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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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 19: Actors Kristen Bell (L) and Freddie Highmore arrive at the premiere of Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios’ “Astro Boy” at the Chinese Theater on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 19: Actors Kristen Bell (L) and Freddie Highmore arrive at the premiere of Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios’ “Astro Boy” at the Chinese Theater on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /

21. Astro Boy

Release Year: 2009

Directed By: David Bowers

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Samuel L. Jackson, Nathan Lane, Matt Lucas, David Bowers, Charlize Theron, Eugene Levy, Moisés Arias, Alan Tudyk, David Alan Grier, Madeline Carroll, Sterling Beaumon, Dee Bradley Baker, Elle Fanning, Ryan Stiles

Release Date: Monday, July 1

There’s something in the water this month on Netflix because a decent chunk of July’s 25 best new release movies are targeted the youngest binge-watchers in the household. Barring an official investigation, this month boasts more kid-friendly movies than any month in the past year, with a host of animated and live-action hits from Disney and beyond. The youngsters will have quite the selection to choose from, beginning with Astro Boy.

Based on the manga series of the same name by Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy takes place in the futuristic Metro City where a scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage) builds a robotic boy. Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) has super strength, X-ray vision, and the enviable ability to fly, which he utilizes to travel the world in search of acceptance. While discovering what it’s like to be human, he discovers that Metro City is in danger and only he can use his powers to save his friends.

Unfortunately, Astro Boy attracted middling reception from critics, as reflected in its 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and failed to launch the next franchise with a lackluster box office earning of $42 million against a $65 million budget. Still, films that miss the mainstream tend to age better than we give them credit for, meaning it’s not too late to give Astro Boy a chance. Make sure to check out the 10-year-old flick when it comes to Netflix at the top of July.