Game of Thrones has gone for another year, but July marks an equally big month for Sky and NOW TV customers, as the whole of Sky Movies is relaunched as Sky Cinema. What’s the difference? Mostly the number of movies available, with more arriving on-demand and new releases premiering every day, rather than a group of four every Friday. We’ve got the full list of upcoming arrivals below. (NOW TV Sky Cinema Month Pass users will still get the same access to Sky Cinema for £9.99 a month.)
NOW TV Entertainment Pass subscribers (£6.99 a month) will have access to Sky’s main TV channels, with Sky Atlantic bringing back Ray Donovan for a fourth run, not to mention a new original documentary and a host of other new US series, including NBC’s Shades of Blue, Ballers Season 2 and Danny McBride’s HBO comedy, Vice Principals.
For more on Sky Cinema, click here, or for more on NOW TV’s new box (also launching in July), click here.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Sky and NOW TV in July 2016:
Cougar Town: Seasons 1 to 6 – 1st July
Cancelled and then resurrected again, Cougar Town is a sitcom that stars Courteney Cox as a divorcee, who explores the world of dating in an increasingly young society.
Ray Donovan: Season 4 (Sky Atlantic) – 4th July
Meet Ray (Liev Schreiber), a problem solver to LA’s rich and famous with a past that comes back to haunt him. Now in its fourth season, Schreiber and co-star Jon Voight promise to be as absorbing as ever.
House: Seasons 1 to 8 – 7th July
Hugh Laurie plays an abrasive, intelligent doctor with a knack for solving obscure medical conditions and falling out with as many people as possible. Amusing, dramatic, scientific. What more do you need?
Shades of Blue: Season 1 (Sky Living) – 13th July
Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta star in NBC’s steamy crime drama about a resourceful single mother and resourceful detective, who has to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honour and betrayal. Created by Adi Hasak.
Zoo: Season 2 (Sky 1) – 17th July
CBS’ thriller, based on the novel by James Patterson, returns to continue telling the story of a wave of violent animal attacks against humans around the globe.
Don’t Tell the Bride (Sky 1) – 9pm, 21st July
Confetti at the ready! After ditching BBC Three for Sky 1, the new series of Don’t Tell the Bride will premiere at 9pm on 21st July, with hapless grooms given £14,000 and just 3 weeks to plan the perfect day, but with a veto on dress returns – get set for tears, tantrums and pushy bridesmaids aplenty.
The Fall (Sky Atlantic) – 9pm, 29th July
Sky Atlantic follows Going Clear with another original documentary, this time reuniting Olympic runners Zola Budd and Mary Decker to retell the story of their 1985 3000m women’s final, when a crucial fall saw their dreams of winning fall by the trackside. The film is released in UK cinemas on the same day as its Sky Atlantic debut.
Ballers: Season 2 (Sky Atlantic) – 9pm, 26th July
Dwayne Johnson stars in this half-hour comedy about the lives of former and current football players. He plays former superstar Spencer Strasmore, as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.
Vice Principals (Sky Atlantic) – 9.30pm, 26th July
Danny McBride and Walton Goggins star in this HBO comedy about the power struggle between two vice principals in a high school.
House of Lies: Season 5 (Sky Atlantic) – TBC
Showtime’s comedy, created by Matthew Carnahan, returns for its final season, with DonCheadle reprising his role of charming, fast-talking consultant Marty Kaan, who continues to fight his way to the top of the food chain.
The Last Ship: Season 3 (Sky 1) – TBC
After a global pandemic decimates the world’s population, the crew of a naval destroyer becomes humanity’s last hope. Exec produced by Michael Bay, the explosive military drama returns for a third run.
Vacation – 1st July
Effectively the fifth installment of the National Lampoon Vacation film series, Ed Helms and Christina Applegate star in a comedy about grown-up Rusty Grisworld, who wants to take his family on a trip to the family vacation hotspot of his youth: Walley World.
SPECTRE – 8th July
Daniel Craig dons the 007 for the last time in this outing that looks back to Bond’s mysterious past.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – 9th July
Tom Cruise has never looked younger in this sequel that proves practical stunts, spy hijinks and Simon Pegg are a combo with as much magic as ever. Rebecca Ferguson, though, steals the whole show as enigmatic agent Ilsa Faust.
The Walk – 11th July
Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings to life the true story of Philippe Petit, a wire-walker who famously crossed the gap between the Twin Towers.
Theeb – 13th July
Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat is astounding in this powerful story of a Bedouin boy’s fight to survive in WWI.
Body – 14th July
This indie thriller premiered at FrightFest last year before arriving on Sky Cinema this summer – it hasn’t lost any of its low-key gripping tension.
Crimson Peak – 17th July
Mia Wasikowska. Jessica Chastain. Tom Hiddleston. Even without Guillermo del Toro at the helm, this Gothic psychosexual drama would be one to watch. With the Pan’s Labyrinth director behind the camera, it’s a sumptuous piece of cinema.
White Bird in a Blizzard – 19th July
Eva Green and Shailene Woodley are on fine form in Gregg Araki’s strange but engaging period family mystery drama horror thriller. Thing.
Ant-Man – 22nd July
Paul Rudd brings the funny in Marvel’s entertaining superhero flick. The innovative, size-changing set pieces are only outdone by Michael Peña in a scene-stealing supporting role.
Minions – 30th July
Gru’s Minions get their own spin-off movie in this extremely silly animated outing.
Other new movies coming soon to NOW TV and Sky Cinema in July 2016:
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Maya the Bee
Against The Wild 2: Survive The Serengeti
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