New on Netflix August 2015: From Narcos and Spellbound to Kick Ass 2 and Dinotrux

Our pick of the best films and TV shows coming to the streaming service

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Another month, another load of films and TV series to binge-watch on Netflix.

Highlights arriving this August include the drug drama Narcos on the 28 August, a ten part series based on the rise of Pablo Escobar that has been said to be one of the hottest – and most original – TV offerings to grace out TV screens since Breaking Bad.

Set in the Eighties, the series is in both in English and Spanish and will be told from from Escobar’s perspective and that of American DEA agent, Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), partner of Javier Peña, the Mexican agent who brings Escobar down.

 

If you’re a comic-book fan then you’re in for a pleasant surprise as Kick-Ass 2 is coming to the streaming service on 9 August. The ultra-violent film stars Jim Carrey who once disowned the film, the writer going on to say they were “delighted” with the snub. Make of that what you will.

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Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2

Perhaps you’re more a documentary person? Then Spellbound, coming 6 August, is for you. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz, it follows eight competitors as they compete in the 1999 National Spelling Bee. That may not sound great but the documentary went on to be nominated for an academy award and was critically applauded.

Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot more to get excited about. If you subscribe to a U.S. account you’re in better luck as dozens of movies are being added to the service including The Hurt Locker and series eight of Doctor Who.

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The Doctor's heading for US Netflix

Netflix, supposedly, want to break down the restrictions put on releases to make content the same all over the world, but this is yet to happen. In the meantime, we have these to sink our teeth in to.

1 August

The Grandmaster

I Dream of Wires

6 August

Spellbound

9 August

Kick-Ass 2

7 August

Club de Cuervos

14 August

Dinotrux

28 August

Narcos

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