August is '90s month on Hulu. The end of summer brings only a meager selection of TV shows but plenty of classic films from two decades ago, including Chasing Amy, The Silence of the Lambs and The Usual Suspects. A few newer films also emerge, like Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
Bella and the Bulldogs, Season 2 (Aug. 24)
No glass ceilings here! This Nickelodeon comedy features a high school cheerleader who tries out for the football team and becomes the starting quarterback.
Black Jesus, Season 2 (Aug. 18)
The second coming happens in Compton, California. This live-action comedy on Adult Swim portrays Jesus, or someone who thinks he is, as a bit of a bum with a ragtag group of misfit followers in a tough neighborhood — not so far from the original story. It uses over-the-top humor (and foul language) to address real issues of violence, poverty and racism in the inner city.
Steven Universe, Season 2 (Aug. 4)
This fantasy animated series features a race of humanoid aliens called Gems, who appear as female characters. Their ranks are joined by a half-Gem, half-human child, but instead of Disney-princess analogue, they get a chubby little boy. The Gems use their powers to protect the Earth from evil, including the deranged descendants of other Gems, while Steven navigates his dual identity.
The Investigation: Series Premiere (Aug. 31)
MTV tries its hand at serious reality TV with this documentary series investigating the cases of convicts who maintain their innocence. It's hosted by Ryan W. Ferguson, who was imprisoned for 10 years on a murder conviction before being exonerated.
You're The Worst, Season 2 (Aug. 1)
Two attractive, wealthy and totally shallow Angelinos embark on a nonrelationship that keeps turning into one. Far from a typical rom-com, this show replaces sentimentality with biting humor (and profanity), and fills out the episodes with a wide cast of train-wreck characters.
- Basketball Wives LA, Season 5 Premiere (Aug. 7)
- Better Late Than Never, Season 1 (Aug. 24)
- Beyond Scared Straight, Season 4 (Aug. 9)
- Catfish, Season 5B (Aug. 24)
- Dance Moms, Season 5 (Aug. 9)
- Despertar Contigo (Waking Up With You, Aug. 31)
- Intervention, Season 14 (Aug. 9)
- Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Season 3 Premiere (Aug. 2)
Beverly Hills Cop (Aug. 1)
Eddie Murphy shot to stardom after this comedy/drama/action flick about a Detroit cop who travels to Beverly Hills to track down his friend's killer. In the process, he uncovers a huge criminal plot but also exposes the rifts between rich and poor, and especially between white and black in 1980s America.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (Aug. 1)
A decade before the polished look of The Matrix, Keanu Reeves' sci-fi experience was this low-budget goofball flick about two time-traveling slackers. Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Reeves) are about to fail their high-school history exam, which, as it turns out, will put the future of the world in jeopardy. With a time-traveling phone booth, they collect VIPs like Socrates and Abraham Lincoln to enrich their class presentation.
Chasing Amy (Aug. 1)
Writer-director Kevin Smith took what could be a simple gag — a boy falls in love with a lesbian — and makes it into a fully developed romantic movie. Comic book artists Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams) and Holden (Ben Affleck) fall into an intense friendship that becomes a love affair. But the differences between the two become overwhelming.
Clerks (Aug. 1)
It's no accident that the lead character in this ultra-low-budget, black-and-white film is named Dante. Writer-director Kevin Smith used the banality of life in a New Jersey convenience store (the one he worked in) for his reinterpretation of Dante's Inferno. The film is driven mainly by clever, wandering dialogue between two disillusioned store clerks.
Cloverfield (Aug. 1)
Just a year after the first Paranormal Activity movie, this considerably higher budget film used the "found footage" technique to retell a devastating alien invasion of New York City. The handicam operator doesn't manage to capture the towering monster until near the end, which is good. The scariest scenes are the ones showing how other people react to something you can't see.
Lars and the Real Girl (Aug. 1)
Lars (Ryan Gosling) was always an odd fellow: socially awkward and seemingly oblivious to romance. That changes when he meets a girl who is a real doll — literally. Lars becomes convinced that his life-size "real girl" sex toy is an actual person. Family and friends humor Lars, hoping it will help him work out of his psychic break.
Legally Blonde (Aug. 1)
Reese Witherspoon stars as Elle Woods, a superficial sorority girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School. Despite her pink outfits and incessant talk about fashion and celebrities, she turns out to be a lot smarter than people expect. (Hulu also offers Legally Blonde 2 this month, but you can skip it.)
The Limey (Aug. 1)
Career British criminal Wilson (Terence Stamp) is released from prison and flies to Los Angeles to investigate the death of his daughter in a car crash. Wilson suspects foul play, and focuses his investigation on his daughter's much older boyfriend Valentine (Peter Fonda). Many shootouts and much blood ensue.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Aug. 12)
With the Impossible Missions Force disbanded, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team are on their own against the Syndicate — a vast, secret network of spies. Cruise is joined by his co-stars Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg from previous films. The stunts, explosions and chases are predictably awesome, and Pegg's comic relief is golden.
RoboCop (Aug. 1)
The high-crime 1980s mix with the early computer revolution to inspire this action flick. With the Detroit of the dystopian future falling to pieces, the city hires a megacorporation to implement a technical fix: a cyborg RoboCop (Peter Weller). Things go wrong, but the problem isn't so much the new technology as the old-fashioned corporate greed and government corruption. (You can skip the sequels, which Hulu also offers this month.)
Rush (Aug. 1)
Director Ron Howard recreates the epic battle for the 1976 Formula 1 championship between two very different drivers. James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) is a pretty English playboy, while Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) is his highly disciplined Austrian rival.
The Silence of the Lambs (Aug. 1)
In this psychological crime thriller, the most frightening killer is the one already behind bars. Anthony Hopkins plays Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and convicted cannibalistic killer. Young FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) seeks his help in catching another deranged serial killer, known as Buffalo Bill. While the police focus on Bill, Lecter remains the biggest danger. The Silence of the Lambs swept the Academy Awards, winning for best actor (Hopkins), best actress (Foster), best director (Jonathan Demme) and best writing (Ted Tally).
The Usual Suspects (Aug. 1)
Kevin Spacey began his rise to fame with an Oscar-winning role as Verbal, the sole survivor of a massive gun battle. The story leading up to the gunfight unfolds in flashbacks as Verbal, in police questioning, recounts what may or may not have happened. Look out for Keyser Söze! Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak and Chazz Palminteri co-star.
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