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What to watch on July 11: Movies and web series to watch online

Here are the shows and movies you can stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, ZEE5, Apple TV+ , MX Player and Voot among more.

Written by Sampada Sharma , Kshitij Rawat , Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2020 8:28:09 pm
what to watch Breathe Into the Shadows is streaming on Amazon Prime Videos.

Amid all the despair due to coronavirus pandemic, for many people, one source of solace and entertainment is streaming services which, in the absence of theaters, are keeping us sane.

Today’s a big day for the OTT space. A few high profile movies and series are lined up for release on different streaming platforms today.

One of them is Greyhound. The war drama, streaming on Apple TV+, is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by CS Forester and is about a US Navy Commander (Tom Hanks) on his first war-rodeo during World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of the war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. Hanks has also penned the screenplay.

The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film three stars. She wrote, “It’s the mark of great actors that they seem to be doing so little, and yet inhabit their roles quite so completely: as Krause, devout to a fault, flashing back to his beloved (Shue), kneels to pray, we see his blood-stained socks, a result of being on his feet in a yawing-and-pitching vessel for much too long. We know that he has been in pain only through the rare twitch on his face: in the rest, he is completely in control.”

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She added, “You wish the crew was more detailed; a back-story or two would have been nice. Except for an African-American head chef (Morgan) who keeps following the captain around with small-meals-on-trays that he (the captain) manages never to eat, a skilful tracker (Graham) of enemy subs under the cold, grey water (the film is almost fully grey, varying the palette with blue and black), and a couple of young ones who exchange fearful glances when their captain seems to be taking his time to veer away from danger, the others are just a collection of faces.”

Here are the movies, web series and TV shows you should watch on platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, SonyLIV, ALTBalaji, ZEE5, Voot and others.

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20:28 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Saving Private Ryan: Amazon Prime Video

A film which became synonymous with the genre, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is considered by many filmmakers as the greatest war film ever made. The first half an hour of the film, which is considered by fans as the best part of the film, shows American soldiers landing on the Omaha beach amid massive artillery and machine gun fire by Germans and suffer heavy losses. The presentation of the scene is harrowingly realistic with limbs flying, water turning red and a traumatic soldier walking with one of his limbs in one hand. It makes you feel as if you are actually there. Saving Private Ryan is the pinnacle of war filmmaking.

20:16 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Pet Sematary: Amazon Prime Video

Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow, is now available on Amazon Prime Video. The film tells the story of a family that moves to a countryside house with his wife and two kids. They discover that their new house is built near a pet cemetery (spelled as Sematary). The said pet cemetery was itself built on an ancient burial ground. Among the two kids, one becomes a little too interested in the cemetery. When their pet dies and comes back, the child is happy. But as we know from horror fiction, when the dead come back, they are never the same. One of the children is also then run over by a speeding vehicle.

19:41 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Devs: Disney+ Hotstar

Devs comes from Alex Garland, known for uncanny movies with a trippy visual language. The series, starring Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Karl Glusma, Alison Pill. among others is a mystery that takes it time to get off the ground, but when it does, the payoff is big and worth waiting for. Apart from its entertainment value, Devs has a lot to say about humans, religion and so on and it is fun to peel back the layers of the story and look beneath the metaphors.

19:15 (IST)11 Jul 2020
The Plot Against America: Disney Hotstar

The Plot Against America belongs to the genre of alternative-historywhere fascists took control of USA in the 1940s. The show stars Winona Ryder in the lead role.

18:49 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Forrest Gump: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Forrest Gump boasts of one of Tom Hanks’ finest performances yet. And it is so much better than that draggy book which had some truly awful narration. It is amazing how someone could transform that heap of garbage to such a lovely film.

18:22 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Schindler’s List: Netflix

When I read the Schindler’s List, I found it a dark, depressing story but also remarkably moving. The Steven Spielberg movie was better. More moving and, thankfully, retaining the dark (literally and metaphorically) tones of that incredible novel. Not to forget the fantastic cinematography and excellent portrayal of Oskar Schindler by Liam Neeson.

17:59 (IST)11 Jul 2020
The Witcher: Netflix

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s stories, which also inspired a hugely popular series of open-world RPG video-games, the world of the witcher resembles Westeros (from Game of Thrones) in many ways. For one, it is a gritty, dirty world full of violence, sex, and so on. For another, there is no clear division of good or bad like in most fantasy tales. However, The Witcher boasts of a lot of magic and fantastical creatures, which George RR Martin’s novels shied away from. The hero itself, Geralt of Rivia, is a mutated human with superhuman abilities. Game of Thrones in comparison had magic, but only on the periphery, at least in the first few seasons.

17:46 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Dracula: Netflix

Netflix’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Victorian-era Gothic horror novel was a surprisingly clever, well-performed piece of entertainment. While it was a considerable departure from the source material, it remains an interpretation that Stoker himself probably would have been proud of.

16:38 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Jurassic Park: Amazon Prime Video

At a time when 3D animation was still in its infancy, Spielberg’s Jurassic Park came and shattered all expectations with its stunningly designed models and high-quality CGI dinosaurs that still hold up well today. A truly terrifying depiction of the events which materialise when those monstrous reptiles of the bygone era are thrown abruptly in today’s world with the help of advanced genetic technologies. And above all, the devastating consequences of that audacity.

15:52 (IST)11 Jul 2020
The Lord of the Rings trilogy: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Compelling characters, story, stunning cinematography, engrossing battle sequences, and fantastic score are just a few reasons why Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is easily the best film trilogy ever made. Even if you have seen the whole thing, it is pretty rewarding to watch the movies again.

15:28 (IST)11 Jul 2020
The Shining: Netflix

Stephen King is a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick, except the time when he adapted King’s horror classic The Shining. Much has been said about how the film departed from the original story on a fundamental level, even if plot-wise, it was pretty much the same. On its own, the movie, starring Jack Nicholson at the top of his game, is a frightening depiction of a man going insane in real-time. This is horror at its most scary.

15:01 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Crashing: Netflix

Crashing has six episodes, each spanning around 20-25 minutes. And to say that it is a sweet, engaging story of six adults coming to terms with life would be putting it too simplistically. Let us just say, once you begin, you won’t be able to stop until you have watched them all!

14:39 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Into the Night: Netflix

At times cringey, Netflix's first Belgian original show, Into the Night, is a thrilling survival story. What helps its case is that it works like an unputdownable pulp fiction novel.

14:20 (IST)11 Jul 2020
12 Years a Slave: Amazon Prime Video

12 Years a Slave is Steve McQueen’s heart-wrenching adaptation of a memoir of a black slave Solomon Northup. Chiwetel Ejiofor essayed the lead role in the film which also starred Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard. The film was a brutal depiction of slavery and is a hard movie to watch.

13:58 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Rick and Morty: Netflix

The animated series follows a mad but brilliant scientist Rick Sanchez and his naive, impressionable grandson Morty Smith's adventures across faraway galaxies, planets, parallel worlds, different realities and so on. Rick and Morty boasts some of the most intelligent writing in the medium currently, with jokes that are easy to miss if the attention wavers even a little. And before you have managed to wrap your head around it, the show has already moved ahead.

13:39 (IST)11 Jul 2020
The Godfather: Amazon Prime Video

The camera angles, the narrative (based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel of the same name), the performances, the editing, the score -- at no point were these varied departments of filmmaking inharmonious. Like a lovely orchestra group, each unit of cinema supported the other, thereby finally giving us this masterclass of a film. Read more 

13:16 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Mirzapur: Amazon Prime Video

The story of Mirzapur is about a local drug lord Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) whose son Munna (Divyendu) is trying too hard to take his place but lacks any of his diplomatic or criminal skills. His position is in danger after two local boys Guddu (Ali Fazal) and Bablu (Vikrant Massey) beat him up to their own surprise. The web series depicts the governance and rule of mafia dons and the rivalry and crime prevailing in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh.

12:38 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Street Dancer 3D: Amazon Prime Video

Street Dancer 3D is Remo D’Souza’s third dance film after ABCD and ABCD 2. It is backed by an ensemble cast including stars like Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Nora Fatehi and Prabhudheva among others. I would suggest you watch this film only if you are a fan of dance reality shows as it has nothing more than some good dance performances to offer.

12:08 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Sorry for Your Loss: Facebook

The Elizabeth Olsen starrer is a two-part series that deals with the trials and tribulations of a widow who suddenly loses her loving husband. Olsen delivers a staggering performance in Sorry for Your Loss.

11:48 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania: Netflix

Are you obsessed with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge? If you gave an affirmative nod, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is the perfect pick for this weekend. It has a similar narrative with Raj (SRK) and Simran (Kajol) being replaced by Humpty (Varun Dhawan) and Kavya (Alia Bhatt). It has a few crackling dialogues, easy-breezy chemistry between the lead pair and a pinch of humour too.

Some other big digital releases today include Breathe Into the Shadows (Amazon Prime Video), Mafia (ZEE5), Undekhi (SonyLIV) and The Old Guard (Netflix).

Amit Sadh, who also starred in the original series Breathe, spoke to Indianexpress.com about his character, Kabir Sawant, and his transformation in Into the Shadows. He said, "Kabir Sawant has to solve (the case) and protect. Now whether he’ll be able to do it or not, will be seen. He is the same guy but in new circumstances, with a new dimension. I can say you will be amazed watching him this time. Kabir received a lot of love in season one. And a major share for this goes to Mayank Sharma. Nobody has directed me better than him. Even the writers have worked hard. So if people say there’s change in me, that’s because of the writing. For season two, I thought how would Kabir Sawant be before he became an alcoholic in season one, before his daughter died of his own revolver. We all have a dark hole inside us which we never unleash. But in Breathe, I’ve done that. I’ve bared myself. I haven’t worked so hard for any role before. This is the first time I’ve literally given everything to a role."

The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron in the lead, is about a band of immortal warriors who have secretly protected the earth for centuries while remaining hidden in the shadows. Theron's character, who calls herself Andy, recruits a new girl (KiKi Layne). It appears as though the ability can be bestowed upon somebody. In the modern world, danger for the mercenaries is afoot as a few elements have learned of this and are on their heels. Defeating death, after all, is a breakthrough literally everybody will desire. Also, there may be benefits in using them as weapons for some sinister outfits and governments.

The Old Guard The Old Guard is streaming on Netflix (Photo: Aimee Spinks/NETFLIX ©2020)

The Indian Express Shubhra Gupta gave The Old Guard three stars and wrote in her review, "Watching a superhero enterprise on your home device brings home the restrictions caused by the pandemic on our viewing lives. The Old Guard, about a bunch of immortals busy saving innocents down the centuries, works on a smaller screen only because of its distinctive feature: by giving its characters, who, gasp, can’t die, quieter moments when they are allowed to share their inner lives with us."

"It’s not as if only female helmers can turn out a superhero actioner which is layered by not just latex, but by conversation. But seeing how Prince-Bythewood uses high-octane action alongside the talky sequences, it’s great that women are finally being invited to this all-male table, probably because Theron has producing credits on the film. Theron, magnificent as Furiosa in Mad Max Fury, is in similar avenging mode here. She goes by the no-nonsense name of Andy, but her real monicker is Greek, Andromache of Scythia. Giving her able company is Layne, so effective in If Beale Street Could Talk: both these women, buffer and fitter, and much more interesting than their male companions, lift the film," Shubhra added.