The digital space is booming with entertaining releases as August rolls in, calling for mandatory binge sessions throughout the week. Kicking things off with highly immersive cinematic experiences are Navarasa—a Tamil anthology of nine films, depicting an array of emotions, and Manoj Bajpayee-led crime thriller, Dial 100. The next few days will also bring a lineup of true-crime documentaries from Netflix, with Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord, Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami, and A Big Little Murder. Below, check out all the titles to look forward to this week.1. The Courier (August 2)
Benedict Cumberbatch leads this spy thriller, based on a true story, set during the Cold War. He plays a British businessman named Greville Wynne who is contacted by the CIA and MI6 to get in league with a soviet informer—Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze). The duo then ends up procuring vital intelligence that eventually solves the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis, preventing certain war. However, the celebration is short-lived for the pair as the Soviets end up capturing them.
Streaming on Amazon Prime Video2. Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord (August 3)
This documentary film fleshes out the life of Maximilian Schmidt, a German citizen who, in February 2015, was apprehended for selling €4.1 million worth of narcotics from his bedroom. The film reveals how Schmidt, using a website of his creation named shinyflakes.com and the mailing service, became the kingpin of an international drug racket at the age of 19. He sold one tonne of drugs in 14 months giving birth to one of the largest cybercrime cases in Germany. His story also inspired another Netflix show—How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast).
Streaming on Netflix3. Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami (August 4)
Director Billy Corben returns after 15 years to dish out a follow-up to his 2006 documentary film, Cocaine Cowboys. The narrative chronicles the lives of Cuban deportees Augusto “Willy” Falcon and Salvador “Sal” Magluta, who were indicted for bootlegging over 75 tons of cocaine into the US in the '80s. They made a billion-dollar empire in Miami and continued to tackle with the authorities until their eventual downfall. Showcasing highly revealing interviews with their friends, families, and the lawmen tasked with taking them down, the film tries to present an intimate glimpse into the lives of these traffickers.
Streaming on Netflix4. Cooking with Paris (August 4)
The not-so-traditional cooking show begs the question—can Paris Hilton cook? The short answer would be “not really”, but that won't stop the star from hosting her own series. Collaborating with some of her celebrity friends including Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, among others, Hilton, the not-so-trained chef, will be seen navigating through the domestic culinary arts in every episode. Making her way from grocery shopping to compiling a proper meal, she will learn about fresh ingredients, unique recipes, intriguing appliances, and maybe find her way across a kitchen. The show has been inspired by her viral YouTube video by the same name.
Streaming on Netflix5. A Big Little Murder (August 6)A Big Little Murder (August 6)
Bringing to light the murder of a seven-year-old schoolboy in Delhi, A Big Little Murder acts as a documentary probe into India's first high-profile school killing. The incident that saw the body of the child discovered in his school washroom sent ripples of shock across the country in 2017. The police initially arrested a bus conductor and pointed to a failed sexual assault but the CBI later overturned this decision and accused a child from the 11th grade, who later confessed to the murder. The two-part narrative uses exclusive conversations with the families of both the victim and the accused to try and paint a vivid picture of the motives behind such an act.
Streaming on Netflix6. Dial 100 (August 6)
An officer at the Mumbai Police Emergency Call Centre, Nikhil Sood (Manoj Bajpayee), is in for a hectic night shift when he receives a call from a suicidal woman, Seema Pallav (Neena Gupta). While he tries to calm her down and help her, she leads him down a rabbit hole that threatens to unveil his dark secrets. As the events unfold, the hysterical woman kidnaps Nikhil’s wife (Sakshi Tanwar) and threatens to destroy everything he holds dear in the name of justice.
Streaming on ZEE57. Navarasa (August 6)
An anthology of nine films featuring some of the most prolific talents from the Tamil film industry, Navarasa is touted to be a cinematic masterpiece. Every film will feature a highly unique narrative with one distinct emotion as its driving force. They will highlight anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace, and wonder among them. The anthology features Prakash Raj, Vijay Sethupathi, Parvathy Thiruvothu, and Suriya, among others.
Streaming on Netflix8. Vivo (August 6)
After The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Sony Pictures Animation is set to bring forth a musical adventure with Vivo. The plot revolves around a kinkajou (voiced by Lin-Manuel Miranda) who loves to play music for people with his owner, Andrés. Eventually, their schedule is interrupted because of a letter written by singer Marta Sandoval, inviting her former partner, Andrés, to her farewell concert. However, Vivo sees this as an opportunity to finally deliver a romantic message to Marta that his owner had composed ages ago in the form of a song, and nudge this long-lost love story in the right direction.
Streaming on NetflixAlso read:
9 women-powered shows and anthologies on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar and more
9 inspiring Bollywood sports dramas on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar you need to watch now
12 series and documentaries on Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar and Prime Video that bring you closer to wildlife