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Elite S8 to Wild Wild Punjab: New films, documentaries and web series dropping on Netflix in July

Eddie Murphy’s iconic cop character returns in Beverly Hills Cop 4: Axel Foley, which will be available to stream on Netflix from July 3 onwards

Agnivo Niyogi Calcutta Published 20.06.24, 04:34 PM
(L-R) Elite S8; Wild Wild Punjab

(L-R) Elite S8; Wild Wild Punjab Netflix

Netflix’s lineup for July features a bunch of captivating films, thought-provoking documentaries and binge-worthy web shows. Take a look.

SPRINT Season 1

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Streaming from: July 2

SPRINT, a new docuseries from the creators of Drive to Survive, covers every moment of the long journey from the 2023 World Championships to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. The series will spotlight top athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson, Noah Lyles and Shericka Jackson alongside other runners representing countries like the US, Jamaica, UK, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Italy. Produced by Paul Martin, James Gay-Rees and Warren Smith at Box to Box Films, in collaboration with the Olympic Channel, SPRINT will hit the streamer just before the opening of the Paris Olympics.

Beverly Hills Cop 4: Axel Foley

Streaming from: July 3

Helmed by Mark Molloy, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley marks the fourth instalment in the popular film franchise and follows the events of Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). Eddie Murphy, who serves as a producer, returns as Axel Foley in this action comedy film. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser and Bronson Pinchot reprise their franchise roles in the film, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylour Paige and Kevin Bacon play new characters.

Desperate Lies (Season 1)

Streaming from: July 5

Desperate Lies, a Brazilian drama series crafted by Ângela Chaves, features Juliana Paes, Vladimir Brichta, Felipe Abib and Paloma Duarte in its cast. The story follows Liana (Paes), who decides to leave her husband Tomás (Brichta), after discovering his affair with a friend. One fateful night, Liana takes drugs offered by Oscar (Abib) and had to undergo the traumatic experience of sexual assault. As she grapples with the aftermath, Liana discovers she is pregnant. Her quest to identify the father takes a startling turn when she learns she is expecting twins, each with DNA from two different men.

Wild Wild Punjab

Streaming from: July 10

Directed by Simarpreet Singh, Wild Wild Punjab is a comedy film featuring Varun Sharma, Sunny Singh, Manjot Singh, Jassie Gill, Patralekhaa and Ishita Raj in key roles. The story revolves around Khanne (played by Varun Sharma), who is dealing with a recent breakup. Supported by his friends Arore (Sunny Singh), Jainu (Jassie Gill) and Honey Paaji (Manjot Singh), Khanne eventually confronts his emotions. Follow this group of friends on their journey through Punjab on a break-up trip as they help Khanne seek the closure he seeks.

The Neon Highway

Streaming from: July 11

Rob Mayes and Beau Bridges headline The Neon Highway, a drama film helmed by William Wages. The story revolves around Wayne Collins (Rob Mayes) whose dreams of making it big as a country music singer-songwriter in Nashville were shattered by a car accident. Two decades later, he finds himself struggling to make ends meet with a regular nine-to-five job to support his family. His fortunes take a turn when he crosses paths with Claude Allen (Beau Bridges), a renowned country musician nearing the twilight of his career. Together, they forge a collaboration combining Collins's songwriting talent with Allen’s fame. However, their partnership encounters a major hurdle when they discover that the evolving country music industry is reluctant to record their songs.

Blame the Game

Streaming from: July 12

Directed by Marco Petry, known for charming comedies like Partly Sunny and Playing Doctor, Blame the Game revolves around Pia (Janina Uhse) and Jan (Dennis Mojen) who have just fallen deeply in love and can't bear to be apart. Finally, Jan meets Pia's friends at a game night. But everything could go awry. The tightly-knit group of gamers proves challenging, especially when Pia's ex shows up, turning the night into a battle for her affection.

Master of the House

Streaming from: July 18

Thai drama Master of the House delves into a world where power reigns supreme. Following the sudden death of Asia’s wealthiest diamond tycoon, a fierce rivalry erupts among his heirs for control of the lavish mansion, uncovering scandalous secrets. Complicating matters, it is found that the tycoon married a maid before his demise. The series vividly portrays power disparities and illustrates how the powerless often endures oppression while silently bearing witness to their masters’ hidden transgressions.

Find Me Falling

Streaming from: July 19

Harry Connick Jr. ventures into the Mediterranean in the upcoming romantic comedy Find Me Falling. Known for roles in Independence Day and New in Town, Connick Jr. portrays John Allman, a rock star navigating a career slump. Seeking solace on Cyprus, he encounters unexpected challenges that disrupt his retreat. As Allman strives to revive his creativity amidst personal upheaval, the film explores themes of fame, rejuvenation and complexities of love.

The Decameron (Season 1)

Streaming from: July 25

Kathleen Jordan, known for Teenage Bounty Hunters and American Princess, brings a darkly comedic twist to Netflix with The Decameron, loosely based on Giovanni Boccaccio’s classic tales. Set amid the 1348 bubonic plague in Florence, the series explores class dynamics through a band of nobles and servants taking shelter in a villa. As social norms erode, the series echoes a decadent struggle for survival amid wealth and privilege.

Tokyo Swindlers (Season 1)

Streaming from: July 25

In Tokyo Swindlers, adapted from Ko Shinjo’s eponymous novel, a gang of real estate fraudsters attempts a daring 10-billion-yen scam. Directed by Hitoshi One (known for Moteki, Elpis), the series revolves around Takumi Tsujimoto (Go Ayano) who comes across Harrison Yamanaka (Etsushi Toyokawa), the head of a notorious gang specialising in real estate scams. Alongside informant Takeshita (Kazuki Kitamura), recruiter Reiko (Eiko Koike) and legal advisor Goto (Pierre Taki), Takumi becomes a key player in orchestrating fraudulent real estate deals. As they engage with desperate landowners and major developers, the police relentlessly pursue them.

Elite (Season 8)

Streaming from: July 26

Netflix’s long-running Spanish series Elite returns this July for its eighth and concluding season. The students of Las Encinas are set for a final confrontation in the series that is fraught with themes of corruption, secrecy, vengeance and relationships. Mina El Hammani, known for her role as Nadia Shanaa, will make her final appearance in the upcoming season alongside newcomers Nuno Gallego, Alexandra Pino, Mario Ermito, and Ane Rot. Season 8 will also see the return of familiar faces such as Omar Ayuso, Maribel Verdu, Valentina Zenere, Carmen Arrufat, Andre Lamoglia, Nadia Al Saidi, Ander Puig, Fernando Lindez, Gleb Abrosimov, Mirela Balic, Ivan Mendes and Alejandro Albarracin.

Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa

Streaming from: July 31

Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa, a 2023 documentary directed by Lucy Walker, chronicles the journey of Lhakpa Sherpa as she conquers and endures Mount Everest. Lhakpa Sherpa not only became the first Nepali woman to successfully climb Everest but also navigated the challenges of raising two daughters and overcoming an abusive marriage. The documentary made its debut at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival, where it emerged as the second runner-up for the People's Choice Award for Documentaries.

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