Top 21 new releases coming soon to NOW TV in July 2015
James R | On 02, Jul 2015
Agent Carter finally arrives on UK TV this summer, thanks to FOX’s decision to snap up the rights. It’s good news for NOW subscribers, who can stream FOX (along with other Sky pay TV channels) both live and on-demand for £6.99 a month with an Entertainment Membership. For those who prefer their entertainment more manly, Ray Donovan also returns for a third season, not to mention Sons of Anarchy riding onto the VOD service.
Girl power, though, is certainly on the cards, as Season 4 of Veep (starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus) also gets an early premiere on the VOD site before it arrives on Sky Atlantic.
Movie subscribers, who pay £9.99 a month for streaming access to Sky Movies, can look forward to a month of family and grown-up entertainment alike, with the arrival of Gone Girl, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Boxtrolls. (We’ll leave you to work out which is suitable for kids.)
Whether you’re a Josh Radnor fan looking for love or a Marvel fan rejoicing that your prayers have been answered, here are the top new releases arriving on NOW in July 2015:
Veep Season 4 (Sky Atlantic) – Saturday 4th July
Taking a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of Washington politics, Armando Iannucci’s HBO comedy follows the day-to-day existence of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as she puts out political fires in her public and private life. The whole of Season 4 will be available to stream from Saturday 4th July until Wednesday 15th July, then episodes will be added weekly following their broadcast.
Agent Carter (FOX UK) – Sunday 12th July
Marvel’s small-screen spin-off finally arrives in the UK, as Hayley Atwell reprises her role of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Peggy Carter, who is contacted by Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) when he is framed for selling his weapons to the highest bidder. Expect ass-kicking female awesomeness.
Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Sky Arts) – Available Now
The film of Maxine Peake’s, recorded at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, premiered on Sky Arts at the end of June and now is available to catch up on Sky On Demand and NOW. The adaptation is as stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced as Shakespeare gets.
Yonderland Season 2 (Sky 1) – Monday 13th July
A puppet-filled comedy from the stars of Horrible Histories, Sky’s family series sees an average housewife discover she is the Chosen One destined to save the fantasy world in her kitchen cupboard from the evil Negatus. A delightful piece of smart silliness. Never seen it? Season 1 is available on NOW, while the very first episode is also on YouTube for free.
Ray Donovan Season 3 (Sky Atlantic) – Wednesday 15th 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 third season, Schreiber and co-star Jon Voight are as absorbing as ever.
New Girl Seasons 1 to 3 – Thursday 16th July
Zooey Deschanel fans, this is the box set you’ve been waiting for: while Season 4 of FOX’s New Girl continues on Channel 4 in the UK, Seasons 1 to 3 arrive on NOW for all your giggle-inducing binge-watching pleasure.
Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1 to 7 – Thursday 23rd July
Kurt Sutter’s TV series, which follows the ups and downs of bikers’ club SAMCRO, has accelerated from its initial premise to a hot-headed final run, fuelled by revenge.
The Leftovers Season 1 – Monday 27th July
Three years ago, 2 per cent of the world’s population mysteriously disappeared. Was it The Rapture? An alien abduction? Damon Lindelof’s drama follows those left behind as they try to make sense of their existence in the wake of the event – and, along its meandering way, delivers some truly stand-out pieces of television. Before Season 2 returns later this year, catch up on the first season.
Melissa and Joey Seasons 1 – 4 – Available Now
Whatever happened to Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Here’s your answer: Melissa Joan Hart stars in ABC Family’s TV series about Mel, a local politician raising her niece, Lennox, and adolescent nephew, Ryder, with the help of Joe (Joey Lawrence), a financial whiz who takes the job of being Mel’s nanny. All four seasons are available to watch now.
The Lion King – Wednesday 1st July
Hamlet with lions? Enough said.
Liberal Arts – Friday 3rd July
“Why should we spend all our time listening to obscure indie bands, right?”
That’s Jesse (Josh Radnor), after Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) gives him a mix CD of classical music. The line tells you everything you need to know about Liberal Arts, a sweet coming-of-age tale that sees a guy go back to his old college and fall in love with a student. He’s 35. She’s 16. But they both like Beethoven, so it’s ok, right?
The Riot Club – Friday 3rd July
An Education’s Lone Scherfig directs this adaptation of Laura Wade’s play Posh, which sees two first-year students – Alistair (The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin) and Miles (Max Irons) – join Oxford University’s infamous Riot Club, an elite, all-male club that celebrates the perks of being rich.
Magic in the Moonlight – Friday 10th July
Woody Allen’s romantic comedy sees a cynical magician (Colin Firth) fall for a young girl who claims to be psychic (Emma Stone). The deliberately retro comedy will please some Allen fans, even if the age gap between its leads is hard to ignore.
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Friday 17th July
Miguel Arteta’s comedy, based on the kids’ book of the same name, follows the eponymous 11-year-old as his day goes from bad to no good to horrible and worse. Jennifer Garner and Steve Carrell co-star as his parents.
The Skeleton Twins – Friday 17th July
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig join forces for this comedy drama about two suicidal siblings.
Honeymoon – Friday 17th July
Paul and Bea are a young couple celebrating their marriage by going on holiday to a cabin in the woods. What could possibly go wrong? At first, not very much, as they make love, cook eggs and make lots more love. It’s a slow start that allows director Leigh Janiak to set up her central relationship, showcasing the natural chemistry the couple have. That focus is also what gives Honeymoon its creepy edge. The Bad Things that will inevitably happen aren’t serial killers or vampires, but something subtler than that: the horror in this indie B-mobie lies in the transformation of their happy union into something strange and new.
Tokarev (Rage) – Friday 17th July
Nicolas Cage stars in this thriller about Paul Maguire, a former criminal-turned-businessman, who finds his life turned upside down when his daughter is kidnapped and killed.
Annabelle – Friday 24th July
Before The Conjuring, there was Annabelle. John Leonette’s spin-off from the horror hit, inspired by the story told by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, follows the possessed doll as she terrorises a young couple.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Friday 24th July
This 3D reboot of the much-loved franchise stars Megan Fox as reporter April O’Neil, who stumbles across the four heroic (CGI) turtles, who battle the Foot Clan and its leader, Shredder.
Gone Girl – Friday 31st July
“All we do is cause each other pain.” David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel takes the central set-up of an amazing wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), who goes missing, placing suspicion firmly on husband Nick (Ben Affleck), and brings out the dark humour in what emerges as a gleefully dark satire on media and the stories that are told in each.
The Boxtrolls – Friday 31st July
Loosely based on a story from Alan Snow’s novel, Here Be Monsters!, The Boxtrolls takes place in the weird local bureaucracy of Cheesebridge, whose council consists of four white-hatted cheese-munching toffs led by Lord Portley-Rind (voiced by Jared Harris.) Red-hatted pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) will do just about anything to get a seat on the council and chow down on cheese with them, and so he turns his scorn on the titular Boxtrolls, a race of Womble-like foragers who live beneath the town. The result is essential viewing for the little weirdoes in your life.
Other new releases on NOW in July 2015
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Friday 3rd July
Let’s Be Cops
Friday 10th July
Friday 24th July
No Good Deed
Friday 31st July
The Nut Job
Revenge for Jolly!