Best Show streaming on HBO GO - Game of Thrones, Season 7 Premiere
  1. Words That Built America

Words that Built America

Director: Alexandra Pelosi

Screenplay: The Founding Fathers

Starring: Donald Trump, Meryl Streep

This July 4th special features a bunch of celebrities reading the Declaration of Independence, including Donald Trump. If you love a good parade of irony, then this will no doubt be for you!

  1. Tour De Pharmacy

Tour De Pharmacy

Director: Jake Szymanski

Screenplay: Murray Miller

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Kevin Bacon

This HBO original is a mockumentary look at the juiced-up world of competitive cycling. It features Lance Armstrong in a minor role so obviously he’s not taking the doping thing too seriously.

  1. The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones

Director: Allen Hughes

Screenplay: Allen Hughes

Starring: Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre

The four-part documentary tells the story of record industry wunderkind Jimmy Iovine and his time working with Dr. Dre—a relationship that leads to landmark albums, which shape contemporary culture as a whole.

  1. Watchmen

Watchmen

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenplay: David Hayter, Alex Tse

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley

For such a complex and dense graphic novel as the Watchmen, it was always going to be difficult to bring it to the big screen, but Zack Snyder did an admirable job. This is despite the fact that creator Alan Moore completely crapped on it. Leftovers writer Damon Lindeloff is bringing Watchmen back as an HBO original series so get learned up on the source material.

  1. Ballers, Season 3

Ballers Season 3

Created By: Stephen Levinson

Producers: Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry

If you’ve been to a frat party in the last three years, you’ve probably heard someone talk about Ballers. If not, then you might not know that it stars the Rock and it’s about sports agents.

  1. Insecure, Season 2

Insecure Season 3

Created By: Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore

Producers: Issa Rae, Prentice Penny

Starring: Issa Rae, Jay Ellis

Based on the mega-popular web series Awkward Black Girl, Insecure returns for its second hilarious season.

  1. Room 104, Series Premiere

Room 104

Created By: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Starring: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

After the untimely cancelling of their fantastic HBO series, Togetherness, the Duplass Brothers return with an anthology comedy series set in a motel. Hopefully, this one will last longer than two seasons.

  1. Loving

Loving

Director: Jeff Nichols

Screenplay: Jeff Nichols

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga

The true story of Loving vs. Virginia, the case that contested and ultimately dismantled laws against interracial marriage in America.

  1. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Popstar never stop never stopping

Director: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone

Screenplay: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg

Starring: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg

We thought it was understood that the Lonely Island would just kind of go away after, like, 2010 as their brand of comedy had petered out and been replaced by the more absurdist stylings of Wareheim, Heidecker, Andre and Buress, but, nevertheless, here they are. Actually, the movie isn’t all that bad and kind of makes you harken for the simpler time of the early aughts.

  1. Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Director: Mel Gibson

Screenplay: Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington

Honestly, it’s surprising that Mel Gibson was welcomed back into the folds of Hollywood after he’d been caught on audio being openly racist, sexist and anti-Semitic. It just goes to show you that money and everything else walks. Of course, this movie looks like one of those fake films you’d see on the show Entourage it’s so incredibly by-the-numbers.

  1. The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project

Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez

Screenplay: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez

Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard

We don’t care what you say, this movie was a damn revolution. Even during that scene where the girl shoves the camera up her snotty nose, we were on board. And it’s still scary after all these years.

  1. Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July

Director: Oliver Stone

Screenplay: Oliver Stone, Ron Kovic

Starring: Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick

If there’s anybody you know who hates Tom Cruise, tell them to watch this movie because it’s probably one of his best roles. It’s the second in Stone’s “Vietnam” trilogy and might be the highlight.

  1. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Director: Christopher Nolan

Screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger

What can be said of this movie that hasn’t already been said? It’s not just a super hero film, it’s a damn masterpiece.

  1. Minority Report

Minority Report

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenplay: Scott Frank, Jon Cohen

Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

We got a lot of Cruise movies on this list, as it seems HBO is doubling down on its July “Cruise Control.” In this one, Cruise has to stop a crime before it can be committed with the help of a psychic who can see crimes before they can be committed. It’s a pretty good movie, trust us.

  1. Mission: Impossible II

Mission Impossible II

Director: John Woo

Screenplay: Robert Towne

Starring: Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton

That’s right, it’s Cruise again and he’s out there saving somebody from something.

  1. Mr. Deeds

Mr.Deeds

Director: Steven Brill

Screenplay: Tim Herlihy

Starring: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder

Sandler gets a lot of flack for his movies and some of them are pretty bad. Mr. Deeds has heart, laughs and John Turturro being unsurprisingly hilarious.

  1. Platoon

Platoon

Director: Oliver Stone

Screenplay: Oliver Stone

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

When he was a younger man, Stone actually requested combat duty in Vietnam and remains a decorated veteran. Dude was more than just an artist. This is the first and most lauded in Stone’s “Vietnam Trilogy.”

  1. Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Robin Hood Men in Tights

Director: Mel Brooks

Screenplay: Mel Brooks, Evan Chandler, J. David Shapiro

Starring: Cary Elwes, Dave Chappelle

It wasn’t the highest grossing of Mel Brooks’ films and it wasn’t the best either, but it’s got some of the most memorable moments and songs. It also receives bonus points for being Dave Chappelle’s first featured role in a film.

  1. Thirteen

Thirteen

Director: Catharine Hardwicke

Screenplay: Catharine Hardwicke, Nikki Reed

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed

This semi-autobiographical movie was written by the then-thirteen year old Nikki Reed. The movie was released in 2003, when movies about bored suburban teens were all the rage.

  1. Game of Thrones, Season 7 Premiere

Best Show streaming on HBO GO - Game of Thrones, Season 7 Premiere

Created By: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

Ultimately, none of this other stuff matters because Game of Thrones returns for the first part of its final season July 16th. This country (world?) needs some escapism right now and there’s no better cure than swords and sorcerers. The war for the Seven Kingdoms is coming and it’s going to be bloody as hell and, by the look of the trailers, everything is either going to be on fire or frozen solid.

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