The best new movies and shows to stream on Hulu in July 2021

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Crossing the Streams is our look at all the deals from the major streaming services each month, and this time we’re checking out Hulu’s new arrivals for July 2021, including a Stephen King mini marathon, eccentric comedy, and more!


Hulu’s pick of the month for July 2021

While most films tend to travel through the population without making waves, others leave viewers clearly divided to one or the other of extremes with their opinions. Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar (premieres July 9) belongs to the latter camp because the public seems to like it or hate it. My point should be clear by its inclusion here as my Hulu pick of the month for July 2021, but a longer explanation can be found in my review. The short version, however, is that it’s the kind of silly, wacky, weird kind of comedy that we don’t see much of in Hollywood these days, and it’s ultimately a breath of fresh air for that reason. Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, and Jamie Dornan are all delightful in a story about friendship, supervillains, talking crabs and more. Would I have liked more than two song and dance numbers? Sure, but they’re both awesome so I’m not complaining. It’s just a carefree kind of movie that embraces silliness like it’s oxygen, and sometimes that’s just the kind of wit you need.


A Stephen King Marathon

Dream Catcher

Stephen King’s filmography, like his writing, is filled with ups and downs and everything in between, and now Hulu makes it easy to enjoy a mini-marathon capturing this fluctuating quality. Dream Catcher (2003, premieres July 3) is a mess of a story brought to the screen by talented people – who make an even bigger mess of history. Surprisingly, however, the mess still makes for a good time as Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, and Donnie Wahlberg collide with alien slugs and military assholes. The eyebrows of Tom Sizemore and Morgan Freeman are also in the spotlight, and director Lawrence Kasdan struggles to stay in control. It’s not good, but there is a lot of fun to be had while things go wrong.

On the other hand, Sleepwalkers (1992) is a poor story that can’t quite get out of the toilet for real entertainment. Terrible CG effects, shoddy script (by King himself) and rough playing by one of the main ones. King’s storyline, an original that isn’t based on any of his tales, tries to tie into the mix too much without making any convincing stuff. Mythology, incest, feline warriors – it sounds like a blast, but King and director Mick Garris are never able to find this gear.

From the bottom of the mix to the top, Rob Reiner’s Support me (1986) adapts King’s short story “The Body” into a beautifully directed film. The coming-of-age story follows four friends on a quest to see a dead body, and it’s a journey filled with laughter, adventure, drama, and more. It’s a story of friendships, the ones we hold on to and the ones we lose, and it remains an all-time story.

To finish, Change of cemetery (1990) is neither a success nor a failure and instead offers simple, old-fashioned creature functionality. The monsters here, aside from the jerks of management, are ancient rats mutated into a monstrous form that begin to target workers in a factory. It’s not a gem, but there is fun in having fun with the puppet vermin and the carnage they unleash.


Musically Slanted Hulu Originals

Summer Of Soul Hulu July 2021

Big, life-changing music festivals are a thing of the past for many reasons, but some of the best can be seen in some of their glory via documentary footage. One of the best is one of the newer because Summer of the soul (premieres July 2) arrives from director Questlove. Subtitle Or, when the revolution couldn’t be televised, the film explores the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music with legendary appearances by Nina Simone, BB King, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples, and more. New artist interviews and archival performance footage combine to capture the importance and power of the event, and this makes for a memorable watch you’ll want to play hard.

McCartney 3.2.1 (premieres July 16) is another new look at the musical genius, this time in the form of a six-episode miniseries featuring interviews with Paul McCartney. Topics span the gamut of his career and life, from The Beatles and The Wings to his solo career and his relationships with his friends, lovers and wives. Music plays a role here with the clips and songs as well, but it’s the conversation that takes center stage as they cycle through many tracks triggering memories of a distant time.


The best of draft movies

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Drafthouse Films was a short-lived boutique label associated with the Alamo Drafthouse movie chain, but over the course of a few years they have released some very memorable films. Several of their titles will be released on Hulu on July 15th. The act of killing (2012) is probably the most critically acclaimed of their collection, and it’s easy to see why. Joshua Oppenheimer is co-directing this documentary which sees Indonesian death squad leaders recreate some of the atrocities via tributes to Hollywood movies and musicals. It’s alternately absurd and haunting with a particularly powerful streak involving a family member of a former victim.

I declare war (2012) is more of a light genre release, but there is creativity in its narrative and execution. The film follows an adventurous summer as neighborhood kids play war games, but personal conflict turns the fun into violence leading to more elaborate and dangerous battles. He no doubt pulls some of his punches, but the end result is always an engaging and challenging ride.

that of Hitoshi Matsumoto R100 (2013), however, is a work of mad genius. Takafumi is a single dad who no longer feels happiness, but that changes when he tries his luck on an exclusive S&M service that sends women to “hurt” him at unexpected times. The combination of surprise and pain brings him the ultimate joy, made visible by visual / sound effects, but things get out of hand, leaving him searching for a way out. It’s a smart, surprising, sexy and ultimately sweet story that is worth seeing and feeling.


Hulu’s full roster for July 2021

Release date Title To note
1st of July StrayThe Mighty Ones: Complete Season 2 Hulu Original
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Complete Season 7 (MTV)
127 hours
28 days later
28 weeks later
68 Kill
78/52: Hitchcock shower scene
A Ciambra
The Adventures of Hercules
Almost human
Alpha & Omega: the legend of the sawtooth
American pistol
An acceptable loss
Australia
Bad teacher
Pad
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
beetle juice
The best man
Better living thanks to chemistry
Big fish
Bitter harvest
Blue sky
Bohemian Rhapsody
Breakdown
Bruno
Caddyshack
Caddyshack II
Candyman 3: day of the dead
Carnage Park
Caveman
Chaplin
Mandrel
The Chumscrubber
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Suspense
The convicted
Confession of a Shopaholic
The conversation
Ugly coyote
The healed
Dangerous spirits
Dealing with idiots
Treaty
Dear Whites
Donnybrook
Dumb & Dumber
Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Elaine Stritch: Shoot me
Eliminators
Enemy at the Gates
The face of love
Factotum
Fargo
Feelings
Fired!
Foxfire
Franck Serpico
Frankenstein and the Hell Monster
Free to run
From Paris with love
Galaxy Quest
Gift
give me the booty
The girl with the dragon tattoo
Gorp
Graduation
Grandmother
Hellions
Refuge
house of death
House of the Dead 2
The house that Jack built
Childcare
I Daniel Blake
I do … until I don’t
I remember you
Ice Age
in the cut
Indignation
Intermission
Intolerable cruelty
Johnny English
Knowledge
The checkers man
Last days here
Let’s be mean
maniacal
The mask
Maximum risk
The temperature is rising
morning glory
Mystical Pizza
Natural
Ode to Joy
Open range
The wide
Open Water 2: adrift
Passage to Mars
Personal buyer
The Polar Express
Rabid dogs
Rebel in the rye
Reno 911! : Miami: The Movie
Revolutionary route
Robocop
Robocop 2
Robocop 3
Rookie of the Year
Sea biscuit
Shelley
Visitors
Sleeping with the enemy
Sleepwalkers
Private Boyz
Something must give
Somewhere
Sorority line
Space jam
Support me
Star Trek IV: The Return Trip
Star Trek: First Contact
The Stephen King Cemetery Team
Step-father
Stone wall
Wander
Sunshine
Super Troopers
Sweet virginie
Taffin
Take every wave
To protect
Taken
The Terminator
They came together
Thunder heart
Chronology
The small mouse
Twisted
Underground world
The awakening of the underworld
Evolution of the underworld
Underworld the uprising of the Lycans
universal soldier
The unknown girl
Walk with your head held high
Whip it
sleepless night
Romeo + Juliet by William Shakespeare
wolves
July 2nd Soul Summer (Hulu Original)
Bill & Ted face the music
July 3 Flower of Evil: Complete Season 1 (Subbed) (Viki)
I’ll come to you when the weather is nice: complete season 1 (subtitled) (Viki)
More Than Friends: Complete Season 1 (Subbed) (Viki)
Dream Catcher
4th July Leaves no trace
July 8 My Wife and Kids: Complete Series (ABC)
Murdoch Mysteries: Complete Season 13 (Gland)
Butterfly
July 9th This Way Up: Complete Season 2 (Hulu Original)
Grown-ish: Season 4 Premiere (Free Form)
Barb & Star Go in Vista Del Mar
In a world…
Moffie
July 10 47 meters lower
July 12 Love Island UK: Season 7 Premiere (iTV)
July 14th Cleopatra in Space: Complete Season 1 (Peacock)
Cleopatra en el Espacio: Complete Season 1 (Peacock)
My All-American
July 15th American Horror Stories: Two-Episode Series Premiere (FX)
20,000 days on Earth
A field in England
The act of killing
Amira & Sam
Borgman
bullhead
Cheap thrills
The complex: confinement
The Congress
The connection
Enforcement
Exit plan
The last member
The PF
I declare war
The guard room
Men and Chicken
Indigo mood
Pietà
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Raiders! The story of the greatest fan film ever made
Wrong
July 16 McCartney 3,2,1 (Hulu Original)
July 17 Horimiya: Complete Season 1 (Dubbed) (Funimation)
22nd of July Olympic Dreams with Jonas Brothers: Special (NBC)
July 26 The artist
July 29 The Resort

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