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From The Beekeeper to Blue Beetle to Mean Girls, here are the 8 best movies to stream on Showmax in July

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MEAN GIRLS | Stream from Monday, 1 July

From multiple-Emmy-winner Tina Fey (30 Rock) comes a new – musical – twist on the cult-favourite movie, Mean Girls, which was in turn based on Rosalind Wiseman’s book Queen Bees and Wannabes

The #15 highest-grossing movie of 2024 (so far) at the global box office, Mean Girls follows new student Cady Heron, who’s welcomed in to the top of the social food chain by the elite popular girls known as “The Plastics”… until she falls for queen bee Regina’s ex, Aaron. 

Mean Girls stars Angourie Rice (the Spider-Man trilogy, Mare of Easttown) as Cady, with singer Reneé Rapp (The Sex Lives of College Girls) reprising her role from the Broadway show as Regina. Also look out for Auli’i Cravalho (who voiced the animated Moana), Tony winner and Grammy nominee Jaquel Spivey, and Christopher Briney (The Summer I Turned Pretty) as Aaron, as well as a bunch of familiar faces from the original film, including lead Lindsay Lohan. 

As RogerEbert.com says, “Ultimately, the film is a vinegary cautionary tale, an angry screed against being mean for meanness sake, and a love letter to teens who are comfortable just being themselves. This time around it seems Fey and co actually made fetch happen.”

BLUE BEETLE | Stream from Monday, 1 July 

In Blue Beetle, struggling college grad Jaime Reyes unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he gets an incredible but unpredictable suit of armour, forever changing his destiny.

Blue Beetle was up for Best Superhero Movie at the 2024 Critics Choice Super Awards, where Xolo Maridueña (Cobra KaiParenthood) was nominated for Best Actor.  

Recommending the film for ages 12+, and listing it among the Best Movies of the Year: 2023, Common Sense Media calls Blue Beetle, “a breath of fresh air in a packed superhero market,” saying, “A Latino superhero is long overdue in the DCEU, and this warm, funny adventure makes it worth the wait.” 

Blue Beetle also stars Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza (ThorDora and the Lost City of Gold), Emmy-winning comedian George Lopez, and Critics Choice nominees Raoul Max Trujillo (Mayans M.C.Riddick) and Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), as well as Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Singer Becky G voices Khaji-Da.

THE BEEKEEPER | Stream from Monday, 8 July 

Expose the corruption. Protect the hive.

The #13 biggest global blockbuster of the year (so far), The Beekeeper stars Critics Choice nominee Jason Statham (Wrath of ManExpend4bles, The Transporter) as a man whose brutal campaign for vengeance takes on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organisation known as “Beekeepers.” 

As Globe and Mail says, “There is no anxiety in this increasingly stressful world that cannot be soothed by watching Jason Statham kick someone in the throat.”

Directed by David Ayer, who wrote Training Day and the original The Fast and the FuriousThe Beekeeper’s all-star cast includes Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), People’s Choice winner Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games movies), Oscar nominee Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), six-time Emmy nominee Phylicia Rashad (Mary-Anne Creed in the Creed films) and Oscar winner Jeremy Irons (Watchmen).

MIGRATION | Stream from Sunday, 14 July

Take flight into the thrill of the unknown in Migration, another #1 blockbuster from Illumination, the studio that gave us Despicable MeMinionsSing and The Secret Life of Pets

Overprotective Mallard duck dad Mack just wants to keep his family safe in their pond, but his family wants the holiday of a lifetime. 

At the 2024 Annie Awards, Tresi Gazal was nominated for Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature for her feature film debut as the voice of little Gwen. The cast also includes Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani and three-time Emmy nominee Elizabeth Banks as her parents, not to mention the likes of Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key, Emmy nominee Awkwafina and Oscar nominee Danny DeVito. 

Migration is directed by Oscar nominee Benjamin Renner (Ernest & Celestine), from his screenplay with Emmy winner Mike White (The White Lotus, School of Rock). Common Sense Media recommends Migration for ages 6+ in their 4/5-star review, calling the animation, “a charming choice for all ages to watch together.”

ANYONE BUT YOU | Stream from Monday, 15 July 

Hot? Yes. Bothered? Also yes. 

Anyone But You was up for Comedy Movie of the Year at the 2024 People’s Choice Awards, where co-stars Sydney Sweeney (EuphoriaThe White Lotus) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: MaverickHit Man) were both nominated for Comedy Movie Star of the Year. 

Bea and Ben look like they’d be the perfect couple. But after an amazing first date, something turns their fiery hot attraction ice cold – until they find themselves unexpectedly thrust together at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what any two mature adults would do: pretend to be a couple.

GQ says, “Sweeney and Powell are delightful, as well as smokin’, in this loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, one of the most charming big screen rom-coms in years.”

Directed by Golden Globe nominee Will Gluck (Easy AFriends with Benefits), Anyone But You also stars Teen Choice nominee Alexandra Shipp (Barbie), Hadley Robinson (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty), Michelle Hurd (BlindspotStar Trek: Picard), Dermot Mulroney (Secret InvasionScream VIMy Best Friend’s Wedding), Darren Barnet (Never Have I EverGran Turismo) and Oscar nominee Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding).

BLACKBERRY | Stream from Thursday, 18 July

Based on the true story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world’s first smartphone, BlackBerry is a whirlwind ride through a ruthlessly competitive Silicon Valley.

The comedy stars Emmy winner Jay Baruchel (FUBARThis is the End, and the voice of Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon films), Glenn Howerton (A.P. BioIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Matt Johnson, who also wrote and directed. 

After premiering at Berlin, BlackBerry went on to win over 25 awards and earn a 98% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says: “With intelligence as sharp as its humour, BlackBerry takes a terrifically entertaining look at the rise and fall of a generation-defining gadget.”

MASTER GARDENER | Stream from Thursday, 18 July

Written and directed by Oscar nominee Paul Schrader (Taxi DriverThe Card CounterFirst Reformed), Master Gardener follows Narvel Roth, a meticulous horticulturist devoted to tending the grounds of a historic estate called Gracewood Gardens, and pandering to its wealthy owner, Mrs Haverhill. When Mrs Haverhill asks him to take on her wayward great-niece Maya as an apprentice, chaos enters Narvel’s spartan existence, unlocking dark secrets from a buried, violent past that threatens them all.  

Critics Choice and Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton (The Great GatsbyThe Underground Railroad), three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver (AvatarAlien) and Black Reel nominee Quintessa Swindell (Black Adam, In Treatment) co-star. 

Master Gardener had its world premiere at Venice, with Weaver winning Best Actress at the CinEuphoria Awards, where Edgerton was up for Best Actor.  

In their 4/5-star review, Total Film praised Schrader as “An auteur operating at the top of the league.” 

SILENT NIGHT | Stream from Monday, 22 July

Joel Kinnaman (The Suicide Squad, For All Mankind) stars in Silent Night as a father who witnesses his young son die in gang battle crossfire on Christmas Eve. While recovering from a wound that costs him his voice, he makes vengeance his life’s mission and embarks on a punishing training regimen to avenge his son’s death. 

From legendary action director John Woo (Face/OffMission: Impossible 2) and John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk, Silent Night was hailed by RogerEbert.com as “one of the most deliriously cinematic movies of the year.”

The cast includes Critics Choice nominee and Grammy winner Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi (Don’t Look UpX), and Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (the upcoming John Wick spinoff, Ballerina). 

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