Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this hot summer month to bring you a curated list of the 11 most worth your time. You'll find everything from the latest controversial documentary from the Dane behind "The Red Chapel" to a Gallic musical starring some of France's biggest stars, a zombie splatterfest set at a wedding and a road-trip drama headlined by Sherlock Homles himself, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Here are the 11 films to watch on VOD this August, in alphabetical order. Click on the film's title for its individual film page.
"Ajami" (August 7)
Nominated for a 2009 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, "Ajami" is a powerful crime drama set on the mean streets of Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood — a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. The lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother's medical expenses; and a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother all intersect in this sprawling ensemble drama. "For all of its stories, characters, and perspectives, 'Ajami' is essentially a sustained gaze into a widening, all-encompassing trap," wrote Eric Hynes in his review of the film for Indiewire. "Life is cheap, death is random, and no one is safe."
Where to Find: XBOX
"The Ambassador" (August 4)
You can always count on Danish journalist/filmmaker Mads Brügger to stir the pot. In the award-winning documentary that put him on the map, "The Red Chapel," Brügger headed to North Korea with two Danish-Korean comedians under the guise of a cultural exchange to show what life is really like for the country's citizens. With his follow-up "The Ambassador," which played at the Sundance Film Festival in January, he makes his way to the Central African Republic posing as a Liberian consul to show what happens when a very white European man buys his way into being a diplomat in one of Central Africa's most failed nations.
Where to Find: Dish, DirecTV, Comcast, Cox, Brighthouse, Charter, Time Warner, ATT, Verizon
"The Babymakers" (August 3)
From the director of the much-beloved state trooper comedy "Super Troopers," Jay Chandrasekhar, comes his latest, "The Babymakers." Though nowhere near as wild as his breakout feature, "Babymakers" still makes for a rowdy time thanks to an outlandish plot that centers on a couple (Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn) who, after struggling to get pregnant, decide that the best course of action is to repossess his previous sperm deposit. What a great idea! The film also stars Constance Zimmer, comedian Kevin Heffernan and "The Talk" host Aisha Tyler.
Where to Find: Movies On Demand, iTunes, Playstation, XBOX, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Blockbuster Online, Charter, Cox, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios, Cablevision, Directv