Our Neon Top Picks for August!

With the never-seem-to-be ending COVID-19 situation – are you avoiding crowded and confined spaces? Are you missing out on the big screens, the surround sounds, popcorn, drinks and candy? Me too.

Let’s be honest though, there aren’t really any exciting new movies that are worth risking going into the cinemas anyway – and we kind of enjoy being cosy at home, no shoes, blanket on, unlimited snacks in the fridge AND the ability to pause any movie whenever we want. Okay, maybe we don’t miss the cinemas that much…

This August, Neon is bringing us more new movies and dramas to binge-watch at home and here are our top picks of films that should be added to your “to-watch” list.

Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman as he meets up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Dublin Murders

When a young girl is found murdered in a dense wood on the fringes of Dublin, Rob Reilly – a smart-suited cop whose English accent marks him as an outsider – is dispatched with his partner Cassie Maddox to investigate. Against his better judgement, he is savagely pulled back into another missing children case and his own past. Protected by his intense friendship with Cassie, he plunges into darkness and a reckoning he never hoped to face.

As the case intensifies, Rob and Cassie’s relationship is tested to breaking point, and when Cassie is sent undercover for another murder case she is forced to choose between her feelings and telling the truth.

Jojo Rabbit

Kiwi writer/director Taika Waititi brings his signature style of humour and pathos to his Oscar-winning film, Jojo Rabbit, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Last Christmas

Nothing seems to go right for young Kate, a frustrated Londoner who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. But things soon take a turn for the better when she meets Tom – a handsome charmer who seems too good to be true. As the city transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, Tom and Kate’s growing attraction turns into the best gift of all – a Yuletide romance.


After the demise of his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr John Dolittle, a famed doctor and veterinarian of 19th century England, hermits himself behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. When young Queen Victoria falls ill, the reluctant doctor and his raucous coterie of animal friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure.