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The 9 Best Things Coming to Netflix in August

A beloved ‘90s sitcom, plus classic summer blockbusters

Brandy Norwood in Moesha and Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

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En español | Feel a bit overwhelmed when Netflix unloads what feels like a hundred new films and shows every month? Our critics are here to pull the best new stuff for grownups, from George Clooney and Don Cheadle in Ocean’s Thirteen and Jeff Bridges in Seabiscuit to classics like Mad Max and Jurassic Park. Make sure you get the most of your screen time this month with our handpicked films.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Aug. 1)

Wouldn’t it be great if a couple (Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, 58) could erase the memory of their painful love affair? They use a gizmo to do so in this 2002 film — surely the smartest, most original love story told in reverse order since Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

Watch it here: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The cast of Moesha

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Moesha (Aug. 1)

Brandy’s 1990s sitcom is the latest addition to Netflix’s wonderful Black Stories page, a one-stop shop featuring its bumper crop of Black shows and movies, arranged in 11 browsable categories. Bookmark the collection here: Black Stories

Jurassic Park (Aug. 1)

Leapin’ lizards! Reanimated dinosaurs attack scientists Laura Dern, 53, Jeff Goldblum, 67, and Sam Neill, 72, in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic adventure. Heads up to dinomaniacs: Jurassic Park III and The Lost World: Jurassic Park are available, too, but the first is the best.

Watch it here: Jurassic Park

RELATED: Feeling like you’re at the drive-in, watching those velociraptors tear it up? Guess what? We agree, and our critics named Jurassic Park to our new list of movies that make you feel like you’re parked in front of a big screen on a balmy summer night. Want more of those nostalgic movie vibes? Check out the whole list, here: Have Your Best Summer Night at the Movies — at Home — With These Handpicked Drive-In Classics


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An Education (Aug. 1)

Carey Mulligan became the breakout star of 2009 as a naïve 16-year-old about to enter Oxford whose life takes a tough turn when she’s seduced by a gorgeous, cultivated older man (Peter Sarsgaard) with a shady past.

Watch it here: An Education

Ocean’s Thirteen (Aug. 1)

A satisfying Vegas heist romp with a top-notch grownup cast: George Clooney, 59, Brad Pitt, 56, Matt Damon (almost 50!), Andy Garcia, 64, Don Cheadle, 55, Bernie Mac, Ellen Barkin, 66, and the late, great Carl Reiner. The previous film in the series, Ocean’s Twelve, is new to Netflix, too, but this one’s livelier.

Watch it here: Ocean’s Thirteen

Being John Malkovich (Aug. 1)

Doleful puppeteer John Cusack, 54, discovers a portal into the mind of the actor John Malkovich, 66, in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s bizarrely original 1999 fantasy that offers surprise after surprise, and brilliant performances by deglamorized Cameron Diaz as his wife; Catherine Keener, 61, as his ruthless coworker; and Malkovich as the guy with the overpopulated head.

Watch it here: Being John Malkovich

RELATED: Feeling a little overwhelmed by the monthly Amazon Prime releases as well? Worry not: Our critics cull the long lists so you don’t have to. Check out our best grownup-suitable shows and movies coming to Amazon this month, right here: What’s Coming to Amazon Prime in August

Mad Max (Aug. 1)

Made for $400,000 in 1979, now-64-year-old Mel Gibson’s first postapocalyptic Mad Max thriller became the most profitable film in history and launched a zillion-dollar franchise. Also on Netflix: the latest one, 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which is even more action-packed.

Watch it here: Mad Max

Seabiscuit (Aug. 1)

An old-fashioned, uplifting true story about the best racehorse in history, his troubled owner (Jeff Bridges, 70), a damaged jockey (Tobey Maguire), a trainer on a losing streak (Chris Cooper, 69), and an out-of-nowhere triumph that lit up America’s spirits in the Depression.

Watch it here: Seabiscuit

Casino Royale (Aug. 31)

While you await the upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die (in November, we hope), watch the best film in the series. Now-52-year-old Daniel Craig’s 007 battles terrorists at a high-stakes Montenegro poker game, wisely led by gizmo expert M (Judi Dench, 85) in this 2006 Bond classic.

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