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6 Must-Watch Movies and TV Shows Hitting HBO NOW in July 2016: ‘Vice Principals,’ ‘Looking: The Movie’ and More

HBO's July lineup is pack with premieres, new theatrical releases, and the final send-off to a fan favorite show.


Summer is officially here, but thanks to HBO’s latest releases, bingeing TV shows and movies on the couch may be preferable to a day at the beach. New original programming includes the premiere of “The Night Of,” a gritty new New York based miniseries, and “Vice Principals,” a dark comedy about feuding administrators.

Returning programming includes Dwayne Johnson’s “Ballers” and “Looking: The Movie,” which sums up the story of gay men in San Francisco that was explored in HBO’s recently canceled series.

READ MORE: 5 Things We Know About The ‘Looking’ Movie

Theatrical highlights include “Straight Outta Compton,” “Suffragette” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Also be sure to catch “Ali” and celebrate the life of the boxing legend before the biopic leaves HBO NOW at the end of July.

Below are all of the titles hitting HBO NOW in July 2016, plus IndieWire’s picks on what to stream.

New Original Programming

IndieWire Pick: “The Night Of,” Series Premiere (7/10)

the night of

Already drawing comparison’s to HBO’s legendary drama “The Wire,” “The Night Of” is a new eight part whodunnit miniseries that examines a man’s fate after he wakes up charged with the murder of a relative stranger. In her Tribeca review of the series, IndieWire’s Kimber Myers wrote, “If the first two hours are any indication, HBO’s upcoming miniseries presents a return to dramatic form for the network. With a pedigree that includes names like Richard Price, Steve Zaillian and Robert Elswit, “The Night Of” is a compelling drama that sounds great and looks even better. It explores exactly how much can go wrong in a single night and how the flaws in our justice system risk long-lasting consequences.”

“Ballers,” Season 2 Premiere (7/17)

IndieWire Pick: “Vice Principals,” Series Premiere (7/17)

vice principals

HBO’s newest comedic undertaking pairs comedy staple Danny McBride with fan-favorite “Justified” villain Walton Goggins in a dark comedy about high school administrators. Created by McBride and Jody Hill, the series tells the story of two vice principals who attempt to take over their school after the departure of the principal (played by Bill Murray). When a new principal steps in and quashes their delusions of grandeur, an epic power struggle begins within the administration.

“Open Your Eyes” (7/18)
“Looking: The Movie” (7/23)
“Sr. Avila,” Season 3 Premiere (7/24)

Theatrical Premieres

“Jem and the Holograms,” 2015 (7/1)
“Vice,” 2015 (7/1)
“Suffragette,” 2015 (7/2)
“Blackhat,” 2015 (7/3)
“Black Mass,” 2015 (7/9)

IndieWire Pick: “Straight Outta Compton,” 2015 (7/16)


Few biopics are as simultaneously enjoyable and painfully relevant as F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which illustrates the birth, and eventual death, of iconic hip hop group N.W.A. According to IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, “Assaulting racial discrimination and lower class frustrations through their furious lyrics, the sleek musical team that included Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E ostensibly issued a corrective to the marginalized role of African American identity in the American media.” The film drew attention earlier this year as part of the controversy surrounding the mostly white 2016 Oscars. Did it deserve a spot in the Best Picture place? Here’s your chance to find out.

“Our Brand Is Crisis,” 2015 (7/23)
“The 33,” 2015 (7/30)

Starting July 1:

“28 Weeks Later,” 2007

28 weeks later

Although it doesn’t quite reach the unsettling depths of it’s predecessor, “28 Weeks Later” is a worthy follow up in Danny Boyle’s harrowing series of zombie infestation movies. Taking an almost exhausting narrative pace and mixing in the same smart thematic elements as “28 Days Later” (who is the real enemy here?), Boyle’s sequel is well worth a watch- just be prepared to sleep with the lights on.

“A Perfect Murder,” 1998
“Dave Chapelle’s Block Party,” 2005
“Dirty Harry,” 1971
“Dumb and Dumber,” 1994
“Dumb and Dumber To,” 2014
“Ghost,” 1990
“Iceman,” 1984
“Jackie Brown,” 1997
“Joy Ride,” 2001
“Love Potion No. 9,” 1992
“National Treasure,” 2004
“Not Another Teen Movie,” 2001

IndieWire Pick: “The Bourne Ultimatum,” 2007

the bourne ultimatum

With the latest installment in the never-ending Bourne franchise hitting theaters July 29, now is the perfect time to brush up on “Bourne” history. Arguable the best of the bunch, “The Bourne Ultimatum” wastes no time getting to the gritty fight scenes and thrilling action sequences (that rooftop chase!) that we’ve come to expect from Matt Damon’s stark spy series.

“The Neverending Story,” 1984
“The Secret Garden,” 1993
“Stargate,” 1994
“Stargate: The Ark of Truth,” 2008
“Stargate: Continuum,” 2008
“Van Wilder: National Lampoon’s,” 2002

Ending July 31:

IndieWire Pick: “Ali,” 2001

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Will Smith takes on the role of the recently deceased boxing legend Muhammed Ali in one of the best biopics of recent years. “Ali” spans the decade from Ali’s early fighting years as Cassius Clay to his victory over George Foreman as Ali. The film covers Ali’s conversion to Islam, the dissolve of his marriage, and refusal of the draft, as it paints a rare picture of The Greatest of All Time.

“All the Pretty Horses,” 2000
“As Above/So Below,” 2014
“Beerfest,” 2006
“Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie,” 1980
“The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” 2015
“Evan Almighty,” 2007
“Get Shorty,” 1995
“Kiss the Girls,” 1997
“A Little Chaos,” 2014
“The Longest Ride,” 2015
“Magnolia,” 1999
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” 2002
“Pathfinder,” 2007
“The Piano,” 1993
“Scream,” 1996
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” 2007
“Transformers,” 2007
“The Water Diviner,” 2014
“What Happens in Vegas,” 2008

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