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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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 29: Actor Bryce Dallas Howard on stage during The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences official screening of “Rocketman” at the MoMA, Celeste Bartos Theater on May 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 29: Actor Bryce Dallas Howard on stage during The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences official screening of “Rocketman” at the MoMA, Celeste Bartos Theater on May 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) /

8. Lady in the Water

Release Year: 2006

Directed By: M. Knight Shyamalan

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey Wright, Sarita Choudhury, Cindy Cheung, M. Night Shyamalan, Freddy Rodriguez, Bill Irwin, Jared Harris, Mary Beth Hurt, Noah Gray-Cabey, Tovah Feldshuh

Release Date: Monday, July 1

While family-friendly films are the overwhelming majority of Netflix’s new movie releases for July, fans of horror and thrillers are vastly under-represented this month. Your options are rather limited, but you can still catch a chill with a few thrillers that scream (foreshadowing) summertime. First up, M. Knight Shaymalan films are always perfect for a lights-out movie night, and those who enjoy his work will throw Lady in the Water straight to the top of their watch list.

Paul Giamatti stars in Lady in the Water as Cleveland Heep, the superintendent of a Philadelphia apartment complex. Cleveland saves a mysterious young woman named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) from an attack,  and he soon discovers that she happens to be a storybook character attempting to make it back to her world. However, Cleveland falls in love with Story during his realization that he and his apartment complex’s tenants are also characters meant to protect her.

Lady in the Water comes from director M. Knight Shaymalan, who also helmed such hit films as The Sixth Sense, Signs, Split, and Glass. Upon release, the film received poor reception from critics, as reflected by its 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it didn’t fare much better at the box office. Lady in the Water barely broke even with its $70 million budget and $72.8 million worldwide gross. But there’s something to be said about a film that missed the mark in its day. Whether you find a new appreciation for it or it still underwhelms you, Lady in the Water is one of July’s best new releases.