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We’re still in the middle of summer movie season, and Netflix isn’t missing out, with a robust list of big-budget, warm-weather options.

This month we have Netflix Originals like Chris Williams’ animated adventure The Sea Beast (as gripping and artistic as any Disney production), starry Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion (directed by Dakota Johnson) and “The Gray Man”. an action-packed spectacle starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas that rivals Marvel.

Also on offer are classics by Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan, as well as newer plays starring Tom Holland and Sandra Oh.

In other words, if it gets too hot, you can just stay indoors with these great movies.

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“Catch Me If You Can”

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Think about it: Steven Spielberg released ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Catch Me If You Can’ in the same year. Just thought that needed confirmation before we proceed. OK great. Catch Me If You Can tells the unbelievably true story of con-man Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio, in his only collaboration with Spielberg) who is obsessed with a single-minded ability to commit crimes. Tom Hanks is hot on his heels (at least at various points) as an FBI agent. This feels like Spielberg is operating at the peak of his ’80s Amblin powers, not only because the themes of fatherhood and abandonment are so strong, but also because you can aesthetically feel Janusz Kaminski’s cinematography soften a little, into something more wistful and more romantic. What a hoopla.

“The Dark Knight Rises”

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The conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s hugely influential Dark Knight trilogy isn’t perfect, but it is the rare superhero adventure that has a real grandeur (both visually and emotionally) and also makes you long for the big-budget franchise, that actually knows when to end. Christian Bale returns as Batman, this time one who’s become a recluse following the events of The Dark Knight, but is lured from his shell by the emergence of a new villain in Gotham – Tom Hardy’s muscular anarchist Bane. Packed with lush visuals and stunning set pieces (particularly a chase against the clock), rewatching The Dark Knight Rises lets you appreciate what Nolan was able to achieve, albeit a little messier than the previous two films. But hey, at least it’s not a multiverse.

“The Sea Creature”

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Netflix’s latest bang-for-buck animated feature, which broke last year’s Oscar-nominated Mitchells vs. the Machines, is a contemporary seafaring adventure from Big Hero 6 director Chris Williams. Set in a society that values ​​sea serpent hunting, it tells the story of Jacob Holland (Karl Urban), a macho monster hunter whose world is turned upside down by a tiny stowaway (Zaris-Angel Hator). who teaches him how misguided his lifelong search could be. Packed with exciting action sequences (beautifully animated by Sony Pictures ImageWorks), well thought out character work and very modern politics, The Sea Beast really delivers.

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“Unexplored”

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Arguably the very best movie based on a video game (or at least the funniest), which is admittedly a low bar, Uncharted was a modest hit when it came out earlier this year. In the movie version of the PlayStation game, Tom Holland plays young Nate Drake, an explorer and treasure hunter who teams up with a more experienced adventurer (Mark Wahlberg) on ​​a world-spanning adventure. The action scenes have a fair amount of panache (particularly one where cars fall out of a plane, inspired by a similar moment from the game) and Wahlberg and Holland have good, fireproof chemistry. The film will be released on Netflix on July 15.

“Conviction”

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The world isn’t short of Jane Austen adaptations, and yet Netflix has a new version of Persuasion debuting July 15. Dakota Johnson stars as Captain Frederick Wentworth in this re-imagining of Austen’s story (her last published novel) starring Henry Golding, Suki Waterhouse, Richard E. Grant and Cosmo Jarvis. The story follows a young woman who is reunited with her former fiancé after breaking off their engagement years ago. It will be interesting to see how modern sensibilities seep into this classic story.

“Mummy”

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Sony

If you’re looking for a horror film about intergenerational trauma, we’ve got one for you! “Umma,” which was quietly released earlier this year, although it was very good (you’d think it would have been produced by Sam Raimi would have at least turned heads), stars Sandra Oh as a woman involved with her daughter who wants to go to college and her mother’s vengeful spirit haunts her. You know, that old story. Writer/director Iris K. Shim fills the film with wonderful tactile detail (mainly related to Oh, who lives on a bee farm with no electricity) and an unexpected sensibility. It’s an emotionally resonant fright-fest.

“The Gray Man”

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Netflix

After making Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, two of the highest-grossing movies of all time, the Russo Brothers could do just about anything — including getting Ryan Gosling out of a self-imposed sabbatical (he didn’t) . I haven’t shot a movie to be in a big, commercial movie since Neil Armstrong’s 2018 biopic First Man. And frankly, it’s good to have him back. Gosling plays a “grey man,” a guy who sticks to a number (Sierra Six) and does the CIA’s dirty work. After a mission goes awry, he is hunted by a former spy and full-time psychopath (Chris Evans). It’s a world-spanning spy-vs-spy adventure. The Gray Man is the most expensive film Netflix has ever produced; it could also become one of his most popular when it premieres on July 22nd.

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