Welcome to Summer 2018, ladies and gentlemen. The days are finally a little bit longer and everything's looking just that little bit brighter. And while we'd all like these extra daylight hours to automatically equate to more time spent in the great outdoors, deep down we know it doesn't work like that. Hay fever is still A Thing, there are only so many BBQs one can have before destroying the sweet novelty of almost-burnt food and, alas, Netflix continues to call.
This month Netflix beckons with some absolute gems. We have the return of very long awaited series (clue: Litchfield Penitentiary really is no more), some old trusty faithful shows promise to rumble along with their weekly releases and there's a film to fit more scenarios than we're anticipating the need for. Classic Netflix, eh?
You know the drill by now. To save you the hassle of scrolling through that dreaded 'browse' page, we've narrowed down the best of this month's Netflix TV and film offerings. From top-notch originals to some familiar faces, here's whats worth watching this month.
Orange Is The New Black, Season 6
After an intense fifth season the women of Litchfield are finally back for the sixth installment to the story. We've seen the teasers and by the looks of things, their post-root world is going to be very, very different.
Available 27 July
We have a hunch this is going to be great. Without a trailer there's little to go on just yet but what we do know is that we'll get an incredible look inside some of the most brilliant (and over the top) interiors that the home decor world has to offer.
Available 20 July
El Chapo, Season 3
Still a Narcos-shaped gap in your television viewing schedule? El Chapo's third season promises to fill it. It's a slightly different take on cartel life, but almost as gripping as everyones favourite Pablo Escobar series.
Because what's a month of Netflix programming without a solid Reese Witherspoon romcom?
Available 10 July
Power, Season 5
Don't be fooled, we may be approaching the fifth season of this popular crime, money and music drama, but the rest of Power is still on Netflix if you fancy watching from the beginning.
Available 2 July
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
An endearing peek at Emma Watson, post-Harry Potter. If you're not fussed about the film, here's an excuse to revisit the book that inspired it.
Available 6 July
Sherlock, Season 4
The last few interviews given by Sherlock's leading men haven't been very promising for those of us willing just one more series in the installment. But at least the forth one is on the streaming service to distract us in the meantime.
Available 15 July
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Take an hour or two to immerse yourself in the outrageous life of Jordan Belfort. Because when would you not need a little extra Leo in your life?
Available 10 July
Available 20 July
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1. A Wrinkle In Time
Based on the book of the same name by Madeleine L'Engle, a movie adaptation directed by Ava DuVernay is on the way and if you haven't watched the trailer/seen that incredible Time magazine cover, you need to get on board because it's really exciting. It's a fantasy adventure film starring Oprah, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon and with this film Ava DuVernay has become the fourth woman and first African American woman to direct a film with a budget of more than $100 million.
23 March 2018
2. The Spy Who Dumped Me
Directed by Susanna Fogel, The Spy Who Dumped me is a comedy with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon starring as BFFs who find out that the guy who dumped one of them is - wait for it- a spy. At the moment we know very little else about the film beyond the fact that Mila wears a blond wig at some point but we'll keep you posted.
3. Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig's directorial debut comes in the form of Lady Bird, the already hotly anticipated coming of age story that we all wish existed back when we were still in school. In short, it's a beautiful film about a young woman who likes to go by the name Lady Bird who is trying to navigate all of the usual suspects: her mother, her best friend, going to college, sex and, well, herself.
16 February 2018
Kay Cannon who wrote the screenplays for the Pitch Perfect films is the director behind this comedy about three parents who find out about their daughters' plan to have sex on Prom night (otherwise referred to as a Sex Pact, apparently) and try to stop it happening. ILeslie Mann is in it and she's great.
6 April 2018
5. The Darkest Minds
This is another book adaptation that you're going to want to get familiar with real quick. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and starring the incredible Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg and Gwendoline Crisitie, The Darkest Minds is all about the 2% of kids in America who survive a crazy disease and end up developing superpowers. It's got a bit of a Hunger Games meets Divergent vibe if you ask me.
14 December 2018
6. Can You Ever Forgive Me
Get ready for another dose of comedy fave Melissa McCarthy in this Marielle Heller directed project. She stars as the best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel (the film's based on her memoir, you see) who was well known for profiling big shots like Katherine Hepburn and Estee Lauder back in the 70s and 80s. That ism until she lost her groove and ended up selling forged letters and stuff.
7. High Life
Celebrated French director Claire Denis has only gone and directed her first English language movie. It's a sci-fi drama starring none other than Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Mia Goth and pretty much focuses on a group of convicts who are sent to explore a black hole (knowing that they probably won't be returning from space alive) in return for having their jail sentences reduced. It's about a father-daughter relationship, it's about family, it's about home, it's about the unknown.
8. You Were Never Really Here
And finally we have a thriller directed by Lynne Ramsay that promises to be the sort of thing that lingers in your mind for a while after watching. You Were Never Really Here is about a private 'contractor' who is tasked with recovering a teenage girl who's gone missing. It's pretty dark and violent and intense but packed a resounding punch at Cannes last year.
9 March 2018
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