crazy guy (8/12, Hulu); She-Hulk: Lawyer (8/17, Disney+); The undeclared war (8/18, Peacock); The patient (8/30, Hulu)
Filmmaker Michael Mann teams up with author Meg Gardiner to return to arguably his best work – albeit in book form. This sequel and The prequel to the legendary detective film De Niro-Pacino-Kilmer also moves some of the action to South America and Southeast Asia. (8/9)
Based on early singles (specifically ‘Won’t Stand Down’ or ‘Kill or Be Killed’), the veteran British trio sound like they’re leaning on the heavy side with their ninth album. will of the people — which is great, though even their experimental, electronic, and melodic detours sound positive in arenas, where you’ll find the band early next year (or you could pay $500 for tix to their brief theatrical tour of fall, but uh, don’t). (8/26)
More new music: Switches (8/5); Danger Mouse & Black Thought (8/12); Hot chip (8/19); Mountain goats (8/19); Blondie (box set, 8/26)
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