The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and More in July
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If bingeing an entire season of a television show sounds like the perfect staycation, we’ve got you covered for July. Below are the most interesting of what we’ve found among the new TV series and movies coming to the major streaming services this month, plus a roundup of all the best new titles in all genres. (Streaming services occasionally change schedules without giving notice.)
‘Stranger Things’ Season 3Starts streaming: July 4
Strange things are happening once again in Hawkins, Ind. It’s the summer of 1985, and the psychokinetic Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) and her friends have their hands full: Apart from the economic pressure on the small town created by the shiny new Starcourt Mall, there are also inexplicable rat infestations and weird magnetic malfunctions, not to mention the mysterious voices and cryptic codes being transmitted on local airwaves. Are these things all connected? Can the gang somehow fend them off, or is this the end of their sleepy town? New cast members abound this season, including Cary Elwes as the sleazy mayor, Jake Busey as a troublesome journalist and Maya Hawke as the coolest girl at the ice cream shop.
‘The Great Hack’Starts streaming: July 24
This documentary, directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, puts a human face on the Cambridge Analytica data and election-meddling scandal by focusing largely on Brittany Kaiser, a former Cambridge employee who has helped reveal the company’s murky internal workings. “The Great Hack” follows Kaiser from the annual Burning Man gathering to a hideaway in Thailand and to London, along the way examining the results of various government inquiries into the company’s actions. The film also lays out why Kaiser finally came forward despite the blizzard of legal and media blowback she’s had to face.
‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 7Starts streaming: July 26
Say goodbye to Litchfield: As “Orange is the New Black” enters its final season, the show is expanding its scope beyond the maximum security prison to take in a nearby immigration detention center run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the fictional PolyCon, a private corporation. New characters struggle to navigate their way through this nightmarish system as they desperately try to secure documentation to prove their citizenship. And most of our favorite inmates (and parolees) use this season to come to terms with who they want to be, behind bars or no; a few find there is no such thing as escaping the effects of prison.
Also arriving: “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (July 1), “The American” (July 1), “Caddyshack” (July 1), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (July 1), “Cloverfield” (July 1), “Frozen River” (July 1), “The Hangover” (July 1), “Inkheart” (July 1), “Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room” (July 1), “Kill the Irishman” (July 1), “Mean Streets” (July 1), “The Pink Panther” (July 1), “Philadelphia” (July 1), “Rain Man” (July 1), “Road House” (July 1), “Taxi Driver” (July 1), “The Iron Lady” (July 6), “Mary Poppins Returns” (July 9), “Cities of Last Things” (July 11), “Blown Away” Season 1 (July 12), “The Princess and the Frog” (July 16), “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein” (July 16), “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Freshly Brewed” (July 19), “Queer Eye” Season 4 (July 19), “Inglourious Basterds” (July 22), “Another Life” (July 25), “The Croods” (July 29), “Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?” (July 30) and “The Red Sea Diving Resort” (July 31).
‘The Boys’ Season 1Starts streaming: July 26
The producers of “Preacher,” Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, are bringing another dark and foul-mouthed Garth Ennis comic book series to the small screen. For the uninitiated, The Boys are a clandestine squad — including Billy Butcher (Karl Urban), The Female (Karen Fukuhara) and Hughie (Jack Quaid) — that polices the corrupt superheroes of their world, particularly a collective known as The Seven. Warning: This is an over-the-top satire showcasing outrageous violence, not for tender sensibilities.
Also arriving: “Under the Silver Lake” (July 1), “Peterloo” (July 3), “Gone Baby Gone” (July 12), “Comicstaan” Season 2 (July 12), “All or Nothing” Season 4 (July 19), “Hellboy” (July 23), “Arctic” (July 31), “Corpse Bride” (July 31), “Hackers” (July 31), “The Rainmaker” (July 31), “Rosemary’s Baby” (July 31), “Star Trek: First Contact” (July 31), “Twelve Monkeys” (July 31) and “Urban Cowboy” (July 31).
‘I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter’Parts 1 and 2 start streaming: July 9 and 10
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Is it a crime to urge someone to commit suicide? Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 for encouraging her boyfriend Conrad Roy to kill himself, via text and phone calls. The documentary from Erin Lee Carr (whose father was David Carr, a New York Times columnist who died in 2015) explores the troubling context of this Massachusetts case, and the legal precedents it set. The film is divided into two parts, one dealing with the prosecution’s case, the other that of the defense.
‘Share’Starts streaming: July 27
In the writer-director Pippa Bianco’s award-winning feature debut, high school student Mandy (Rhianne Barreto) wakes up on her parents’ front lawn, wondering how she got there and what happened to her the night before. She soon finds out — her classmates are circulating a video in which she appears to be unconscious, lying on a floor with a laughing crowd gathered around and a boy pulling down her underwear. We enter into Mandy’s head space via hazy images, impressionistic flashes and extreme close-ups as she tries to figure out what happened, how she feels and what she wants to do about it.
‘Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist’Starts streaming: July 31
Why would a mild-mannered Brit become a terrorist? That may be impossible to fully know, but this documentary, directed by Anthony Wonke, attempts to arrive at an answer. Through interviews with his former teachers, hostages and U.S. and British intelligence operatives, a portrait is drawn of Mohammed Emwazi, the masked executioner behind a series of ISIS videos of hostage beheadings.
Also arriving: “Cyrus” (July 1), “Dead Man on Campus” (July 1), “Divorce” Season 3 Premiere (July 1), “I, Robot” (July 1), “Justice League” (July 1), “The Manchurian Candidate” (July 1), “Me, Myself & Irene” (July 1), “Notting Hill” (July 1), “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (July 1), “Thoroughbreds” (July 5), “Bohemian Rhapsody” (July 6), “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (July 13), “From the Earth to the Moon” (July 15), “Behind Closed Doors” Parts 1-2 (July 16-17), “First Man” (July 20), “Red Sparrow” (July 23), “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?” Parts 1-2 (July 23-24) and “Widows” (July 27).
‘Harlots’ Season 3 PremiereStarts streaming: July 10
Anyone in the market for some 18th-century sex talk might know by now that this show, set among the high-class strumpets of London’s Soho and Covent Garden, is the place to find it. Last season, the main madams were sidelined: Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) was sent to America as an indentured servant and Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville) was locked up in a mental hospital. Season 3 begins one year later, with Charlotte Wells (Jessica Brown Findlay) finally running her own brothel. She has a serious problem, though — a new pimp, played by Alfie Allen, who’s trying to cut himself in on her profits. Can these two get into bed together without killing each other first?
‘Veronica Mars’ Season 4Starts streaming: July 26
Picking up where the Kickstarter-funded movie left off five years ago, this eight-episode revival of the beloved detective series puts Mars Investigations at the center of a big murder mystery: Who is setting off lethal bombs during Neptune’s peak tourist season? Veronica (Kristen Bell) has several suspicious characters in her sights, including a cartel hit man (Clifton Collins Jr.), a compromised Congressman (Mido Hamada), a shifty ex-con (J.K. Simmons) and a pizza delivery guy (Patton Oswalt), who fancies himself an armchair detective. Complicating matters even further, Veronica’s boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) wants to redefine their epic relationship before it’s too late.
‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Limited Series PremiereStarts streaming: July 31
Mindy Kaling returns to TV with an update on the classic 1994 movie of the same name. This time around, the story centers on a diverse group of American friends living in London (with the occasional Brit for love-interest purposes). John Reynolds’s Duffy somewhat resembles the original’s bumbling Hugh Grant character, but Nathalie Emmanuel’s Maya is the heart the series. At the start she’s caught up in a New York political scandal and escapes to London to reconnect with her friends; first, though, there’s an airport meet-cute. Prepare for a deluge of rom-com Easter eggs — they’ll be very hard to miss.
Also arriving: “Veronica Mars” Seasons 1-3 (July 1), “A Little Princess” (July 1), “Airplane” (July 1), “An American Werewolf in London” (July 1), “Arbitrage” (July 1), “Bad Lieutenant” (July 1), “Big Fish” (July 1), “Bull Durham” (July 1), “Desperately Seeking Susan” (July 1), “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (July 1), “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (July 1), “The First Wives Club” (July 1), “Hard Candy” (July 1), “The Human Stain” (July 1), “King Kong” (July 1), “Married to the Mob” (July 1), “Minority Report” (July 1), “Open Water” (July 1), “The Panic in Needle Park” (July 1), “Proof” (July 1), “Reservoir Dogs” (July 1), “Rocky” (July 1), “The Silence of the Lambs” (July 1), “Sling Blade” (July 1), “Superbad” (July 1), ‘Gone Baby Gone” (July 12) and “Apollo 11” (July 20).