What to watch July 2022: Best TV series, movies streaming online now
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This July is filled with recurring TV favorites, from You should call Saul to What we do in the shadows, to Stranger Things, but those looking for new things to look at will not be disappointed either. At the cinema and at home, there is a lot to discover, from a couple of ambitious new sci-fi series to a film about volcanoes and love. July also brings a new documentary about one of the greatest songwriters of all time, so let’s start there.
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a journey, a song (Theater, July 1)
The Leonard Cohen catalog is filled with remarkable songs, but one, “Hallelujah”, has taken on a life of its own. This new doctor explores Cohen’s career through the prism of what has become his most famous clue, an expression of longing and spiritual longing that has become inevitable.
The princess (Hulu, July 1)
Joey King (Kysseboden) plays in a movie that looks less interested in breaking adventures than in pulverizing them. King plays a princess who, instead of marrying the old woman she is engaged to, decides to kick instead. Watch a free trial of Hulu here.
The terminal list (Prime, July 1)
This adaptation of a Jack Carr bestseller features Chris Pratt in the lead role as a Navy SEAL who begins to question the truth after the platoon’s mission goes wrong. Does he decide to get to the bottom of the matter even if it means taking the law into his own hands? You bet he does. Pratt is joined by an impressive cast that includes Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch and Riley Keough. Watch a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime here.
The fire of love (Cinema, July 6)
Partly nature film, partly love story, the breakout documentary hit from this year’s Sundance follows the careers of the French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft who dedicated their lives to traveling to active volcanoes to study them on their own. They also took cameras with them, capturing remarkable footage from the earliest stages of their work together to the premature end.
Moonhaven (AMC +, July 7)
You should call Saul may end, but AMC seems intent on making sure that an era of ambitious programming does not end there. This new sci-fi thriller plays Emma McDonald as Bella Sway, a smuggler who is stuck in a utopian lunar society called Moonhaven. At least it seems utopian on the outside. Joe Manganiello teammates. Look at AMC.com.
Thor: Love and thunder (Theater, July 8)
In his latest adventure, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must take a break from thinking about the future when he is asked to match the mind with Gorr, God Butcher (Christian Bale), a creature who is set on liberating the universe from deities. It complicates matters: His old flame Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) has somehow taken over his powers and taken over Thor’s mantle. Taika Waititi returns as director with Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. See tickets and showtimes here.
Blackbird (Apple TV +, July 8)
Adapted from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) from the memoirs I With the Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, this fact-based miniseries stars Taron Egerton as James Keene, a young criminal serving a ten-year sentence who has been given the chance to take a break if he can become friends and lure a confession from an alleged serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser). In one of his last roles, Ray Lotta plays Keene’s father. Watch Apple TV here.
Everything is rubbish (Freeform, July 13)
Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens) draws from his own life and his bestseller from 2018 Everything is rubbish, but it’s okay for this new series about a podcaster (Robinson) who is forced to examine her life and career when her brother (Moses Storms) embarks on a political career. (Robinson’s brother Phil Robinson is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.)
Where Crawdads sings (Theater, July 15)
When we talk about bestsellers, Delia Owens’ novel from 2018, Where Crawdads sings, has sold over 12 million copies and shows no signs of abating. In this film adaptation directed by Olivia Newman, Daisy Edgar-Jones plays the lead role as Kya, a young woman from a troubled background who is accused of the murder after death of a small North Carolina community star quarterback.
Do not make me go (Prime video, July 15)
One of the toughest parts of parenting is trying to make sure your kids know everything they need to get into the world. But what if you knew you were running out of time to do it right? In this new indie drama by Hannah Marks, it is the situation of Max (John Cho), who learns that he is dying and recruits his reluctant daughter Wally (Mia Isaac) to join him in the search for her alienated mother, and maybe learn some lessons along the way. Watch a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime here.
The exercise (HBO, July 15)
With Nathan for you, Nathan Fielder (or, more often, “helped”) helped small business owners in an irreconcilable marketplace through a series of innovative approaches (which usually failed). Fielders’ latest is similarly based on the spirit of helping others. Here, Fielder brings in actors and props to help others rehearse great moments in their own lives. What can go wrong? Watch HBO Max here.
Rap Sh! T (HBO, July 21)
Fielder is not the only creator to follow up on a beloved series this month. After liquidation Unsafe At the end of her fifth season last year, Issa Rae wasted little time before returning with a new series. Here she steps behind the camera in the series that follows two high school friends (Aida Osman and KaMillion) who reunite while they try to enter the world of hip hop as a duo. Watch HBO Max here.
Everything is possible (Prime video, July 22)
Also behind the camera: Billy Porter, who directs this growing story about Kelsa (newcomer Eva Reign), a trans teenager trying to navigate her final year of high school. Renee Elise Goldsberry stars as Kelsa’s mother. Watch a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime here.
The gray man (Cinema, July 15, Netflix, July 22)
Directing (Joe and Anthony Russo) and the authorship (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) the teams behind the last two Avengers movies (and more) are reunited for this adaptation of a 2009 Mark Greaney novel. Ryan Gosling stars as Court Gentry, a CIA agent who was forced to leave after revealing some secrets. Standing in his way: a former colleague (Chris Evans) decided to do anything to stop him. Greaney’s book has inspired 10 sequels (so far), so expect this to lay the groundwork for future contributions. Watch on Netflix.com.
Persuasion (Netflix, July 15)
Jane Austen’s latest completed novel is dusted off again for a new film adaptation with Dakota Johnson in the lead role as Anne, a young woman (even one approaching the end of her marriage) who is reunited with Frederick (Cosmo Jarvis), a man she broke with. commitment years before. Complicating matters: a man of suspicious character (Henry Golding) who also has an eye on Anne. Watch on Netflix.com.
no (Theater, July 22)
Beyond a couple of cryptic (and scary) trailers, Jordan Peele has been pretty tight-lipped about the premises of his latest thriller. It definitely involves a horse farm that is home to a sibling couple (Daniel Kaluyaa and Keke Palmer) and at least seems to involve UFOs. After Get out and Us, Peele has been given a free pass to be as cryptic as he wants. This will almost certainly be worth the entry price.
The resort (Peacock, July 28)
William Jackson Harper (The good place) and Cristin Milioti (Palm Springs) co-stars as a couple whose marriage has reached a crossroads in this new series leader produced by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) and created by Andy Siara. But wait: there’s more to the story. While vacationing on the Mayan Riviera, they are drawn into an unsolved murder. Will it be some kind of couples therapy or drive them apart? Watch PeacockTV.com.
Sharp Stick (Theater, July 29)
In her first project since Girls, Lena Dunham writes and directs (and takes on a small role) this story about an inexperienced Los Angeles woman named Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth) who embarks on a sexual journey of discovery after an affair with her employer (Jon Bernthal). The film inspired a divisive reaction to Sundance this year, so expect more of the same when it hits a wider audience.
Paper girls (Prime video, July 29)
Based on a cartoon written by Brian K. Vaughan (Saga) and drawn by Cliff Chiang, this new sci-fi series finds a group of high school newspaper delivery girls drawn into a twisted history of time travel that forces them to consider their own future and whether or not they can change. Watch a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime here.
Fleet (Apple TV +, July 29)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in this exciting new series as Sophie, a San Francisco woman who is not entirely sure what has happened in her own life lately after suffering a brain injury as part of a suicide attempt. May be. The more she and her friends investigate, the more inconsistencies they find. Watch AppleTV.com.
Offline (Netflix, July 29)
Neil Patrick Harris has delivered memorable support performances since the end of How I met your mother, but he takes the stage here as Michael, a New York man who finds himself unexpectedly single after his husband of 17 years ended his marriage. Darren Star (Sex and the City, Emily and Paris) acts as the creator of what sounds like a vehicle to the star. Watch on Netflix.com.