New on Netflix UK in August 2017: the best movies and TV shows coming soon

Marvel's The Defenders, Kathy Bates' 420-friendly Disjointed and offbeat autism comedy Atypical lead a strong month for TV

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Netflix are rolling out a host of original shows this month, from comic book accumulator Marvel’s The Defenders to a couple of new offbeat comedies led by Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh respectively. 

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In addition, a lot of fantastic films are dropping on the service, including Danny Boyle’s adaptation of The Beach and 1990s gangland classic Boyz N the Hood.

Check out the full list of the best TV series and films arriving on Netflix in August below.

1 August

X2: X-Men United A rare sequel that is actually better than its predecessor. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and co take on a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the president’s life

The Beach A fresh-faced Leo DiCaprio heads to a cult-like seaside paradise in Thailand led by Tilda Swinton. It does not go swimmingly

The Birdcage Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are surprisingly convincing – and entertaining – as a gay couple pretending to be straight in this 90s comedy

Godzilla (1998) Roland Emmerich attempts to recreate the reptilian Japanese monster with computer graphics to comically bad results

4 August

DOPE Hip-hop culture’s answer to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Inglewood-dwelling youngster Malcolm gets roped into some dodgy business with a drug dealer played by A$AP Rocky

Love and Mercy The troubled times of Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson, as portrayed by Paul Dano and John Cusack

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Another outing for the creators of the divisive original film (Wet Hot American Summer) with an impressive list of comedy stars including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig

Icarus Jaw-dropping doc in which a relatively small-scale doping investigation blows the lid on the greatest scandal in sporting history

7 August

Hostel Gory horror by Eli Roth. Guaranteed to unsettle prospective backpackers

11 August

Atypical Coming of age comedy about an 18-year old on the autism spectrum who goes on the hunt for a girlfriend, despite his doting mother’s (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) protests

Naked Groundhog Day with a twist: every time Rob Anderson relives the same day, he wakes up naked in an elevator

17 August

The Girl Who Played With Fire Swedish-made second instalment to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy

18 August

Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1 Netflix’s street-level heroes unite to save New York City

What Happened to Monday In a dystopian future with a one-child policy, a set of septuplets – fathered by Willem Defoe – vie to stay alive

25 August

Disjointed: Part 1 The new Weeds? Kathy Bates runs a cannabis dispensary in a sitcom from the makers of The Big Bang Theory

The Mist: Season 1 Adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name looks set to deliver some more pointedly scary thrills as we await Stranger Things 2

Death Note Willem Defoe pops up again in this Netflix Original manga adaptation. A teen discovers a supernatural notebook that grants him the power to kill anyone by writing their names down

28 August

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Biopic of the late South African President and civil rights hero, as portrayed by Idris Elba

30 August

Boyz n the Hood Classic drama exploring the lives of three teenagers in South central Los Angeles in the 1990s

31 August

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The Other Boleyn Girl Star studded period drama. Boleyn sisters Scarlett Johannson and Natalie Portman compete for the affections of Henry VIII (Eric Bana)