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6 Must-Watch Movies & TV Shows on HBO NOW in August 2016: ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Aviator,’ and More

From recent Oscar winners to '80s classics, this month's HBO lineup has it all.


New Original Programming:

“Meet the Donors” (8/1)
“Dios, Inc.” - Season 1 Finale (8/5)
“Hitchcock/Truffaut” (8/8)
“Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the LA Rams” (8/10)
“El Negocio” -  Season 3 Premiere (8/12)

IndieWire Pick: “The Night Of” (Series Finale) (8/28)

Riz Ahmed in "The Night Of."

HBO’s well-received limited series “The Night Of” will wrap up its eight-part whodunnit in late August. Steve Zaillian’s gritty drama, which examines a man’s fate after he wakes up charged with the murder of a relative stranger, debuted to rave reviews from critics and audiences. IndieWire’s Ben Travers writes, “By actively engaging on personal and political levels, Zaillian sucks the viewer into a nightmare scenario wholly dependent on two verdicts: first, whether or not Naz is found guilty, but also if he really did it.” Here’s hoping the series can maintain its slow burn thrills all the way to the end.

READ MORE: Review: ‘The Night Of’ ‘Serial’-izes ‘Law & Order,’ But It’s All About ‘The Verdict’

Theatrical Premieres:
“Youth,” 2015 (8/1)
“The Peanuts Movie,” 2015 (8/6)

IndieWire Pick: “Brooklyn,” 2015 (8/13)


With “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers,” and “The Night Of,” HBO’s recent TV content leaves a bit to be desired in terms of general cheeriness. For a break from the doom and gloom, escape to the movies section and bask in the warm glow of recent Best Picture nominee, “Brooklyn.” Saiorse Ronan shines as Eilis, who leaves her home in Ireland to find employment in America, eventually finding love with a charming Italian boy (Emory Cohen, aggressively charismatic in the best way). It’s certainly not without its tearful moments, but “Brooklyn” is a cup of chicken soup disguised as a movie- warm, hearty, and will no doubt leave you coming back for a second helping.

READ MORE: Sundance Review: John Crowley’s Gorgeous & Bittersweet ‘Brooklyn’ With Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson & Emory Cohen

“Point Break,” 2015 (8/20)
“In the Heart of the Sea,” 2015 (8/27)
“Seventh Son,” 2014 (8/25)
“The Danish Girl,” 2015 (8/26)

Starting August 1:

IndieWire Pick: “The Aviator,” 2004

the aviator

Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator” stars a mishmash, all-star cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, Alan Alda, Kate Beckinsale, Gwen Stefani and Adam Scott. If that lineup alone doesn’t sell it, the film follows legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes as he kicks off his filmmaking career and struggles to design a new aircraft. “The Aviator” won a number of Oscars and Golden Globes, and is considered one of the highlights of DiCaprio’s and Blanchett’s careers.

READ MORE: The 10 Greatest Leonardo DiCaprio Performances

“Brown Sugar,” 2002
“The Bucket List,” 2007
“Capote,” 2005
“Carlito’s Way,” 1993
“Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power,” 2005
“Charlie Wilson’s War,” 2007
“The Chase,” 1994
“Dog Day Afternoon,” 1975
“Hollywoodland,” 2006
“Hotel for Dogs,” 2009
“Life or Something Like It,” 2002
“No Reservations,” 2007
“One Hour Photo,” 2002

IndieWire Pick: “Say Anything…,” 1989

say anything

Everyone knows the jukebox moment from “Say Anything…,” but the famous 30-second scene is far from the best part of Cameron Crowe’s 1989 classic. John Cusack is at his most charming as Lloyd Dobbler, an irrepressible, kickboxing underachiever who falls in love with the beautiful class valedictorian the summer after graduation. Full of great quotes (“She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”) and comedic side characters, “Say Anything…” is the underrated, quirky cousin of all those John Hughes movies that are never quite as good as you remember them being.

READ MORE: Cameron Crowe Says He’s “Trying To Stop” Development Of ‘Say Anything’ TV Show

“Scarface,” 1983
“Scent of a Woman,” 1992
“Simon Birch,” 1998
“Summer Catch,” 2001
“The Theory of Everything,” 2014

Last Chance to Catch:
“Annabelle,” 2014 (Ends 8/15)

Ending August 31:
“Alpha Dog,” 2006
“Barbershop,” 2002
“Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” 2004
“Beauty Shop,” 2005

IndieWire Pick: “Far from the Madding Crowd,” 2015

far from the madding crowd

When it comes to book-to-movie period dramas these days, it can be hard to find one that stays true to the original material without dragging or shoeing in needless twists and turns. “Far From the Madding Crowd” was overshadowed last year by flashier films like “The Danish Girl,” but its gorgeous cinematography and subdued performances warrant a second look. Carey Mulligan as a no-nonsense leading lady who don’t need no man? Matthias Schoenaerts as her rugged farmhand? Sign us up.

READ MORE: Review: ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ With Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, And Tom Sturridge

“Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later,” 1998
“Inspector Gadget,” 1999
“I Origins, 2014
“I Think I Love My Wife,” 2007
“Love & Basketball,” 2000

IndieWire Pick: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Considered by many to be the best movie of 2016, “Mad Max: Fury Road” blew up everyone’s expectations with an insane, nonstop sequel to George Miller’s original “Mad Max” trilogy. From IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, “‘Mad Max’ doesn’t just depict conflicts with evildoers in a tattered existence. It delivers a rare alternative to aggressively stupid action movies. At a time of great need, Max rides again.” Catch the madness before it leaves HBO at the end of August.

READ MORE: Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is the Best Action Movie of the Year

“Saving Silverman,” 2001
“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” 2015
“Shrek the Third,” 2007
“Snatch,” 2000
“Spaceballs,” 1987
“Tropic Thunder,” 2008
“True Story,” 2015
“Unfriended,” 2014
“The Uninvited,” 2009
“A Walk Among the Tombstones,” 2015

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