Coming Attractions: Streaming in July 2024

Eddie Murphy returns once more to the role that launched him as a movie superstar in “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” (Netflix, 7/3). The action comedy reunites Murphy with his original costars Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Bronson Pinchot and adds Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his new partner and Taylour Paige as his grown daughter.

Anthony Hopkins stars in “Those About to Die: Season 1” (Peacock, 7/18), an action drama set in the corrupt world of the gladiator arena of ancient Rome. The series is created by “Saving Private Ryan” screenwriter and Robert Rodat and produced by filmmaker Roland Emmerich, follows the fighters who arrive from all over the Roman Empire compete.

The limited series “Lady in the Lake” (Apple TV+, 7/19), based on the novel by Laura Lippman, stars Natalie Portman as Jewish housewife in 1966 Baltimore who investigates the disappearance of a young girl and Moses Ingram as a mother struggling to support her family. Y’lan Noel, and Brett Gelman costar.

Set in Italy amidst the ravages of the Black Death, the dark comedy “The Decameron: Season 1” (Netflix, 7/25) follows a group of nobles and their servants as they try to escape the plague in wine-fueled bacchanal in a grand villa. Based very loosely on the medieval short story collection by Giovanni Boccaccio, it stars Tony Hale, Zosia Mamet, and Saoirse-Monica Jackson.

Peacock will stream every live event of the “Olympic Games Paris 2024,” with hubs guiding viewers through over three dozen different sports, beginning July 26. As a companion, “Olympic Highlights with Kevin Hart and Kenan Thompson” (7/26) offers a comic look at the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Among the films arriving from theaters is the giant monster mash spectacle “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” (Max, 7/4), the Amy Winehouse drama “Back to Black” (Peacock, 7/5), the sexy sports drama “Challengers” with Zendaya and Josh O’Conner (MGM+, 7/29), and the indie drama “Fancy Dance” (Apple TV+, currently streaming), a road movie starring Oscar nominated actress Lily Gladstone.

Netflix

Harry Connick Jr. plays an aging rock star who retreats to an isolated cliffside home on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in the romantic drama “Find Me Falling” (7/19).

The animated comedy “Exploding Kittens: Season 1” (7/12) sends God (voiced by Tom Ellis) to Earth in the body of housecat to reconnect with humanity.

“Cobra Kai: Season 6 Part 1” (7/18) launches the final season of the hit series

From theaters comes the animated musical “Trolls Band Together” (7/15).

True stories: “The Man with 1000 Kids” (7/3) looks into the murky world of the fertility industry and “Skywalkers: A Love Story” (7/19) follows a daredevil couple as they try to save their relationship with an acrobatic stunt on the world’s last super skyscraper.

Max

The documentary “Faye” looks at the life and career of Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway, with new candid interviews with the actress.

Also arriving from theaters is “Love Lies Bleeding” (7/19) starring Kristen Stewart as a small town gym manager whose romance with a bodybuilder (Katy O’Brian) gets tangled up with her criminal father, and “Knox Goes Away” (7/26) directed by and starring Michael Keaton as a hit man with a personal mission to complete before he’s hobbled by rapidly-progressing dementia.

More true stories: “Teen Torture Inc.” (7/11) explores the abuses of the billion-dollar industry the “rehabilitating” troubled teens and “The Commandant’s Shadow” (7/18) examines the legacy of Rudolf Höss, the camp commandant of Auschwitz.

Hulu

The documentary limited series “Mastermind: To Think Like a Killer” (7/11) explores the work of pioneering serial-killer profiler Dr. Ann Burgess.

Prime Video

“Sausage Party: Foodtopia: Season 1” (7/11), based on the 2016 animated comedy, reunites original voice cast members Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, and Edward Norton.

Arriving from theaters is the action thriller “The Beekeeper” (7/2) with Jason Statham.

Original movies: Emma Roberts plays an unqualified cadet bluffing her way through astronaut training in the comedy “Space Cadet” (7/4). Tyler Perry writes and directs the romantic drama “Divorce in the Black” (7/11) starring Meagan Good, and Dave Bautista returns in the action comedy sequel “My Spy: The Eternal City” (7/18).

Disney+

“Descendants: The Rise of Red ” (7/12) is a new chapter in stories of the children of Disney villains.

Apple TV+

The limited series “Sunny” (7/10) is a mystery thriller starring Rashida Jones as an American in Japan helped by a domestic robot while investigating her husband’s disappearance.

“Time Bandits: Season 1” (7/24), based on the 1984 adventure fantasy, is reimagined as a series by creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, who also make guest appearances.

Paramount+

Arriving from theaters is “Memory” (7/1) with Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard.

The documentary “Melissa Etheridge: I’m Not Broken” (7/9) looks at the musician’s outreach to help incarcerated women.

The six-part docuseries “Mafia Spies” (7/17) investigates the hidden conspiracy between the CIA and the Chicago mob to assassinate Fidel Castro in the 1960s.

Other services

“Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus” (Criterion Channel, 7/1) presents a career-spanning concert by the musician and composer, performed just before his death.

“The Emperor of Ocean Park: Season 1” (MGM+, 7/14), set in the politics and money of Martha’s Vineyard, comes from Emmy-winning creator/producer John Wells and writer Sheerman Payne.

The science fiction thriller “The Fortress: Season 1” (Viaplay, 7/16) is set in 2037 Norway, when isolationism and ecological collapse create unforeseen dangers.

“Mammals” (AMC+, 7/13), the latest natural history series from Sir David Attenborough, looks at how this group of animals mastered every environment on the planet.

The fourth and final season of “Snowpiercer” (AMC+, 7/21) leaves the station this month.

The horror film “Humane” (Shudder, 7/26) is the directorial debut of Caitlan Cronenberg, the second child of David Cronenberg to follow in his filmmaking footsteps.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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