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Ninja-descended spies? Paul Thomas Anderson? Lil Baby? Prime Video has got all that plus some pretty good movie premieres in August. The big event this month is A League of Their Own, a return to the baseball world of Penny Marshall’s classic comedy. But there’s action elsewhere, too, including in Tokyo, the setting for our first pick.
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Game of Spy (August 1)
There are plenty of shows and movies about spies just as there are plenty of shows and movies about ninjas. But a spy show about the descendent of a ninja? This seems to be the first. In this Japanese series, only a ninja’s descendent (and some ninja weaponry) stars in the way of disaster when a terrorist group threatens Tokyo.
All or Nothing: Arsenal (August 4)
This documentary goes behind the scenes of one of the U.K.’s biggest football clubs as it experiences a crucial season. As the title suggests, don’t expect the easygoing atmosphere of Ted Lasso.
Thirteen Lives (August 5)
The latest from Ron Howard recounts the extraordinary efforts used to rescue a soccer team trapped in Thailand’s Tham Luang Nang Non cave for 18 days after a flood. Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton star as a trio of real life heroes charged with finding a solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem.
The Outlaws: Season 2 (August 5)
Returning for a second season, this hard-to-define series created by Stephen Merchant and Elgin James follows a group of misfits who bond and get into trouble while performing community service. The cast includes Christopher Walken. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
Licorice Pizza (August 5)
Paul Thomas Anderson returns to a bygone era of California history with this coming-of-age story starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman (son of Philip Seymour Hoffman) as a couple of teens fumbling their way toward adulthood in the San Fernando Valley of 1973. A PTA film doesn’t necessarily need any more selling points, though a cast that includes Tom Waits and Bradley Cooper (as hairdresser-turned-movie producer Jon Peters) doesn’t hurt.
The Lost City (August 10)
In a fun comedy that played theaters earlier this year Sandra Bullock plays Loretta Sage, a bestselling author who’s kidnapped by one of her biggest fans (Daniel Radcliffe) convinced she can lead him to hidden treasure. Channing Tatum co-stars as the hunky cover model for one of Sage’s novels who sets out to rescue her. There’s a fourth star, too, and if you don’t know or haven’t watched the trailer to this film yet, hold out. Let it come as a surprise.
A League of Their Own (August 12)
Some movies don’t seem like they’d work well as TV series but A League of Their Own isn’t one of them. As good as the Penny Marshall film about a women’s professional baseball league formed during World War II it also suggests there were many more stories that could be told about that world. Developed by Will Graham and star Abbi Jacobsen, this ongoing series about one team’s experiences co-stars Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, and Nick Offerman.
Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby (August 26)
It’s a good month for behind the scenes docs on Prime Video. Joining All or Nothing is this look at the life of acclaimed rapper Lil Baby as he navigates stardom while trying to give back to the city that made him, Atlanta.
Samaritan (August 26)
What do you do if you’re a superhero the world believes to be dead (and you kind of want it to stay that way)? If you’re Joe Smith (Sylvester Stallone) you try to keep a low profile. But when a young neighbor (Javon Walton) catches on, the game may be up in this new film directed by Julius Avery (Overlord).
1900 (August 31)
Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1976 film is an epic in every sense, running over four hours as it follows two friends (Robert De Niro and Gérard Depardieu) who find themselves on opposite ends of Italy’s political spectrum in the early decades of the 20th century. It used to be kind of impossible to see the long version in the United States, where it was first released in a much shorter cut, so consider the luxuries of the streaming era for a moment before hitting play.