July Picks: The Movies and TV Shows You Can't Missby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 weeks ago
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"Say I Do" | Premieres Wednesday, July 1, on Netflix
Plot: In this reality show, couples overcome obstacles to celebrate their love in surprise dream weddings designed by three experts in less than a week.
Our Take: As one of many, many brides whose wedding plans have been put on hold due to COVID-19 concerns, I am absolutely in need of some positive vibes on that front, no matter how cheesy — and who better to supply them than the creators of “Queer Eye”? I already said yes to the dress, and now plan to watch as the big day comes together seamlessly for some deserving couples, with help from a notable interior designer, fashion designer, and chef. It remains to be seen whether their personalities measure up to those of the Fab Five (give me Jonathan Van Ness 2.0), but I’m willing to take a leap of faith. — Hannah
"Warrior Nun" | Premieres Thursday, July 2, on Netflix
Plot: A 19 year-old woman wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back. She discovers she is now part of an ancient order that has been tasked with fighting demons on Earth, and powerful forces representing both heaven and hell want to find and control her.
Our Take: "Warrior Nun" wasn’t on my radar when the action-packed trailer dropped in June, but it looks like it might fit the "Motherland: Fort Salem" sized hole in my viewing schedule. This series has just about everything I enjoy in a TV series: reluctant chosen ones, secret societies, demon fighting, women kicking ass, battles between Good and Evil for the fate of the world, so I’m all in. — Vanessa
'Hamilton' | Premieres Friday, July 3, on Disney+
Plot: The story of Alexander Hamilton -- politician, statesman and Founding Father.
Our Take: You could argue that watching Hamilton on the small screen is not exactly being the room where it happened, but I’m not throwing away my shot to finally see Lin-Manuel, Leslie, Daveed, Renée, and the rest of the spectacular founding cast in the original Broadway production. — Vanessa
"Hanna" | Season 2 Premieres Friday, July 3, on Prime Video
Plot: Equal parts high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, HANNA follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl raised in the forest, as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.
Our Take: Season 1 started as a fairly close retelling of the 2011 original, but quickly expanded the Hanna-verse with the introduction of new UTRAX child soldiers. I'm excited to see how star Esme Creed-Miles mixes it up with the new recruits. — James
'John Lewis: Good Trouble' | Premieres Friday, July 3, on Netflix
Plot: A documentary that explores Georgia representative John Lewis', 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.
Our Take: My high school Civics teacher introduced me to Representative Lewis via his speech at the March on Washington in 1963. He was the youngest speaker at the event, which became part of American history the moment Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Similar to RBG, I hope this documentary introduces an entirely new generation to Lewis and his ongoing campaign for reform, justice, and peace. — Arno
"JU-ON: Origins" | Premieres Friday, July 3, on Netflix
Plot: The legendary horror franchise is set to once again shake the world as Netflix Japan sets to release its first-ever horror of Netflix Japan Original, "JU-ON: Origins."
Our Take: If I'm being completely honest, I don't know that there's any good reason to revisit a cinematic universe that has spanned over a dozen movies (including multiple remakes by the original director) and multiple shorts. But who am I to hold a grudge? Though there are few details about the upcoming Netflix series, I'm hoping the series returns to the format of loosely connected vignettes, which managed to creep me out like nothing else could, back in 2003. — James
Sufiyum Sujatayum | Premieres Friday, July 3, on Prime Video
Plot: Sufiyum Sujathayum is a unique love story, that revolves around Rajeev and Sujatha, a married couple who fly to Dubai to attend the last rites of Sujatha's ex-lover, a Sufi priest.
Our Take: Watching the trailer for this movie, I was swept away by music composer M Jayachandran's soulful soundtrack, setting the stage for a love story. — Sneha
'Mucho Mucho Amor' | Premieres Wednesday, July 8, on Netflix
Plot: A documentary the chronicles the life of Walter Mercado, who was raised in the sugar cane fields of Puerto Rico, and became a gender non-conforming psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million Latinx viewers a day.
Our Take: Walter Mercado brought hope to his fans over a 50-year career, and he connected with millions of people back when he was simply a voice on the radio. Of course there are elements of melodrama and mystery to hook in a wide audience, but the documentary on a whole is described as a loving eulogy to the star who became a constellation in late 2019. — Arno
"Expecting Amy" | Premieres Thursday, July 9, on HBO Max
Plot: Pregnancy is different for everyone. Here’s a glimpse into the longest nine months of Amy Schumer's life.
Our Take: Watching a comedian on her pregnancy journey may not sound like typical fodder for a stand-up special, but I’m intrigued by Amy Schumer’s unflinching and funny account of her path to motherhood. She’s been open and honest on social media throughout the process, and I admire her for using her platform to champion women and open up the conversation around pregnancy struggles. As she says in the trailer, “We’re f**king warriors.” — Hannah
'Palm Springs' | Available Friday, July 10, on Hulu
Plot: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
Our Take: Movies and shows centered around time loops have almost become their own genre. To some it may seem like an overused novelty, but I'm not sick of it yet (thank you, "Russian Doll" and Happy Death Day). At a time when every day feels the same for some people, Palm Springs feels perfectly timed. — James
'The Old Guard' | Premieres Thursday, July 10, on Netflix
Plot: Led by a warrior named Andy, a covert group of tight-knit immortal mercenaries have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, theyFriday must eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary.
Our Take: I really wish The Old Guard had been expanded into a series because I would’ve gladly binged 10 hours of a close-knit team of immortal warriors battling through history. Thankfully the story is based on a 10-episode and counting comic book series, so there could be room for a sequel? Fingers crossed! — Vanessa
'Relic' | Available on VOD Friday, July 10
Plot: A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family's home.
Our Take: While the trailer may give some serious Hereditary and Babadook vibes, word on the street is that this feature debut of Japanese Australian writer-director Natalie Erika James is treading her own path, and I'm always down for more diversity in my art-house horror diet. — James
'Greyhound' | Premieres Friday, July 10, on Apple TV+
Plot: Early in World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy captain must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolfpacks.
Our Take: Tom Hanks has portrayed a pilot, a ship captain, a U.S. Army Ranger captain, and plenty more heroic “men in charge,” and he’s sticking to that script (which he wrote) for this World War II action flick, where he plays Commander Ernest Krause. I find Hanks’ bravery and nobility in times of onscreen crisis quite believable, and can’t resist a unique angle on WWII combat. Those Nazi U-boats that he’s tasked with avoiding look seriously sinister. — Hannah
"P-Valley" | Premieres Sunday, July 12, on STARZ
Plot: "P-Valley" follows the lives Mercedes and Autumn, strip-club dancers working down in the Dirty Delta, and the mother in charge of the club, Uncle Clifford.
Our Take: The male gaze is bounced from the function in creator and showrunner Katori Hall's adaptation of her own play, and I'm so ready for that perspective to be herstory. Equally prepped for the ascension of series leads Brandee Evans, Elarica Johnson, and Nicco Annan. — Arno
"Brave New World" | Premieres Wednesday, July 15, on Peacock
Plot: Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking novel, "Brave New World" imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.
Our Take: NBC’s Peacock streaming service launches on July 15 with a modern take on the 88-year old dystopian sci-fi novel "Brave New World." Alden Ehrenreich, Demi Moore, and Hannah John-Kamen lead the cast of this 9-episode series, and I’m excited to see the results. Sci-fi fans should keep an eye out for Peacock as it will also be the eventual home of Sam Esmail's upcoming second reboot of "Battlestar Galactica." — Vanessa
"Cursed" | Premieres Friday, July 17, on Netflix
Plot: A teenage sorceress named Nimue encounters a young Arthur on his quest to find a powerful and ancient sword.
Our Take: I love a show with solid source material, and this new Netflix series with Arthurian legend at its base has a broad array of resources to work with. Katherine Langford as Nimue, a young sorceress with magical gifts, is a majorly awesome departure from her breakout role as Hannah Baker in “13 Reasons Why.” Nimue is destined to become the Lady of the Lake, a key figure famous for giving King Arthur the sword Excalibur, and I’m ready to see how her epic journey unfolds. — Hannah
'The Painted Bird' | Releases Friday, July 17, on VOD
Plot: In an unidentified area of war-torn Eastern Europe, a young boy sets off on a journey to return home. He roams alone in a wild and hostile world in which only local rules, prejudices, and superstitions apply.
Our Take: Right alongside The White Hotel, Jerzy Kozinski's novel was the hardest but more rewarding reading experience of my life. Chunks of me are hesitant to see the scenes of Kozinski's brutality unfurl over a three-hour run time, but the reviewers I admire have said that it's an inescapable experience, even if they hope to never encounter the film again — which could be an awards contender in 2021? — Arno
"The Alienist: Angel of Darkness" | Premieres Sunday, July 19, on TNT
Plot: In "The Alienist: Angel of Darkness," Sara has opened her own private detective agency and is leading the charge on a brand-new case. She reunites with Dr. Kreizler, the formidable alienist, and John Moore, now a New York Times reporter, to find Ana Linares, the kidnapped infant daughter of the Spanish Consular.
Our Take: TNT has moved the premiere up by a week and that just means I have less time to wait before I get to jump back into Caleb Carr’s dark and twisty historical drama. If the 4-episode series isn’t enough to satisfy your Sherlockian needs, check out "Ripper Street" on Netflix for 5 seasons of early forensic-science mysteries. — Vanessa
'Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets' | Available on VOD Sunday, July 19
Plot: A look at the final moments of a Las Vegas dive bar called "The Roaring 20s."
Our Take: There's something special about the families that form within bars, and watching a documentary about one "bar family" coming to an end has the potential for unique poignancy. But Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a work of fiction; a form-bending film chronicling the final hours in the life of a Las Vegas dive bar. I'm looking forward to sitting in the bar with these characters, real or not. — James
Dil Bechara | Premieres Friday, July 24, on Disney+ Hotstar
Plot: A remake of The Fault in Our Stars, the story of two cancer patients whose lives intertwine at chemotherapy.
Our Take: Along with fans around the world mourning Sushant Singh Rajput's death, I look forward to watching one of his final acting performances. — Sneha
"Maxxx" | Premieres Wednesday, July 28, on Hulu
Plot: As a former boy-band singer stages his international comeback, he will stop at nothing to get back on top — even if it means losing all self-respect.
Our Take: An opportunity to laugh along at O-T Fagbenle in man-child mode is a welcome brief respite before he returns in "The Handmaid's Tale" and makes me wish, yet again, that I lived in Canada. "Maxxx" doesn't have the most original premise around, but if you laugh every time you watch Popstar, here's your new summer show. — Arno
Shakuntala Devi: Human Computer | Premieres Friday, July 31, on Prime Video
Plot: Based on the life of Shakuntala Devi, the renowned mathematical genius from India, nicknamed 'Human Computer' due to her ability to solve complex problems without a machine.
Our Take: Since the poster launched for the movie in late 2019, I was suprised to learn that Shakuntala Devi's life and legacy in STEM and as a feminist icon has never been centralized in a movie. I'm excited to see one of my favorite actresses, Vidya Balan, take on Devi's legacy. — Sneha