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New Shows and Movies Streaming in August

New changes for Mulan and Tenet. More uncertain than ever!

Jul 31, 2020

We are still stuck at home for the most part. School attendance in person or at home is up in the air. We live in uncertain times!  Kidzworld continues checking out what is new streaming and On Demand in August while two feature films headed for theaters are bumped to September or beyond!

"Tales of Arcadia: Wizards" - Season 1 Trailer

 

 

Rescheduled…..Again!

Disney’s Mulan, a live-action tale of a fearless young woman who, to prevent her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China, is now pulled off the release calendar indefinitely! It won’t be rescheduled until Disney feels is it safe to go to theaters. If it comes out Labor Day Weekend, it will compete with Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part 2.

The family in A Quiet Place Part IIThe family in A Quiet Place Part II

Tenet, a PG-13 Sci-Fi spy drama from cool director Christopher Nolan has been rescheduled to September 3rd. Twilight’s Robert Pattinson is in the cast. Trailers indicate that the story will be quite complicated and involve reversing the flow of time and more than one reality so we would say it is for ages 13 and up.

Netflix  

Notable New Series

“Wizards: Tales From Arcadia” (August 7th) This is the last installment of Guillermo Del Toro’s series. The animated original follows “Trollhunters” and “3Below” and picks up where those two trolls, magic and sci-fi shows left off. Young wizard trainee Douxie (Colin O’Donoghue) and Arcadian heroes go on a time travel adventure to medieval Camelot and end up in a huge battle for the control of magic that will determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged.

Wizards are ready!Wizards are ready!Courtesy of Netflix

“The Legend of Korra” (August 14th) – all four seasons. This animated sequel to “Avatar: The Last Airbender” takes place 70 years after the events in Airbender. It focuses on Avatar Korra, a seventeen-year-old girl from the Southern Water Tribe and the successor of Avatar Aang from “The Last Airbender”.

Korra will join NetflixKorra will join Netflix

“Teenage Bounty Hunters” (August 14th) –a Netflix Original.  Rebelling against their buttoned-up Southern community, sixteen-year-old fraternal twin sisters Sterling (Maddie Phillips) and Blair (Anjelica Bette Fellini) Wesley team up with veteran bounty hunter Bowser Jenkins (Kadeem Hardison) for an over-the-top adventure as they dive into the world of bail skipping baddies and suburban secrets while trying to navigate high school drama -- love, sex, and study hall. Probably not appropriate for very young kids.

Teens bring in the bad guysTeens bring in the bad guys

Added movies

Project Power (August 14th) -  Note: Rated R for violence, bloody images, drug content and some language. Make your viewing choice accordingly). The action film starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt imagines a world where everyday citizens are able to take a pill that gives them superpowers for five minutes at a time. Imagine what that would mean!

Want superpowers...for five minutes?Want superpowers...for five minutes?

Casino Royale (PG-13) – A Daniel Craig James Bond film you might have missed.

The Neverending Story – starts August 1st (PG) On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called "The Neverending Story”. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by "The Nothing," a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive.

A great fantasy adventureA great fantasy adventure

The Neverending Story 2 –(PG) Not as good but…Having saved the magical land of Fantasia from destruction in "The Neverending Story," young Bastian (Jonathan Brandis) is having trouble in the real world in a dysfunctional family. He picks up the book that led to his first adventure and hears the voice of the Childlike Empress (Alexandra Johnes), telling him that her land needs help. Bastian returns to the kingdom, now threatened by a sorceress named Xayide (Clarissa Burt).

Dennis the Menace (1993) starts August 1st – (PG)- ‘90s adaptation of a classic cartoon. Mischievous Dennis Mitchell (Mason Gamble) makes the life of neighbor George Wilson (Walter Matthau) miserable with his energy and troublemaking. Because his parents must leave town for work and can't find a baby sitter for Dennis, they ask George and his wife, Martha (Joan Plowright), to take care of him. But when burglar Switchblade Sam (Christopher Lloyd) breaks in to steal George's gold coin collection, he takes Dennis as a hostage, and crusty George must save the boy.

Dennis is ready to play a prankDennis is ready to play a prank

Pick of the Litter – August 2nd - a sweet documentary on puppies that journey to become guide dogs.

Some dogs are meant for greatness!Some dogs are meant for greatness!

Mr. Peabody & Sherman –August 11th – Cute and witty animated movie about a time travelling canine and his adopted son.

Amazon Prime Video

Original Amazon Movies

Chemical Hearts – starts August 21st-   is a teen romance/drama about 17-year-old Henry Page (Austin Abrams) who has never been in love. He fancies himself a romantic, but the kind of once-in-a-lifetime love he’s been hoping for just hasn’t happened yet. Then, on the first day of senior year, he meets transfer student Grace Town (“Riverdale”s Lili Reinhart), and it seems all that is about to change. When Grace and Henry are chosen to co-edit the school paper, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious newcomer. As he learns the heartbreaking secret that has changed her life, he finds himself falling in love with her — or at least the person he thinks she is.

Falling in love in complicatedFalling in love in complicatedCourtesy of Amazon

Other Movies

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG) comes to Amazon August 3rd. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet -- high school. Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents while trying to solve the seemingly impossible mystery behind a lost Incan civilization. Based on the “Dora the Explorer” animated series.

Dora follows the cluesDora follows the cluesCourtesy of Paramount Pictures

The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13) August 6th is a charming movie about Zak, a Down’s Syndrome young man who, after running away from a residential home to pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler, befriends an outlaw who becomes his coach, ally and friend.

Zak makes a friendZak makes a friend

Top Gun – (PG) starts August 1st- With a sequel being made as soon as it is safe, might as well watch the original. The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn't only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he's also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

Top Gun made Cruise a superstarTop Gun made Cruise a superstar

Bernie the Dolphin 2 – (G)-August 14th- After disappearing in the first film, Bernie has come back but so has the evil Winston, who's about to kidnap the talented dolphin. Kevin and Holly must rescue their splashy friend before it's too late.

Disney+

Series

The “Muppets Now” six episode series continues all month. Muppet Scooter rushes to make his delivery deadlines and upload the brand-new Muppet series for streaming. The show is due now, and he'll need to navigate whatever obstacles, distractions, and complications the rest of the Muppet gang throws at him... which are, delightfully, many.

Muppets are back!Muppets are back!Courtesy of Disney

New Disney documentary

Howard –August 7th tells the story of late Oscar-winning lyricist Howard Ashman who breathed life into some of Disney's most famous films with his amazing songs. 'Part of Your World' and ‘Kiss the Girl’ from The Little Mermaid and 'Be our Guest', ‘Gaston’ from Beauty and the Beast are only a few of them. Working with partner Alan Menken, who wrote the music, Howard is credited with words for Aladdin songs “Arabian Nights”, “Friend Like Me” etc. and so much more. He sadly died from complications of the AIDS virus at only 40 years old.

Howard gave Little Mermaid her voiceHoward gave Little Mermaid her voiceCourtesy of Disney

Movies

X-Men – (PG-13) starts August 7th - They are children of the atom, homo superior, the next link in the chain of evolution. Each was born with a unique genetic mutation, which at puberty manifested itself in extraordinary powers. In a world filled with hate and prejudice, they are feared by those who cannot accept their differences. Led by Xavier the X-Men fight to protect a world that fears them. They are locked in a battle with former colleague and friend, Magneto who believes humans and mutants should never co-exist.

X-Men original castX-Men original cast

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – (PG-13) August 7th - In the holy city of Alamut resides the Sands of Time, which gives mortals the power to turn back time. After leading an attack on the city, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), the adopted son of Persia's king, acquires a dagger that gives the one who holds it access to the Sands. Dastan goes on the run with an Alamut princess named Tamina (Gemma Arterton) after being accused of killing his father. The pair must protect the ancient treasure from dark forces and unmask the king's assassin.

Ant-Man and the Wasp –(PG-13) - August 14th - Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

Ant-Man and the WaspAnt-Man and the WaspCourtesy of Marvel Studios

The Greatest Showman – (PG-13) August 14th –  A musical film starring Hugh Jackman - Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion, selling lottery tickets by age 12. After trying his hands at various jobs, P.T. turns to show business to indulge his limitless imagination, rising from nothing to create the Barnum & Bailey circus. Featuring catchy musical numbers, exotic performers and daring acrobatic feats, Barnum's mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth.

Zombies 2 – (PG) - August 14th –  In a sequel to the Disney Channel movie Zombies, we have the continuing adventures of Seabrook High students Addison and Zed, whose budding romance is threatened by the arrival of werewolves.

Here come the werewolves!Here come the werewolves!Courtesy of Disney

Beauty and the Beast (PG) - August 21st  is a musical romance based upon the animated Disney film. Check out Harry Potter’s Emma Watson as Belle. An arrogant prince is cursed to live as a terrifying beast until he finds true love. His chance comes when he captures a clockmaker, whose place is then taken by his bold and beautiful daughter Belle. Helped by the Beast's similarly enchanted servants, including a clock, a teapot and candelabra, Belle begins to see the sensitive soul behind the fearsome facade. But as time runs out, it soon becomes obvious that Belle's cocky suitor Gaston is the real beast of the piece.

Emma Watson saves the BeastEmma Watson saves the BeastCourtesy of Disney

Alice Through the Looking Glass –(PG) August 28th - After slipping through a mirror, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself back in Underland with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Her friends tell her that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is in a funk over the loss of his family. Hoping to save his loved ones, Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) to travel into the past. While there, she encounters the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).

What Are You Watching?

How do you feel about movies and TV shows streaming and “On Demand”? Are you upset that most movie theaters aren’t open this summer? Do you miss attending movies with you besties? Do you have a fave TV show or movie we aren’t mentioning? Talk it up on Kidzworld!

By: Lynn Barker