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Clockwise: Men in Kilts, Waco: The Aftermath, Grease (1975), Atomic Blonde.
Clockwise: Men in Kilts, Waco: The Aftermath, Grease (1975), Atomic Blonde.

Pop CultureAugust 14, 2023

New to streaming: What to watch on Netflix NZ, Neon and more this week

Clockwise: Men in Kilts, Waco: The Aftermath, Grease (1975), Atomic Blonde.
Clockwise: Men in Kilts, Waco: The Aftermath, Grease (1975), Atomic Blonde.

What are you going to be watching this week? We round up everything coming to streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, Neon and TVNZ+.

The biggies

Men in Kilts (season two on Neon from August 14)

Grab your sporran and heat up your porridge, because Men in Kilts is back for a second season. This time Outlander co-stars and BFFs Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish have travelled through the stones to New Zealand, where they’ll enjoy a jam-packed schedule of high-adrenaline antics and hectic hijinks. Get ready to see Jamie Fraser and his Uncle Dougal go Zorbing, learn the haka and climb a maunga or two – as well as the obligatory celebrity visit to Hobbiton, of course. / Tara Ward

Fifteen-Love (limited series on TVNZ+ from August 15)

No, Fifteen-Love is not a new love-based reality show. It’s a limited series about a former tennis prodigy (Ella Lily Hyland, in her debut role) who makes an allegation against her former coach (Aidan Turner, from Poldark) who guided her to reach the semi-finals at the French Open. Five years after the fact, she’s dealing with an injury, psychological scars and he’s… coaching a new prospect. Sounds bleak, sounds dramatic, sounds like competitive tennis. / SB

Waco: The Aftermath (limited series on Neon from August 17)

This limited series is ripped from the headlines… of 1993! It’s also a follow-up series to the 2018 mini-series Waco, which dramatised the 1993 standoff between the FBI (you know what that stands for), the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and the Brand Davidians (an apocalyptic cult) in Waco, Texas. This sequel series portrays the aftermath of the siege, with many of the cast from the original series reprising their roles, including Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham and John Leguizamo. / SB

The notables

Depp v Heard (on Netflix from August 16)

Were you following this trial last year? If so, there’s probably no chance you want to see a documentary about it. But just in case you weren’t, or if you were and want more, look no further than August 16. Early reports suggest that it is a pro-Depp hagiography with quotes from a former Bachelor lead (?). So, yup. Moving on. / SB

Harlan Coben’s Shelter (on Prime Video from August 18)

This series, based on the popular 2011 book of the same name, follows teenager Mickey (Jaden Michael) who has to start his life again after his father’s sudden death uproots him to a small town in New Jersey. Here, he becomes entangled in the disappearance of Ashley Kent, and he discovers a dark underworld in his new, quiet, suburban community. The original book received rave reviews, and the supporting cast of this series is solid (Constance Zimmer and Tovah Feldshuh never disappoint), so my hopes are high!/ SB

Mask Girl (on Netflix from August 18)

If you’ve ever felt the urge to watch a Korean mystery-thriller about an office worker who wears a mask to hide her looks and then becomes a murderer with three different faces, then Mask Girl is the show for you. An adaptation of the popular webtoon of the same name, Mask Girl is a little bit violent and a little bit wacky — K-pop meets horror, if you will — and will keep you guessing from the moment that first mask goes on. / TW

The films

Atomic Blonde (on Neon from August 20)

If Atomic Blonde has a million fans, I am one of them. If Atomic Blonde has one fan, I am that fan. If Atomic Blonde has no fans, I am deceased. This is all to say that I love Atomic Blonde, essentially what happens if you remake John Wick with Charlize Theron, a lot. It is, for my money, as good as any of the John Wick films, but its setting in late-80s Berlin allows it to have its own flair and verve. I could not recommend it any more highly. / SB

Captain Phillips (on TVNZ+ from August 16)

Paul Greengrass is known for two genres: the Bourne trilogy and intense movies based on terrifying real-life events. Captain Phillips is the latter, chronicling the kidnapping and rescue of Richard Phillips. There’s a much wider debate about the ethics of dramatising real-life trauma and people, but if you’re not concerned by that, Captain Phillips is a great film. While its most enduring legacy is probably the “I’m the captain now” meme, there is a scene at the end of the movie that I still consider to be some of the greatest acting we’ll ever see. / Madeleine Chapman

Grease (on Netflix from August 15)

It’s Grease. If you need to know what Grease is, you’re in for a wonderful, mildly problematic musical surprise. If you know, then get thee to Netflix, because Grease holds up way better than you remember. / SB

Netflix

August 15

Jared Freid: 37 and Single

Grease

August 16

At Home with the Furys

The Chosen One

Depp v Heard

August 17

The Upshaws: Part 4

My Dad: The Bounty Hunter: Season 2

August 18

Mask Girl

Love, Sex and 30 Candles

10 Days of a Bad Man

Neon

August 14

Men in Kilts: Season 2

Go!

August 15

Celebrity Ex on the Beach: Season 1 and 2

The Lincoln Lawyer

August 16

Brutal Lives – Mo’ui Faingata’a: Season 1-2

Eagle vs Shark

August 17

Waco: The Aftermath

August 19

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie

August 20

Atomic Blonde

TVNZ+

August 14

Guns in the USA: Child’s Play

No Evidence of Disease

August 15

Fifteen-Love

August 16

The Proposition

The Patriot

Vertical Limit

Anaconda

August 17

Killing It: Season 2

August 19

Housebroken: Season 2

Disney+

August 16

Miguel Wants to Fight

What We Do in the Shadows: Season 5

The Villains of Valley View: Season 2

My Mister

August 18

When Frank Met Carlitos

LEGO Disney Princess: The Castle Quest

Prime Video

August 16

Three Mothers, Two Babies, and a Scandal

August 18

Kandahar

Harlan Coben’s Shelter

Apple TV+

August 18

Snoopy Presents One-of-a-Kind Marcie

Acorn

N/A

Shudder

August 14

Amulet

American Latina

August 18

Bad Things

AMC+

N/A

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