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New TV series’ and movies to watch in July 2021 on Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime Video…

New TV series’ and movies to watch in July 2021 on Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime Video…

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Text: Emily Heng


The Tomorrow War

Cast: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, and Betty Gilpin.

Premise: A high school teacher is recruited by time travelers to join the fight against a deadly alien species that has landed on earth. After arriving in the year 2051, he has to contend with scientists, soldiers, and more in his quest to change humanity's (doomed) fate.

First impression: The Edge of Tomorrow vibes, complete with one very kick-ass blonde female soldier who looks as if she could bench-press Chris Pratt. Y'know, hypothetically.

What the Internet is saying: Despite a lukewarm reception from the critics, the film has been garnering pleasant reviews from the audience with an 82% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Give it a chance, maybe?

Release date: 2 July.

 

Gossip Girl

Cast: Jordan Alexander, Emily Alyn Lind, and Thomas Doherty.

Premise: Everyone's favourite sh*t stirrer is baaack. 2021's rendition features the same scandals, secrets, and savage schemes that made the series such a hit in the early 2000s — but with an all-new cast, of course.

First impression: Sex! Scathing takedowns! Subtle callbacks to the original series! Pumped doesn't even begin to cover how we're feeling.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone's mostly crediting the apt song choice in the trailer (Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean) while maintaining a cautiously optimistic attitude re: the reboot. Fingers crossed it lives up to its potential.

Release date: 8 July.

 

Never Have I Ever

Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Darren Barnet, and Jaren Lewison.

Premise: Season two turns its focus onto Devi's new romantic entanglements featuring the nerdy-yet-sincere Ben and school dreamboat Paxton. It also deftly navigates the intricacies of high school, familial pressures, and more.

First impression: Pure fun and comedy, seeing how Devi's solution to her boy problem is to, uh, simply date the two of them secretly. We're bracing ourselves for the chaos.

What the Internet is saying: There's a running petition that Devi's therapist gets her own spin-off series. Hard yes.

Release date: 15 July.

 

Making The Cut

Cast: Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and Winnie Harlow.

Premise: Nope, it's not Project Runway — though the dynamic duo comprising Gunn and Klum are making a triumphant return to reality TV. Season 2 harbours the same premise as the original, where contestants are tasked with a variety of challenges that show off their prowess at reaching customers growing their fashion business.

First impression: A series that contains a lot more heart and sincerity than its cattier counterpart, that's for sure. Also, a heck lot more star power, with designers in the vein of Jeremy Scott and Prabal Gurung making surprise cameos.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone's a little sore that Harlow is taking Naomi Campbell's spot as a judge, but alas, Campbell has too much commitments on her plate to take on the role. Perhaps she'll make a surprise appearance or two?

Release date: 16 July.

 

Sexy Beasts

Cast: To be revealed.

Premise: Think of it as a twist on conventional dating shows, where participants show up for dates decked out in Hollywood-level makeup and prosthetics. This is done purely to test the hypothesis that people can fall in love based solely on personality.

First impression: Uh, extreme, but okay? We're concerned with regard to the number of hours contestants have to don such thick makeup. Are they double-cleansing after? We really hope so.

What the Internet is saying: The general consensus is that this is a dating show for the furries. 'nuff said.

Release date: 21 July.

 

June

Sweet Tooth

Cast: Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, and Adeel Akhtar.

Premise: There is nothing remotely sweet about this twisted fairytale. Based upon an American comic book series, this fantasy drama kicks off after a cataclysmic event known as "The Great Crumble" hits earth. This leads to the birth of hybrid babies who are born part human, part animal; a new species that soon become hunted out of fear by the remaining population.

First impression: The special effects budget in the trailer alone is staggering. And while its themes and plot are relatively dark — as in line with most of D.C. Comics fare — it does seem to contain moments of levity and light from its cast of young actors. Here's to hoping they manage to hit the sweet spot between the two.

What the Internet is saying: Folks are crediting this as an apt piece in light of COVID-19. Hey, art imitates life, and life imitates art, right?

Release date: 4 June.

 

Hospital Playlist

Cast: Jeon Mi-do, Yoo Yon-seok, and Jung Kyung-ho.

Premise: Season 2 is no exception to the warm and uplifting spirit effusing the series; a chronicle of the lives of five doctors as they navigate the intricacies of work, relationships, and adulthood.

First impression: Comfort TV at its finest. While the trailer doesn't give much away, we're expecting the same tear-jerking scenes paired with knee-slapping humour that were meticulously executed in season 1.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone's just glad to see the gang back together. We'd say that excitement levels are on par with the recent Friends reunion, except there aren't any celebrity guest spots to tout it further. Meh, we'll take what we can get.

Release date: 17 June.

 

Physical

Cast: Rose Byrne, Dierdre Friel, and Ashley Liao.

Premise: An unfulfilled housewife finds solace in the form of aerobic classes. Her growing passion for the sport leads her on a dangerous path of power and corruption as she attempts to become a fitness tycoon.

First impression: Think a darkly humorous piece in the vein of I, Tonya — with a slow-build that proves ominous as it is comedic. There's the added bonus of catchier dance tunes, too, which we're all for.

What the Internet is saying: Director Craig Gillespie was also responsible for the latest hit Disney remake, Cruella — so it stands to reason that everyone's pretty psyched that he is following it up with yet another production centered around a nuanced and morally complex female character. Bring on the think pieces, we say.

Release date: 18 June.

 

Kingdom: Ashin of the North

Cast: Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona, and Jun Ji-hyun.

Premise: This Netflix special brings us back to days past and to the origins of the mysterious plant responsible for the zombie outbreak during the Joseon Dynasty. It also sheds light on the mysterious figure spotted at the end of season 2; the enigmatic Ashin who was, uh, getting up to some shady business with members of the undead in the show's closing moments. Interesting alright.

First impression: While we barely got anything from the trailer, we have faith in veteran actress Jun Ji-hyun's impressive acting abilities — and the production's team unerring capacity to deliver on memorable scares.

What the Internet is saying: It's been a long time coming. Fans are starved for any form of Kingdom-related content since the conclusion of season 2 last year, so we suspect it will incur a bevy of views no matter the content. Fingers crossed that it lives up to the hype.

Release date: 23 June.

 

Solos

Cast: Anthony Mackie, Morgan Freeman, and Nicole Beharie.

Premise: The marvels of human connection and technology are explored in this seven-part anthology series. We're talking a range of topics from time travel to memory transplants, all of which are conveyed through a star-studded cast in the vein of Hollywood bigwigs such as Constance Wu and Anne Hathaway.

First impression: We suspect this might fill the hole Black Mirror left in our hearts. Sci-fi! Weird hijinks! Human relationships triumphing!

What the Internet is saying: The common consensus is that while the devil works hard, Anthony Mackie works harder. As of 2021, he's made it on three major streaming platforms: Disney+, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. A round of applause for the man, if you will.

Release date: 25 June.


May

Girl from Nowhere

Cast: Chicha Amatayakul, Nink Chanya McClory, and James Teeradon Supapunpinyo.

Premise: An anthology series circling the themes of karmic justice, season 2 sees the return of lead, Nanno, who works to dish up revenge against those who have wronged her — and others — in a new school.

First impression: While it might be easy to dub this series as revenge-porn, its trailer is intercut with scenes that hint at its searing portrayal of universal themes such as judgment, power, and corruption. In short: a series with a lot more depth than what appears. Essentially, everything Riverdale wishes it could be and failed to achieve.

What the Internet is saying: It's rave reviews abound in the comments section — to the point where we suspect there'll be an uproar if Netflix doesn't confirm a season 3 soon. Do the right thing, guys.

Release date: 7 May

 

Halston

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Dayan, and Rory Culkin.

Premise: Renowned American fashion designer, Halston, joins the ranks of notable names Gianna Versace and Maurizio Gucci with a biopic detailing his meteoric rise to fame. The miniseries also covers his long struggle with cocaine and AIDS.

First impression: A homage to the glitzy, debauched era in New York where Studio 54 and hard partying ruled the roost paired with some seriously charismatic acting on the part of Ewan McGregor. What's not to like?

What the Internet is saying: As it turns out, the film has not received the approval or authorisation of Halston's family, and has been called an "inaccurate, fictionalised" account by Lesley Frowick, Halston's niece. Eep.

Release date: 14 May

 

The Underground Railroad

Cast: Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillion, and Joel Edgerton.

Premise: The antebellum south is a tricky period of time to convey, but it seems Academy-Award winner, Barry Jenkins, is up for the directorial challenge. Its 10-episode run recounts a young woman's desperate escape from a plantation to a rumoured promise land named The Underground Railroad.

First impression: Its heart-pounding plot is matched perfectly with compelling visuals and a striking soundtrack. A series for the ages? Bet on it.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone is placing their bets for Jenkins to win an Emmy for this, so take from that what you will.

Release date: 14 May

 

The Me You Can't See

Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry, and Dawn Porter.

Premise: Hot on the heels of their tell-all interview comes yet another joint project between the Duke of Sussex and distinguished talk show host, Oprah Winfrey about the importance of mental health.

First impression: A timely piece in light of the social and emotional upheaval caused by COVID-19. Hopefully, this marks a turning point as to attitudes surrounding mental issues and disorders.

What the Internet is saying: We bet everyone is going to be watching this avidly for more crumbs with regard to the Royal Family drama. Hey, we get it.

Release date: 21 May

 

Master of None

Cast: Lena Waithe, Naomi Ackie, and Aziz Ansari.

Premise: Season 3 turns the lens on the relationship between Denise and Alicia; a Black lesbian couple navigating the ups and downs of "marriage, fertility issues, and personal growth."

First impression: To call it a work of art would be an act of disservice. The mundanity of everyday life is depicted beautifully in the trailer alone; scene after scene of the leads sharing cigarettes and holding hands that invoke a sense of warmth. Put this up in the Louvre, please.

What the Internet is saying: Anticipation is at an all-time high, with folks counting on a season four focusing on fan-favourite character, Shoukath Ansari — yes, Aziz's actual dad. Fingers crossed.

Release date: 23 May

 

April

The Serpent

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Jenna Coleman, and Billy Howle.

Premise: The brainchild of BBC One and Netflix is based upon a true story surrounding serial killer, Charles Sobhraj — notorious for drugging, robbing, and killing young backpackers traversing through Asia from 1975 — 1976.

First impression: Think a heart-pounding tale packed with twist and turns; a grim yet darkly funny piece that brings Bonnie and Clyde vibes to mind. We suspect it has largely to do with both Rahim's and Coleman's strong stage presences playing the dastardly duo behind the murders.

What the Internet is saying: Speculation is rife that it might garner an Emmy-nod in the next awards show circuit. Fingers crossed, we say.

Release date: 2 April

 

Thunder Force

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, and Ben Falcone.

Premise: Chaos ensues when a scientist accidently imbues her former best friend with superpowers. Naturally, the only solution is to use their newfound abilities for good by fighting crime within the city — except, well, ineptly. Figures.

First impression: Yes, it's yet another addition to the superhero genre — though we'll give them extra brownie points for putting two middle-aged women at the forefront of the production.

What the Internet is saying: McCarthy's and Spencer's chemistry is undeniable, despite the rather trite jokes and gags that crop up within its 120-minute duration.

Release date: 9 April

 

Them

Cast: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, and Alison Pill.

Premise: A limited series centered around the theme of "terror experienced in America"; the first season introduces us to a Black family — and the supernatural events that occur — upon their move into an all-white neighbourhood in Los Angeles.

First impression: We foresee hours of speculation and debate with this one, seeing how there's nothing straightforward about its messaging or plot. Brace yourself for that Reddit deep dive every time you finish an episode.

What the Internet is saying: Peak American Horror Story vibes before, it, uh, devolved into the satirical mess it is now. In short: prepare to be completely creeped out.

Release date: 9 April

 

Shadow and Bone

Cast: Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, and Freddy Carter.

Premise: An ordinary mapmaker's world is upended when a terrifying incident unleashes a hidden power within. It follows her struggle between embracing — and rejecting — it, where her decision could determine the fate of her war-torn world as she knows it.

First impression: Its sprawling, diverse universe gives it the potential to be the next big fantasy (rivaling Game of Thrones, even) — provided that it isn't bogged down by bad dialogue and irregular pacing. We'll simply have to wait and see in the meantime.

What the Internet is saying: It's impossible to see past the bevy of comments thirsting after Ben Barnes. Granted, he hasn't been quite as active since his Narnia days in 2008, so we'll excuse the drooling.

Release date: 23 April

 

The Mosquito Coast

Cast: Justin Theroux, Logan Polish, and Melissa George.

Premise: For those who find its title familiar — it is, indeed, a remake of the 1986 film starring greats in the vein of Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. The Apple TV series is based upon the same themes of greed, family, and consumerism told through the eyes of Allie Fox, who gets caught up in a series of conflicts upon uprooting his family to a rural area within Latin America.

First impression: There's certainly a lot to live up to. We're not sure if the current cast can stick the landing, but we suppose a TV series allows viewers to fully grasp the complexities surrounding its story.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone's mostly fascinated by how they didn't make the Paul Theroux/Justin Theroux connection — where the author of The Mosquito Coast is actually Justin's uncle. It's small world, alright.

Release date: 30 April




March

Coming 2 America

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Shari Headley, and James Earl Jones.

Premise: The sequel to the cult-classic film, Coming to America, sees King Akeem (Murphy) hunting down his illegitimate heir in Queens, New York, so as to prepare him to ascend the throne. What follows next echoes the original's biting wit and slapstick humour.

First impression: We'd watch it on the basis of Eddie Murphy making a return to the big screen. And showing off his producing chops, to boot.

What the Internet is saying: Nostalgic factor aside, everyone is convinced that newcomer, Wesley Snipes, is bound to steal the show. Watch and see, we suppose.

Release date: 5 March.

 

Apprentice: One Championship Edition

Cast: Chatri Sityodtong, Dom Lau, and Niharika Singh.

Premise: The Apprentice is back — with a twist. 2021's rendition sees 16 handpicked candidates battling it out in a succession of both business- and physical-based challenges. Last one standing will receive a USD$250,000 job offer to work directly under ONE Chairman and CEO, Chatri Sityodtong, for a year.

First impression: A battle of both brains and brawn? It's bound to be a tough one, indeed. We'll be tuning in for the spectacular drama sure to follow.

What the Internet is saying: Excitement is mounting thanks to a cast of "arrogant egoists" paired with no-nonsense instructors. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but it seems the meme potential is strong with this one.

Release date: 18 March.

 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Cast: Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, and Emily VanCamp.

Premise: U.S. veteran, Sam Wilson, and brooding anti-hero, Bucky Barnes, have to come together to face a new threat: anti-patriotism group, the Flag-smashers, who threaten to wreak havoc upon earth.

First impression: A buddy-cop movie, except they're the furthest thing from law enforcement — just, uh, genetically modified superheroes wielding nifty gadgets. It does, however, harbour the hallmarks of a Patented Bromance. Conflicting viewpoints! Grudging friendship and understanding! Underlying sexual tension!

What the Internet is saying: Anyone suffering from WandaVision withdrawal is sure to appreciate this buzzy new Marvel drop. Plus, Stan's and Mackie's chemistry is undeniable.

Release date: 19 March.

 

Calls

Cast: Lily Collins, Rosario Dawson, and Nick Jonas.

Premise: Cited as an "immersive television experience", Calls utilises audio and minimal abstract visuals to convey thrilling stories that vary from mysterious disappearances to supernatural encounters.

First impression: A fascinating format that — if executed well — could signify the arrival of a new genre all together.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone's floored by the star-studded cast, which includes The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal as well as Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza.

Release date: 19 March.

 

DOTA: Dragon's Blood

Cast: Lara Pulver, Anson Mount, and Troy Baker.

Premise: Based upon the successful video game franchise, DOTA, the animated series revolves around familiar characters such as Dragon Knight and Princess Miriana who cross paths and find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy that could topple the precarious foundation of their world.

First impression: The animation style is reminiscent of big hits such as The Legend of Korra and Voltron; think meticulous character detail paired with fast-paced, fluid action scenes.

What the Internet is saying: As with most adaptions, people are fretting that the series won't live up to supposed "epicness" of the game. The big names attached to the project, however, does alleviate some fears.

Release date: 25 March.

 

The Irregulars

Cast: Thaddea Graham, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, and Royce Pierreson.

Premise: A motley bunch of teenagers are tasked at solving mysteries for the enigmatic Dr. Watson while Sherlock Holmes — a famed detective — gets all the credit. Things escalate when some of the crimes take a paranormal turn.

First impression: We're getting serious Misfits vibes from the trailer, except with less oddball characters and humour.

What the Internet is saying: Most people seem to be hoping that this series will tide them through until BBC's Sherlock S5 drops. Cheers to that.

Release date: 26 March.


February

Space Sweepers

Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, and Yoo Hai-jin.

Premise: A ragtag crew comes together to protect a humanlike robot from the clutches of the (spoiler alert: evil!) governing authorities. Twists, mishaps, and hijinks occur along the way, reinforcing familial bonds and new friendships alike.

First impression: Guardians of the Galaxy, except we're spared from Chris Pratt's corny one-liners and Dave Bautista's tired jokes. The flashy action scenes are further tempered by stellar performances brimming with chemistry.

What the Internet is saying: Lots of space-related puns, where it's been touted as "a blast" (ha) and "out of this world." It's a win in our books, seeing how it successfully encapsulated the spirit of zany-yet-lovable intergalactic classics such as Cowboy Bebop. Add it to your must-stream list, stat.

Release date: 5 February.


Bliss

Cast: Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson, and Nesta Cooper.

Premise: A recently-fired and -divorced Greg (Wilson) meets Isabel (Hayek), who convinces him that the world he lives in is actually a computer simulation. The conspiracy plot thickens as Greg further delves in this strange new reality.

First impression: There's nothing typical about this love story, alright. Give this one a go if conventional V-Day movie picks aren't your speed.

What the Internet is saying: Uh, is this an extended Black Mirror episode? No? Prepare to be confused and intrigued in equal measure.

Release date: 5 February.


To All The Boys: Always and Forever

Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centino, and Janel Parrish.

Premise: Lovebirds Lara-Jean and Peter Kavinsky enter their final year of high school, bringing about a new set of challenges and obstacles they have to face as a couple.

First impression: Overwhelming in its sincerity and earnestness without resorting to trite tropes. We're erecting it into the rom-com Hall of Fame as we write this.

What the Internet is saying: A heartwarming end to a brilliant series, the final installment has been garnering praise for sticking the landing — and we couldn't agree more.

Release date: 12 February.


Vincenzo

Cast: Song Joong-ki, Jeon Yeo-been, and Kwak Dong-yeon.

Premise: A vigilante tale centring around Vincenzo Cassano; a former lawyer to the Italian mafia who decides to bring his brutal methods to Korea. His warped ideals of justice soon have him wrapped up in a world of trouble and corruption.

First impression: There is a lot going on in the trailer, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't distracted by the sight of Song Joong-ki donning some very tailored, form-fitting suits. Does the content really matter, at this point?

What the Internet is saying: It's been a hot minute since we've seen Song Joong-ki in an action flick, so everyone is (naturally) falling over themselves at the resurgence of the commanding presence he channeled in Descendants of the Sun. Never mind that he's, uh, on the wrong side of the law, this time.

Release date: 20 February.


Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry

Cast: Billie Eilish, Finneas, and Trevor Smith.

Premise: An inside look of the ongoings of Billie Eilish's life as she navigates the complexities of stardom; her relationship with her fans; and more.

First impression: The trailer doesn't give much away, but we trust the singer will be bringing her raw, unfiltered sentiments to it - as she does with all of her work, really.

What the Internet is saying: Eilish has since stepped forward to talk about how re-watching the documentary brought her to tears, so we say you should get those tissues ready.

Release date: 26 February.


January
Pieces of a Woman

Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LeBeouf, and Ellen Burstyn.

Premise: A couple is forced to navigate the complexities of grief and vengeance after a negligent midwife causes a mishap with their home birth. What comes next is a raw, searing portrayal of neonatal death; an in-depth study of the stigma and trauma that tends to follow.

First impression: We suspect this one will pack as much of an emotional gut punch as Sophie's Choice, so be sure to get the tissues ready.

What the Internet is saying: Critics are already lauding Kirby's skillful performance, which has been credited as "intensely physical" and told primarily through body language. There have, however, been stirrings of a boycott of the movie thanks to the controversy surrounding LeBeouf's alleged abusive behaviour.

Release date: 7 January.

 

One Night in Miami

Cast: Eli Goree, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kingsley Ben-Adir.

Premise: Regina King's directorial debut chronicles what would happen if influential Black figures: Muhammed Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Browne were to meet. Based upon a play, it centres around a night of celebration between the four after Ali wins out against heavyweight boxing champion, Sonny Lison, at the Miami Convention Hall.

First impression: While utopian in its premise, One Night in Miami proves to be a timely flick that addresses current issues in the vein of racial injustice, social upheaval, and civil rights.

What the Internet is saying: We foresee an Oscar nomination — or heck, win, seeing the rave reviews that are already rolling in.

Release date: 15 January.

 

Fate: The Winx Saga

Cast: Abigail Cowen, Danny Griffin, and Elisha Applebaum.

Premise: Yup, the Nickelodeon animated-series surrounding magic-wielding fairies is getting a live-action reboot. Our lead, Bloom, specialises in fire magic, a skill she is further taught to hone as she enrolls in Alfea, a prestigious magical boarding school.

First impression: When are we going to stop with the grimdark interpretations of beloved children's comics and cartoons? No, seriously, wasn't Riverdale enough?!

What the Internet is saying: All the fairy transformation sequences have been axed, which is causing a great deal of distress to fans. We can't say we blame 'em.

Release date: 22 January.

 

The White Tiger

Cast: Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, and Rajkummar Rao.

Premise: A poor village boy turned chauffeur recounts his rags to riches journey, detailing how he employed his wit and cunning to outsmart the rich masters he works for.

First impression: The White Tiger has all the makings of highly-rated films such as Parasite and Get Out; a commentary on the struggles and issues we face today (see: wealth disparity, racial tension, social inequality) with a darkly humorous spin.

What the Internet is saying: This one is guaranteed to be a game-changer as long as it doesn't veer too far from the source material (i.e., the book it was based on).

Release date: 22 January.

 

Palmer

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, and Alisha Wainwright.

Premise: Former high school football legend, Eddie Palmer, returns home after a stint in jail to discover his mother caring for a neighbour's child. Against all odds, he begins to form an unlikely bond with the socially awkward Sam, but runs into challenges and resistance from the town who insist on holding him to his past mistakes.

First impression: We're not sure what's more surprising — JT's return to the big screen, or the fact that the makeup team managed to transform the stunning Juno Temple into a meth addict. Wonders will never cease.

What the Internet is saying: Everyone is more caught up with the fact that this was the movie that nearly caused the dissolution of Justin's and Jessica Biel's marriage. See: the public apology he issued via Instagram after he was caught getting handsy with his costar. Eep.

Release date: 29 January.