As July begins, certain aspects of the world are beginning to return to normal – with cinemas and pubs set to reopen in the near future, for example. However the reality remains that we’ll still be spending more time in our houses than in ordinary circumstances – and so it’s still as important as ever that Netflix has a good offering of new shows and films.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the platform might imminently be running out of new material given the continued disruption to film and TV production around the world – but the good news is that July still boasts a wealth of new materials.
The month sees the return of popular show The Umbrella Academy – which stars Ellen Page and is based on the comic-book series created by Gerard Way – for its second season, while Spanish-language drama series Cable Girls draws to a close after six seasons.
As far as new shows are concerned, the likely highlights are Cursed, a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend starring 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford; The Baby-Sitters Club, a modern update of Ann M Martin’s beloved books with a cast that includes Alicia Silverstone; and the brilliantly named Warrior Nun – a fantasy drama based on a comic series of the same name.
And there’s also a reboot of Unsolved Mysteries – a legendary American docuseries that investigates some of the strangest cold cases and paranormal phenomena in the world, and that returns to the air for the first time in over decade.
On the movie front there’s plenty to get excited about, too: Charlize Theron stars in new big-budget superhero flick The Old Guard alongside Kiki Layne, Harry Melling and Chiwetel Ejiofor, hit teen romcom The Kissing Booth gets a sequel, and there are new international films from Thailand and Italy.
Wednesday 1st July
Anne Frank – Parallel Stories Helen Mirren retraces Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her diary in this affecting documentary
Emmy Raver-Lampman in The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Plus these TV shows (dates TBC):
Celebrity MasterChef S11-12 Derry Girls S2 Dracula S1 MasterChef S12-13 MasterChef: The Professionals S9-10 Motherland S1 24 Hours in A&E: Season 7
And films (dates TBC):
About a Boy (2002) Amélie (2001) Angela’s Ashes (1999) Atonement (2007) Behind the Candelabra (2013) BlacKkKlansman (2018) Burn after Reading (2008) Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (2012) Field of Dreams (1989) Gladiator (2000) Hot Fuzz (2007) Joy (2015) Knocked Up (2007) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Revolutionary Road (2008) Schindler’s List (1993) Spring Breakers (2012) Terminator Salvation (2009) Twins (1988)