With the summer movie season in full swing, July brings the best of the best. From the final in the Indiana Jones series, (which technically opened on the last day of June) to the action-packed Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning to Greta Gerwig’s live-action Barbie to the film I have been excited about all year, Christopher Nolan’s epic, Oppenheimer that was shot on 70mm IMAX, I plan to live at the cinema this month.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Cast: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ethann Isidore, Toby Jones, Antonio Banderas, Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson
The last film in the 42-year old franchise finds Indiana facing an old foe and crossing multiple continents with his goddaughter in tow in pursuit of the Dial of Destiny.
Cast: George Micheal, Andrew Ridgeley
With unprecedented access to both the late George Micheal’s’ and Andrew Ridgeley’s personal archive including remarkable and never-before-seen footage, alongside rare, candid and previously unheard interviews, WHAM! charts their incredible journey from pre-teen school friends to international pop superstars.
Joy Ride [Theaters]
Cast: Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Sabrina Wu, Debbie Fan, Annie Mumolo, Kenneth Liu, David Denman, Timothy Simons, Nicholas Carella
Four Asian women go on a no-holds-barred, epic experience that becomes a journey of bonding, friendship, belonging, and wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are.
Insidious: The Red Door [Theaters]
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Oren Peli, James Wan, Ty Simpkins, Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, Andrew Astor, Peter Dager, Rose Byrne, Scott Teems, Hiam Abbass, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Ryan Turek, Sinclair Daniel
The latest in this horror franchise about the Lambert family journey into the Further. To put their demons to rest once and for all, they must go deeper into The Further than ever before, facing their family’s dark past and a host of new and more horrifying terrors that lurk behind the red door.
The League [Theaters]
Cast: Lovell Gates, Jakkar Thompson, Berry Williams, Jr, Clayton B. Stevens, Kristopher Hicks
Directed by legendary documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard, The League celebrates the dynamic journey of Negro League baseball’s triumphs and challenges through the first half of the twentieth century. The story is told through previously unearthed archival footage and never-before-seen interviews with legendary players like Satchel Paige and Buck O’Neil – whose early careers paved the way for the Jackie Robinson era – as well as celebrated Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron who started out in the Negro Leagues.
Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One [Theaters]
Cast: Hayley Atwell, Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Henry Czerny, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Pom Klementieff, Don Granger, Vanessa Kirby, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Cary Elwes, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Mark Gatiss, Indira Varma, Frederick Schmidt, Greg Tarzan Davis, Mariela Garriga, Tommy Gormley
In Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With control of the future and the fate of the world at stake, and dark forces from Ethan’s past closing in, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission – not even the lives of those he cares about most.
Theater Camp [Theaters]
With: Caroline Aaron, Alan Kim, Bailee Bonick, Owen Thiele, Nathan Lee Graham, Amy Sedaris, Molly Gordon, Donovan Colan, Noah Galvin, Nick Lieberman, Alexander Bello, Quinn Titcomb, Kyndra Sanchez, Vivienne Sachs, Ayo Edebiri
Follows the eccentric staff running a scrappy theater camp in upstate New York. After its indomitable and beloved founder falls into a coma, they must band together with her clueless “crypto-bro” son to keep the thespian paradise afloat.
The Miracle Club [Theaters]
With: Laura Linney, Josh Maurer, Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Jimmy Smallhorne, Timothy Prager, Stephen Rea, Agnes O’Casey
Ballygar, Ireland, in the year 1968: a boisterous hard-knocks community in outer Dublin that marches to its own beat – frenzied, fast and loose – and yet also deeply soulful; rooted in traditions of loyalty, faith & togetherness. And the opportunity to rise above one’s daily struggles is frankly a pipe dream, especially for women. There’s just one dream for the women of Ballygar to taste freedom and escape the gauntlet of domestic life: win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes.
Black Ice [Theaters]
Another sport rife with racism! Produced by LeBron James and directed by Hubert Davis, this documentary exposes the history of racism in hockey through the untold stories of Black hockey players, both past and present, in a predominantly white sport.
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Ryan Gosling, Michael Cera, Amy Pascal, Margot Robbie, Rhea Perlman, Will Ferrell, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, Scott Evans, Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Emerald Fennell, America Ferrara, Marc Resteghnini, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Sharon Rooney, Ritu Arya, Jamie Demetriou, Ncuti Gatwa, Kate McKinnon, America Ferrera, Noah Baumbach, Issa Rae, Ariana Greenblatt, Simu Liu, Connor Swindells, Marisa Abela, Hari Nef, Ana Cruz Kayne
Plot: A live-action Mattel film featuring its signature toy line and every girl’s favorite doll BARBIE! According to Mattel, the 50-year old Barbie has 99% worldwide brand awareness, is the number one girls’ property in the toy industry, the top doll property in the U.S. and the number one worldwide property in the traditional toy industry.
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Dane DeHaan, Christopher Nolan, Rami Malek, Alden Ehrenreich, David Dastmalchian, Tony Goldwyn
Plot: The story of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the atomic bomb.
Happiness For Beginners [Netflix}
Cast: Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, Nico Santos, Gus Birney, Alexander Koch, Ben Cook, Aaron Roman Weiner, Esteban Benito, Mary Neely, Shayvawn Webster, Julia Shiplett, AJ Matthew
Plot: Based on the wildly popular novel by Katherine Center, Happiness For Beginners reminds us that sometimes you have to get lost before you’re found.
Haunted Mansion (Theaters)
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Winona Ryder, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, Dan Levy, Justin Simien, Jamie Lee Curtis,, Katie Dippold, Tiffany Haddish, Hasan Minhaj, Owen Wilson, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Suzette Lange, Kurt Yue, Chase W. Dillon
A family moves into the name-sake mansion. Lakeith Stanfield plays a widower who once believed in the supernatural but is now a rather lifeless tour guide in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Tiffany Haddish plays a psychic hired to commune with the dead.