Hey, y’all!! It’s time to talk July movies! Can you believe it?
Summer Blockbuster Season is well underway and has been…shockingly underwhelming. BUT, there’s some good stuff coming up this month, so are you ready to take a look?
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Anyways, let’s get to looking at this month’s new releases!
(UPDATE: I’m including mini reviews of the movies I see along the way!)
July 7 (Hey! That’s today!)
I saw it last night. It totally deserves its 93% Rotten Tomatoes score! It’s hilarious and endearing and has an actually decent villain with a logical bad-guy motive. Plus Tom Holland is freaking adorable and a perfect addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Definitely check it out! (I’m not including a trailer just because they’ve been everywhere and you’ve probably seen at least 3 by now.)
A Ghost Story
This movie stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. I’ve heard it’s super weird, but also really good. Haven’t seen it yet, but I think I’m going to check it out. In a nutshell, Casey plays a recently departed guy who ends up a ghost in a white sheet. He wants to watch over his wife, which is Rooney, but because he’s dead, he experiences time and space in a non-linear way. And then hijinks ensue? Just kidding. I’m pretty sure there are no hijinks. Some weird and emotional stuff.
War for the Planet of the Apes
After the crapfest that was the Tim Burton version back around 2000, I was skeptical when this series got rebooted a couple of years ago. But then it turned out to actually be good. I’m super excited for the final installment in the trilogy. It looks great and (some) critics are even saying this is so great it has a shot at some Oscar nominations in categories that aren’t Visual Effects. We’ll see. But the war rages between man and ape. This is not going to end well for someone.
(Update: It was a good movie, but pretty light on the war part. So it was a little bit disappointing because I was looking forward to an epic showdown that never came. But it was still good.)
I like a good horror movie. This doesn’t look like it’s going to be a good one. But I’m willing to be wrong. Basically, a teenage girl finds a music box that grants wishes. The more sinister the wish, the better. But when the music stops, the wisher has to pay the price.
Christopher Nolan, who gave us the ultimate Batman trilogy, and also Inception and Memento, brings this war movie based on real events. Soldiers are trapped on a beach and British civilians from a nearby port city jump in to help with the evacuation. It sounds great. But the trailers leave me totally mixed on how this is going to turn out. My fingers are crossed, though, because Christopher Nolan hasn’t let me down yet.
A raunchy women’s comedy (they aren’t just for boys anymore!) about four friends that go on a trip together to New Orleans. In this case, hijinks DO ensue. I have a girl crush on Queen Latifah, so I might check this out. It also stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish. Here’s the red band trailer:
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
I’m super excited for this to finally come out so that they’ll stop playing the trailer and extended first looks at every movie I see in the theater. Honestly, I couldn’t be less interested and am not even completely sure what it’s about. I think it’s a dystopian sci fi story based on a book? I think? If it’s your jam, totally go for it! It just doesn’t do anything for me. Kind of sort of reminds me of the Divergent series, which I couldn’t get into either.
Charlize Theron as a super spy/assassin? Yes, please! Actually, the thing I’m most looking forward to with this movie is the soundtrack. But it also looks crazy and violent and fun. And James McAvoy is just OMGsocute. Plus, you know I’m all about the girl power. I hope this does more for strong women characters than, like, Lucy or Hannah or Ghost in the Shell.
The Emoji Movie
I just…I can’t.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
I saw this a couple of months ago at an event in Los Angeles. Al Gore was actually there for a Q&A too. The film itself, which is a follow up to the Oscar winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, was…okay. And I’m not saying that for political reasons. It honestly suffers from a bit of an identity crisis because it’s partly about climate change, but also partly trying to be sort of a documentary about Al Gore. Sort of. And also looks at the Paris Climate Accords. It’s kind of all over the place. But there are some really good things about it. So if you’re at all inclined, you should check it out. Although I think you’ll be fine if you wait until it hits Netflix.
So there you have it, folks! The main movies coming out in July.