Pop CultureJuly 1, 2022

What’s new to Netflix NZ, Neon and other streaming services in July


What are you going to be watching in July? With thanks to our friends at Nando’s, we round up everything coming to streaming services this month, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, Neon and TVNZ+.

The biggies


Stranger Things (season four, part two on Netflix from July 1)

Holy hell I am excited for this. I kinda lost interest in Stranger Things during its second season, but I kept watching out of obligation. And I’m so glad I did, because season four has been incredible. The first volume, comprising seven out of the nine episodes, injected new life into the show (and introduced a new generation to Kate Bush) with new characters, subplots, and genuinely terrifying monsters. Now, the final two feature-length episodes are here and I can’t wait to see what happens. / Stewart Sowman-Lund

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under (season two on TVNZ+ from July 30)

You heard it, RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under is coming back for another season! You also, by this point, know the drill. It’s America’s Next Top Model meets Project Runway meets a lip-sync extravaganza, as the best drag performers from across Australia and New Zealand compete to be our own next Drag Race superstar. I’ve heard on the sly to expect some real bogan drag this season, so be prepared for plenty of Aussie accents, a bit of Kiwiana, and RuPaul struggling to understand both. / Sam Brooks

Sherwood (on TVNZ+ from July 12)

British critics went wild over Sherwood, giving the BBC crime drama a steady stream of five star reviews and declaring it the best drama of the year. The series is inspired by true events and features a stellar cast led by Lesley Manville (Mum, Harlots), and follows two feuding families who live next door to each other in a mining village in Nottinghamshire. When two shocking murders occur that appear to be linked to long-running disputes from the 1980s miner strikes, the small community must confront old grievances in their search for answers. Grab the tissues, get ready for some must-see TV. / Tara Ward

Life After Life (limited series on TVNZ+ from July 8)

I’m a big fan of Kate Atkinson’s 2013 novel, which follows Ursula, a woman in the first half of the 20th century who is living in a constant cycle of life, death and rebirth. Aotearoa’s very own Thomasin McKenzie plays Ursula here, with the cast rounded out by Sian Clifford, James McArdle, Jessica Hynes and Patsy Ferran. The series received warm reviews when it debuted in the UK in April, and my bet is if you’re a fan of Atkinson’s incredible original, you’ll find much to like here. / SB

The notables


Resident Evil (on Netflix from July 14)

Didn’t we just have a Resident Evil reboot? Correct! Nevertheless, Netflix persists. This is less a reboot and more a strange sequel/adaptation of the popular zombie-killing video game series. It takes place 14 years after a deadly virus caused a global apocalypse (can’t relate), where Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) is fighting for survival in a world overrun by infected creatures (zombies, they’re zombies) while being haunted by her past, her father and what happened to her sister, Billie (probably became a zombie). / SB

The Midwich Cuckoos (on Neon from July 4)

Just in case the real world’s current reproductive nightmares aren’t terrifying enough, there’s some freaky stuff about to happen in the village of Midwich that involves aliens impregnating women. Based on John Wyndham’s 1957 book and starring Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) and Max Beesley (Bodies), this new science fiction drama sees all the women in Midwich inexplicably fall down on the same night, only to wake up pregnant. When the children are born, the town discovers they look like their mothers but behave like aliens. Tiny aliens colonising a quaint English village! Looks creepy as fuck. / TW

What We Do in the Shadows (season four on Neon from July 14)

Season three is when What We Do in the Shadows, already the funniest comedy on television, went from great to spectacular. It ended on a bittersweet note with – spoilers! – Colin Robinson dead (but regenerated, phew), Nandor off on an Eat Pray Love-style journey of self-discovery, and Nadja, accompanied by a kidnapped Guillermo, setting sail for London and a position on the Supreme Vampiric Council. With our five heroes scattered to the wind, the show could really go anywhere, and I can’t wait to for it to take flight once again. Bat! / Catherine McGregor

The Terminal List (on Amazon Prime Video from July 1)

Fans of The Bourne Identity and Mission Impossible should pump up their biceps and get ready for new high octane thriller The Terminal List. Chris Pratt stars as James Reece, a heroic Navy Seal officer who survives an ambush that kills the rest of his team. On his return home, Reece realises he’s at the centre of a conspiracy to kill, but who is out to get him? Why is he being set up, and how many car chase shoot outs can one TV show have? Only Chris Pratt knows the truth. / TW

The movies


Persuasion (on Netflix from July 15)

Jane Austen’s final novel has had a decent amount of screen time – real Austen heads still swoon for Ciaran Hinds as Captain Wentworth in the 1995 BBC version – but it remains one of the author’s lesser adapted works. Now her most “mature” book (the main character, Anne Elliott, is a positively ancient 27 years old) has been made into a film starring Dakota Johnson as Anne and relative unknown Cosmo Jarvis as Captain Wentworth. Going by the trailer, which has attracted some – how to put this diplomatically – energetic online response, fans of the original should prepare themselves for a more modern, comic tone than they might have expected, or indeed wanted. / CM

Licorice Pizza (on Neon from July 28)

It’s Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s the 70s, it’s got Bradley Cooper going full crazy, it’s got a Haim sister in it – what could possibly go wrong? According to critics, not much. According to me, quite a lot. It’s a muddled series of set pieces stretched to fit a film runtime, with a creepy underage romance as its main plot point. But like I said, that’s just me. / SS-L

Don’t Make Me Go (on Amazon Prime Video from July 15)

A John Cho project, filmed in New Zealand? Yes please! This film follows a single father (Cho), who takes his reluctant teenage daughter on a cross country trip to find her estranged mother (Mia Isaac) while he tries to fit an entire life’s worth of parenting into that single road trip. Expect tears, expect to see Jemaine Clement, and expect a general feel-good time with this one./ SB

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The rest



July 1

Stranger Things: Season 4: Volume 2

True Grit

Catch me If You Can

Black and White

July 3

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra

Art of Incarceration

The Final Quarter

Samson and Delilah

Jasper Jones

My Name is Gulpilil


Murandak: Songs of Freedom

The Nightingale

July 6

Control Z: Season 3

King of Stonks

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between

Girl in the Picture

Uncle from Another World

July 7

Karma’s World: Season 3

July 8

Boo, Bitch

Capitani: Season 2

How to Build a Sex Room

The Longest Night

Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls

The Sea Beast

Dangerous Liaisons



July 11

Valley of the Dead

For Jojo

July 12

Bill Burr: Live at Res Rocks

How to Change Your Mind

My Daughter’s Killer

July 13

Big Timber: Season 2

Hurts Like Hell

Sintonia: Season 3

Under the Amalfi Sun

DB Cooper: Where Are You?!

Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres

July 14

Resident Evil

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Night

July 15

Country Queen


Mom, Don’t Do That!

Remarriage and Desire


Love Goals


July 18

Too Old for Fairy Tales

Live is Life

My Little Pony: A New Generation: Sing-Along

StoryBots: Laugh, Learn, Sing: Collection 2: Learn to Read

July 19

David A. Arnold: It Ain’t For The Weak

July 20

Virgin River: Season 4

Bad Exorcise: Season 2

July 21

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 5

July 22

Blown Away: Season 3

The Gray Man

July 25

Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 5

July 26


Street Food: USA

July 27

Dream Home Makeover: Season 3

Car Masters: Rust to Riches: Season 4

Rebelde: Season 2


The Most Hated Man on the Internet

July 28

Another Self

Keep Breathing

A Cut Above

Oggy and the Cockroaches: Next Generation

July 29



Rebel Cheer Squad: A Get Even Series

Purple Hearts

The Entitled

Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time


July 1

Gordita Chronicles

About Last Night

July 2


July 3

In Plain Sight

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay – Part 2

July 4

The Midwich Cuckoos


July 5


July 6

The Children of Men

July 7

Shades of Blue: Seasons 1-3

July 8

Felix and the Hidden Treasure


July 9

How to Train Your Dragon

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

July 10

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax


July 11

Ella Enchanted

July 12


July 13

Dawn of the Dead

July 14

What We Do in the Shadows: Season 4


July 15


T2 Trainspotting

July 16

Clifford the Big Red Dog

July 17

A Mouthful of Air

July 18

Top of the Lake: Season 2

The Nutty Professors

Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps

July 19

Smurfs: The Lost Village

July 20

US Marshals

July 21

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

July 22

Rap Shit

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events


Ted 2

July 23

Welcome to Smallville

Apollo 12

July 24


July 26

Days of Thunder

July 27

Law & Order: Organised Crime: Season 2

From Dusk ‘Til Dawn

July 28

Licorice Pizza

July 29

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Bad Moms 2

July 30

Sing 2

July 31

The Many Saints of Newark


July 1

Metalocalypse: Season 2-3

Mr Pickles

Samurai Jack

Les Miserables

La Belle Epoque

Ready to Fly

Riders of Destiny

Clean Hands

On the Wild Side

Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Sins in the Suburbs

She Made Them Do It

Savage Wild: Season 4

July 8

Life After Life

July 9

The Case Died with Her

July 12


The Bachelorette: Season 19

July 13


Grimm: Seasons 1-6

July 14

Glastonbury 2022 Highlights

Glastonbury: 50 Years and Counting

July 16

My Online Nightmare

July 18

Passport to Freedom

July 23

Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau

July 27

The Replacement

July 28

The Resort

July 29

Rutherford Falls: Season 2

July 30

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under

Sins of the City


July 1

The Princess

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Bee Season

A Cure for Wellness

Mack Wrestles

Made in America


True Story

July 4

America the Beautiful

July 6

Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story

Iberia’s Woodlands

July 8

My Super Ex-Girlfriend


This Boy’s Life


July 13

The Old Man

The Bob Burger’s Movie

Solar Opposites

Picket Fences: Seasons 1-4

July 15


Guess Who



A Time to Kill

Unfinished Business

Hitler’s Disastrous Desert War

July 19


July 20

The Deep End

Australia’s Deadly Monsters

The Incredible Dr. Pol

Mickey Mouse Squad: La Batalla Por El Zasca

July 22


Deck the Halls

Don’t Say a Word


July 26

Santa Evita

July 27

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Light and Magic

Something Bit Me!

July 29

Not Okay

Amazon Prime Video

July 1

The Terminal List

Get Out

Lady Bird


American Made

Atomic BLonde

The Boss Baby

Captain Underpants

Pitch Perfect 3

Fifty Shades Darker

Blue Bayou

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Old Henry

July 3

WNBA: Las Veegas Aces at Minnesota Lynx

July 5

This is the End

July 8


Warriors on the Field

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin

July 9

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

July 12

Seven Pounds

July 13

Angels and Demons

July 15

Don’t Make Me Go

James May: Our Man in Italy

Forever Summer: Hamptons

Ray Donovan: The Movie

July 17

WNBA: Atlanta Dream at Phoenix Mercury

July 20

Blade Runner 2049

July 22

Anything’s Possible

The Birthday Cake

July 24

WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Minnesota Lynx

July 29

Paper Girls

The Ides of March

Here Are Young Men

July 31

Inside Job

WNBA: Seattle Storm at Washington Mystics

Apple TV+

July 8

Black Bird

Duck and Goose

July 22

Best Foot Forward

Trying: Season 3

July 29

Amber Brown



July 4

The Sommerdahl Murders: Season 3



July 11

Hidden Assets


July 18


July 25

Hustle: Season 2

The Tunnel

Mystery Road


July 2

God Told Me To

Texas Chainsaw


July 6

Meatcleaver Massacre

Mansion of the Doomed

July 7

On the 3rd Day

July 12

Cold Skin


July 13

Broadcast Signal Intrusion

July 14

Good Madam

July 19


Jamie Marks is Dead

Knock Knock

Life After Beth

July 21


This is GWAR

July 26

Level 16

The Dark

The Crucifixion

July 29

The Reef: Stalked

Keep going!