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The 11 best films and TV series to watch on streaming in July

The most unmissable movies and TV shows coming to your smaller screens this month

By Phil de Semlyen
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With Netflix UK, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Apple TV and numerous other streaming options available, figuring out what to watch feels a little terrifying these days. To make life easier, we’ve trawled the streaming-verse to pick 11 guaranteed winners to feast your eyes on over the month ahead.

Cinemas are reopening his month but you won’t catch many new releases until the last week of the month. Movies to look out for on the big screen include Eva Green drama ‘Proxima’ and Russell Crowe road-rage thriller ‘Unhinged’. New streaming offerings keep coming, too, with Caitlin Moran’s coming-of-age comedy ‘How to Build a Girl’ the pick of the bunch.

The 11 best things to watch on streaming in July

Hamilton
Hamilton
Photograph: Disney+

Hamilton

If you’ve seen it at the theatre and have the soundtrack bookmarked on Spotify, you’re probably already counting down the hours until Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical lands on Disney+ in its original theatrical form. If not, you’re in for a treat because this unique hip hop-fuelled take on America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton is flat-out spectacular.

Available on Disney+ from Jul 3.

Family Romance, LLC
Family Romance, LLC
Photograph: Modern Films

Family Romance, LLC

Werner Herzog is back with a Tokyo-set story about a company that offers stand-ins for family members and friends to rent when there’s no one else around. Expect typically profound, Herzogian ruminations on loneliness, modern life and that human instinct to connect with others in the great German filmmaker’s own style.

Available via Modern Films’s streaming platform, Mubi and Curzon Home Cinema from Jul 3, and then on demand from Jul 4.

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A White, White Day
A White, White Day
Photograph: Peccadillo

A White, White Day

A buzzy film at last year’s Cannes, this Icelandic potboiler follows a grieving cop (Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson) as he discovers that his now-dead wife had been having an affair, and uses his compassionate leave to investigate. Sigurðsson is terrific as the most stressed-out police chief since Brody set foot on that boat in ‘Jaws’.

Available on Curzon Home Cinema from Jul 3.

The Old Guard
The Old Guard
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The Old Guard

Charlize Theron plays Andromache of Scythia (‘Andy’ to her mates) in a graphic novel adaptation with a modern fantasy-adventure feel. She’s an ancient mercenary whose immortality has seen her kicking about for thousands of years with a small posse of fellow ancients, including the fast-rising KiKi Layne (‘If Beale Street Could Talk’). ‘The Old Guard’ has all the resources of Netflix behind it, so expect big spectacle and very loud bangs. 

Available on Netflix from Jul 10.

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Clemency
Clemency
Photograph: Paul Sarkis

Clemency

Alfre Woodard was Oscar nominated back in 1986 for ‘Cross Creek’ – in another year, her performance in this hard-hitting drama might have added a second nod to the tally. She plays Bernadine Williams, a prison warden drawn, emotionally and psychologically, into the fate of an inmate on death row (Aldis Hodge). Thanks to distributor Bohemia Media, you can pick which indie cinema to support when you stream the film.

Available on Curzon Home Cinema and other streaming platforms from Jul 17.

Saint Frances
Saint Frances
Photograph: Vertigo Releasing

Saint Frances

Lauded at 2019’s SXSW, this US indie turns the tired ‘manic pixie dream girl’ trope on its head with a funny, fiercely honest look at life through the eyes of struggling thirtysomething Bridget. It’s an arresting calling card for its screenwriter Kelly O’Sullivan, who also plays Bridget. Look out, too, for young co-star Ramona Edith Williams as the maverick six-year-old she signs up to nanny for.

In cinemas from Jul 17.

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How to Build a Girl
How to Build a Girl
Photograph: Lionsgate

How to Build a Girl

Cheery coming-of-age goodness lands mid-month with this adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s inspiring memoir (she’s co-written the screenplay with John Niven). Beanie Feldstein from Booksmart plays Moran surrogate Johanna Morrigan, a Wolverhampton girl aiming to make it as a journalist in the ’90s. Fans of the book and Moran’s pin-sharp wit will be counting down the days.

Available on Amazon Prime from Jul 24.

The Traitor
The Traitor
Photograph: Modern Films

The Traitor

Veteran Italian director Marco Bellocchio returns with a portrait of a Cosa Nostra footsoldier in Palermo who informed on his mobster colleagues in the 1980s. And if the movies teach us one thing about mobsters, it’s that they’re not that fond of being snitched on. Pierfrancesco Favino (‘Angels & Demons’) plays the ex-Mafiosa forced to run the gauntlet of car bombs, hitmen and other invitations to sleep with the fishes.

In cinemas from Jul 24.

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Muppets Now
Muppets Now
Photograph: Disney+

Muppets Now

Guess who’s back? Yes, Jim Henson’s coterie of frogs, pigs, bears, Swedish chefs, scientists and prawns returns for six ten-minute shorts. There will be guest stars (Linda Cardellini, Aubrey Plaza, Seth Rogen and RuPaul), comic mayhem and all the usual Muppety joy. Waka, waka!

Available on Disney+ from Jul 31.

Unhinged
Unhinged
Photograph: Altitude

Unhinged

Russell Crowe plays a southern redneck in a monster truck in a ‘Duel’-like thriller that will give motorists pause before ever using their horn again. Caren Pistorious plays a frazzled mum who picks the wrong scary-looking pick-up truck to honk at and quickly discovers that road rage cuts both ways as Rusty’s psycho goes all demolition derby on her and her family life.

In cinemas from Jul 31.

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Proxima
Proxima
Photograph: Picturehouse

Proxima

Eva Green stars in an intimate drama in a grand setting by French filmmaker Alice Winocour (‘Disorder’). Green brings her reliable brilliance to the role of trainee astronaut Sarah as she endures gruelling training, sexist colleagues and a distant daughter (newcomer Zélie Boulant-Lemesle) in preparation for a year on the International Space Station.

In cinemas from Jul 31.

The best movies on Netflix UK

Call Me By Your Name
Photograph: Memento Films International

The 30 best movies on Netflix UK

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Feeling overwhelmed or uninspired by the choice on Netflix UK? We’ve all been there. If you can’t decide what to watch, try one of these solid gold winners – and take your pick from hilarious comedy movies, reach-for- the-tissues heartwarmers and Oscar-winning nail-biting dramas.

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