8 new shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and ALT Balaji

In almost a blink of an eye, we are into the eighth month of 2021. A year (and more) since the onset of WFH, our sanity has been largely pledged to the speedy influx of shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video and more. This month, Netflix has a promising package of eleven fresh titles – Indian and international – and some of them will be releasing in the first week itself. Across platforms, we’ve picked the best new shows and movies for you to binge watch this week. 

8 brand new shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and ALT Balaji releasing this week

1. The Courier – Amazon Prime Video 

The Courier starring Benedict Cumberbatch is the true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

2. Shiny_flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord – Netflix

This is the true story that inspired the hit German Original Series How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) – which recently got a third season on Netflix. In February 2015, Maximilian Schmidt, known online as Shiny Flakes, was arrested for selling approx. 4.1 million euros worth of drugs – from his childhood bedroom. It’s one of the largest cybercrime cases known in Germany, and the police still don’t know where most of the money is. In this documentary, Maximilian tells his story.

Release date: August 3rd

3. Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami – Netflix

Fifteen years after the release of his cult classic film comes director Billy Corben’s Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami, a six-part saga on the South Florida traffickers indicted in one of the largest drug cases in U.S. history. Alleged to be the chief U.S. distributors for two of Colombia’s biggest cartels, Cuban exiles Augusto “Willy” Falcon and Salvador “Sal” Magluta were accused of smuggling over 75 tons of cocaine into the U.S. in the 1980s. The high school friends built a $2 billion empire that made Willy and Sal, aka “Los Muchachos,” two of Miami’s biggest celebrities. Featuring colorful interviews with those closest to them, their defense team, and the Feds tasked with taking them down, the series paints a vivid portrait of the last of Miami’s “cocaine cowboys.”

Release date: August 4th 

4. Cooking with Paris – Netflix 

Paris Hilton is turning the traditional cooking show upside down. She’s not a trained chef and she’s not trying to be. With the help of her celebrity friends, she navigates new ingredients, new recipes and exotic kitchen appliances. Inspired by her viral YouTube video, Paris will take us from the grocery store to the finished table spread – and she might actually learn her way around the kitchen.

Release date: August 4th 

5. Vivo – Netflix 

Here’s a quality addition to the animation contingent among the new movies and shows on Netflix releasing in August 2021. From Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation comes Vivo, an animated musical adventure that follows Vivo, a musically gifted kinkajou (aka a rainforest “honey bear”) as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to deliver a song to his cherished owner’s long-lost love.

Release date: August 6th 

6. S.O.Z. Soldiers or Zombies – Amazon Prime Video 

Comprising eight 30-minute episodes, S.O.Z. Soldiers or Zombies is a new action series on Amazon Prime Video. It looks at the story of the drug lord, Alonso Marroquín, who escapes prison in Mexico to hide in the middle of the desert. While on the other side of the border, the United States Army’s experiment with pigs in a military base goes wrong, and the Mexican police unit going after Marroquín gets infected and transform into a new breed of zombies with special abilities. The army and this new species converge in Marroquín’s hideout, where the battle for survival begins.

Release date: August 6th 

7. Cruel Summers S1 – Amazon Prime Video 

The 2021 thriller series, which was released in June, is joining the new shows on Amazon Prime Video this month. The 10-episode series is told over three summers in the 1990s, where a girl goes missing and another one mysteriously takes over her life.

Release date: August 6th 

8. Crimes & Confessions – ALT Balaji

Another promising anthology series on the list, Crime & Confessions takes you into the web of murder and mysteries. It shows different stories set in different time eras. In addition, every episode of the series will have a confession post facto a crime. But these stories have one thing in common – every confession makes you wonder if it was the truth or fiction. The show features Ankit Bathla, among others.

Release date: August 7th

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