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What to watch on August 8: Movies, web series and TV shows to watch online today

Here are all the films, web series and TV shows you can stream on ZEE5, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, Apple TV+ and Voot among others.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2020 4:32:00 pm
what to watch on august 8 Pareeksha is now streaming on Zee5.

Streaming platforms like ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, VootSelect and Apple TV+ have been streaming some great content over the past few weeks. Given the lack of options we have in the entertainment space right now, these OTT platforms have been like a saviour to people isolating at home.

In the last week, we saw new film releases like Shakuntala Devi (Amazon Prime Video), Lootcase (Disney+ Hotstar), Raat Akeli Hai (Netflix) and Yaara (ZEE5). The latest release to join this list is Prakash Jha’s Pareeksha that started streaming on ZEE5 on August 6.

The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta gave Pareeksha 2.5 stars and called it a “well-intentioned film.” She wrote, “Pareeksha is about a rickshaw puller in Bihar whose desire to see his son attend the city’s best English-medium private school, surmounts all else. And while the treatment is linear, often taking a simplistic hop-skip-jump over tough problems to reach its message-y end, it toplines hope: if one poor man’s child can break into the privileged sanctum of expensive education which will lead to a better life, so can many others.”

“Prakash Jha knows his Bihar. The accents, the cadences, the characters, including the gold-chained festooned ‘sahukar’ and the entitled ‘sahebs’, feel right. An underdog-as-winner is an always-in-demand subject; a little less exposition would have made this well-intentioned film better,” the review further read.

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16:32 (IST)08 Aug 2020
The Tale: Disney+ Hotstar

Written and directed by Jennifer Fox, The Tale is based on her own experiences of child sexual abuse. This is no sanitised version of events. This is harsh reality laid bare - unsparing, unstinting.

16:03 (IST)08 Aug 2020
Birds of Prey: Amazon Prime Video

This Cathy Yan directorial had to move out of the shadow of 2016’s critically panned Suicide Squad. Fortunately, it featured Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, one of the few good things about the original movie, and also a cast of brilliant actors. Coupled with a good story, great dialogue and a flippant tone, the movie was a delight — funny, witty, action-packed and entertaining,

15:31 (IST)08 Aug 2020
The Lady and the Tramp: Disney+ Hotstar

The Lady and the Tramp revolves around a romantic relationship between a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family and a male stray mutt called Tramp. The film got a live-action treatment for Disney+, but the original feature is still the real deal.

15:01 (IST)08 Aug 2020
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Disney+ Hotstar

Equal parts swashbuckling piracy adventure and fantasy, Pirates of the Caribbean, or at least the first two films, is wholesome entertainment for the whole family.

14:30 (IST)08 Aug 2020
Shrek: Netflix

This animated adventure revolves around a misunderstood and ostracised ogre who gets inundated by fairy tale creatures and goes on a quest to get back the quiet he had in his swamp. There are three sequels, and they are pretty good too.

13:59 (IST)08 Aug 2020
The Cabin in the Woods: Netflix

Helmed by Drew Goddard and co-written by him and Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods is a subversive horror film that takes the hackneyed remote forest cabin premise of so many horror films and turns it on its head. The result is a smartly written and acted movie. Chris Hemsworth plays the role of Curt Vaughan, who is one of the college students who go on a vacation to that forest cabin.

13:16 (IST)08 Aug 2020
The Prestige: Amazon Prime Video

Christopher Nolan’s last film before he became a global household name with Batman Begins, The Prestige stars two of the best ‘star’ actors Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. It is about two competing late 19th century London whose rivalry ends in the greatest trick of them all.

12:42 (IST)08 Aug 2020
The Plot Against America: Disney+ Hotstar

The Plot Against America belongs to the genre of alternative-historywhere fascists took control of USA in the 1940s. The show stars Winona Ryder in the lead role.

12:42 (IST)08 Aug 2020

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12:14 (IST)08 Aug 2020
The Twilight Zone: Voot Select

The Twilight Zone is an American anthology web television based on the original 1959 television series created by Rod Serling. Comedian-turned-filmmaker Jordan Peele serves as the narrator.

Read review of season 2 here.

11:38 (IST)08 Aug 2020
Duck Tales: Disney+ Hotstar

Relive your childhood and follow the adventures of ultra-rich Scrooge McDuck, and his three grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie in the classic series.

11:08 (IST)08 Aug 2020
Vikings: Netflix

Tired of stiff and prissy British royalty in shows like The Crown? Well, let’s take a look at Vikings, the ruthless raiders and warriors who dared to see what lay beyond, often at the cost of their lives. Many famous Norsemen like Harald Bluetooth (after him the Bluetooth technology is named, no kidding) and our own Ragnar Lothbrok, the hero of Vikings, went on to become great kings. Vikings explores the rise of Ragnar to the top – and his inevitable fall -- as well has the story of his sons, who made their own name.

10:41 (IST)08 Aug 2020
The Boys: Amazon Prime Video

The Boys is an attack on the very concept of superheroes. This is a world in which superheroes are real, but instead of being symbols of nobility and goodness like the Avengers and the Justice League, they have allowed status and fame to go to their head, and have become violent, sadistic and reckless. The titular vigilantes, with grudges of their own, take it upon themselves to keep the 'supes' in line.

The second season arrives early next month and the show has already been renewed for the third season.

10:06 (IST)08 Aug 2020
They Shall Not Grow Old: Netflix

They Shall Not Grow Old, a World War II documentary directed by Peter Jackson, is now streaming on Netflix. It is an extraordinary experience, which has rightly earned plaudits around the world. Jackson, best known for directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has used modern post-production techniques, both visual and sound, including new voice-acting, and colourisation to bring alive World War II in all its terrible glory. 

09:24 (IST)08 Aug 2020
War of the Worlds: Amazon Prime Video

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of HG Wells' novel of the same name, War of the Worlds sees an invasion by the Martians. Tom Cruise stars as a longshoreman who witnesses the invasion directly. Scores of people are disintegrated by the Martian war machines called Tripods that emerge from beneath the earth. War of the Worlds is a non-stop thriller that never lets up.

08:55 (IST)08 Aug 2020
Dora and the Lost City of Gold: Amazon Prime Video

James Bobin directorial Dora and the Lost City of Gold was a live action adaptation of Nickelodeon's television series Dora the Explorer. It starred Isabela Moner in the lead role as the titular explorer. The film was received well by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored 84 per cent. The critical consensus read, "Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material's youthful spirit."

08:24 (IST)08 Aug 2020
Pareeksha: ZEE5

Directed by Prakash Jha, Pareeksha stars Adil Hussain, Priyanka Bose, Shubham Jha, Sanjay Suri. The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film 2.5 stars and wrote, "Prakash Jha knows his Bihar. The accents, the cadences, the characters, including the gold-chained festooned ‘sahukar’ and the entitled ‘sahebs’, feel right. An underdog-as-winner is an always-in-demand subject; a little less exposition would have made this well-intentioned film better."

20:25 (IST)07 Aug 2020
1917: SonyLIV

Directed by Sam Mendes, 1917 is set during World War I. The premise of the film has two men crossing the trenches and passing a message to call off an attack but since that path is extremely dangerous, they have to risk their life to get to the other side. The film appears is shot and edited to look like one take and is a visual marvel. 

19:53 (IST)07 Aug 2020
Bulbbul: Netflix

Starring Tripti Dimri, Avinash Tiwary, Rahul Bose, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Bulbbul is streaming on Netflix. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta's review of the film read, "Anvita Dutt’s striking debut feature is set in the late 19th century Bengal. It uses the supernatural horror genre to tell the story of a wide-eyed child bride whose quest for a kindred soul and kindness pulls her deep into peril. Bulbbul (Dimri), a free spirit who used to love climbing trees and plucking raw mangoes in her ‘maayka’, has to turn into an obedient wife to her much older husband Indranil (Bose), who lives in a big haveli, with his mentally challenged twin Mahendra (Bose again), Mahendra’s wife Binodini (Dam), and younger brother Satya."

19:30 (IST)07 Aug 2020
The Old Guard: Netflix

Starring Charlize Theron in the lead role, The Old Guard is now streaming on Netflix. The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film 3 stars and wrote in her review, “There are some lax moments, and a bit of portentousness in the dialogue. But in the way of slick superheroes flicks, there’s enough wham-bam, guns rattling and bodies piling up, to keep things ticking over nicely.”

Amazon Prime Video's new show Bandish Bandits started streaming on August 4. The show stars Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Rajesh Tailang, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sheeba Chaddha among others and has been directed by Anand Tiwari. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed the music for this series. The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta wrote about the series, "The conversation around the need to revive interest in classical music, and the fact that there doesn’t need to be a rift between the classical and the popular, needs to be on-going. Despite its flaws, Bandish Bandits keeps up focus on this crucial theme."

Director Anand Tiwari spoke about Bandish Bandits to indianexpress.com and said, "Amrit (Amritpal Singh Bindra, producer) and I have been making different kinds of content for the past 5-6 years. When we looked at the content that is being created, there wasn’t something like Bandish Bandits. So we thought why not create something that deals with the youth of today trying to express through art. Music is the most transcending of art forms. Hence, the idea of Bandish Bandits came in. And what better way to summarise India than throwing in two forms of music that are popular – the traditional form and the pop."

He spoke about Shankar Ehsaan Loy's music in the series and shared, "We couldn’t think of anyone else, who could’ve done something as magnanimous, as deeply traditional and as deeply today. They are like an ocean of knowledge as far as music is concerned. When we approached them, they were so moved by the piece. I don’t know if they knew what they were saying yes to, given the ridiculous amount of work they have put in (laughs). A lot of drama which deals with music was planned after our sessions with Shankar sir. He was able to give nuances of what happens in a studio when a song is created and what happens in a riyaaz session. So every musician will see those realities coming through and I hope they enjoy it as much as the general audience, which will be educated on how the greatest of pieces are created."

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