Traditionally, August has been a quiet month for streaming services — a time for the public to catch up on all the movies and TV shows they may have missed in the previous months.
Not so in 2022. This year, studio bosses have seen fit to bombard subscribers with perhaps more newcomers than in any other month. This weekend’s headliner is The Sandman on Netflix, but Prime Video, HBO Max and Paramount Plus also get many welcome additions.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven of the biggest new movies and TV shows to watch on streaming services this weekend in August. Happy binge!
The Sandman (Netflix)
After trudging through the hell of big and small screen development for over three decades, The Sandman finally arrives on Netflix this weekend.
This highly anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved comic book series tells the story of Dream, one of the Seven Endless – a group of superhuman beings more powerful than gods – who escapes capture after 105 years and sets out to restore order to his magical kingdom. . Tom Sturridge, David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman and Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Gwendoline Christie are among the star cast of the show.
In our review, we said that The Sandman’s “fascinating cast of characters, expansive universe, and deeply human themes” make “Gaiman’s dark fantasy comic book series worthy.” We also spoke to the shows’ cast and crew to find out how they ultimately brought this high-concept story to life.
Now streaming on Netflix.
Prey (Hulu, Disney Plus)
Prey, one of the most anticipated new horror movies of 2022, is now available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
A pseudo-prequel to Predator from 1987 – the film’s director Dan Trachtenberg has his own position in the franchise – Prey tells the story of Naru (Amber Midthunder), a member of a Comanche Nation tribe who goes on the hunt for a primitive version of the series’ titular creature in 1719.
We described the film as “unashamedly violent, surprisingly gripping and simplistically effective” in our review, calling Prey the best Predator film since the Arnold Schwarzenegger original. Horror fans, don’t miss this one.
Now available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
Thirteen Lives (prime video)
Ron Howard (Rush, Apollo 13) returns to the director’s chair with Thirteen Lives, now streaming on Prime Video after being swept up in Amazon’s merger with MGM.
A fictional depiction of the 2018 incident in which a soccer team and their coach were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for 18 days, with Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton as members of the rescue team that rescued them.
Early critical reception has so far been universally positive, with: one reviewer (opens in new tab) called Thirteen Lives an “overwhelming auditory and visual experience that necessarily puts the audience at risk.” We recommend watching it alongside Nat Geo’s Disney Plus documentary, The Rescue, which retells the same story with lifelike footage.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
Industry Season 2 (HBO Max)
A potent mix of Euphoria and Succession, HBO’s high-finance drama series, Industry, returns for a second season this week.
Two years after the show’s first season, new episodes show young investment bankers Yasmin (Marisa Abela), Harper (Myha’la Herrold), and Robert (Harry Lawtey) grapple with the pressures of work, their relationships and the pandemic at a prestigious London finance company.
The first episode of Industry Season 2 is now available to stream on HBO Max, with the remaining seven arriving every Monday through September 19. UK viewers will have to wait for the series to return to BBC iPlayer, although no release date has been confirmed yet.
Now available to stream on HBO Max in the US.
Happiness (Apple TV Plus)
Arrived on the heels of Netflix the sea beast this weekend is Luck, Apple’s very own fantasy-inspired animation adventure for Apple TV Plus.
Featuring the voice talents of Simon Pegg, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg and John Ratzenberger, this follows Sam Greenfield, the self-proclaimed unhappiest person in the world who, after landing in the mystical Land of Happiness, must befriend his magical creatures for her fortune. turn around.
Reviews are less than free so far – one critic (opens in new tab) called the film “pound-shop Pixar” and “a short straw for young audiences” — but families are sure to find plenty to enjoy from Luck’s well-meaning story.
Now available to stream on Apple TV Plus.
Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head (Paramount Plus)
After a surprisingly well-received movie sequel in June, Beavis and Butt-Head returns to the small screen on Paramount Plus in August.
This two-season revival (the second is already in development) sees franchise creator Mike Judge reprise his role(s) as the series’ titular delinquents, performing their usual apathetic, heavy metal-loving tricks in 12 new episodes.
The revamped Beavis and Butt-Head has been hailed for proving that “stupidity never goes out of style” – so those looking for an easy laugh this weekend look no further.
Now available to stream on Paramount Plus.
Fans of John Wick and The Raid, listen up: Carter is streaming on Netflix now.
From famed Korean director Jung Byung-gil, this follows Joo Won’s seemingly indestructible Agent Carter (no, not that one), a man who, after suffering from amnesia, is thrown into an explosive hostage rescue mission full of twists and turns.
Reviews for Carter haven’t surfaced yet, but by the looks of the movie’s trailer, it looks like it’s poised to please fans of ridiculous action romp.
Now streaming on Netflix.