Alison Sudol in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald arrives July 15
Gotham season 5 is available July 1 on Netflix in India
The Umbrella Academy season 2 drops July 31 on Netflix
Netflix hasn't announced a single Indian original for July as yet. In early June, it did reveal that the Janhvi Kapoor-starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl would release on Netflix, but the film has yet to receive a release date. The biggest confirmed title for Netflix in July is The Umbrella Academy season 2, arriving at the end of the month. In terms of heavyweight originals, there's also the Charlize Theron-led superhero movie The Old Guard on July 10, and the Cate Blanchett-created drama series Stateless on July 8. If you're looking for more big names, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born belts in July 11, while the terrible Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is due July 15.
Outside of that, Netflix's big strength — more so in July — lies in the fact that it makes content in every part of the world. That includes the aforementioned social issue drama Stateless from Australia; the crime drama The Twelve from Belgium; the teen mystery Kissing Game and reality TV Dating Around: Brazil from, naturally, Brazil; the Nordic noir crime drama Deadwind from Finland; the rom-com MILF from France; the coming-of-age How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) and the children's animated Latte and the Magic Waterstone from Germany; the comedy The Players and the rom-com Under the Riccione Sun from Italy, and the anime JU-ON: Origins and Japan Sinks: 2020 from, well, Japan.
And that's less than half of it. We also have the rom-com Was It Love? and the family comedy The Larva Island Movie from Korea; the mystery thriller Dark Desire from Mexico; a stand-up comedy special from New Zealand; the comedy Norsemen from Norway; the political drama The Hater and the crime thriller Signs from Poland; Portuguese and Spanish stars in teen fantasy Warrior Nun; the romantic period drama Cable Girls, thriller spin-off Locked Up: The Oasis, crime thriller Offering to the Storm, and reality competition Sing On! Spain from Spain; the rom-com Seriously Single from South Africa; the horror movie The Maid from Thailand, and the fantasy thriller The Protector from Turkey.
With that, here are our 10 picks for July 2020 that you should watch out for, and the full list of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix India after that.
A Star Is Born (2018) / July 11
Bradley Cooper co-wrote, directed, and starred in this fourth official remake — there have been several unofficial ones in India — of the 1937 original, about an alcoholic fading star (Cooper) meeting and discovering a future star (Lady Gaga). Praised for the leads' chemistry and performances, and Cooper's direction. Gaga won the best song Oscar for “Shallow”.
Saving Private Ryan (1998) / July 1
In Steven Spielberg's World War II drama, while war rages on in Normandy, France, an army captain (Tom Hanks) is given the task of searching for a particular private (Matt Damon), whose three brothers have already been killed.
Schindler's List (1993) / July 1
Part of Steven Spielberg's transition towards humanitarian themes, Schindler's List tells the true story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who spent his personal fortune to save the lives of over a thousand Jewish refugees from the Holocaust. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley co-star.
Gladiator (2000) / July 1
Winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe, this Ridley Scott-directed film tells a moving story of a Roman general (Crowe) who loses everything — his family and rank —to end up as a slave and then seeks vengeance on the perpetrator (Joaquin Phoenix).
Back to the Future (1985) / July 1
Not many films come close to the worldwide appeal and legacy left by this sci-fi entry featuring the iconic DeLorean that Michael J. Fox's character uses to (accidentally) time travel to when his parents were his age. Strange then that it didn't get the green light for years.
The Baby-Sitters Club / July 3
Thirty years after the HBO series, Ann M. Martin's beloved children's books — about a group of girls running a babysitting business — are getting a contemporary adaptation on Netflix. It involves the original crew of Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill, along with Dawn Schafer. And for those who want more, a short docu called The Claudia Kishi Club arrives July 10.
Stateless / July 8
Cate Blanchett co-created and co-stars in this miniseries that's been inspired by a real-life story of a woman who was unlawfully detained for 10 months in Australia. It focuses on four strangers — a woman on the run from a cult, an Afghan refugee, a struggling young dad, and a driven bureaucrat — whose lives intersect at an immigrant detention centre.
Cursed / July 17
This reimagining of the Arthurian legend poses a simple question: what if the legendary sword chose a queen, not a king? That individual is Nimue (Katherine Langford, from 13 Reasons Why). She is destined to end up as the Lady of the Lake but for now, she has mysterious powers, a mission, and a charming mercenary named Arthur (Devon Terrell, from 2016's Barry) by her side.
Warrior Nun / July 2
We've no reason to believe that this teen fantasy series, based on Ben Dunn's comic book character Warrior Nun Areala, will be any good. But props simply for the show's title. Here's the premise: a 19-year-old wakes up in a morgue and discovers she now has superpowers, given to her as she's the chosen one among an ancient order of demon-hunting nuns.
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) / July 8
This documentary about Fred Rogers gives you a lot more of the American television icon than the 2019 so-called biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in which Tom Hanks played Rogers. It also feels more definitive, as it goes from Rogers' lonely childhood pre-World War II to his death in 2003, through the creation of his crowning achievement: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Netflix July 2020 releases — the full list
Here's the full list of all the new content coming to Netflix India in July 2020. We've marked Netflix Original titles in bold for your convenience.
July 1 The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) Adú Ali Baba and the 7 Dwarfs (2015) Along Came Polly (2004) American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005) #AnneFrank – Parallel Stories Assassins (1995) Baby Mama (2008) Back to the Future (1985) Balto (1995) Bean (1997) Billy Madison (1995) Black Clover: Season 1 (2017) BNA: Season 1 Bungo Stray Dogs: Season 2 (2016) Case 39 (2009) The Change-Up (2011) Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 2 Cleo & Cuquin: Season 2 Collateral (2004) Deadwind: Season 2 Fate/Grand Order x Himuro no Tenchi: 7-nin no Saikyou Ijin Hen: Season 1 (2017) The Firm (1993) Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) George Lopez: We'll Do It for Half Gladiator (2000) Gotham: Season 5 — Final Season (2019) Green Zone (2010) The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Identity Thief (2013) It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) The Italian Job (2003) Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Season 1 (2016) Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: Season 2 Kingdom: multiple seasons (2014–2017) Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru: Season 1 (2019) Knocked Up (2007) Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Les Misérables 25th Anniversary (2010) Little Women (1994) The Lorax (2012) Mamma Mia! (2008) Mob Psycho 100: Season 2 (2019) Pek Yakinda (2014) Pitch Perfect (2012) The Possession (2012) Red Dawn (2012) Ride on Time: Season 1 (2018) Robin Hood (2010) Savages (2012) Saving Private Ryan (1998) Say I Do: Season 1 Serenity (2005) Schindler's List (1993) Shimajiro: A Wonderful Adventure: Season 1 Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Sleepless (2017) The Terminal (2004) Under the Riccione Sun Unforgiven (1992) Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 1 Upgrade (2018) Vanilla Sky (2001) Yowamushi Pedal: Season 3 (2017)
July 2 Hunter in the Blue Side of Manchester Thiago Ventura: POKAS Warrior Nun: Season 1
July 3 The Baby-Sitters Club: Season 1 Cable Girls: Season 5: Part 2 — Final Season Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Movie Trilogy (2017–18) Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;Surrection (2019) Desperados Haikyuu!! the Movie 1: The End and the Beginning (2015) Haikyuu!! the Movie 2: The Winner and the Loser (2015) JU-ON: Origins: Season 1 Overlord: The Dark Warrior (2017) The Perfect Picture: Ten Years Later (2019) Riaad Moosa: Life Begins Southern Survival: Season 1 Sugar Rush (2019)
July 4 Hook: Season 1, weekly
July 5 Penalty (2019) The Underclass: Season 1, weekly
July 8 The Maid Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado Stateless: Limited Series Was It Love?: Season 1 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
July 9 Japan Sinks: 2020: Season 1 Present Perfect Continuous Tense (2013) The Protector: Season 4
July 10 The Claudia Kishi Club The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants in Space: Season 1 Hello Ninja: Season 3 Dating Around: Brazil: Season 1 The Old Guard The Twelve: Season 1
July 11 A Star Is Born (2018)
July 14 The Business of Drugs: Limited Series We Are One Urzila Carlson: Overqualified Loser
July 31 Get Even: Season 1 Latte and the Magic Waterstone Locked Up: The Oasis [Vis a vis: El Oasis] Seriously Single The Speed Cubers Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet The Umbrella Academy: Season 2
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Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil