HOT CORN GUIDE | What to watch: Best movies to stream this August

From Gloria Bell to Avengers: Endgame: we pick seven great films to stream this month

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LONDON – From tennis stars to disco dancing divorcees, Xenomorphs to Satanists, vengeful dresses to the Avengers, August boasts an array of great movies to stream on CHILI. Here is a selection of seven films to get you through the hottest part of the year, with the full list given below. So as the temperature rises, remember the advice of the experts: plenty of suncream, lots of liquids and at least one movie per day.

John McEnroe can be serious

JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION –Growing up in the 80s John McEnroe not only ruled tennis, but was every comedian’s easy impersonation. You cannot be serious! You are the pits of the world! became almost catchphrases as McEnroe joined JR Ewing as the villain everyone loved to hate. Here is a timely documentary to round out the cartoon character into something more human and help us appreciate this phenomenal talent.

Julianne Moore and John Turturro cut a rug

GLORIA BELL – Julianne Moore stars in the titular role as a free-spirited divorcee who works at her  straight-laced office job during the day and lets loose at night on the dance floor at a variety of LA night clubs. On meeting Arnold (John Turturro) one night, she embarks on a new romance. Sebastián Lelio directs, in an English language remake of his own film Gloria from 2013. The film rests very much on Moore’s shoulders but any fan of the actress will know that we’re in good hands/on good shoulders? You know what I mean.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME – Here’s a little gem you probably haven’t heard anything about. Love or hate franchises, comic book movies or superheroes, the sheer ambition and commitment to The Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to be admired. Captain America, Iron Man and the team are back following the shocking end of Infinity War, which saw half of the universe wiped out and Thanos triumph. They are dealing with grief and failure, but it’s no spoiler to say they are not out for the count.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Marianne Jean-Baptiste stitches

IN FABRIC – Phantom Thread not ghostly enough for you? Suspiria left you panting for more? Well, Peter Strickland’s new film In Fabric is a Giallo-tinged tale of a red dress with spooky qualities. Set in the 80s, it starts when Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) simply wants something new to wear. Miss Luckmore (Fatma Mohamed) is the salesperson but apparently something more. As with Strickland’s 2014 film The Duke of Burgundy, this is a remarkable and beautiful piece of work.

HAIL SATAN? – The question mark at the end of the title of Penny Lane’s new documentary gives it a precise ironic ‘can you be serious?’ lilt. And yet this quickly becomes more than a Louis Therouxesque trawl through weird people doing weird things. Instead we have a curiously inventive political provocation that gets to the roots of what we mean about freedom of speech and belief.

Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver and friend

MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN – Ridley Scott’s Alien is one of the best horror-science fiction films ever made and which inspired a franchise that spans six movies – not counting the Alien V Predator (and please let’s not count them). Alexandre O. Philippe’s feature-length documentary features some amazing contributions from the likes of the late Dan O’Bannon and John Hurt and is much more a film essay than a ‘Making of…’ That said the production details are fascinating as well as the legacy of , which is still felt today.

Honor Swinton Byrne and Tom Burke (photograph by Agatha A. Nitecka)

THE SOUVENIR – Joanna Hogg’s career is about as far from spandex clad superheroes and chest-bursting Xenomorphs as one can get, and thank god for it. Her films are consistently intelligent and emotionally engaging and The Souvenir might well be her masterpiece. Honor Swinton Byrne stars as Julie, a film student who gets involved with Anthony (Tom Burke). It is a tale of love and addiction, told with subtlety and nuance. Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade also star.

Here’s the complete list of films to stream in August, 2019 on CHILI:


The Candidate


The Princess and the Dragon

Wonder Park



John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

No Surrender



The Best of Enemies

Wild Rose

Gloria Bell

Nobody Leaves

The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music

The Cleansing

The Feared: Irish Gangsters



Good Favour


The Captor

Head Full of Honey


Red Joan



Immortal World

Party Bus To Hell

The Counterfeiter

The Golem


Cleavers: Killer Clowns


Banana Splits


J.T. LeRoy


Escape Plan 3

Avengers: Endgame

Berlin, I Love You

Swing Away


The Cleaning Lady

Mission Possible


Rust Creek

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

The Flood

Guardian of The Universe


LEGO DC Batman: Family Matters


Hail Satan?

Puppy Time!



The Curse of La Llorona


In Fabric

Spy Cat


Critters Attack!

Doll Cemetary

A Dog’s Journey


Long Shot

Memory: The Origins of Alien

Ramy Youssef: Feelings

The Souvenir

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