Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? Here is a list of all the best new shows and movies released on Netflix the week-plus-a-day of July 4-11.
This is a funky week because of America's birthday. Like all of us, Netflix is choosing to take time off to focus on eating so much it can't move, blowing its fingers off at the knuckles with pyrotechnics, and flipping the bird to England, so the new releases are slim pickings. But does it really matter? All you'll be watching is Season 3 of Stranger Things, so Netflix doesn't actually need to put anything else out this week. But in case you blast through Season 3 in two hours by watching it in fast-forward or get bored with your seventeenth rewatch of it, Netflix has a few other shows for you to check out (but you'll just be thinking about Stranger Things).
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Stranger Things, Season 3
What's there to know? Hawkins is once again plagued with inter-dimensional monsters who really have a thing against kids, Eleven's nose bleeds, Steve and Dustin are dope, and the '80s references are totally tubular. I liked the season a lot, but if we're being honest, it's best to go in not expecting too much except an entertaining escape from everything else in this world. Because that's what it is. The fact that it's set in the summer helps, too. Who likes short shorts? We like short shorts.
Aziz Ansari: Right Now
Aziz Ansari used to be on top of the world. Fresh off Parks and Recreation, Ansari was earning raves for his series Master of None and was entering the next level of his career. Then he was accused of sexual assault and disappeared. This stand-up special, directed by Spike Jonze, is Ansari's first return to the spotlight, and could define how we see him for the rest of his career. It's going to be an interesting one. (Tuesday, July 9)
This show aimed at tween girls has horses, American girls in British high society, and a pranking, trouble-making young cousin! I really do not see anything that's not to like. (Saturday, July 6 / Trailer)
Family Reunion, Season 1
This multi-camera sitcom celebrates "Black Family Magic," which is not a celebration of sorcery, but rather the good vibes of a religious black family that crams three generations into a house for sitcom silliness. (Wednesday, July 10 / Trailer)
Parchís: The Documentary
The kid band Parchís was like Spain's Partridge Family and gets the documentary treatment (in case the title didn't give that away). The movie follows the band's rise to fame and catches up with the band members today, but it doesn't look like any of them robbed convenience stores or developed crippling addictions, so I'm not sure what the point is. (Wednesday, July 10 / Trailer)
City of Last Things
The wild card of this week's releases is this slick film from Taiwanese director Ho Wi Ding which premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. It tells the story of a man by visiting him at three different stages in his life -- his teen years, mid-40s, and beyond 60 -- the last of which is set in futuristic sci-fi Asia. Except the last is the first, because the movie is told in reverse chronological order, starting when the man is oldest. WHOA. (Thursday, July 11 / Trailer)
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