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What to Watch on HBO Max: ‘House of the Dragon, ‘Industry’ and ‘Selena + Chef’

There are plenty of options on HBO Max this month, including the premiere of a long-awaited ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel and the return of a critically-acclaimed series

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Are you ready for dragons? If not, you might be on the wrong streaming service, thanks to the premiere of a long-awaited Game of Thrones prequel. That’s not the only thing going on HBO Max in August, however. In addition to some classic movies making their debuts on the service, you can find a different sort of cutthroat at the top of the month thanks to the return of one of last year’s breakout series.

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Industry: Season 2 (August 1)

The diverse, ambitious young investment bankers of London’s Pierpoint & Co. return for another year of striving in this buzzy drama. Will they survive another year in the world of high finance or be torn up by it.

A Most Violent Year (August 1)

J.C. Chandor directs this intense drama set in the heating oil business of the early 1980s. A bit slept-on at the time, the star-filled drama (which features Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, and others) has held up well. It’s part of a small flood of films from A24 hitting the service this week

Blue Velvet (August 1)

David Lynch directs one of the key films of the 1980s, an exploration of innocence and evil set in a small American town. Kyle Maclachlan stars as a kid who comes home from college to help his family only to get drawn into a noirish tale of a nightclub singer (Isabella Rosellini) and a dangerous, abusive man (Dennis Hopper).

Blow Out (August 1)

A flop in its time now widely considered the director’s masterpiece, this Brian De Palma thriller stars John Travolta as a sound engineer who accidentally records what might be a political assassination.

Under the Skin (August 1)

Another A24 title, this 2013 film from Jonathan Glazer stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien wandering Scotland in the body of a human, sometimes acting as a predator but, in time, coming to understand her prey.

Belle (August 3)

A cyber-age riff on Beauty and the Beast from anime great Mamoru Hosoda (Mirai), this ambitious film tells the story of an ordinary teenager who becomes a metaverse pop star, a development that leads to a complicated relationship with a seemingly monstrous resident known as Dragon.

Belfast (August 5)

Using black-and-white to capture a bygone age, Kenneth Branagh’s latest is a semi-autobiographical story of growing up in the tumult of Sixties Belfast. Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, and Ciarán Hinds play various family members surrounding Buddy (Jude Hill), a kid doing his best to make sense of the money troubles and political strife surrounding him.

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Detroit Lions (August 9)

HBO’s long-running sports documentary shifts its focus to the Detroit Lions as the team prepares for a sure-to-be-tough new season

House of the Dragon (August 21)

It’s been three years since Game of Thrones drew to a close, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still stories to be told in the land of George R.R. Martin’s Westeros. This series is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, a time that finds the Iron Throne occupied by King Viserys I (Paddy Considine). But don’t expect the peace to last. Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, and Olivia Cooke co-star.

Selena + Chef (TBD)

It’s a pretty simple format: charming star Selena Gomez spends each episode learning to cook a new dish with the help of various guests. You can watch a lot of tough, disturbing shows on HBO Max this month, so consider this the perfect bit of counter-programming. This year’s guests include Ayesha Curry and Jamie Oliver.

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