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Best new movies and shows on Netflix: July 2015

When it comes to July on Netflix, there's one unquestionable highlight: The return of "Wet Hot American Summer," the cult hit nostalgia piece about the last day at Camp Firewood in the summer of 1981, in the form of a prequel television series: "First Day of Camp." Unfortunately, you have to wait until July 31 for it. Here's more on that and other highlights arriving earlier in the month as we head into a holiday weekend perfect for streaming:

"Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp"

Not only does the gang return for the
Photo Credit: Abominable Pictures Universal Television

Not only does the gang return for the prequel set earlier in '81, everyone from Amy Poehler to Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks play the same parts despite the 14 years that have elapsed since the 2001 film. Sounds like a promising eight episodes of satire. July 31.

"Chris Tucker Live"

Chris Tucker is a funny, funny man. We've
Photo Credit: Chris Tucker Entertainment

Chris Tucker is a funny, funny man. We've known this for a long time. But the "Rush Hour" star hasn't had much of a public profile lately. So our interest is piqued for this standup special. July 10.

"The Guest"

This is a truly nutty thriller offering a
Photo Credit: HanWay Films; Snoot Entertainment

This is a truly nutty thriller offering a very different look when it comes to Dan Stevens, best known for his stint on "Downton Abbey." Here, he plays the classic domestic psycho, a man who drops in on a family claiming to have served with their late soldier son and wreaks all sorts of havoc. July 25.

"Bulworth"

Warren Beatty's apt satire, in which a candidate
Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Warren Beatty's apt satire, in which a candidate for California Senate starts saying whatever's on his mind without regard for the consequences sounds like a nightmarish portrait of Donald Trump but is in fact an incisive shredding of a political machine dominated by moneyed interests, run amok. Available now.

"The Secret of Roan Inish"

A charming bit of Irish magical realism from
Photo Credit: Jones Entertainment Group, Skerry Productions

A charming bit of Irish magical realism from director John Sayles, this top-notch family movie concerns a young girl brought to live with her grandparents in a fishing town that folklore holds is home to selkies (humans on land, seals in the sea). Available Now.

"Tig"

This documentary follows comedian Tig Notaro as she
Photo Credit: Beachside Films

This documentary follows comedian Tig Notaro as she fights cancer and incorporates the diagnosis into her stand-up act, refusing to be defeated by devastating news. July 17.

"The Wrecking Crew"

The iconic California sessions musicians who played with
Photo Credit: Lunch Box Entertainment

The iconic California sessions musicians who played with everyone from The Beach Boys to Bing Crosby are the subject of this 2008 documentary. July 30.

"Da Sweet Blood of Jesus"

Spike Lee's small-scale horror remake of the 1973
Photo Credit: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

Spike Lee's small-scale horror remake of the 1973 blaxsploitation picture "Ganja & Hess" received middling reviews, but he's Spike Lee, and it's about vampires, so at minimum it's got to make for interesting viewing. July 15.

"Glee Season 6"

Say goodbye to
Photo Credit: Fox

Say goodbye to "Glee" with the final season of bland a capella fun. This is not my thing, but it's someone's and it's coming to Netflix so consider this a public service announcement for you. July 18.

"Bojack Horseman"

Season two of the animated series about a
Photo Credit: Tornante Company, ShadowMachine Films

Season two of the animated series about a washed-up sitcom horse arrives July 17, giving you two weeks to binge until "Wet Hot American Summer" arrives for your comedy fix.

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