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Coming to Netflix in July 2017

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(KUTV) There are some classics, blockbusters and family favorites coming to Netflix this July -- including "Titanic," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Free Willy" and "The Land Before Time" -- but I'm going to dig a bit deeper for this month's recommendations. Well, there might be a space fantasy in my mind that might be the easiest recommend of the month, but fandom requires me to include it.

Best in Show

Christopher Guest is the king of mockumentaries. "This Is Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman," "A Mighty Wind," and even the often ignored "For Your Consideration" are wonderful examples of how good the subgenre can be. With "Best in Show" Guest and his frequent collaborators Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Lynch took aim at the world of dog shows where the owners are far more eccentric than their dolled-up puppies.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

In 2008 I found myself taking something of a detour as I transitioned out of the music industry for a job at a weekly magazine reviewing films. "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" was one of the early reviews that stands out in my mind. I loved the film, but I was the exception, rather than the rule, as the majority of critics gave the film low marks. In retrospect I have to admit that my early praise was a little excessive. The story is about the 8-year-old son of a German commandant of WWII concentration camp who in all his innocence befriends one of the camp's young inmates. I like the film's message, but the presentation is a bit messy. Having the German Nazis all speak with British accents is just one of the few strange directorial choices made by Mark Herman. It might not be the instant classic I originally thought, but it is still better than most gave it credit for.

Castlevania: Season 1 -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The odd thing about the Castlevania video games is that I always felt like they would be the sort of thing that I would enjoy, but I never actually got around to playing any titles beyond tinkering around with the original NES release at a Lionel Playworld in 1986. Who would have predicted that 30 years later I'd be recommending an animated series based on vampiric games? I haven't had the opportunity to watch anything from the series beyond the trailer, but I like the atmosphere. Hopefully the writing is on par with the "Voltron" Netflix series. (Avail. 7/7/17)

Chasing Coral -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

I missed Jeff Orlowski's acclaimed documentary about the world's rabidly disappearing coral reefs at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Now is my chance to rectify that mistake. (Avail. 7/14/17)

Delicatessen

French directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet are best known for their 2001 film "Amélie," I discovered them a few years before with a 1991 film called "Delicatessen." It's a post-apocalyptic world, but not like any you've seen. There's a gleefulness to the film's plot that should feel misplaced, let's just say that it is probably best compared to "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" without all the singing, but somehow it retains a strange innocence. It should feel bleak, but there's something hopeful here. The duo's follow-up release, "The City of Lost Children" is even more beguiling.

Lion

I regret not doing more for "Lion" during its theatrical release. This tale of a young Indian boy who is separated from his impoverished family and taken halfway around the world when he is adopted by an Australian family is one of the most beautiful tales of love and devotion to grace the screen in the past two decades. You'll cry, but that's only because the film's message is incredibly universal and masterfully delivered. (Avail. 7/9/17)

Railroad Tigers

Jackie Chan stars in "Railroad Tigers," an action comedy set in the 1940s when Japan had pushed its occupation deeper into China. Chan stars as a railroad worker who leads a small group of freedom fighters who systematically attack Japanese supply trains and use the stolen goods to feed the starving people of China. (Avail. 7/22/17)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" was 2016's domestic box office champion and came in second worldwide to "Captain America: Civil War." It was one of my favorite films of the year as it offered a wonderful mix of action and storytelling. You can bet that I'll be returning to this film numerous times in the not-so-distant future. (Avail. 7/18/17)

To the Bone -- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"To the Bone" was another film that I missed at this year's Sundance Film Festival. I've always thought that Lily Collins had great potential, but to this point the material she has been given has required her to simply look beautiful. "To the Bone" appears to have more substance as it explores the life of a young woman attempting to deal with anorexia. Keanu Reeves co-stars as woman's doctor. (Avail. 7/14/17)

Here is a complete list of titles coming to Netflix in July 2017

Avail. 7/1/17

Titanic
The Originals: Season 4
Free Willy
Disney's The Mighty Ducks
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Capo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1
El Barco: Season 1
The Truth Is in the Stars
Deep Water: Season 1
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Hostages (Israel): Season 2
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
Liar's Dice
Offspring: Season 6
Boat Trip
Mixed Signals
Delicatessen
Caramel
Yours Fatefully: Season 1
The Ultimatum: Season 1
Unriddle II
Unriddle
Yes We Can!: Season 1
Spice Up: Season 1
World at Your Feet: Season 1
Emma
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Last Night
Out of Thin Air
Witnesses: Season 2
The Longest Yard
Jackass: Number Two
Punch-Drunk Love
Are We There Yet?
Are We Done Yet?
The Land Before Time
Dad
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
Here Alone
Spawn: The Movie
Code Name: The Cleaner
The Astronaut Farmer
Best in Show
Proof of Life
Matchstick Men
Taking Lives
Police Academy

Avail. 7/2/17

El Chema: Season 1

Avail. 7/3/17

Diamond Cartel
Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story

Avail. 7/4/17

The Standups: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/5/17

iZombie: Season 3

Avail. 7/6/17

Speech & Debate
The Void
Butter

Avail. 7/7/17

Castlevania: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dawn of the Croods: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Luna Petunia: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)

Avail. 7/8/17

Bad Santa 2
Horse Dancer

Avail. 7/9/17

Lion

Avail. 7/11/17

Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry Rocha

Avail. 7/14/17

Friends From College: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
To the Bone--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Chasing Coral--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/15/17

Rake: Season 4
West Coast Customs: Season 4

Avail. 7/17/17

Uncertain Glory
Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
A Cowgirl's Story

Avail. 7/18/17

Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 3
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Avail. 7/20/17

Pretty Little Liars: Season 7B

Avail. 7/21/17

Ozark: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Last Chance U: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Worst Witch: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/22/17

Railroad Tigers

Avail. 7/24/17

Victor

Avail. 7/25/17

Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Munroe Island

Avail. 7/28/17

The Incredible Jessica James--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Daughters of Destiny: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/31/17

After The Reality
Checkpoint
Dark Night
Taking Earth

Being Mary Jane: The Series: Season 4 -- Date TBD

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