Include these new movies and TV shows on your watch list.
Happy summer (sorry, southern hemisphere)! The warmest season of the year has finally arrived north of the equator, but the world’s biggest streamers aren’t about to rest on their laurels.
Movie and television fans may believe that offerings from Netflix, Disney Plus, and others will dry up during the summer. Not at all – on the contrary, they are preparing to provide new and exciting content to their subscriber bases.
So, what’s on the menu this month? There’s plenty for viewers to catch over the next 31 days, from new Netflix movies to Prime Video shows, and older films and TV series making their way onto services like HBO Max. With the launch of the streamer on British soil, UK fans can now enjoy a plethora of films and shows on Paramount Plus.
Here are the new movies and TV shows to watch in July 2022 on the world’s most popular streaming platforms.
New Movies and TV shows Releases on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus, Peacock and Apple TV Plus.
How to Change Your Mind (Netflix)
When should you watch it? Wednesday, July 12th.
Netflix’s TV show offerings are a little light for July, but the streaming giant makes up for it with a slew of intriguing documentary series.
How to Change Your Mind, a four-part series created by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney and New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan is the best of the bunch. Pollan’s journey as he learns about four different mind-altering substances – LSD, mescaline, MDMA, and psilocybin – is followed in the documentary. Pollan will investigate the quartet’s history, medicinal properties (particularly for those suffering from mental health issues), and whether society is ready to change its cultural perceptions of psychedelics.
Over the last few years, Netflix has produced a slew of high-quality documentaries. How to Change Your Mind will be the latest addition to its growing list of high-quality nonfiction projects.
The Terminal List (Prime Video)
When to watch it: July 1st.
From one thriller to the next. The Terminal List, starring Marvel movie actor Chris Pratt, is Prime Video’s latest action-thriller – and one Amazon hopes can replicate the success of another Prime Video original series, Reacher.
The Terminal List, based on Jack Carr’s best-selling novel, follows James Reece (Pratt), a former Navy SEAL suffering from PTSD and guilt after his entire platoon is wiped out in an ambush on a covert mission – an event that causes Reece to question his role in the fateful operation.
When new evidence about the roles of other key US government personnel during the assignment emerges, Reece realizes that his PTSD and scattered memories are the results of forces conspiring against him. There is only one man who can solve this mystery and finally put his demons to rest – and that man is Reece himself.
The Terminal List has received mixed reviews from critics, with many dismissing it as a by-the-numbers series devoid of captivating thrills. When the show arrives, see if you agree with the reviews.
Resident Evil (Netflix)
When to watch it: July 14th.
This month, Netflix will release a TV adaptation of Capcom’s iconic survival horror video game series. While Resident Evil fans may have reservations about another live-action adaptation of the games, it is still expected to draw viewers when it premieres on July 14.
Set in the year 2036, Netflix’s Resident Evil series follows Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) as she searches for her sister Billie (Siena Agudong) in New Raccoon City amid a global zombie outbreak. 14 years ago, the sinister Umbrella Corporation released a mysterious new drug called Joy into the world, which led to this new apocalyptic event, in which the duo’s father Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick) was heavily involved. This family and biochemical company have a lot to answer for.
Resident Evil on Netflix is being billed as both a reboot of Capcom’s game series and a total reinvention of the franchise itself. With its exploration of two time periods – 2036, i.e. ‘the present day in the show, and 2022, when the outbreak begins – it may confuse both established fans and newcomers. Regardless, the teaser trailers make it appear to be worth watching. Hopefully, Netflix’s adaptation will not be the latest in a long line of subpar retellings of Resident Evil’s source material.
Last Night in Soho (HBO Max)
When to watch it: Friday, July 1.
Edgar Wright’s latest film will make its streaming debut on HBO Max after its initial theatrical release in October 2021.
Thomasin McKenzie plays Ellie Turner, a budding fashion designer who begins to have vivid dreams of living in the 1960s, where she meets an aspiring singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy). However, things start to fall apart for Ellie and Sandie, with the former discovering that her life has become entwined with the latter, whose ill-fated relationship with a club manager named Jack (former Doctor Who star Matt Smith) becomes an enticing mystery for Ellie to solve.
When Last Night in Soho was released, it received mostly positive reviews, though some critics complained that the plot lost its way in the third act. TechRadar spoke with Wright about the film shortly after its initial release, and he described it as a film that explores the “danger of romanticizing the past.” If you enjoy his other works, this is one to see.
The Sea Beast (Netflix)
When to watch it: July 8th.
Looking for a movie to keep the kids entertained during the summer? The Sea Beast, available on Netflix, could be the film for them.
The Sea Beast, starring Karl Urban from The Boys and Jared Harris from The Foundation, follows famed sea monster hunter Jacob Holland (Urban) on one particular adventure where he’s saddled with an unexpected ally – a stowaway girl named Maisie (Zaris-Angel Hator). The duo set sail with the rest of Holland’s seafaring crew on a swashbuckling journey into uncharted waters in search of new mythical beasts. But, for Holland, the adventure will be far more eye-opening than he anticipated, with the exuberant Maisie demonstrating that there’s more to life than hunting so-called terrifying monsters from the deep.
The animated film, directed by Oscar-winner Chris Williams (Big Hero Six, Moana), had a limited theatrical release in late June. It will be available on Netflix on July 8th, and with critics praising its balance of humour, action, and heart, the whole family will want to watch it.
Don’t Make Me Go (Prime Video)
When it will be available to watch online: Friday, July 15th.
John Cho’s previous streaming project, Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop, may not have been the smash hit that many expected, but the Star Trek actor’s new Prime Video film should fare much better.
Cho plays Max Park, a single father with a terminal disease, in Don’t Make Me Go. Max takes a reluctant Wally on a cross-country road trip to find her estranged mother – and teach her as many life lessons as he can along the way – desperate to spend as much time with his daughter, Wally (Mia Isaac), as possible before his death.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June and received critical acclaim for its heartbreaking and joyful plot. Attendees also praised Cho and Isaac’s powerful and commanding performances as the film’s leads, with the pair’s on-screen chemistry being described as “as genuine as it gets.” If you plan on watching this later this month, bring a box (or three) of tissues for when the inevitable tears flow down your cheeks.
The Gray Man (Netflix)
When to watch it: July 22nd.
The Gray Man, arguably the biggest streaming movie of the summer, could be the latest Netflix film to break all kinds of records for the streaming giant.
Ryan Gosling plays Court Gentry (aka Sierra Six), a CIA operative who is forced to flee after accidentally uncovering numerous dark secrets within the agency. Pursued across the globe by the violent but wisecracking Lloyd Hansen (Lightyear and former Captain America star Chris Evans), a former CIA agent, Gosling’s Gentry must use all of his skills and wits – not to mention maintain his trust in key allies such as Dani Miranda (Knives Out and No Time to Die star Ana de Armas) – as he fights for his life.
The Gray Man, directed by the Russo brothers, is set to be a gripping, action-packed espionage thriller that every Netflix fan will want to watch. It will have a limited theatrical release on July 15, followed by a week on Netflix.
Flee (Disney Plus)
When it will be available to watch online: Friday, July 15th.
This is another film that was originally released in 2021, but it explores heartbreaking and timely themes.
Flee is a Danish adult-oriented animated documentary film written and directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen that follows the story of a man – under the alias Amin Nawabi – who shares his memories, thoughts, and feelings of fleeing his country for the first time. Riz Ahmed, who starred in Star Wars: Rogue One and The Sound of Metal, and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are among the film’s executive producers. The duo also narrates the English-dubbed version of the film.
Flee isn’t your typical Disney Plus film, but its harrowing and moving depiction of the refugee experience, as seen through the medium of animation, makes it a film you can’t afford to miss. There’s a reason Flee received critical acclaim late last year, as well as numerous awards on the 2022 awards circuit. With the global refugee crisis intensifying in the aftermath of the Russia-Ukraine war, Flee is an eye-opening and emotional reminder that we should treat people with humanity, respect, and care no matter where they come from.
Rap Sh!t (HBO Max)
When it will be available to watch online: Thursday, July 21.
Music-based comedies are becoming more common on streaming platforms, so it’s no surprise that HBO Max is getting in on the act with a brand-new show called Rap sh!t.
Rap Sh!t, created by Issa Rae of Insecure, follows the adventures of two estranged high school friends, Shawna (Betty’s Aida Osman) and Mia (real-life hip-hop artist KaMillion), who reunite to form a rap group. RJ Cyler from The Harder They Fall and Devon Terrell from Cursed are among the supporting actors.
The premise sounds simple enough, but with Rae and Master of None’s Dave Becky attached to the project, you know it’ll be entertaining. The HBO Max series will premiere with two episodes on July 21. Following that, subsequent instalments will be released weekly until the season 1 finale on September 1.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (HBO Max)
Are you a fan of the Pretty Little Liars franchise’s previous three instalments? If you are, the latest instalment in the series, the first of its kind to debut on a streaming platform, will be available at the end of the month on HBO Max.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, billed as a teen mystery drama, follows a new group of unfortunate adolescent girls as they are pursued by the villainous masked killer known as ‘A.’ A series of terrible events had ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart 20 years before. Now, ‘A,’ the likely perpetrator of those crimes, has returned, ready to torment Tabby (Lethal Weapon’s Chandler Kinney), Imogen (Once Upon a Time’s Bailee Madison), and company as they are forced to pay for their and their parent’s sins.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the creator of Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is behind the 10-episode series. Throughout, there will be plenty of teen melodrama, bloody action, and tense and suspenseful moments.
Original Sin premieres with three episodes on July 28, followed by two more episodes on August 4 and 11, respectively. The last three entries will be delivered on August 18.
Scream (Paramount Plus)
When to watch it: Friday, July 29.
Scream – that’s Scream 5 if you’re curious – finally arrives on a streaming platform before the end of July, fresh from its critically acclaimed theatrical run at the start of 2022. That service is Paramount Plus (unsurprisingly, the film was produced by Paramount Pictures), and it will be available to stream in the UK, with Paramount Plus launching in the latter territory in late June. Scream 5 will be released in North America on March 8, with the film already available on Netflix.
Picking up events after the previous instalment in the slasher film series, 2011’s Scream 4, the latest instalment sees a new killer don the iconic Ghostface mask and return to terrorize the town of Woodsboro. To stop this new Ghostface, franchise newcomers Melissa Barrera’s Sam, Jack Quaid’s Richie, and Jenna Ortega’s Tara must band together with the series’ previous heroes Courteney Cox’s Gale, Neve Campbell’s Sidney, and David Arquette’s Dewey.
Given Scream 5’s unexpected success in January, it’s no surprise that a sequel is already in the works, with filming set to begin this summer for a 2023 release. There’s no better time to immerse yourself in the world of Scream and this fantastic film in general.
The Resort (Peacock)
When it will be available to watch online: Thursday, July 28.
It’s unusual for us to include a Peacock film or television show in our monthly round-up, but The Resort sounds like it’ll be worth seeing later this month.
The Resort, written and produced by Andy Siara of Palm Springs, is billed as a dark comedy thriller in the vein of HBO’s The White Lotus and Apple TV Plus’ The Afterparty. Noah and Emma, a couple celebrating ten years of marriage by taking a much-needed vacation to Yucatan in Mexico, are played by William Jackson Harper (The Underground Railroad) and Cristin Milioti (Palm Springs, Made for Love).
However, while there, the couple becomes involved in solving one of the Mayan Riviera’s mysteries, which occurred 15 years before Noah and Emma’s arrival. Unsurprisingly, there will be plenty of twists and turns in this multi-episode coming-of-age love story.
The show’s strong supporting cast includes Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Pam and Tommy), Luis Gerardo Méndez (Narcos: Mexico), and Skyler Gisondo (Licorice Pizza, The Righteous Gemstones). The first three episodes will be released on launch day, with subsequent entries following weekly.
Surface (Apple TV Plus)
When to watch it: July 29th.
The psychological thriller genre appears to be the flavour of the month for July, with Apple releasing another similarly positioned TV show on its streaming platform before the end of the month.
Surface stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw from Loki as Sophie, a woman who suffers from severe memory loss as a result of a traumatic head injury. Sophie initially believes her physical and mental injuries are the result of a failed suicide attempt, but it isn’t long before she realizes there’s more to the life-changing event than meets the eye. Sophie sets out on a quest to put the pieces of her life back together, but what she discovers may not be to her liking. Which of her family and friends can she rely on to tell her the truth? And, more importantly, can she even trust herself, given the story she’s made up in her head?
Veronica West of High Fidelity created the Apple TV Plus series, and Emmy Award winner Sam Miller of I May Destroy You directed several episodes. Olivia Jackson-Cohen from The Haunting of Hill House, Stephan James from If Beale Street Could Talk, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste from Secret & Lies are among the show’s supporting cast members.