New on HBO: August 2018

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At the beginning of (and during) every month, HBO adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for July 2018. For more coverage of the best titles available on HBO, including our top picks from last month and updates on what’s leaving HBO this month, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub.

This Month’s Highlights

Available August 12

Because the best summer comedy is back: Insecure season three

It feels increasingly foolish to bestow the “best” superlative to a show in 2018, no matter how good it is. There’s just too much TV to really know what’s the true best, you know? That said, it’s hard to watch any given episode of Insecure and not be dazzled by its sharpness and wit. Issa Rae’s comedy about young black women navigating millennial life is tremendously watchable, smart television, and if you haven’t caught up, do it now — because season two ended things in a hell of a place, and we can’t wait to see where the new cycle takes us. Available August 12.

Available August 3

Because there won’t be anything like it: Random Acts of Flyness

A new late-night show from artist Terence Nance, Random Acts of Flyness isn’t designed to be easily summarized. According to HBO, the series will be a “fluid, mind-melting stream-of-conscious response to the contemporary American mediascape,” featuring “interconnected vignettes that makes the series a unique mix of vérité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama and humorous animation.” There’s not much — if anything — on the air right now that sounds like this. Available August 3.

Available August 1

In case you want to see Robert Downey Jr. get in over his head: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Sure, Shane Black is out there getting The Predator ready for release. But no matter how good that sci-fi action film is, Black’s talents as a crafter of goofy neo-noir are unparalleled, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is still his best work so far. A comic homage to crime-fiction classics, the film features a fantastic Robert Downey Jr. as in-over-his-head crook, Harry Lockhart, a man who weasels his way into a ride-along with a PI (Val Kilmer, just as fun) before stumbling onto a dead woman — and the worst night of their lives. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is the kind of film that’s both tremendously fun and hugely rewarding to rewatch. Available August 1.

Full List

Noteworthy selections in bold.

Available August 1

• 17 Again
• The Blind Side
The Fugitive
• The Good Lie
Heaven Can Wait
• The Hunted
• It’s Complicated
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
• Land of the Lost
• Murder by Numbers
New Jack City
• The Nutty Professor
• Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
• Shine
• Super Troopers
• Taxi
• The Terminal
• The Truth About Charlie
• U.S. Marshals
The Verdict
• Mamartuile
• Valentina
• Aranyelet (AKA Golden Life), Season 1 and 2

Available August 3

• Animals, Season 3 Premiere
Random Acts of Flyness, Series Premiere
• Los Buscadores (AKA Gold Seekers)

Available August 4

• Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Available August 7

• Hard Knocks, Season 13 Premiere

Available August 10

• Taco Shop

Available August 11

• Murder on the Orient Express

Available August 12

Ballers, Season 4 Premiere
Insecure, Season 3 Premiere

Available August 18

• Esme & Roy, Season 1
• Darkest Hour

Available August 25

• Father Figures
• Drew Michael

For more coverage of the best movies and TV shows available on HBOAmazon PrimeShowtime and Hulu, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

New on HBO: August 2018