July is the busiest of the summer months. It is a time when people are vacationing and trying to get as much summer fun is as possible because the realization that August and the fall will be swiftly upon us. But how do you spend those times when the heat is too much, or the weather isn’t great? Why, by watching movies of course! And for mid-July, there’s a lot of new releases to enjoy this week. From recent blockbusters to indie fare, here are some recommendations for what movies you can enjoy in the week’s ahead…and when summer is just a sunny distant memory as well!
Based on the classic building-demolishing video game series, this exciting sci-fi actioner stars Dwayne Johnson as Davis Okoye, a primatologist whose silverback gorilla pal George is infected by a strange mist that causes him to grow in size and become more aggressive. As George and two fellow mutated animals–red wolf Ralph and crocodile Lizzie–wreak havoc on Chicago, Davis and a disgraced geneticist (Naomie Harris) must try and stop the carnage. With Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Cosmetic company cubicle drone Renee Bennett (Amy Schumer) had the same problems with self-image and self-doubt as most of us…or did, until the day she came out of a head trauma believing herself to be supermodel-gorgeous. As the wellspring of confidence changes her tracks with career, friendships, and romance, what’ll happen when she has to–literally and figuratively–face the mirror? Incisive farce co-stars Michelle Williams, Busy Phillips, Aidy Bryant, Tom Hopper, Lauren Hutton.
In the near-future Japanese metropolis of Megasaki, pet dogs have been scapegoated for a flu outbreak, and banished to an island garbage dump. Young orphan Atari (voiced by Koyu Rankin), nephew of the cruel mayor behind the edict, heads to the isle and finds a pack of canine allies in the search for his best friend Spots (Liev Schreiber). Wes Anderson’s stop motion-animated charmer also features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson.
Those inept Vermont state troopers are back in this riotous, crowdfunded sequel to the 2002 hit. Having been unsurprisingly kicked off the force, the boys are hired back to protect and serve in a small town located on a piece of land under dispute between the U.S. and Canada. Now, the bumbling cops will try to bring down some local drug-runners while culture clashing with a trio of Mounties. Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Seann William Scott, Lynda Carter, and Brian Cox star.
After she’s passed over for a promotion in favor of a less qualified male colleague, Wall Street analyst Laurel Ayres (Whoopi Goldberg) quits to form her own business, but finds no clients due to her gender. Laurel’s solution is to create a fictitious male partner, but what can she do when she must produce her “associate” in the flesh? Gender-bending business world satire, based on a French film, also stars Dianne Wiest, Tim Daly, Eli Wallach.
Frank McKlusky (Dave Sheridan) is a safety-obsessed insurance claims investigator whose daredevil father (Randy Quaid) is in a coma and whose mother (Dolly Parton) seems to make his neuroses worse. But after his partner is killed, Frank is forced out of his protective shell and, while looking into a case, encounters two sleazy lawyers who may have something to do with his dad’s health situation. With Kevin Pollak, Cameron Richardson, Joanie Laurer, Tracy Morgan, and Andy Richter.
PTSD-wracked Gulf War combat vet Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) found a purpose for his acquired skills–tracking down trafficked kids and rescuing them by any means necessary. Hired by a state senator (Alex Manette) to discreetly recover his 13-year-old daughter (Ekaterina Samsonov), the mission goes stunningly sideways…and leaving him imperiled by assassins as well as his own fragile psyche. Gripping take on the Jonathan Ames novella co-stars John Doman, Judith Roberts, Alessandro Nivola.
The klatch of college kids spring-breaking in Mexico should’ve left that creepy abandoned mission off their itinerary…because the seemingly innocuous round of “Truth or Dare” that they engaged in there has transformed into an unending curse, and an unshakable demonic entity is making sure that the truths are ever more devastating–and the dares are ever more dangerous! Unnerving shocker from Blumhouse stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Landon Liboiron, Nolan Gerard Funk.
Recently fired journalist Brea (Paula Patton) unknowingly has a phone stashed in her purse by a strung out young woman (Dawn Olivieri) in a gas station restroom. Now, Brea, her boyfriend (Omar Epps), and their friends (Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez) are terrorized by a gang of vicious bikers desperate to retrieve the phone as it contains evidence of their horrific human trafficking ring. Will Brea be the next victim, or does she have the story of a lifetime on her hands? Missi Pyle, Luke Goss co-star in this fast-paced thriller.
Son of Zorn: The Complete Series
A hybrid live action/animated series centering on animated warrior Zorn who, upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son Alan and ex-wife Edie while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging actual war in his distant, mystical homeland of Zephyria. All 13 episodes of the series are included in this release.