What’s the old saying about what too much choice can do to a man? Whatever it was originally written about, it finds fresh relevance as we dive into another incredible month on the world’s most popular streaming service. Netflix has once again cast its net wide to reel in some of the world’s best films, TV shows and documentaries — as well as bringing us more of its award-winning original content.
From the long-anticipated return of Stranger Things, to a chance to revisit some Academy Award winners — here’s what you should be adding to your must-watch list this month. And, as the UK’s summer forecast continues to keep us guessing, it’s a good idea to keep a wet weather option in reserve for your weekend plans.
Stranger Things Season 3, 4th July
This record-smashing third series was released on Netflix eleven whole days ago, so we’re guessing that a fair few of you will already have binged the whole thing (in one sitting) already. However, for the benefit of the handful of readers who have been living under a rock since 2016, Stranger Things follows a young group of friends as they uncover a mystery involving secret experiments and terrifying supernatural forces.
This season, the gang are back to face yet more danger from the invading forces of the Upside Down.
Orange Is The New Black Season 7, 26th July
The gift that’s finally about to stop giving — OITNB returns this month for its seventh (and final) season at the end of this month and we can say our teary goodbyes to the ladies of Litchfield. Season seven will follow Piper’s path after prison as she relearns how to navigate the outside world – while her fellow (and less fortunate) inmates remain behind bars.
If previous seasons are anything to go by — we can expect a seriously explosive finale from this extraordinary show.
Spotlight, 29th July
It’s easy to forget that Spotlight scooped the Oscar for Best Picture back in 2016 — which can perhaps be attributed to the admirably understated nature of the film itself.
This subtle but crushingly bleak newsroom drama tells the true story of a team of Boston Globe journalists uncovering a monumental child abuse network within the city’s Catholic institutions. Worth a watch for the star-studded cast alone, this is a film that will stay with you, albeit quietly, for a long time.
The Great Hack, 24th July
This documentary made its Sundance Film Festival debut to great acclaim earlier this year. Now, the film that delves deep into Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal will be making its way over to Netflix and bringing the stark realities of data harvesting to light for a wider audience. The documentary includes interviews from key players on both sides of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal and also takes a look at what people give up when they share information about themselves via phones and keyboards in today’s digital age.
(The irony that you might well be reading this having clicked on the article through a social media site has not escaped us.)
Point Blank, 12th July
Netflix appears to have found inspiration from the Taken movies in this original production. Point Blank follows the unlikely duo of a nurse and career criminal, as they team up in order to take down a group of corrupt police officers.
Our lead duo are played by Anthony Mackie (most recently seen in Black Mirror) and Frank Grillo. Expect twists at every corner, and the need to have a good lie down after viewing.
The Theory of Everything, 12th July
Another film on the list which garnered widespread critical acclaim on its release, The Theory of Everything tells the true story of the late, great Stephen Hawking. Beginning with his enrolment at Cambridge University, the film shows Hawking meeting and falling in love with Jane, before suddenly and devastatingly receiving a diagnosis of motor neurone disease at the age of 21.
As his esteem grows in the world of physics, Stephen Hawking’s body is ravaged by ALS — although we’re fairly sure it isn’t a plot spoiler to say this is a film about courage in the face of adversity.
4 Latas, 12th July
This Spanish language film follows two long-term friends as they recreate their desert road trip from Spain to Mali in the hopes of reuniting with a dying friend. Typically for a Netflix original release, very little has been released in the build up to this — but you can expect dazzling turns from Jean Reno and Hovik Keuchkerian.
The Red Sea Diving Resort, 31st July
Chris Evans’ newest film The Red Sea Diving Resort actually completed filming in 2017, but it was not until February this year that Netflix bought the global rights to bring this remarkable story to the masses.
Based on real events, this film stars our friend Michiel Huisman and tells the story of a group of Israeli intelligence agents and Ethiopians who safely smuggled thousands of Ethiopian-Jewish refugees out of Sudan in the 1980s using a deserted Sudanese resort as a front.
Boi, July 26th
In another Spanish language film, Boi, is a young man starting out in a new job as a chauffeur.While anxiously waiting for news from his girlfriend regarding a decision that could change both their lives, he must accompany his first clients, Michael and Gordon, two Asian businessmen who have come to Barcelona in order to close a multimillion-dollar deal.
Boi is a cerebral thriller which follows a young man who is brought to a crossroads in his life.
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