STREAMTOWN — It’s July, the days seem to be getting hotter, and the coronavirus isn’t going anywhere. So, what is there to do while we’re supposed to be home and it’s too hot outside to enjoy yourself? Watch some movies, that’s what.
There are some great new titles streaming this month, and here are 10 to waste away those dog days of summer/COVID-19 with:
"Stardust" (Available now)
I’ve mentioned this one on a few lists, but I love the movie "Stardust."
It’s a swashbuckling adventure with witches, sky pirates, falling stars, a grab bag of quirky characters, and entertaining storytelling. If you haven’t seen the movie, do yourself a favor and check it out on Netflix this month.
"The Karate Kid" I – III (Available now)
I have a couple of nostalgic picks for you this month, and three of those come in the form of "The Karate Kid." The original is still the best, the second is a guilty pleasure, and the third ... well, you've got to finish out a trilogy.
These aren't the best movies on the list this month, but they're pretty fun; and maybe it's about time you exposed your kids to the wisdom of Mr. Miyagi.
"The Last Dance" (Available now)
Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dominated professional basketball in the 1990s and "The Last Dance" is a documentary series chronicling that incredible time.
It may be a bit tough for Jazz fans to watch, but it's essential viewing for any basketball fan.
"Hamilton" (Available now)
The Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton" was added to Disney+ this month … meaning, you can now see the show without skipping your mortgage payment for the next six months in order to afford tickets.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" (Available now)
I can't tell you why, but I am a sucker for the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movies. Call them a guilty pleasure I guess, but I love watching them with my kids.
The first and third films were already on Disney+, but now we got the second one, which actually may be my favorite.
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" (Available now)
The spinoff "Star Wars" film "Solo" divided audiences, but it is now on Disney+ — bringing us ever closer to having the entire Star Wars catalog streaming on the new service. That won't fully happen, however, until the Christmas special is added to Disney+.
"Best in Show" (Available now)
I am a sucker for mockumentary movies. For my money, the best one is "Best in Show" (and yes, I am saying it's better than "This is Spinal Tap").
Made by the one and only mockumentary maestro Christopher Guest, "Best in Show" chronicles the participants in a dog show and is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
It's a quirky film, and may be an acquired taste, but give it a whirl anyway. If you're anything like me, you'll be quoting this movie for the rest of your life and you'll never look at dog shows the same way again.
"Footloose" (Available now)
I told you I had a couple of nostalgic picks on here. It's time to watch the harrowing story of a big city kid acclimating to a small town that has outlawed dance. But you know what? Sometimes you just have to dance. This really is one of the most absurd plots for a movie ever, but admit it, I love "Footloose."
"Big Fish" (Available now)
Much like "Stardust," "Big Fish" is a movie I always add to the list when I see it streaming.
I don't always love Tim Burton movies, but this one has his best qualities as a filmmaker mixed in with heartfelt storytelling and strong performances. It's a feel-good movie through and through.
"Hitch" (Available now)
I am not much of a rom-com fan, but I have to tip my hat to "Hitch." I think this movie is funny, smart and I love the back and forth with Will Smith and Kevin James. I've seen this one a few times, and no doubt I will add to that number.