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Best New Shows and Movies on Netflix This Week: Dear White People, She-Ra

Plus: Patricia Arquette plays an overbearing mom stalking her son

Tim Surette

Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? Here is a list of all the best new shows and movies released on Netflix the week of Aug. 2-8.

Comedy! Anime! Documentaries! Kung fu! Adult cartoons! International shows about sex! All that and more is on tap this week on Netflix, which is a veritable smorgasbord of variety to please everyone out there. Seriously, if you can't find something on Netflix this week, then get out of here and go to Hulu! Or Amazon! Or Facebook Watch! Or Britbox! Or DC Universe! Or Acorn! Or AMC Premiere! Or Fubu! Or PlayStation Vue! Or Tubi! Or Vudu! Or Philo! Or Pluto! Or Xumo! I'm seriously hearing about half of these for the first time. Maybe just stick with Netflix.

All titles are out Friday, Aug. 2 unless otherwise noted.

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The Biggest Releases

Dear White People, Season 3
Justin Simien's look at black life on the campus of a predominantly white college once again dares to go there with pointed critiques of race relations. But for those who haven't seen it, the show is decidedly meta, making fun of its existence and its characters while also throwing in plenty of pop culture jokes to keep the mood light. This season, there's also a terrific Handmaid's Tale parody as its show-within-the-show, as well as a guest appearance by Flava Flav. It's also a great excuse to stare into Logan Browning's eyes. What else do I need to do to sell it?

Mommmmmmmm! Stop! That's basically the summary of this comedy movie, which takes three celebrated actresses -- Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, and Felicity Huffman -- and has them play overbearing moms who decided to show up at their sons' houses unannounced to get to know them better. It goes as expected: awful at first, and then a heartwarming voyage of self-discovery for both mother and son that can only happen in the movies. Also, the girls go clubbin', obviously. (Trailer)

Everything Else

Wu Assassins, Season 1

A San Francisco chef gets told by some beautiful stranger that he's the latest in a line of monks who kick a lot of ass, so he starts kicking lots of ass. One of Netflix's taglines for this is "Kung Fu meets sci-fi meets Asian street food in Wu Assassins," so you know it's good. Katheryn Winnick of Vikings fame is also in this. (Thursday, Aug. 8)

Basketball or Nothing, Season 1

This sports docuseries follows the Chinle High School boys' basketball team on its quest for a state championship in Arizona. Why is this particular team so interesting? It's made up of Navajo students who play "rez ball," an uptempo style of basketball. (Trailer)

Derry Girls, Season 2
When a trailer for a show begins with Primal Scream's "Loaded" and then goes into some Ace of Base beats and also features the Cranberries' "Dreams," it means the early 1990s will be shoved down your throat and you will love every minute of it. Seriously though, this Northern Irish show is an underrated coming-of-age teen comedy from across the pond. (Trailer)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Season 3
If you're into good cartoon feminism then give this a go. Seriously, it's solid! (Trailer)

Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj, Volume 4
Hasan Minhaj is back to anger foreign governments with his pointed political criticisms. One of his previous episodes was pulled from Netflix in Saudi Arabia after pressure from the Saudi government because of a monologue in which Minhaj criticized a Saudi royal over the murder case of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, so yeah, the world is kind of a bummer right now. (Trailer)

Enter the Anime
You love anime, so you may as well watch this documentary about the people who make anime. (Monday, Aug. 5 / Trailer)

No Good Nick, Part 2
I never thought this show was so dark and sinister, but the tween show is all about a con artist duping a family into taking care of her while she enacts a devious plan that's coming to fruition in this new part of the season. She's going to kill them all! (Monday, Aug. 5 / Trailer)

Dollar, Season 2
In this Middle Eastern drama, a bank promotion that gives one millions buckaroos to the owner of a specific dollar bill sends a bank executive and his assistant on a chase to find it first, and I'm really wondering why this country is using American currency. (Thursday, Aug. 8 / Trailer)

The Naked Director, Season 1
This might be the closest thing Netflix has to soft porn, so close the door and watch a businessman ignite the sexual revolution in Japan. (Thursday, Aug. 8 / Trailer)

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