A little late summer fun should definitely include a movie night. And as always, there are tons of movies and shows that we think are perfect to stream in Canada this August. From art house flicks to summer blockbusters and stranger-than-fiction documentaries, there’s a lot to look forward to.
Here are the best shows and movies to stream in Canada this August.
The Sandman – Now Streaming
The latest adaptation of one of Neil Gaiman’s books (the same guy behind American Gods and Coraline), this series has already been met with both critical and popular acclaim. It’s a great choice for the superhero-adjacent genre, and a little grittier than others out there.
Clusterf**k: Woodstock ’99 – Now Streaming
Fire Island might be the worst festival that never was, but Woodstock ’99 actually, you know, happened. This in-depth documentary goes behind the scenes in showcasing one of the most infamous music weekends of all time. Limp Bitzkit, Korn, Creed, Kid Rock… what could go wrong?
Day Shift – August 12th
A dumb summer movie is never a bad idea, and even a whiff of Snoop Dogg as a vampire hunter more than satisfies. Best paired with a pizza, some laughs, and a tongue-in-cheek running commentary.
Lightyear – Now Streaming
We’ll be honest, we’re sure that the folks at Disney and Pixar had higher hopes for this pseudo-prequel than the final result. But hey, we’ve literally never been disappointed by a movie from the studio, and we’re positive this isn’t going to break the trend.
The Bear – Now Streaming
On the flipside, this come-outta-nowhere series on FX has become one of the most talked about series of the year. Following the staff at a restaurant in Chicago, the series has been lauded for its unflinching, raw, and at times hilarious look at the restaurant industry.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law – Premieres August 17th
You can’t not get excited about this particularly idiosyncratic series coming to Disney+. Starring the Canadian Emmy-award winner actor Tatiana Maslany in the title role, the show focuses on a lawyer specializing in superhuman cases, who just so happens to turn into a towering 6-foot-7 behemoth from time to time.
Belfast – August 12th
Crave continues to prove itself as a frontrunner in the Canadian streaming world. Our first pick? Belfast, a heartfelt coming-of-age story set at the beginning of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, which just so happened to pick up an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye – August 19th
Following up on that, we’ve got the Academy Award winner for Best Makeup and Best Actress! Jessica Chastain plays the title role, as a warm-hearted televangelist that took America by storm, alongside her husband (played by Andrew Garfield) for years.
House of the Dragon – August 21st
Easily the most anticipated (and therefore most scrutinized) series to come out this month, House of the Dragon is an official prequel for one of the biggest (and most controversial) shows ever- Game of Thrones. Will it fill the shoes? We sure hope so!
The Asphalt Jungle – Now Streaming
A little heist movie never hurt anyone, especially when one of the stars in it is Marilyn Monroe. This black-and-white film from legendary director John Huston is less bombastic and more down-to-earth than most, which makes it great for a laid back night in.
Valley Girl – Now Streaming
We’ll admit that watching The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent has us seeking out all of Nic Cage’s movies. And, they don’t get much more obscure than this coming-of-age tale from the early 80s, which Criterion calls a precursor to Clueless.
The Holy Mountain – Now Streaming
Undoubtedly the weirdest (and most controversial) movie we’re recommending this month, Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain is a true acid trip, loosely based on the French novel Mount Analogue. Like with most avante-garde options, this is not for the faint of heart.
There you have it- our top picks for the best movies and shows to stream in Canada this August!