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En español | Feel a bit overwhelmed when Netflix unloads what feels like a hundred new films and shows every month? Our critics are here to pull the best new stuff for grownups, from Michael Jordan in The Last Dance and Helen Mirren in #Anne Frank: Parallel Stories to classics like Schindler’s List and Poltergeist. Grab the remote — the viewing’s fine!
#Anne Frank: Parallel Stories (July 1)
In a replica of Anne Frank’s secret hideaway in her family’s Amsterdam home, Helen Mirren, 74, reads from the young author’s famed diary in this moving documentary. Historians and Holocaust survivors fill in the Shoah story.
Mean Streets (July 1)
Martin Scorsese’s breakthrough New York crime-world hit, which made stars of Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.
Million Dollar Baby (July 1)
Clint Eastwood’s four-handkerchief, four-Oscar-winning weepie about a boxer (Hilary Swank) who’s incredibly lucky — and luckless.
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Sleepless in Seattle (July 1)
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan redefine the rom-com in Nora Ephron’s masterpiece.
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The Witches (July 1)
Anjelica Huston is exhilaratingly scary as the head of a coven out to change children to mice in Roald Dahl’s not-for-kiddies film. As Huston said of one of her favorite roles: “There’s nothing better than making children scream, I have to say.”
Total Recall (July 1)
Why does everyone from Earth to Mars want to kill Arnold Schwarzenegger? An eye-popping thriller inspired by a story by Blade Runner’s Philip K. Dick, with a nasty sense of humor.
Poltergeist (July 1)
The best ghost story ever, by Tobe Hooper, with plenty of help from Steven Spielberg.
Schindler’s List (July 1)
Spielberg’s fact-based masterpiece about an ordinary, shallow womanizing fellow (Liam Neeson) who transformed into a salvational hero of the Holocaust.
RELATED: Speaking of Spielberg, did you know that he had nightmares for weeks after filming Jaws? Find out why here: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Jaws’
The Baby-Sitters Club, Season 1 (July 3)
Take a warm, sweet emotional bath in this Netflix adaptation of a young-adult classic, with Alicia Silverstone as the babysitter’s hassled mom.
Pride & Prejudice (July 16)
An utterly agreeable adaptation of Jane Austen’s high-stakes romance starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Donald Sutherland.
The Notebook (July 18)
The course of true love never runs smooth in this satisfying tearjerker starring Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
The Last Dance (July 19)
If you have any interest in Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and the Chicago Bulls’ sixth championship season, don’t miss this 10-hour smash-hit ESPN documentary.
Spotlight (July 22)
A riveting, better-than-All the President’s Men, double-Oscar winning film about the Boston Globe’s epochal, real-life exposé of pedophile priests. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Liev Schreiber were never better.
Norsemen, Season 3 (July 22)
A very funny comedy about Vikings circa 790 A.D., shot in Norway and starring some of the folks from the also funny Steven Van Zandt series Lilyhammer, which features a gangster (similar to his Sopranos character) who’s relocated to Norway by the witness protection program (also streaming on Netflix).
Shameless, Season 10 (July 26)
Catch up on the latest adventures of an appalling family headed by William H. Macy at his most disheveled.