Gladiator - July 1st
If you haven’t seen this legendary classic...what the hell have you been watching?? All the required elements of an epic tale are here: hero has everything, gets double-crossed, loses everything, and eventually becomes greater than he was before. But Gladiator gives us so much more than that. It’s full of stellar performances, like Russell Crowe’s, which scored him an Oscar win for his portrayal of soldier-turned-gladiator Maximus, and it has big sets, bloody fights, and a satisfying dose of payback.
The Italian Job – July 1st
You can always count on a heist film for nonstop action, so they’re usually a good bet. A saturday afternoon cable tv mainstay, it’s nice to see this classic come to streaming. This one stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Mos Def and Jason Statham as a team of thieves out to steal gold back from their former friend and associate, played by Edward Norton, after he betrays them. And what’s a heist film without a car chase scene? The Italian Job flips the script by taking it underground through subway tunnels with MINI Coopers in homage to the original movie.
Making the American Man – July 1st
This documentary takes a look at U.S.-made products for men and the resurgence of clothing manufacturing in the country. Director Greg Caruso and his team traveled far and wide to meet the tastemakers behind the companies shaping the styles of American men today, and to examine the complexities of modern masculinity. It features Millard Drexler, CEO of J. Crew, Beardbrand, Brett and Kate McKay of The Art of Manliness, Mark “Mac” McMillan of Pierrepont Hicks and Northern Grade, Tellason, and many more.
BoJack Horseman, Season 3 – July 22nd
The irreverent original comedy’s third season hits Netflix this month. Our titular character, a has-been actor from the 90’s looking for a comeback – voiced by funnyman Will Arnett – has reinvented himself with a new movie, but is still navigating the pitfalls of fame. Seasons 1 and 2 are also available now.
Back To The Future 1- 3 - July 1st
Netflix is doubling down on the classics this month and being able to watch this full trilogy from start to finish is perfect for a lazy Sunday. Travel back (and forward) in time with Marty McFly, Doc Brown and the legendary DeLorean time machine. Whether you’re reliving your childhood or seeing them for the first time, this 80’s sci-fi saga is still as good as it was when they first came out.
Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2 – July 1st
Amazon is releasing both the first and second volumes of Quentin Tarantino’s gory revenge quest, the cult classic Kill Bill. The Bride, a member of an elite assassin squad, becomes the target of her colleagues when she attempts to leave the business. After waking up from years in a coma, she sets out to kill each of them, working her way up to her former boss Bill. Tarantino mashed up several genres for his tale, including martial arts, western and Blaxploitation, and the result is a bloody good time.
Casino - July 1st
While not as good as the impeccable and genre-defining Goodfellas, Casino is an engrossing and fascinating take on the mobster crime saga but set in the glitzy OG Las Vegas back in the good old days. It’s got all your favorite mob flick favorites like Robert Deniro, Joe Pesci, James Woods, and adds in a volatile Sharon Stone to the mix.
Suits, Season 5 – July 12th
The fifth season of Suits debuts on Amazon the day before the sixth season starts on the USA Network. Obviously, you won’t really have any time to catch up completely beforehand, but it’s worth bingeing so you can be up to date as soon as possible. Mike Ross continues being a badass young lawyer without a law degree, and even though a lot of people he can trust are in on his secret now, the threat of exposure from outsiders loom over him.
Vikings, Season 4A – July 25th
Vikings made our list of shows Game of Thrones fans would love a while back. It has been such a huge hit for the History Channel that season four was extended to twenty episodes, and the first half will be able in late July on Amazon. In this latest season, Ragnor Lothbrok, King of Denmark, deals with the repercussions of his invasion of Paris. Vikings returns to TV in the fall. Also available on Hulu.
The Star Trek Collection – July 1st
Just in time for Star Trek Beyond’s theatrical release on July 22nd, catch six throwback Star Trek movies on Hulu: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and Star Trek: Insurrection. Also available on Amazon.
Southpaw – July 2nd (Showtime for Hulu)
Written by Sons of Anarchy creator and writer Kurt Sutter, Southpaw is about a fallen boxer (a jacked Jake Gyllenhaal) and his gritty climb back to the top. After a series of devastating life events, he convinces an old boxer to train him and help him prepare to fight the guy he blames for his downfall. A Rocky-esque story and incredibly shot boxing sequences make this a must-watch for sports fans.
Terminator Genisys – July 2nd
The fifth and most recent movie in the Terminator franchise arrives this month on Hulu. Kyle Reese, a member of the human resistance against Skynet, the A.I. wiping out human life, travels from 2029 to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor, mother of resistance leader John Connor, from the T-800 Terminator that was sent back in time to kill her. He finds out, though, that events from the timeline he’s familiar with have changed.