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The 5 Best New International Movies & Series on Showmax

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There’s no doubt about it, 2020 is the year you’ve gotten the most out of your at-home, on-demand streaming services. With so much extra time spent at home during lockdown, most of us have all but finished Netflix and Showmax. Luckily, the entertainment tap doesn’t stop flowing and there’s plenty of new series and movies coming your way this July. Not sure what to watch? Here are our picks for the best new international movies and series coming to Showmax this month.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Inseparable besties Hiccup and Toothless, the big screen’s most adorable dragon ever, are back for their final adventure in the beloved Dreamworks threequel inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best-selling book series. Hiccup and Astrid have created a utopia for dragons and Vikings alike, but now a new danger threatens everything they love, just as Toothless finds a potential girlfriend.

Jay Baruchel reprises his Emmy-winning role as Hiccup, alongside Golden Globe winner America Ferrera as Astrid. The stellar cast includes Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and F. Murray Abraham; Oscar nominees Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill; Golden Globe nominee Kit Harington; Emmy winner Craig Ferguson; BAFTA winner David Tennant; and MTV Movie Award winner Gerard Butler.

Yesterday

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a small-time singer-songwriter in an English coastal town who’s rapidly facing the reality that his dream probably isn’t going anywhere, in spite of the fanatical support of his best friend, manager and biggest fan, Ellie (Lily James). Then there’s a mysterious global blackout, Jack gets hit by a bus, and wakes up to find that The Beatles never existed.

Written by Oscar nominee Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting), Yesterday has a gorgeous, feel-good soundtrack that Beatles fans will adore.

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

With a new baby in the house, our favourite Jack Russel, Max, lands himself in pet therapy for stress and finds a mentor in the form of a Welsh Sheepdog, Rooster.

In this second instalment, Emmy winner Patton Oswalt, replaces Louis C.K. as the voice of our hero Max; Oscar-nominee Harrison Ford voices Rooster; and two-time People’s Choice winner Kevin Hart returns as Snowball. The Secret Life of Pets 2 was a 2020 Kids Choice nominee for Favourite Animated Movie, a 2019 People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Family Movie, and was the 19th biggest movie of 2019 at the global box office, grossing over $400m.

Britannia  S1 & S2

This may be the new drama Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for. In 43 AD, the Roman Army – determined and terrified in equal measure – returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the forces of the underworld. Or so they say.

Britannia’s cast includes BAFTA winner Mackenzie Crook, Royal Television Society winner David Morrissey, multi-award-winning Danish actor Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and BAFTA nominees Eleanor Worthington-Cox, and Zoe Wanamaker.

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Little Fires Everywhere

Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestselling book, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the Richardsons – a picture-perfect, privileged white American family – and enigmatic African-American mother and daughter Mia and Pearl Warren.

Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, Golden Globe nominee Kerry Washington, and Teen Choice winner Joshua Jackson co-star in this exciting new series. It’s being pegged as one of those rare multi-generational dramas where the arcs involving the kids are every bit as good as the adults’.

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