8 Shows and Movies to Watch in August

Are all these choices overwhelming you? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered!
Wednesday 4 August 2021
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Now that Netflix is no longer alone, planning your free time to catch all the great content across different streaming platforms is all the more paramount. Fret not, we’re here to help you organise your entertainment roster, so you won’t be missing a beat in the next Zoom conversation with your buddies. 


1. Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat 

After a busy day of toggling from one tab to another, wind down to Nigella Lawson as she takes you through her sinful desserts and her hearty and comforting meals. The celebrity chef will not only be revealing all her tasteful culinary secrets, she’ll also go into detail about the inspiration behind each recipe. 

With seven episodes, and 23 recipes to binge on, we bet you’d pick up a thing or two to stir things up in your own kitchen! Malaysian viewers may catch it on the BBC Lifestyle channel on TM’s UnifiTV. 


2. Mr. Corman

This upcoming Apple TV+ series is written, directed, produced by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 

In this comedy-drama, we are following Josh Corman as he navigates a life of not following his dreams. He may be an artist at heart, but a career in music was not in the cards for him, and so he finds himself teaching fifth grade in the San Fernando Valley. 

More things went sideways in his life, such as his ex-fiance moving out, only to be replaced by his high school buddy. 

If you enjoy beautiful yet relatable shows that have sprinkles of dark humour, then this is the one for you. Catch the series on Apple TV+ on the 6th. 


3. 2067

Are you ready for a climate reality check? 2067 is coming to FOX Movies this 14th to be that wake-up call. 

The year is 2067, and Earth has been ravaged by climate change—all plant life is gone, civilisation as we know it has collapsed and the human race is facing extinction. Now, it’s up to an underground tunnel worker, Ethan Whyte (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee) to travel to the future to seek a cure to the Sickness, an ailment the society is facing from breathing in tainted synthetic oxygen. 

Despite his reluctance, he changed his mind after some convincing from his wife, Xanthe, who is afflicted with the Sickness. How will this play out? Tune in to this thrilling sci-fi film to discover how he’s going to determine his future past. 


4. He’s All That

If you’re thinking that the title is all too close to 1999’s She’s All That, it’s because this is a gender-swapped version of the movie. And if you’re on the same bandwagon as the rest of the world, then you’d enjoy this little nugget of nostalgia. 

Starring Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan, catch this Netflix romcom on the 27th. 

Bonus throwback content: Rachael Leigh Cook, who played the protagonist She’s All That, is making an appearance. Though her characters have been confirmed to be unrelated to each other, it’s still a significant nod, especially to those who grew up watching the movie. 


5. Time

Add this to the list of Sean Bean’s compelling portrayal of characters. In BBC’s Time, the award-winning actor takes on the role of a convicted teacher.

While his gentle demeanor makes him a poor fit for the penitentiary, it’s also the quality that earned him friends inside the prison. And just as much as he is facing mental and emotional torment for his actions, so does the prison guard Eric McNally (played by Stephen Graham). 

You’ll be left wanting more after this three-part series, so be the first to check it out when it airs this 6th via BBC Player and UnifiTV channel 481. 


6. The Rental

Up for some shivers down your spine? In this movie, two couples rented a seaside house for a celebratory weekend getaway. However, things turned dark when they found a camera in the shower. 

Addressing this invasion of privacy would force both couples to address the entanglement they’re in. But before the issue could be resolved, a masked individual sneaked their way into the rental, causing bloody mayhem for the group. 

Tune in to FOX Movies, or UnifiTV channel 401 to catch this horror flick—it just premiered on Monday the 2nd.


7. Too Close

If you want to up the ante, then turn to the cerebrally disturbing three-part thriller miniseries, Too Close

Here, forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson (played by Emily Watson) is assigned to assess the sanity of Connie Mortensen (played by Denise Gough). While Dr Robertson has had her fair share of dealing with high security patients, Connie knows all the right buttons to push to unravel Dr Robertson’s methods. 

Clear your 20th, this one will definitely take you on a binge-watch. Tune in to BBC Player and UnifiTV channel 481 to watch this.


8. Made in Italy

We’re ending this round-up with a comedy drama, for gorgeous locations do check out Made in Italy, on the 7th of August at 9pm on FOX Movies and UnifiTV channel 401.

Liam Neeson, usually seen in more rugged action man roles, stars alongside his real-life son, Micheál Richardson as father and son in art imitating life roles. In real life, both actors lost their mother/wife Natasha Richardson in a tragic skiing accident over a decade ago. Made in Italy sees them facing the same heart wrenching loss, and are estranged because of their inability to cope with the grief. After living separate lives, their characters Robert and Jack Foster return to their former family home in Italy, hoping to flip the property for profit. The endeavour takes several comic and dramatic terms before its final resolution.