25 best new Netflix movies coming in July 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17:Actress Emily Blunt attends the "Mary Poppins Returns" hosted by The Cinema Society at SVA Theater on December 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17:Actress Emily Blunt attends the "Mary Poppins Returns" hosted by The Cinema Society at SVA Theater on December 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) /
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STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 17: Actor Dennis Quaid visits ‘The IMDb Show’ on April 17, 2019 in Studio City, California. This episode of ‘The IMDb Show’ airs on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 17: Actor Dennis Quaid visits ‘The IMDb Show’ on April 17, 2019 in Studio City, California. This episode of ‘The IMDb Show’ airs on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb) /

14. Smart People

Release Year: 2008

Directed By: Noam Murro

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, Ashton Holmes, Christine Lahti, Camille Mana, David Denman, Scott A. Martin, Don Wadsworth, Richard John Walters

Release Date: Friday, July 12

Netflix has increasingly become the destination for discovering movies that had limited availability and/or impact on the mainstream when they were first released. Sure, the steady rollout of original films is what we’re all in it for now, but there are still a lot of older films out there to be appreciated. Smart People hit theaters over 10 years ago now, but its excellent cast makes it one of the best new release hitting your watch list this month.

Smart People stars Dennis Quaid as Lawrence Wetherhold, a selfish widowed literature professor who has become estranged from his son James (Ashton Holmes) and teenage daughter Vanessa (Ellen Page). Lawrence beings a relationship with Janet Hartigan (Sarah Jessica Parker), a former student, but the reappearance of his lazy adoptive brother Chuck (Thomas Haden Church) makes Lawrence realize he must patch things up with his children in order to move on.

Upon release, Smart People gained mixed reception from critics, as reflected by its 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008 before releasing widely in theaters in April of the same year, which earned the film a modest $11.8 million worldwide gross. Whether you’re drawn in by its interesting premise or its gangbusters cast of greats, be sure not to miss Smart People when it stream in the middle of July.