August Streaming Previews

Project Power (Netflix)

Missing your superhero fix at this summer’s box office? Well you could do worse than Project Power, a new Netflix-made movie based on Mattson Tomlin’s spec script. Directed by Ariel Schuman and Henry Joost, the filmmaking pair behind the popular documentary Catfish and the more recent thriller Nerve, it stars Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a story set in a world where a new drug enables those that ingest it with superhuman powers for five minutes. Featuring a support cast including Machine Gun Kelly, this looks, well, powerful.

Rising Phoenix (Netflix)

Like so many recent events, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, those looking to get their sporting fix could turn to this documentary that tells of the history of the Paralympics, the competition for athletes with disabilities that always follows (and sometimes eclipses) the Olympics. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, who were behind the BAFTA-nominated fashion doc McQueen, among those featured are wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden, winner of 17 Paralympic medals, and fencer Beatrice ‘Bebe’ Vio.

Chemical Hearts (Amazon Prime)

Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart stars in this feature film adaptation of Krystal Sutherland’s popular YA book Our Chemical Hearts from writer-director Richard Tanne (Southside With You). Reinhart, who is also credited as an executive producer, plays Grace, a high-school student who becomes embroiled with fellow teenager Henry (Austin Abrams) after they’re chosen to co-edit the school newspaper. With Grace carrying with her the heartache from a tragic incident in the past, this is destined to become a firm favourite among love-struck teenagers – and adults – everywhere.

DC’s Stargirl (Amazon Prime)

Based on the DC comic series, Stargirl has been the latest hit show to come out of The CW stable. Brec Bassinger plays Courtney Whitmore, an average high-school teen who discovers a superhero costume and a Cosmic Staff belonging to the late Starman in her basement. Realising that her stepfather was the sidekick to Starman, Courtney takes on the mantle of Stargirl, inspiring a whole new generation of heroes. With Luke Wilson and Amy Smart on board as co-stars, the show has just been renewed for a second season – so now is the time to enjoy S1. 

All shows available from August 2020 onwards.

James Mottram