It’s been a while since the last bumper crop of new streaming services, and this weekend’s roundup remains relatively tepid thanks to a string of non-franchise additions like Netflix, Prime Video, and HBO Max.
Netflix blockbuster The Gray Man – fronted by Hollywood’s towering trio of Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas – grabs headlines as production is expected to generate the most buzz, although the film is joined by a handful lesser-known projects like Anything’s Possible on Prime Video and the return of Hulu’s American Horror Stories.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven of the biggest new movies and TV shows available to watch on streaming services this July weekend. Happy bulimia!
The Gray Man (Netflix)
One of the most anticipated new netflix movies from 2022, the expensive spy thriller The Gray Man is finally available to stream this weekend.
Directed by Marvel film duo Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Sierra Six, a skilled CIA mercenary whose discovery of a dark agency secret turns his employers — and co-worker assassin Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) – against him. Ana de Armas also stars alongside the pair as Dani Miranda, a CIA agent who joins forces with Six on a cross-world action adventure.
Conceived as the first in a series of Netflix films based on Mark Greaney’s popular series of novels, The Gray Man has received mixed reviews from critics. Some, for example, called it “spectacular, pointless, senseless and repetitive”, but our entertainment reporter was happy to call it an “entertaining, tension-filled spy movie”. Either way, expect this one to reign supreme atop the streamer’s popularity charts for weeks to come.
Now available to stream on Netflix.
Anything is possible (Prime Video)
If you’re looking for something a little more uplifting than two hours of Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, Prime Video’s Anything’s Possible might be the movie for you.
The directorial debut of Pose star Billy Porter, this coming-of-age romance tells the story of a high school girl, Kelsa, whose unexpected affections for a transgender teenager reverberate through bands. respective friendship of the couple.
Anything’s Possible has been almost universally praised for being a “delightful expansion of the rom-com genre,” and fans of films in the John Hughes mold (think The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) will likely find plenty to enjoy here.
Now available to stream on Prime Video.
Love Island USA season 4 (Peacock)
You know. We know it. Love Island – in all its regional guises – is the definition of a guilty pleasure. So thank the reality TV gods that a new season of Love Island USA has started airing on Peacock.
Now, at TechRadar, we write for US, UK and Australian readers, and we don’t think we’re the only ones to say that the UK (read: original) version of the groundbreaking internet matchmaking show is the best of the bunch. However, Love Island USA still has a few quirks up its sleeve, and this year’s batch of singletons still looks entertaining (and problematic).
Incidentally, Love Island UK season 8 (again, the best) is coming to an end on ITV2 in the UK and Hulu in the US.
Now available to stream on Peacock.
American Horror Stories season 2 (Hulu)
Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series American Horror Stories is now streaming on Hulu in the United States.
Given the nature of anthology storytelling, it’s hard to pinpoint a theme in this latest batch of episodes without having seen them all – but the series’ official trailer (above) teases all sorts of villains (including serial killers, cannibals and murderous dolls).
New episodes of American Horror Stories will air every Thursday on Hulu until September 15, while those in the UK can stream the series on Disney+ at a later date.
Now available to stream on Hulu in the US.
Rap Sh!t (HBO Max)
Issa Rae fans, this one’s for you. The actor-creator of Insecure returns to production with Rap shit!the first two episodes of which are now available to stream on HBO Max.
This eight-part comedy series follows two former high school friends, Shawna (Aida Osma) and Mia (KaMillion), who rekindle their relationship to form an up-and-coming rap group. The real-life hip-hop duo of Yung Miami and JT (aka City Girls) also produce the show, which has been hailed as a “triumphant comeback” for Rae.
The following episodes of Rap Sh!t will arrive every Thursday until September 1st. UK viewers will however have to wait until later in the year to see the series on Sky.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.
The Last Movie Stars (HBO Max)
moon knight Star Ethan Hawke directs this six-part look at the life and legacy of legendary Hollywood couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Now streaming in its entirety on HBO Max, The Last Movie Stars (a co-production between HBO and CNN) finds a host of triple-A actors – including George Clooney, Oscar Isaac, Ewan McGregor and Sally Field – bringing a series of transcripts to life. long-lost movies that tell the untold story of two beloved industry icons.
As for Rap Sh! t from HBO, this documentary is not yet available to stream in the UK, although we expect it to land on Sky (or possibly BBC iPlayer) in the coming months.
Now available to stream on HBO Max.
The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s “American Pie” (Paramount Plus)
The second of this week’s documentary picks is The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” which is now streaming on Paramount More.
Named after recurring lyrics from McLean’s 1971 hit – which itself references the infamous 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP Richardson – this 94-minute feature traces the lasting legacy of its songwriter and culture the importance of American Pie in a then-fragmented United States.
Critical reactions have been somewhat mixed so far, but The Day the Music Died will undoubtedly tickle the imagination of many diehard music fans.
Now available to stream on Paramount Plus.