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You have some big decisions to make.

HBO‘s July features the premiere of big theater titles like Battle of the Sexes and Justice League, and the premiere of buzzy new series Sharp Objects, an adaptation that’s led by the great Amy Adams.

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What’s new on HBO: Editor’s picks

Atomic Homefront

Rebecca Cammisa’s cautionary and quietly human documentary dips into the unmitigated effects and cruel ironies of the Manhattan Project. The film follows activists asking for government relief, stemming from their own ineptitude during the storage and discard of nuclear waste near a St. Louis suburb. Though Cammisa’s nonsense approach eventually tunnels into a lesson in bleakness, Atomic Homefront remains a necessarily infuriating watch.Kahron Spearman

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Succession

A story about the patriarch of a media empire and his children who are wrestling for a piece of the company, Succession boasts the talents of Anchorman and The Big Short director Adam McKay, who serves as a producer and directed the pilot (McKay’s producing partner Will Ferrell’s name is also attached to the show.) As a show that focuses largely on masculine, business types, it fits into a sub-genre of television encompassing everything from Billions to Mad Men on the good end of the spectrum, and Entourage on the bad. The problem is that audiences have seen so many of these shows now, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which another is a big hit– especially for a network that tends to set as high a bar of HBO.  Chris Osterndorf

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The Final Year

As the curtains draw to a close on the end of Barack Obama’s second term in the Oval Office, The Final Year follows his administration for 90 days across 21 countries on what begins as a peacemaking journey but ends on a fraught note after the 2016 election. The film takes on an idealistic yet pragmatic candidness the Obama administration has about global relationships with big players like China, Russia, and Iran. In no way does this documentary play like the “fly-on-the-wall” production it pegs itself to be, feeling more like a fleeting montage of quips and fettered conversations with staffers. It ends on too hopeful of a note, with Obama writing Trump’s election off as a mere blip in the trajectory of cementing democracy and peace around the world. Given how quickly his work has been undone, it feels like wishful thinking. —Danielle Ransom

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HBO shows and original programming in July 2018

July 8

Bill Maher: Live from Oklahoma
Sharp Objects, series premiere

July 11

HBO First Look: Mama Mia! Here We Go Again

July 14

Sesame Street, season 48 finale

July 16

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

July 29

Sr. Ávila, season 4 premiere

What’s new HBO Go and HBO Now: Movies in July 2018

July 1

All About Steve, 2009
Away We Go, 2009
Barbershop, 2002
Barbershop 2, 2004
Batman, 1966
Being John Malkovich, 1999
Blow, 2001
Good Will Hunting, 1997
Goodbye Christopher Robin, 2017
Jennifer’s Body, 2009
Liar Liar, 1997
March of the Penguins, 2005
Passenger 57, 1992
Practical Magic, 1998
Princess Bride, 1987
State of Play, 2009
Table 19, 2017
The Spy Next Door, 2010
Tooth Fairy, 2010
Whip It, 1992

July 2

The Belko Experiment, 2017

July 7

Justice League, 2017

July 14

Battle of the Sexes, 2017

July 19

The Boy Downstairs, 2018

July 21

The Snowman, 2017

July 28

Victoria & Abdul, 2017

What’s leaving HBO in July 2018

July 9

Monster’s Ball

July 31

Addicted to Love
Bad Company
Bird on a Wire
The Bone Collector
Bride of Chucky
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Deepwater Horizon
Dragonfly
Get Out
Going in Style
Good Morning, Vietnam
Heartbreak Ridge
Ice Princess
National Security
Pitch Black
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Seed of Chucky
Sideways
Snow Dogs
The Take
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Unforgettable
Wilson
Winter’s Tale

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HBO shows and original programming in June 2018

June 3

Succession

June 11

HBO First Look: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

June 15

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas, season 1 finale

June 18

It Will Be Chaos

June 24

Westworld, season 2 finale

June 25

Believer

What’s new HBO Go and HBO Now: Movies in June 2018

June 1

A Perfect World
A Cure for Wellness
Blood Work
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Company
The Devil Wears Prada
Dolores Claiborne
The Door in the Floor
Duplicity
Fletch
Fletch Lives
The Full Monty,
Identity
Jersey Boys
Mr. Mom
Napoleon Dynamite
Peter Pan
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Sylvia
X2

June 2

Blade Runner 2049

June 9

American Made

Jun 14

Chips

June 16

The Mountain Between Us

June 23

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

June 30

It

What’s leaving HBO in June 2018

June 30

(500) Days of Summer
2 Fast 2 Furious
A United Kingdom
The Box
Bratz: The Movie
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fast & Furious
The Fast and the Furious
The Fate of the Furious
The Great Wall
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Hoosiers,
The Hours
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Into the Blue
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Kong: Skull Island
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Role Models
Species
Species II
The Informant!
The Purge: Election Year
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Warcraft

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the Upstream editor, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.

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