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Netflix: What's new July 20? What's worth it?

Columnist Jordan Parker takes a look at the latest offerings on Netflix.
Columnist Jordan Parker takes a look at the latest offerings on Netflix. - Contributed

Coco

Disney is back again - breaking hearts, then winning them back. Coco is a beautiful, music-infused animated film you won't soon forget.

It follows Miguel - a young boy with a flair for guitar - who pushes against the family ban on music.

He goes to the Land of the Dead to link up with his iconic great-great-grandfather, a huge singer in his day.

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Coco

This film about family bonds, the power of music and the celebration in life and death is incredibly breezy and fun, while still having an emotional centre that will resonate.

I cried; you will too. And you'll feel better for having seen this fantastic film.

4/5 Stars

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

Danny McBride and frequent collaborator Jody Hill (director of Observe & Report) bring this camera-footage film to life, with the help of a bearded James Brolin.

Brolin plays a semi-famous hunter, Buck Ferguson, who embarks with his cameraman (McBride) and his son on a quest to help his son shoot his first whitetail deer.

It also serves as a tale of a father trying to reconnect with his teenage son, and on most fronts, it serves well as an interesting, engaging family comedy-drama.

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The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

It's nice to see Brolin let loose, and McBride is always good for laughs. But it's young actor Montana Jordan who is a real riot as the uninterested son.

It has tonal issues and a weaker script than I imagined, but if you need a good laugh, try it out.

3.5/5 Stars

Beatriz at Dinner

This film about clashing cultures is an important one in the Trump area, and it also represents Salma Hayek's best film since 2002's Frida.

It follows a holistic practitioner who - through a series of unfortunate events - ends up staying for a celebration dinner at her wealthy client's home.

What follows is a battle between Hayak's character's down-to-earth sensibilities and the take-no-prisoners attitude of those at the table.

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Beatriz at Dinner

The interplay between Hayak and John Lithgow - as a hotel magnate with lavish taste and insidious hobbies - is unbelievable, and the two really work well together.

The acting is top notch, and Mike White has written another incredible screenplay. It's one that will keep you talking.

4/5 Stars

Mercury Rising

Action-mode Bruce Willis is the best kind.

With Mercury Rising, he plays hero to a young autistic boy who deciphers a secret code of the NSA's.

Alex Baldwin is the perfect, villainous top-agent here, and his glowering screen presence is unmatched.

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• Mercury Rising

It's a thrill ride with an entertaining -- if convoluted -- script. The only real downside is the truly awful performance by young actor Miko Hughes.

Otherwise, this one will surely satisfy action lovers.

3.5/5 Stars

The Other Boleyn Girl

Though it certainly takes many liberties and strays from the truth about King Henry VIII and the Boleyn sisters, this is one evocative period piece.

It follows Henry (Eric Bana, in a role where he shows both affection and malice) and his courting of two sisters because his wife cannot produce a male heir.

But the tricks and devilishly cruel antics between the two sisters - played effortlessly by Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson - put both their futures in danger.

Portman is at her devious best here, in a multi-layered role, and Johansson shows emotional depth I didn't know she had.

Joining then are stars Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas and David Morrissey, who have all risen through Hollywood's ranks since the film's 2008 release.

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• The Other Boelyn Girl

Perhaps most surprising are the low-key supporting roles from young Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch, both superstars now.

This is a star-studded, well-plotted affair, and the emotional resonance of this tale will sneak up on you if you aren't careful.

4/5 Stars

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