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The best new movies on Netflix in July

Beating the summer heat? Netflix has you covered with some unique indies and Steven Spielberg’s most moving fantasy.
Written by
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out contributors

These days, Netflix is doing an amazing job with its original programming—from a new season of House of Cards to Cannes-approved movies by Noah Baumbach and Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho. They’re even going to produce the next Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman, a gangster film starring Robert De Niro. That said, Netflix’s rotating monthly selection has some of the best movie options, mixed in among their huge catalog. Let us do the work for you. We’ve found an unmissable fantasy by Steven Spielberg, a heartbreaking romance from Paul Thomas Anderson and the best of the Jackass movies (yes, one exists).

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Best new movies on Netflix

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Movies
  • Fantasy

Many would point to this perfect children’s fantasy—about coming into responsibility as well as daring to dream—as Steven Spielberg’s most essential. It still triggers primal emotions (and a flood of tears). One thing is indisputable: Composer John Williams was having a very good day at the keys.

Jackass Number Two (2006)
  • Movies

Surprisingly durable—even a touch experimental—at feature length, the moron-simple concept of Johnny Knoxville and his all-male company taking on lunatic challenges continues to accrue deeper meanings. Satire of bro culture? Scatological romp? Sublimated gay tragedy? All of the above?

Delicatessen (1991)
  • Movies
  • Fantasy

One of the most wildly inventive fantasies of the ‘90s, the feature-film debut of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro is a dystopian, Terry Gilliam-influenced nightmare that’s both darkly funny and surprisingly tenderhearted. Half of the French directing duo would go on to make Amélie; this film is actually sweeter.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
  • Movies
  • Comedy

Adam Sandler got most of the ink, but the real star of this slender, absurdist romantic comedy is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s spectacular visual imagination. The comedy emerges not from personality but from aesthetics: the precise framing, the bravura camera movements, Sandler’s ridiculous blue suit.

Best in Show
  • Movies
  • Comedy

Christopher Guest’s stock company—a supertalented group of improvisers that includes Eugene Levy, Parker Posey and Michael McKean—eases into the milieu of competing dog owners at a Philly breed show. The material is almost too thin for them, but the dogs becomes fascinating objects for their sizable neuroses.

And here’s everything coming in July, by date:

Available July 1
Titanic (1997)
The Originals: Season 4
Free Willy (1993)
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Capo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1
El Barco: Season 1
The Truth Is in the Stars (2017)
Deep Water: Season 1
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Hostages (Israel): Season 2
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (2013)
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo) (2016)
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (2016)
Liar's Dice (2013)
Offspring: Season 6
Boat Trip (2002)
Mixed Signals (1997)
Delicatessen (1991)
Caramel (2007)
Yours Fatefully: Season 1
The Ultimatum: Season 1
Unriddle II
Yes We Can!: Season 1
Spice Up: Season 1
World at Your Feet: Season 1
Emma (1996)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Last Night (2010)
Out of Thin Air (2017)
Witnesses: Season 2
The Longest Yard (2005)
Jackass: Number Two (2006)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Are We There Yet? (2005)
Dad (1989)
The Land Before Time (1988)
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (1994)
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (1995)
Here Alone 2016)
Spawn: The Movie (1997)
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)
The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
Best in Show (2000)
Proof of Life (2000)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Taking Lives (2004)
Police Academy (1984)

Available July 2
El Chema: Season 1

Available July 3
Diamond Cartel (2017)
Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story (2103)

Available July 4
The Standups: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available July 5
iZombie: Season 3

Available July 6
Speech & Debate (2017)
The Void (2016)
Butter (2012)

Available July 7
Castlevania: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dawn of the Croods: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Luna Petunia: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds) (2017)

Available July 8
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Horse Dancer (2017)

Available July 9
Lion (2016)

Available July 11
Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry Rocha

Available July 14
Friends From College: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available July 15
Rake: Season 4
West Coast Customs: Season 4

Available July 17
Uncertain Glory (1944)
Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness (2017)
A Cowgirl's Story (2017)

Available July 18
Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 3
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Available July 20
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7B

Available July 21
Last Chance U: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Worst Witch: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available July 22
Railroad Tigers (2016)

Available July 24
Victor (2015)

Available July 25
Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Munroe Island (2016)

Available July 28
The Incredible Jessica James—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Daughters of Destiny: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available July 31
After the Reality (2016)
Checkpoint (2017)
Dark Night (2017)
Taking Earth (2017)

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