The 9 best new movies on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu: August 2022

August is here, can you believe it? Wow! This month’s crop of new movies added to streaming includes favorites like Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Alex Garland’s cerebral sci-fi debut Ex-Machinaby Jim Jarmusch ghost dogand much more.

Here are the nine of the best movies new to streaming platforms in August 2022.


Satan lights a cigarette for Constantine

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

This pre-DC Universe DC movie is supernatural neo-noir, starring pre-John Wick Keanu Reeves as a very austere John Constantine. Made in the style of an old crime thriller (but with supernatural elements), Constantine is a campy fun time with a great cast (Reeves is joined by Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton, and Peter Stormare, among others) and more than a few silly sight gags. —piss people off

Constantine is available to stream on Netflix.


Alicia Vikander as Ava looking through glass at her own reflection in Ex Machina.

Picture: A24

Domhnall Gleeson stars in Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex-Machina as Caleb, a young programmer who wins the chance to spend a week with Nathan (Oscar Isaac), an elusive tech CEO, at his luxurious, secluded resort. Upon arrival, Caleb agrees to become the key participant in Nathan’s latest endeavor: a Turing test to assess the intelligence of Ava (Alicia Vikander), an advanced humanoid robot. A sleek, slow-burning sci-fi thriller that explores the intersection of consciousness, gender and power, Ex-Machina is a standout movie and easily ranks among the most standout sci-fi movies of the 2010s. —Toussaint Egan

Ex-Machina is available to stream on HBO Max.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Forest Whitaker as Ghost Dog aiming a silenced pistol in Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai.

Image: Lionsgate Films

This terrific crime drama from Jim Jarmusch follows a hitman (Forest Whitaker) nicknamed “Ghost Dog” who thinks of himself as a modern-day samurai and lives by code in hagakure (also known as The Samurai Book). While living in a modern American setting, he does not use modern technology (he communicates through pigeons) and is mysterious even to those he works with. When Ghost Dog is hired to kill a mobster but leaves an innocent bystander alive, a blow is struck on his life instead.

Whitaker is terrific in the lead role, and Jarmusch’s script and direction are spot on. But ghost dog really skyrockets because of the score – the first motion picture soundtrack produced by the RZA. –PV

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is available to stream on HBO Max.


Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke staring into deep thought in Locke (2013).

Image: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

A confined thriller set entirely in a car, Locke follows construction foreman Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) as he drives from Birmingham to London on the eve of a major project. Locke, who is married and has children, learns that the woman he is having an affair with is about to have their child. As he drives across the country to join her, he juggles phone conversations with associates and family members. A master class of a performance by Hardy, who is the only actor shown on screen, Locke is an impressive feat of budget filmmaking by director Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders). —PV

Locke is available to stream on HBO Max.

man on fire

Creasy walks away from a burning car under an underpass in Man on Fire.

Image: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

I can’t speak high enough of man on fire. The 2004 film starring Denzel Washington as a former CIA agent turned bodyguard for a 9-year-old girl in Mexico City found Tony Scott at the peak of his abilities, delivering a brutal action thriller , explosive and emotional about one man’s quest for redemption. and his surrogate love for his charge. With a blistering score from Harry Gregson-Williams and Lisa Gerrard, intense action and violence, and a painfully beautiful ending, man on fire is an utterly electrifying watch. -THE

man on fire is available to stream on Hulu.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man staring at his hands without his mask

Picture: Sony Pictures

Three of the best Marvel movies ever made are coming to Netflix and Hulu. Yes, I said three.

With the release of Sam Raimi’s latest Marvel movie and new Spider-Man movies popping up left and right, we’ve spoken a lot to Polygon about our love for his original Spider-Man movie trilogy. With excellent use of Raimi’s horror background, a great cast with terrific villainous performances, and a strong moral center, he’s tough to beat.

I’d gladly join the masses in praising the first two movies, which are both excellent, but I’d like to take a moment to praise the third entry. It’s messy, sure, but in a really compelling way (if you can get past the third act or all of the Topher Grace-as-Venom stuff). In Spiderman 3, the successes of the first two films go to Peter’s head, leaving him as an inadequate Spidey and, above all, a very shitty boyfriend for Mary-Jane. Much of this film is about what it means to be a current partner, which Peter fails horribly at. If you’re one of the many who think this movie is simply a blight on the franchise, I encourage you to give it another try. And hey, even if you still don’t like it, the other two movies are now here for you to get started on Netflix anytime. —VP

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy is available to stream on Netflix and Hulu.


James Caan in Thief.

Picture: Warner Home Video

The late great James Caan (The Godfather) stars in Michael Mann’s 1981 neo-noir thriller Thief as Frank, an ex-con and professional piercer looking to get straight and start a family. Unfortunately for him, Frank is denied his share of his latest heist, forcing him to accept a mob assignment in order to break even. With a beautiful synth score from Tangerine Dream, dazzling nighttime cinematography from Donald Thorin and an iconic and emotionally nuanced performance from Caan, Thief is a stone cold stunner and a jewel in the crown of one of the best directors working today. End of the bullshit. -THE

Thief is available to stream on First video.

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