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‘Sweet Girl,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘A Faraway Land’ and more new shows on Netflix this weekend

By Kara Santos Published Aug 20, 2021 6:30 pm

What’s new on Netflix this week? The streamer has got a good mix of action, drama, romance, and kid-friendly shows to keep everyone safe indoors. 

First up is revenge thriller Sweet Girl, featuring Aquaman and Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa as a devastated father out for justice against a giant pharmaceutical company.

Grab a cup of tea and get ready to swoon all over again because all six seasons of Downton Abbey, the hit period drama is on Netflix once again. Downton Abbey was one of the first major binge-worthy shows to land on Netflix in the streamer’s early years.

On the local front, we have A Faraway Land, a 2020 drama film directed by Veronica B. Velasco and starring Paolo Contis and Yen Santos in pivotal roles set in the visually stunning Faroe Islands.

Here are some of the latest films and shows streaming on Netflix you might want to check out this weekend.

Sweet Girl

Synopsis: He lost the love of his life to a pharmaceutical company's greed. Now his daughter is without a mother, and he's without justice. For now.

Downton Abbey

Synopsis: Exposing the snobbery and machinations of a vanishing class system, this series chronicles events in the lives of the Crawley family and their servants.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

Synopsis: Escaping from poverty to become a witcher, Vesemir slays monsters for coin and glory, but when a new menace rises, he must face the demons of his past.

The Secret Life of Pets

Synopsis: After ending up in the outside world, two squabbling pet dogs find common ground against a gang of angry animals preparing an attack on humans.

The Chair

Synopsis: At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department.

Assassin’s Creed

Synopsis: In this adaptation of the critically acclaimed video game franchise, a man on death row is rescued from execution by a mysterious organization.


Synopsis: Inventors of larger-than-life robots go head-to-head inside a perilous bulletproof arena with one goal: disable or destroy their opponent's machines.

Brand New Cherry Flavor

Synopsis: A filmmaker heads to Hollywood in the early ’90s to make her movie, but tumbles down a hallucinatory rabbit hole of sex, magic, revenge and kittens.

Black Island

Synopsis: The dark secrets of a seemingly peaceful island threaten to swallow an orphaned student when he grows close to a mysterious new teacher.

The Girl Next Door

Synopsis: Ambitious high schooler Matthew falls for his gorgeous neighbor, but his bright future is jeopardized when he learns she was once a porn star.

Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

Synopsis: Serial killer Dennis Nilsen narrates his life and horrific crimes via a series of chilling audiotapes recorded from his jail cell.

Man in Love

Synopsis: When he meets a debt-ridden woman who's caring for her ailing father, a debt collector with a heart of gold sets out to win her love.

Chesapeake Shores (Season 5)

Synopsis: When she returns to the small Maryland hometown her father founded, a successful career woman and single mom considers staying and setting down roots.

A Faraway Land

Synopsis: In the Faroe Islands, a married woman meets a reporter filming a documentary on overseas Filipino workers, which soon sparks a complicated love story.

(Images via Netflix)