With the arrival of a new month comes a fresh lineup of Netflix movie releases. July 2023 promises to tickle our funny bones with a trio of action comedies, including the eagerly awaited “They Cloned Tyrone.” For those who crave a dose of terror, “Bird Box Barcelona” offers a thrilling spinoff from the hit 2018 movie “Bird Box.” Additionally, Netflix brings us an exciting mix of international films and an intriguing documentary on the 80s pop icons Wham! Netflix consistently delivers various original content each month, ensuring a flavor for everyone’s preference. When you’re in the mood for something novel to watch, explore our curated selection of the top original movies hitting Netflix in July 2023.
Hailing from London in the 1980s, ‘Wham!‘ rapidly became a pivotal force in the music industry. The forthcoming Netflix documentary on Wham! is set to delve into the careers of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, shedding light on the hurdles they overcame on their journey to fame and how their music continues to resonate globally. Directed by Chris Smith, known for his work on the FYRE documentary, the film will also explore Michael’s challenges as a closeted gay man and the duo’s groundbreaking achievement as the first Western pop act to perform in China amidst the Cold War. While it’s a must-watch for any ‘Wham!’ enthusiast, this documentary also provides a glimpse into the 1980s, making it one of the standout releases on Netflix for July.
2. Gold Brick
Hailing from France, “Gold Brick” is a cleverly crafted heist film that also serves as a humorous commentary on class disparities. The story centers around Daniel (played by Raphaël Quenard), a hardworking individual who grows weary of enriching millionaires while barely making ends meet. Employed in a perfume factory, Daniel sees the stark contrast between his minimum wage and the 30 thousand euros each bottle he packages fetches. Unwilling to accept this disparity, Daniel forms a team with an audacious plan to create a perfume smuggling empire right under the factory’s nose. This unique spin on the crime genre makes it an instantly captivating watch.
3. The Out-Laws
Imagine the stress of meeting your future in-laws. Now multiply that by a hundred when you discover they’re notorious criminals wanted across several countries! This is the intriguing premise of “The Out-Laws,” a comedy that adds a hilarious twist to the nerve-wracking experience of meeting your partner’s family for the first time. As part of Netflix’s ongoing collaboration with Adam Sandler, “The Out-Laws” sees Sandler stepping back from the limelight to take on a producer role. However, he hasn’t skimped on star power, assembling an impressive cast that includes Ellen Barkin, Nina Dobrev, Pierce Brosnan, and Richard Kind.
4. Bird Box Barcelona
Following the massive success of the 2018 post-apocalyptic horror film “Bird Box,” Netflix has chosen to expand the universe into a franchise. The first offshoot, “Bird Box Barcelona,” takes us to the renowned Spanish city. Much like its predecessor, this spinoff will chronicle the harrowing journey of a group of survivors attempting to evade the uproar caused by enigmatic entities. These creatures have the terrifying ability to drive anyone who gazes upon them into a violent frenzy, transforming ordinary humans into ruthless killers.
5. They Cloned Tyrone
Starring John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, and Teyonah Parris, this mystery film sees the trio unraveling a government conspiracy. One day, Fontaine (played by Boyega) spots a clone of himself on the street, only for it to be swiftly whisked away by a black SUV as if nothing happened. This bizarre incident prompts Fontaine, a hustler, to join forces with Slick Charles (Foxx), a pimp, and Yo-Yo (Parris) to probe into the origin of the clone. Their investigation leads them to an underground lab hidden within a government facility. The film’s 80s disco vibe is reminiscent of popular mysterious shows like “Stranger Things.” It’ll be a bonus if Foxx brings a touch of his “Day Shift” charisma. Penned by Juel Taylor and Tony Rettenmaier, the movie is directed by Taylor.
“Paradise,” a fresh cinematic gem from Germany, showcases that captivating narratives aren’t confined to Hollywood’s grasp. This sci-fi thriller is set in a not-so-distant future and delves into the ramifications of achieving immortality. The plot centers around a groundbreaking discovery where individuals can transfer portions of their lifespan to others. Naturally, this gives rise to a peculiar marketplace where the impoverished trade years of their lives for cash, catering to the affluent. Unfortunately, this only exacerbates the divide between classes, with the rich prolonging their lives and expanding their wealth. It’s a thought-provoking premise that will prompt audiences to ponder the true value of life and the dangerous consequences of allowing wealth to dominate every facet of our existence.
7. Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie
Recently, the beloved French superheroes from “Miraculous” embarked on their first big-screen journey with “Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie.” Initially released in France, the film has sailed across the Atlantic to become an exclusive offering on Netflix, further enriching the streaming giant’s collection of eagerly awaited animated movies. Drawing inspiration from the widely adored “Miraculous” animated series, the movie unravels the genesis of Ladybug and Cat Noir, two teenagers who transform into Paris’ protectors after receiving superpowers. The English rendition of “Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie” features Cristina Valenzuela voicing Ladybug, Bryce Papenbrook as Cat Noir, and Keith Silverstein lending his voice to the nefarious Hawk Moth.
8. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Who could have predicted that a long-awaited sequel to a “Shrek” spin-off would emerge as one of the most emotionally resonant and artistically gratifying animated films in recent memory? Yet, that’s precisely what “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” has accomplished. Directed by Joel Crawford of “Croods: A New Age” fame, this Oscar-nominated treasure follows our fiery feline protagonist, once again brought to life by Antonio Banderas, as he grapples with a life-or-death dilemma: he’s on his final life out of nine. In desperation, he embarks on a quest for a wishing star, with “Big” Jack Horner (voiced by John Mulaney) and Goldilocks (voiced by Florence Pugh) hot on his trail. The film boasts an artistic style reminiscent of fairy tale illustrations, beautifully enhancing the movie’s deeper emotional layers, including a scene where Puss experiences a panic attack. If you haven’t yet watched “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” it’s a sheer joy for all age groups. The screenplay is the work of Paul Fisher and Tommy Swerdlow.
9. Happiness for Beginners
Based on Katherine Center’s novel, “Happiness for Beginners” features Ellie Kemper as Helen and Luke Grimes as Jake. After a painful divorce following her husband’s infidelity and a miscarriage, Helen seeks a fresh start with a hiking adventure along the Appalachian Trail. Coincidentally, Jake, who has been friends with Helen’s younger brother Duncan (played by Alexander Koch) since their childhood and harbored a secret crush on Helen, joins the same trip. As they traverse the trail under the guidance of Bennett (Ben Cook), they gradually discover their genuine feelings for each other. The film’s comedic elements are amplified by the supporting cast, which includes Hugh (Nico Santos), Windy (Shayvawn Webster), Mason (Esteban Benito), Sue (Julia Shiplett), and Kaylee (Gus Birney). The movie was written and directed by Vicky Wight.
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