Check out our edit of the best films coming to Netflix in July 2018.
If you plan on spending your Saturday nights in July soaking up the sun at rooftop bars and alfresco restaurants, there’s a chance your Sundays may be spent on the sofa, recuperating after last night’s antics with Netflix on hand.
It’s lucky, then, that Netflix is adding plenty of must-watch titles to its ranks for July 2018, many of which feature strong female leads, and shine a light on often untold narratives.
From Natalie Portman’s breath-taking portrayal of Jackie Kennedy and the unraveling of events after her husband’s graphic murder, to a young Carey Mulligan exploring what it means to be a woman in An Education, we’ve picked our favourite additions to the streaming platform that are perfect for when you’re next at a loss of what to watch.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
We’ll take any opportunity to watch staunch feminist and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson show off her acting skills, and this sweet, coming-of-age tale absolutely does the trick. Watson dazzles as delightfully free-spirited high school student Sam, alongside Ezra Miller who plays her on-screen step brother Patrick.
When the pair befriend shy ‘wallflower’ Charlie (Logan Lerman), they turn his world upside down and show him what his lonely existence has been missing. It’ll make you smile, it’ll make you cry and it’ll have you mooning over your school years.
Release date: 6 July
The Princess Diaries
We will always have a place in our hearts for Mia Thermopolis, the shy teenager from San Francisco who one day found out that, unbeknownst to her, she’d been Genovia royalty all along. A fresh-faced Anne Hathaway won us over back in 2001 as she struggled with high school politics, putting her female friendships first and not selling out for the popular crowd. And 17 years later, it’s just as good.
Not only does it star Hathaway, who we’ve loved watching in films ever since (special shout out to Ocean’s 8), but also a simply mesmerising Julie Andrews.
Release date: 1 July
Looking for a film that will have you utterly gripped from start to finish? The Impossible sees Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as real-life couple Maria and Henry, as they search for each other and their three sons in the wake of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand.
Release date: 6 July
When the ever-wonderful Reese Witherspoon isn’t championing the stories of women through her own production company, Hello Sunshine, she’s acting them herself. Yes, Home Again is a fun, silly rom-com, but it also tells a story from a very rarely represented angle: a woman in her forties dating a younger man.
When Witherspoon’s character, Alice, starts a dalliance with a much younger Harry, she questions the formats and stereotypes of society that have led her into thinking a traditional family set-up is the only way. Having recently separated from her husband and moved to L.A. with their two children, she needs to decide if it’s time to look backwards or forwards and work out what she truly wants.
Release date: 6 July
Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jackie Kennedy, in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination, made some serious waves upon its initial release in 2016, so if you missed it then, we suggest you make up for it now.
Not only does the film give a voice to this iconic former first lady and a fascinating retrospective on her extraordinary life, it’s a joy to watch thanks to the beautiful cinematography and stunning costume design, which pays perfect homage to the outfits Mrs Kennedy wore herself.
Release date: 20 July
Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) seem to have the dream relationship. A young, attractive couple, their meet-cute sounds like fate: continuously bumping into each other by chance and quickly setting out on a string of quirky dates. It’s not long before they fall deeply in love with each other.
But this nonlinear depiction of their relationship slowly shows the cracks that sit beneath their marriage. Flipping backwards and forwards in time we learn the insidious issues that riddle what they have built together, underpinned by the issues they have with themselves. Upon release in 2010 the film received critical acclaim and Gosling was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor.
Release date: 5 July
An Education sees Carey Mulligan play young Jenny; the straight-laced, golden girl of her small town with big dreams of going to Oxford University. That is, of course, until older man David (Peter Sarsgaard) asks her out on a date. An intelligent exploration of the transition from girl to womanhood and what our choices mean for us, this is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name.
Release date: 22 July
Despite not seeing her once throughout the entire duration of the film, Scarlett Johansson illuminates in this entirely vocal performance as an AI operating system that learns how to feel human emotion and falls in love with the man (Joaquin Phoenix) she’s assisting.
Her questions what love really is and how relationships will continue to develop as our world gets more and more digital. It’s also shot through a pastel colour palette that gives the film a beautifully dream-like feel.
Release date: 29 July