Coming to Video-On-Demand in August 2017

I am Groot! Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Baby Groot are back in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a journey to the center of the universe that adds Mantis to the team and features guest stars Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. It leads off the new films coming to cable and streaming video-on-demand in August, along with Ridley Scott’s much darker galactic odyssey Alien: Covenant and Guy Ritchie’s medieval myth-meets-monster monster epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword with Charlie Hunnam as the man who would be King Arthur.

Also coming in August are the comedies Snatched with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn and Baywatch, a spoof of the old TV series, with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and the senior citizen heist comedy Going in Style with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. On a somewhat smaller scale is the oddball monster movie Colossal with Anne Hathaway, and for the younger crowd comes Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

Arriving from the arthouse and independent circuit are the Gothic romance My Cousin Rachel with Rachel Weisz, the romantic comedy The Lovers with Debra Winger and Tracy Letts, and the historical dramas Cezanne et Moi from France and Afterimage from Poland.

Video-on-Demand, what used to be known pay-per-view, is essentially a streaming rental service and has become one of the most popular home viewing choices for new movies. It is available through most digital cable and satellite systems. Most titles are also available through web-based VOD services like iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Fandango, and Google Play.

Here are the notable arrivals coming to VOD in August

August 1

The Circle
Going in Style
I Am Battle Comic
The Lovers
One Week and a Day
The Ottoman Lieutenant
Phoenix Forgotten

August 4
68 Kill
Armed Response
Brave New Jersey
Fun Mom Dinner
Some Freaks

August 8
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
The Dinner
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Cezanne et Moi
LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain
Savage Dog

August 11
Open Water 3: Cage Dive

August 15
Alien: Covenant
The Case for Christ
Everything, Everything
Fanny’s Journey
How to be a Latin Lover
The Wall

August 18
6 Days
Dave Made A Maze
Shot Caller

August 22
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

August 25

August 29
Disneynature: Born In China
My Cousin Rachel

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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