From Films for Mom to Kid-Friendly Cartoons, Here's What's Streaming in August

Kiarra Sylvester | Jul 22, 2016 TV

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Summer's just begun and yet it's nearly over. And that means you're probably running out of things to keep the kids busy while they're home from school. Perhaps streaming services predicted that, and they've come to the rescue with a bunch of kid-friendly additions this month. So don't pull your hair out quite yet -- between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now, there's something new for everyone (yes, even you, mama) in the month of August. 

So with that said, here are 11 movies and TV shows that you'll absolutely need to make time for this month as they make their debut to whichever streaming service it is that you just can't get enough of.


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  • A Good Woman


    When Mrs. Erlynne's (Helen Hunt) scandalous nature outcasts her from high society New York, she finds herself starting anew in Italy  -- yet making the same mistakes. After messing with the wrong woman one too many times, Erlynne becomes the target of her latest endeavor, Robert Windermere's (Mark Umber) wife (Scarlett Johansson). This is the tale of lust and revenge -- a winning combination (for movies), if you ask me. Be sure to watch on Amazon beginning August 1.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


    The ninja turtles are a product of a science experiment gone bad, but the four teenagers -- Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), and Raphael (Alan Ritchson) -- begin serving as New York City's vigilantes as they get restless in the sewers. And, this time they're forced to deal with a big-name drug lord who becomes a threat to the city. Get a fix of '90s nostalgia with the most recent trilogy coming to Amazon Prime on August 1.

  • The Matrix


    With the entire trilogy coming to Amazon Prime on August 1, you're likely to overdose on eye candy, as Neo (Keanu Reeves) -- a computer hacker -- finds himself taking on the underworld (er, the real world?) in an attempt to overtake the matrix. Eck, it's as confusing to explain as it is to watch!

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  • The Piano


    Weirdly (and possibly inappropriately) one of my favorite movies as a child -- this film is about a mute single mom, Ada (Ada McGrath), who is sold into marriage and forced to relocate her entire life in 1850s New Zealand. With her beloved piano and daughter (Anna Paquin), she tries to start anew in a foreign land but isn't quite willing to settle for a loveless marriage -- this becomes painfully more evident than ever after she finds herself beginning a risky affair with a local worker. If tragic love stories are your thing, tune into Amazon Prime on August 1.

  • Beat Bugs


    Another Netflix OG just for the kids coming August 3! This animation is all about friendship as a group of BFFs set out to explore the only world they know -- the 'burbs. But, in case you're forced to watch this with the kiddies, take comfort in the fact that the series features covers from "the Lennon/McCartney 'Northern Songs' catalogue" -- you'll get a kick out of that, right? (More than animated insects, anyways.) 

  • The Peanuts Movie


    While Snoopy is out slaying his nemesis, Charlie (Noah Schnapp) is crushing hard on the new girl next door. If you remember his impossible luck, though, you're probably aware that his pursuit isn't going as planned. But let's face it! That's what always makes for the best adventures for this kid. Don't wait for Thanksgiving to get nostalgic when you can get your fix of Charlie and the gang (in HD) on August 6 on HBO Now.

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  • Julia


    Julia Shames (Ashley C. Williams) is a victim of sexual assault who seeks an alternative form of therapy after the traumatic experience. At some point in the healing process, it takes a turn for revenge and bloodshed. Get your heart rate up with this thriller coming to Amazon Prime on August 8.

  • Project Mc²


    This brainy Netflix original is all about #GirlPower and it's the perfect series to demonstrate to your little girls that women are so much more than external beauty, as these science-savvy girls are recruited to become spies. And, if your child is already hooked, they can rejoice in the news that season two will be available to stream August 12.

  • Elvis & Nixon


    Tune into Amazon Prime on August 25 to find out the story behind the sacred photo of the king Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) and President Nixon (Kevin Spacey) in this comical telling of the events leading up to the moment. True story!

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  • The Danish Girl


    Looking for a touching and emotion evoking film? This. Is. It. It's all about the heart-wrenching journey that artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander, who won an Oscar for the role) take as he sets out to transition into a woman and ultimately becoming a pioneer for transgender women to come. But beyond anything, it's a journey of love and growth. HBO Now is releasing this ficticious work of genius on August 28. Tune in!

  • Goon


    Pegged a do-nothing loser, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) is looking to beat the odds and finally has a shot at it when (ironically) a lucky punch lands him on a minor league hockey team. When this hits Amazon Prime on August 29 you won't want to miss it, as I'm almost postive that anything with Scott is comical gold. 

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