Summer heat is here, and what better way to take a break from high temperatures than in the cool relief of a theater? It’s been a terrific year at the movies so far and now July brings 2018 to the next level. We’ve got some of the year’s biggest movies, from Ant-Man and the Wasp to Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and efforts from outstanding and truly unique new voices, such as Eighth Grade and Sorry to Bother You.
Here’s everything you need to see in July 2018!
The First Purge
A social scientist creates an experiment, a night in which all crime is legal, to test the strength of social bonds. It’s no spoiler to say that things get out of hand. The New Founding Fathers of America put the test into action on Staten Island, and what the scientist doesn’t realize is that her experiment is being used as more than just a simple test. We know this night comes to be called the Purge (there are three more movies, after all) but this movie offers the horrific thrill ride of seeing what happens when the idea is new.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has been under house arrest since he used the Ant-Man suit in Captain America: Civil War, while Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne (Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly) prepare to dive into the Quantum Realm to search for Hank’s missing wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). Naturally Scott suits up again as Ant-Man and there are big obstacles to overcome, but the real appeal of this Marvel entry is the way it goes crazy with Ant-Man’s powers and the signature comedy begun in the first movie.
Sorry to Bother You
Broke and desperate, Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield from Get Out) takes a job at a seedy telemarketing firm – and finds incredible success when he follows unlikely advice from a colleague. That’s the first step on a road to total insanity that ends with – well, we won’t tell you where. You wouldn’t believe us anyway. Thankfully, an incredible cast, including Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer, is on hand to guide us through the weirdness.
Using never-before-seen archival footage, newly-released demo recordings, rare performances, and audio archives, as well as interviews with the people closest to her, Whitney creates a complete biography of the late Whitney Houston. The film charts her creativity, talent, and success, while also giving an unvarnished look at her difficult family life and the abuses that dominated her final years prior to her untimely death at age 48.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Dracula, Mavis, their family and all the monsters take a cruise in order to cheer Dracula up. Things seem to be going well when he takes a shine to the ship’s captain, Ericka. That’s before he realizes her last name, Van Helsing, should be a hint that she’s only interested in one kind of relationship with a vampire – and it includes a stake.
Dwayne Johnson plays a former FBI agent who becomes a security consultant after losing his leg in the line of duty. Hired to vet the security systems in a new Hong Kong high rise, his character is soon battling a violent criminal gang and running from the cops as he attempts to save his family from a fire that is intentionally set in the building.
Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Joaquin Phoenix stars as cartoonist John Callahan in this adaptation of Callahan’s memoir. The artist began drawing after an alcohol-fueled accident nearly took his life and left him a quadriplegic. His road to sobriety included creating unusual, funny, and confrontational cartoons. This film, from director Gus Van Sant, follows Callahan (Phoenix) as he learns to deal with this new stage of his life, assisted by a charismatic sponsor played by Jonah Hill. Rooney Mara and Jack Black also appear.
Bo Burnham makes the transition from YouTuber, stand-up comic, and musician to feature writer/director with this incredibly sensitive drama about Kayla, played by Elsie Fisher, as she struggles to finish her last week of middle school classes. The film looks at adolescent angst through the lens of a modern experience, portraying Kayla’s life in a tender and understanding manner.
The Equalizer 2
Denzel Washington has never done a sequel before, but here he reprises the role of Robert McCall, who uses skills learned in his CIA black ops career to help people in trouble. This time, he finds that a long-time friend has been murdered, and goes into action to bring those responsible to justice.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
The sequel we thought might never happen finally arrives. Ten years after the first film’s extravagant non-wedding, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is pregnant, and concerns about her future lead her to learn more about her mother’s history. Lily James appears as the young version of Meryl Streep’s character Sophie (don’t worry, Meryl is here, too) and we see her formative, more reckless years. Cher also shows up, as Sophie’s glamorous and aloof grandmother Ruby Sheridan.
Two lifelong friends, played by real-life besties Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, go through a difficult few days that could shatter their friendship and even their lives. Diggs plays Collin, who is just trying to stay straight for his last three days of parole. As he’s trying to leave a criminal life behind, his best friend Miles (Casal) is getting even deeper into a dangerous lifestyle. They seem destined to explode, and that’s before Collin sees a cop gun down an innocent man – and the cop sees him, too.
Leave No Trace
A father and teen daughter live away from society in a state park near Portland, Oregon. When both end up confronted by social services, they begin a journey to get back to their off-the-grid lifestyle. Directed by Debra Granik, whose last film, Winter’s Bone, launched Jennifer Lawrence on her path to stardom – so we have high hopes for this film’s star Thomasin McKenzie. Ben Foster plays her character’s father.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Tom Cruise is back for his sixth go-round as Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt, and this time he’s got Henry Cavill to contend with. (This is Cavill’s infamous mustache movie, which led to the digital mustache removal in Justice League.) Once again the IMF faces doubt from officials as a mission goes wrong, and has to fight to survive. Fortunately for us, that means the return of characters played by Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin. It also means more incredible stunts from Cruise, including a bonkers skydiving sequence.
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
The Teen Titans are pretty upset to realize they’re basically the only major DC characters without a movie of their own, so they set out to find big-screen fame. Trouble is, they’re considered unreliable and dangerous. So it’s kind of a good thing when supervillain Slade (aka Deathstroke) tries to take over the Justice League and the rest of the world, giving the Titans a chance to prove their worth.