Ladies and gentlemen, the dog days of summer are upon us. With heat waves sweeping the country for the first time this season, we’re very eager to batten down the hatches, crank the AC, and not leave our houses this weekend. Luckily, Netflix anticipated all this heat by bringing some of their own. Here are the 10 best movies and shows coming to Netflix in July:
Jurassic Park Franchise
Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III all make their way to Netflix on first of the month, which means you’ll have some time to catch up before hitting theaters to go see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. While you won’t get 2015’s Jurassic World, you’ll at least have a basic understanding of why Chris Pratt is so dang worried about these dinosaurs.
Before he was Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus co-starred along Sean Patrick Flanery in this cult classic, which hits Netflix on July 1. Connor (Flanery) and Murphy (Reedus) are two brothers bound to justice by faith, and in a corrupt world where law and order have gone to the wolves, they decide it’s time to take matters into their own hands. Targeting Boston’s mobsters and criminal thugs, the two aim to clean up the city, one sack of shit at a time. Willem Dafoe plays the role of Paul Smecker, an FBI agent who realizes what the two are doing, and vows to help them by any means necessary.
Menace II Society
Of all the early ‘90s “hood dramas,” the debate between which one is the best is usually between Boyz n the Hood and Menace II Society. You’ve likely seen Boyz n the Hood, but Menace II Society is a gem that came after it and was really able to explore the “hood drama” genre because it had already been pretty well defined by the time the film was made. It was very well-received by critics for its realistic portrayal of the urban violence plaguing South Central, Los Angeles at the time.
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
As you probably already knew, we really love Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. We’ve been huge fans of the show, helmed by none other than Jerry Seinfeld, because it combines three of our favorite things: Comedy, coffee, and vintage automobiles. While we don’t know what automobiles Seinfeld will be rolling up in this season, we do know that guests include John Mulaney, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Brian Regan, Kate McKinnon, Zach Galifianakis, the late Jerry Lewis, and several others. From the guest sheet alone, we’d be willing to say this will be the best season yet.
First Team: Juventus Part B
This Netflix Original docu-series follows the players of Juventus F.C. around to get an in-depth look at the time and dedication that goes into being a winning soccer team. But what makes this series particularly special is that it doesn’t just look at their time on the pitch. It’s a no holds barred, all-inclusive look into the lives of Juventus’ players, as they battle with things like defeat, personal injury, time away from families, etc., to play on one of the most popular teams in Italy. Getting to the top ain’t easy, and that’s exactly what First Team: Juventus Part B aims to explore.
Gone Baby Gone
Another contemporary classic, Gone Baby Gone is noir-style crime drama about two Boston private investigators (Michelle Monaghan and Casey Affleck) who are investigating the alleged kidnapping of a young girl named Amanda. Through a string of lies and deceit, Amanda is lost, then thought dead, then somehow found again, then lost again, and the film starts fast and doesn’t slow down for even a second.
How It Ends
The world appears to be under attack by some strange and mysterious disaster, and as violence and chaos ensue, two men—Will (Theo James) and Tom (Forest Whitaker), future father- and son-in-laws—must head west, across the country in order to find Will’s pregnant fiancée (and Tom’s daughter) before it’s too late.
Orange Is The New Black: Season 6
Boom! It’s kind of hard to believe that we’ve already gone a whole year since the Season 5 finale of Orange Is The New Black, but alas, here we are! Season 6 of Netflix’s second-most popular Original Series makes its debut in July, and after the explosive Season 5 finale, we’re curious to see what happens to Alex, Piper, Taystee, Red, and the others who stayed in the “bunker,” as well as all the other inmates who surrendered. Will they be kept together or separated? Will anyone face additional charges/time for their roles in the prison riot? There are a bunch of questions we were left asking at the end of Season 5, and we can’t wait for answers.
Shameless: Season 8
We’ll be waiting until September for Season 9 of the Showtime hit series Shameless, but in the run-up to it, at least we’ll have Season 8 to binge on Netflix. If you’ve been living under a rock for the last several years—or just somehow missed the Shameless train this long—the show is about a dysfunctional family from Chicago’s Southside, doing everything they can to survive their crazy, twisted, messed up lives. We want to go into further detail, but we honestly don’t know where to start. What we will say about the show is that despite it’s insane plot line that casually crosses into territories like murder, drug use, fraud, addiction, sex, and everything else off the beaten path, it also excellently explores themes like sexuality, family, good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, class struggle, life in poverty, mental health, and many others.
Her may very well be one of both the strangest and oddly satisfying films we’ve ever seen. In the seemingly near future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a professional letter writer, is lonely following his divorce from his first wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara). He decides to invest in a new operating system to help him organize his life and provide some companionship. The A.I., named Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), actually surprises Theodore by how intuitive and intelligent it is. At some point or another, Theodore falls in love with his A.I., and, well, things get super weird. We won’t give it away, but aside from having an excellent plot and superb acting, the film also has a very good aesthetic that makes it very soothing to watch. You’ll see what we mean.
Have Amazon Prime? We have picks for that too.