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‘Anna and the Apocalypse’
Starts streaming: July 26
The world doesn’t need another zombie comedy — or a zombie anything, for that matter — and “Anna and the Apocalypse” owes more than it should to the slacker vibe and visual panache of Edgar Wright’s “Shaun of the Dead.” But the Scottish director John McPhail’s Yuletide gorefest has one novel thing going for it: Choreographed song-and-dance numbers. In the tiny town of Little Haven, a jaded teenager (Ella Hunt) and her high school friends have to fight their way to safety as the zombie hordes rapidly infect the community. The songs in “Anna and the Apocalypse” have a combination of mopeyness and whimsy that recall the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but the best numbers are front-loaded at the beginning, before the mayhem takes over completely.
‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’
Starts streaming: July 31
In the early 1980s, Mossad agents pulled off an audacious rescue mission by setting up a fake diving retreat in Sudan as a front for smuggling thousands of Jewish refugees to Israel. “The Red Sea Diving Resort” stars Chris Evans as the leader of a small group of Mossad undercover operatives who set up shop at an abandoned tourist resort and target a tribe of Ethiopian Jews for extraction. The writer-director Gideon Raff was responsible for “Prisoners of War,” the Israeli TV show on which “Homeland” was based, and he fills out this political thriller with another great cast, including Michael K. Williams, Haley Bennett, Michiel Huisman and Ben Kingsley.
‘The Last Czars’
Starts streaming: July 3
The production company Nutopia was founded for the purpose of selling large-scale documentary projects to cable networks like the History Channel, which aired its 12-hour mini-series “America: The Story of Us” in 2010. More recently, Nutopia has experimented in documentary/fiction hybrids like the recent “Jesus: His Life,” which blended commentary from religious scholars with dramatic re-enactments. That’s the approach the company is taking in “The Last Czars,” a six-episode series about the Romanovs, the family that ruled Russia for over 300 years before the Bolsheviks removed them from power in the early 20th century. By mixing and matching forms, docudramas like “The Last Czars” risk a certain awkwardness, but if it works, having real-life experts on hand will bring legitimacy to the action.
‘Stranger Things 3’
Starts streaming: July 4
The first season of “Stranger Things” told such a complete story that a second seemed unnecessary, driven more by viewership numbers than the need to extend its ’80s sci-fi pastiche any further. But the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, brought a surprising amount of emotion to Season Two, which registered the exhaustion and grief of characters who are thrown back into danger while still reeling from the traumas of the recent past. The third season adds Maya Hawke (Ethan Hawke’s daughter), Cary Elwes and Jake Busey to the cast, and shifts the action to the summer of 1985, when “The Goonies” and “Back to the Future” were in theaters. It seems unlikely the Duffers will let those cultural events pass without a hat tip.
‘Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein’
Starts streaming: July 16
“Stranger Things” has made a star out of David Harbour, the show’s grizzled sheriff, and now Harbour is taking advantage with this quirky 28-minute “mockumentary” special. Using his real name, Harbour investigates lost footage from his father’s stage play, “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein,” to gain fresh insight into his legacy as an actor and uncover a host of family secrets. Alfred Molina and Kate Berlant are among the guest performers, and the show is directed by Daniel Gray Longino, whose work includes the sketch comedy “Kroll Show” and the acclaimed Hulu series “PEN15.” Inspired side project or indulgent misfire? It won’t take much of a time investment to find out.