In an ever-evolving digital landscape, a monthly collection of cinematic delights can guide the discerning viewer through the maze of choices. Welcome to the first in a series of articles highlighting the most notable additions to Netflix’s robust NFLX film lineup. My focus is not on promotion, but on providing an authentic, in-depth review of each title to enrich your viewing experience. In July, Netflix curated an eclectic mix of movies spanning multiple genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
From timeless classics and blockbuster favorites to quirky independent films, these ten selections offer a variety of stories to pique your interest, touch your heart or simply entertain. In the first part you will find those ten films. And at the end of the article, you’ll find a full list of all the new movies added to Netflix in July so far.
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In Bridesmaids, director Paul Feig and a comedic powerhouse of a cast redefine the wedding movie genre. This riotous, touching story delivers hilarious laughter and raw emotion in equal measure. At the core is Annie (Kristen Wiig), a struggling baker whose life falls apart when her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), asks her to be her maid of honor. As the big day approaches, Annie faces tense bridesmaids, an over-the-top bachelorette party and her own inner demons. This boisterous comedy unfolds with humour, warmth and surprising insights into the complexities of female friendship.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
In The Huntsman: Winter War, a spectacular sequel/prequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman”, viewers are swept up in a whirlwind of mesmerizing visuals, captivating storytelling and captivating performances from Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt. The film delves deeper into the backstories of Eric (Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Theron), telling a story of sibling rivalry, lost loves and battles in icy landscapes. Spectacular visual effects and elaborate costume design make this an imaginative fantasy world worth exploring.
Note: The film’s sister film, Snow White and the Huntsmanis also available on Netflix.
Pride and prejudice
Joe Wrights Pride and prejudice offers a lush, evocative rendition of Jane Austen’s timeless classic. Kiera Knightley stars as the witty, fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, a young woman dealing with societal pressures and complicated feelings for the aloof Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen). Set against the backdrop of breathtaking English countryside and stately mansions, this riveting romantic drama encapsulates the elegance and excitement of life in the Regency era. It’s a riveting exploration of class, family obligations and the enduring power of love.
The karate kid
The karate kid is a beloved underdog story that continues to inspire generations. Directed by John G. Avildsen, this enduring classic follows the journey of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), a teenager who learns to stand up to his bullies with the help of a wise and patient mentor, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) . Their bond transcends the dynamics between student and teacher and offers poignant lessons about honor, resilience and the spirit of karate. With emotionally charged scenes and iconic martial arts sequences, this film serves as a thrilling testament to the triumph of the human spirit.
Note: the whole karate kid trilogy is available on Netflix.
by Jonathan Levine Warm bodies breathes new life into the zombie genre, combining horror, romance and comedy to create an unforgettable movie experience. The film centers on R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who forms an unlikely relationship with a human survivor, Julie (Teresa Palmer). Their unique bond challenges the norms of their divided societies and forms the basis for an unconventional, heartwarming love story. With its clever humor, compelling characters and innovative spin on zombie stories, this film invites viewers to look at the post-apocalyptic world through a different lens.
Jumanji, directed by Joe Johnston, offers a thrilling adventure that bridges the gap between reality and fantasy. When siblings Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy (Kirsten Dunst) discover a mystical board game, they unwittingly unleash a wild universe in their quiet suburb. Together with the imprisoned Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), they must complete the game to restore order. Packed with fantastic danger, clever humor and heartfelt moments, this timeless tale continues to captivate audiences with its enduring message of courage, friendship and the power of unity.
Super awesome, directed by Matthew Vaughn, breaks away from traditional superhero movies with its daring mix of irreverent humor, brutal realism and thrilling action. The film revolves around Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), an average teenager who, inspired by comic books, decides to become a real superhero. Chloë Grace Moretz delivers a memorable performance as Hit-Girl, a young but capable vigilante. With its unique characters, clever social commentary and pulse-pounding fight scenes, Super awesome offers a refreshingly sharp alternative to conventional superhero stories.
The squid and the whale
Noah Baumbach The squid and the whale offers a deeply moving, semi-autobiographical exploration of family dynamics and divorce. Set in 1980s Brooklyn, the film chronicles the tumultuous period following the divorce of Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan Berkman (Laura Linney). Caught in the crossfire are their two sons: the pretentious Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and the impressionable Frank (Owen Kline). With its intimate direction, sharp dialogue and remarkable performances, this film paints a raw, compelling portrait of a family in transition.
Rush hour combines the best of East and West in a high-octane action comedy that combines Jackie Chan’s amazing martial arts skills with Chris Tucker’s quick wit. In this Brett Ratner-directed film, Chan and Tucker are mismatched law enforcement officers tackling an international kidnapping case. With the energetic chemistry between the protagonists, explosive fight scenes and a plethora of laugh-out-loud moments, Rush hour remains an entertaining, culturally bridging ride.
Note: the whole Rush hour trilogy is available on Netflix.
John Hughes’ Uncle Bok is a heartwarming, humorous film that perfectly showcases the comedic talent of the late John Candy. Candy plays Buck Russell, an irresponsible bachelor who must care for his brother’s children during a family crisis. Despite his unconventional methods and initial mishaps, Buck eventually wins over his skeptical niece and nephews with his genuine concern and unconventional wisdom. With its mix of humour, sentimentality and relatable characters, Uncle Bok is a delightful comedy that emphasizes the importance of family and unexpected acts of love.
Every new movie added to Netflix in June so far
- 1 June: Bridesmaids (2011); The Huntsman: Winter War (2016); Jumanji (1995); The karate kid (1984); The karate boy part 2 (1986); The karate boy part 3 (1989); Super awesome (2010); Liar liar (1997); Monster trucks (2016); Pride and prejudice (2005); Gala night (2008); Rush hour (1998); Rush hour 2 (2001); Rush hour 3 (2007); Snow White and the Huntsman (2012); The squid and the whale (2005); Star Trek (2009); Star Trek Into Darkness (2013); The sweetest (2002); Thank you for your service (2017); Titanic (1997); Uncle Bok (1989); Warm bodies (2013); White House down (2013).
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