Everything That’s Streaming in July

From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘What We Do In The Shadows’

With more people on average staying home thanks to sweltering weather and seven-dollar gas prices killing summer road trips nationwide, July is offering new worlds of streaming content for the housebound hordes this month. Who needs to risk heat stroke when you can journey into the cool, shady underworld in season 4 of What We Do In the Shadows on Hulu? Why accept sunscreen-triggered backne when you can crouch like a troll in front of the A/C vent and revisit the 90’s hip-hop scene with HBO Max’s kickin’ remake of the 1990 comedy House Party, or go spelunking into your own claustrophobia with Disney Plus’s Explorer: The Deepest Cave?

Is it better to blister your hamstrings on a piping hot car seat driving to a sweaty festival in a black tar parking lot, or venture into the Upside-Down on a supernatural staycation with the much-hyped season 4 finale of Stranger Things on Netflix? (This as the streamer boosts its Montgomery Burns factor by laying off 300 employees after a recent downturn). Check out these titles and even more shiny new movies and shows watchable this month on your go-to streaming service: (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)

Netflix

Stranger Things Season 4 finale (July 1) –  The senior season of the smash supernatural series is ending with an operatic flourish, wrapping up all the drama with two Tolstoyesque episodes nearly four hours long combined. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer are expected to kill off at least one recurring character, and fans are breathlessly speculating on Twitter about who’s getting the axe. “I feel sick over the thought of Eddie dying in Vol 2 I can’t lose him I will literally spiral,” threatened one user. “I am prepared to take legal action if Steve Harrington dies,” warned another. The Duffers did reveal that the show will be coming back for a fifth and final season—let’s hope everyone’s favorite character makes it that far.

Persuasion (July 15) – Jane Austen is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the hit series Bridgerton, which enchanted viewers with the passion and intrigue of Regency-Era England. Critics are calling Dakota Johnson “fresh and witty” as indecisive lady Anne Elliott who can’t decide between two dashing lovers in the latest Austen joint–although some fans reacted negatively to the trailer, which contained modern anachronisms, asides to the camera, and a quite un-Austenesque humor. Others will appreciate director Carrie Cracknell’s wry take on the buttoned-down tale that swings almost Wes Anderson, with saucy strings, flatly balanced shots and Johnson’s adorable, ahistorical bangs.

The Gray Man (July 22) –  When a shadowy CIA agent codenamed Gray Man (Ryan Gosling) discovers dark agency secrets, a sociopathic former colleague (Chris Evans) hunts him across the globe. Directed by the Russo brothers (Avengers: Endgame and Extraction) and based on the 2009 Mark Greaney novel of the same name, the film also stars Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton. The Russos hope to start a franchise based on Greaney’s Gray Man novels, so fans can expect more movies—and a higher body count. In the words of Evans’ character Lloyd, “You wanna make an omelette, you gotta kill some people.”

Virgin River Season 4 (July 20) –  A dark horse among the streaming veterans, Virgin River is the most popular show you’ve never heard of. As streamers axe shows on whims and razor-sharp margins, the uplifting small-down drama is pulling improbably big viewer numbers and Netflix just renewed it for a fifth season. The show is a cross between Northern Exposure and a Lifetime movie, following nurse practitioner Mel as she moves to a small Northern California town after a personal tragedy. Here Mel wins over the curmudgeonly doctor, charms the locals and tackles serious issues like postpartum depression and drug cultivation. While the show’s natural backdrops steal the scene, they actually filmed its breathtaking vistas in British Columbia.

 Also playing:

The Flash Season 8 (July 7)

Boo, Bitch! (July 8)

Resident Evil: Season 1 (July 14)

Street Food: USA (July 26)

Visit Netflix for a full list of releases.

Hulu

The Princess (July 1) – It’s the old “damsel in distress” story, but with a twist. Joey King (The Kissing Booth) is a stubborn princess who is locked up in a remote tower when she refuses to marry a sociopathic prince. But she becomes a sword-slashing warrior determined to fight her way to freedom and protect her family from the prince’s plot to usurp the throne. People are describing The fantasy action film, directed by Le-Van Kiet, as Rapunzel meets The Raid, complete with some very un-Disney bloodbaths. Olga Kurylenko (Vampire Academy) plays Kai, and Veronica Ngo (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi) plays Lin.

Minamata (July 8) – Johnny Depp is renowned photojournalist Eugene Smith tackling his riskiest assignment yet: exposing corporate mercury poisoning that’s maiming and killing residents of a Japanese coastal town. Depp, coasting on his post-defamation trial popularity, mumbles venerably through his role as the cantankerous but driven Western figure who anchors the narrative for philistine American audiences. The labor angle of the story, and the Japanese citizens who risked everything to save their community (played by Hiroyuki Sanada and Minami Hinase among others), are worth the watch. 

The Bob’s Burgers Movie (July 12) – The animated big-screen musical extravaganza of the Emmy-winning series finds the Belchers trying to save the restaurant from closing after a sinkhole threatens the building. Meanwhile the kids are faced with summertime crushes, performance anxiety and solving a carney conspiracy that could save their family’s restaurant. With the return of the original voice cast, including Zach Galifianakis and Kevin Kline, series creator Loren Bouchard promises that the film will “scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had.”

What We Do In the Shadows Season 4 premiere (July 12) – After season 3’s bonkers cliffhanger ending, the vampire clan return home to find their Staten Island mansion about to collapse, while Laszlo struggles to raise reincarnated Baby Colin. More big stars and monsters will  make special appearances this season. Meanwhile, Guillermo will explore his supernatural heritage—and must choose between loyalties. The series is based on the 2014 New Zealand mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

Also playing:

Killing Eve Season 4 (July 10)

Solar Opposites Season 3 (July 13)

Not Okay (July 29)

Visit Hulu for a full list of releases.

Amazon Prime

The Terminal List (June 3) – In the beefy new military action show based on the Jack Carr novel, Chris Pratt is James Reece, a Navy SEAL who lost his team in an ambush and returns home with tangled memories of the disaster. When his family is also murdered, Reece realizes the corruption goes all the way to the White House–and goes on the hunt for vengeance. Also starring Taylor Kitsch, Constance Wu, Riley Keough and Patrick Schwartzenegger (Pratt is married to his sister Katherine), it’s a lawless ride as Reece applies his combat training to turn the upper echelons of power into a bloodbath.

Warriors on the Field (July 8) – Amazon is teaming up with the Australian Football League to tell the stories of three Indigenous AFL players, Michael O’Loughlin, Michael Walters and Tarryn Thomas, and how they smashed records and built careers as elite athletes while facing racism in Australia. “I believe this documentary shows the positive impact the sport has had on my life and the lives of many before me,” O’Loughlin said. “We must listen and learn from our past and present day First Nations players who are best placed on these issues in our sport and society. We have a long way to go in this country, but we must continue to persevere and educate.”

Paper Girls (June 10) – Four 12-year-old girls are out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween when a mysterious force from the future invades their town, sweeping them up in a time-hopping adventure to save the world. Based on the mystery/science fiction comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls is anticipated to follow Stranger Things as yet another banger entry in the Retro Kids Vs. Monsters playbook.

Don’t Make Me Go (July 15) – When single father John Cho (Cowboy Bebop) gets a terminal diagnosis, he plans a cross-country road trip with his daughter (Mia Isaac) to find her estranged mother and teach her everything she needs to know in the time he has left. The trailer is crammed with hammy shots of romping with selfie sticks, belting out karaoke and stressing each other out during driving lessons, but Cho’s earnest parenting shines tenderly through the clichés.

Also playing:

Dead Ringers (July 1)

House of Gucci (July 2)

Prizefighter (July 22)

Visit Amazon Prime for a full list of releases.

HBO Max

The Rehearsal (July 15) – Nathan Fielder, creator and host of Nathan For You, is back with a characteristically weird concept for his new half-hour comedy series: instead of leaving big life moments to chance, Nathan sets up elaborate simulations where his subjects can practice them instead. With the help of a production crew and some slick A/V gear, Fielder stages reconstructions where ordinary folks can rehearse for their own lives; like Nathan for You, will its humor spring from their discomfort under Fielder’s maniacal directions? The trailer isn’t clear: it just shows Fielder watching a bank of monitors as a mother tries to put her baby to sleep. If anyone can make that funny, it’ll be him. 

Rap Sh!t (July 21) – Issa Rae, the original Awkward Black Girl, is returning to HBO after Insecure wrapped at the end of last year. Roughly based on the story of Miami rap duo City Girls, the new comedy follows Shawna (newcomer Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), two estranged high school friends and struggling solo rappers who reunite to form a rap group. The talented cast also includes Devon Terrell (Barry), Jaboukie Young-White (Only Murders in the Building) and Jonica Booth (Bad Girls Club).

The Last Movie Stars (July 28) – Ethan Hawke’s new documentary about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward is, like their partnership, epically long. The six-part series tells the story of their lives, fifty-year careers and famously happy marriage, and how they stayed grounded through decades of Hollywood stardom. The original Tinseltown power couple worked extensively in the civil rights movement and used their heft to further charitable causes, funding independent films to boot; Hawke believes their story is especially poignant in today’s entertainment environment. Executive producer Martin Scorcese appears in the feature, along with celebrities commissioned by Hawke to read transcripts and journals from the era including Sam Rockwell, Laura Linney, Billy Crudup, George Clooney, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Kazan.

House Party (July 28) – LeBron James is producing a light-hearted remake of the classic 1990 comedy jam starring Kid ‘n’ Play and a young Martin Lawrence, where a kid decides to throw a house party when his parents go out of town and much bustin’ it ensues. The reboot, directed by Calmatic from a screenplay by Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori, stars Jacob Latimore (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Tosin Cole (Dr. Who), but not much is known about the actual movie since there’s no trailer available. The movie is a piece of franchise history, becoming the sixth installment of a classic series spanning more than three decades.

Also playing:

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (July 1)

Last Night in Soho (July 1)

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Season 1 premiere (July 28)

Visit HBO Max for a full list of releases.

Disney Plus

America the Beautiful (July 4) – Just in time for Independence Day, Michael B. Jordan narrates a plush nature series filled with spectacular scenery and fauna from across the fifty states. The six-part docuseries celebrates America’s array of ecosystems from deserts to oceans and highlights the work of conservationists and First Nations groups to preserve its diversity. The award-winning producers, also behind Disney’s Planet Earth, used new tech to capture animals in nature like they’ve never been seen before; buckle up for a visually stunning trip across the U.S.A.

Life Below Zero: Next Generation Season 4 (July 13) – Nothing beats the heat like watching someone on TV shiver through a miserable task in the middle of an icy tundra. Life Below Zero is back to make us all appreciate our heated floors and cashmere booties with a fourth season of hardscrabble Arctic living. The unforgiving cycle of racing the seasons for survival begins again, filling freezers and chopping wood during the warm months while dodging Kodiak bears and other natural hazards.

Explorer: The Deepest Cave (July 15) – The one-hour  National Geographic documentary follows a team of elite cavers led by 68-year-old Bill Stone as they attempt a months-long expedition to officially make Cheve Cave in Oaxaca, Mexico the world’s deepest cave. The expert spelunkers see plenty of cuticle-gnawing danger like hundred-foot chasms, deadly flash flooding and slippery subterranean waterfalls, all of which have claimed lives in its depths. Stone puts the stakes bluntly: “When you look over the edge know that that’s death staring you in the face, so you pay attention to everything you do.”

Also playing:

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (July 1)

Zombies 3 (July 15)

Siempre Fui Yo (July 20)

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 3 (July 27)

Visit Disney+ for a full list of releases.

Apple TV Plus

Black Bird (July 8) – Inspired by actual events, the 8-episode miniseries follows convicted drug dealer Jimmy Keene, who goes undercover in a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane to get a confession from suspected serial killer Larry Hall. Keene stands to win the ultimate prize if he convinces Hall to talk: freedom. The ensemble cast includes Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Sepideh Moafi, Greg Kinnear and features one of the last performances by late actor Ray Liotta. The true crime drama series is executive produced by bestselling author Dennis Lehane; the first two episodes drop July 8th, with a new episode every following Friday.

Greatness Code (July 10) – Iconic athletes reveal the inside stories behind their career-making plays, with a “stylized hybrid of live action and visual effects.” Shaun White, Usain Bolt, LeBron James and other sports stars walk viewers through every racing thought and visceral reaction during their biggest triumphs that instantly became iconic moments in sports history. The narration is surprisingly intense when offset by the animation, but all the high-stakes emotion crammed into the trailer comes off like a deodorant ad.

Surface (July 29) – Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning Show) is Sophie, who suffered memory loss when she fell off a boat in a suspected suicide attempt. As Sophie digs into her memories in an effort to put her life back together, she begins to suspect that dark secrets lurk beneath her perfect-looking life. The executive producers of Big Little Lies are back with another upscale psychological drama that’s almost as thrilling to watch for the high-end world Sophie inhabits. The series cast also includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Stephan James, Ari Graynor, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, François Arnaud, and Millie Brady.

Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson (July 30) –  Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson gets geeky talking technology and musical innovation with his mentors and peers in the 6-part documentary series created by Morgan Neville. Each episode explores a different technology that shaped modern music, as Ronson sits down with a slate of famous guests to talk shop; then Ronson creates an original piece of music with the featured tech. It’s a sweet new way to school fans on the tech behind the beats they love.

Also playing:

Lovely Little Farm (June 10)

Cha Cha Real Smooth (June 17)

Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show (June 24)

Visit Apple TV+ for a full list of releases.

Paramount Plus

SkyMed Season 1 (July 10) –  Take to the skies for high-stakes medical rescues and romance as nurses and air ambulance pilots administer dubious-looking CPR and exchange body fluids off the clock. It’s Grey’s Anatomy in Canada with planes! The trailer shows a group of firm twentysomethings with unchapped, syringe-plumped lips and sculpted stubble flying sexily around in a jet saving hunters and plane crash victims in the remote tundra. Flying at 20,000 feet above the frigid hinterlands, all they have to rely on is each other—and a healthy dose of erotic tension burning hotter than jet fuel.

Blood & Treasure Season 2 (July 17) – If you miss the golden age of the first and second Mummy films, Paramount+ has the show for you. Blood and Treasure, the thrilling CBS adventure drama is moving to the streaming platform for its 13-part second season, after Covid delayed production efforts. Its freshman season focused on an antiquities expert and a slippery art thief who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist funding attacks with stolen treasure. Season 2 ups the ante when the Vatican is attacked by (more) terrorists, and a person from Danny’s past resurfaces, leading them on a new hunt to recover one of the greatest lost treasures of Asia—the Spirit Banner of Genghis Khan. The first two episodes premiere July 17, with weekly episodes to follow. The returning cast includes Michael James Shaw (The Walking Dead), Katia Winter (Sleepy Hollow), James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Oded Fehr (The Mummy) and Alicia Coppola (Shameless).

Never Seen Again (July 26) – Tyler Perry lends his voice to investigating the mysterious disappearances of people of color in the first two episodes of an explosive new true crime docuseries highlighting unexplained missing cases. 27-year old Terrence Williams vanished after getting into a Collier County Sheriff patrol car in 2004; Perry follows Williams’s heartbroken family in their quest for answers, seeking solutions over sensationalizing their grief. The series carries a confronting interactive piece, where relatives and detectives directly appeal to viewers for information. It’s a sobering bird’s eye view of the countless hazards that can sweep us off the face of the earth— despite digital surveillance, social progress and public safety efforts in the modern age.

Also playing:

Clueless (July 1)

The Only (July 12)

South Park: The Streaming Wars part 2 (July 13)

Honor Society (July 29) –

Visit Paramount+ for a full list of releases.

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Rachel Llewellyn is a saucy media mercenary who's worked at Curve Magazine and Girlfriends Magazine in San Francisco, and ghost-edited two noir novels. She's also translated academic material, written corporate website content, taught adult school, and produced morning television news. Rachel lives in Bakersfield, California, where she hikes with her dog and pushes paper in the government sector.

One thought on “Everything That’s Streaming in July

  • July 3, 2022 at 4:20 am
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    There are so many epic espionage films and TV shows on now or in the pipeline: just ask your “Old Man”! Coming soon is Joe and Anthony Russo’s The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans based upon Mark Greaney’s debut novel: it sounds like an epic movie. Already on TV or in cinemas are The Ipcress File with newcomer Joe Cole, Mick Herron’s Slow Horses from the Slough House stables, The Courier about Greville Wynne played by Benedict Cumberbatch who looks astonishingly just like Wynne did in real life, Colin Firth in Operation Mincemeat, Olen Steinhauer’s All the Old Knives and let’s not forget Kaley Cuoco in the Flight Attendant.

    Indeed, ignoring the fact based Operation Mincemeat and The Courier, there’s almost too much fictional espionage on the menu to cope with so why not try reading instead. If you liked Deighton, Herron or Wynne, we suggest a noir fact based espionage masterpiece could do the trick. Two compelling thrillers spring to mind. They are both down to earth curious real life Cold War novels you’ll never put down.

    Try Bill Fairclough’s Beyond Enkription in The Burlington Files series and Ben Macintyre’s The Spy and the Traitor about KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky.

    Talking of Col Oleg, he knew MI6’s Col Mac (aka Col Alan Pemberton in real life) who was Edward Burlington’s handler in The Burlington Files. Bill Fairclough (aka Edward Burlington) came across John le Carré (aka David Cornwell) long after the latter’s MI6 career ended thanks to Kim Philby. The novelist Graham Greene used to work in MI6 reporting to Philby and Bill Fairclough actually stayed in Hôtel Oloffson during a covert op in Haiti which was at the heart of Graham Greene’s spy novel The Comedians.

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