Storm’s approaching. Best to head back inside and wait it out. What could be better than some Netflix to pass the time? July is PACKED with loads of content that will certainly keep you engaged and glued to your couch. Load up the TV, or your laptop, and let’s get to July’s streaming essentials.

SATISFYING STREAMS

HER (2013) Directed by Spike Jonze. Available July 29.

Joaquin Phoenix in Her (2013).

As a huge Joaquin Phoenix fan, I can’t recommend this movie enough. Costarring with Scarlett Johansson’s voice, Phoenix plays Theodore, a man who develops a relationship with Samantha (Johansson), an intelligent computer operating system. Much in the same way that Shape of Water kept the audience feeling weird about…alternative relationships, Her will have you feeling similarly. Superbly acted and incredibly directed (Jonze is a personal favorite), this movie is not to be missed when it streams July 29.

MENACE II SOCIETY (1993). Directed by the Allen Brothers.  Available July 1.

Tyrin Turner as Caine and Larenz Tate as O-Dog (1993).

Set in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Menace II Society is a tour-de-force within the “hood dramas” genre, popular in the nineties. Tyrin Turner’s powerful acting as lead character Caine, along with the movie’s emotional intelligence, are truly what makes it so compelling. It’s gritty, real, and often disturbing (with themes that still resonate to this day in America). Menace also features performances from Jada Pinkett Smith and Samuel L Jackson. MC Eiht also makes an appearance, and happens to be a west coast rap legend.  This film will stay with you for a while after watching. Available July 1.

SHAMELESS SEASON 8. Starring William H. Macy. Available July 28.

Cast of Shameless Season 8.

At this point, Shameless has become its very own kind of cable staple. The eclectic and talented cast, the drastic shifts from comedy to drama (yep it’s a “dramedy” people), and its unique storytelling have kept the show surprising and interesting for eight seasons.  This season is amazing, and with actors like Jeremy Allen White (Lip Gallagher) and Cameron Monaghan (Ian Gallagher) carving out strong acting moments throughout, it just gets better and better. Season 8 promises plenty of drug-induced hazes for Frank (William H. Macy), as well as Fiona’s (Emmy Rossum) difficulties as a successful landlord and Lip’s attempts to stay sober. Hop on, you’re in for a wild ride. Available July 28.

SAY IT AIN’T SO, PLEASE DON’T GO

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961). Directed by Blake Edwards. Leaves July 2.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).

American cinematic classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s is slated to leave Netflix on July 2.  The film, loosely based on Truman Capote’s novella of the same name, stars a beautiful Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly.  Holly is an elegant cosmopolitan woman, obsessed with Tiffany’s jewelry store, and will stop at nothing in her chase for wealth and notoriety.  Things shift for Holly when one Paul Varjak (George Peppard), a struggling writer, moves into her apartment building.  The film won several Oscars, and was nominated for many more.  If you’re looking for something heartwarming, you better binge Breakfast at Tiffany’s before July 2.

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2011). Directed by Stephen Daldry.

Poster features Thomas Horn as Oskar Schell.

Based on the novel of the same name by author Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is set a year after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. A young boy, Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn), finds a key in his father’s vase (who died during the 9/11 attacks) and is shaken to explore the depths of New York City to learn more about this mysterious key. Tom Hanks features as Oskar’s father, Thomas, as well as appearances by such actors/actresses as Viola Davis, Sandra Bullock, and John Goodman. It was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, so it’s definitely worth viewing before it leaves Netflix July 1.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013). Directed by Richard Linklater.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Midnight (2013).

Boasting direction from the ineffable Richard LinklaterBefore Midnight is the third of a trilogy of films starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. If Boyhood is any indication for those who haven’t watched this one, you’re in for a treat. Linklater’s patented vision in addition to well-rounded performances from Hawke and Delpy bring the Before trilogy to an excellent close. Oh, and it also received Academy Award nods. Don’t miss out: catch it before July 1!

IN CLOSING…

Below is a trailer of all the Netflix things you need to know for July, including a comprehensive list of new additions and, sadly, departures. As always, we appreciate you checking in with us for all your streaming news and needs. Until next month, stay streamy and keep it chill.

ARRIVING!

July 1

  • Blue Bloods: Season 8
  • Bo Burnham: what.
  • Chocolat
  • Deceived
  • Finding Neverland
  • Get Smart
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Hawaii Five-O: Season 8
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Madam Secretary: Season 4
  • Menace II Society
  • NCIS: Season 15
  • Pandorum
  • Penelope
  • Queens of Comedy: Season 2
  • Rica, Famosa, Latina: Seasons 1-4
  • Scooby-Doo
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Spanglish
  • Stealth
  • Swordfish
  • The Boondock Saints
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Voices
  • Traitor
  • Troy
  • Van Helsing
  • We Own the Night
  • We the Marines
  • What We Started

July 2

  • Dance Academy: The Comeback
  • Good Witch: Season 4
  • Romina
  • The Sinner: Season 1

July 3

  • The Comedy Lineup

July 5

  • Blue Valentine

July 6

  • Anne with an E: Season 2
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2018: Freshly Brewed
  • First Team: Juventus: Part B
  • Free Rein: Season 2
  • Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 2
  • Sacred Games
  • Samantha!
  • Somebody Feed Phil: The Second Course
  • The Fosters: Season 5 New Episodes
  • The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
  • The Skin of The Wolf
  • White Fang

July 7

  • Scream 4

July 9

  • Lockup: Extended Stay: Collection 1

July 10

  • Drug Lords: Season 2

July 12

  • Gone Baby Gone

July 13

  • How It Ends
  • Jim Jefferies: This Is Me Now
  • Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
  • Sugar Rush*
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants

July 15

  • Bonusfamiljen: Season 2
  • Going for Gold
  • The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale: Part 2

July 20

  • Amazing Interiors
  • Dark Tourist
  • Deep Undercover: Collection 3
  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Father of the Year
  • Fix It and Finish It: Collection 3
  • Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 4
  • Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot
  • Last Chance U: EMCC & Life After
  • Last Chance U: INDY: Part 1
  • Luna Petunia: Return to Amazia: Season 2

July 22

  • An Education
  • Disney’s Bolt

July 24

  • The Warning
  • Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial

July 27

  • Cupcake & Dino – General Services
  • Extinction
  • Orange Is the New Black: Season 6
  • Roman Empire: Reign of Blood: Master of Rome
  • The Bleeding Edge
  • The Worst Witch: Season 2
  • Welcome to the Family

July 28

  • Shameless: Season 8
  • The Company Men

July 29

  • Her
  • Sofia the First: Season 4

July 30

  • A Very Secret Service: Season 2

July 31

  • Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 3

LEAVING!

Leaving July 1

  • Alive
  • Along Came Polly
  • An Honest Liar
  • Beerfest
  • Before Midnight
  • Bring It On
  • Bring It On Again
  • Bring It On: All or Nothing
  • Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
  • Bring It On: In It to Win It
  • Cocktail
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Lethal Weapon 2
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • Lethal Weapon 4
  • Little Women
  • Michael Clayton
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Mixed Signals
  • More Than a Game
  • Pandemic
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • Rugrats Go Wild
  • Scary Movie
  • Scream 3
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • The Art of War
  • Tropic Thunder
  • V for Vendetta

Leaving July 2

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Leaving 7/8/18
  • Alpha & Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom
  • Real Husbands of Hollywood: Seasons 1-5

Leaving July 9

  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Serena

Leaving July 11

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

Leaving July 14

  • Wild Hogs

Leaving July 15

  • Convergence
  • Lockup: State Prisons: Collection 1
  • Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary

Leaving July 16

  • Changeling
  • Wanted

Leaving July 29

  • The Den

Leaving July 30

  • A Cinderella Story
  • Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot
  • Swing State