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Get your queue in order.

August looms as a loaded month for Amazon Prime subscribers. The boss, Jeff Bezos, wants this emerging streaming giant to compete with HBO’s prestige and Netflix’s onslaught of in-house Hollywood A-listers. The month sees four original series and an original film here to compete for your time, with plenty more on the way this fall.

Check out the full listings below.

New on Amazon Prime: Editor’s picks

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Based on the 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay, cinephiles will likely be familiar with Picnic at Hanging Rock from Peter Weir’s 1975 adaptation of the same name. Both versions focus on the disappearance of a group of students and a governess from an Australian girls school called Appleyard College during a picnic on Valentine’s Day, 1900. Where the miniseries and the film diverge is in how they chronicle the aftermath of these events. While the film resolves little of the mystery, choosing to focus more on the effects the women’s disappearance has on the school and its denizens, the miniseries expands the story to include more from Lindsay’s novel, providing additional backstory and answering some of the questions the movie ignores. —Chris Osterndorf

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Lady Bird

Lady Bird made me reconsider Dave Matthews Band. In Greta Gerwig’s debut feature, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a bull-headed high school senior, listens to the 1996 single “Crash Into Me” with her best friend after they get their hearts broken. I wasn’t expecting the scene to hit so hard—the song has been used in movies to schmaltzy effect, and DMB rendered a punchline—but it was the first of several times my eyes involuntarily welled up.  —Audra Schroeder

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The Remix

Singing competitions are a dime a dozen and a staple of reality television. Amazon’s The Remix takes a familiar format and adds a simple wrinkle: 10 duos will create remixes of popular Bollywood songs and judges whittle the groups down until a winner is crowned. The show features some of India’s most popular singers and DJs, and the result is a high energy and highly entertaining show. —Eddie Strait

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New movies on Amazon Prime in August 2018

Aug. 1

Cinderella Story
American Gigolo
American Ninja
American Ninja III: Blood Hunt
Be Cool
Black Mask
Black Rain
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Cold War
CSNY/Déjà Vu
Curse of the Starving Class
Double Whammy
Fat Man and Little Boy
Flight of the Intruder
Freedom Writers
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Get Shorty
High Noon
Hurt Locker
I Went Down
In & Out
Jacob’s Ladder
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
John Grisham’s The Rainmaker
King Corn
Nick of Time
No Way Out
Original Sin
Out of Time
Private Parts
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Species II
Species III
Stir of Echoes
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming
Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf Too
The Blair Witch Project
The Elephant Man
The Ninth Gate
The Prince and Me
The Soloist
The Time Machine
The Usual Suspects
True Colors
Tunnel Rats
Vegas Vacation

Aug. 2

America Divided: 201

Aug. 6

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams

Aug. 7

Having Our Baby
It Takes Guts

Aug. 8

All I See Is You
Blood Ties

Aug. 9

America Divided: 202

Aug. 10

Bleed for This

Aug. 14

I Am Not Lorena

Aug. 16

America Divided: 203

Aug. 17

*Gringo (Prime Original movie)

Aug. 21

Ambassadors of the Sky
Two of a Kind

Aug. 23

America Divided: 204

Aug. 25

The Escape of Prisoner 614
Woman Walks Ahead

Aug. 26


New TV shows on Amazon Prime in August 2018

Aug. TBD

*All or Nothing: Manchester City (Prime Original series)

Aug. 1

#MeToo: Now What?

Aug. 10

*Agatha Christie (Prime Original series)

Aug. 14

Avoiding Apocalypse
*The Stinky & Dirty Show (Prime Original series)

Aug. 31

Billy the Exterminator
Hangar 1: The UFO Files
*Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Prime Original series)
True Tori

New movies on Amazon Prime in July 2018

July 1

20,000 Days On Earth
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
All is Lost
American Psycho
American Psycho 2
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
And God Created Woman
Angel Heart
Angela’s Ashes
Avenging Force
Blazing Saddles
Blue Chips
Body Count
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Cadillac Man
Christmas Trade
Dead Man Walking
Double Jeopardy
Dr. T. and the Women
Finding Bliss
Gran Torino
Highlander II: The Quickening
Incident at Loch Ness
Invaders from Mars
Jeepers Creepers
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf
Letters to Juliet
Maximum Overdrive
Mixed Signals
Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear
Ms. 45
Mulholland Drive
Murphy’s Law
Number One with a Bullet
Our Nixon
P.O.W. the Escape
Patriot Games
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Pretty in Pink
Rabbit Hole
Sex Drive
Six Shooter
Snake Eyes
State of Grace
Street Smart
The Act of Killing
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
The Brothers Bloom
The Eternal
The Foot Fist Way
The Fourth War
The Graduate
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
The Invisible War
The Longest Yard
The Mechanic
The Monster Squad
The Twilight Saga (exclusive)
V for Vendetta
Waste Land
Woody Allen – A Documentary Parts 1 & 2
Wooly Boys
Yelling to the Sky

July 8


July 13

A Fly in the Champagne
Between Two Harbors
Innersection: Black
Innersection: Blue
Modern Collective
Ocean Driven
Surfing Presents: Du Ciel
Winter Out West

July 14

The Forgiven

July 16

Cook Off!

July 20

Max Steel

July 24

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

July 27

The Glass Castle

July 28

Friends with Kids

New TV shows on Amazon Prime in July 2018

July 1

21 Jump Street
Burn Notice
The Closer (exclusive)

July 13

Comicstaan *Prime Original series

July 24

Tumble Leaf *Prime Original series

July 27

Eat.Race.Win *Prime Original series

July 29

The Americans

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This article is frequently updated for relevance.

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the Upstream editor, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.

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