There are a lot of movies popping up each month of the year, but not all are worth the time and stress. Not that they are not great scripts but then, there are movies that define the year and each moth has got its fair share of those.
This is the last weekend of July so let me ask you,
What have you been watching?
Summer’s here, and the time is right for … top-flight, popcorn entertainment along with some of the year’s most unexpected indie counter-programming.
Check out the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s itty-bittiest defender! Or bask in the glory that is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, doing his best John McClane (sans one leg to boot)! And another Purge!
So many exclamation points!
Here we go…!
The First Purge (July 4th)
Four installments in, and the horror franchise most perilously close to real life is going prequel. We travel back to the inaugural night of anything-goes lawlessness citizens refer to as “the Purge,” when the program was first proposed by a political action group and a blond Marisa Tomei. (Because of course.) As per usual, there will be no shortage of creepy masks, town-square-style executions and wicked commentary on the evil id of American culture. Happy purging, everybody!
Sorry to Bother You (July 6th)
To make it in corporate America as a black man, sometimes it helps to blend in a little. For Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), that means putting on his “white voice” (the nasal warble of David Cross) to bump up his numbers at a thankless telemarketing gig. Suddenly, sales jump, he starts scaling the office ladder and … then things take a turn for the surreal. Rapper-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley’s splashy debut is unapologetic act of righteous rabble-rousing and an absurdist call to action. If nothing else, it’s the summer’s only film to feature a partially-clothed Tessa Thompson getting pelted with goat-blood balloons.
Eighth Grade (July 13th)
If “A Quiet Place” stopped your heart, then you are in for a treat!
Truly, there’s no crueler time in life than middle school: ruthless pre-teens are ruthless, savage Instagram critiques, class-conscious cliques. And Kayla (Elsie Fisher) Is just a kindhearted 13-year-old with few friends and a motivational YouTube channel – she earns the year-end of honor of the class’s “Quietest” – who has to navigate these shark-filled waters before high school begins. All the gore-festooned horror movies in the world aren’t quite as painful as the pubescent awkwardness conjured by novice director Bo Burnham, who turns this underdog story into a genuine treasure.
Skyscraper (July 13th)
Armed with a state-of-the-art prosthesis, an irresistible grin, and a superhuman ability to leap off of tall objects without getting hurt, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays FBI-agent-turned-security-expert Will Sawyer, who’s making sure everything is safe and sound at an ultra-sophisticated tower in Hong Kong. Then along comes a gang of terrorists with plans to put the whole “allegedly impenetrable” hype to the test. From there, things take a turn for the Die Hard, as our muscular hero risks life and his remaining limbs to keep his family and the residents of his building safe. Johnson may be down one leg in this new big-budget blow-’em-up, but he’s still three times as much man as you and me. (laughs)
The Equalizer 2 (July 20th)
If you followed the aventures of Robert McCall four years ago, time-ticking, guns blazing precision in being the urban Robinhood, then this summers has a sequel to your troubles. Denzel Washington returns for the first time in a sequel to give his audience more of the same. Are you in trouble? Forget Spiderman, the equalizer is here.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (July 27th)
When he last took up the mantle of secret agent Ethan Hunt in 2015’s Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise found himself clinging to the side of a plane in liftoff. So to top himself time around, he’s going to fall; early promotion for the sixth film in the series has teased the star undertaking a HALO jump, a form of high-stakes skydiving that required custom-made equipment to catch it all on camera. That’s the centerpiece of the latest adrenaline-charged adventure, in which our hero is beset on all sides by enemies old and new after a mission goes belly-up, yadda yadda yadda. After five entries, audiences know just what to expect from this series: international intrigue, mind-blowing feats of physical derring-do and at least one scene in which Cruise sprints at top speed.
Let’s hit the cinemas!