Netflix is adding a healthy helping of films and TV shows to its streaming service in July to help get over the lazy hump of summer vacation. Here’s a breakdown of the new offerings by genre to give you something to watch, no matter what you’re in the mood for. The titles come from an article by Indiewire, and all offerings will begin streaming on July 1 unless otherwise noted.
Critically Acclaimed Films
Netflix has added some major critical darlings to its streaming options. The Master (1), starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, will be available to stream on July 14. The film sees Phoenix playing a World War II vet struggling to adapt to society after he returns from war; he is sucked into a religious cult led by Hoffman’s character, and all three of the aforementioned actors received Academy Award nods for their performances. The acclaimed 2002 foreign-language film City of God (2) from Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles was lauded for its portrayal of the true story of the rise of drug-related violence in one of Rio de Janeiro’s worst favelas.
Tom Hanks won an Oscar for playing a homosexual lawyer struggling with AIDS in 1993′s Philadelphia (3). Dead Man Walking (4) gained multiple Oscar nods after its release in 1995 and stars Susan Sarandon as a nun trying to help a convicted murderer (Sean Penn) avoid the death sentence; 1996′s courtroom drama Primal Fear (5) was the first major critically acclaimed role for Edward Norton. Surprisingly, the 2004 remake of the 1962 classic The Manchurian Candidate (6) was well received, in particular for Meryl Streep’s performance as Sen. Eleanor Prentiss. Finally, one of the most well-received Star Trek films, 1991′s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (7), is bringing the final installment of the Star Trek franchise featuring the original cast to Netflix.