What We’re Watching: Our picks for the best July 2021 streaming releases

Welcome to this month’s streaming recommendations for Disney+, Hulu and Netflix. From high-quality Marvel content on Disney+ to fascinating music documentaries on Hulu, there should be something for everyone on this list. Happy streaming!

Disney+

Monsters at Work (Series Premiere) – July 7

A spinoff to the Pixar classic Monsters Inc., Disney+’s new animated series Monsters at Work looks guaranteed to bring laughs and plenty of monster mischief. It may be twenty years after Monsters, Inc. was released, but the monsters and their adventures are as fun and fresh as ever. New episodes will be released every Wednesday until September 1.

Black Widow – July 9

In the long-awaited Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and her younger sister Yelena (Florence Pugh) must join forces to take down the Red Room, a dark, oppressive place where abducted girls are forced to become assassins. The film comes with lots of action and exciting plot twists, but also with humor and a sweet message on family. Note: $30 Premier Access fee required.

Loki (Series Finale) – July 14

The riveting show on everyone’s favorite Marvel villain is drawing to a close. Loki features dynamic acting performances, a clever, comedic script and plenty of surprising plot developments; plus, the series will almost certainly have important implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it moves into Phase Four. 

Turner & Hooch (Series Premiere) – July 21

In this reboot of the 1989 film of the same name, U.S. Marshal Scott Turner and the rambunctious dog he inherits team up to investigate the death of Turner’s father. Turner & Hooch is sure to be a funny, action-packed series perfect for dog lovers. Episodes will be released on Wednesdays until October 6.

Jungle Cruise – July 30

Searching for the Tree of Life for its healing properties, a scientist (Emily Blunt) enlists a reluctant steamboat captain (Dwayne Johnson) to guide her through the jungle and all its perils. Jungle Cruise looks like the perfect summer movie to watch with the whole family. Note: $30 Premier Access fee required.

Hulu

Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) – July 2

This documentary dives into the 1969 Harlem Festival, a vibrant celebration of Black music and culture which featured legendary performers like Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Nina Simone. Until this documentary was released, footage from the festival had never been seen before. Summer of Soul is a film you don’t want to miss.

McCartney 3,2,1 – July 16

In this six-part docuseries, Paul McCartney will discuss his career with music producer Rick Rubin, shedding light on his work with The Beatles and Wings as well as his time as a solo artist. The series is sure to be interesting and inspiring for music lovers and fans of McCartney. All episodes will be released at the same time.

Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers July 22

In this hour-long special, the Jonas Brothers find out what it takes to compete in the Olympics. The special will feature real Olympic athletes training the singers as they each go for the gold. As Nick says in the trailer, the fans will like seeing the musicians like never before, and non-fans will like laughing at the brothers as they make fools of themselves, so everyone should have a good time watching the special.

Netflix

Air Force One – July 1

In this classic action-thriller, President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) must use his wits and will to survive to keep his family safe when terrorists hijack Air Force One. This film will grab onto your attention, and you’ll probably be on the edge of your seat by its dramatic conclusion.

Cat People (Series Premiere) and Dogs (Season 2 Premiere) – July 7

Cat People tells the story of six people who have made their livings around cats, including a woman who runs a cat circus and a man who raps about cats. The second season of Dogs focuses on four dogs and their owners as they navigate different life circumstances. Whether you like cats, dogs or both, you’re sure to find some lighthearted entertainment here. All episodes of both series will be released at the same time.

The Last Letter from Your Lover – July 23

In this romantic drama film, a journalist from the present day discovers love letters from a couple in the 60s, sending her on a quest to find out how the lovers’ story ends. The film figures to feature quality acting from stars Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley and an engaging storyline that will make you think about love across distance and time.

Anneliese Esparza is a freelance writer from Southern California with a passion for playing and listening to music. 

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