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4 New Movies Streaming in July You Won’t Want To Miss


We recently gave you our top picks of the new series streaming in July, but we didn’t forget about all the films debuting on streamers that month, as well. Ranging from a Jane Austen adaptation to the latest big-budget Russo brothers picture, our selections from the wealth of new movies releasing on streamers this month serve up a variety of options. Keep reading for four titles you won’t want to miss, as well as the performances to watch in each.

 

Persuasion

Whether you’re a fan of Jane Austen, Dakota Johnson, or strong female protagonists, this pick is for you. Johnson portrays Austen’s oldest heroine in the upcoming adaptation of the author’s sixth and final novel, Persuasion, which was set in 19th century Great Britain. Carrie Cracknell directs the new screen iteration that centers on Anne Elliot (Johnson), a 27-year-old woman living in a family that is both snobby and on the brink of bankruptcy. Netflix’s official synopsis of its upcoming film describes the protagonist as “an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities.” In Persuasion, Anne is faced with the difficult decision of putting the past firmly behind her or reconsidering Captain Frederick Wentworth, a man with whom she broke off an engagement eight years prior. The trailer puts a face to the former fiancé via Cosmo Jarvis, and it also displays a potential new suitor for Anne. Henry Golding plays the latter, and the chemistry his character has with Johnson’s Anne in the trailer alone will leave you curious about how the love triangle works out. And should you be familiar with Austen’s final work and its ending, you can anticipate watching it played out on screen by an impressive cast list that also includes names like Nikki Amuka-Bird, Richard E. Grant, Yolanda Kettle, and Mia McKenna-Bruce. Netflix is slated to release Persuasion on July 15.

 

Don’t Make Me Go

Has a film’s trailer ever made you cry? Regardless of your answer, you might want to grab a box of Kleenex before watching the one for Don’t Make Me Go, just in case. The upcoming Amazon Studios film follows a single father named Max (John Cho), who discovers he has a terminal illness. He attempts to pour all his love and support for his teenage daughter Wally (Mia Isaac) into their remaining time together, which includes a road trip from California to New Orleans. The destination also comes with Max’s secret plan to try and reunite Wally with her mother, who left their family a while ago. Prime Video promises there is plenty of “heart and humor along for the ride,” and the film’s trailer teases both of those aspects. It contains one scene in which an emotional Wally tells her father, “I bet on you — I want you for my whole life.” (That also happens to be right around the time you may need those tissues we recommended.) You can anticipate taking in what looks to be some powerhouse performances from both Cho and Isaac when Prime Video releases Don’t Make Me Go on July 15.

 

The Gray Man 

If you like A-list casts, action thrillers, or the work of author Mark Greaney, the Russo brothers’ onscreen adaption of the first book in the Gray Man novel series should be on your watchlist. The latest from the sibling duo stars Ryan Gosling as Court Gentry, a former convict recruited by the CIA for its off-the-books assassination missions. He also goes by the code-name Sierra Six and is known as the “Gray Man,” as well, a helpful fact to keep things straight when viewing the film’s trailer. When the skillful mercenary uncovers dark secrets about the agency, he becomes the target of a global manhunt led by a vicious former operative named Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans). Besides enjoying watching Gosling and Evans go toe-to-toe, you can also anticipate performances from the likes of Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton. “We couldn’t be more fortunate to work with the cast that we got on this one, and it’s important because it’s a dense world filled with a lot of unique characters,” Anthony Russo told Netflix. “We needed a cast at this level to pull off the vision for the world we were creating.” You can see just how that vision plays out — via its all-star talent — when the streamer releases The Gray Man on July 22.

 

Honor Society

Fans of another Paramount feature may enjoy a new Paramount+ original, based on some serious Tracy Flick vibes we’re getting from the lead high school senior character in the Honor Society trailer. Angourie Rice stars in the upcoming film as its eponymous over-achiever — Honor pursues her goal of getting into Harvard with a Machiavellian plan to take down the three main students who are also in consideration for receiving the coveted recommendation of the school’s guidance counselor (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Gaten Matarazzo stars opposite Rice as Michael, Honor’s biggest competition for the rec, and someone for whom she unexpectedly develops feelings. The film’s trailer teases other performances you can also anticipate — such as those from Armani Jackson, Amy Keum, and Ben Jackson Walker — ahead of Paramount+’s  July 29 release of its original film.

Between Persuasion, Don’t Make Me Go, The Gray Man, and Honor Society, you can enter into July with our varied, hand-picked selection of the new movies releasing on streamers during the month, which also happen to be full of notable performances to watch.