The 2023 summer blockbuster season has been one for the ages, and we’re just now getting into July, a month that will feature a handful of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. Over the course of the next few weeks, AMC Theatres locations nationwide will be home to must-see movies like MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - DEAD RECKONING PART ONE, JOY RIDE, and one of the most random yet exciting one-two punches in recent memory: BARBIE and OPPENHEIMER, which open on the same day.
If you’re into A24 horror films, family-friendly spooky tales based on Disney theme park attractions, twisted mystery movies, and sinister supernatural thrillers, then you have plenty to look forward to this month.
Here are eight must-see movies opening in July.
Insidious: The Red Door
One of the most popular supernatural horror franchises in recent memory returns in July with INSIDIOUS: THE RED DOOR. Set a decade after the events of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, the new installment in the series will follow Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) as he goes back to the Further with his son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), to finally put an end to the torment and torture by the demons of their past. The movie also serves as Wilson’s directorial debut.
INSIDIOUS: THE RED DOOR opens July 7th
Fans of raucous comedies will be happy to hear that JOY RIDE, Adele Lim’s new movie about a woman named Audrey (Ashley Park) traveling with a group of friends to find her birth mother in China, finally makes its theatrical debut in July. Written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao, the Seth Rogen-produced movie was one of the highlights of Lionsgate’s CinemaCon 2023 presentation and features a remarkable and remarkably funny cast.
JOY RIDE opens July 7th
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - DEAD RECKONING PART ONE, the seventh installment in the epic spy-action franchise, is not only one of the biggest must-see movies of July, it’s surely to be one of the biggest movie-going experiences of the entire year. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the latest adventure of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) will see the IMF agent and his team embark on what could be their most difficult mission yet after a dangerous weapon falls into the wrong hands. With new allies and enemies, as well as ghosts from Hunt’s past, there’s a lot to get excited about with this action thriller.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - DEAD RECKONING PART ONE opens July 12th
At long last, Greta Gerwig’s long-awaited BARBIE will open in theatres in July, bringing with it a new and unique spin on the iconic Mattel doll. The movie follows Barbie (Margot Robbie) as she and Ken (Ryan Gosling) leave Barbie Land on a journey of self-discovery in the real world, which causes some major complications for all involved. Various versions of the classic toys, played by the likes of Kate McKinnon, Simu Liu, Issa Rae and John Cena, are just a small part of the massive cast of Barbies and Kens.
BARBIE opens July 21st