11 Entrancing Escapism Movies on Netflix to Stream This August 2023

Netflix’s August 2023 offerings shine the spotlight on Liam Neeson in “Non-Stop”, Emilia Clarke in “Terminator: Genisys”, and the long-awaited sequel to 1994’s “The River Wild”.

A Sneak Peek into August’s Lineup

With Netflix’s new pricing plans in effect and additional member profiles set, the streaming giant’s library is set to make the last full month of summer truly memorable. Fans of 1994’s “The River Wild” can look forward to a direct-to-video stand-alone sequel that offers adrenaline-fueled, whitewater-rafting excitement.

If Emilia Clarke’s performance in “Secret Invasion” captivated you, brace yourself for her stellar portrayal of the iconic Sarah Connor in the often-overlooked “Terminator: Genisys”. Other August newcomers include the high-altitude thriller “Non-Stop” featuring Liam Neeson, an Adam Sandler comedy “You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah”, the Bruce Willis action-thriller “Trauma Center”, and the riveting documentary “Tiger 24”.

Fatale (2020, available August 1)

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In a contemporary reimagining of “Fatal Attraction”, Hilary Swank, a two-time Oscar winner, embodies a police detective who entangles a married man (Michael Ealy) in her intricate police investigation after a fleeting night of passion. Though this 2020 thriller might not be another Oscar-winning performance for Swank, it is undeniably a thrilling way to enjoy a summer evening.

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Non-Stop (2014, available August 1)

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This summer isn’t complete without Liam Neeson showcasing his “very particular set of skills”. In 2014’s “Non-Stop”, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Neeson, an air marshal, must solve a deadly mystery mid-air after receiving threatening text messages.

Terminator: Genisys (2015, available August 1)

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“Terminator: Genisys” features Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return as a cyborg from the future, with Emilia Clarke assuming the role of Sarah Connor. Despite its lukewarm box office performance, the Alan Taylor-directed film skillfully recreates scenes from the original 1984 movie and adds a new twist to the Terminator timeline.

Tiger 24 (2022, available August 1)

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“Tiger 24”, directed by Warren Pereira, documents the controversial tale of a tiger who, after killing several intruders, ends up locked in a zoo, sparking a major public outcry and legal battle that reaches the Supreme Court.

Trauma Center (2019, available August 1)

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Bruce Willis plays a police lieutenant tasked with protecting an injured woman (Nicky Whelan) from murderous criminals in a locked-down hospital in 2019’s “Trauma Center”. The movie was one of Willis’ last before his retirement due to health issues.

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The Furnace (2020, available August 1)

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“The Furnace”, an adventure-drama directed by Roderick MacKay, transports viewers to the western Australian outback during the 1890s gold rush. The movie, nominated for several AACTA Awards, follows an Afghan cameleer (Kaushik Das) and a fleeing gold thief (Ahmed Malek) as they attempt to evade relentless Gold Squad officers.

River Wild (2023, available August 1)

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“River Wild”, a thrilling stand-alone sequel to the 1994 film “The River Wild”, delves into the suspenseful adventure of two estranged siblings (Leighton Meester and Taran Killam) on a rafting trip. Unbeknownst to them, a killer lurks among the group, eager to keep his dark past a secret.

The Wife (2018, available August 1)

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“The Wife”, a 2017 drama, features Glenn Close as a devoted wife who begins to question her life choices while accompanying her husband (Jonathan Pryce) to receive his Nobel Prize in Literature. The film elevates itself beyond cliché with Close’s nuanced portrayal of the often-overlooked wife.

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Heart Of Stone (2023, available August 11)

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Gal Gadot, fresh off announcing her return as Wonder Woman, stars in this high-budget action film as intelligence agent Rachel Stone. Netflix has invested heavily in “Heart Of Stone”, hoping to spawn a new Mission: Impossible-style franchise.

Paddington (2014, available August 14)

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“Paddington” is a delightful family adventure featuring the voice of Ben Whishaw as a bear journeying from Peru to London in search of a home. Its balanced blend of visual charm and fun storytelling makes it stand out from the typical family-friendly flick.

You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah (Available August 25)

Adam Sandler’s fans are in for a treat this August with the premiere of “You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah”. Based on Fiona Rosenbloom’s 2007 novel, the Sammi Cohen-directed comedy revolves around two young friends whose bat mitzvah plans take a dramatic turn due to a love triangle. Netflix is all set to entertain you this summer!